Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Meet the Common Corps

We have been for a very long time now to bring meaningful reform to education with sadly mixed results.  We've tried to set requirements for our schools' teachers to teach to standardized tests so that they all teach the same thing and we've created common core standards to even further bring the type of standardization to education that we've been craving since efficiency efforts first set their sights on education back at the beginning of the twentieth century.

However, it's never worked.  Why?  Simply put, you can give two McDonalds similar recipes and condiments, but if one is serving all beef patties and the other is serving burgers full of filler, they're just not going to turn out the same.   The same is true of students who have radically different student bodies.

The Common Corps is our initiative to finally standardized the student bodies across all schools.  Over the next 20 years, we propose to replace our public school student population with Common Corps members.

  • While not all Common Corps members are rich, they are all comfortably middle class, which means they exhibit none of the food insecurity or post traumatic stress the seem so prevalent among lower income students.
  • While not all Common Corps members are white, they are very familiar with majority culture and will not miss any reference found on state standardized tests.
  • All Common Corps members are from loving two parent households.
  • All Common Corps members are fluent in English
  • All Common Corps members are of above average intelligence and none will require special education services.
  • All Common Corps members have excellent conflict resolution skills and can solve all problems by simply discussing things like rational human beings.
By replacing the student body of all schools with Common Core members, we will finally be able to compare schools on an even playing field because they will have exactly the same type of students.  This is an idea whose time has come and  the final step in our efforts to improve education for all students by replacing those students.

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