NEO-LIBERALS ARE PRIVATIZING PUBLIC EDUCATION AS FAST AS REPUBLICANS AND IT KILLS DEMOCRACY AND WILL MAKE OUR NATION THIRD WORLD.
Efficient and effective workers make US global corporations more competitive they say! Well, that has nothing to do with citizens and their quality of life since these corporations are stealing everything that is public!
Regarding corporate NPR/APM calling higher education funding 'entitlements that are history':
Isn't it LOL when corporate media describes as entitlement the higher education funding taxpayers receive for spending their entire working life paying taxes? Education funding is of course a citizen's decision to use the tax revenue they pay in a way they want. On the other hand, corporate NPR/APM taking taxpayer money while working as corporate media are receiving corporate welfare. See the difference?
Let's talk about the state of higher education funding. I have pointed out more than once the cost of higher education is too high because of the corporatization of universities these few decades. It is the administrative structures around this corporatization that American taxpayers and students paying high tuition are supporting. So, dismantling this corporate structure is the solution to lower student tuition not to mention getting back to rebuilding higher education in America. We are ranked second world in higher education because of this corporatization. So, policies offered by Maryland democratic candidate for governor Anthony Brown in 'capping higher education tuition' are of course not the answer. What Brown is saying is that it is fine to corporatize our universities and charge what are already too high tuition prices. Brown will also continue O'Malley's defunding of higher education grants and financial aid with the goal of sending most Maryland students to this cheapened vocational track education path. THAT'S NOT VERY DEMOCRATIC IS IT? INDEED, NONE OF THIS MEETS THE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM. Only neo-liberals would take education policy in favor of corporations at the expense of public interest.
Maryland just passed a budget funding that provides scholarships for KIPP charter chain students only. KIPP is a national charter chain that will become the private charter structure that takes public schools and the Maryland Assembly place bias in this system to encourage more students to attend KIPP for example. You keep hearing from WYPR how Maryland colleges are in high gear with corporatized campuses full of free labor and taxpayer-funded start-ups
BUT YOU DO NOT HEAR THAT MARYLAND UNEMPLOYMENT IS 36% AND THE LABOR MARKET IN MARYLAND IS BUILT FOR CONSTANT LABOR TURNOVER.
All across America citizens are protesting, shouting, and demanding these policies stop. Haven't heard about all this? You must be listening to corporate media. You know more about Ukraine then you do events in your own country. THE OUTPOURING OF AMERICANS AGAINST THE CORPORATIZATION OF PUBLIC K-COLLEGE IS HUGE!!!!!! IT'S THE LARGEST MOVEMENT SINCE THE CIVIL/LABOR RIGHTS MOVEMENTS IN THE 1960s and yet, Maryland moves along with the same corporate policies. That's when you know the politics in your state are crony and neo-liberal.
AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION IS PROTECTED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY. WE EDUCATE TO GIVE ALL CITIZENS THE ABILITY TO BE LEADERS OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT AND TO BE CITIZENS WHO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS AS CITIZENS.
Using Federal higher education money to build corporate structures within universities and state using state higher education funds to market overseas for foreign students and to build a tiered structure of online degrees to track most students is a very, very, very bad policy for democracy. The first thing an autocratic society does when it represses its citizens is take control of education and media. SOUND FAMILIAR?????? YOU BETCHA!
Marjorie Elizabeth Wood
Op-Ed Published: Friday 14 March 2014
Once hailed as the “Great Equalizer,” public higher education today has arguably become a driver of inequality.
Striking for the Public University
Earlier this year, hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois-Chicago canceled their classes and went on strike. In the first faculty walkout in UIC history, they picketed the campus for two days.
What could professors possibly have to complain about?
Nearly everything. And it might not be what you think.
Today, more than half of all faculty are part-time, or adjunct, instructors. Many of them lack employer-provided health insurance coverage and job security. When accounting for temporary, full-time positions such as lecturers and visiting faculty, a whopping 76 percent of all instruction in American higher education is provided by contingent, temporary, or part-time educators.
But professors are not only worried about income and job security. The UIC faculty strikers, for instance, have broader concerns about a trend of declining investment in American public universities and a related rise in crippling student debt. Nationwide, public investment in state universities — previously made possible by progressive taxation — has declined sharply over the last 30 years. To make up for lost state funds, universities raised tuition. What used to be a collective burden borne by taxpayers was transferred onto the backs of students. Now at a staggering $1.1 trillion, student loan debt has surpassed Americans’ total credit card debt.
Meanwhile, the richest 1 percent of public university employees are doing better than ever. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, there has been a sea change in executive compensation, with pay packages for some public university presidents surpassing $2 million. Hiring of administrative staff has exploded, growing more than three times the rate of faculty hires.
UIC’s Dr. John Casey, a lecturer and leader in the faculty union, has witnessed these developments firsthand since he started as a UIC graduate student 13 years ago.
“There is a sense that the school is being taken away from us,” Casey said. As he described it, a build-up of administrative staff at UIC has led to “corporate management” making unilateral decisions about the welfare of faculty and students, usually to the detriment of both.
Not surprisingly, the faculty members who went on strike are demanding higher pay and better working conditions. But as Casey explained, they also feel that something bigger is at stake. “This is not just about the money,” he said. “We want the entire city to understand that this is their school.”
The sense that public higher education itself is under attack has led to remarkable unity among among both permanent and temporary faculty. They’ve become so unified that the faculty members created a localized union for the cause. A unique aspect of UIC United Faculty is that it is evenly comprised of both groups. “This aspect of our union is special to us,” said Casey. “We know what we’re fighting for.”
While the rise of inequality has become a familiar story, inequality in the university is a lesser-known — and more ironic — tale. Once hailed as the “Great Equalizer,” public higher education today has arguably become a perpetuator of inequality. This stark reality at UIC fueled the rise of the faculty union. Underlying their demands is a collective sense of urgency to save a great public university.
UIC professors have set a powerful example. Other faculty around the country should follow their lead. The rest of us must stand behind them. Together, we can take back our public universities.
This will become the rule as almost no regulation and no public method of accountability or way to seek justice just opens this category of education to the same for-profit frauds last decade. This move to give accreditation to these online schools seeks to dismantle a long-proven and strong public higher education model of accreditation. We did not have a problem of graduates not being prepared to work, we have corporations telling us we will vocationalize our public education so that those newly hired will be ready for work day one. THAT IS THE FUNCTION OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND NOT OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM.
MARYLAND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO ADOPT ALL OF THE ONLINE EDUCATION POLICIES AND NOW ACCREDITATION. THE QUALITY IS NOT THERE!
We could fully fund education grants and financial aid by simply recovering trillions of dollars in for-profit education industry fraud. Rather than seeking justice, neo-liberals are simply building more private/public structures that will continue to defraud students and taxpayers while giving no results. We do not have a broken system, we have neo-liberals working to end the first world public education that made this nation great.
STOP VOTING FOR NEO-LIBERALS. RUN LABOR AND JUSTICE IN ALL PRIMARIES AGAINST NEO-LIBERALS.
Induced to Fail?
February 24, 2014 By Carl Straumsheim
A group of former Excelsior College students have sued the institution over its online associate degree program in nursing, claiming the self-paced, competency-based curriculum clashes with an expensive and "subjective" clinical exam.
In the complaint, filed in a federal district court in New York, 17 former students in Excelsior’s associate degree program in nursing from 11 different states say the college sold them “ an ‘educational’ program that was devoid of any education, and ... an ‘objective’ test, which was anything but objective.” The students, many of whom have decades of experience in the medical field, are suing Excelsior for breach of contract and deceptive or misleading practices.
The nursing program’s curriculum can be accessed online or, for students without Internet access, as a set of CD-ROMs. Once students have passed several nursing theory exams, completed 21 out of the 31 required credits and taken a computer-based clinical assessment test, they take the college's Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination. The 17 students, however, say the coursework did not prepare them for the CPNE, and that Excelsior withheld information about the test until they “had expended resources and were irreversibly committed to completing the program.”
“Excelsior did not provide consumers with the clinical education that it promises,” the complaint reads. “ Instead, it provides a test.”
Competency-based education has attracted considerable interest lately, but the learning approach is not new territory to Excelsior. The college has been in the field for a long time, and has in fact been cited by some as evidence of the potential for competency-based education.
Still, several states have in recent years raised questions about the preparedness of Excelsior’s graduates. California does not allow recent graduates to apply for registered nurse licenses, for example, and 14 other states require those who have passed the CPNE to log hundreds of hours of experience before becoming eligible.
Some studies have challenged those claims about competency-based education. In one example, the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning in 2012 found Excelsior’s graduates and students from other programs pass licensing exams at the same rate.
In a January 2013 exit survey, several recent graduates of the nursing program at Excelsior singled out the CPNE as the one aspect of the program they would change. Some recommended more practice materials and changing the test from a pass-fail system to a percentage score, while others called it “traumatic” and said it “ruined the [Excelsior College] experience.”
The CPNE costs $2,225 per attempt, and students are given a test date between three and eight months after signing up.
One of the 17 students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not sign up to retake the test after failing it the first time. The student described being subjected to “psychological tricks,” such as facing constant interruptions and having to whisper the reasoning behind each step of the clinical process. At one point during the test, the student said a registered nurse walked up and said “I feel really sorry for you guys.”
“They were trying to induce you to fail,” the student said. “When you’re playing against a stacked deck, you don’t stand much of a chance of winning.”
The group of plaintiffs also includes Jillian Phelan, who passed the CPNE “solely because of the Examiner’s discretion.” In Phelan’s case, the complaint says her examiner “assisted [Phelan] on six (6) different occasions during her examination” and “informed [Phelan] that she felt that the program was ‘unfair.’”
John Hermina, who represents the 17 students, declined to speak on the record, as the complaint was filed as recently as Wednesday.
William M. Stewart, assistant vice president at Excelsior, also said the college is not yet in a position to comment. He pointed out that the nursing program has been accredited since 1975, and that more than 42,000 students have earned associate degrees from the college and are working as registered nurses.
John F. Ebersole, Excelsior's president, also highlighted the college's experience in the field. "Facts are that this is a 40-year-old program that has produced more than 50,000 graduates and has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the past 7 years," he wrote in an email. "We are proud of what we do and what we have achieved."
I have already shown on a number of occasions that the propaganda of a failing US public school system is bogus. Indeed, urban schools were defunded with few resources and this does lower achievement. The solution is to fund them and give them resources not to closed schools down and replace schools with charters that do nothing better. Temporarily using private funding to skew results hides the long-term goals of ending equal opportunity and access to education.
Consider that currently over 70% of Americans have been brought to poverty and another 20% are not far above poverty. The goal will be to have 90% of Americans in this captured tiered vocationally tracked system. Add to that the goal of neo-liberalism's BEST OF THE BEST OF THE WORLD outreach to immigrants from around the world and you see that most leadership will go to a select few while the people who are citizens are largely impoverished. THIS IS THE SOCIETAL STRUCTURE OF THIRD WORLD NATIONS.
EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO DEMOCRATIC AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND PROTECTION UNDER LAW!
Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education
March 15th, 2014 by admin |
by Diane Ravitch
Progressive America Rising via Huffington Post
Marcj 12, 2014 – A few years ago, when I was blogging at Education Week with Deborah Meier, a reader introduced the term FUD. I had never heard of it. It is a marketing technique used in business and politics to harm your competition. The term and its history can be found on Wikipedia. FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The reader said that those who were trying to create a market-based system to replace public education were using FUD to undermine public confidence in public education. They were selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing.
This insight inspired me to write Reign of Error to show that the "reform" narrative is a fraud. Test scores on NAEP are at their highest point in history for white students, black students, Hispanic students, and Asian students. Graduation rates are the highest in history for these groups. The dropout rate is at an historic low point.
Why the FUD campaign against one of our nation’s most treasured democratic institutions? It helps the competition. It makes people so desperate that they will seek out unproven alternatives. It makes the public gullible when they hear phony claims about miracle schools, where everyone graduates and everyone gets high test scores, and everyone goes to a four-year college. No such school exists. The "miracle school" usually has a high suspension rate, a high expulsion rate, a high attrition rate, and such schools usually do not replace the kids they somehow got rid of. Some "miracle schools" have never graduated anyone because they have only elementary schools, but that doesn’t stop the claims and boasting.
It turns out that there is actually a scholar studying the phenomenon of the "the cultural production of ignorance."
He hasn’t looked at the attack on public schools, but his work shows how propaganda may be skillfully deployed to confuse and mislead the public. Michael Hiltzik of theLos Angeles Times writes about the work of Robert Proctor of Stanford University:
Robert Proctor doesn’t think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don’t know can hurt you. And that there’s more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense.
Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford, is one of the world’s leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance. It’s a rich field, especially today when whole industries devote themselves to sowing public misinformation and doubt about their products and activities.
The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease: In the words of an internal 1969 memo legal opponents extracted from Brown & Williamson’s files, "Doubt is our product." Big Tobacco’s method should not be to debunk the evidence, the memo’s author wrote, but to establish a "controversy."
When this sort of manipulation of information is done for profit, or to confound the development of beneficial public policy, it becomes a threat to health and to democratic society. Big Tobacco’s program has been carefully studied by the sugar industry, which has become a major target of public health advocates.
FUD was pioneered decades ago. Now public education is the target, and privatizing it is the goal. I hope Professor Proctor turns his attention to this issue, where a well-funded propaganda campaign seeks to spread enough doubt to destroy an essential Democratic institution.
There is no evidence from any other nation that replacing a public system with a privatized choice system produces anything but social, economic, and racial segregation.
WELL, IF PENNY PRITZER LIKES IT IT MUST BE BAD POLICY! NO ONE HATES LABOR AND JUSTICE MORE THAN THIS HYATT HEIRESS.
ALL ACADEMICS AND EDUCATION ADVOCATES SAY THERE IS NO SKILLS DEFICIT-----ONLY CORPORATIONS WANTING THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM TO BE THEIR HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENTS
This is a great article that shows how neo-liberals are moving all government agencies towards working for corporations and ending Federal agencies working to protect the public interest.
We saw Obama and Arne Duncan privatize the Department of Education....it is run by Wall Street. Race to the Top privatizes K-12. This gives a good look at how the Department of Labor is now being redesigned to work for corporations. That is why Maryland's Perez was placed into this position.....Maryland is well on its was to privatization of K-college.
We see here that Labor is now about preparing workers for jobs. Corporations say they want workers ready to work day one and neo-liberals are giving it to them. This is what privatizing all of our community colleges is about. Each time a person changes jobs they will have to go back to community college to start the next job and we know in this environment, job assignments are short. So, over and over and over people will come to community colleges just as they used to go to Human Resources and go through a few weeks of job orientation. Only now, it is all paid by taxpayers. The funding for training all employees for all jobs will be tens of billions of dollars. See why there will be no money for student aid to stronger 4 year universities? All education help will go to job training and career certificates. Bye Bye equal opportunity and access to education. So, with corporate business structures at colleges you have students working for free while paying tuition with no guarantees of a job. Remember, the social democratic structure had students graduating from school and entering union apprenticeships paid for by unions and businesses hiring and the employee was paid for the work done. See how that maximizes profits?
THAT'S A NEO-LIBERAL FOR YOU----KILLING DEMOCRATIC STRUCTURES TO MAXIMIZE CORPORATE PROFIT. SEE RAWLINGS-BLAKE STANDING WITH THE GROUP? SHE IS THERE BECAUSE SHE DOES WHATEVER A CORPORATION TELLS HER TO DO.
Below you see Chicago is ground zero for these schools as job training policies and guess what? Obama and Rahm Emanuel are from Chicago! GO GUESS! Also from Chicago-----the strongest protest organization of community groups against these education policies handing our schools to corporations.
Feds to Mayors: Work with Industry on Workforce Development Officials from the departments of Labor and Commerce told city leaders at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting to take a hands-on approach with their area businesses to match workers with jobs.
by Chris Kardish | January 23, 2014 Governing
Mayor Scott Smith, of Mesa, Ariz., speaks during the opening press conference of the 82nd winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. AP/Evan Vucci 17 35 2 18 0 Labor economists may be divided over how much the gap between employer needs and employee skills is driving long-term unemployment, but there’s no shortage of anecdotes at the ground level about businesses that can’t fill job openings. The country’s mayors are in a position to do something about it, federal officials told an audience at a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.
Representatives of both the departments of Commerce and Labor offered sobering statistics on the nation’s unemployment problem, activities at the federal level to alleviate joblessness and highlights of innovative programs at the city level.
About 10.4 million people are unemployed, with another 2.4 million not counted as unemployed because they’ve given up their search. Job openings are up 66 percent since the end of the recession, but hiring rates are up only a quarter since that time. Sometimes those unfilled vacancies require businesses to raise wages, review the skills needed for the job or take other steps, but government also needs to reassess how it invests in workforce development, said Kate McAdams, senior advisor to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
“We need to bring everyone together in partnership to ensure training responds to industry needs,” she said.
There's considerable debate about the seriousness of the so-called skills gap, with some economists blaming corporations for low pay and others insisting labor markets show no difference in demand between low-skilled and high-skilled jobs . But employer surveys show that, at least among the minds of business leaders, a gap does exist. In an Adecco survey of 500 executives last fall, 92 percent said there's a serious skills gap in the U.S. workforce, though 44 percent of respondents said "soft skills" such as communication and critical thinking are the most serious deficits.
The skills gap has also dominated state-level policy, appearing again and again in gubernatorial State of the State speeches opening 2014. In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal wants to expand tuition-free technical training to more high-demand fields, low-interest loans at community colleges and launch a task force with businesses to better understand how to align educational offerings with the needs of private industry. In Idaho, where state leaders are rebranding K-12 education “K-through-career,” Gov. “Butch” Otter is calling for more instructors in high-demand programs to reduce the time needed to graduate.
But McAdams noted many cities are taking proactive steps, forming public-private organizations that work as job recruiters and trainers. Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, launched in 2012, is one such initiative. The nonprofit provides free recruitment, placement and training services to employers. A Chicago-based health care technology company called GoHealth recently announced it’s on pace to hire more than 650 new employees this year with Chicagoland’s help, well above initial forecasts of 250. More than 140 of those employees so far have come through the organization’s “train-to-hire” program as licensed insurance advisors and sales representatives.
Chicago has also worked aggressively to revamp training through its community college system by partnering with more than 100 businesses for direct input on curricula, course offerings and job placements. In Chicago's community colleges, associate degrees are now built around occupational certifications that offer better jobs and pay. Students can earn credentials that offer employment but continue working toward a full degree.
Tying class offerings to workforce needs also extends to K-12 education, said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon of West Sacramento. That means finding ways to give subjects real-world applications, forging relationships with businesses to encourage youth “apprenticeships” and encouraging all paths to training, he said. In a city with the highest number of job openings per capita in the region but one of the worst unemployment rates, the leadership needs to try something new in the area of economic development, Calbadon said.
“As a mayor, much of my focus is finding new companies and building around those we have. That strategy has diminishing returns and is not addressing in really deep ways…our long-term political responsibilities,” he said.
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As the American people shout 'WE DO NOT WANT THIS EDUCATION REFORM' neo-liberals working for global corporations push harder and faster to get this in place. Please note that when education is taken out of your communities and privatized you will be losing the last public place of community cohesion. Having individual students locked into computer lessons and worst, virtual classrooms deliberately disconnects people from their communities.
All of this would not be happening without Race to the Top. Obama and neo-liberals pressed this republican education policy by holding states hostage to Federal education funding and in the process gave states the right to choose educational platforms.....ending Federal control of public education. While Common Core and testing seek to centralize, the structure of public schools is being deliberately torn apart.
MARYLAND NEO-LIBERALS SAY 'WE ARE MOVING FORWARD NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK'!
Teachers Union Launching Massive Campaign Against Education Reform Movement
Posted: 12/05/2013 5:03 pm EST | Updated: 12/05/2013 6:37 pm EST
The American Federation of Teachers union is unveiling a seven-figure advertisement campaign ahead of Dec. 9, a day that the group has billed as a "national day of action" against the education reform movement and push alternative solutions.
“Public education is under attack and underfunded throughout our country," the advertisements read, according to materials AFT, the nation's second-largest teachers union, provided to The Huffington Post. "Now, communities are coming together for our schools and our children to champion great public schools as the heart of our neighborhoods. … Together, we can make sure our schools are places where all kids can thrive and the voices of those closest to the classroom are heard.”
In an interview, AFT President Randi Weingarten said the AFT is spending about $1.2 million on the push. The radio, online and print advertisements, including a full-page ad in USA Today, are running through Dec. 9 in 30 cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington and Philadelphia. The messaging is framed around the idea of "reclaiming the promise" of public education, according to AFT materials.
Weingarten said various protests are expected to take place in at least 60 cities on Dec. 9. For the day of action, AFT has collaborated with the National Education Association, America's biggest teachers union, groups like the Schott Foundation, and community organizations like the Chicago-based Journey for Justice Alliance. The groups are circulating a document, "the principles that unite us," to outline their cause: making sure public schools "are public institutions"; fostering the creation of community schools; fighting so-called privateers; respect for teachers; and schools that are "welcoming and respectful places for all" and fully funded. The document says the groups do not entirely oppose charter schools, but that those schools must be regulated and accountable to the public.
The unions are calling the movement a groundswell of organic support against the usurping of public schools by "corporate interests" that want to make a "market-based system of schooling" involving high-stakes testing and attacks on collective bargaining. An AFT one-pager obtained by HuffPost lists the day's purpose as "to begin to create a national echo chamber for our vision and narrative." The memo calls on groups to "mobilize large numbers of parents, students, community residents and union members" to "tell stories of the impact of the corporate agenda on students," and, in some cases, "target an agent of the corporate agenda."
Weingarten said the idea behind the campaign came from a human rights conference in Los Angeles and through town halls AFT held in different cities. "We want to fight austerity, but we also want to come up with a proactive way of trying to change public education," she said. "You see a grassroots movement that says no -- not just no we have enough, no we're critical -- but these are the kind of reforms we need to help kids succeed in life, college and career. We thought it was important to have one day to mark that."
In Illinois, the Chicago Teachers Union is expecting 500 teachers, students and residents to hold a press conference near City Hall and march to the State of Illinois building to deliver a wish list to the governor.
Friday, in advance of the Day of Action, activists in Austin, Texas, are slated to march from the Capitol South Steps to the Federal Building to rally with unions and advocate for their agenda. In Boise, Idaho, teachers and unions plan to advocate outside the Capitol for more funding.
Weingarten acknowledged that the effort is a sort of rehash of previous campaigns. "People have been engaged in this effort for awhile. This is bringing people together like we have never done before in a thoughtful and deliberative process that is also about action," she said. "It's the growing of a movement."
Others took a different view. "The kinds of things that they have been against -- more options for families in low-performing schools, higher standards for students and stronger accountability for results -- those are all things that the public is strongly in favor of," argued Tim Daly, who oversees TNTP, an alternative teacher certification group. "Instead of being against things that the public is in favor of, there have been efforts to shift attention to red herring issues like privatization."