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Why Does the Education Media Continue to Genuflect Over Achieve Press Releases?


"Achieve, a nonprofit group created after the 1996 Educational Summit of governors and business leaders meeting to firm up their curriculum regulations for the schools, hires out its "benchmarking services" to individual states. These services are pricey, but Achieve is quick to point out that states don't have to pony up the money for educational overhaul. In a cozy rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul arrangement among business brethren, Achieve helps states find funding to pay off the consultants Achieve sends in. The Illinois Achieve Review, for example, was co-sponsored by the Illinois Business Roundtable, the Ohio Review by the Ohio Business Roundtable, and so on. There you have it: big business hires big business to pronounce judgment on the work of teachers. Big business hires big business to pronounce judgment on what children need. In Illinois the roving consultants announce that the state's children need more intensive phonics; in Ohio they call for children to learn about native son William Dean Howells; in New Jersey they call for a beefing-up of academic writing. Yes, if Achieve has its way, students who don't measure up in academic writing will be benched. Permanently. No high school diploma. "


— Susan Ohanian
What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?

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