Amy Goodman of Democracy Now (Sept. 10, 2012) reports on the real problems in the schools and school policies under Rahm Emmanuel’s mayorship. The articles describe how Rahm and corporate executive officers established policies on the corporate model that are not in the best interests of students, teachers, and parents. The articles also describe the ties with Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education under President Obama, from Chicago, friend of Rahm Emmanuel and the national educational policies of Race to the Top.
Having greatly benefited from our American public school system and the many dedicated teachers, administrators and parents, the GI bill, state universities and a life of learning, I have a responsibility to students and parents to tell you I like what I see being done by dedicated teachers, administrators and parents, I do not like the direction being taken in our policies in the last 15 years. Amy Goodman’s reports describe the oppressive nature of these policies and how they deny a rich education with justice and equality for all children.
Accordingly the news that Chicago’s teachers, students and parents are asserting themselves, speaking out for better policies and rejecting the oppressive and I think destructive actions of Emmanuel and his corporate buddies brings joy to my heart. I thank them for struggling to give our children a better education and to make us all a better America.