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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Wed May 29, 2013 4:01 pm

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BClark wrote:since this is doubling as the de-facto charter schools thread, i should post this...

i lived in newark for 3 years until just recently, and i actually had a very positive experience living there (notwithstanding having been awakened by shootings, and my roommate having been mugged by an uzi-wielding 12-year old) so i often follow up on news from out of newark.

one of the most contentious issues in newark is schools. on the one hand public schools have eaten lots of public funds with poor results (most notoriously, a never-ending construction project for a school that shows no signs of opening any time soon)... on the other hand, newark residents tend to have a healthy skepticism towards privatization (which is how such a poor city has actually maintained very good water quality). they've been so disappointed with the public school system that recently they've been open to alternate approaches, but not without some uncertainty and mistrust.

recently, their worst fears materialized.

i just went digging through the article for some quotes to sum it up, but this is a disaster on such a huge scale, with flagrant neglect and dishonesty on so many levels, that the article deserves to be read in full.

the otherwise popular mayor, cory booker, has been a big proponent of charter schools. hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call to him, and more importantly, to newark residents and voters.

That's terrible. Good thing this is one school we're talking about and no one's saying its problems are endemic to charter schools in Newark or elsewhere.

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Hahahahaha

Sorry, those Jacobin idiots do say things like this.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby tocharian on Wed May 29, 2013 6:54 pm

Ok, so what if instead of closing the Pullman plant, James McDivitt had worked his ass off and succeeded in lobbying congress to fund high-speed rail? Would it have made sense for USW Local 1834 to oppose high speed rail or balk at whatever training its members would have needed in order to build bullet train cars? They wouldn't have done that.

It makes no sense that someone who cares about social justice can't admit that charter schools are having unprecedented success in getting poor kids to and through college. I'm fine with opposition to school privatization, but it's unacceptable to mischaracterize charters or insist we can't expect more from public schools until poverty is eradicated. Why can't we ask that traditional school teachers receive the same kinds of training and be held to the same accountability standards as their charter school counterparts, since for many of their kids winning a charter school lottery means the difference between graduating and getting a job and dropping out and going to jail?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Antero on Thu May 30, 2013 4:09 am

tocharian wrote:It makes no sense that someone who cares about social justice can't admit that charter schools are having unprecedented success in getting poor kids to and through college.

But yo,

http://credo.stanford.edu/reports/MULTI ... _CREDO.pdf

In that study (also from CREDO) they found that only 17% of charter schools showed statistical improvement in education over public schools, and 37% were worse. Variation between states was substantial, suggesting that method of implementation is far more important than the charter structure.

And when they're detached from the school districts they usually just do worse.

There are plenty of other issues in evaluating charter schools, including such stunts as selecting non-problematic students and aggressively culling classes through expulsion so as to post up better numbers, but the larger takeaway is that children are not benefited by the charter - which is simply a form of financial and governance organization - but by changes in curriculum and educational practices.

So, if the thing that is important in educational improvement is not tied to the charter itself, the question to ask is what IS inherent to the charter structure?

One element is union-breaking - charter schools are generally non-union. Replacing a public school with a charter school also replaces unionized employees with non-union employees, who are paid less and receive less benefits.

One element is the introduction of corporate control and the profit motive. In some instances, for-profit corporations are hired to run charter schools that are ostensibly controlled by non-profit organizations. In other cases, like that disaster in New Jersey, competition between non-profits can still lead to the enrichment of certain individuals - non-profit executives of charter schools usually take home more than superintendents.

Another result of the competition between charter schools is that more difficult or lower-performing students will be culled. In the charter structure, a school isn't part of a body intended to educate all, but a single and potentially precarious form that has to be concerned with its own existence. Someone will get fucked over.

The charter system also pulls money away from the cash-strapped public school system. Further hollowing out of the public school system would simply do harm to the remaining students.

If you think about what groups like the Waltons are going for in backing charter schools, the answer would basically be to reduce the entire education system to a series of for-profit schools organized in chains and designed to feed off of government contracts, with the perk of a guaranteed income stream and control over curriculum.

So that's kind of the gist of it.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby tocharian on Thu May 30, 2013 5:33 am

We've been through this in both this thread and the one on the Chicago teacher's strike. Basically, saying that public schools have something to learn from charters who've closed the racial achievement gap is not the same thing as favoring union busting and privatization.

The CREDO study is from 2009. I've seen some more recent research, like the study that just came out of MIT on Boston schools, that shows charters are improving.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Antero on Thu May 30, 2013 6:34 am

tocharian wrote:Basically, saying that public schools have something to learn from charters who've closed the racial achievement gap is not the same thing as favoring union busting and privatization.

Sure, but then we should just say that schools have something to learn from schools that have closed the racial achievement gap. Some public schools have had great successes, and some charters have been dismal failures; again, the "charter" tag only refers to the structure of governance and financing, not education.

The CREDO study is from 2009. I've seen some more recent research, like the study that just came out of MIT on Boston schools, that shows charters are improving.

The distinction is between the states profiled; as the first study noted, charter schools had strikingly different results from state to state. Massachusetts was not actually included in that 2009 study.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby 1009 on Thu May 30, 2013 7:02 am

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Well put. I do not have the patience to engage with or even type anything in opposition to the mass charlatanry that is the charter movement (in Chicago, at least).

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby enframed on Thu May 30, 2013 9:02 am

Antero wrote: In other cases, like that disaster in New Jersey, competition between non-profits can still lead to the enrichment of certain individuals - non-profit executives of charter schools usually take home more than superintendents.


A little off topic from education, but related:

This is a definitely an important and connected issue not only in education but in the non-profit world as a whole. I've been in the NP sector since 1998 and seen the changes. The recent efforts and discourse towards privatization of most things that are/were public has people at the top of non-profits expecting the same salaries as their "private industry" counterparts, and the NP boards are being convinced. NPOs, from libraries to universities to community colleges to women's shelters, are convinced that they need to hire someone from "private industry" to run things "efficiently" and these folks from private industry demand more money. The idea of public service is changing.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Yngwie Einstein on Fri May 31, 2013 1:16 pm

Nice article by Bhaskar Sunkara.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:43 am

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Antero on Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:34 pm

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Ernest on Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:46 pm

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:54 pm

Ernest wrote:http://www.salon.com/2013/08/13/elysiums_politics_dont_add_up_partner/

Jacobin in Salon.

I loved ELYSIUM and disagree with that review.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby HOUSTON_M on Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:27 pm

connor wrote:
Ernest wrote:http://www.salon.com/2013/08/13/elysiums_politics_dont_add_up_partner/

Jacobin in Salon.

I loved ELYSIUM and disagree with that review.


How could you love such an unsatisfying and lazily-resolved film?

From the review:

"Nor do I understand the gender politics of this film, which can only be described as abysmal. It’s 2013, and the film’s set in 2154, but we never once see a woman fire a gun, throw a punch, drive a car, work in a factory, or even drop an f-bomb. "

Such a shame that Gavin Mueller's nerdish expectations were not met. And in 2013!
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Cranius on Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:00 am

Jacobin wins praise in the New Statesman, the UK's leading Labour-left current affairs and politics magazine:

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:41 pm

Our booklet we did with the CORE Chicago Teachers Union folks on what's-going-on with 'education reform' and how-to-fight-back is now finished. Printing up 5,000 copies to give away to rank-and-file teachers across the country.

If you'd like to check it out, you can flip through it electronically here.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby sunlore on Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:34 pm

What I've read I liked across the board. Should read more.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby 1009 on Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:22 pm

connor wrote:Our booklet we did with the CORE Chicago Teachers Union folks on what's-going-on with 'education reform' and how-to-fight-back is now finished. Printing up 5,000 copies to give away to rank-and-file teachers across the country.

If you'd like to check it out, you can flip through it electronically here.


Looks great, I'll be picking up a copy tonight.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby dvockins on Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:25 am

Can someone suggest some Venezuelan current events analysis?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:17 pm

dvockins wrote:Can someone suggest some Venezuelan current events analysis?

I just rely on Greg Grandin's facebook posts.

If I recall correctly, Al-Jazeera America has good coverage on Venezuela. Whatever you do, be really damn skeptical about Venezuela related news from the standard US media outlets. Here's the Brookings Institute, a centristy liberal thinktank whose "fellows" supply numerous major outlets with editorials, calling for yet another coup attempt in Venezuela:

The Maduro administration’s economic policies are producing widespread scarcity and accelerating inflation in Venezuela, but rather than change course, it has chosen progressively more authoritarian measures to control the economy. Although the probability of political unrest is still low, economic mismanagement is creating conditions that increase the risk of violence in a country where armed groups have proliferated.

We have an interest in a democratic and peaceful Venezuela that is a reliable supplier of oil to international markets. As the economy worsens, the risk of violence grows, which would destabilize the country and interrupt oil exports that Venezuela needs to support its population. The United States should now engage partners in the region such as Brazil to convince the Maduro administration to shift course, or should violence erupt, to prepare a concerted regional response that leads to Venezuela’s re-democratization.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby kerble on Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:27 pm

1009 wrote:
connor wrote:Our booklet we did with the CORE Chicago Teachers Union folks on what's-going-on with 'education reform' and how-to-fight-back is now finished. Printing up 5,000 copies to give away to rank-and-file teachers across the country.

If you'd like to check it out, you can flip through it electronically here.


Looks great, I'll be picking up a copy tonight.



Just ordered mine. Very excited about this issue. Also happy that use guys use the issuu reader for your magazines. That platform is incredible. They just started getting the kinks out of it on the ipad, but it's easily the nicest way to get your zines out digitally.

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