Excellent piece on the privatization of education.
By Don Rose. Introduction by William Astore.
Charter schools, in theory, offer advantages to public schools. They’re advertised as offering “choice” to concerned parents, who shop for the “best” schools as measured by test scores and related data. They promise to hold teachers accountable. They say they offer novelty in pedagogy.
But in practice charter schools are often inferior to public schools. They’re also often efforts at politicizing and commercializing education for the advantage of various stakeholders. They convert (and at times corrupt) a public good into a private gain.
As Don Rose shows in the article below on Chicago’s schools, the creation and funding of charter schools creates fresh opportunities for profit-taking and influence-peddling among the well-connected. And private gain for a few, in the name of public good for the many, may be more than a feature of capitalism. It may be a contradiction, especially where our…
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