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The Drip-Drip-Drip of Erosion in Trust

October 29, 2012

I was appalled to read this excerpt from an interview with Ann Romney (AR) in Good Housekeeping magazine that was brought to my attention by Diane Ravitch’s post this morning:

GH: Can you tell me, what campaign issue is closest to your heart?

AR: I’ve been a First Lady of the State. I have seen what happens to people’s lives if they don’t get a proper education. And we know the answers to that. The charter schools have provided the answers. The teachers’ unions are preventing those things from happening, from bringing real change to our educational system. We need to throw out the system.

To paraphrase some of the questions posed by Diane Ravitch:

“WE know the answers to that”???? Who is “we”???….

And what makes it a “given” that the teacher’s union is preventing a “proper education” to take place???

And where is the evidence that “charter schools have provided the answers”???

This article reinforces the idea that public schools are NOT providing “a proper” education and that the whole reason they are failing is because of bad teaching. This idea works for politicians because it allows them to avoid tackling the REAL problem with public education which is the effects of poverty on children. As noted repeatedly in this blog and those of many other educators, our well funded schools that serve children who are NOT raised in poverty do as well as any schools on earth. We CLAIM that we want to provide an equal opportunity for all children but our actions show otherwise.

This article keeps up the “schools are failing” drumbeat… the drip… drip… drip you hear is the erosion of trust in its public schools.

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