Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rahm: Taking the public out of public education

Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel, is kind of making it up as he goes along on school reform. If he wins the election, he will replace Mayor Daley as the school system's new autocrat. Although he appears to know next to nothing about public education, he will get to pick a new group of bankers and real estate speculators to replace those currently on the board of education. They in turn will choose a new C.E.O. (that's what we call the superintendent these days) to replace Ron Huberman. It will likely be a manager from another city department, who is a machine loyalist and who has a better line to the federal funding tap than did Huberman.

In a Tribune interview, Monday (do they still cover Chicago news?) RE lays out his plan for Chicago school reform. It's a pretty simple plan--let the Billionaire Boys Club pay for it and run it. Maybe we can bring in some of that Face Book money. How about it, Zuckerberg?
"We've raised a ton of money for the Olympics," Emanuel said. "Let's raise a ton of money for school reform right here on our own Chicago version of Race to the Top. Let's not wait for the feds."

Wait! Isn't Rahm currently "the feds"? Didn't the "feds" just recently reject Chicago's (and the state's) bid for RTTT funding? Is that what he means when he makes Olympics comparison? Why are Chicago schools still waiting for adequate funding?

I think I'll vote for the candidate (if there is one) who wants to keep the public in public education.

1 comment:

  1. After taking a closer look at Benjamin Barber, professor at the University of Maryland's view of Taking the Public Out of Education. The rhetoric behind the scene remains. One cannot do with out the other. Private vs. Public. To remove one is to dismiss the other. Considering RE Chicago Mayoral hopeful position is just a pretense to get the position and then from that standpoint have a team of supporters to put in power to control the "Public Education" funds. The CEO's position in the school is such an influential position that often times, as any leader, can make or break a school. As professor Barber in his article confronts the issue, "the future of liberal education is the same thing as the future of public education." My position is that we need to RE-refocus and understand the proper concepts and keep what is public, public and maintain what is private, private especially where multiculturalism exist in a commercialized and consumer driven America. Barber is the Gershon and Carol Kekst professor of civil society and director of Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland. One aught to consider his position on the fact as well. website:
    Located on the American Association of School Administrators website


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