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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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1. The #KochBrothers & the #CNP plan to privatize education, just like Chile. This analysis of the Chilean education system shows that "privatization creates or deepens inequalities between socio-eco-nomic groups and creates a strongly segregated society." globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
2. During the 1980s, under Pinochet, Chile saw:
* The introduction of a voucher system whereby schools are funded by the State on the basis of the number of students attending daily;
* The deregulation of school curriculum.
globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
3. Chile privatized its school system "in the name of efficiency and school ‘choice’. The theory was that commercializing the relationship between schools and families would thereby incentivize increased quality." Sound familiar? globalinitiative-escr.org/wp-content/upl…
4. At first glance, privatization appears to have had a positive impact in Chile. "In 2009, [Chile] outscored all other Latin American states in the OECD’s PISA rankings,' reported a BBC article." But.....worldreportnews.com/mexicosouth-an…
5. “Of the 65 countries that participated in the PISA tests, Chile [with its privatized education system] ranked 64th in terms of segregation across social classes in its schools and colleges,” said the BBC article. worldreportnews.com/mexicosouth-an…
6. Moreover, “Chile’s university fees are on average among the highest in the world,” reported Al Jazeera’s Craig Mauro. worldreportnews.com/mexicosouth-an…
7. There have been massive protests in Chile over its privatized education system (implemented under Pinochet), including one in April 2017, where protesters argued that recent fixes have not gone far enough. worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thousa…
8. About 100,000 people turned out to protest Chile's privatized education system in 2013. bbc.com/news/world-lat…
9. Here's an article with numerous photos about the 2011 protests in Chile (which privatized its education system under Pinochet) seeking a referendum to significantly increase the funding and quality of public schools. theatlantic.com/photo/2011/08/…
10. Students hated Chile's privatized education system so much that between 600,000 and 1 million high school students participated in protests and strikes in May 2006. americasquarterly.org/content/can-te…
12. "The Failings of Chile’s [Privatized] Education System: Institutionalized Inequality and a Preference for the Affluent"
coha.org/the-failings-o…
13. In the U.S., the "school choice" movement began w/ libertarian economist M. Friedman’s 1955 essay advocating school vouchers "in the immediate aftermath of the...Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring...racial segregation unconstitutional." nybooks.com/articles/2016/…
"60 Years Ago, Resistance To Integration In Texas Led To School Voucher Plan."
kut.org/post/60-years-…
I have nothing against private schools. At all. But I am against destroying our public school system. I'd like to see it improved, not de-funded as the #Kochs and #CNP hope to do.
14. Here is my Thread re: the educational goals of the #CNP. Like the #KochBrothers, the Religious Right (under the umbrella of the #CNP) has launched a direct assault against public education.
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