Charter schools and the road to private school vouchers

Charter Schools:  It’s all about market share and yes, vouchers Remember the ‘voucher’ movement?  I do, I wrote a book on it some ten years ago as it swept the nation as rightwing bad breath has a tendency to do.  “Choice” then, as now, was the favorite word of the sophists that tried to sell […]

American Mantra: Free Market Capitalism and Obama

American Mantra: Free Market Capitalism and Obama By Peter Phillips Free Market Capitalism remains the dominant American ideological truth. The decline of communism opened the door for unrepentant free marketers to boldly espouse market competition as the final solution for global harmony. According to the American mantra, if given the opportunity to freely develop, the […]

CENSORED IN 1999

CENSORED IN 1999: MONSANTO’S GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS THREATEN WORLD PRODUCTION Over the 12,000 years that humans have been farming, a rich tradition of seed saving has developed. Men and women choose seeds from the plants that are best adapted to their own locale and trade them within the community, enhancing crop diversity and success rates. […]

GOOD NEWS FOR CHARTER SCHOOL CHAINS IN CALIFORNIA: ASSET STRIPPING GIVES THEM TITLES TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The real problem is the elephant in the room within which we all live: capitalism. According to Elena Aguilar, a writer for Edutopia: All the failing schools in Los Angeles are in low-income neighborhoods. We don’t want to acknowledge that we live in highly segregated cities and that especially in California our taxation system has produced major inequities in how schools are funded. The blame our schools are receiving is justified; it is morally reprehensible that they fail millions of children, but it is capitalism and our corrupt system of taxation and that should also be condemned. I fear that until we start having that discussion, we aren’t really going to get to the root of things and create an equitable education system for all children