Get out of the way students, parents, teachers and local elected school boards -- the educrats employed by the billionaire foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad and the Wal-Mart family know what is best for your child's education.
That is the unspoken but genuine theme we are hearing from the editorial page of the Denver Post and education 'leaders' in Colorado and across the nation.
They call themselves "reformers, but let's be clear about what the truth is: the corporatization of our public education system is the status quo -- they masquerade as "reformers", but in Colorado, for instance, this philosophy has been in place since Roy Romer was governor, over fifteen years ago.
The charter 'movement' is in large measure now a scheme to create so-called public-private partnerships out of our schools, that is, you pay and a non-profit corporation comes in and runs the classroom. The 'Race to the Top' lottery set-up by Obama's Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, is a way to impose low-wage teachers, a national curriculum, national standards, and national student records data collection on all of our schools. Make no mistake, these are essentially the same policies that the so-called 'accountability' reforms started in the mid-1990s and that were institutionalized in Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' law in 2001.
The 'reform' has been in the process of being implemented for over a decade and still the education of our young people lags and stagnates -- it is time to boot this failing 'reform' philosophy and try something new.
But ... the educrats and politicians are predictably under the mesmerizing sway of much, much money, courtesy of a gang of billionaires and their ideologically corporate philanthropic foundations.
The article link below is a 'must read' for anyone attempting a greater understanding of what is going wrong in our public schools.
We desperately need more decentralization of decision-making in education, more local control, more empowerment of parents, more listening to our children as students, more freedom for teachers to teach, and more emphasis on learning as a joyful and meaningful experience. And we also need less obsession with money as the only solution to all problems, less high stakes testing, less tyrannical administrators, less invasive data collection on students, and less brow-beating from Washington, D.C. and the penthouse suites of billionaire philanthropists telling us that we don't know how to best educate our own children.