Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:14 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Indentured servitude 2.0: What we’re up against
How is it that in spite all the decades of wisdom, research, experience, and knowledge created to the contrary, that corporations are dominating the educational landscape with bad educational polices?
I beg my readers to log on this and read the document carefully. It is a blue print for what we are going to see happening in k-12 and universities within the next few years.
(Note: "Education to employment: designing a system that works". It has a picture of a black girl on the cover...so there's a message right there...it's by McKinsey & Co, "an American global management consulting firm that focuses on solving issues of concern to senior management.")
In the first few pages of their report they launch with their fear-based language:
“These examples hint at two related global crises: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of people with critical job skills. Leaders everywhere are aware of the possible consequences, in the form of social and economic distress, when too many young people believe that their future is compromised.”
Wow. I wonder if they aligned this “crisis” with the Mayan Calendar. It sounds so “end of the world” ish. Did their study account for other eighty billion other causes for an economic recession or rise in unemployment...?
(Note: the study talks about high unemployment in greece, etc, implying that low skills are responsible WHILE FAILING TO NOTE THE GLOBAL BUBBLE AND AUSTERITY POLICIES WHICH CREATED IT, PURPOSEFULLY)
And then they offer their solutions. Never mind that they cannot prove they will work. All they need to do is create the illusion that their products and market-driven corporate-style solutions will put our fears (the same ones we didn’t realize we even had before reading their reports) at ease. The report states:
“…most transformative solutions are those that involve multiple providers and employers working within a particular industry or function. These collaborations solve the skill gap at a sector level; by splitting costs among multiple stakeholders (educators, employers, and trainees), investment is reduced for everyone.”
Notice though that they claim such measures will “reduce costs” but not once do they (nor can they) prove that such “innovations” will be better at preparing students for their future careers....
“Coupling technology—the Internet and other low-cost outlets—and a highly standardized curriculum can help to supplement faculty and spread consistent instruction at a modest cost....One proven approach is to combine customization and scale by offering a standard core curriculum complemented by employer-specific top-ups.”
Translation: corporations will create and oversee all education from womb to tomb, manipulating education to serve their own worker-needs. Never mind educating the whole child. That’s so touchy feely humanist....AND WHAT'S THEIR SOLUTION? INDENTURED SERVITUDE 2.0:
“Year Up is a 12-month US program that targets vulnerable low-income young adults. Students spend the first half of the program in hands-on classes to develop both hard and soft skills, and the second half in a corporate internship. Year Up students are required to sign a “contract” at the beginning of the program that spells out in detail what is required in terms of conduct and the consequences of non-adherence.”
Read the rest, and note they are talking about the entire GLOBE, not just the US or any specific country. This is the vision of the global elite, and it is orwellian.
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Indentured servitude 2.0: What we’re up against (Original post)
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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 10:37 AM
RKP5637 (40,474 posts)
1. As with any Corporation, as with USA, Incorporated, the citizens AKA employees are blamed and
not the Elite, the few percent who fucked up the place to begin with.
At my age I've been around long enough to know when the road ahead is caving and the bridge is probably out ... believe me, we are on a very dangerous road, and the citizens of the future will be likely living in a dystopia. Meanwhile, most are asleep at the wheel. I don't think most have the vaguest idea what is going on and where we are headed.
And tragically, as this advances, the youth will consider this to just be the norm, and will succumb to it, not having lived in the past and knowing differently ... and dissonance will not be tolerated. The technology is so massive, sophisticated and pervasive today that any dissonance, those not subscribing, will be put down with the flick of a button. ... and the 'thought police' will be in full force. Such is the new America Dream, apparently, and the Global indoctrination ...
Response to HiPointDem (Original post)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:01 PM
snot (10,110 posts)
5. They want to do EVERYTHING they can to mold "better" kids, EXCEPT
to address what may be the biggest reason kids struggle in school, poverty:
Aside from physical and mental health, poverty in childhood and adolescence is associated with a higher risk for poorer cognitive and academic outcomes, lower school attendance, lower reading and math test scores, increased distractibility, and higher rates of grade failure and early high school dropout.10,11 Poor children are also more likely than other children to have externalizing and other behavior problems, or emotional problems,12,13 and are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviors during adolescence.14 Finally, growing up in poverty is associated with lower occupational status and lower wages,15,16 poorer health,17 and deficits in working memory18 in adulthood.
(More at http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/?q=node/221 .)
Response to snot (Reply #5)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:07 PM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
6. exactly. they don't want to do anything about the real problems, they just want to let the upper
classes use tax dollars to pay for private schools they're perfectly capable of paying for by themselves, thereby bankrupting cities, districts, localities and forcing everyone into privatized apartheid schooling.
and these people have the *nerve* to be offended when you tell them so to their faces.
Response to Sirveri (Reply #10)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 04:43 PM
Egalitarian Thug (12,448 posts)
11. Learning a vocation is wonderful as well as being necessary, but what they're doing is replacing
education with training. There is a big difference.
When one's curiosity is nurtured learning becomes an end in itself. Being trained to do nothing but perform a task or function, whether that is carpentry or surgery, reduces a person to a beast to be used up and discarded when it is no longer useful. The person that learns can do anything, the person that is merely trained is limited.