Last year, at least three CPS high schools "partnered" with outside organizations in the hopes of completely transforming their schools. Hancock High School paid one partner $740,264.00. This year, the city is going down the same road, partnering more schools with these organizations and once again lining the pockets of enterprising do-gooders with corporate agendas.
Research shows partner organizations to have limited classroom experience, yet copious knowledge of New Age corporate mumbo-jumbo.
Twenty days into the school year, the following has been heard from a "partner":
- "We need a way to codify, contextualize, and normalize the protocols which we wish to use."
- "It's all of our responsibility to socialize this information to create a longer shelf-life. Socialize refers to getting people familiar with what's happening. All of the stakeholders need to be socialized to this shared informational experience."
- "Don't be afraid to lean into discomfort. To be vulnerable in a public space. This is when true growth occurs."
- "Do you like being healthy?"
Codify? Contextualize? Normalize? Last time WCT checked, English was the primary language spoken in public schools. And the verb socialize? The definition of this word is, "to place under government or group ownership or control." Partners must not realize that most teachers did indeed read 1984 in high school.
As for the final question, the obvious answer is: "No, I don't like being healthy."