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August 2020 by Terry Verduin

GOVERNMENT BARRIERS TO LEARNING

As schools stuff books with key words
they want all students to know,
bored kids flock to screens like birds.
Fun stories make reading grow.

Learn how school reading lists and book fair books limit choice, resulting in government barriers to learning for school and home reading programs.

Big Data Machine?

Bright Line? Will COVID-19 distancing responses remain in place after current outbreaks end? Will on-line-only schooling persist? Will parents gain educational authority? Will big-tech and big-government hang onto the reins?


Basic Instinct? Many parents trust “The System”. They may believe the government “knows best”. The top-down approaches of large-scale operations governing teachers and supplies may be obstacles to learning.


Maze? The “establishment” now relies on big business for rigid education material provisions. This lessens the variety offered. Government money distributions control curricula and drive purchases of computers for homes.


5G World? The Fifth Generation of wireless connections is being hastened to completion. It offers faster and more expansive connectivity than prior generations. There are those who fear overreaching, health and privacy risks.


On the Block? Organizations are turning to blockchain technologies. They facilitate financial accountings and track ownership rights. They also help prevent corruption of agreements, databases and certifications.

Special Needs?

Small Change? In 1975, passage of EHA made education compulsory and equally available to all children at federally-funded schools in the United States. Individualized personal care is provided within this framework.


Huge Following? In 2007 at the UN Headquarters in New York, the CRPD was opened for signature, thus extending the right to a quality, inclusive education for children with disabilities to all member countries.


Grass Roots? HRW is a non-governmental, fundraising and advocacy organization, headquartered in New York City. Its wide network of volunteers monitors global CRPD compliance and accessibility to disabled people.


Look Back? The OECD, WEF and UNICEF focus on prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. Strong education systems elsewhere in the world are based on U.S. learning research and policies no longer in use here.

School Reading Lists & Book Fair Books

Global Business? Scholastic Book Fairs is an international business. It operates throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Ireland and England.


Triple Threat? Scholastic reading fits the drill for age-based tests. Books are designed with key words present in desired frequencies and quantities for targeted age groups. Schools have created tight, big data operations.


Structured Environment? Rigid standardization is not stimulating learning. Scholastic reading materials extend into the home environment via reading list recommendations and inside offerings available at book fairs.


Starlets? School reading lists and book fair books are government-sanctioned. They empower a few publishers, reduce diversity in the supply chain and obstruct the entry of beneficial titles into general programs.


Screen Test? Outside books cannot be used to prepare for inside tests. The administration exerts controls on book buying and promotion from within. Graduating students of this system may function poorly in the real world.

Stronghold?

Cleaning Up? Supervision puts limits on book vocabulary. This policy may keep advanced books from reaching gifted students' hands. The goal is to improve test scores and lower under-performing student dropout rates.


Perpetual? Learning must be willing. Thanks to restrictions, standardization and monopoly, Reading Problems are not being solved. Children are not getting needed one-time-only or continuous assistance.


Golden Hour? No homework may be required. Under pressure to raise graduation rates, educators turn a blind eye to absenteeism. Failing students graduate. The goal is to boost school reputations and draw greater funding.


Wanderlust? Some schools in poor areas are like prisons. Police or guards control premises. Short on supplies, technology and individual attention, educators may arm teachers. Disruptive students are not removed from class.


Doubling Down? Government favors greater funding with reduced accountability. Inquiries or investigations into important issues for student futures often take back seats to power struggles about money.


Rain Dates? Regulators target media, manufacturing, shipping and banking practices. These same officers may ignore the unfair revenue share earned by a single supplier to allied education operations.

Who Benefits?

Profit Conspiracy? Financial subsidies and kick-back incentives reign in schools. Big government and big businesses direct money flows to partnering book presses and test makers. Profit seems to rank higher than learning.


Last Stand? To avoid summer school, online make-up courses may be offered. Struggling students get an opportunity to work at their own pace. Full credit may be received for fast, easy alternatives to traditional classwork.


All the Angles? Politicians, policy makers and educators have set up regulatory states. They leave parents with no true choice in the planned supply of labor, goods or services for the education of their children.


Clear Power Concentrations? Large insiders squeeze out small outsiders in these closed systems. Authority guides standardized-book purchases from approved lists, embedding these lesson materials in schools.


Super Natural? Bureaucracy sets up agencies for protection. Members, agencies and associations prosper. It supports long-standing, monopolistic book fair books and reading lists designed for lower-performing students.

Who is Hurt?

Loud and Clear? Many kids “hate” to read. Big business and public education concentrate power in computer-generated materials based on algorithms. Resulting machine-generated texts are flat, boring and awkward.


Contributors? Super-sized suppliers created with government support may be contributing to student resistance and disengagement. Outside thinking is discouraged by value-free incumbent players driving mass policy.


Risky? In February 2019, AAP published The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health. It found chronic absenteeism accompanies such unhealthy behaviors as smoking, alcohol or drug use and risky sex.


Dealer's Choice? Parents are offered little choice to escape centralized commercial forces of sovereign rule. Innovative tools for specific learning levels, subjects, styles or problems for use at home are hard to find.


VA-VA-VOOM Service? Parents of public school children may be discouraged from buying anything but book fair books. They feel obligated to buy books on age-based reading lists. Independent books are excluded.


System-Wide Bans? Deliberate obstacles block independent books. These include professionals and individuals from companies and organizations in opposition to competition. This structure supports assembly line products.

Performance Enhancement?

From the Same Cloth? Creative writers rarely break through strict book controls. The strength of a single, dominant supplier puts growing reliance on the book fair alliance. Tax dollars are handcuffed to bureaucratic oversight.


Wild, Wild Country? High school graduates may be unprepared for college or the work world. In Palm Beach County, Florida, grades were changed by a vice principal on final online tests; some grades soared from 0% to 95%.


Beauty and the Elements? Students are not stimulated to learn or perform. Rote memorization of test problems and answers within narrow confines does not spark performance excellence or thought processing awareness.


It All Stacks Up? Parents can help struggling, average and gifted students at home with injections of fresh ideas and diverse books. Narrow inventories piloted by pooled big business and big government interests limit horizons.


Right Confections? Independent thinkers and authors online might be the best place for parents to start their searches. Interesting and entertaining resources exist outside “The System”. These may be acquired without cost.

Home Reading Programs?

On the Block? Parents should be empowered to end failing educational programs. They should free to test alternatives. Instead, they find themselves subjected to regulatory states with stagnant learning outcomes at all levels.


Stand Out? An outside approach is less radical than pulling students from broken systems. Although public policy rules home-schooling, innovative books carry low or no cost through Amazon Prime and lending libraries.


In Full Bloom? Free-thinking, real-world communications and connections do not develop with nominal education. This is convenient for the bureaucracy. Marketplace apathy keeps ruling powers in place.


Fine Focus? Parents throughout the world should put greater faith on home literacy. Educators may be inflating graduation rates and teaching students to answer specific questions. Remedial or vocational classes often follow.


Good Change? An in-home and in-class learning split may cut costs, trim commutes and improve teacher satisfaction, health and stress. It may boost student productivity, help family work/life balances, and reduce absenteeism.