Last week I wrote about the assault on public education in our state from the funding side. The reaction to that column has been very interesting as it appears that many people fear what education-for-profit will do to our students and our future. And with all the clear attacks on education funding (cyber schools, for-profit charters, raiding of the school aid fund, etc.), it's not an irrational fear. Just days after my column appeared in the Petoskey News-Review, Diane Ravitch's new book, "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools," was announced by her publisher. I'll be very interested to read what this education historian and former assistant secretary in the Department of Education has to say about the move to privatization on the national level.
During that same week, another shocking assault on public education appeared on the docket of the Michigan House of Representatives. In the form of HB 4972, certain legislators want to ban Michigan from adopting new science standards because they include mandates on teaching evolution and global warming. So not only does our Republican-led legislature want to defund public education, it now also wants to force its religious and anti-science beliefs into the classroom.