Ken Previti is a retired Illinois teacher, public education advocate and a fellow education blogger.
Among the most outspoken education advocates in the nation, Ken Previti is known for his hard-hitting, truth-telling blog posts about the ongoing efforts to undermine public education and the issues surrounding the legal and contractual rights of active and retired teachers.
Ken’s blog is titled, “Reclaim Reform,” because, as he puts it, we must “’Reclaim Reform’ from the Corporate Industrial Education Complex which is attempting to dismantle public education and attempting to raid public pension (deferred income) funds for the profits of multinational investors.”
His blog posts are always informative, witty and powerful. His latest is entitled, OPT OUT: What would Kurt Vonnegut do?. Ken writes,
Kurt Vonnegut, the writer and seer, was famous for seeing right through the fallacy of blind acceptance. Anything presented as progress that wasn’t actual progress was repeatedly exposed by Vonnegut for the destructive stuff it actually was.
State mandated high stakes tests for children are the latest for-profit craze that monetizes and dehumanizes children.
But, hey, that’s progress and we can’t go backwards, can we?
“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” – Kurt Vonnegut
How can you opt out for your child?
Go to United Opt Out for sample letters for each state. The letters work, but it’s up to you to take “a step backward, after making a wrong turn” to make “a step in the right direction.” Your children will know that that is true progress for children.
A previous piece Ken asked, Does Don DeLillo support Opting Out ?
You can read Ken Previti’s work at: https://reclaimreform.com/