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  •  This is what I don't get. It's obvious that the (34+ / 0-)

    so-called most famous "school reformer" in the country is a corporatist-funded hack who's mission is to discredit public education in order to set the stage for school privatization--which would be a disaster for education in this country.

    •  it's easy to get (11+ / 0-)

      well over 1/2 trillion of tax dollars spent on K-12 "public" education each year

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:30:40 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, it's the latest venue for human husbandry. (20+ / 0-)

        Children are ideal subjects because they have no say in what is done to them. All they can do is wait to escape. There are multiple reasons why a million children run away from home each year.
        Of course, when they are picked up and put in foster care or juvenile detention, that's another version of human husbandry.
        It is the profit motive that is corrosive. Profit = exploitation. Profit means that someone is getting something for doing nothing more than impeding or moving things around. Profit takers are like the highwaymen of old. Profit takers are middlemen who insert themselves into transactions and insists their interest deserves a "cut."
        Perhaps, instead of middlemen we should refer to them as meddlers. We all know what a disaster meddlers are.  Of course, in some cases the solution is to pay them to go away. Ergo the golden parachute and the practice of promoting up and out.
        The latter is a cowardly, bad habit. It's how we end up with a Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and Willard the Presidential candidate.
        Teachers are not plumbers. We cannot judge them by what comes out of children's mouths.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:04:24 AM PDT

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        •  Human husbandry (5+ / 0-)

          Thank you for the term, which helps focus the horror of much that is happening in this country.

        •  Even in juvenile detention, theymust take the test (4+ / 0-)
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          Oh Mary Oh, mimi, hannah, coquiero

          there is no escape; I had kids who would act up to go to lock down in solitray rather than take the tests. Guess what? The still had to take the tests.

        •  I think step #1 should be (0+ / 0-)

          the outlawing of for-profit charter schools. I brought this up at our Democratic Club meeting yesterday when a state senator who is running for secretary of state (OK, "thinking" of running — ha ha; she bought a volunteer who was handing out campaign signs), asking how, when we are cutting money to education and can't adequately fund schools for every child, we can justify any of that money flowing into private profit. She says she's against it but Democrats are in a tiny minority in our statehouse and gerrymandering is unlikely to change that for a decade. And most of the Republican "leadership" in our state is owned by for-profit charter operators.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:39:55 AM PDT

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          •  doesn't work - let me explain (0+ / 0-)

            the charter is set up as a non-profit, which then hires for profit entities owned by the charter operator and friends and family to provide just about everything for the school

            officially it is non-profit, practically it is shifting public resources into private bank accounts

            "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

            by teacherken on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 11:27:34 AM PDT

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      •  Excuse me for quibbling, but dollars are dollars. (3+ / 0-)
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        It's OUR currency. The route they take is sometimes important, but it shouldn't be determinative. A bigger waste is all the time parents put in prodding and compensating for what doesn't happen in the classroom  or, in some cases, trying to undo the damage that is done by power mavens.
        Even then, in the grand scheme of things, half a trillion on education (including meddlers) and two trillion on health care is better than the billions expended fabricating killing machines and explosives.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:30:28 AM PDT

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        •  missing the point I was making (13+ / 0-)

          which is there was a huge pot of money that some saw as a guaranteed revenue stream off of which they could profit

          by artificially starving public schools of revenue they need to do their jobs at the same time you impose upon them conditions that guarantee you can label them "unsuccessful" or "failing" while presenting "alternative" that in fact perform no better you can use parental concern about their kids to move that revenue into pockets of those who really do not care about the welfare of your kids, only how much they can take out for themselves.

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:53:16 AM PDT

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          •  Didn't miss the point. Only wanted to insert (4+ / 0-)

            that the qualification "tax" or "taxpayer" is part of the cons' effort to segregate dollars, as they do people, to make them easier to control.

            The function of taxes is to keep the dollars in motion, moving through the economy, instead of being captured by accumulators. The host of middlemen with which our system of public education has been infected is similar to the host of "investors" on Wall Street, who provide no added value for the dollars they collect and play with.
            Administrators, IMHO, are glorified bookkeepers who invent additional tasks and routines for the teaching and custodial and maintenance staff to justify their existence and remuneration.
            The good thing about dollars is that they provide a measure of relative value and let us determine that people movers are overpaid. I blame the schools of management which, instead of focusing on the allocation of real assets and resources, began to teach, in the late 70s, that the way to get things done is to motivate people and move them around, mostly by threatening to impose penalties on those who don't do what they are told.

            We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

            by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 03:39:16 AM PDT

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          •  exactly thepoint (3+ / 0-)

            and yet most people can't wrap their heads around this, even the workers in the public schools, they keep shaking their heads wondering when it will stop, and ikeep telling my coworkers it will not stop until the 1% have destroyed the public schools and we are all using vouchers to educate our kids. At that point it will be means tested and you will not get ful tuition for your kid but have all sorts of copays and exclusions.

    •  Consider the Washington Post for a moment (5+ / 0-)

      The Washington Post is a loss leader for one of the principal corporations involved in the for-profit education business.  Its rightward tilt, especially on the editorial pages, is well documented.  Its Ombudsman once acknowledged that it slants its coverage to appeal to its advertisers perceived rightward bias.  Of course they are looking the other way on this and the reason is obvious.  

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