Defending Public Education:
an Activist Resource Kit
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education is under siege. Christian Right and other conservative
groups are waging a concerted campaign to win public sympathy and
support for education "reforms." These include vouchers,
privatization, "parental rights," and an end to bilingual
education, among others.
people dispute the need to improve our schools. But the political
Right's panaceas offer false hope and mask a more far-reaching
agenda. The Right wants to dismantle the entire system of federal
and state control over public education and give free rein to commercial
and private interests.
a drastic change would be devastating for millions of children
and the future of our society. Those unable to access privatized
schools would be left behind in a defunded school system.
democracy as we know it would be undermined. Public schools play
a critical role in transmitting values and habits of tolerance
and respect for diversity essential to a healthy democracy. If
the Right has its way, this role would be abandoned.
Get the Facts and Analysis
You Need with This One-Stop Resource Guide
Public Education will help you be a stronger advocate for our public
schools. Whatever your level of interest or involvement-activist, community
leader, policy maker, educator, concerned parent--this 164-page primer
and resource guide can give you clarity on the issues and the informational
tools you need to be effective.
Public Education is designed for both in-depth study and quick reference.
It gives you the big picture plus a detailed examination of five issues*
that feature prominently in rightwing campaigns to manipulate public opinion
and influence policy on public education:
the real story behind right-wing "solutions" to public
education problems, who's promoting them, and why.
inaccurate and misleading claims about public education and offer
an alternative, progressive vision of reform.
with allies who share your commitment to quality public education
Right-wing arguments on each issue are summarized, along with a progressive
response. The kit also features organizing advice, activist "success
stories, "article reprints, directories of national organizations
opposing public education, bibliographies and more.
- Charter schools
- Public school privatization
- Bilingual education
- Parental rights
also campaigns to limit sex education, support creationism and prayer
in public schools, and eliminate curriculum dealing with homosexuality.
Since materials on these issues are already widely distributed, the kit
does not cover them in detail.
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