Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Steering clear of the fight

After Romney laid out the Republican platform on eduction, including union busting, vouchers and larger class size, the Democrats, including Pres. Obama and Sec. Duncan, immediately went into hiding. The reason? Thus far, their own agenda on education has been essentially the same as the Republicans and their appears to be no change in sight. Even on the few issues where they supposedly disagree, for example on school vouchers, Obama won't take Romney head-on, for fear I suppose, of alienating his wealthy and powerful corporate "reform" backers in Democrats for Education Reform (DFER).

As a result, the fight to save and transform public education has been left to a growing and vibrant grassroots movement of independent voices. Here's Dan Archer and Adam Bessie, masters of graphic journalism, posting their hard-hitting comic strip at Truthout:
Welcome to other side of the looking glass, and into the Bizarro world of so-called "education reform" - an upside-down universe in which up is down, left is right and multimillionaire CEOs are civil rights heroes championing social justice, while public school teachers are corrupt fat cats, maintaining a status quo which oppresses students in poverty and racism. -- The Disaster Capitalism Curriculum
Along the same lines, with a day to go in the Walker recall election in Wisconsin, the president finally spoke out in support of Walker's opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett -- sort of.  After Obama flew over Wisconsin twice without stopping,  White House spokesman Jay Carney was repeatedly asked by reporters, why Obama, who has been criss-crossing the country to raise money for his reelection bid, did not do more to help Barrett, Carney replied:
"The president endorsed Tom Barrett right after he won the primary. The president supports him, stands by him. The president absolutely stands by Tom Barrett and hopes he prevails. The fact is the president has made clear all along his opposition to those who would take away workers' rights, to actions that would take away or diminish workers' rights, and he's also made clear his support for Tom Barrett."
Oliver Knox posts at The Ticket:
The phrase "stands by" might not be such a bad way to describe Obama's support for Barrett. The president hasn't exactly poured it on for Walker's challenger. In fact, he has mostly steered clear of the fight.
That pretty well sums things up until this point.


  1. Nice to see my Schools Matter colleague, Professor Thomas, featured in one of the panels on the above image. As always, he's speaking the truth about the real problem -- poverty.

  2. Yes, for those unfamiliar, Paul Thomas is a radical professor from South Carolina, usually right on point with his critical observations and commentaries. You can follow him on Twitter at @plthomasEdD. I do.


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