Saturday, January 28, 2017

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trump election has reformers in a tizzy

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trump election has reformers in a tizzy:

Trump election has reformers in a tizzy

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"Ed reformers are just waiting for their turn to talk. They only want to talk about themselves. Anything you say, they just want to tell you, 'Charter schools are great.' A parent can tell them, 'I broke my foot.' And a reformer will say, 'You know what's good for that? Charter schools!'" -- Education Post's Chris Stewart 
For most of the past three decades, school reformers have been focused on dismantling traditional, mainly urban public school systems, replacing traditional public schools with a hodgepodge of market-oriented, tech-driven, re-segregated and union-free "choice" options -- mainly, privately-run charter schools and school vouchers.

The unintended, or sometimes intended consequence of these reforms is a steady roll-back of genuine reforms won by the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s (the second Reconstruction period in our history). It was those reforms, limited and fleeting as they may have been, which, from 1968-88, generated the greatest educational gains for poor children this nation has ever seen.

But what we're seeing now is an increasingly racially re-segregated, two-tiered system of 
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Trump election has reformers in a tizzy:



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