by Rich Gibson, March 2010
Perhaps it is because she floats around in the really thin
air that is the field of education that the vacillating reactionary, Diane
Ravitch, gets cheers from those who condemned her in her No Child Left Behind days.
I have to remind myself that there are also bad historians at Harvard.
Ravitch, however, witlessly claims she’s not on any side.
She is: Exploitation.
Third: massive demonstrations of students, school workers, and community people on March 4th show, we think, terrific unrest. But those participants represent less that 1/4 of the combined student/faculty bodies. A meeting of about 800 people decided on March 4th, the demands, and the substance of the demonstrations, declaring itself “democratic.” True? In a sense, yes, in much the same way that about 1/3 of the people in the American colonies sided with the 1776 revolutionaries. Democracy is a problem.
Public Schooling? Another myth. Education in the US has
never been truly public, but fully segregated by class and race. Kids from
different social classes get taught differing fact, under varying methods–mis-education
fashioned through a tax system that favors the wealthy. The point is not to
preserve public education but to rescue education from the ruling classes, to
truly transform education.