When disaster strikes (like Sandy) we don't expect the police to volunteer their time, nor the firemen, nor doctors and nurses—although no doubt many do go above and beyond their obligations. But we do expect teachers to make up for the impact of poverty and austerity politics on schoolchildren.
for harm averted. But to be fair, it's more than that. In addition to preventing even more severe cuts to education, the administration has helped millions of college students by keeping interest payments for loans down and tripling the number of people who can participate in AmeriCorps service programs.
I am very concerned by the privatization tendency in all areas of life, and my colleagues at the International Education meeting in Brussels were worrying along the same lines. With austerity driving ever-increasing chasms between the rich and everyone else, I don't see what will stop it.
Pedro Noguera, Deborah Meier, David Whitman, Luis Moll, Barbados, Sapphire Rhodes
It echoed what I was hearing over there: the way the "austerity movement" has crippled education, above all in the so-called "developing" nations. Not to mention crippling, literally, the health and welfare of the world's children.