"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ESEA Will Mean 50 Fronts in the War Against Corporate Education Reform

Under consideration for passage in DC this coming week is the new states rights version of NCLB, which, if passed, will spawn education policies more racist even than the ones developed under Bush II and the same ones promulgated by Obama.  And with federal regulation and oversight by ED smashed by the new bill, the Feds will be unable act to stop any of it, even if they had the will to do so.

This sets the nation up for the proliferation of a federally-funded corporate welfare reform school system that adheres to the "broken windows" no excuses chain gang schooling model for the poor, the black, the brown.  

Who will have the advantage in the war to keep public education and the idea of democratic schooling alive?  The states, of course, where ALEC has a portfolio of corporate model legislation to pass out among the states, which are ever more hungry to attract the Gates, Broad, and Walton education dollars that come as payoffs for passage of ALEC's model bills.

In opposition will be a tiny underfunded testing and corporate education abolition movement that will be required to organize in each state to fight 50 guerrilla wars against the billionaire Borg.  Required will be new levels of civil disobedience and an unwavering willingness to risk arrest and jail.  

Parents, students, and teachers must mobilize to fight and to act and to defy, rather than to be coopted, subverted, and subdued by endless talk from pretenders and stooges.

Call Washington tomorrow morning and let them know what's coming if this corporate charter funding bill passes.


  1. This was just how they planned it -- divide and conquer.
    NCLB was the WMD to put the final nail in the coffin of public education and teacher unions
    This latest revision will further polarize states, segregate children, further Balkanize the U.S.A and lead to the proliferation of charters and private schools. Teachers who remember what joy in learning and real education are about, are being pushed out as the Walmartization of education takes over.
    Sad day indeed.

  2. Anonymous7:51 AM

    The will to organize the magnitude of resistance you advocate is sorely lacking. The teaching force is largely demoralized. Many younger people view teaching as a stepping stone to real careers. There is no existent infrastructure to undergird the movement.

    Abigail Shure