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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:58 AM

 

Obama’s Universal Preschool Proposal = Race to the Top for Tots (more education deform)

Obama’s Universal Preschool Proposal (Feb. 13) sounds great until you look at the details.

To be funded, states have to adhere to learning standards, which include a “rigorous” curriculum, and “effective evaluation,” in order to prepare students for the academic load of kindergarten (!!) (see “Fact Sheet President Obama’s Plan for Early Education for all Americans,” at www.whitehouse.gov).

Is the Preschool Initiative simply the Common Core extended to preschool? Race to the Top for Tots? There is no evidence showing that the “tough” academic standards and the increased testing of the Common Core for K-12 will help students, and there is no reason to impose it on three and four year olds.

http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2013/02/race-to-top-for-tots.html


I knew this would be the case the minute I heard it. There have already been cases around the nation where public funds for Head Start were opened up to private preschools and religiously-sponsored preschools.

It's more privatization, folks, and international preschools run by private corporations are already out there waiting to get on the gravy train.


Why Does Corporate Ed "Reform" and Arne Duncan Love the GA Model for Early Childhood?

Today the President is in Georgia trying to sell the corporate plan that he has bought for early childhood education in America. Everyone at ED is hot for the Georgia Model. Why?

Could it have anything to do with the fact that Georgia does not require a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, or even a Bachelors Degree? Could it be related to Georgia's market friendly model that allows programs to sprout from most any dedicated edupreneur with a business plan? Could it have anything to do with the fact that less prepared teachers make them more dependent upon the menu of corporate solutions that are being marketed across the state?

Here is the impressive list of state-approved corporate "curriculum models" that must be used. From the State website:

For your convenience, currently approved curriculum companies have provided one-page flyers describing their approved curricula. These are listed below by company name."

Curricula Models
Abrams Learning Trends
AlphaSkills
Children's Literacy Initiative
Core Knowledge Foundation
High Reach
HighScope
Kaplan Early Learning Company
Pearson
Robert-Leslie Publishing
Scholastic
SRA/Wright Group
Success for All Foundation
Teaching Strategies

http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2013/02/why-does-corporate-ed-reform-and-arne.html


I'm telling you, the education deform agenda is global and universal and covers *all* education, from pre-school to college to technical school to any kind of professional training or certification.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022372315

The PTB have it all planned for you, and they don't care what you think.

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HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #1
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #2
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #3
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #12
ProSense Feb 2013 #4
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #5
ProSense Feb 2013 #6
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #7
ProSense Feb 2013 #8
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #9
ProSense Feb 2013 #10
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #11
msanthrope Feb 2013 #21
woo me with science Feb 2013 #13
forestpath Feb 2013 #14
LWolf Feb 2013 #15
woo me with science Feb 2013 #19
duffyduff Feb 2013 #16
woo me with science Feb 2013 #17
woo me with science Feb 2013 #18
TheKentuckian Feb 2013 #20
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #22

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:58 AM

1. What the hell happened to

Head Start? That 'model' has been around for over 40 years. Has it been axed?

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 06:11 AM

2. obama's proposal is to make preschool universal and open it up to race to the top education

 

deform policies.

head start hasn't been axed, but the knives are out, same as for all public education.

there have been a number of recent studies saying head start is ineffective; at the same time our corporate education deformers, and this administration, are touting the benefits of 'effective' preschool education.

which means preschools run by privatizers, where toddlers are tested within an inch of their lives, by the expert testing corporations, which are themselves subsidiaries of global educationcorps.

Obama has introduced race to the top-like proscriptions into head start. basically, they set up criteria by which headstart programs can be deemed to be 'failing,' then open up funding for those programs to private bidders.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-11-07/head-start-obama-congress-funding-compete/51116400/1

Regulations created last fall require Head Start providers that fall short of federal quality standards to compete with other potential providers for funding, instead of being guaranteed a share of $7.6 billion in Head Start grants . Automatic renewal had been the norm since the program was created in 1964.

“We are committed to funding only those organizations that can provide the highest-quality services to our children and families,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, whose...

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/04/19/29headstart.h31.html


I'm telling you, every bit of education is being privatized, from pre-school to university to community college to technical school to every professional/technical/vocational program there is.

It's all under the gun, and corporatization will be global, run by international corporations running mass-produced operations.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:40 PM

3. This information

is depressing as hell. Both my kids attended Head Start (we lived in a rural Appalachian community when they were young). I volunteered 2-3 times a week. It was a wonderful program for kids unfamiliar with books and/or crayons. When reading to those kids, was a joy to see their faces light up. They were so eager to learn.

This 'race to the top' seems as bad, if not worse, than no child left behind. The corporate greed isn't even subtle anymore.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:22 PM

12. yes, it is. such are our times.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 02:44 PM

4. Someone is always ready

to distort based on cheap talking point and not the facts.

"Holy smokes!" President Obama Releases Full Pre-K Plan
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022372550

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Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:57 PM

5. someone is always ready to defend the indefensible.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 03:59 PM

6. Yeah,

"someone is always ready to defend the indefensible."

...universal pre-school, the horror!

A state-federal partnership to guarantee pre-K to all 4-year-olds in families at or below 200 percent of the poverty line, to be provided by school districts and other local partners, and to use instructors with the same level of education and training as K-12 instructions.

A massively expanded Early Head Start program — building on the existing program, which has proven very effective in randomized controlled trials — which provides early education, child care, parental education, and health services to vulnerable children ages 0 to 3.

Also expanding Nurse Family Partnerships, a program that has also earned top marks in randomized trials, and which provides regular home visits from nurses to families from pregnancy through the child’s second birthday, intended to promote good health and parenting practices.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022372550

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Response to ProSense (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:11 PM

7. *privatized* preschool

 

The federal Head Start Program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.

http://www.sjgov.org/headstart/


... for the first time the entire early child education program for low-income children is up for competitive bids...

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/head-start-contracts-open-for-bidding-13553mi-148818235.html

In late 2011, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the federal agency that runs the Head Start program, cracked down on Singing River and 131 other centers in the U.S. as part of a new nationwide project to improve the quality of early childhood education. The agency has estimated that every year about one third of Head Start programs being evaluated under new rules will fail to meet a set of quality markers.Those falling short, like Singing River, must compete for grants that used to be reissued almost automatically...

In the case of Head Start, though, the possibility that some centers will be shut down—and that local nonprofits or even for-profit companies could be awarded the grant money—takes the administration’s embrace of competition to a new level.

http://nation.time.com/2012/11/30/in-mississippi-will-competition-cure-head-start-or-kill-it/



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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:19 PM

8. Oh my.

Now you're against Head Start?

I seem to remember the outrage when people thought the President was going to cut funding for Head Start, a program he strengthened.

Now that he has proposed a game-changing expansion of the program it's "OMG, privatization!!!"

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Response to ProSense (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:26 PM

9. no, i'm against privatization of head start. such as the president has started by 1) instituting

 

a 'no child left behind' process for creating 'failing' head start programs that can be replaced by private ones, and
2) opening up head start monies to religious and private groups, both for-profit and non-profit.


it's really not that hard to understand, prosense.

yet i have no doubt you'll continue to misrepresent my position in your posts, per your usual.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:35 PM

10. The President did not propose privatizing Head Start. n/t

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Response to ProSense (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 04:39 PM

11. no, he just opened its funding up to private bidders. that different, according to you.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:39 PM

21. Universal Pre-K (or K-4) is indefensible? nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:04 AM

13. K&R

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:08 AM

14. The Obama administration seems to think the whole reason for government is to

 

enrich corporations. It never came up with a plan yet that wasn't based on that concept.

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Response to forestpath (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:24 AM

15. +1

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Response to forestpath (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:54 PM

19. Bought and sold.

And it will continue, election after election, until we get the corporate money out of the equation.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:28 AM

16. This is nothing more than creating a caste system

where students are tracked from the time they are in pre-school. Only the rich and the "precocious" will be allowed to attend high school, much less college, if neoliberal agendas are allowed to take hold.

Remember, neolibs believe education is a waste of money and resources, since few jobs require any education beyond middle school.

Never mind the purpose of education isn't just job training, but the neoliberals don't believe in higher education for the 99 percent.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:58 PM

17. kick

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 10:57 AM

18. kick

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:41 PM

20. Of course. Why expect a substantially different model than the rest of the mess?

The only difference is that access to early education is already so limited by income that even bad might make a short term positive difference. I suspect long term it will result in the high price of herding into career tracks at earlier and earlier ages. Those without need for public subsidy will have access to relatively open end opportunities to either jump tracks or self determine.

The short term is hard to argue though because access is so poor already. The potential benefit over simple daycare is too significant for parents to refuse, even accepting the truth most will rationalize that their kid is special and the cream rises to the top.

Desperate people are easily taken advantage of by those with a few dollars and a little hope to sell.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:32 PM

22. +1

 

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