Pop some corn and have some friends over to the house to watch the following films noirs about the move to privatize public education and the blatant corruption that is being used to unjustly attack teacher in accomplishing it throughout this country.
Special thanks to Steve Zeltzer and the Labor Video Project www.laborvideo.org that produced these films.
(Mensaje se repite en Español)
(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)
Given the unrelenting decline of American public education and the war-failed economy which is being used to justify its continuing premeditated destruction, one often hears in description of this sick farce:
"The definition of insanity is to continue implementing the same failed policies with the expectation of a different result.
While that seems to be a pretty good explanation of the militant ignorance that continues to drive public education policy into the ground, there now seems to be even a better definition:
"The definition of insanity is to continue using the same people whose failed policies destroyed public education in the first place to try and fix it."
Case in point, Richard Riordan, Caprice Young, and Judy Burton to name just a few of the usual suspects that continue unquestioned by the corporate controlled mainstream media to implement the corporate agenda to privatize the $250-370 billion "business" that public education represents, while dumbing down the public education foundation of this democracy to assure that corporate actions motivated solely by greed/profit will go unquestioned.
(Mensaje se repite en Español)
For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post
Although Professor Joel Shatzky's writing and videos are about New York City public schools, can you see your own purposefully failed public school in the following three videos he has written or in the many articles and Huffington Post blogs he has written?
Joel Shatzky:Brooklyn, New York
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005) Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006-- )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001) Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents. Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."
VIA Democracynow: "Wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits by using a little-known federal tax break to finance new charter-school construction," Democracy Now! co-host Juan Gonzalez write in the New York Daily News. "The program, the New Markets Tax Credit, is so lucrative that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years."
Any of you curious as to what a guy who writes at least 5 posts a week for www.perdaily.com does during his weekend? Saturday night, I went to the Laemmle Sunset 5 to see The Cartel, a film about the corruption of public education in New Jersey, a state that has the distinction of spending more money per pupil than any forty-seven other states in the union, while having little or nothing to show for it. There is a definite East coast flavor -- cue The Godfather theme music -- to this story of premeditated public education failure that the producer, writer, director Bob Bowdon masterfully brings to his telling of the pervasive and astronomically expensive corruption that hold public school children and their parents hostage, while ultimately releasing them into society as illiterate and unable to do simple math. Anyone familiar with LAUSD will recognize all the cast of platitude quoting educriminal characters who continue to run public education and the future of this country into the ground.
A major theme that we have tried to address in several of our posts is
the idea that virtually all public education reform in the United
States adapts to the continuing existence of urban
predominantly minority filled school districts that have failed for
generations. In California and elsewhere, states have taken over
individual schools and sometimes entire school districts, but there
appears to be an irrational taboo to not even consider
dismantling/reconstituting these school districts. It is the very
continued existence of these districts in their present form that
requires public education reform in the first place. These districts as
presently constituted will keep sabotaging any real educational reform
that they see as threatening their present interests.