Public Schools Are Not ‘Government Schools,’ Not Yet

A favorite talking point of school privatizers and education reformers is to refer to public schools as “government schools.” When free market ideologues and politicians do this, they are primarily appealing to the libertarian tendencies of middle and upper class white evangelicals and Catholics. Right wing politicians rarely use the word “government” positively as an … Continue reading Public Schools Are Not ‘Government Schools,’ Not Yet

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Five Reasons the Success of State Question 799 Referendum Petition Is Not a Foregone Conclusion

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, two women walked into the Secretary of State’s office in Oklahoma City and filed the necessary paperwork to begin collecting signatures in an effort to place HB 1010xx on the ballot in November. HB 1010xx is the revenue bill, signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on March 29, which … Continue reading Five Reasons the Success of State Question 799 Referendum Petition Is Not a Foregone Conclusion

Oklahoma Teacher Walkout: What We Can Do Different Next Time

Most of Oklahoma’s public schools were closed for nine days, April 2-12, 2018, as a show of strength and commitment in what came to be known as the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout. It was two weeks of rallying, marching, lobbying, organizing, singing, chanting, and picketing. Each of these forms of civic engagement is now an essential … Continue reading Oklahoma Teacher Walkout: What We Can Do Different Next Time

Booker T., W.E.B., and the School Choice Movement

“It seems to me,” said Booker T., “That all you folks have missed the boat Who shout about the right to vote, And spend vain days and sleepless nights In uproar over civil rights. Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse, But work, and save, and buy a house.” from “Booker T. and W.E.B.” … Continue reading Booker T., W.E.B., and the School Choice Movement

The New Working Class Teacher

Teachers have long been listed as part of what is called the “professional class.” Similar to the “middle class,” the professional class is the long time standard-bearer of capitalistic virtues and is often defined in contrast to both the upper or ruling class and the lower or working class. The shrinking demographic of the professional … Continue reading The New Working Class Teacher

Public Schools Are the Shit!

Public schools are the shit! Ask any fourth grader. “What do you think of your school, Timmy?” “My school’s the shit!” “Does your teacher let you talk that way, Timmy?” “Of course not! I just really want you to know how important my school is to me.” And there are over three million fourth graders … Continue reading Public Schools Are the Shit!