Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Monday, May 16, 2011

The People's Business

From The People's Business by Lee Drutman and Charlie Cray
...corporations have also established a stronghold in both education and the media. Today, corporate ties to universities run deep, and their designs on our system of public education are growing daily." (p.6)

When corporations begin to control the delivery of essential services like water, education, and health care, we can find ourselves in a troubling situation where making money becomes more important than providing reliable and affordable service, and where corporations--largely accountable only to their shareholders--are granted control over captive markets with dependent customers. (p. 136)

The idea of turning public schools over to the private sector goes back at least a half-century to an article written by Milton Friedman in 1955, which called for the privatization of public schools. Privatization of public schools is becoming increasingly popular with a variety of groups, including libertarians interested in shrinking the government, religious groups that denounce secular liberalism of public education, anf for-profit educational corporations looking to boost their bottom line. (p. 163)

Drutman, Lee, and Charlie Cray. The people's business: controlling corporations and restoring democracy. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2004.

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