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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hillary Wants to Experiment with the Lives of Poor Children

Sequester "poor" children in boarding schools?...Again?

by Daun Kauffman @ Lucid Witness 

Native American students at the boarding school Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pa. in 1884.

Hillary Clinton spoke briefly, about a week ago, on a wide range of educational topics with Newsday editors on Long Island. The detailed, public video and transcript are posted HERE.

(The “Education” portion of the Newsday video runs from minute 40:40 to minute 51:15).

Clinton claimed to support “National Standards” in education and a “Common Core”. She supports “Public Charter Schools” and a litany of “good” things: “Good” teachers, ”Good” schools, “Good” Charters, “Good” choice, “Good” testing, “Good” explanation (to parents) of “standardized testing”.  Never once did she define “good”, although she used the terms “good” or “great” at least ten times during the eleven minute segment on education.

She did not speak to the structural inequity (nor the instability) of “National Standards” or a “Common Core” with no “National”, or “Common”, funding.

The most shocking aspect of her views on public education was her thought about improving education for “poor kids”, whom she had earlier acknowledged are now a majority in public schools.  The “poor” majority of children are described HERE as about 70% Hispanic, Black, Asian, Native American and Multiethnic.   Clinton describes “poor” children as coming to school with “all kinds of issues and problems”, her deficit view.  Then she cites the “need” to “experiment” on “poor” kids.
Clinton’s experiment will be “boarding schools”:  Segregate “poor” children in boarding schools, “if we can do it right”.

Click here to read the entire article.

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