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The Campaign to Destroy Public Education: Diane Ravitch

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The same  folks who brought us  Critical Race Theory (CRT) are now poised to bring our public education system to its knees and then put it out of its misery. Conservatives have similarly weaponized the phrase “government schools” as an emotional trigger intended to disingenuously characterize public schools as institutional agents of a sinister plot to indoctrinate children into a socialist, anti-religion agenda that violates parental rights, freedom of choice and traditional values. The pandemic has turbocharged the school choice movement by also mobilizing anti-mask and anti-vaccine sentimentsThese falsehoods run in tandem with local and state elections for school boards and state legislatures.  The evidence is rapidly mounting that this mandate for parental “rights” will spawn new voucher legislation and other school choice measures in unprecedented numbers. 

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"Language tip: school choice advocates should always say "scholarships" instead of "vouchers." It gives a connotation of opportunity and forces our opponents to take the unenviable position of denying scholarships to families and children. This calculated campaign gives fresh energy to persistent efforts to divert billions of tax dollars into religious education, voucher schemes and charter schools. Despite all the claims made by charter advocates, study after study shows that public schools do as well or better than charters, even by the relatively meaningless metric of test scores."


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This is serious folks!

If the intention is to create an ignorant citizenry, and feed them falsehoods as violence is promoted as a deterrent, then like every autocracy in history, the children must be indoctrinated first... for they ARE the future.

Diane Ravitch has been writing about the privatization of our schools since she as the ass't Secretary of Education. In her 2013 book,, "Reign of Error," she arrows in directly, and polemically, on the privatization movement, which she calls a "hoax" and a "danger" that has fed on the myth that schools are failing.


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