The most hypocritical claim of “reformers” is that they are advancing “the civil rights issue of our time” by defunding and undermining public education and attacking the teaching profession.


Reader Michael Fiorillo comments on this deceptive rhetoric:


“So-called education reformers have successfully convinced many naifs that undermining public education, via charter schools, high stakes exams, punitive teacher evaluation schemes, etc., is somehow connected to social justice.


“Nothing could be further from the truth: destroying a public good for private venal and power-seeking ends, and busting unions, is inherently reactionary.”


Say I:


“Reform,” as currently defined, is a project of ALEC and every reactionary governor and free-market fundamentalist. Democrats have been conned. Civil rights is the civil rights issue of our time.