For the past three decades, it seems our nation’s educators have bear the brunt of the outcry about “failing schools.” Educators, once praised and hailed as heroes, have essentially become villains and scapegoats for our “failing schools.” But is this really the case? The start of the outcry about failing schools coincided with the rise of the charter school system (i.e. privatization of our nation’s public schools.) Additionally, successive administrations have implemented educational standards where teachers are held accountable for failing students and schools, based on the scores of standardized exams.
In this article, the author argues that standardized testing, vouchers and and charter schools essentially amount to a corporate takeover of our public schools. When the landmark educational report, “A Nation at Risk” was issued in 1983, the outcry from all corners of American life was loud. However, the author notes A Nation was “remarkably free of facts and solid data.” A subsequent and less known report, “Sandia Report,” argued that the failing test scores highlighted in a Nation at Risk, was really down the increase in the number of students taking exams and not actually the test scores. Additionally, their large teacher unions means educators lack accountability and the bad ones stay in the classroom.