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  •  Wish I could tell who are paid here.. (1+ / 0-)
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    to promote Corporate For-Profit Wall Street "Edumacation."

    There are so many on Dkos for some reason who go all Rand Paul on public education that I am starting to think the site should be called DRand.

    The hatred of the left for the only institution which has a CHANCE of maintaining their social democracy astounds me and gives me a sense of how powerful corporate messaging and propoganda has been in the last 50 years.

    Public education is very mixed in the US. Most of it has been co-opted already to push Corporate Marketing via starvation. Most teachers have been required to stop teaching and just give out drill and kill worksheets or computer programs which only profit the producers of it.

    And yet... we must preserve what is left. In a high school career, if a student has ONE teacher who knows how to think, to speak, to write and to be their Orwell, one life for liberty has been saved. At enormous expense, for that one glimmer of light, its true.

    Those sparks of light and intellectual independence still exist in public education, and as during the time European Fascism they are willing to go to the last ditch to save Liberal Humanism and Enlightenment values. I know some personally, and they are the most courageous Americans I have ever met.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:15:16 AM PDT

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    •  So true... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....public education, within the World's most diverse country has been a mixed bag for good reason....but now an intensification on the part of deformers to nationalize curriculum, learning experience and assessment...this is so dangerous...the corporate oligarchs are solidifying their control over society, and the guy I campaigned for in '08 is facilitating the take over.

      Educational experience based on non-consensual behaviorism is authoritarian mind control.

      by semioticjim on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:03:30 AM PDT

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      •  Make. Him. Not. Do. It. (1+ / 0-)
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        The more rabble I can rouse, the more crap I can sling, the more blood money I can intercept, the more calling out I can do, the more people hear what crap is being peddled, the more people know snake oil salesmen when they see them, the more likely that;

        President Obama

        will fire Arne Duncan, renounce Rahm Emanuel, gut No Child and Race To, and hire some experts who KNOW WHAT THE HELL they are talking about.

        I guess there is no reward, yet, about being RIGHT about nearly everything for the last 40 years in economics, geopolitics, education and heath care. I want to see people who were RIGHT promoted for the first time in 40 years, not merely great suckups and panderers with nice hair.  

        The President could change this tomorrow. I expect him to.

        Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

        by OregonOak on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:10:28 AM PDT

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