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And so on, getting more and more decadant. Here are the recipes that appeared on my hedonist menu:
Quails Roasted With Bacon and Foie Gras, Puree de Pommes de Terre la Truffe, Creme Brulee With Truffles, and Truffle martini.
Make other initial choices and you might end up with items ranging from chocolate bread pudding with bacon Crème Anglaise to a pottage of Indian corn.
These Thanksgiving menu items should remind us that advocacy positions trumpeted in education have consequences for children. The Nostalgist, Purist, Global Economy/Common Coreist, and so on all have specific curriculum expectations. To sort them out, let's consider three responses to the key question: What's the purpose of education?
Depending on the choice, the list below is typical of the books a child is likely to encounter.
a) Whole Child: The Day Jimmy’s Boa At the Wash
b) Traditional: George Washington and the General’s Dog
c) Global Economy/Common Core: Eat My Dust! Henry Ford's First Race
a) Whole Child: Stone Fox
b) Traditional: George Washington: An American Life
c) Global Economy/Common Core: Giants of American Industry: John D. Rockefeller
a) Whole Child: The Great Gilly Hopkins
b) Traditional: Little Women
c) Global Economy/Common Core: John D. Rockefeller: Anointed with Oil
a) Whole Child: Hunger Games,XCVIII
b) Traditional: Moby Dick
c) Global Economy/Common Core: The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy
To further the agenda for producing workers for the global economy and acknowledge that books are passé, all C choices will be presented in e-format.
I had so much fun with the awfulness of the hedonist Thanksgiving recipes that I wanted to duplicate them for education. But then I realized the hedonist position is what the Global Economy/Common Coreists are all about. The only difference is their pleasure comes not from eating the diet themselves but from stuffing it down children.
We could also call Global Economy/Common Coreists the baconists of education practice. It's their money so, as Homer Simpson advised, "When you're in my house you shall do as I do and believe who I believe in. So Bart, butter your bacon."
When you take Bill Gates money, you'd better be ready to butter up the pedagogical bacon for children.
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