Wednesday, February 9, 2011

School Reform: The American Version of the BIG LIE

The idea that school reform, rather than progressive taxation, is the key to ending poverty is the American version of the BIG LIE. To paraphrase Tupac ( from Changes) "Instead of a war on Pov-er-ty, they have a war on Teachers, so the Rich Can Ride Free!" The more the economy deteriorates, the more we can see pressure on schools to raise test scores. It will never work, so long as the conditions students live in get more desperate and stressful! Beware the billionaires who finance school reform and the politicians who support it. This movement-truly a fool’s errand- diverts attention from their own responsibility for the catastrophe that has befallen the nation’s poor and working class people!

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