Saturday, December 3, 2011

Predators in the Schoolhouse

The for-profit corporate octopuses are thrusting their arms into the education waters in new and unseemly ways. 

In The New York Times column, "Virtually Educated," Gail Collins gives us a look at the nature of one corporate octopus that is operating in the education system of Tennessee.  Ms. Collins discusses how this company is aided and abetted by the corporate-selected, ugh popularly-elected legislators.  

The predatory behavior described in Ms. Collins' column is not a new phenomenon.

James K. Galbraith, in his book The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (The Free Press 2008), got it right when he suggested that conservatives had abandoned the free market system -- indeed. Nowadays, they are more into the plutocratic market system.


Would we permit a predator live in our houses?  Then, why are we allowing predators to enter our children's schoolhouses?

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