Skip to comments.Sowell: Politics Versus Education
Posted on 04/28/2014 11:21:46 AM PDT by jazusamo
Of all the cynical frauds of the Obama administration, few are so despicable as sacrificing the education of poor and minority children to the interests of the teachers' unions.
Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to suppress the spread of charter schools in Louisiana was just one of the signs of that cynicism. His nationwide threats of legal action against schools that discipline more black students than he thinks they should are at least as damaging.
Charter schools are hated by teachers' unions and by much of the educational establishment in general. They seem to be especially hated when they succeed in educating minority children whom the educational establishment says cannot be educated.
Apparently it can be done when you don't have to hire unionized teachers with iron-clad tenure, and when you don't have to follow the dogmas in vogue in the educational establishment.
Last year, there was an attempt to shut down the American Indian Model Schools in Oakland, California schools that had been ranked among the top schools in the nation, schools with the top test scores in their district and the fourth highest scores in the entire state of California.
The reason given was that the former repeat, FORMER head of these schools was accused of financial irregularities. Since there are courts of law to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals, why should school children be punished by having their schools shut down, immediately and permanently, before any court even held a trial?
Fortunately, a court order prevented this planned vindictive closing of this highly successful charter school with minority students. But the attempt shows the animus and the cynical disregard of the education of children who have few other places to get a comparable education.
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Yes! Eric Holder is as bad as he says, but there is more here. We saw it in the "Fast & Furious" escapade. We saw it in his refusal to pursue voting irregularities. We see it everytime he has an opportunity to promote hate against traditional American values.
If Holder were merely a political demagogue, he would, once in a while, try to sound like he was actually on our side! No! The man is hate driven; and in that hate driven state, is perfectly willing to sacrifice the actual interests of the very minority children, he claims to want to identify with.
And that he is doing just that, is confirmed by Dr. Sowell's correct analysis of the result.
Absolutely...It’s pathetic that we have a president and his appointed AG working against not only education but many vital areas for the betterment of the nation, politics and self aggrandizement is more important to the both of them.
You make a great point and I fully agree.
Obama, Holder, Jarrett, et al,
are far more interested in punishing successful people than helping the unsuccessful.
And this is the guy that minorities and women had been hoping and praying for.