posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 03:07 AM
Really? Do they really think that they're going to get the books into the classrooms? Looks like a couple of states, like Texas and Alaska are
against it. Gee, who is it again that prints every single K-12 text book in the US? Oh, that's right: TEXAS. Looks like this curriculum is
going to fall flat, because if Texas has anything to say about it, this curriculum just won't pass muster.
Furthermore, teaching for testing is the stupidest idea in the world. A centralized test means that everyone will have to be taught the exact same
things, but not everyone learns or thinks in the same way, or even at the same speed or level. Some kids learn by listening, some by seeing, some by
touching, some by doing, and some by any combination thereof. A "core curriculum" is not the way to go about restructuring the education system,
because we're not all tin soldiers, we don't just fall in line.
Furthermore, who in the world is going to pay for these new books? California is beyond broke, and the kids in poorer school districts here are
learning out of textbooks from a decade ago. From what I hear, New York is worse. There is no way that any school district outside of Cupertino, CA
and Seattle, WA are going to be able to institute this new curriculum, because no one has the money for brand new books for every student in every
class in every school across the country. At over $100 a pop times about 6 or 7 books times 76 million kids, that's at least $45,600,000,000
($45.6 billion). Our country is trying to retreat from the fiscal cliff, not go over it. Where is that money going to come from? The feds don't have
it, the states don't have it, parents don't have it, and school districts hide it so the administrators don't have to give up their limousine rides
to work. What this whole thing comes down to is money. A new curriculum and the books that come with it cost money, and no one has any.
In other words, Obama can say or threaten what he likes, but you can't get blood out of a stone.