When we talk about the people who developed this it becomes a huge issue with me. One would think something as important as education would have had various stakeholders involved like teachers, parents, administrators, students....the actual people who will be most affected by the action of reform. Many of these people weren't even invited to be part of it until after the fact. I can't help but think of the money trail and the motive behind much of this:
The list of private interest is long and disturbing. There are enormous profits to be had from the sale of computer hardware, support and training, curriculum materials and e-books. But what seems to be attracting the most attention from private interests is the business of data-mining. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation and Rupert Murdoch have funded one of the first corporations involved in data-mining — inBloom. In researching inBloom Inc., you will find the model for how foundations and other private interests align with government to support private, profitable endeavors through our public schools.
A report by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, “A Framework for a Multistate Human Capital Development Data System,” emphasizes the importance of a national data system. In the report, our children are referred to as human capital. On the final page of the report, it reads, “… our gratitude also goes to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided funding for this paper ...”