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Posts Tagged ‘school vouchers’

PBS Airing RW Sponsored School Privatization Propaganda

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Thanks to an alert from the Thom Hartman radio program (https://www.freespeech.org/ 11AM to 2PM daily) we were able to find an article at Media Matters that detailed the story of these privatization propaganda.

So let’s go to Media Matters for the story:

“Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department have pushed for an expansion of privatized school choice programs in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, particularly in the form of private school vouchers. Now a propagandistic three-part documentary series called School Inc. will help DeVos in her efforts to gain public support for expanded private school choice options. The series has already aired on PBS stations in some markets and will be shown on more this month.”

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In addition to School Inc.’s roots in the radical, libertarian Cato Institute, education historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch found that the film was funded by a number of arch-conservative foundations with ties to the “dark money ATM” DonorsTrust and the Ayn Rand Institute. Ravitch has prescreened School Inc. and provided this scathing review to The Washington Post:

This program is paid propaganda. It does not search for the truth. It does not present opposing points of view. It is an advertisement for the demolition of public education and for an unregulated free market in education. PBS might have aired a program that debates these issues, but “School Inc.” does not.

Why would a public broadcast channel air a documentary that is produced by a right-wing think tank and funded by ultra-conservative donors, and that presents a single point of view without meaningful critique, all the while denigrating public education? PBS responded in part with a statement to the Post, saying, “PBS and local member stations aim to offer programs that reflect diverse viewpoints and promote civic dialogue on important topics affecting local communities.”

However, as Ravitch notes, when a documentary fails to objectively present information about a topic that may not be well understood by the general public, the result is unlikely to “promote civic dialogue.” And when major media outlets uncritically provide a platform to right-wing ideologues, they further misinform and polarize the debate around important issues such as public education.”

editor comment:
PBS is looked to as a trusted brand. One of their calling cards is their supposed objectivity. Airing a series of programs that are little more than propaganda for a single point of view badly damages that trust with the public.

Tell Your Legislator: Say No To School Vouchers

Urgent action alert from Iowa House Democrats:

Just 2 more days. If we can keep up the pressure on Republicans for that long, their voucher plan will be dead in Iowa. Sign our petition below then call your legislators and tell them NO vouchers!

School vouchers are up next.

That’s according to the special interests who have teamed up with Betsy DeVos and are running the show in Des Moines these days.  Republicans have already introduced a bill for them to create vouchers in Iowa, which would shift money from public schools to home schools/private schools instead.

If approved, their plan will take away over $200 million from public schools and the result will be a disaster — school closings, higher class sizes, and fewer opportunities for the 92% of Iowa kids in public schools.

Here in Iowa, we pride ourselves on great public schools and we can STOP this plan from becoming law.

If the voucher bill doesn’t make it out of committee by Friday, March 3 it will be DEAD for the year.

Please sign our petition and then share it with your friends and family.

Together, we can stop vouchers and protect our public schools.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP VOUCHERS

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR