DRAFT: The charter school 'choice' scam

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<p><em>About 500 Chicago charter school teachers and 8,000 students were back in the classroom after a historic, nearly weeklong strike&#160;<a href="http://news.wttw.com/2018/12/10/teachers-union-tentative-deal-end-charter-schools-strike">came" target="_blank">to an end Sunday</a>.</em></p> <p><em>Teachers have a tentative contract with charter operator Acero, but it comes at a time when the environment for charter schools in Chicago is changing. A strike like this one wasn&#8217;t much of a possibility 22 years ago, when charters were first welcomed in Chicago. Some experts say it&#8217;s likely not the last.</em></p> <p><em>And last week, Chicago Public Schools&#160;<a href="http://news.wttw.com/2018/12/03/cps-recommends-closing-2-charter-schools-rejecting-proposals-3-others">rejected" target="_blank">proposals for three new charter schools</a>.</em></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The charter school "choice" scam is progressing to its logical conclusion.&#160;Allowing charter operators to cherry-pick the best students (they deny it, but they do) and to pay themselves whatever they like with no oversight or transparency while syphoning public funds like a vampire could only end this way: the privatization of public education (their libertarian dream come true.)&#160;</p> <p><br />Their propaganda machine keeps framing this as "choice" (who doesn't want free choice?) but if you were to take a survey you would find that the majority of Americans cherish our free public education system and do not want it privatized, which is the only possible eventual result when these charter vampires move in.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The market is calling for higher wages/benefits. So, if the administration/government wants highly qualified teachers, they'll have to cough it up. They can either deal with a union or have everyone quit and get better paying jobs elsewhere. All teachers have college degrees. Many have advanced degrees.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>THIS is why there's a teacher shortage. Anyone capable of being a great teacher is able to go into other well-paying fields - doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc. and not have to put up with all this B.S. teacher-bashing.</p>


FacePalm Added Dec 13, 2018 - 5:02am
The Public Fool system is a disgrace.  i lay the blame at the feet of sociologists and various "foundations" which have designed curricula which ruin children's lives, not to mention the federal dept. of education and it's dictatorial control over textbooks.  Here's a few citations in support:
"[T]he child should be taught to consider his instructor...superior to the parent in point of authority.... The vulgar impression that parents have a legal right to dictate to teachers is entirely erroneous.... Parents have no remedy as against the teacher."
-- John Swett, Superintendent of California Public School System (1860s)
"The shocking possibility that dumb people don't exist in sufficient numbers to warrant the millions of careers devoted to tending them will seem incredible to you. Yet that is my central proposition: the mass dumbness which justifies official schooling first had to be dreamed of; it isn't real."
-- John Taylor Gatto(1937-) American school teacher of 29 years, author, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
Source: The Underground History of American Education, 2001
"Government schooling is the most radical adventure in history.   It kills the family by monopolizing the best times of childhood and by teaching disrespect for home and parents...."
-- John Taylor Gatto(1937-) American school teacher of 29 years, author, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
Source: The Underground History of American Education, 2001

"Who besides a degraded rabble would voluntarily present itself to be graded and classified like meat?  No wonder school is compulsory."
-- John Taylor Gatto(1937-) American school teacher of 29 years, author, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991
Source: The Underground History of American Education, 2001
“The decisive dynamics which make forced schooling poisonous to healthy human development aren’t hard to spot. Work in classrooms isn’t significant work; it fails to satisfy real needs pressing on the individual; it doesn’t answer real questions experience raises in the young mind; it doesn’t contribute to solving any problem encountered in actual life. The net effect of making all schoolwork external to individual longings, experiences, questions, and problems is to render the victim listless. This phenomenon has been well-understood at least since the time of the British enclosure movement which forced small farmers off their land into factory work. Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another.
As I watched it happen, it took about three years to break most kids, three years confined to environments of emotional neediness with nothing real to do. In such environments, songs, smiles, bright colors, cooperative games, and other tension-breakers do the work better than angry words and punishment. Years ago it struck me as more than a little odd that the Prussian government was the patron of Heinrich Pestalozzi, inventor of multicultural fun-and-games psychological elementary schooling, and of Friedrich Froebel, inventor of kindergarten. It struck me as odd that J.P. Morgan’s partner, Peabody, was instrumental in bringing Prussian schooling to the prostrate South after the Civil War. But after a while I began to see that behind the philanthropy lurked a rational economic purpose.”
~John Taylor Gatto, Underground History of American Education, ch. 3.
"I want to make one thing clear. This war against our constitution is not being fought way off in Madagascar or in Mandalay. It is being fought here—in our schools, our colleges, our churches, our women’s clubs. It is being fought with our money, channeled through the State Department. It is being fought twenty-four hours a day—while we remain asleep. How many of you Senators know what the UN is doing to change the teaching of the children in your own home town? The UN is at work there, every day and night, changing the teachers, changing the teaching materials, changing the very words and tones—changing all the essential ideas which we imagine our schools are teaching to our young folks. How in the name of Heaven are we to sit here, approve these programs, appropriate our own people’s money—for such outrageous “orientation” of our own children, and of the men and women who teach our children, in this Nation’s schools?"
-- William Jenner(1908-1985) U.S. Senator (IN-R)
Source: Congressional Record (1952)
In summation, i think that private schools are the way to go, especially for anyone who wishes to produce VERY int
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 intelligent children who have self-mastery and initiative, who grow into VERY productive adults.
It's not the fault of the teachers, who are often called upon to do FAR more than just teach exactly and ONLY what they're "allowed" to teach; they're also expected to be substitute parents, psychotherapists, cops, social workers, dieticians, nursemaids, babysitters, and nose wipers, among other things, like giving school supplies out.