In case you have any doubt, I have given up on both political parties when it comes to the present corporate assault on public education.
Arne Duncan could be Secretary of Education for either Obama or Romney. He cheerleads for rightwing governors like Bobby Jindal and hails privatizers like Jeb Bush. On education, the two parties are interchangeable.
Frankly, the public education system was better off when George W. Bush was president because Democrats fought him. Under Obama, Democrats fall in line behind the bipartisan (Republican) agenda. No one in D.C. fights the privatization and data gathering and standardization movement. No one stands up and says bluntly that Race to the Top is a failed extension of Bush’s failed No Child Left Behind. No one says that Congress and the administration have overreached for the past dozen years and are hurting children.
The hope for the future is a grassroots movement so vocal and so numerous that the national and state leaders cannot ignore us.
The election of Bill de Blasio in New York City suggests that the change is beginning. The voters in New York turned against the demonizing of teachers and the closing of public schools.
The movement is building against the corporate takeover of public education.
By 2016, we hope to have at least one candidate in either party who speaks out for American kids, for a stable public education system, for equitable funding, for student privacy, and for a dramatic reduction in high-stakes testing, which should never have been a federal role or mandate.
Who will stand up for better education? Who will stop the war on the profession of education? Who will save our kids from the corporate predators?
Here’s one possible face off: Hillary vs. Elizabeth Warren.
Maybe others will emerge. Who is most likely to resist the lure of Wall Street campaign cash?
What do you think?