Jeff Bryant writes here of the uses of a crisis.
When everything is terrible, terrible, and getting worse, the public can be convinced to go along with any crazy idea, even to hand their children over to for-profit entrepreneurs.
The next crisis, he predicts, will occur when the results of Common Core testing come in, as they already have in Kentucky. There, the proportion of students meeting proficiency levels dropped by nearly one-third and the achievement gaps grew larger. This is a crisis! More proof that our schools are failing!
As Rick Hess pointed out in an earlier post, many reformers expect the Common Core standards and assessments to convince suburban parents to abandon their public schools.
There will be mass demand for privatization, for online charter schools, for vouchers, for new hardware and new software.