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Forbes: "How America Is Breaking Public Education"

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'America is literally destroying public education with ill-advised policies and not reacting to the failure of these policies with common sense,; thus public education is more broken than ever. The reason,  is that we’ve disobeyed the cardinal rule of success in any industry: treating your workers like professionals.  If your goal was to achieve the greatest learning outcome possible for each of your students, what would you need to be successful? You’d need the freedom to decide what to teach, how to teach it, how to evaluate and assess your students, and how to structure your classroom and curriculum. to maximize the return on your efforts. In short, you'd need the same thing that any employee in any role needs: the freedom and flexibility to assess your own situation, and make empowered decisions.'

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But then, ending the voice of the professional in the practice was the PLOY in the plot to privatize the schools as the power of MONEY bought access

I have been writing about the removal of the authority of the classroom teacher-practitioner, since the war on teachers began, in the nineties, and I watched millions of experienced, dedicated genuine professional teachers disappear!

The public was bamboozled as The Educational Industrial Complex did its thing!(EIC)

I was the NY State Educator of Excellence. My practice was selected as the NYC cohort for the Pew research on the Principle of Learning (Resnick, at Harvard thesis). But, the assault on teachers had begun!, when the Gates curriculum was about to replace those tried and true methods and materials that my 4 decade practice as a teacher-practitioner had proven effective.

I had to be sent packing, and I was -- by this method, which the unions allowed. It took out the top experienced practitioners in NYC, the largest system in the 15,880 across the US. You read that right" almost sixteen thousand separate school systems, divided in 50 states, ready for the privatization movement to take out the schools' with the NCLB nonsense about testing for failure.

NYC was the largest and it did this to our great public school system with authentic educators sent out of the school, it was easy to mandate methods that caused catastrophic failure. It is ALL about money, and the metaphor for the process around the nation.

Then they went after they 2nd largest LAUSD, and the teachers were decimated, as the unions looked the other way, and the media, owned completely by the EIC, sold the lie!

Go to Perdaily.comand read the brilliant chronicle of the destruction of LA's schools"leading up to this moment when the charter movement is ready to take over!

We all know what happened to health care when the insurance businesses intervened.

We all know what happened to our prison system when businesses stepped in.

The schools were an easy target as no one knows WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE"except the professional practitioner!

Here is the link to the Ravitch search field on "hedge Funds" like this one, where Alan Singer reviews the ways that hedge funds will benefit by the privatization of public funding for public schools.. This is a great discussion, in which Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" interviews Juan Gonzalez of the NY Daily News about the big money pushing charter schools. The discussion is based on this article.

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and more from Forbes, as it reported on the investment strategy of billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman. He makes money investing in charter schools and thinks he is "doing good" by undermining public education.

Our schools, the ONLY road to income equality for ALL our people, is now in the hands of the plutocrats who need an ignorant population to believe the endless rants and lies put out ignorer to end our democracy which depends on shared knowledge

DON'T MISS THIS easy to grasp, fascinating youtube piece on how wealth inequality has blossomed... and it is not recent, because the middle class has almost evaporated, and will disappear with the teachers who once showed every American how to do work, use real critical thinking skills...not just pass bogus tests...geared to show their school as failing so it can be privatized.

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Remember Michael Milken, the now rehabilitated junk bond king of the 1980s?

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I do.

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Here is how the media OWNED BY THE CORPORATIONS which are privatizing he schools has promoted this

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and do not miss this movie , The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman on Vimeo which shows what happened to the largest of the 15,880 school districts when the mandates came down from above to tell the practitioner what to do in the classroom

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Susan, I hope to get back to you. I only have good things to say about you and what you write about your passion; your passion being education. Maybe take a break and buy a camera. :) Right now, I need sleep...

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