The Myth Of A ‘Skills Gap’ And Our Phony ‘Education Crisis’

By: Monday March 31, 2014 10:14 am

Ask a Neoliberal why trickle down economics is not working in America and there are a few standard excuses offered. The excuses range from the fringier “inner city people are lazy” to the boilerplate “government is distorting markets” to the more establishment friendly “it’s a lack of education.” Let’s put racial dog whistles and reactionary [...]

Record Student Debt Exacerbating Wealth Inequality

By: Friday March 28, 2014 10:49 am

As US student debt soars to the $1 trillion mark researchers are finding that the phenomenon is having long term deleterious effects on society. Namely the increases in student debt is widening the already massive wealth gap in America. The logic of the findings is hard to dispute – people paying out funds to service [...]

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 10:00 am

Thanks to the ever expanding NSA scandal the American people are getting a crash course in how important and revealing even small amounts of personal information can be. Your data matters, has value, and should be protected from those you don’t want to have it or haven’t consented to have it yet. Enter the private [...]

Arne Duncan Doubles Down On “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic Ignorance

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 9:27 am

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan doubled down on his “white suburban moms” comment concerning the Common Core Standards. Duncan at first said opposition to the Common Core State Standards was interesting because “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t [...]

Chris Christie Screams At Another Teacher On Election Eve

By: Monday November 4, 2013 12:21 pm

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has made a name for himself screaming at constituents – from “jerk” to “idiot” to “numbnuts.” He has also, while in re-election mode, tried to tone it down somewhat in hopes of appealing to a broader base of voters. But yesterday was an apparent slip as Governor Christie told [...]

Goldman Sachs Gets Into Public Education

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:37 am

The corporate “ed reform” movement to privatize public education is quite lucrative – public education spending runs in the billions across the country. So should anyone be surprised that Wall Street has stepped out of the shadows to get in on the action? Wall Street has already been the funding base for Michelle Rhee and [...]

Public Education “Reformers” Discredited By Yet Another Study

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 7:44 am

The privatization of public education movement sometimes called “ed reform” has always had one fatal flaw – none of their claims are supported by the evidence. In modern American politics being completely nonfactual is only a minor handicap, especially if like the “ed reform” movement you have money behind your agenda. Just shout louder and [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Files Lawsuit To Stop School Closings

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:34 am

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s latest attempt to privatize education in Chicago is running into considerable opposition. The Chicago Teachers Union, joining up with concerned parents, has filed a lawsuit to halt the school closings the privatizer-heavy Board of Education ordered. The lawsuit alleges Chicago Public Schools are not following their own guidelines for school closings. The [...]

Elizabeth Warren Wants Students To Have Same Privileges As Wall Street

By: Friday May 10, 2013 10:22 am

As a recent study indicates that college and universities are giving financial aid to rich students at the expense of poor ones Senator Elizabeth Warren is offering a bill to bring student debt relief. Warren says students should get the same rates as Wall Street. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced her first standalone piece of legislation [...]

Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt To Give Aid To Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 9:47 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens. Undermining Pell presents a new analysis [...]

Chris Christie Calls Black Man “Boy” During Argument At Town Hall

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:22 pm

In a stunning lack of sensitivity and self-awareness New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie referred to an African-American constituent as “boy” during a heated argument over the governor’s plan to privatize schools in New Jersey. The man shouted “Fix the public schools.” Christie responded “Yeah I hear ya boy, I hear ya.” The original video [...]

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