NYT: Ravitch is anti-free-market? Nonsense.

Diane Ravitch’s new book, Reign of Error, has even the New York Times alluding to her crusade against the corporate education reform powers as “anti-free-market-based.” The writer, Motoko Rich, is superb in her guilt-by-association and repetition-of-corporate-press-releases as a form of balanced journalism. The simple and well performed propaganda techniques she uses slant the readers’ perceptions – unless we possess the critical reading/thinking skills that corporate education reform eschews in favor of lower level skills and high stakes testing that is easily collected as data – data to be spun later to forward corporate agendas.

About two or three years ago people were feeling, ‘Oh, my God, these people are taking over and there’s nothing we can do,’” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, referring to those who advocate for free-market-based overhaul of schools. “Diane has continued to push that envelope and give people such hope.”

Let’s examine the slant/propaganda:
Karen Lewis, union thug. “Bo-o-o-o-o!”
Corporate education reformers use free-market-based cure for schools. “Hooray!”
Karen Lewis, Diane Ravitch, and all those who oppose innovation. “Bo-o-o-o-o!”

Nonsense. Smoke and mirrors. Blather. Why? All corporate media is subject to corporate interests. Yes, even The New York Times. They are expected to be as subtle as possible.


Google any brand of corporate charter school with “investment” after the brand name.
Google any brand of corporate high stakes testing with “investment” after the brand name. (Example: Pearson investment)

All of these corporate entities nearly guarantee big investors that their money will be doubled within five years regardless of the educational results of the corporations. How? Tax monies in the forms of start-up grants, tax exemptions, tax incentives, etc. are being handed over by the boxcar load by compliant federal, state and local legislative and elected elected officials. Lobbyists and hedge fund campaign contributors have seen to that taxes-for-profit scheme well in advance.

“Free-market-based” is not applicable when rigging a game by handing over tax money for the profits of the few. Lots of tax money. A hundred million for one Latino group in Chicago. A few hundred million for a testing group in Texas. A billion point 3 in recent profits for Pearson alone. The list goes on and on. Corporate welfare on a massive scale is not “free-market-based” anything, and Motoko Rich along with the editors of the New York Times either know better or should know better. (Read the entire article HERE.)

If Diane Ravitch is being subtly lambasted before her new book is even published, she obviously hit a nerve in the Corporate Education Industrial Complex. Order a copy for yourself, your neighborhood school principal, and each member of your local school board.

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools can be advance ordered from Amazon HERE.

It will be released on Sept. 17, 2013.

Follow Diane Ravitch’s book tour schedule HERE.




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3 Responses to NYT: Ravitch is anti-free-market? Nonsense.

  1. Patricia Herrmann says:

    The “free market” isn’t free when the powerful get to use government to advantage some at the expense of others in their march for profits. Dump Duncan!

    But on a different note.

    Capital needs to be reigned in when it advocates monetizing the education of children for profit. The value of equity of opportunity is being destroyed when their corporate reforms end up re-segregating schools, destroying communities by closing their neighborhood schools, firing the veteran teachers children need and with whom communities have relationships, demonizing expertise in order to replace experience with warm bodies because it is cheaper, and narrowing curriculum. Corporatists advocate standardizing machines and widgets which is appropriate in manufacturing, but standardization is inappropriate as a treatment of children. A cheaper education is lionized by the profiteers as “free market” when the god is price, but it is just cheaper treatment of children and a ruse to turn tax money into profits. Maybe we need to question whether or not capitalism can provide a good education for our children supervised by their communities. It is appropriate to put a price on widgets and machines, not on the education of children and community life. Some things appropriately can have a price and if they cannot corporatists are worshipping a false god by insisting on prices on children.

  2. Melinda Avni says:

    The truth is, not one of us has a problem with standards. And that is how we are each suckered into this. These ‘free-market’ strategies as they are called do not establish or raise standards for our students’, our children’s achievements. They siphon away our hard-earned dollars in the form of tax-grants and other public money benefits. And they standardize our children. Period.

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