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Public Education (Part Three): Criticize, Demonize, Then Privatize.

Public Education (Part Three): Criticize, Demonize, Then Privatize.

Update: 2022-12-10


This is it. The moment about seven of you have been waiting for. The dramatic conclusion to the three part series on public education that no one asked for. Oh, and it’s long. In sparing our beloved Unf*ckers a fourth part, we jammed 50 years of education policy into one hot mess of learning. To quote the estimable Manny Faces, “This iz EP last of smart edumaction.” In Parts One and Two we explored the history of education and the legal fight to ensure equality. Part Three reveals the master plan of the GOP’s libertarian strain to defund education, promote a religious doctrine and battle against the constitutional right to access public education.


Intro: 00:01:13

Chapter Seven: Phase Four. Privatization. 00:05:49

Chapter Eight: Vouchers are stupid and racist and they don’t work. 00:13:17

Chapter Nine: Arne Dunks on Public Education. 00:24:12

Chapter Ten: The Propaganda Machine in Full Swing. 00:39:53

Chapter Eleven: Bring it home, Max. 00:52:08

Post Show Musings: 01:06:25

Outro: 01:41:50


National Center For Education Statistics: Results from the NAEP 2022 Mathematics & Reading Assessments at Grades 4 & 8 Rankings

National Foundation for Educational Research: OECD Funding Models

Peter G. Peterson Foundation: How Is K-12 Education Funded?

National Education Association

Resilient Educator: Your Guide to Education Lingo

Pew Research Center: Religion in the Public Schools

Salon: Florida ranked No. 1 for "education freedom" — by right-wing group that wants to privatize it all

Heritage Foundation: Education Freedom Report Card

The New York Times: Profits and Questions at Online Charter Schools

NY Daily News: Fix this wasteful federal charter-school fund

The Nation’s Report Card: Student Performance Across Subjects

EdWeek: Education Statistics: Facts About American Schools

EdWeek: Lawmakers, Education Secretary Clash Over Charter School Rules

Teaching Certification: Education Spending by State – How does your state compare?

Book Love

Howard Gardner: Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Nelson Lichtenstein: State of the Union: A Century of American Labor

Derek W. Black: Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy

Nancy McLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America


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Public Education (Part Three): Criticize, Demonize, Then Privatize.

Public Education (Part Three): Criticize, Demonize, Then Privatize.