Tag Archives: school vouchers

Planned Parenthood and the Planned Corporate Patriarchy

In a post on Salon.com in the aftermath of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood writer Irin Carmon offers illuminate us on, “Why the right hates Planned Parenthood.” (emphasis added) The right’s hatred of Planned Parenthood requires some logical inconsistencies, to put it mildly. It means constantly accusing the […]

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Weighing Capital Intent in Public Systems

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From the Herald Times of Bloomington, IN. Letter: Voucher programs LETTERS October 26, 2011 To the editor: Recently the Chamber of Commerce hosted an education forum that will showcase the aggressive policies of profiteering implemented by the state government and promoted by the Indiana Superintendent for Public Instruction, Tony Bennett. Note that “Instruction” is not […]

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Tony Bennett’s Barbarians of Profit Breach the Walls of Public Institutions

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Yesterday the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce hosted a kind of dog and pony show they called an Education Forum that featured the salesmanship of one Tony Bennett (aka T.B. Sheets*), Indiana’s Minister of Public Deception.  Others involved were two local Superintendents (who carry water for the elephants) and an IU policy researcher.  The local paper […]

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Jackie Cissell and the Reverends for Corporate School Choice

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An Indianapolis, Indiana, resident, Jacqueline Joyner Cissell, better known as Jackie, has been on a quest for school choice since at least February 1998, when she and think tank Project 21’s Roderick Conrad appeared on Christian radio’s “Family News and Focus” and “discussed the snubbing of former Congressman Floyd Flake and school vouchers.” Although no […]

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A Labor Day Note on School Vouchers, Psychopaths, Chile, and the United States

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As the paid propagandists bamboozled the public in the Bill Gates-controlled “education media” on the eve of the Save Our Schools March, Robert Enlow appeared in Education Week, declaring Milton Friedman the savior of both school and democracy for first sermonizing on school vouchers in 1955. Anyone who deems Milton Friedman as anything but a […]

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Grading for Failure’s Sake

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In my recent post “Dear Errant, Advice to the Marks: Always Be Cynical” I proposed that there is no way to understand “the way social life works” (that means cities and states and nations, etc.) without taking a big hard look at the POWER structure and questioning its motives–hell, impugning its motives!  This is what […]

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Dear Errant, Advice for the Marks: Always Be Cynical

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If you haven’t seen Glengarry Glen Ross, get thee to your movie outlet of choice (ah, choice) ASAP.  (Of course let’s not talk about the Mamet of today, okay?)  Briefly, a real estate sales office is trying to cold call “marks” to buy lots in new developments.  Their leads are “very cold” and they hear […]

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Vouchers Redux: The Rhetoric and the Consequences


Surely, if you’re anything like me (don’t admit it if you are!), you must be confronting the idea and fact of school voucher programs from rhetorical and ideological perspectives on offer in the news media and as promulgated via advocacy campaigns spearheaded and driven by “public policy” foundations. In other words, the propaganda is pretty […]

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Vouchers as Feint–Subsidizing Free Market Ideology

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Today’s HT front-page story by Bethany Nolan detailing an informational meeting about the state’s expansive voucher program is titled “School Vouchers Praised for Adding Options,” while the online edition changes its title somewhat to “School Vouchers Praised for Broadening Educational Options”.  I won’t hold Nolan responsible for the variation, though it seems a questionable practice […]

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Privitization of Schools: What Faith Are You Funding?

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“…I think privatization and choice programs will grow massively at the state level.  We’ll have poor schools with declining budgets for the poor inner-city kids and rural kids, largely made up of kids of color and poor whites, and we’ll have the relatively affluent schools in other areas.”  Michael Apple, 1998 It has been blindingly […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]