Saturday, July 26, 2014

GOP Education Plan: Abolish Public Schools and Right to Carry in Schools

The Only Book Any Student / Classroom Will Never Need

Bus Service Still Publicly-Funded
(K-12 Classroom Compliance Officers)

Typical K-12 Science Class Flyer

Teacher Ready to Meet Her Class in New School Year

The GOP wants to dismantle public schools badly and has for years ... to replace them with private, mostly Christian-based ... no wonder they dislike science so much ... they prefer the Bible as the only textbook for the classes...

On the move for many years… two examples here:


“Like most other conservatives and libertarians, we see vouchers as a major step toward the complete privatization of schooling. In fact, after careful study, we have come to the conclusion that they are the only way to dismantle the current socialist regime.” Bast spells out the agenda:

“Vouchers zero in on the government school monopoly's most vulnerable point: the distinction between government financing and government delivery of service. People who accept the notion that schooling is an entitlement will nevertheless vote to allow private schools to compete with one another for public funds. That fact gives us the tool we need to undercut the organizing ability of teachers' unions, and hence their power as a special-interest group.”

“Because we know how the government schools perpetuate themselves, we can design a plan to dismantle them.”

Right-wing billionaire Dick DeVos speaking at the Heritage Foundation, 2002:

“And so while those of us on the national level can give support, we need to encourage the development of these organizations on a state-by-state basis, in order to be able to offer a political consequence, for opposition, and political reward, for support of, education reform issues.”

“That has got to be the battle. It will not be as visible. And, in fact, to the extent that we on the right, those of us on the conservative side of the aisle, appropriate education choice as our idea, we need to be a little bit cautious about doing that, because we have here an issue that cuts in a very interesting way across our community and can cut, properly communicated, properly constructed, can cut across a lot of historic boundaries, be they partisan, ethnic, or otherwise. And so we've got a wonderful issue that can work for Americans. But to the extent that it is appropriated or viewed as only a conservative idea it will risk not getting a clear and a fair hearing in the court of public opinion. So we do need to be cautious about that.”

“We need to be cautious about talking too much about these activities. Many of the activities and the political work that needs to go on will go on at the grass roots. It will go on quietly and it will go on in the form that often politics is done - one person at a time, speaking to another person in privacy. And so these issues will not be, maybe, as visible or as noteworthy, but they will set a framework within states for the possibility of action on education reform issues.” 

Those two couldn't be any clearer about their agenda: They want to destroy teachers’ Unions and the public school system. 

And, the ever-popular billionaire Koch brothers, helping educate America, one student and one classroom at a time according to their understanding of how the country should be.


Background: In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, KS was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. “Do you want to make money?” it read.  

That poster encouraged the predominantly poor students at Highland Park to enroll in a new, yearlong course that would provide lessons in basic economic principles and practical instruction on starting a business. Students would receive generous financial incentives including start up capital and scholarships after graduation. The course would begin that fall.

Spenser Johnson eagerly signed up.

In some ways, the class looked like a typical high school business course, taught in a Highland Park classroom by a Highland Park teacher. But it was actually run by Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group created and funded primarily by Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries.

The official mission of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with "business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society."

The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch's radical free-market ideology to teenagers. In the last school year, the class reached more than 1,000 students across Kansas and Missouri.

How do we know that? Lesson plans and class materials obtained by The Huffington Post make the course's message clear with these points (do any of them sound familiar):  (1) The minimum wage hurts workers; it (2) slows economic growth, (3) low taxes and less regulation allow people to prosper, (4) public assistance harms the poor, and (5) government, in short, is the enemy of liberty. 

Whoa … vote GOP and change America forever. Don’t take my word for it, ask them. 

A quick word about some of those crazy state gun laws, and yes, they are crazy by any measurement. Of course, we have the right “bear” arms and own guns, etc., and I support that right, and even in some cases to carry one concealed, but that does not necessarily mean we should as many states are now advocating and passing laws accordingly (e.g., on campus, in bars, in public and even in some cases at church). 

Think hard about that and how looks to the world to see images of men and women with .45’s strapped on their hips shopping downtown, or some with rifle sling over their should at the local gas station or in public someplace – showing off and, yes that's what it is: Call it pee-pee envy.

Thanks for stopping by. If anything here sticks with you, fine. I would recommend further research. This is a fundamental and critical subject for the entire country.

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