A solid overview of the recent trendline in US public education. Like the economy, which is still broken because of an ailing political environment that has lost common sense democracy, Education is a very complex system. Public education is always in the press, why? Well because it IS PUBLIC and tax dollars fund it. Also similar to the economy, with Tea Party spin doctors raging against taxes while billionaires reap the rewards and investment houses skim sick inflated profits with continued deregulations of financing; public education is a whipping boy- a distraction so middle class voters and Washington don’t look too hard at Wall Street.
Karp’s article summarizes the myths rather well.
Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do About It?
” The short answer to this question is that far too many people are bashing teachers and public schools, and we need to give them more homework, because very few of them know what they’re talking about. And a few need some serious detention.
But the longer answer is that the bashing is coming from different places for different reasons. And to respond effectively to the very real attacks that our schools, our profession, and our communities face, it’s important to pay attention to these differences.
The parent who’s angry at the public school system because it’s not successfully educating his/her children is not the same as the billionaire with no education experience who couldn’t survive in a classroom for two days, but who has made privatizing education policy a hobby, and who has the resources to do so because the country’s financial and tax systems are broken.
The educators who start a community-based charter school so they can create a collaborative school culture are not the same as the hedge fund managers who invest in charter schools because they see an opportunity to turn a profit or because they want to privatize one of the last public institutions we have left.” (Stan Karp, rethinkingschools.org)