We dole out 10-year property tax abatements to encourage new housing construction, even as the program drains the schools of revenue. Who do we expect to live in those houses, which are now typically built with three bedrooms? We say we want young, dynamic, “knowledge workers” who will establish deep neighborhood connections and improve the city overall, and then we sabotage the thing they care about most - their children’s knowledge. Less mobile working-class families, meanwhile, are simply left to fend for themselves.
Even absent a surplus, if BC increased its debt to fund education it would cost about 4.2%, whereas economists estimate rates of return to education investment in the double digits.
So there is no obvious financial barrier to investing in children. We do that by having smaller class sizes and well-resourced teachers, which is what the teachers’ strike is really about. In fact the teachers’ bargaining proposal would see them lose money due to inflation over the life of the deal. As of 2011, BC already had the lowest paid teachers and the biggest class sizes in Canada.
Those smaller class sizes – better working conditions – are what teachers in private schools get, and the flip-side for those students is opportunities for enriched learning that pay off over a lifetime. Presumably, this is why the Premier’s son attends BC’s most elite private school.
In case anyone’s got any questions about what the labour standoff in B.C. is really about.
Oh, and look: the NGO that produced this inconvenient little essay is under audit by the Canada Revenue Agency. Must be a coincidence.
… we’re living the result of three decades of neoconservative/neoliberal rule. An infrastructure deficit. A lack of affordable housing with the unsurprisingly accompanying spike in homelessness. Inequality. Grotesque and incapacitating inequality.
And yet the best we can do is sputter ineffectually every time one of these dipshits goes “Tax and spend! Booga booga!”
Although the contract may have been shredded by greedy companies driven by greedier financiers, the sense of entitlement on the part of white men remains intact. Many white men feel they have played by the rules and expected to reap the rewards of that obedient responsibility. It’s pretty infuriating not to get what you feel you deserve. That’s the aggrieved entitlement that lies underneath the anger of American white men.
Michael Kimmel starts pulling at the threads making up the skein of white male entitlement.
The real choice, not the artificial one they want you think is in front of you.
Once again, h/t to my awesome cousin Jaime Jenett.
(Oh, and people who say they’re getting tired of the expression “economic justice?” Suck it.)
Seriously, if you’ve reached the point where you’ll sit by, merrily wiping your ass with gold toilet paper, while 8 million people a year are dying because they’re too poor to live – what is the point of you?
The school-to-prison pipeline, to my mind, is the most insidious arm of this country’s prison-industrial complex. Under the guise of protecting our children, we push many of them out of school and into prisons, limit their opportunities, fail to and/or undereducate them, all while feeding our addiction to mass incarceration and retribution that is not justice at all. That the students who find themselves funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline are predominantly black is further proof that the United States system of racist oppression chugs along through the rhetoric of colorblindness.
More via my favourite siren of demagoguery and treachery. <3
The interests of the people should be paramount. Their wishes should prevail – not those of the wealthy, or corporations, or multi-billionaire Wizards of Oz, who, behind their curtains of secrecy, trash our democracy and play with our lives like their little toy soldiers, while government, which should protect us, does nothing but betray our trust.
The school is the proverbial Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, heroically trying to hold back the sea. It alone is expected to deal with the lunar landscape of the inner cities and their schools, whose teachers do their best against impossible odds.
Hoping against hope for help to arrive, they never imagined that they, too, would be abandoned by government, which, rather than thank them, now turns on them for “failing their students.”
Frank Breslin’s onto something, I think. Maybe stop making unionized teachers the patsies for decades of public neglect and machinations by corporations and the 1 per centers?