Reblogged from Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog
That’s the good news.
If you combine Bush and Obama, which is easy to do when it comes to education policy, we’re coming up on 15 years of No Child Left Behind/Race To The Top (with waivers).
That will make 15 straight years of corporate-style, top-down, metrics-driven, test-based reform. That includes more than 6 years of Arne Duncan’s unfettered, single-handed use of federal dollars to impose a system which promotes mayoral control of the schools, coupled with the closing thousands of public schools and replacing them with privately-run charters. This strategy, based on the notion of a speedy “radical disruption,” has steamrolled along like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with no need for a bipartisan consensus and with token opposition from Republicans.
It’s likely that, in upcoming mid-term elections, it will be the Republicans who benefit from the growing public disenchantment with current education policies. (This despite the fact that mainline Republicans like Bush and Christie have been strong supporters of Duncan-ism.) Read more>>