What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You and the Country

  • Joe L. Kincheloe


As a writer I strive to avoid overstatement—but in the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century, discussions about education lend themselves to dramatic proclamations. Take this one, for example: public education in the United States is facing the greatest threat to its continued existence in its 150-year history. Right-wing groups enjoying more power than ever before are constructing a crisis in education that can be solved, they argue, only by ridding ourselves of so-called government schools. Because public education is deemed to be “beyond hope,” only the creation of a system of corporate-run private schools can assure quality education. As right-wing think tanks and conservative composed governmental reports manipulate data to indicate that thousands of schools are failing, “qualified” teachers are in perilously short supply, and schools are indoctrinating students with “radical” ideas, Americans are being convinced that government-supported schools cannot deliver what the nation needs. Most Americans do not know about such tactics and if such public unawareness continues, we could soon witness the end of universal public schooling for our young people.


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