The U.S. Department of Education probably thought it would start a nice book chat when it celebrated Read Across America day by asking on its Facebook page what people are reading. Instead, it got a barrage of posts from teachers and parents protesting the Common Core standards and/or Education Secretary Arne Duncan's test-driven approach to education reform.
"I'm reading Reign of Error, Mercedes K. Schneider's blog, EduShyster, Jersey Jazzman and everything else I can get my hands on that informs me as a parent to help my children escape from the pseudo-science of the corporate reform movement's nonsense curriculum," read a typical comment.
Diane Ravitch's "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools" was cited by many of the 184 people who had posted as of Tuesday afternoon.
Some got more creative. “Race To The Top of Gates Mountain" and “Harry Plotter: Similarities Between the U.S. Department of Education and The Ministry of Magic," replied Jacob Rosecrants, a former high school teacher.
Michael Bohr, whose Facebook page identifies him as a "contemporary insurgent," wrote a poem, apparently inspired by the Dr. Seuss theme that's part of the official Read Across America event:
I am busy reading all the writings on the wall
Of which I doubt you've read any of that at all.
For if you did, I'm sure that you would probably see
Thanks to Vivian Connell, a former Providence High teacher who's now a lawyer working with Public Schools First NC, for the heads-up on this entertaining thread.