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  •  If the Education Establishment (0+ / 0-)

    were competent, if it were able to do all those fine things it promises would be the result of teacher education and certification, of money for specialists, for increased numbers of administrative staff, then you might have a point. As it is, and was, the Education Establishment was not able, so charter schools started up and some of them have done well. And I remind you that the absolute rock-bottom, piss-poor, thoroughly inadequate performance of the public schools long predates the charters. And I'd love to see a genuine explanation of "their poverty got the better of them."

     As I have repeatedly suggested on these boards, it's time to scrap the current system(s) of education and start from scratch. If that means nothing but charter schools, fine. If it means nothing but public schools, fine. Except we already can see that the latter have had a terrible run for our money.The one absolute certainty in all this is that simply throwing money at this school system has not worked, and I see no reason to imagine that it will solve the problems now.

    •  Any scheme that involves privatizing -- and (0+ / 0-)

      in particular, corporatizing -- the public education system is a bad idea.

      Period.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 10:02:52 AM PST

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      •  Well (0+ / 0-)

        I imagine everyone should just take your word on that. After all, public education has just gone from strength to strength.

        •  No, everyone shouldn't take my word on it. (0+ / 0-)

          Everyone should figure it the fuck out.

          Privatizing the education system is nothing -- nothing -- but another raid on the GDP by the 1%. It's the inevitable result of the need for our economy to continue returning X% annual growth to their exponentially growing assets -- they are ever-growing predators constantly prowling for new prey. That you fantasize the problems with our education system are rooted, not in the fundamental nature of our social organization -- and in particular with the endemic ever-spreading poverty that characterizes our Best Country On Earth -- but in whether there is a profit-motive and an overpaid executive class sitting on top of the endeavor, says everything that needs to be said about you.

          To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

          by UntimelyRippd on Sat Jan 14, 2012 at 04:53:19 PM PST

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