Class Warfare Blog

January 9, 2014

Whose Brilliant Idea. . . ?

In the current “reform” movement being inflicted upon public education (whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?), whose brilliant idea was to put the decision-making in the hands of politicians who are bribable?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, public schools have been run by what Tom Dewey referred to as “the greatest strength and greatest weakness of public education”—school boards. States set education law and policy and local school boards executed it. School boards consist of elected representatives who get thrown out by the voters if they don’t do what the public wants.

Some wing nuts, under a smokescreen of misinformation and lies, got the states to pass “voucher” and “charter school” laws that exempted certain schools from the state laws, yet got state funds to do their thing. So, who is doing their oversight? Politicians. Politicians who are also getting donations from the schools for their re-election campaigns. (Why is that not bribery/influence peddling?)

Whose brilliant idea was it to turn over substantial aspects of our public education system to elements capable of bribing the politicians charged with their oversight? Have you ever heard of a school board bribing its way to favorable (and lucrative) legislation? How is this a good idea?

For an even better take on the situation I strongly recommend you give this blog post a read: School Choice is a Whale-sized Red Herring.

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3 Comments »

  1. Wait till they bring out the Libertarian Magic Dust. It’ll make everything OK, because rational self-interest always works, right?

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    Comment by john zande — January 9, 2014 @ 10:57 am | Reply


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