Over the past few years, public discussion, and outrage over the blatant patterns of ethical and immoral misconduct in our nation’s schools have seemingly went untouched by some of the blogospheres most relevant education bloggers. From teenage girls being forced out of school because of unwed pregnancies, to Gay, Trans, and Lesbian students being openly humiliated, to schools (charter, public, and voucher) using evasive tactics to control populations of students of color. The list of unjust atrocities goes on but the message is clear, and yet when these occurrences arise the blogosphere is quiet or whispering about them, and when someone does raise the topic, its following discussion is usually absent.
If anyone is going to fix education and if anyone is going to save education from the campaign to transform it into a private industry that will become synonymous with the incarceration industry then we must not remain too scared to address the amount of social injustice that resides within. We cannot go attacking the opposition when our own house is in a state of disaster because then the whole premise of argument is going to be undermined.
So the question to this, is when are we going to embark on a serious and broad discussion about educations issues with social injustice…or are we going to keep retaining the “it’s not the time to discuss this” attitude? Because, if we are then we might as well give in to the corporatist panacea that consumes this nations children and their educators and since I know that’s not what most of us want then we have to stop being so afraid to call things as we perceive them. Because a time will arrive when we no longer have control of the dialogue, when students are pushed into a new pipeline, and when our nations public school come under the helm of 20 something TFA’ers who see it as a “do good” project.