Why Today's Kids - and Their Parents - Now Comprise Two Generations of Deluded Narcissists
For some reason, it's okay to post entire news articles and website links to media outlets in the Current Events and Hot Topics group, but CafeMom members can't post a link to their own informative websites.
And so I am not posting the link, as the group admin asked me not to. If you can find familyfieldguide.com, the post will be up.
Here's the beginning:
For those of you who missed the 1980s and early '90s, it all started back then. Roughly, from the moment Bill Clinton took office. Not that it really had anything to do with him. Education reform happens regardless of who's in office.
The biggest and wealthiest of the world's corporate leaders knew we were headed for globalization. They needed globalization for increased profits. And so they brought in social change agents and "educrats" to dumb-down America's children. After all, they knew jobs would be going overseas. The six Federal Education Labs (spread geographically across the U.S.) went into action, creating the new curriculums.
The federal government released its Tool Kit, an actual downloadable document, which laid out step-by-step instructions for school districts on how to make education reforms that were already in the works seem like they were grass roots instead of top-down. The NEA (the national teachers union), put out documents on recommended tactics for teachers and administrators on how to handle disgruntled parents who were unhappy with the new approach; how to disarm them with "divide and conquer" methods and take away their power.
I was told that I and other parents who were upset that the teacher had no instructional materials for teaching phonics could not meet as a group with the principal in her office. We would have to come in singly. And I was told if I didn't stop talking to other parents about the fact that teacher not teaching reading, I would lose my job. The principal said she would run me out of the system.
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