Public Education Under Assault

MIT libertarian-socialist professor Noam Chomsky believes that privatization of education is part of a plot against democracy to keep citizens ignorant explained in a report called “Failure by Design” by the Economic Policy Institute.  Yes! Magazine editor Dean Paton described the formula to privatize schools: underfund schools, crowd classrooms, mandate testing by private firms that “prove” public schools are failing, blame teachers and their unions, and push for-profit charter schools as the solution.  Rising costs contribute to the university graduation rate in the US lagging behind 12 other countries with no progress in the past 30 years.  A third of US workers are college graduates but more than a third of employers hire them for jobs that once only required high school graduation, except for STEM degree holders.
Noam Chomsky, “The Assault on Public Education,” In These Times, April 4, 2012.
“Failure by Design” report
Dean Paton, “The Myth Behind Public School Failure,” Yes! Magazine, February 21, 2014.
Pat Garofalo, “The US Has Made No Progress on College Graduation Rates in 30 years,” Think Progress, April 3, 2012.


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