On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM, Clyde Greeno @ MALEI <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > A strawman war! >
I've come mostly to Clyde's view on CCSS, which is that having states churn about all this is fairly innocuous and is a fine excuse to create at least a few positions that pay, even if most are part time.
In contrast to how much it costs to keep a standing army sitting around the world mostly doing nothing useful beyond keeping said army fed, sheltered and in uniform, it's relatively affordable to have civilian adults commute or, better, telecommute, to day jobs where they argue about "y = mx + b" and the other memes (dots, nodes) they want to see included in public school curricula, perhaps out of nostalgia or because it's what some of the beacon schools have been doing.
As I posted to another list on this same topic recently:
"The standards committees are mostly busy work for people who need some kind of income based on what little they learned in school (not a whole lot in most cases). We must indulge our fellow Americans in their busy work because that's a way to stay self respecting, to don business dress and pilot an automobile to a place called an office."
Like the military (costly doing nothing, more costly wreaking havoc), the rest of government is very much a jobs program and local governments are seeing a rationale for getting together with educationists and performing innocuous activities that don't even bring them into much contact with the kids (in which case more fingerprinting would be required, at least in Oregon). Once you're "finished" with school you're expected to "work" (is how the thinking seems to go) and here's "work" that requires knowing little more than one "learned" already, so a perfect fit. The same familiar schooling continues but now with a pay check and more meetings. We're adults, yippee. Now you've got mouths to feed, bills to pay.
As readers here know, I regard the education most Americans get as laughably out of date and the end product is dorky and scarcely competent (hence the huge military / prison population and the paid jobs those provide). Sweden and Finland: different animals. Lots of diverse opportunities on this planet. If you want your kids to get a good education, there's always home school + distance. Unfortunately, mostly the public schools are for losers these days and we'd like to rescue more kids from the fates of their parents (ignorant jingoist yahoos a lot of 'em -- way too many of 'em).
That's work for a lot of people too (rescuing the kids), even if not in government. The private sector has its place.