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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Read this to understand why all of our schools are under attack



This blog post explains how the book below can easily apply to Capitalism vs Public Education.





"IT’S ALL CONNECTED: The corporate interests that are driving privatization and global control of health services, access to food and water, and management of other public institutions (i.e. prisons) are the same corporations using the same playbook, to dismantle public education.  And this issue is GLOBAL."


"The existing structure is, as Klein illustrates (p. 48), hierarchical (top down) whether by government or by corporations (since the ladder owns the former), and highly “individualistic” (think, CBE as the new model for individualized learning at one’s own pace and interests, AKA computer-based learning).  The same ideological interests in big coal and oil support the ALEC agenda to eliminate public education. Think-tanks and corporate sponsored researchers work diligently to influence public education policy with questionable data. Charter “success” = jumbo shrimp. Or think of this analogy: Monsanto is to food production what Pearson is to education “innovation.” Both claim to have a solution to our 21st century problems (food scarcity/21st century learning for all children) when if fact, while they reap profits from privatizing a public good (food production/education) they exacerbate existing human inequalities. Any solution that does not have at it core a focus on equity and rights for the people is no solution at all."



“The process of taking on the corporate-state power nexus that underpins the extractive economy is leading a great many people to face up to the underlying democratic crisis that has allowed multinationals to be the authors of the laws under which they operate …. What is a democracy if it doesn’t encompass the capacity to decide, collectively, to protect something that no one can live without” (Naomi Klein, p. 361)
 
 
"The fossil fuels are like the standardized testing. It’s over. 
But they hang on, claiming to be necessary when in fact they’re not."
 
 
 

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