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  •  I kind of wish you would apologise (0+ / 0-)

    No, of course I didn't suggest that, but now somebody has already agreed with you (probably also without reading the link).  If anyone else ever looks at this post, they might stop reading right at that accusation.

    My first reaction to this New School forum transcript was, weren't any of the opponents of Mayoral Control invited? Here's one answer, from the New School itself:

    Journalism is part of our stock in trade at the Center, and with that in mind, I wanted to say a couple of things before we go to the panel. First of all, our public programs are meant to generate high quality constructive conversation, not processed rhetoric and not prefabricated sound bites. So that means we set out to invite interesting and sometimes unconventional panelists who might not be the predictable leaders on the issues that you’ll find on the TV news shows.

    So, the "predictable leaders" who are making the case against corporate domination of public education (and the education budget), aren't heard from, because they utter only soundbites.  In another defense of that glaring omission, the director of the Milano Center (also a New School employee) explains that in an editorial about a recent city council meeting opposing mayoral control, in the NY Daily News, has offended him by concluding that "even thinking" of extending mayoral control works against the children, so opponents of control are advocating censorship.

    The three opponents who finally are allowed to speak (briefly) are a Bloomberg supporter who is worried future mayors won't be as worthy as Bloomberg, a parent who is helpless against centralized power, and a local school leader who is also powerless against the mayor's money machine.  So, they are easily dismissed, demonstrating the futility of resistance: it was there, after wading through all those pages, that my heart ached for John Dewey and democracy.

    It is the power of action that calls reason into being - John Dewey

    by chemtchr on Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 04:44:09 AM PDT

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    •  I apologize (0+ / 0-)

      Realizing what's missing is sometimes difficult. I'm not familiar with any of the names, because I don't follow NY education circles.

      Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to do any more than skim, because the education issues in my own community are heating up again.

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