Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Why Try To Deal With Poverty, Unemployment and Racism When We Can "Re-Form" Education?

We live in a society that is obsessed with improving schools while showing little interest in reducing poverty and homelessness, lowering unemployment and raising wages, or addressing the daily humiliations people of color and the poor face in the criminal justice system and the prison industrial complex. Should we therefore be surprised the the "reforms" the elite suggest ( note the latest Joel Klein/Condaleeza Rice report) invariably take power away from teachers and subject students to increasing regimentation. We, as a nation, cannot afford to have students revolt against the conditions in their neighborhoods or policies that steadily narrow their economic options. So lets make their schools more like prisons and deluge them with tests! Think this is wrong? Then help us get rid of the nations Master Tester, Arne Duncan

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