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  •  I am convinced it's all about the money. (6+ / 0-)

    The NEA donates generously to Democratic candidates.  The GOP knows this.  It has been war for decades, and they're close to winning.

    Cut teacher pay.  Cut their benefits.  Cut school budgets until the kids don't even have books, let alone computers - and then blame the teachers.  Allow taxpayers to earmark their taxes for private schools.  Vouchers for private schools.  For-profit charter schools are only the latest strategy.

    But every dollar spent messing up your public schools means another dollar the NEA can't spend on a Democrat, plus a dollar next year and a dollar the year after that.  The ROI is huge.  It has nothing to do with the kids - they are mere pawns.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:05:45 PM PDT

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    •  It's also about not sharing the money (2+ / 0-)
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      ranton, murphthesurf

      Kids in good districts get more money than kids in lousy ones.  Chicago teachers get less than suburban teachers

      In the 1980s-1990s  there were some states that passed laws subsidizing inner city schools.  But suburban property tax payers hate paying for inner city schools and latch onto all this nonsense.  

    •  Defunding is a means to an insidious end, namely (4+ / 0-)

      making education as ineffectual  as possible, with the goal of producing people who don't know how to think, to problem- solve, to know what's happened before in other words, to make reasoned responsible decisions. Uneducated people are easily manipulated. That's useful to the powerful elite who need unquestioning low paid tools.

      I've been a high school teacher for 25 years and I've come around to realizing that teaching kids how to think is more important than any content (though the one facilitates the other). It's hard work for them, and me, but for many it's the only way to be a player on this uneven field.

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