This Summer's Dog and Pony Shows Commence With A Brazen Common Core Promotion
“The commission will be responsible for analyzing top performing education systems in the nation, identifying issues impacting Michigan’s academic success, and recommending changes to restructure Michigan’s education system.”
You will be forgiven for harboring suspicions that this is another vehicle to promote Common Core. It is. Same type of political сове́т that did such a fine job promoting Proposal 2015-01. Remember TAMC? This playbook is getting old.
Note that Governor Snyder’s press release makes no mention of determining the acceptable level of graft in Michigan’s urban school districts. The real difference between top performing school districts in Michigan and their failing peers. You can bet your bottom dollar that the 21st Century Education Commission will not touch corruption with a ten foot pole. But that perennial government favorite, new taxes, will get prominent coverage.
The 21st Century Education Commission is just another ‘dog and pony show’ to distract Michigan voters from real solutions, and provides cover to legislators determined to vote against their constituents wishes. Michigan government stopped working years ago, so now we are left with optics. What used to be called ‘dog and pony shows’.
Speaking of Michigan malfunctions, Governor Snyder just asked the Legislature to extend the Flint water emergency 122 days, until August 14th. Contradicts all the happy talk yesterday about Flint water lead levels dropping. None of the recent Flint lead testing conforms to a properly designed experiment, but this was just another exercise in optics. Conducted by idiots. The people of Flint are truly screwed. You will be hearing about lead flakes for a very long time. Long after our August 2nd primary has been conducted.
Food for thought.