After more than twenty years of privatization and high-stakes standardized tests, there is no evidence that the so-called “reform” agenda has benefitted students—and plenty of evidence of damage to public schools, students, communities and educators. But there is so much money to be made by privatizing schools, operating for-profit charters and selling tests and test-prep materials, we know the billionaires will keep on peddling the same nostrums.
The so-called reformers claim to be civil rights activists. But they are conspicuously absent in the struggles for voting rights, for LGBT youth and for immigrants, because as soon as they admit that conditions outside of the classroom affect students’ success in school, their whole attempt to blame teachers and other school workers is exposed as a gigantic fraud.
Unions remain today, as they have been for over fifty years, the strongest force for justice and the greatest advocate for educational quality.
School reform cannot be done to educators or for educators, only by educators and with educators. Anything less will result in the same old same old.
Garden Valley, CA
Dec 9 2013 - 6:33pm