Little Ray shows how Government Barriers sting students, parents and teachers, displayed at 50% of viewport width.
August 2019 by Terry Verduin


As schools stuff books with key words
they want all students to know,
bored kids flock to screens like birds.
Fun stories make reading grow.

Learn how school reading lists and book fair books limit choice, resulting in government barriers to learning for school and home reading programs.

Maze? The “establishment” gives power to big business for rigid education material provisions. This lessens reading variety. It is failing half of school children. Government money distributions control curricula.

Doubling Down? Government favors greater funding with reduced accountability. Inquiries or investigations into important issues for student futures take back seats to politically-skewed power struggles about money.

Rain Dates? Regulators target media, manufacturing, shipping and banking practices. The Federal Trade Commission ignores the unfair revenue shares earned by inside suppliers to allied central eduction operations.

Contributors? Super-sized suppliers created with government support may be contributing to student resistance and disengagement. Outside thinking is discouraged by value-free incumbent players driving mass group-think.

Red Alert? Few students enjoy class activities. Consumer welfare is harmed by government controls on labor, goods and services. Charter schools, private schools, school vouchers and tax credits are not within everyone's reach.

Basic Instinct? Many parents trust “The System”. They may believe the government “knows best”. The top-down approaches of large-scale operations governing teachers should be explored as obstacles to learning.

Wanderlust? Some schools in poor cities are run like prisons. Police or guards control premises. Short on supplies, technology and individual attention, educators opt to arm teachers. Commutes limit time for homework.

Grass Roots? Mastery programs guide coursework by personal strengths and weaknesses. Students build confidence as they learn course content through worksheets, discussions, coursework, internships and tests.

Examples include: Iowa's Muscatine Community School District Ohio's credit-flex, Brooklyn's M.S. 442 School for Innovation, District of Columbia and Bethesda, Maryland's Mysa Menu and some “micro-schools”.

On the Sunny Side? Individualized education results show some reading and math improvements. Gifted, average and under-performing students can breeze through mastered content and focus on personal deficiencies.

Island Time? Mastery-Based Approaches are being tested in a few schools across the U.S. Qualified students advance at their own pace to achieve graduation. Book Fair promotions and other pay-backs remain.

Dopamine High? The current administration is expanding school-choice options. Four educational policy types are: intra-district, inter-district, charter school and private schools. Improvements in learning are not yet evident.

Look Back? The OECD, WEF and UNICEF focus on prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. Strong education systems elsewhere in the world are based on long-forgotten U.S. learning research and policies.

Perpetual? Learning must be willing. Thanks to restrictions, standardization and monopoly, Reading Problems are not being solved. Children, who read boring materials, are unlikely to become creative or motivated thinkers.

School Reading Lists & Book Fair Books

Triple Threat? Reading has become a drill for age-based tests. Books are designed with key words present in desired frequencies and quantities for targeted age groups. Schools have created tight, big data operations.

Clear Education Power Concentrations? Large insiders squeeze out small outsiders in this closed system. Authority guides standardized-book purchases from approved lists, embedding these lesson materials in schools.

Super Natural? Bureaucracy sets up agencies for protection. Members, agencies and associations prosper. It supports long-standing, monopolistic book fair books and reading lists designed for lower-performing students.

Cleaning Up? Supervision puts limits on book vocabulary. This policy may keep advanced books from reaching gifted students' hands. The goal is to improve test scores and lower under-performing student dropout rates.

Profit Conspiracy? Financial subsidies and kick-back incentives reign in schools. Big government and big businesses direct money flows to partnering book presses and test makers. Profit seems to rank higher than learning.

System-Wide Bans? Deliberate obstacles block independent books. These include professional reviews and grade-level ratings from companies in opposition to competition. The conspiracy supports assembly line products.

Starlets? School reading lists and book fair books are government-sanctioned. They empower a few publishers, reduce diversity in the supply chain and obstruct the entry of beneficial titles into general programs.

VA-VA-VOOM Service? Parents of public school children may be discouraged from buying anything but book fair books. They feel obligated to buy books on age-based reading lists. Independent books are excluded.

From the Same Cloth? Creative writers rarely break through strict book controls. The strength of a single, dominant supplier puts growing reliance on the book fair alliance. Tax dollars are handcuffed to bureaucratic oversight.

Screen Test? Outside books cannot be used to prepare for inside tests. The administration exerts controls on book buying and promotion from within. Graduating students of this system may function poorly in the real world.

Loud and Clear? Many kids “hate” to read. Big business and public education concentrate power in computer-generated materials based on algorithms. Resulting machine-generated texts are flat, boring and awkward.

Wild, Wild Country? High school graduates may be unprepared for college or the work world. In Palm Beach County, Florida, grades were changed by a vice principal on final online tests; some grades soared from 0% to 95%.

Beauty and the Elements? A recent analysis by The Education Trust of 5 traditional middle schools and one K-8 school found classroom assignments to be below established standards. Students were not stimulated to perform.

Home Reading Programs

All the Angles? Politicians, policy makers and educators have set up a regulatory state. They leave parents with no true choice in the planned supply of labor, goods or services for the education of their children.

Golden Hour? No homework may be required. Under pressure to raise graduation rates, educators turn a blind eye to absenteeism. Failing students graduate. The goal is to boost school reputations and draw greater funding.

Last Stand? To avoid summer school, online make-up courses are offered. Struggling students get an opportunity to work at their own pace. Full credit may be received for fast, easy alternatives to traditional classwork.

Risky? In February 2019, AAP published The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health. It found chronic absenteeism accompanies such unhealthy behaviors as smoking, alcohol or drug use and risky sex.

It all stacks up? Parents can help struggling, average and gifted students at home with injections of fresh ideas and diverse books. Narrow inventories piloted by pooled big business and big government interests limit horizons.

On the Block? Parents should be empowered to end failing educational programs. They should free to test alternatives. Instead, they find themselves subjected to a regulatory state with stagnant learning outcomes at all levels.

Structured Environment? Rigid standardization is not stimulating learning. Assessment of Education Progress, or the 2019 Nation's Report Card found lower reading scores than in 2017 for 4th and 8th graders.

Dealer's Choice? Parents are offered little choice to escape centralized commercial forces of sovereign rule. Innovative tools for specific learning levels, styles or problems to use in home reading programs are hard to find.

Right Confections? Independent thinkers and authors online might be the best place for parents to start their searches. Interesting and entertaining resources exist outside “The System”. These may be acquired without cost.

Stand Out? An outside approach is less radical than pulling students from broken systems. Although public policy rules home-schooling, innovative books carry low or no cost through Amazon Prime and lending libraries.

In Full Bloom? Free-thinking, real-world communications and connections do not develop with nominal education. This is convenient for the bureaucracy. Marketplace apathy keeps ruling powers in place.

Fine Focus? Parents in the United States should put greater faith on home literacy. Educators may be inflating graduation rates and teaching students to answer specific questions. Remedial or vocational classes often follow.