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The Assault on Public Education: Confronting the Politics of Corporate School Reform (0) (Teaching for Social Justice) (Teaching for Social Justice (Paperback))
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Also, I was pretty outraged by the Buras chapter about how the school system of New Orleans was essentially privatized immediately following Katrina. This was so bad for the many teachers who lost their jobs, but was (and is) also bad for the children of New Orleans. The author writes that "7,500...teachers and school employees were informed they'd be fired and lose health insurance" (176). In their place, charter schools hired cheaper, provisionally certified (more often White) teachers to replace the largely African American veteran teachers that were fired.
What really scared me was the ease and speed with which state and federal legislators swooped in (in Katrina's aftermath, amid all the confusion) and made these sweeping changes. This book made me fearful, especially in light of recent legislation that passed in my own state of Georgia, that allows for charter schools to be established even over the objection of democratically elected local school boards.
The crux of this book lies in the statement, "One of the major reasons for the continuation of dominant discourse and policies is that the very nature of our common sense about education is constantly being altered" (Watkins, 2004, p. x). I see this with the Richmond County School System when they constantly change the curriculum before anyone can fully grasp what has been mandated for implementation. This is not only an assault on education it is an assault on the minds of students, teachers, administrators; the public as a whole. Due to the fact that "Today's world is all about profit and wealth accumulation at any cost" (Watkins, 2004, p. 16), the greedy corporations are creating a world where people are simply slaves to a system. The question we should be asking is how do we get out of this new age slavery? The first thing we have to do is regain our common sense about education and realize that the big corporations see true education as a danger to their big profits and wealth.
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When Watkins states that corporations are "fashioning a new America to conform to their economic and political ideology [by] employing the language of democracy and distress" why aren't we looking and asking ourselves what is the big picture? What is the agenda? When we do ask without the information put forth in this book then we are called conspiracy theorists. I, like you, have been talking to my colleagues for years saying the same things about education and many of them respond with, "Noooooo, they would never do that. That is a conspiracy theory." I would tell them to just sit back and watch then. I'm so glad Watkins wrote this book.Read more ›
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Well documented presentations of position of the authors. Excellent editing.Published 15 months ago by fred bedelle, jr.