The education "problem" is part of a whole raft of social problems that are the result of a social system that has proven to not work. Listen to Prof. Wolff of the New School: "it is the system, the SYSTEM"!
We have had a charade-like public "debate" for decades. Our schools are apartheid schools, our "free press" is owned by big corporations; politicians: the republicrats are bought and sold, lobbyests go in and out of the government through a revolving door......yadda yadda yadda.
More and more Americans are refining the litany thanks to websites like Commondreams and Truthdig.....(I can hear loinies who buy the party line say: "hah! Islamist terrorists! We must clamp down on the critics to preserve the freedom of our great exceptional, peace-loving nation.)
This citizen journalist reads and so, if the public needs help in parsing the language of our rhetorical president, I suggest that you read Norman Solomon's recent essay on constitutional law professor Obama.
Point by point Mr. Solomon shows that our president has been the bone that was thrown to the people to stall them so that the agenda that 911 enabled our leaders to pursue their corporate inspired agenda.
So, please do not scapegoat the Muslims or the teachers, welfare cheats, aliens. I do not want to hear the same lamebrain dialogue about how hopeless it is to fix the schools. The matrix of the problem resides at the top of our food chain. Pay attention, follow the money, see under which cup you will find the pea: "it is the system! The SYSTEM!"
Let's has no more moving of the chairs on the Titanic. We know that the money "thrown" at the schools, "wasted", was the cost of doing business. NOTHING will bring about the good results caring adults want for OUR children except a radical overhall, not bandaids and blame.
The man's name is Norman Solomon. His critique of the president's speech can be found on Commondreams.org. Do you homework. It is good for you.
M.S. Ed. English/Special Education
Almost ABD U.B./U. of R.
Retired Buffalo special education teacher
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