How misleading claims and outright lies based on fake news is destroying America’s community-based, democratic, transparent, NON-PROFIT traditional schools and replacing those schools with autocratic (dictatorial), opaque (secretive), often child abusive, FOR-PROFIT, corporate charter schools.
William J. Mathis is the former Commissioner of Education in Vermont, currently managing director of the National Education Policy Center
Fake News and Politicized Prevarications: The Florida State Department of Education and the Center for Education Reform Reports on Charter School Performance
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”
— Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.
In a rational world, we accept that knowledge, honestly applied, will set things right. But the nation’s political world is not so rational. In our current controversies, “fake news” and “alternative facts” are used to establish an ideology or to dismiss inconvenient truths. This is not a recent phenomenon. Throughout history fake news has been used to justify wars, unify people, and assault opponents. Its purpose is to invent or establish some scientific appearing veneer to justify activities which otherwise would be on shaky grounds. Unfortunately, education does…
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