We see social engineering now at the center of all educational reform. Whether at the local level or, as is now more and more the case, at the federal level (Race to the Top moneys to support Common Core), the meta-purpose is a new social engineering whereby the individual teacher, the individual student, or even the individual principal is moved away from center stage.
Systemic reorganization of educational institutions pretends to have as its highest goal “efficiency,” where students move smoothly toward their goals without setbacks, failures, or unnerving attacks on their self-esteem. A new meta-control by the master puppeteers of management infrastructure working alongside software curriculum creators is the basis for a new partnership. The roles of individual actors within the schools – student, counselor, teacher, or even principal – become supporting cast, so to speak, for the overarching goals set by this partnership.
Even the widespread use of technology to provide the students with computers and new software to facilitate learning, while useful, merely creates an appearance of structure over a dumbing down and settling into mediocrity or worse: total contempt for and disintegration of learning and mental process for the vast majority of people. The individual student does not have to think; rather, the program he or she is using takes him or her step-by-step, inexorably to the correct answer. This serves the agenda of the master puppeteers mentioned above. They will tighten their controls and the dependence of others who are struggling in the schools.
Controversy over implementation is superficial and tends to obscure the totalitarian impulse behind their machinations. For example, Michael Bloomberg and William “Bill” de Blasio are successive mayors of New York City. Both are statists. Both believe that the government should organize most facets of human experience and suppress individualism in the schools and other segments of society. Both want to dumb down the schools in the context of a gung-ho spirit of reform. There is to be an illusion of progress and success despite an ongoing downgrading and dilution of educational achievement and motivation.