Educator/author Diane Ravitch and others with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now! discuss the state of education today: budget cuts, teacher pay cuts, cheating scandals in standardized testing, controversial plans in Congress (and Florida!) for education...
What category do the following statistics belong in?
B. Health Care
C. Women's Issues
D. Civil Rights
E. All of the Above
Every 42 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
Every 42 seconds a child is confirmed as abused or neglected.
Every minute a baby is born at low birth weight.
More than 24 percent of children under age five are poor.
Almost 70 percent of mothers with children under six are in the workforce.
In 43 states and the District of Columbia, more than one in 10 households has limited access to adequate food.
The United States ranks 24th among 30 developed countries on overall educational achievement for 15-year-olds.
The U.S. spends almost two and a half times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.
OBAMACARE is destroying the fabric of America, is too expensive, is a socialist plot, is unconstitutional, is a fascist takeover of God-given rights, and is Evil.
SCOTTCARE (the health insurance that covers Florida's beloved Gov. Rick Scott) costs less than 28 cents a day for an individual adult or less than a dollar a day for full family coverage. The deductibles and co-pays are negligible. Other people do the paperwork for you. It is a blessing of goodness and light - at least.
Public school tax money pays a for-profit charter school corporation to pay for a public rally to promote use of tax money for charter schools. (Try reading that aloud three times fast without making your mind burst.)
If that isn't crazy enough, the charter school corporation admits to busing in 2,000 private employees to cheer during today's Orlando photo-op event. Charter Schools USA collects millions of dollars of tax money for profit but claims that the money they are spending to rally for Scott and Rhee's support of the corporation comes from the corporation's own pocket - not tax profits. (Is your mind melting, yet?)
#1 Share. #2 Play fair. #3 Don't hit people.
One five year old learned this well during her brief nine year life.
Angry Tea Party adults choose to forget what they were taught - and why those same three kindergarten lessons are vital to the teachings of every major religion and productive government.
Florida has Michelle Rhee, and Illinois has Jonah Edelman as front-line attackers. Other states have similar people with organizations bearing sweet titles such as Save the Children or Students First masking the real purpose of the corporate for-profit takeover of schools (privatization).
ALERT: Do you realize that these attacks are also occurring all over the world?
'Charter schools aren't measuring up'... 'Bias towards charters'... Why is Gov. Rick Scott and the legislature clearly favor charter schools? Privatization of public schools? Do you suppose it's due to 'political clout' of charter school management companies, instead of actual student achievement. What? In Florida?
How could a $27M no-bid Education contract be granted today to a Rupert Murdoch company in one state by the Department of Education? Read about it. 7/30/11
Michelle Rhee is no longer a controversial figure. The ex-Superintendent of Washington D.C. Schools played her roles as corporate paid promoter of for-profit charter schools, anti-teacher union detractor, and "exaggerator-in-chief" for mandated public testing; and she is now finally revealed as such. The media-hyped exaggerations, or lies, regarding the schools that improved while she was the short-lived superintendent have been proven to be based on wide spread score cheating. Rhee, of course, contends that no direct line can connect her to cheating on any one specific student's test.