Education

DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections (4/11/2017)

Trumps education secretary wants to limit costs at a time when more than 1 million Americans are annually defaulting.

Milton Friedman, Betsy DeVos, and the Privatization of Public Education (1/17/2017)

Trump’s education nominee and her family members are major donors to the senators who will vote on her confirmation (1/7/2017)

Betsy DeVos and the Plan to Break Public Schools (12/14/2016)

DeVos' Michigan schools experiment gets poor grades (12/9/2016)

"Right now as I speak the federal government offers far lower interest rates for loans every single day. They just don’t do it for everyone. Right now the Big Bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about three quarters of one percent. but this summer a student who’s trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost seven percent. In other words, the fed gov is going to charge interest rates nine times higher than the rate they charge the biggest banks. The same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke the economy. That isn’t right. And that’s why I’m introducing legislation today to give students the same deal that we give the banks." Elizabeth Warren
about 30 years ago, corporate interests began their highly organized, well-funded effort to privatize public education, you wouldn't have read or heard about it. They didn't want to trigger the debate that such a radical change in an important institution warranted. Truthout
Charlie Savage writes (in his book Takeover) "In August 2004, Education Department researchers released a surprising study of test scores showing that students at charter schools were performing worse than comparable students at regular public schools. The findings were a disappointment for those in the Bush-Cheney administration who favored charter school funding. Less than two weeks later, Education Department decided to sharply cut back on the information collected about charter schools." (This pattern of suppression of ideologically unfavorable information was frequently seen in the Bush administration and Savage details some of it.)
"We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers' unions and the teaching profession. Let's be clear: these attacks and the power amassed behind them are unprecedented in American history. Sure, there have always been critics of public schools, of teachers, and of unions. But never before has there been a serious and sustained effort to defund public education, to turn public money over to unaccountable private hands, and to weaken and eliminate collective bargaining wherever it still exists. And this effort is not only well-coordinated but funded by billionaires who have grown wealthy in a free market and can't see any need for regulation or unions or public schools." Diane Ravitch (7/2/2014)
"Want to Borrow Money From the Government ? Don't be a Student. Be A Bank." Elizabeth Warren
"In Finland, for instance, citizens are entitled to state funded educational, medical, and welfare services, literally from the cradle to the grave. Finns pay nothing, ever, for education, including both infant and child care as well as medical and law school_ to say nothing of their monthly stipend for expenses. And they produce perhaps the best educational test results in the world. (This is true even though they don't go in for standardized tests.) According to 2003 OECD surveys, Finland ranks no 1 in student reading ability, no 1 in student science ability, no 2 in student problem-solving ability, and no 2 in student mathematics ability. The United States, by contrast, ranks no 12, no 19, no 26, and no 24 respectively. See the OECD report. (From Eric Alterman's book: Why We're Liberals.)
If we were an equal opportunity society, we would also fully, publicly fund higher education for qualified students. Scandinavian countries do this and, not surprisingly, their educational outcomes are the best. The US ranks near or at the bottom. See UNICEF report, The Children Left Behind.
"The idea that inequality is justified as a reflection of differences in merit cannot reasonably be applied to children. Few would deny that children’s early circumstances are beyond their own control. Or that those early circumstances have a profound effect on their present lives and future prospects. Or that growing up in poverty incurs a substantially higher risk of lower standards of health, of reduced cognitive development, of underachievement at school, of lower skills and aspirations, and eventually of lower adult earnings, so helping to perpetuate disadvantage from one generation to the next. None of this is the fault of the child." (From the UNICEF report)
What we are witnessing today is the Walmartization of American education, an effort to uproot neighborhood schools and Main Street businesses and outsource their management to chain schools and chain stores run by anonymous corporations. If they do not make their bottom line, they may pull up their stakes and abandon the community, leaving it bereft, as many chain stores and charter chains have already done. Conservatives protect their community and its institutions. There is nothing conservative about the chain-store mentality that is now being introduced into the control of schooling." Diane Ravitch, Reign of Error pg 321
It is interesting - you find in the United States, there is a kind of anti-education hostility. It's the sort of Sarah Palin constituency which does seem to actually be hostile to the New York, Boston, San Francisco educated elite. You know, 'We good plain folks from the middle of the country are just as good as you pointy-headed intellectuals.' Richard Dawkins

About Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for the next Secretary of Education.

Betsy DeVos, Trump's Big-Donor Education Secretary (11/27/2016)

Elizabeth Warren Clarifies The Charter Schools Debate (9/29/2016)

This Guardian Piece Touting Bill Gates’ Education Investment Brought to You by Bill Gates (9/4/2016)

John OLiver on Charter Schools (8/21/2016) Video

How School Vouchers Promote Religious Schools And Hurt Education

Kids’ Questions on a Lockdown Planet (12/22/2015)

Education Reform’s Very Bad, God-Awful Week (10/30/2015)

Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State (9/14/2015)

The GOP's War on College Students (9/9/2015)

The Secret Group That Wants to Take Over Your School (5/27/2015)

To Balance Budgets, Governors Seek Higher Education Cuts (3/27/2015)

U.S. student debt could undermine economic growth (3/23/2015)

Nine Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools (3/21/2015)

Reagan speeches are required reading in Oklahoma bill to replace AP U.S. History (2/18/2015)

5 Devastating Facts About Charter Schools You Won't Hear from the 'National School Choice Week' Propaganda Campaign (1/27/2015)

Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty (1/16/2015)

Republicans Expose Obama’s College Plan as Plot to Make People Smarter (1/9/2015)

Why the Arguments for Privatizing Public Schools Fall Flat (12/9/2014)

Charter School Group Rocked By Two More Top-Level Departures (6/27/2014)

The Results Are In: America Is Dumb and on the Road to Getting Dumber (6/4/2014)

Education's Gold Rush is On (4/21/2014)

The Truth About Charter Schools: Padded cells, poor instruction and corporate management (3/11/2014)

The Problem With School Choice (2/7/2014)

What Could Be Wrong With 'School Choice' ?

Map of Publicly Funded Schools That Teach Creationism (1/26/2014)

When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagogy Manifesto (8/13/2013)

A Civics Lesson From America's Education Debate

Cashing in on Kids: 139 ALEC Bills in 2013 Promote a Private, For-Profit Education Model (7/16/2013)

The Billionaire's War Against Public Education (7/8/2013)

How the Religious Right Is Helping de-educate American Youth (2/22/2013)

Return of the Zombie Film: "Won't Back Down" (2/17/2013)

'Won't Back Down' Pushes ALECs Right-Wing Education Agenda (9/24/2012)

EducaTion "Reform" A Trojan Horse For Privatization (10/10/2012)

The Soul of Student Debt

Mitt Romney's Blueprint For Privatizing Education (6/12/2012)

The gop war on public education (5/2011)

The Commencement Address That Won't be given (5/19/2012)

Republicans Pick Wealthy Tax Dodgers over Students (5/8/2012)

Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games (5/1/2012)

Chomsky: How the Young are indoctrinated to obey (4/4/2012)

The Assault On Public Education (4/4/2012)

Ignorance is Strength (3/9/2012)

Got Dough? How Billionaires Rule Our Schools (2011)

Selling Schools Out (11/17/2011)

What Does Rupert Murdoch Want With American Schools (9/23/2011)

Fox in the School house: Rupert Murdoch Wants to Teach Your KIds !

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful ? (9/2011)

Student Loan Debt Could Cause The Next Financial Crisis (8/12/2011)


Republicans are determined to privatize the public schools. They call it school choice and they will tell you that charter schools perform better than public schools. Except they don't. When confronted with the evidence, the Bush administration decided to stop collecting the data.

Compare other privatized sectors: find oligarchy, expensive services,  downsizing, corruption, off-shoring where possible, ...

American healthcare, for example, is the most expensive in the world, doesn't work well, and doesn't even cover everyone. Republians reject even the most minimal reforms.

Vote Republican and lose public schools.

Note from Elizabeth Warren 9/15/2014

Back in June, the Senate had its first vote on our Bank on Students bill to let people refinance their older student loans to today's lower rates. We got a majority – every Democrat, every Independent, and even three Republicans voted for the bill to proceed. But we were two votes short of the 60 we needed to move forward.
Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans need to drop their filibuster and give us a vote.

It's time to get to work. Call your senators – either from the state you live in, or the state you (or your kids or grandkids) go/went to school in. It only takes a minute: Call, tell the person that answers your name, where you're from or where you go/went to school, and that you support the Bank on Students Act to refinance student loans.

Please call your Senator.

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Harvard Open Learning

Kids Today Need A License to Tinker

Texas Textbook Massacre

How To Brainwash Your Child.

Jon Stewart Takes on the Texas School Board (3/18/2010)

Student Loans: The Right's Hidden Agenda (3/23/2010)

The Bush Education deception.

The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff (12/08/2008)

Bush Profiteers Collect Billions From No Child Left Behind

Americans fed up with Politicized Education (2006)

Why is Bush's little brother Neil getting educational funding ?

Jonathan Kozol

National Education Association (curriculum standards)

The Online Learning Guidebook

Free Software

See this also

Video

The War on Kids: The Definitive Documentary on the Failure of the Public Education System

Bibliography

Education and Equality, Danielle Allen

The Race Between Technology and Education, Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F Katz

Reign Of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools: Diane Ravitch

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis: Robert Putnam

Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have to Be: Anya Kamenetz

The Smartest Kids in the World: Amanda Ripley See this review.

America’s Education Deficit and the War on Youth: by Henry A. Giroux (5/2013)

The Race Between Education and Technology:  Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F Katz

Generation Debt: Why Now Is A Terrible Time To Be Young: Anya Kamenetz

The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch

Lies My Teacher Told Me: James W. Loewen

Jonathan Kozol

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