Friday, March 11, 2011

The Ultimate $uperpower • Supersized Dollars Drive Waiting for ‘Superman’ Agenda

"Education’s role in strengthening our democratic institutions is a long-standing tradition in this country; it isn’t a mistake that the right to a free public education is enshrined in every state constitution in the country. Yet many charter school promoters don’t feel the need to make even a rhetorical nod toward democratic concerns.

As educational historian Diane Ravitch notes, the corporate-based reform agenda undermines community and democracy and is subject “to the whim of entrepreneurs and financiers.” The obsession with schools as a business, she notes, “threatens to destroy public education.”"

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