Glen Ford, the Executive Editor of The Black Agenda Report (www.blackagendareport.com), will speak this coming Saturday at the University of Minnesota in the Carlson Building on the West Bank Campus. Ford will discuss the on-going attack on public education, carried out by politicians of both parties, championed by front groups with misleading names like “Students First,” and funded by billionaire philanthropists, hedge-fund managers, and corporate foundations.
Ford has carefully detailed the history of the corporate reformers as they have carried out their neo-liberal agenda aimed at privatizing our system of public education. This effort to put corporations in control of the almost $600 billion spent on public education in the United States has led the so-called reformers to justify their cause by cloaking it in the language of the Civil Rights Movement. The privatization reforms are being carried out with the argument that “education is the Civil Rights issue of our time.” By extension, the billionaires, hedge-fund managers, bankers, and CEOs are claiming the title of Civil Rights leaders!
This is not just a Republican led effort, as Glen Ford has pointed out, “on education, Obama’s first term is Bush’s Third.” Ford explains, “Obama has advanced the corporatization of the public schools beyond Bush’s wildest dreams, methodically constructing a national, parallel system of charter schools that, in practice, undermine and subvert the traditional public schools. In some places, they have replaced, or soon will replace, the public schools. The hedge funds and billionaires are ecstatic!”
Come to the PEJAM forum this Saturday to hear more from Glen Ford. This forum will include a member of the Chicago Teachers’ Union to explain how the education reforms have played out in Chicago, and we will wrap up with a Q and A for both guests.
WHAT: PEJAM Eduation Forum Featuring Glen Ford
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, from 1 pm to 3 pm.
WHERE: Carlson Building on the West Bank Campus of the U of MN.