The conclusion of this article is that the race to the bottom--an assertion I whole-heartedly agree with--is that this is a "worrisome trend" for our public schools. Worrisome isn't the word I'd use...self-destructive as a state.
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- Racing towards the bottom
- Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:27PM | Catherine Lugg
- many states and districts continue to confront dire budgetary scenarios.
- The first myth is that the current budget woes are largely being driven by greedy public employees, who are paid too much, whose pensions are too rich, and whose health benefits are too lavish. The second myth is that the US taxpayer and, more importantly, corporate America are being crushed by onerous levels of taxation to pay for these public services. Consequently, the mythology declares that outrageous levels of public spending are strangling the economic recovery.
- hese budget scenarios are being fueled by some critical myths.
- we are currently paying less for governmental services than what our parents and grandparents did.
- From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent.
- Such dramatic changes in income distribution are not acts of God, they're the result of conscious policy decisions by our elected leaders at all levels of government. Meanwhile, unemployed human beings continue to have their miserly benefits cut by politicians supposedly taking courageous stands against deficit spending, although unemployment benefits provide more stabilization to the economy than budget and tax cuts.
- the current claims regarding the causes of fiscal poverty by governors, state legislatures, and the federal government, don't survive intense scrutiny. There are resources available to adequately fund public education. But we're living in an era where public services are seen as inherently "bad" in terms of quality, efficacy, and morality
- Such wholesale defunding of public education could have lasting detrimental affects upon our long-standing system of common schools.
- Instead of "Racing towards the Top," which is the current presidential administration's "reformy" mantra, our public school system is being forced to race to the bottom, in the name of economic hard times and anti-tax paranoia.