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  •  Totally agree. (5+ / 0-)

    Charters use teachers as expendables, like workbooks which are one-use and then recycled. This fits perfectly in the neoliberal concept of labor as just another cost to be minimized and used for maximum profit and then dismissed when they get slightly tired or slightly older, or when they start to question the way things are done.  Charter schools are burnout factories for staff as well as students.

    Another analogy that works; corn farmers can get amazing yields per acre by "pushing" the land with tons of artificial fertilizer, pesticides and water mined from ancient aquifers. This "pushing" means that the land will not support much in 5 to 10 years, and is actually deficit spending, making the future pay for a huge profit today.

    This is a charter school. Students get "amazing growth" at amazing expense to human energy, an expense which is passed on to the future in terms of poverty for middle aged people and training for students which result in jobs which do not last. Students are given a set of skills for today's technology, today's job market, and left to figure out what to do in early middle age when the technology moves on, and they have no liberal or humanistic education to understand what has happened to them. I have seen this in extremely narrowly technically trained people of my own generation. They have been thrown away for the new technology, and they are living on the edge in misery wondering what happened to them.

    Charter Schools are a high-tech farming of human beings for Michelle Rhee's immediate selfish profit. It is what ants do with aphids. It is sociopathic.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 07:21:41 AM PDT

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