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  •  well put! let me add an argument... (6+ / 0-)

    public education is under attack for the same reason that social security is under attack. these are two of the last big pots of public money and private interests want that money. so how do you get the public to let you take it? by creating a campaign of crisis and failure around these institutions so that the despairing public finally relents and permits "reform." if there are no countervailing voices then the odds of success in this endeavor are significantly enhanced. i hate it but i think this analysis is essentially correct.

    "A union is a way of getting things done together that you can't get done alone." Utah Phillips

    by poemworld on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 12:42:30 PM PDT

    •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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      But it's important to acknowledge progress where progress is being made. Wisconsin was and still is a potential big breakthrough. And now it looks like Minnesota could be going the same way.

      •  Jeff, I'm living in Milwaukee, and have (3+ / 0-)
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        been very active in our resistance movement here and in Madison. I'm not sure I quite get your "WI is a potential big breakthrough..." MPS just had to fire almost 500 teachers (today) due to Walker's budget. How is that a breakthrough? He's got all the privatization he wet-dreamed about before he was inflicted upon the state and the nation.

        Or are you referring to our Recalls? If so, I hear you, but that won't roll back this crappy situation until we can get some kind of majority back in Madison. The state still seems to (partly) love this fascistic leaning "straight talking" movement. After all, everyone understands a crisis of economy. We've all been convinced that the macro is just like the micro...

        Another question (I ask because I really like your writing on this issue): how privatized are public schools already? How much is being formed by, and taught around, the testing/textbook/curriculum troika? It seems to me that these forces have been pretty insidious for many years, and now (perhaps too late?) people finally notice.

        Thoughts?

        •  Thanks so much for your comment (5+ / 0-)

          The "potential breakthrough" I see in your state is not so much with the immediate outcome as it is with the disruption in conventional thinking. I think that people in WI have come to understand that the political system in this country, including the Democratic party, is completely broken. That is a "potential breakthrough" as people start to think of different ways too organize and form new and potentially more powerful coalitions. Hope I'm right about that.

          Thanks for your kind words about my writings. You're correct that the corporatization of American education, in the form of "testing/textbook/curriculum" and other aspects, extends back to at least the 1970s. That's why "reformers" who say they are opposed to the status quo are full of it. The status quo is corporization.

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