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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 03:36 PM

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions

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...the philosophy underpinning both sides on education comes from a similar place – the idea that America is slipping behind the rest of the world on education, and that drastic measures must be taken to reverse that trend. Usually these drastic measures fall directly on the heads of teachers and more specifically their unions.

There’s one problem with this scenario – the premise is wrong. An excellent article at Mother Jones takes issue with the idea that American education is all about “failing schools” and lower standards and backsliding on teaching our young people. In fact, Kristina Rizga takes a look at one so-called failing school and finds that, actually, it’s doing pretty well...

...Mission High School is an example of a diverse student body not necessarily contoured to standardized tests, that nonetheless is doing an excellent job preparing students for college and the real world. But under the circumscribed standards by which education policymakers, and their big-money benefactors, have created, Mission is a failing school. And thus, must be overhauled, perhaps by turning it into a charter. Which suits the investors and businesses which would convert the school very happy.

Incidentally, students are improving even by the metric of test scores, contrary to popular belief. It’s just that a narrative of crisis works better for those who want to reform the system to their financial benefit.

In short, big money is skewing the way in which we look at public schools, in an effort to take them over and use them as a profit center. And they’ve been helped along by politicians who benefit from campaign contributions. All of this comes together to generate a narrative, a false narrative, about a disaster in public education, about students being ill-served by the process, about the need for “reform.” It’s not all that true. Don’t buy it.

http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/08/23/failing-schools-narrative-a-tactic-to-privatize-public-education-and-destroy-unions/

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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 03:44 PM

1. They would privatize their own mothers . . .

if they could make a buck out of it.

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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 04:48 PM

2. dammit, this isn't supposed to be in E/E

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