Just watched a 2:57 minute clip on the excellent and highly recommended blog site FAILING SCHOOLS of a recent presentation in Denver by Diane Ravitch to a group of public school teachers and parents. Ravitch recounts how a reporter for the Denver Post has warned her that she has been brought to that fair city to speak before a “shadowy group.” It turns out that the dark and foreboding masses are the very same folks in front of whom she stands. She asked a member of the group how much money they have in their coffers. The response: $1700. Ravitch reminds everyone that the minions of edreform have come to Denver armed with MILLIONS. I ask you: “Do we stand a chance?”
How can humble educators and middle-class parents stand against the formidable forces of the Billionaire Boys’ Club, as Ravitch calls the Gates-Broad-Walmart-whoever foundations? They are everywhere, and they are rich as Croesus, King of Lydia.