Great piece on the fate of public education

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There's a great piece on Calitics about the fate of public education. It's not alarminst or conspiratorial, just an accurate assessment of how the radical right wants to destroy public schools (and has ever since the 1950s and the era of desegregation) and how the other arm of the Republican Party, big business, is playing its role. A key passage:

Corporate interests want public education that they don't have to pay for. They also would love to see the entire education sector privatized and paid for through tax revenue-the only way that supposedly anti-socialist entrepreneurs have made any money in the last decade, the way Blackwater made money, the way the banks made their money, the way private prisons have made theirs. Privatized and milked, yes, but not destroyed.

Therefore, we have reached the point where the interests will part between the two sides of the right. The grand strategy to destroy public education by making people hate it achieves a D-Day size victory every year the teachers' unions are broken-those silly teachers paying money to lobby for actual good education policy while they're at it! Because there is no one else that wants to make the public schools something worth saving in the public's eyes. You've heard the criticisms. The teachers that can't be fired for anything. No "God in school." The assault on science, which both works to antagonize religious parents and the parents of children who want science education. They want to keep pushing it to the tipping point.

Pretty soon, parents start wanting to send their kids to the charter school funded by big corporate money or the private school that teaches that dinosaurs are 5,000 years old. A whole new segregation appears. The grand strategy succeeds.

Big Business has a choice. They can realize that public sector workers are no threat to them since they don't employ them and they keep the infrastructure running that gives them a country where they can make money and live a big life, or they can watch it burn.

Worth reading. Check it out.

Comments

Not that I'm a big fan of China, 'cause I'm not. But it's one-child-family policy is one of the best policies on the planet and should be implemented everywhere. The way it relates to this issue is that the first child gets totally free education, all the way thru college. Any more kids, the parents have to pay themselves. This would go a long way toward reducing our gross overpopulation while giving kids a good public education. Not that I have any fantasies that this could ever happen in the fanatic religious and right wing anti-tax culture in this country, but it's what SHOULD happen.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Mar. 09, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

"Pretty soon, parents start wanting to send their kids to the charter school funded by big corporate money or the private school that teaches that dinosaurs are 5,000 years old. A whole new segregation appears. The grand strategy succeeds."

The San Francisco Green Party (and the anti-labor movement) are big supporters of charter schools. Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed.

Posted by Barton on Mar. 10, 2010 @ 6:38 am

You're insane. Having under 2.1 kids per woman is awful. We only pay for it here by making up for college educated women who have 1 or 0 and letting functionally illiterate immigrants in. Make no mistake about it, we never reduce population by not reproducing, we just let in someone from afar who takes 2-3 generations or 50-75 years, to be equal educationally to the person who died childless. Japan and Russia and Germany have no youth movement, no liberal cultural energry from the new generation, due to the low birth rate. We need to have a higher birth rate, not a lower one. I think China had to do it for a while but even in China, the average person has over 2 kids. In the U.S. our birthrate is around 2 and needs to be 2.1 because some kids die young or are disabled, so we need to increase our birth rate. I don't want to be like Europe, with a few kids supporting a ton of old people.

Posted by One Child? How about 3 on Jul. 28, 2010 @ 1:40 pm