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

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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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Explanation and Example: Capitalist Nationalism

**Reformist consciousness was famously described by Gramsci as “dual” or “contradictory”; on the one hand accepting the permanence of the […]

Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]