The privatization of education, the colonization of subjectivity

On June 2nd I was notified that an article I wrote, Neoliberalism, Charter Schools and the Chicago Model / Obama and Duncan’s Education Policy: Like Bush’s, Only Worse published by Counterpunch, August 24, 2009, had been selected for the Project Censored “Most Censored” News Stories of 2009-10 Awards.  This was both a surprise and an honor. […]

Tennessee mined student data for more than 20 years

Tennessee has data mined kids for 20 years in schools but never allowed teachers to see test scores: now under Race to the Top the scores will be accessible Arne Duncan’s Race to the Top is a federal extortion plan designed to reward states for educational deform keeping with the philosophy of competition and class-based […]

The way privatization of education was done in New Orleans is the model for the billionaires and Race to the Top today. If we are not educated as to the circumstances within which we make these choices and well informed as to the implications for our society and our children that each educational choice brings, we may awaken to find a system not of our own making, one instead that is constructed to do the bidding for those who conceive, control and otherwise make the educational ‘choices’ as to how we are going to live

Teacher's Unions and Charter Schools: Taking Race to the Top Money and Starving public schools, their teachers and students

Since charters control their own employee pay and hiring decisions, opposition from teachers unions or pre-existing collective bargaining agreements are less likely to be an issue for them. A considerable amount of money could be at stake. The state plans to apply for $300 million, which would be split between statewide initiatives and block grants to participating districts. Earlier estimates from the department of education put potential funding for Louisiana, widely considered a strong contender for a share of the money, at $250 million..

So the plan is clear as it has been for some time. Use charter schools as a Trojan Horse to then break the backs of public teacher unions which means both a race to the bottom for students and a race to the dungeons of history for teachers.

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