Conservative are Turning our Schools into a Another Get-Rich Quick Scheme

Correction: Re: Conservatives' attack on public education 4/25...PFAW did not say, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being..." They were quoting the Heartland Institute who said it.

Who’s screwed? Students. Conservatives are mounting an attack against our nation’s public education system. Pennsylvania and Florida are the latest states that will consider voucher legislation that would give away millions in federal dollars to private schools so those states can close down public schools. More and more private schools are sprouting up across the country – headed by CEOs who are making a fortune in this new industry. And the people behind the voucher bills have boatloads of money that they’re throwing at politicians.

Led by the likes of the mind-bogglingly wealthy DeVos family and the Koch brothers – a slew of right-wing private school groups have launched a coordinated attack against free public education. One of those groups – People for the American Way – spelled out their strategy in a recent report saying, "The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being. Vouchers are a type of reform that is possible now, and would put us on the path to further privatization."

In every study that’s been done on private charter schools – parents are forced to payer high costs for education yet don’t receive any better results compared to public schooling. And those parents without money end up with poorly educated children.

It’s all about the money – and Conservative are trying to turn what’s left of our floundering education system into a another get-rich quick scheme.


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DRichards 11 years 48 weeks ago

Re; Who's screwed? Another example of Capitalism (profit) being put first. It's an addiction; these people are sick!SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011Radiation Expert: "Sr-90 and Uranium and Particulates Will Be Building Up in the USA and Europe ... For Now I Think It Prudent To Stop Drinking Milk"

Preface: I take very seriously any warning about consuming a product which is important for the local economy. But when a respected radiation expert issues this type of warning, I have to pass it on.

I wrote to radiation expert Dr. Chris Busby to ask him if he thought people living outside of Japan should take any actions to try to reduce their radiation exposure:

Epidemiologist Dr. Wing thinks people outside of Japan shouldn't do anything to attempt to reduce radiation exposure: Leading Epidemiologist: Instead of Trying to Avoid Japanese Radiation, Put Your Energy Into Demanding a Saner Energy Policy

But the French anti-nuclear NGO CRIIAD says that pregnant women and infants should take steps to reduce exposure: French Nuclear Group Warns that Children and Pregnant Mothers Should Protect Themselves from RadiationI've also researched the scientific literature, and found that antioxidants can help a little: Can Vitamins or Herbs Help Protect Us from Radiation?What's your advice for people outside of Japan?

Professor Busby replied:

I attach my "don't panic" paper. However, since then I have re-thought this advice as the thing is still fissioning and releasing 10 to the fourteen becquerels a day. This will mean that Sr-90 [strontium 90] and Uranium and particulates will be building up in the USA and Europe. I will assess this later but for now I think it prudent to stop drinking milk. I also attach the particulates note.

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stonesphear 11 years 48 weeks ago

Rather than fix the system destroy it in order to exploit it.

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making progress 11 years 48 weeks ago

President Obama speaks on Bradley Manning and the rule of law

"We're a nation of laws. We don't let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate. He broke the law." - President Obama

This is really damning. I bet Thom won't touch it.

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bluangel 11 years 48 weeks ago

Thom it's not what "WILL" happen to our schools, it's what's already happened and what are we going to do about it? Our schools have been floundering for decades, because of a myriad of reasons, and both Republican and Democratic administrations have to take the blame for it. Conservative politicians have had an agenda to keep the populace uneducated or undereducated because they feel it's easier to control the masses when they are ignorant. Liberal politicians, while they talk a good talk about revamping our educational system, never seem to be able or have the will to fight hard enough to stand up against the conservatives. So, little by little the educational system has been eroding away by monetary cut after monetary cut, poor management, misplaced programs such as "No Child Left Behind" which have actually left millions behind while costing billions, and now the next step towards privitization. I think it's all been part of a master plan, developed over decades, by the ultra-conservatives, or rather the Oligarchs of this country to take over. When we lose our ability to educate our population, not just the fortunate few who can afford to pay, we lose ourselves, our freedom. We WILL become slaves to our masters once again. What will happen to education? I think it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better, and we progressives better start working together to try to figure out how to make it better before it's too late.

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