I hadn’t realized that Deborah Meier had herself started charter schools, and has turned completely opposed to the larger corporate educational ‘reform’ movement that has been profiting mightily off of those changes.
This is a very significant article.
I’m returning to my roots! Marx occasionally had it right. Along with Horace Mann, John Dewey et al.
This whole “new reform” movement in education is being fueled (the $$$$) by ordinary greed. Or second-hand greed—seeing a chance to destroy the political power of an already waning labor movement by undermining the two teacher unions. This is being done by fooling folks who mistakenly saw their own longtime critique of the public bureaucracy in the “radical” sounding idea charter schools. Afraid of being part of the “status quo” some genuine school-based reformers thus provided cover for a shift in power quite the opposite of what they had in mind. Most of those genuine school and educational people, including of course Ravitch, have been abandoning that ship and returning to their roots.
Having failed time after time with vouchers—direct public funding of private schools, the new reformers saw a way around…
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