When Benjamin Franklin was asked at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Benjamin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
To save that Republic that the Founding Fathers gave to the citizens of the United States, there is something that can be done, and it only costs a little time—as little as a half hour a day or less.
First, visit Diane Ravitch’s Blog daily and “Like” as many of her daily posts as possible. Then ReTweet them before sharing on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and any other site where you might have your own page.
In addition, Diane’s Blog is a WordPress Blog, so do as I do, and Reblog some of her posts to your WordPress blog if you have one, but not all of her posts. You have to make a choice. If you Reblog all of her posts, you will probably overwhelm your blog’s readers. Pick out the best each day.
Second, if time permits after visiting Diane’s Blog, help spread the word and educate as many Americans as possible about what is going on to subvert the U.S. democracy by a handful of billionaire oligarchs that includes—for instance—Bill Gates, the Koch brother, Eli broad, the Walton Family, etc.—I suggest you familiarize yourself with the Education Bloggers Network, and support a few or all of those Blogs too. You may sign up for these Blogs to send you an e-mail when they publish something new.
To become more knowledgeable on this issue so you may hold your own in a debate and possibly enlighten the fools who are proving Abraham Lincoln right—who said, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”—I highly suggest that you read these four nonfiction books that have come out recently on this issue.
We are in a propaganda war. The billionaires have money. We have numbers. There are 3.3+ million, public school teachers in the United States, and these teachers can win this war along with their parent and student allies, but only if they continue to mobilize and organize to spread the information that will counter the lies and propaganda of the manufactured, corporate-driven, fake-education reform movement.
Here are the four books I recommend. Read them to become an info-warrior in the democratic army that is spreading the truth through facts that are not cherry picked.
The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession
By Dana Goldstein
“Ms. Goldstein’s book is meticulously fair and disarmingly balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic … The book skips nimbly from history to on-the-ground reporting to policy prescription, never falling on its face. If I were still teaching, I’d leave my tattered copy by the sputtering Xerox machine. I’d also recommend it to the average citizen who wants to know why Robert can’t read, and Allison can’t add.” —New York Times
Reign of Error
By Diane Ravitch
Diane Silvers Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education under President G. W. Bush. She was appointed to public office by Presidents H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education
By Mercedes K. Schneider
Schneider says, “Corporate reform” is not reform at all. Instead, it is the systematic destruction of the foundational American institution of public education. The primary motivation behind this destruction is greed. Public education in America is worth almost a trillion dollars a year. Whereas American public education is a democratic institution, its destruction is being choreographed by a few wealthy, well-positioned individuals and organizations. This book investigates and exposes the handful of people and institutions that are often working together to become the driving force behind destroying the community public school.
50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education
By David C. Berliner, Gene V Glass, Associates
David C. Berliner is an educational psychologist and bestselling author. He was professor and Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education. Gene V Glass is a senior researcher at the National Education Policy Center and a research professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.
NOTE: All it will take is an army of informed and dedicated American citizens doing a little bit every day to defeat the oligarchs and their corporations from stealing the people’s democracy that the U.S. Founding Fathers gave us.
It’s up to us to keep our republic/democracy. If we are unwilling to sacrifice the time to educate ourselves and do it, then we deserve to lose this war to these oligarchs who will become members of a U.S. Monarchy that their children will inherit just like Kim Jong-un inherited North Korea from his father and grandfather.
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves
Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).
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