What do you think the people’s movement should be doing to stop the profit-driven education take-over and create the joyful, engaging schools we all want for our kids?
Julian Vasquez Heilig, Professor and California NAACP Education Chair, speaks with Kitty Kelly Epstein on her Education Today radio show on 94.1 KPFA (6/24) and reveals the complexities and hidden agenda of the corporate education agenda.
Questions Kitty asked:
1. Some people have come in contact with small community based charter schools that are doing some good things. But as you explain the general picture about charters, there is a much more profit driven, anti-education agenda running the national agenda around charters and other parts of education policy. Can you talk about that?
2. I’ve researched and written a lot about the Oakland Public schools, which were the first place eugenics advocate and Stanford Professor Lewis Terman tried out his IQ test to track the Black and Brown kids away from Northern European whites. So public school have not been great for kids of color. How do you respond to that argument when defending public education?
3. During the debate about the new federal law on education, we were given the impression that “civil rights” organizations supported extensive testing. You are the Education chair of the statewide NAACP. Have the organizations you work with taken a different view of testing?
4. What do you think the people’s movement should be doing to stop the profit-driven education take-over and create the joyful, engaging schools we all want for our kids?
I slightly misspoke in a few places. Sometimes you make mistakes when speaking LIVE. 🙂 A couple of clarifications.
- Community-based charters benefit from the Charter School Association not “School Boards” lobbyists.
- The worldwide education spending is nearly 7 trillion, not billion.
- Mayor Rahm Emmanuel closed the traditional public schools in Chicago to build charters.
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