I was at a political event last Saturday in my little rural town. Bernie Sanders came and spoke. Nothing about education, even though he is on HELP and has a brilliant education aide in Jessica Cardichon.
I was volunteering (my daughter organized the event.) I was tempted to stand up and ask a question about Vermont rejecting the NCLB waiver process, or maybe something about our failure to resource Common Core implementation, but I didn't. First of all I was sick and exhausted (no brain cells left.)
Second, I realized if I asked questions of this sort none of my neighbors would know what the hell I was talking about.
What have we done? Have we made education policy so arcane that the average citizen cannot meaningfully participate? Has it become a forest of acronyms and a minefield of political relationships that play out behind closed doors?
Does this all provide cover for ostensibly progressive leaders to unleash their inner tea partier?
The evil genius of NCLB was its simplicity. You don't need to understand the subtleties of VAM formulas, or navigate the bloated world of "multiple measures" to understand 100% proficiency. Unfortunately that particular deal with the devil was made a decade ago.....and he's back to demand payment.