When education reformers, policymakers, and Wall Street say choice, read between the lines. For they have already made a choice. To place profits before our children.
The Merry-Go-Round of school reform money tree shouts:
Drive-by-teacher alternative programs,
New Rigorous Standards,
New Fail Proof Curriculums.
Except those making hundreds of billions of dollars running the Merry-Go-Round.
Look everywhere but at those making profits, giving campaign contributions, and sweet jobs to family and political allies,
They love the teacher blamers,
Children are falling because teachers didn’t teach them right,
Don’t worry parents for a few billion we can fix it.
Time to Look behind that great OZ Curtain,
Where we discover rich white kids always get more,
Black, Brown, Poor, and Special children get less.
Much, much, much less,
23 Billion dollars every year.
Now these Ed Refromers want teachers to take sides in their reading wars.
I can hear that cash register of a status quo ringing,
A school-to-prison pipeline that profits from 5 until death.
How about we do something different?
Children, Teachers, and Parents shout ENOUGH,
I have an idea, and it won't cost a penny more.
We can take that 23 Billion Dollars extra spent annually on Wealthy Predominately White Schools, and spend it on our children in our poor school districts. You know the children who America has given less to for over 170 years.
It's time to close their merry-go-round down.
If you like to listen to the tune that inspired my blog today its Adrea Day's "Rise Up" > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZnv6qLWPy4 <