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Thursday, June 15, 2023




Ladies and gentlemen, gather around for a tale about the neoliberal education reform movement, AKA the "Destroy Public Education" movement. Yes, you heard that right. These folks are all about dismantling our beloved public education system and replacing it with something, well, quite terrifying.

What's even scarier is that this movement has opened the door to Christian nationalist education and reactionary far-right schooling. And who's leading the charge? None other than Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts school in Michigan.

But wait, it gets even better. Enter Chris Rufo and Ron DeSantis, the dynamic duo of education destruction. Rufo is a filmmaker and writer who has made it his mission to expose what he calls "critical race theory indoctrination" in schools. And DeSantis, the governor of Florida, is all about pushing his own brand of conservative education policies.

So, what exactly is this "Christian nationalist education" that these folks are pushing? Well, it's basically a fancy way of saying they want to inject their religious beliefs into the classroom. Because apparently, separation of church and state is so 20th century.

And as for the reactionary far-right schooling, let's just say it's not exactly a celebration of diversity and inclusivity. Instead, it's all about pushing a narrow-minded agenda that only serves to further divide us as a society.

But back to Hillsdale College. This tiny school has somehow managed to become a major player in the world of education reform. And while they may espouse some lofty ideals about classical education and the liberal arts, make no mistake – they're all about promoting their own brand of conservatism.

And then there's Rufo and DeSantis. These two are like the Batman and Robin of education destruction. Rufo spends his days making inflammatory documentaries about how schools are brainwashing our children with liberal propaganda. And DeSantis? Well, he's busy pushing legislation that would allow parents to opt their kids out of any lesson they deem "objectionable."

So, what's the endgame here? Are these folks really trying to destroy public education as we know it? It certainly seems that way. But let's not forget that there are still plenty of us out there who believe in the power of a good education – one that's inclusive, diverse, and free from religious or political agendas.

So, to all you education reformers out there – keep dreaming your dreams of Christian nationalist schooling and far-right indoctrination. But know this: we won't let you destroy our public education system without a fight.

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