Wrestling with Vampires

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
10/30/2012
       
Wrestling with Vampires

My American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines "vampire" as: 1. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people. 2. A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others. My contention is that there is a kind of person who seems to combine aspects of the two types of vampires. They are educationists who work in groups to extort billions of dollars from the “sleeping people” called taxpayers for a bogus product called “education reform,” and they also suck out the brains and intelligence of the children who will be the subject of these reforms.

My American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines "vampire" as: 1. A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people. 2. A person, such as an extortionist, who preys upon others. My contention is that there is a kind of person who seems to combine aspects of the two types of vampires. They are educationists who work in groups to extort billions of dollars from the “sleeping people” called taxpayers for a bogus product called “education reform,” and they also suck out the brains and intelligence of the children who will be the subject of these reforms.

Sucking out the brains of children may be a bit extreme in the image it conveys. But it’s hard for me to actually describe what they do without indulging in some poetic license. How do you describe the dumbing-down process so that the average parent can understand what you are talking about? I could call these educators misguided, or misinformed, or ignorant. But these vampires all have advanced degrees from good universities, and they work in some of the most prestigious political think-tanks in Washington. And they think nothing of dreaming up useless reforms that will cost billions of dollars, for they know what an easy touch the average American is when you mention that it’s all for the children.

Actually, I have been wrestling with these educational vampires for over thirty years before I realized what and who I was dealing with. It is when they came up with this Common Core State Standards nonsense that I realized that the authors and authorizers of this program were indeed vampires. They don’t arise out of their graves, although they worship the ghosts of John Dewey and Horace Mann. Indeed, they are very much alive and are well ensconced in very comfortable working quarters. They are pure unadulterated extortionists because they provide nothing of value but require taxpayers to shell out billions for their efforts. Their enablers and co-conspirators are politicians who pass laws implementing these reforms.

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