Will NAACP Courage on Charters Blaze a New Trail?
Ever since Bush II and the dregs of Bill Clinton's DLC successfully framed NCLB's undeniable assault on public education, poor children, and their teachers as a civil rights crusade, I have been amazed at how acquiescent the NAACP has remained during the years of unrelenting denigration and humiliation of black and brown children in urban charter schools.
Did the NAACP really believe the cynical rhetoric of the corporate usurpers and the predatory privatizers who built education industry empires on the backs of unpaid child laborers working 10 hour days to grind out test scores that are then held up as tangible signs of "educational equity?"
Could the punishing segregated test prep charter schools for black children really become choice enough for NAACP leaders, who once led the charge for high quality integrated schools for all children?
How long would it take for civil rights leaders to throw off their passivity and inattention, so that schools might once more become instrumental in bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice?
One might argue that the NAACP has begun its awakening. The ratification on October 15 of the resolution passed in July at the annual convention is a significant first step.
Even so, there is evidence in the press release accompanying the ratification vote that the pressure from the neoliberal corporate press, the education industry, and the corporate foundations has had some Schools Matter: Will NAACP Courage on Charters Blaze a New Trail?: