Concerned Citizens for Justice Statement on "Speak No Evil" Series and Forum and the Chattanooga Violence Reduction Initiative: http://concernedcitizensforjustice.org/post/70424904726/ccj-speaks-out-about-speak-no-evil-series-and-forum
The rhetoric coming from Rhee and the corporate education reform movement is disingenuous. Rhee's assertion that public education will be fixed (and, in turn, poverty will be solved) by modeling public education on corporate America is just a flat out lie.
Rhee and Geoffrey Canada both try to silence their critics by claiming that anyone who believes racism and economic injustice and other social issues, in addition to teacher effectiveness, affect student performance also believes that poor and oppressed children cannot learn. That is not only a false claim, but it is a slanderous and irresponsible claim.
The problem is that the corporate education reformers think you can ignore the social issues and focus solely on holding teachers accountable. They have a lot to say about how students have no voice in education, but are students leading or even having their voices heard in the corporate education reform debate? Nope, but Bill Gates and other corporate and foundation leaders are sure having their voices heard. How exactly is pushing a corporate reform agenda with billions of dollars and a primary focus on busting teachers unions getting politics out of education and focusing on what's best for kids?
fear mongering, as always.
@payingattention: if you indeed were paying attention, you would see that Chattanooga Organized for Action's website, radio interview on WGOW, facebook page/event page, and the message relayed at today's rally made valid and specific points about Chucky's voting record.
Except that it was the private sector that caused the financial crisis. Yes, the private sector invests very well in their CEOs and shareholders.
The problem with this cartoon is that it oversimplifies our ecological crisis as a population problem when it is a problem of capitalist, imperialist exploitation of resources. When the crisis is oversimplified as a population problem, it makes it easy for the capitalists to blame the ecological crisis on developing nations and poor people. Capitalism is incompatible with the earth's ecology; incompatible with the just and sustainable use and distribution of resources; and,ultimately, is incompatible with the survival of humanity. A more appropriate cartoon would be a couple of Americans elbowing their way past eight other people representing the rest of the world to grab half the burger for themselves-half of which to eat and the other half to throw in the garbage.
Fear-mongering and scapegoating at its worst.