Watch and judge for your self.
Is this evidence that MSNBC is starting to “get it” that edreform is really a disguise for dismantling American public schools? Or is this just evidence that Chris Matthews is a clueless hack?
I ask these questions because so far, all I have seen are comments celebrating the birth of a new era in media coverage of edreform. However, other than challenging Matthews on his stupid idol worship of Michelle Rhee and some criticizing of “Right Wing” attempts to privatize some public schools: Do Sharpton, Shultz, and Hayes really deserve credit for bravely pointing out the obvious? It’s no freakin revelation that market based reforms are favored by Republicans and anybody watching MSNBC is already well aware of that fact.
But what about President Obama? What about Arnie Duncan? What about Rahm Emanuel? What about Andrew Cuomo? What about Democrats for Education Reform?
When are any in the media (especially MSNBC) going to show some courage and expose the full frontal assault on public education for what it really is–a BIPARTISAN BILTZKRIEG to raid local school districts’ budgets and redirect taxpayer money towards private interests. When are we going to see classrooms filled with 40 kindergartners and overworked teachers trying to teach in an environment lacking basic necessities for learning? When are we going to see KIPP style schools that engage in radical behavior management techniques training poor and minority kids for a life in the criminal justice system?
When is Sharpton, Hayes, and Shultz going to visit the schools the corporate reformers send their kids to receive an education? When will they show us the small class sizes preferred by the reformers for their family members? When does the public get to see how little testing is done in the schools chosen by Obama? When will one of them simply ask the question, “If large class sizes, limited resources, the common core, and endless high stakes testing is so damn good, why do you choose to send your children to other schools?”
I’m sorry but until Sharpton, Hayes, and Shultz take it to ALL the corporate reformers (Democrats and Republicans) last night’s little tiff with Mr. Hardball was really just more evidence that the media either still doesn’t “get it” or it was an attempt to throw public education advocates (like us) a bone in hopes that they (we) might quiet down until after the election.
Ed, Al, and Chris, it’s going to take a lot more than a little televised tiff with Mr. Hardball to shut up those of us that are fighting to save public schools. And here’s a secret I’ll share with you. There are a lot of us and we’re PISSED OFF!
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