The Race to Nowhere

A lot of reports tell about the “Race to the Top” and the $400 million lost to NJ, but said little about the details to their readers and listeners.

1)  Limiting the awards to just 12 states discriminates against the other 38 states and territories. Shouldn’t the US Supreme Court ban this as unconstitutional?


2)  I heard that the money was really $100 million a year for four years. $50 million would be used to buy tests from unnamed corporations, and the other $50 million would be used to hire unnamed corporations to administer these tests. Not one dollar would go to pay personnel or buy supplies for NJ schools!

3)  The “Race to the Top” seems like a dishonest question-begging label. The schemers who promote this program claim they can make all students test above average. That only happens in fiction, like “Lake Woebegone”.

4)  The scams of “No Child Left Behind” were exposed in Diane Ravitch’s book “The Death and Life of the Great American School System”. Spending more time teaching Reading and Arithmetic leads to better test scores in these areas, but no improvements in SAT scores which test other areas as well. Only a few charter schools with a nine-hour school day and a longer school year show better results overall. But Education in schools is not an end in itself but a means to an end (else students would never graduate).

5)  The failure to mention the above shows the lower quality in today’s corporate-owned media. Who is watching what government is doing?

Ronald A. Sobieraj
Perth Amboy

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