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    Filed at 6:51 am under by dcobranchi

    I guess maybe I am a member of the VRWC. From Ed at the Brink:

    I try to imagine myself as a privatizer. How would I proceed? If my objective were to dismantle public schools, I would begin by trying to discredit them. I would probably refer to them as “government” schools, hoping to tap into a vein of libertarian resentment. I would never miss an opportunity to sneer at researchers and teacher educators as out-of-touch “educationists.” Recognizing that it’s politically unwise to attack teachers, I would do so obliquely, bashing the unions to which most of them belong. Most important, if I had the power, I would ratchet up the number and difficulty of standardized tests that students had to take, in order that I could then point to the predictably pitiful results. I would then defy my opponents to defend the schools that had produced students who did so poorly.

    Let’s see: Dismantle public schools? Check. G-schools? Double check plus. Sneering at edu-crats? So far, so good. NEA bashing? Every chance I get. Standardized tests? Not my thing. So, I’m batting .800.

    The problem, I think, that supporters of the g-schools have is that they’re supporting the ideal of public schools. The reality is that they are a swamp of badly behaved “students” being indoctrinated into a “culture” that we reject outright. I encourage all such supporters to read Gatto’s Underground History of American Education. Then they’ll see why it’s not “right” (as opposed to “left”) to be anti-public schools.

    UPDATE: I fixed the link to EatB.


    Comment by
    Aaron Mildenstein
    October 29th, 2004
    at 2:25 pm

    Amen. I’ve been reading Gatto’s masterwork for several weeks now. I’m on Chapter 13. Before starting this book I already had a healthy distrust for g-schools and forced schooling. My wife and I homeschool our children. After 12 chapters of that book my eyes are wide open, well, certainly more open than they were.

    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    October 29th, 2004
    at 11:08 pm

    If my objective were to dismantle public schools… I would ratchet up the number and difficulty of standardized tests…

    Wow, I wish this were Bush’s motivation.