I received the following fascinating email from Ed Johnson, who advocates for quality education in Atlanta, Georgia.



“We have drifted [the past three decades] from having a market economy to being a market society.”

 –Michal Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University

In his talk at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival, Michael Sandel offers insight useful for seeing how  market-driven “Choice,” vouchers, charter schools and organizations such as Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst contribute to our country drifting from having a market economy to being a market society and the consequences likely to continue disrupting and undermining democratic ideals in service to the common or public good.

Sandel speaks for about 30 minutes then does a Q&A for the remaining 18 minutes or so.  The statement above is from his talk; keep it in mind as you watch and listen and reflect.

You will, watch, listen, and reflect, won’t you?

(An aside: In the light of the insight Michael Sandel offers, it is deeply baffling and disturbing that this month there came a proclaimed Civil Rights Movement legend to stand before the Atlanta Board of Education to plead the case for keeping open a market-based APS charter school seemingly just because the school enrolls mostly “African American” children yet the school has dramatically failed to fulfill its five-year charter .)
Ed Johnson
Advocate for Quality in Public Education

(404) 505-8176 | edwjohnson@aol.com