February 6, 2009

WHERE RHEE IS COMING FROM

Sue Hemberger, Concerned4DCPS - Failing educational systems exist because schools don't have the resources (however defined) to motivate and help students to learn, but they simultaneously provide the occasion/excuse for the privatization (or commercialization) of public education.

Honestly, I don't think most of the people pushing for privatization of public education give a damn about education. They see a vast industry that hasn't traditionally functioned as a source of profits and think, wow, I want a cut of that. They'll tell whatever story is necessary to justify turning education into a profit-making proposition and, in doing so, they are supported by ideologues who shill for markets whatever the context (but seem to have no qualms about tapping into the state's ability to extract revenue to fund such markets).

The so-called educational "reformers" don't want public school systems to succeed; they want them to be replaced and the best way to ensure that outcome is to ensure that they are broken beyond repair. Enter Michelle Rhee.