This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
Monday, February 10, 2014
Taking Down Dixie's Last Political Stand in North Carolina
North Carolina is so everything that the current covey of Koch Brothers stooges in charge of the state are not: temperate, reasonable, accommodating, caring, committed to fairness.
And just as Wake County reclaimed its schools from the ideologues sent in to destroy socioeconomic integration of schools, the voters of North Carolina will do the same.
was a proud day for this Raleigh native. On Saturday, a crowd of riled-up
citizens the North Carolina NAACP estimated to be upwards of 80,000—the largest
such gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march—headed to
the state capitol to protest the extremist policies of North Carolina's
and white, young and old, gay and straight, the people gave voice to a full
roster of outrages, from racist attacks on voting rights to the state
government's refusal to expand Medicaid to half a million vulnerable Tar Heels
to limitations on women's reproductive freedom. From a four-year-old girl
carrying a sign that read "Nope to Pope!" (referring to Art Pope, the
state's multimillionaire budget director and Koch ally) to the indomitable Rosa
Nell Eaton, a 92-year-old veteran of the Civil Rights movement, they were
united with one message: "Forward together, not one step back."
Moral March on Raleigh, organized by the North Carolina NAACP, was the eighth
annual march of what is known as the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ)
People's Coalition, and a continuation of the Moral Monday demonstrations that
took place in 2013, in which nearly 1,000 people (including my 81-year-old
mother, a retired educator) were arrested.
be much chatter in the progressive media about this event (though there appears
to be disappointingly little in the national press), some of it from people who
have little experience with the South in general, or North Carolina in
particular. Since the region's peculiar contradictions — and triumphs — were on
full display Saturday, let me share a little perspective from one who grew up
in these parts. . . .