Corporate Media's War on Public Education
Corporate media scoundrels support making education another profit center and destroying the future of millions of kids.
by Stephen Lendman
September 12 marked day 3 of Chicago's teacher strike. At stake is the future of public education in the city and perhaps the country.
This battle is too important to lose. It's too early to tell what's coming. Teachers are resolved. Parents and students support them.
Union officials in Chicago and across America are suspect. They often cave when they should resist. They mostly look out for their own interests.
Chicago teachers may end up alone in this fight. Hopefully they understand and won't yield no matter what union officials decide. Public education and futures for Chicago kids are on the line.
As expected, media scoundrels invert truth and back the wrong side. A New York Times editorial headlined "Chicago Teachers' Folly," saying:
Teacher strikes aren't ever a good idea, said The Times. Children and families are harmed. This one "seems particularly senseless because it is partly a product of a personality clash between the blunt mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and the tough Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis."
"Beyond that, the strike is based on union discontent with sensible policy changes - including the teacher evaluation system required by Illinois law - that are increasingly popular across the country and are unlikely to be rolled back, no matter how long the union stays out."
As usual, The Times is pro-corporate, neoliberal, anti-labor, anti-public education, and dead wrong. At issue is education's future, not dueling personalities.
Saving what's too important to lose won't be easy. It remains to be seen whether Chicago battle lines will hold. Thousands of Chicago kids and perhaps millions across America depend on it.
At stake is a societal bedrock. Corrupt politicians and corporate profiteers want it commodified into another business profit center. Media scoundrels support them. Educating kids doesn't matter. Bottom line priorities come first.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel represents the worst of reprehensible governance. He's unapologetically pro-corporate, neoliberal and hardline. He's indifferent about human need and welfare.