I’ve spent the past six years writing about public education and urban schools in Massachusetts. Along the way, I’ve learned some harsh truths that beg to be exposed. The bottom line: the edushysters are increasingly running the show. Behind every faddish, jargon-filled plan is a dirty little scheme that ends up making somebody a lot of money. The scary thing is that these fools are winning, and the only way to fight back is to expose the edushysters for the hypocritical charlatans that they are.
What’s behind the EduShysters’ success?
I’ve witnessed more than a few elected officials who were literally too dumb to understand the education bills they’d just voted on. Usually I’d suggest that our so-called leaders would benefit from spending some time in an actual urban school—but maybe they’d be better off attending one.
A joke of an education board
If you happen to awake on the third Tuesday of the month feeling masochistic, I’d recommend that you head straight to Malden to witness this clown car for yourself. An obvious question: shouldn’t individuals appointed to the state Board of Education have at least a passing interest in public schools? Apparently not. The majority of these folks put in their monthly appearance at 75 Pleasant Street for one reason only: to cast a ‘yes’ vote on the latest charter school scam coming down the Pike. And if you show up on a really big day, you’ll get to witness state officials lobbying the sole student representative on the Board to vote their way.
An even bigger joke of a mainstream media
Let’s face it: the Boston Globe’s reporting on public education has basically devolved into a drinking game. Every time one of their “articles” cites Boston Foundation chief Paul Grogan as a credible source, quotes some know-nothing business “leader” as being “impatient with the pace of reform,” or uses “research” provided by the Boston Municipal Research Bureau to justify going after teachers—again—I reach for my wine box. Which means that I’m pretty much drunk all of the time.
A dash for the cash
Somebody is getting rich off of phony edu-rephorm in Massachusetts—and it isn’t the overpaid teachers that the Globe is constantly referring to (see above.) Whether it’s the consultants who descend like locusts with their jargon-filled turnaround plans, or faux grass roots groups like Stand for Children whose bank accounts are flush with corporate cash, the edushysters are cleaning up.