Saturday, August 23, 2014
News Media Complicit With Ed 'Reformers'
I have come to believe all educational policy today is created on the scale of cognitive dissonance. For example, it never ceases to amaze me that our Governor has said - in no uncertain terms in an Executive Order - that Oklahoma's education should not be federally controlled, yet we go constantly to the feds for money in order to support our spending habits.
It's not just education policy however, that is full of this psychological theory. The news media is tasked - ostensibly - with REPORTING news. Note that report does not mean, "create", "stylize", "censor" - yet, the typical news media of today is doing exactly that, in every area of our lives.
Take KOCO-TV, for example. Monday, they added to their website this article, "Oklahoma Seeks Federal Waiver Over Common Core Repeal". First of all, the title is completely wrong. We did not seek a waiver because of Common Core's repeal. Second of all, our state department of education has applied for an EXTENSION of our CURRENT NCLB Waiver, asking the feds to tweak a few of our 'assurances'. Nothing more, nothing less.
Did ROPE want them to do that? Of course not. We prefer to let the waiver go, like the other states across the nation that have or simply didn't apply.
Yet this isn't the point. The point is that I posted a very cogent, reasoned, retort to this ridiculous post, only to see KOCO censure it from the page. How's that for excellence in journalism? Here is the post I made that was censored. What do you think? Was there a reason for this to be kept from public view?