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"Skin in the Game.."
A friend of mine, when he was building a movement, once said to a group of
us who'd volunteered to help: "You gotta put a little skin in the game." It was a "yeah, yeah, yeah, volunteerism
is great and everything, but I need more than your time, I need your money" kind of statement.
up" and I haven't "shut up" since. He's doing good work. He needs my and others' support.
"skin" in a different game now. I got real skin covering real people. My kids' skin as they lumber into their
public school buildings every morning; their sleepy eye lid skin covering their sleepy eyes; their calloused skin covering
their typing and writing finger tips; their dimpled skin covering their "locked-into-the-sitting-position" buttocks
(I'm not sure about that skin, I can only judge by my own and that skin for sure is dimpled...)
I don't want to
"put up" the "skin" I have in the standardized testing game. I'm a parent. I want real choices for my
children. I do not want to even sit at the table of this cheatin' game. It's played , it seems, in a smoke filled basement
of high rollers with their fat political bellies popping out of their barely button shirts.
These are the kinds
of men from whom I normally keep a distance. They're the "know it all" guys who don't know a thing about public
education yet they make all the decisions. Or maybe they do know one thing: that there is a whole lot of money to be made
from the skin of the backs of my children and so there they sit on the fat and most definitely dimpled skin of their dimpled
derrieres and make decisions that skin the future right off of our children.
"Skinning the future right off
of our children..."
"No diploma for YOU, 3.7 GPA tenth grade girl! You were not one of the 21% of students
who passed the test!", the organizer of this stinky game might say. "What? You want to do WHAT?! You want to go
to college and learn to care for children with special needs? You have the patience for THAT? Get a life, girl of potential;
girl of enthusiasm; girl. We don't want your kind 'round these high school graduation parts.
No fourth grade for
YOU, third grade boy who lives in a shelter!; Boy whose family made sacrifices none of my or my high-falutin' buddies' families
will ever have to consider because we are rich, rich, rich! What? DON'T YOU DARE QUESTION WHY MY BOYS WENT TO THE $40,000/year
PRIVATE SCHOOL! So what my children did not take any standardized test?! You make an issue of that, third grade boy, and
I will make your school life as miserable as your personal life. Don't think I won't do it.
I already have...
No electives and career preparation classes for any of YOU, you level ones and twos! No physical activity either! Get off
of your fat asses (well, continue to sit on them) and LEARN TO PASS THE TEST! What!? I don't care if you actually LEARN
you say?! I and my buddies just want you to take the test you say?! Actually, you'r right, go ahead and don't learn! Just
take the test over and over again.
It's a velveteen nightmare. There they are the
cigar smoking education big whigs. My president, my governor, my educational commissioner (she's a girl and good for her!
She enjoys a stogie with the best of the men!), superintendents, principals--there they all are beckoning me to the table.
"C'mon!" they call up from the basement, "Put some skin in the game!"
"I'll raise your
rigor and double the accountability!" they gaily proclaim as they toss in a state's third grade students.
"I'll call your accountability for children and raise you accountability for teachers", they chortle as they
"pony up" VAM formulas and teachers' careers.
They all look at me standing on the first of the basement's
stairs? "Whatcha got? Just skin?! Well bring it on down here!"
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