Welcome to the Education Section of the ADC Website.
We have provided the following information, documents and research for your information due to the fact that our children's public education system is being sharply undermined through the corporate (for profit) privatization process. We hope that a free and public education, under public scrutiny and open elections of board members, will be in our future.
Our public education system is under intense pressure to privatize the public schools system throughout the United States from a wide variety of corporate and military interests.
The first process is to take public education funding away from public schools for private charter schools. Privately run charter school public funding, erodes the money available to public schools, further undermining our public school system.
These private charter schools can be run by corporations, special interests, (now even discussions of military charter or corporate private schools are being discussed), due to their lack of enough funding. In the "Private / Public partnerships that are necessary to keep these schools in operation parents no longer have the right to elect the charter school boards, teachers are expected to work harder with less pay and benefits in most cases, and may be fired at any time without cause. In addition, military and private corporations, who will fund these schools, more and more in the future, will have jurisdiction of the type of curriculum taught, the books used, and almost complete control of our children who are enrolled in these types of schools.
If the public school system is undermined then a good quality education won't be available to most of our children...only those who can "pay" for premier schools where they will send their children for an education.
It is now time to re-evaluate the push toward the privitization of our public school system.
The Demise of Cursive Writing being Taught in Schools is underway. What happens when our children can no longer write, read historical documents written in cursive handwriting, and are no longer able to sign their names on legal documents? Printing or Marking a legal document with an "X" seems to be the new educational requirement in schools across the United States.
Textbooks are now being rewritten by corporations in order to promote or sell their products. How long before cigarette advertising comes to a textbook used by your child?
California is Faced with Failing Private Charger Schools and other problems as Public Education Funds are Diverted to Privatized Schools. Note new California trends in Education Which Appear to be on the Decline.
California Education Code Now Includes Private Charter Schools - Promoting the Decline of Public Schools. California Budget 2012-2013 Summary - Education Section Link:
The Charter School Movement is NOT Part of a Public Debate but being Driven by Private Interests working to Undermine the Public School System Across the United States.
Why are Bill Gates, formerly of Microsoft, and Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, moving to reform the American Public System by promoting the Privatization of our Public School System?
What are the Problems With Charter and Private Schools?
The Public School System is More Efficient and Also better able to give all our children a broad Education...Privatized Schools Limit Enrollment to Special Interests.
Charter & Other Private Schools Steal Money from Public Schools which deprive many students of a quality education. Private schools can limit or discriminate against some with their enrollment policies based on any criteria. With Public School Money Depleted by Private School the quality of Education for All Children will be Dramatically Reduced.
Public Schools, Charter and Other Private Schools are increasing the use of herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides throughout the United States without notifying the parents of the hazards of exposure to their children in playgrounds and other areas.
College Student Loans are taking a huge toll on many students who will never be able to repay their loans due to the amount of the loan and the massive interest rates that are charged to them. Parents and their Children are unaware of these problems. Also students who graduate may not get a high-paying job which will allow them to repay their loans and also pay for housing, food, and other basics.
Public Library Funding is being sharply reduced allowing corporations to turn them into profit making entities...reducing the ability of the poor and elderly to obtain books and use these facilities for meetings, Internet use, and children's programs.
Corporate Money is Flooding Public Schools from Kindergarten through University Levels
Internet School are robbing many of a good education but placing students in debt with large student loans...Profiting from student loans...the new Internet Corporation Education for Profit Heist of the Education System in the United States.
Check out Studies on Charter School Performance...you may be surprised at what you find.
Teaching to the Test - the New World of Educating Our Children
If your children only learn to pass tests and only learn the information that is placed on those tests...what are they learning? Limiting the Role of Education to Teaching Students to Pass Tests - Do you want more for your Children?
GPS & FRID Teaching Your Children to Accept Being Watched All the Time - "Big Brother" is Here and being promoted in our schools.
Colleges & Universities Selling Out for Large Corporate Gifts While Beginning to Eliminate Law School Clinics Which Help the Poor or Challenge Corporations that Pollute
Colleges & Universities Becoming Corporate Hacks & Military Research Facilities for University Funding...Military / Corporate / Industrial & Genetically Modified Universities for Profit
Teachers, College, and University Professors Losing Independence With Privatization & Corporate Takeovers and Funding
April 2, 2015
Important Conversation with Cornel West and Robert P. George
(Education – Liberal Arts & Other Issues Important For Our Children to Hear Today)
“…Cornel West and Robert George talked about what they’ve learned from each other on some of the more divisive political issues of the day. While on opposite ends of the political spectrum, Professor West and Professor George teach classes together at Princeton University and have a healthy respect for each others' views. The Culture Wars: A Workable Armistice?” was the season finale in the American Conversations series, hosted by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University…”
The Obama Administration Following Bush Education Policies - The Rush to Standardize & Privatize the Public Education System
Charter School Problems Across the United States
This is only the Tip of the Education Iceberg Floating Toward us---More Research Will be Added Each Month...
If you would like more Information on Contra Costa County, California Schools Click on the Link Below:
C-SPAN2 - March 18, 2013 "...Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor talked about her book, Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court,
in which she presents a history of the High Court and profiles several of its former Justices. She spoke at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C..." Good information on U.S. education system.
Charter school's $125K experiment
March 13, 2011 5:00 PM CBS News Report & Video
Katie Couric reports on an experimental New York City charter school founded on the idea of hiring the best teachers by paying them $125,000, while denying them tenure. Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7359538n&tag=contentBody;storyMediaBox#ixzz1TGqexQmb
March 13, 2011 5:00 PM CBS News Report
Randi Weingarten, president of the union the American Federation of Teachers, tells Katie Couric that the debate over tenure must include improved methods of fairly evaluating teachers. Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7359556n&tag=contentBody;storyMediaBox#ixzz1TGuBGf7J
Who are the two key players that are working to undermine the United States Public School System?
Notes: In the past few years two high stakes players, Bill Gates and Jeb Bush, are driving the change from our current public educational system toward corporate privatization on a huge scale (not on the public radar or in the news for the most part), even though their push to privatize and digitize public education has been excalating in recent years. And it is working because the real data on the lack of success at most Charter Schools is not being publicized because it is ocurring quietly and out of public scrutiny by a complicit media.
Bill Gates (quietly): http://www.gatesfoundation.org/united-states/Pages/education-strategy.aspx
Bill Gates on “Charter Schools and Networks" (The Privatization of our Public School System)
The Gates Sales Pitch which isn't always factual:
"...Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that are “exempt from significant state or local rules that inhibit the flexible operation and management of public schools,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, there are more than 4,800 charter schools open across the country, each authorized to operate with a written performance contract that sets clear educational objectives for its students.
High-performing charter schools—and the charter networks that support their growth nationally—play an important role in our college-ready strategy, piloting, accelerating, and expanding innovation in education. Already, high-performing charter schools and networks have created optimism among educators by demonstrating that all students, from wide-ranging backgrounds, can achieve at high levels with the right support. And given the flexibility charter schools have relative to other public schools, they can pilot and implement projects with speed and fidelity.
Consequently, the most important measure of success for our work with charter schools will be the number of students—especially low-income and minority students—served by high-performing charters and the degree to which successful charter schools influence the broader public educational system. (Note that the funding for public education will be diverted to private corporations and private schools under this program.)
Goal #1: Increase the number of students served by high-performing charters by:
- Growing the capacity of charter networks aligned to our core strategy elements;
- Exploring Program Related Investments (PRIs) and other creative financing opportunities with high-performing charter networks; and
- Advocating for growth and results at the state and national levels.
Goal #2: Enhance the degree to which successful charter schools influence the broader system by:
- Building relationships between school districts and charter networks, especially those operating schools in-district;
- Piloting and expanding the core strategy elements in charters in coordination with district partners; and
- Incubating innovative new school models and approaches, with charters as early adopters..."
Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida
Home Page: http://digitallearningnow.com/
Jeb Bush is promoting privatized digital learning around the country for our children...Interesting way to place all their learning online with little or no human contact - no public or parental control of what is being taught...the privatization of education is underway...and just who manages online content of our children's education?
The Bush Sales Pitch: http://digitallearningnow.com/newsroom/
"...Governors Bush and Wise convened the Digital Learning Council last August (2010) to develop the roadmap to integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. The Digital Learning Council brought together some of the brightest and most respected minds in the United States all focused on working together to shape the principles and policies of digital learning. This diverse group of leaders hailed from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology and think tanks to develop policy actions for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers to advance digital learning...." It looks like a money making scheme to me...get the public education system to fund digital learning...and this private organization to teach our children just what?
"...Over the course of five months, the Digital Learning Council met by virtual interaction more than 40 times and covered a wide range of topics, including: student eligibility for digital learning, access to high quality digital content and instruction, customization and personalization of education such as blended learning, funding models, assessments and accountability..."
"...As a result of the Council’s efforts, the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning, along with suggested actions for lawmakers, was released at the 2010 Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform on December 1 in Washington, D.C..."
The Mantra: "...Digital learning extends the reach of a great teacher. Technology can bring together students and effective educators – wherever they live or learn. With technology, teachers can teach a course from any location to students scattered across the country. In states with a shortage of teachers in challenging subjects, such as chemistry and physics, a master educator can teach online while teachers and paraprofessional can support students in the classroom. Digital learning takes the guesswork out of identifying the specific needs of individual students. Data can be used to pinpoint weaknesses so teachers can focus on the areas where students need help rather than repeat a whole lesson. Targeted support can be rewarding for students and teachers alike..."
Problems in "glitches" and also this group can earn money because of the number of teachers who would have to be instructed on its use...also no longer will credential teachers be required in these classrooms...etc.
Interesting to know how they plan to undermine the public school system and use our tax dollars to do it…while teaching a corporate agenda to our children while using taxpayer funding to implement these programs.
Watch Cyber Schools Gain Popularity, but Quality Questions Persist on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
Online Charter Schools Curriculum
PBS News Hour Report
REPORT AIR DATE: Feb. 23, 2012
Online Public Schools Gain Popularity, but Quality Questions Persist
Online options in 30 states K-12 & the number of cyber schools is growing.
Taxpayer Money & Where are the funds going? Who Profits? What is the curriculum?
Questions: When kids attend a cyber-school, they attend if they turn the computer on for one minute. If a kid comes to my school and they show up for one minute and go out the door, they're truant. I don't get it.
Questions: They do have students that attend there. And that's a reasonable education that students strive in that environment. But if a student is not striving in that environment, should we not be notified since it's our tax dollars that are paying the bill?
Questions: Funding is another controversial issue. Every student who attends cyber-school represents a financial loss to school districts.
Questions: Since its founding in 2000, P.A. Cyber has collected a total of $45 million in profit. And the question is, what is P.A. Cyber doing with leftover money? Cyber Schools are allowed to bill the public schools system...profits are huge and costs low.
Questions: Cyber Schools take money away from public schools districts...and how do we know that they work? It is a financial loss to school districts if they use cyber schools?
C-SPAN Video "Public School Alternatives" - August 23, 2012 Debate and Q&A
"...Education professionals talked about alternatives to traditional public schooling, such as online education, vouchers, charter schools, and home schooling. Some of the issues they debated included who gets to decide where a child goes to school and quality evaluation across the various options. They answered questions from the audience..."
C-SPAN2 Video September 4, 2012
Author Jonathan Kozol talked about his book,
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America.
Moyers & Company
Full Video Interview: Public Schools for Sale?
March 28, 2014
"...Public education is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers and private equity investors are entering what they consider to be an “emerging market.” As Rupert Murdoch put it after purchasing an education technology company, “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the US alone.”
Education historian Diane Ravitch says the privatization of public education has to stop. As assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, she was an advocate of school choice and charter schools; under George W. Bush, she supported the No Child Left Behind initiative. But after careful investigation, she changed her mind, and has become, according to Salon, “the nation’s highest profile opponent” of charter-based education.
On this week’s Moyers & Company, she tells Bill Moyers, ”I think what’s at stake is the future of American public education. I believe it is one of the foundation stones of our democracy: So an attack on public education is an attack on democracy.”
Diane Ravitch is America’s preeminent historian of public education. Her newest book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools..."