Class Warfare Blog

September 15, 2016

Our Scum Sucking News Media Have Chosen to Hide the Facts about Public Education

Newspaper after newspaper after news sources has chosen to hide the facts and instead beat the drum of a lie: “Our public schools are failing! Our public schools are failing.” One particular point of leverage is trying to sell families of color that their children would be better off in a charter school than in their “failing” local school.

“The meme ‘Our public schools are failing!’ is a lie.”

Well, let’s do some fact checking. The federal government has supplied the only consistent nationwide testing in the form of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exams. The NAEP has a search engine from which you can acquire the following data:

Average scores, Grade 4 Math,
National Assessment of Educational Progress
White Students / Black Students

1990: 218.63 / 187.42
[…]
2007: 247.88 / 222.01
2009: 247.85 / 221.98
2011: 248.70 / 223.80

What these data show is that in under 20 years, Black students have achieved an average performance level higher than that of white students from 20 years ago. You can see there is still a gap between white students and black students on these tests scores, because white students didn’t stand still, they improved, too, but how did this incredible improvement in performance by Black students occur? By what magic? Surely it cannot be due to the performance of our failing public schools?

The increase in math education test performance is so great that in one generation Black kids have about two grades higher performance than did their parents at the same age.

The meme “Our public schools are failing!” meme is a lie.

And if you want to know why this lie is being promulgated, follow the money. (The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is the pot of money labeled “For Public Education.”)

If you want to know why our news media have fallen in with the liars, follow the money. More and more news organs have been scooped up by conservative owners, who expect their news organs to a) make money, and b) support conservative narratives moving us toward the glorious world they see in our future, where all of the children are above average, and government regulators disappear, and….

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4 Comments »

  1. Truer words were never spoken. Florida could be a classic case study for the money trail. I remember about 12 years ago with Governor Bush at the helm, a spokesman for the then budding Charter schools talking about the “Education Industry.” Think about those words together…..

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    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — September 15, 2016 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

    • Yep, all of the plutocrats want a piece of that pie seeing as it is huge … or should I say y u g e!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 15, 2016 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve been saying mostly the same thing on my blog for nearly 7 years now. gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com
    But one of the horrible things about this ‘public schools are bad, defund them and put all the cash into charters’ is that it’s not just conservative politicians pushing this. It’s many, many corporate liberals, with Bill Gates in the lead.

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    Comment by gfbrandenburg — September 15, 2016 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

    • Those corporate neoliberals are also part of the problem as is the Democratic Party’s abandonment of unions. I have been following your blog for years and Diane Ravitch for longer. (I was “following her” back in her think tank years.)

      Getting information through the barriers created by corporate news media is proving very difficult. Maybe we need to take an approach more like that of Anonymous and focus in on the clear lies told and expose the liars. The lies are egregious and told without even the merest research to back them up. This is the Trump Revelation, you can tell lies over and over and not really get called on them. If Hitler was the exponent of the “Big Lie,” Trump is the exponent of the “Small Lie” and the cumulative effect of small lies is proving to be disastrous.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — September 16, 2016 @ 10:13 am | Reply


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