Introducing the pedagogy of privatism
I do not have a blind allegiance to public schools. I do believe democracy is the only governance structure that works in our world today, and I am absolutely committed to ensuring that all people everywhere have every single mechanism available to ensure their complete integration into democratic life. I do know public schools are routinely failing low income people and people of color, too. I absolutely refuse to believe that the commodification of learning vis-à-vis charter schools is anyway to rectify the injustices routinely thrust upon them.
As critical agents within this democratic society we must radically, fully, and completely engage throughout every mechanism for social change that furthers democracy- not for the sake of social change, but for the sake of democracy. Destroying public schools by forwarding privitization through charters doesn’t forward democracy.
My personal investment
(Note that I’m not dogging private schooling here, or homeschooling, or unschooling. Anyone can do that, always. Every student should have the right to drop out at any point they want to, as well, and the government should have options for their learning and living, as well. There is further work that extends beyond public schools, and I’m the first to admit that.)
This country’s market economy insists in individual economic mobility. We currently have a common mechanism to ensure the ability of all residents to excel, and that mechanism is public schools. It has failed, surely, to achieve the goal of mobilizing economic growth. Worst still, it actually and actively disenfranchises the mobility of low income people and people of color. However, support for our publicly-paid for, publicly-relied upon public education system needs to exist in order to ensure we can rally support for radically transforming the system so that succeeding generations can experience economic mobility in the future.
Since the establishment of the US there has been a constant battle of privatists versus The People. They learned to use corporatism to forward their agenda; we use popular insurrection to secure our positions. Unfortunately, privatists have learned to manipulate popular insurrection to their advantage. Giving up on public schools reinforces privatists’ positions, showing them their agenda to manipulate popular insurrection works. This gives them blatant control over our governance and society, and carte blanche over so-called “democracy.” We aren’t there yet, but will be soon. It’s too bad so many people are inadvertently contributing to that agenda.