Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits. They struck for professional dignity.
Parents, if you have even one radical bone in your body, nows the time to find it and use it for your children’s sake.
The insanely wealthy are going to bleed you and your children dry, while giving them a subpar education, if you allow them to.
I agree PB. If people find themselves in a position that may require a huge adjustment or massive change, I hope some of them can find the grit it will take.
“Can’t do it, or, it can’t be done” will stop most people of our era.
There was a time when (Change) meant selling half of your possessions so that you could load the other half into a covered wagon and rough all the way out west. We don’t have that grit anymore. Those that are used to the modern conveniences will have a hard time finding their RADICAL side.
“an island of socialism in a free-market sea”.
Using this logic our police departments, fire departments, and libraries will be disappearing soon.
Now can we start eliminating them?
We the People have given our government, through the support of these two corrupt Corporate political parties at election time, far too much power over our lives, our environment, the political processes that determine what is legal, the use of our Military, etc., etc.
It falls to us, the People, to take back what we erroneously and stupidly gave away.
A reckoning is coming and may not be pretty, however if We want a truly representative form of governance, We may have to fight and sacrifice for it.
I think the first public official ever to take office with the stated intent of weakening the organization he would lead was Reagan Secretary of the Interior James Watt. Watt’s appointment was a scandal that got a lot of press coverage, because he saw no value in national parks and other public lands except as mining and drilling sites. Today such appointments are commonplace; the public is habituated to them. Betsy DeVos is Secretary of Education and she is working to dismantle public education. So now there has been a hostile takeover of education in Los Angeles and the Super is hoarding money the taxpayers gladly gave to enhance their public schools – That money will eventually be distributed to charter schools, mark my words! We have come to expect nothing else. The neo-liberals are in charge and they are intent on siphoning off our billions in tax money, which is the grand prize in this class war. The teachers are fighting back but there are powerful forces against them. If the elites feel threatened their militarized police are standing by.
“…deep pockets see public education as a vast profit opportunity.”
As a former director of a charter school (a mistaken career move from which I have recovered), I applaud Sam Pizzigati’s fine article.
With California Department of Education budgets of $75 Billion annually these days, business just drools.
But our school system budget is dominated by two huge categories: salaries and facilities.
Beyond this there is very little discretionary money. So, for business to take profit from a school, “discretionary” budget is insufficient. That leaves facilities or salaries as the pots from which profit must be drawn.
Before Reagan was governor of California, state colleges cost five dollars per credit for California residents. He ended that.
It’s sad to hear how affordable college used to be and realize how much the country has declined. I think student loans were something like 3% interest way back then, with no interest until graduation. I want to do some research and see what the college financial aid packages were 50 years ago, before class warfare began in earnest.
As far as I am concerned the billionaires who probably made most of their money illegally can go to hell. They can also live in their own gated communities where they will not participate at all in our society and will have no power over the rest of us- and that includes our leaders.
You want libraries et al to be elimated Mr. Goldman Sachs?
I agree- many people can’t even find the “grit” to use the remote.
You’re ALMOST right": POLICE will NOT be disappearing–because for the far right-wing wealth fundamentalists, POLICE (& MILITARY) are the ONLY “legitimate” forms of government. And if they continue on their massive Crime Spree against people & the planet–they’re gong to NEED a lot of cops & soldiers to subdue the 99%.
Lydia, I estimate regular police departments, especially those that are unionized, will be eliminated, and private police forces will be hired to protect the 1% and their property. The rest of us will be demonized and become fair game for these private forces, of course all of this will be made legal through their bought and paid for congress.
Eliminate the 1%, not libraries.