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Friday, September 6th, 2013
For-profit corporations have a simple, single stated goal — to maximize profits for shareholders. Profit-making trumps all ethical-sounding mission statements about improving the world. No requirement to treat workers humanely unless laws mandate. No need to consider the impact on the earth’s environment in which we all live. No accountability for failure or harming people, except the risk that products or services do not sell in the marketplace.
Public education is government’s investment in its children. It did not used to be about profit until the “reformers” attacked schools relentlessly. The media let opponents of public education blurt out “failed schools” without challenge. After 30 years of badgering, the semantic pairing of “failed” and “schools” seemed unquestionable. Reformers created a hybrid, the charter school — privately run with government money — the incremental step toward abolition of all public schools. They are not reformers. They are deformers backed by corporate sponsors drooling as they wait to take taxpayers’ money for a “business” they do not know how to run. They are setting back progress in American public schools. Don’t get snookered.
The latest testing-based demand from the federal Dept of Education (led by Arne Duncan, creator of Race to the Top who is a re/deformer who practiced in Chicago schools) is that states adopt the “Common Core” Standard Initiative. It replaces varying state educational standards by awarding grants to states that comply with the initiative. The standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
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Tags: Arne Duncan, Candice Bernd, Common Core, corporatization, deform, Morna McDermott, public schools, reform, school testing
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Monday, September 10th, 2012
The 29,000 member Chicago Teachers Union is on strike starting today – Sept. 10. For the first time in 25 years, teachers, school clinicians and support staff believe they have to strike to stand against the corporatization of public education. Teachers gave the required notice of the intent to strike so parents could prepare. 144 of the 675 schools are open.
The Chicago Public Schools administration and the union, after 50 negotiating sessions, still disagree on teacher evaluations based primarily on student test scores and the district’s demand to drop teacher seniority. Current secretary of education, Arne Duncan, was originator of “Race to the Top” campaign that mandates the link between teacher job security and student test scores. He was Chicago Schools CEO before being named to his national role.