What the FUD?

Rhymes with crud. Sorry to offend, but this has got to be an all-time perfect blog title.

You know when you have this strange, nagging feeling that there is something going on, something out there, just beyond your ken (an old Scottish term meaning recognition, range of perception, understanding). You can sense it, but you cannot yet name it or explain it. Well, for me, today, it was named, identified, and explicated.

Secret mission, thy name is FUD.

If you are not a loyal follower of Diane Ravitch’s blog, you oughta be. Here it is, the back story of the raison d’etre behind the national movement to undermine public education. Titled: Bingo! Pattern on the Rug Time, Ms. Ravitch has once again uncovered a valid description and clarification of what has very likely been taking place for the past decade. This falls into the same category as the thought “just because one is paranoid does not mean that they are not out to get you,…”

FUD is the acronym for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt–certainly something that all of us engaged in public education have felt and can understand at the gut level. But it’s not that simple. Turns out that this is a marketing startegy. It even has its own Wikipedia listing. “Ding-ding-ding!” There is that proverbial bell going off.

Read the Ravitch post and think about it. Makes sense to me. If there is ALEC–and I know that there is, and I know the power and reach of that organization–read the brilliant piece on ALEC in The Nation, then there is definitely some FUD going on.

I am headed for the kitchen right now to start working on improvements for that tin foil hat that I’ve been working on. Must resist. Must resist FUD.

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