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5 Biggest Lies About the Right-Wing Corporate-Backed War on Our Schools


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, education, news, GoodNews, native politics, goodnews, government, culture, society, republicans, news, dishonesty )

Cal
- 1067 days ago - alternet.org
Though National School Choice Week has some liberal support, its primary backers are deeply conservative activists whose goal is to dissolve public education in the US.



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Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 4:42 am
noted
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 5:17 am
noted, thank you Cal
 

Teresa W. (707)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 5:36 am
noted
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 6:52 am
This exposes the problems with "school choise". It is difficult enough for the schools to teach equally when they have reduced funding, but rewarding those schools that have better test scores and punishing teachers and schools who do not is not the answer. In this case many many students will be punished as well and our nation will habe an even poorer and less educated populace than now. There are always private schools which get funding from the parents who choose them. Don't handicap the public schools even further or those who cannot afford private school will be screwed. Then so will the majority of the USA. This is just another tool for the 1% (and the Koch stinkers) to promote economic prejudice.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 2:36 pm
This article was so long it's difficult to respond to. This is idea of school choice boils down to the fact that urban schools are not meeting the needs of the children. This is not the fault of the teachers, as an urban high school teacher for 8 years, I know what I'm talking about. The only reason I resigned was a student ran out of my classroom, yelling, "I'm gonna get a gun, and kill you." This was due to the fact he didn't have his homework, and I gave him a zero(9th grader).
I have written this before: What happened to the financial win fall the Newark schools received nearly 2 ago? Are the schools better? Of course not. This money went to the repairing of destroyed windows, graffiti removal, replacing stolen computers, upgrading metal detectors, repairing destroyed fencing in the playground, and around teachers' parking - this includes new barbed wire fencing.
As Lyndon Johnson said: "You can't turn chicken sh*t into chicken salad."
 

Dean M. (0)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 5:48 pm
Excellent article!
 

Colleen Reid (1)
Tuesday January 24, 2012, 5:57 pm
good article
 

New G. (8)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 12:27 am
Thank you.
 

Natasha L. (19)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 3:25 am
Thanks
 

Rachel D. (57)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 3:54 am
All part of the right wingers' plans to regress the USA into a third world country - one set of private schools for the elites, the underfunded public schools for the proles. This is exactly how it is in traditionally "underdeveloped" countries, mainly former colonized countries. What used to set the USA apart was equality of opportunity and high quality public education for all and now that's going down the drain thanks to greed, misanthropy, brainwashing and complacency.
 

Dragan Dan (19)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 4:14 am
noted
 

Daniel Brannen (0)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 4:44 am
This confirm my view of the deliberate attempt by the conservative (mainly ultra conservatives suckering moderate conservatives into this) to extend the division between the classes. The wealthy have power and seek to increase that power and wealth at the costs of the middle class and poor. They seek a return to a fuedal society where the lords rule and the serfs comply. The biggest threat to them is freedom of education and thought. An educated populace makes it harder for them to achieve their goals whereas an uneducated populace tends to accept their fate and fall for the conservative message. The separartion becomes similar to teen movies about public school vs the elite Boarding schools. The elite boarding school turns out a more sophisticated, elitist punk who becomes a lawyer or corporate track exec who will eventually seek office and continue the power grab. The public school turns out burger flippers, atheletes, lower level workers and others toys for the elites enjoyment. Its not just race anymore, its back to bloodlines like royalty.
 

Brian M. (202)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 12:06 pm
If their mouths are moving, then they are certainly lying.
 

Sandi C. (217)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 4:33 pm
NOTED!
 

Roseann d. (178)
Wednesday January 25, 2012, 9:26 pm
We don't want corporate cronyism dictating our kids' educational curriculum and agenda... Churning out good little cogs to fit their greed driven wheels. We need to teach critical thinking, science, the arts, and humanities, logic, in addition to the core curriculum. Just take a look at the anti-science cronyism creeping into science classes in Texas, questioning climate change and suckering another generation into dependency on dirty energy and fossil fuels.
 

Lauren F. (0)
Friday January 27, 2012, 7:31 am
thanks for the article.
 
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