11/21/2019 State Board of Education testimony
Parent, Salem-Keizer School District
In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. -Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
In 1841 Methodist Jason Lee opened the Indian Manual Training School, which enforced child separation and assimilation policies in education which resulted in student deaths. These policies remain at Chemawa, nearly 200 years later and even Congressional oversight is unable to slow the rise of behavior incidents and student deaths.
In January of 1856, 480 Cow Creek, Umpqua, Mollala, and Kalapuya people were removed over land to the Grand Ronde Reservation on the Yamhill using forced migration policies. In October 2019, hundreds of houseless American citizens were removed from Salem public property using the same forced migration policies.
In 1917. the Oregon State Legislature created the State Board of Eugenics, which administered standardized mental tests created to sort and rank people in an effort to identify the feebleminded for involuntary sterilization. By the time the law finally changed in 1983, more than 2600 Oregonians had been sterilized, many at Oregon State Hospital, Oregon State Prison and Fairview Training Center, all located in Salem.
Child separation, assimilation, forced migration, standardized testing and sterilizations are all tools of eugenics, a thoroughly disproven theory linking melanin levels to intelligence, achievement and success in humans.
As we consider how we go forward in Oregon education, I would ask us to consider that, as American citizens and Oregon residents, we have a duty to do what’s right for our kids and that we should stop believing the psychometrician, look at our schools and start believing our own lying eyes.
Stop using SBAC and start allowing local outcome measurements.
Cassellius puts moratorium on district’s standardized tests
The U.K.-based Pearson PLC, which saw its education division’s profits increase 175 percent over the next 10 years, administers many of the tests Boston schools use to assess student progress. Until recently, Pearson Education has been the largest of the three leading firms selling to schools curricula that are aligned with the tests mandated by the state and the federal government.
Whyte is dismissive of such curricula.
“They want kids to go on a computer and have a blended learning experience based on the test,” he said.
While the curricula provided by testing companies such as Pearson help schools ensure that students are taught the material that will be covered by the tests used to assess a school’s performance, the testing regimen has in many cases narrowed the range of subjects taught in public and charter schools.
Because school leaders know their schools’ performance will be assessed based on student performance on math and English tests, other subjects such as art, music, physical education, science and history have been dropped in schools across the U.S., as well as in many Massachusetts schools.
“Overuse of testing has totally squeezed out enrichment opportunities, content that otherwise would be provided — and the love of learning,” Tang said.
The education business has been profitable for Pearson, which reportedly earned $470 million in revenue in the U.S. last year. Pearson has been active in the local market, and appears to want to keep it that way. Last year, Pearson paid Boston-based Preti Strategies $60,000 to lobby the Massachusetts legislature.
In February, Pearson sold its courseware business to Nexus Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, for $250 million. As part of the deal, Pearson will get 20 percent of net proceeds from future sales of tests and curricula.
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