The Problem With Public Schools Isn’t Low Test Scores. It’s Strategic Disinvestment



Imagine you’re settling in to enjoy an article on-line or in your favorite print newspaper and you come across this headline:

U.S. Schools Ranked Low Internationally!


Out of X Countries, U.S. Places Far From the Top in Math!

You feel embarrassed.

Soon that embarrassment turns to anger.

Sweat starts to break out on your brow.

And then you start to grasp for a solution to the problem – something major, something to disrupt the current system and bring us back to our proper place in the lead.


That was me blowing a gym teacher’s whistle. I’ll do it again:


Hold it right there, consumer of corporate media. You’ve just been had by one of the oldest tricks in the book.

It’s the old manipulate-the-data-to-make-it-look-like-there’s-a-crisis-that-can-only-be-solved-by-drastic-measures-that-you-would-never-approve-of-normally.

We also call it disaster capitalism or the shock doctrine.

It’s been used to get people to agree to

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DeVos-Funded Group: How to Indoctrinate Children

There is a Democrat block of Betsy DeVos’ confirmation to US Secretary of Education. Four Republican members of the committee received contributions from DeVos interests – these four have NOT recused themselves from the proceedings. Demand an ethical review of the Senate confirmation hearings.

We can’t allow the fox to enter the hen house to devour our youth.

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a very alarming story about a conservative Christian group funded by Betsy DeVos called the “Student Statesmanship Institute.” Open the story to see the video.

A conservative Christian group with ties to Donald Trump education pick Betsy DeVos once released a promotional video that proudly featured a speaker describing how Adolf Hitler and others indoctrinated children.

The undated video by the Student Statesmanship Institute ― which trains Christian kids to bring their “biblical worldview” to politics and media careers ― opens with a speech by Michigan leader Richard Posthumus, who describes how Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin used children to spread their message.

“Sometimes, it seems like it’s very hard to change the world, the world is so big,” Posthumus says in the video, over a dramatic soundtrack. “But what SSI has done is equip young people with the tools to go out and be ready for…

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GPMI and Public Education

Get to know Green Party candidate for Michigan Board of Education – Sherry A. Wells. Visit the Green Party of Michigan site to see profiles and posts from a number of #GPcandidates.

Green Party of Michigan Blog

Written by Sherry Wells; posted by Art Myatt

Even before its 1837 statehood, Michigan had a superintendent of public instruction. Both its 1908 and 1963 Constitutions provided for a State Board of Education, as the “planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education,” and “instructed it to advise the legislature as to the financial requirements.” The Governor was made an ex-officio member without voting rights, but all this provided balance between those entities.

The State Board was decimated by Governors, beginning with Republican Engler. Democrat Granholm promised to restore those parts, but returned only the MEAP test. Gov. Snyder ripped out the Reform and Redesign Office, despite the Board’s expertise, to inject more charter schools and his contractor buddies across the state. We see how that’s “working” for the Detroit students.

Since 1999, the State twice took over the Detroit Public Schools, both times robbing it of…

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Food justice and urban farming 501(c)(3)s EAT while Detroit remains hungry

The struggles of being an urban farmer in a food desert are challenging. Systems of oppression control the well-being of residents in areas targeted for stagnation and gentrification (as a saving grace). The stores are owned and ran by people that are not residents and marginal respect is common for local workers that manage to gain grace for employment.

Localism has to work for the people closest to the locale. It can’t snub its nose or extract money and heartaches from customers. Team-work makes the dream work and everyone can be included… you have to chose inclusion and sadly in many instances demand it.

Detroit Urban Farmers

By Atieno Nyar Kasagam

A Homrich truck pulled up on Newport,
at the house across the street from me,
where a black elder lives,
and an older white man,
with a long slender pole in hand,
casually turned the water off,
and it didn’t storm,
the Detroit river didn’t rage,
and the city didn’t miss a beat.

But my heart did.

We moved into a new homestead,
and we are fighting for a different dream.
We couldn’t afford land any other way,
but by the benevolence of a friend,
who had farmed here for 5 years,
and had gotten worn out and fed up,
of all the trouble,
it has been,
to grow some food,
raise some birds,
and pay some bills,


For whom is the food justice movement?

For those whose pockets are padded by thousands of dollars in grant moneys, who can afford to have health…

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How the Corporate University Cheats the Public

Green Party of Michigan Blog

Written by Fran Shor; posted here by Art Myatt

Public universities have a venerable tradition going back to the nineteenth century. In the aftermath of World War II, that era’s G.I. Bill, and federal legislation in the 1960’s, public universities became much more accessible to underserved populations, especially minorities and adult workers. Unfortunately, the last few decades have witnessed an erosion of financial support at both the federal and state level.

In Michigan, the state legislature originally recognized the importance of public universities by mandating that “universities remain responsible to the public at large.” In practice, this translated into statewide voting for the governing boards of the three major public universities in Michigan – University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Wayne State.

However, as noted recently by a report issued in September 2016 by the Michigan League for Public Policy: “Between 2003 and 2017, Michigan cut university funding by…

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Demonizing the Green Party Vote

Green Party of Michigan Blog

by Fran Shor; posted by Art Myatt
Third parties, especially during presidential election years, are subjected to a variety of criticisms from supporters of the candidates of the duopoly and their corporate media enablers. The level of virulent denunciation in 2016 of the Green Party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, by Democrats and partisans of Hillary Clinton may be a reflection of how paranoid they have become over the thought that a misogynistic and xenophobic white nationalist like Donald Trump might actually win the election. Although that is highly doubtful, especially given the demographics, the Greens have become, nonetheless, a target to be browbeaten and censured.

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After Flint Water Crisis, Michigan Governor Snyder Picks Oil Executive to Run Department of Environmental Quality

Diane Ravitch's blog

From time to time, you learn something and think, “That’s impossible.”

Chew on this. After the national embarrassment caused by the revelation that the water supply in Flint, Michigan, had a lead content that was hazardous for human consumption, the state’s Director of Environmental Quality resigned. Now, get this: Governor Rick Snyder picked an executive from the oil company BP to take his place!

His choice, Heidi Grether, was put in charge of external relations for BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010. Nice preparation for dealing with the environmental problems in Michigan.

Eclectablog asks, what message is Governor Snyder sending to the public?

First, Snyder is telling us he’s unrepentant about his austerity-driven, pro-business and privatization agenda. Despite the tragic outcome of his emergency management in Flint, the abhorrent results of his privatization of veteran care and prison food, and the havoc that his business tax…

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Get Rid Of The Corrupt Government and Corporate Powers Overnight

The reblogged story can easily have replacements made to reflect the same story existing in American politics. For example:

The corporations have not considered the GREEN party worth buying yet, they’ve been too insignificant a player to bother with. It could be the most genius David and Goliath moment in modern history, unforeseen by the amoral powers that be, for all of us who are so sick of the current death-peddling power structures, who feel disempowered by how entrenched the corruption is, as if it’s just beyond changing because they own the media and the run the army and are already so advanced in their monopoly of resources, for one killer blow to be struck, simply, peacefully, within the systems ‘rules’ by just voting GREEN next week.

The other two parties have convinced everyone of the incorrect paradigm that a vote for GREEN is a vote wasted and that it’s only important to make sure either Conservative (REPUBLICAN) don’t get in so vote Labour (DEMOCRAT). But Labour (DEMOCRATS) have proved themselves to be almost as bad, still perpetuating the country’s enslavement to ‘ideas of money’, numbers changing on screens and percentages announced by banks. They’ve proved themselves to be no less corporate slaves than the Tories. They did little or nothing to address the above issues when they had power, but just feathered their own nests and talked the same nonsense we’ve always expected from politicians. They were no different from the Conservatives (REPUBLICANS) really.

There is definitely a sense of worldliness when you’re standing in a worldwide party and its platform. Enjoy reading the entire article…

Jamie's Blog

OK, I’ve never been political but here are a few things that I’m sure we can collectively agree on:

1. The current Power and Money system doesn’t work. It’s almost banal to say ‘it’s destroying the planet’ because it’s just stating the obvious. Even if we accept that some people are going to be financially richer than others, the current gap between rich and poor, and the amount of money and resources held by a tiny amount of companies and individuals is OUT OF CONTROL. When you add to that the biggest companies wield so much control over governments by leveraging the economy that they can avoid contributing anything like their fair share of taxes, and that the fixation on making more and more money has resulted in nearly all current wars, dispossessed cultures, no regulations on hurting creatures or the environment, and while there are billions and billions of…

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You Asked: How Do Driverless Cars Work?

Jobs through fairly new companies like Uber and Lyft are going to run through an extremely short span of time. Technology is moving rapidly toward eliminating them. What has been a job employing humans will become obsolete as corporations see the chance to maximize profits and increase reliability with driver-less vehicles performing the same chauffeuring role.


Ultimately the awareness and voice of the public is going to push adoption of new technology. There will be concerns of privacy, ownership, and even classism. This new age of mobility we enter could enable changing the face of mass transit with personalized service. The biggest hurdle will be enabling equality in mobility. If the quest for profit takes a front seat progress will be slow and labor continue for those in the lower classes of society. There could be an evolution in driver-less buses but it will only come from forward thinking demand to progressive government enabling it. There already exist rail systems with driver-less trains. If the public needs to see its progressive role before its to late. Should demand come from conservative control based on fears that equality could be reached then society remains stuck with what it demanded… no demand will our no progress, and conservative control remains implanted, equality impossible without realizing I’m possible through demand at the right time – early adoption.


Detroit should be questioning the M-1 Rail project with its future relative to driver-less vehicles. As a private-public system it could be nimble enough at the onset, while in construction at present, to re-address how vehicles will be equipped.


It will be interesting to see the pressures applied to public mass transit to convert to private-public partnership in order for supporting new technology through investment. Will we continue to allow society to be driven by profit or see the needs of people MUST drive progress for society.