Saturday, October 03, 2015

The Stench of Obamacation Will Remain Long After Duncan Is Gone

If there was an argument ever to be made against Barack Obama, it is in his attempted dismantling of a key component of our democracy, public education. This is untenable with any kind of Democratic Party belief or any American belief. It forever labeled him as a fraud, a neolib, who was cynically used by his wealthy backers to undermine the party while neutralizing any opposition from key constituencies like African Americans. I loathe the man as a politician and feel he has damaged the party almost beyond repair.

We know from his years with the Joyce Foundation he was a tool for charter schools, total scams designed to siphon money away from public schools and transfer more wealth to the rich. Yet this fraud was put in there in 2009. The destruction of public ed began almost overnight with this good-for-nothing sack of shit. It was all Obama and his puppetmasters' doing. He put in his basketball-playing crony to head the DOE, the spectacularly unqualified Arne Duncan, who was nothing more than a dumb jock who made George W. Bush look like Einstein. He was that stupid. His intellectual shortcomings were obvious, but he, like Obama, actually believed that because they got into Harvard and other Ivy League schools they were smarter than the rest of us.

Now Obama has somebody named John King, a worse foul ball than even Duncan, to take over the rest of Duncan's tenure at the DOE. He has clear contempt for the teaching profession and education. Another Ivy League-"educated" arrogant shitstain who thinks he knows more than the rest of us, especially those of us who are teachers or in the education field. Another impeachable piece of shit like the man who appointed him and the man who was his predecessor.

More about Duncan's "legacy" here:

Sticking with the theme of lightning rods, Politico’s Michael Grunwald recently wrote a profile of now-outgoing Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and one of the big takeaways of the piece is that Duncan managed to unite the left and the right — in opposition. Do you have a theory to explain this particular kind of bipartisanship?

Education creates very odd coalitions in America, and it has throughout history. Conservatives who are opposed to the Arne Duncan package of reform generally oppose national curriculum. They do that because they’re coming from the states’ rights perspective, which obviously has pretty deep historical roots in the United States. (That’s one reason why it was such a surprise that No Child Left Behind was a bipartisan piece of legislation.)

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