Say what? The push to vilify public education has gone off the Richter scale, again.
One thing is for certain, the public school system in this country is anything but “monolithic.”
School boards and states have dramatic sway over what is taught, and testing checks whether the courses are being taught in an effective way. But...
Republican governors and legislatures have successfully portrayed teachers as public pariahs. That is clearly their image now. Playing off the idea that public education is the source of liberal indoctrination, public education must be dismantled too. If that were true, where did all the conservatives come from?
And the following example proves how far conservatives will go to push religious indoctrination and the profitable exploitation of education.
Harrisburg's Catholic bishop is facing heat … his word choice in describing a state without school choice.
The topic was school vouchers - specifically, Catholic schools closing under financial hardship and how vouchers would help. Bishop McFadden said he worries about state controlled public education and a lack of choice for parents. "In a totalitarian government, they would love our system. This is what Hitler and Mussolini and them tried to establish, a monolith, so all the children would be educated in one set of beliefs and one way of doing things."
The top educational systems in the world have national standards. Where are the Hitler’s and Mussolini’s? Fear mongering much? Pointless and mindless drivel?
Sure. But it appeals to that part of the conservative mind that loves conspiracy theories and elevated levels of paranoia.
Without knowing it, the defensive nature of conservative voters minimizes the actual argument, for a more knee jerk reaction and threat to their ideology. They can’t be wrong, and they certainly wouldn’t be played for suckers by special interests.
In the U.S., corporate interests would love to make a little money by privatizing education, and the religious right would like to survive and indoctrinate students with public tax dollars.
That’s the real problem. The Anti-Defamation League describes it as trivializing the holocaust, I say it vilifies public schools.