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  •  The "primary study" . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Fuck off. Say what you want, parents are demanding them, they're opening at an exponentially increasing rate, traditional public schools are losing students by the thousands. And it's all for the better, notwithstanding your specious arguments to the contrary.

    •  Ah, you've reached the table-pounding stage. (0+ / 0-)

      The surest sign of a winning argument.

      Oh, wait...

      •  The perspective you seem to be coming from (0+ / 0-)

        is that privatizers in the form of charter school forces are coming into school districts and misleading and persuading parents into sending their children to charter schools. I may misunderstand you, but that's the impression I get. If that's what you're asserting, I agree that privatizers are like locusts and that they are swarming wherever opportunity arises for the transfer of taxpayer dollars into their private hands. I also agree that the forces of privatization have the destruction of universal public education as their goal. I am with you if that's where you are.

        But an assertion that parents are happy and have been happy with the public schools during the last few decades is false. Parents are leaving the schools in droves. Parents are working extra jobs to put their kids through private schools, they're homeschooling their children in greater numbers every year, they're hiring tutors to help their children when they cannot afford private schools, and they are initiating the creation of charter schools because the schools have confronted them with very questionable reading and math programs and have allowed a breakdown of discipline that threatens their kids' safety.

        I agree that privatizers are taking advantage of this crisis, and I really do see it as a crisis. But the problems of curriculum and discipline came first.

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