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How to Talk to Your Family About Privatization; by Diane Ravitch

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"Thanksgiving can turn into a combat zone at the first mention of privatization.  So, try explanations like:  Companies that contract with the government to provide things often argue that they’re more efficient than the “bureaucratic” public sector.. But all the talk about efficiency and cutting costs helps support the idea that the government is wasteful and taxes are bad. Meanwhile, contractors and private investors pocket gobs of our public money by lowering service quality, cutting jobs and wages, and sidestepping protections for the environment. Charter schools are not a progressive policy — they are a form of privatization.Meanwhile, billionaires, private investors, and real estate developers are spending cash nationwide supporting political candidates."

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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