The People, LLC’s “Bottom Line”
(reprinted with permission)
IF GOV. FALLIN (OKLAHOMA) "REPEALED" COMMON CORE:
HOW CAN SHE SUPPORT THIS?
WHEN IT DOES THIS:
This Initiative Will...
• Elevate the importance of postsecondary education—a degree or workforce certificate—as the “new minimum” in order to gain access to opportunities.
Surely, someone made a mistake...
IF GOV. JINDAL OPPOSES COMMON CORE:
HOW CAN HE SUPPORT THIS?
WHEN IT DOES THIS?
The WISE Fund will allocate funding through a performance-based formula that rewards and incentivizes the degrees that occupational forecasting and industry have shown are the most employable and the most in demand. To receive these funds, institutions will have to partner with private industry by recruiting at least a 20 percent private match in cash or in kind, such as technology and equipment.
Using data-driven predictive modeling with actual numbers from business and industry, experts were able to figure out how to predict how many and what level of degrees needed to meet workforce demands.
Surely, someone MUST be mistaken…
The connection between the governor’s WISE fund and K-12 can be seen via this piece from Achieve:
"The Bottom Line
For the college‐ and career‐ready graduation requirements to take root in your state, it is critical to integrate the policy into the state’s broader policy framework, including linking K‐12, postsecondary and workforce policies and programs. The more the various policies are integrated together, the harder it is to dismantle any one of the individual policies, and student transitions from K‐12 to postsecondary and/or the workforce will only be made smoother. In particular, ensuring a state’s K‐12 system is in alignment with – and reinforced by – the state’s economic development and workforce development strategies can go a long way towards creating efficiencies in governance and resource allocation, making the case for more dynamic and rigorous knowledge and skills development at the high school level, engaging key business and labor representatives around education reform, and developing strong P‐20‐workforce pipelines to the benefit of the greater community."
The People, LLC’s “Bottom Line”:It is not the role of government to develop a workforce. One of the main problems many have with the Common Core [agenda] is that industry is behind the Standards and businesses are utilizing our schools to develop their workforces. So:
- – If the governor's goal of using our schools to create a workforce has not changed, how different should we expect that any “new” standards will be?
- – Citizens should be free to decide if they wish to be formally educated and to decide for themselves which career path they will choose. Instead, our Louisiana government forces citizens to attend school and chooses a career path for each individual according to projected workforce quotas. This same government then educates citizens in order that those quotas may be filled.
- – The career path is chosen BEFORE the child reaches the post-secondary learning environment.
- – There is no provision for the child who may choose a career path that government does not agree with or for which it has no projected need to fill.
- – What happens if the “predictive modeling” is wrong, causing the supply of workers with particular skills to exceed the demand for those skills? What will those students do? Will they have to be re-educated?
Workforce training in the U.S.A. is supposed to be the concern, expense, and responsibility of each employer.
We're supposed to have to travel to socialist/communist/fascist countries to find education being used to fill workforce quotas.
Welcome to Governor Jindal's AMERIKA.