Forwarded from Anthony (vouchers)
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Fri Jul 19 04:33:48 MDT 2002
Re: Public vs. private education (reply to José)
I really appreciate Richard Fidler's remarks to Jose about school
vouchers. They are right on the money. (To: "Marxism list"
<marxism at lists.panix.com> Subject: Re: Public vs. private education
(reply to José) From: "Richard Fidler" <rfidler at cyberus.ca> Date: Thu,
18 Jul 2002 10:44:02 -0400 Reply-To: ts.panix.com Sender:
owner-marxism at lists.panix.com)
Free, universal, public education was the single most important victory
of the working classes and oppressed in epoch of the bourgeois
revolution. It eclipses by far freedom of speech and organixzation. The
bourgeoisie has een trying to destroy that victory since we won it. In
doing so, they have made the exercise fo our hard won right difficult.
That is why Jose's experience with pupbilc eductiona was so bad.
The way forward to socialist revolution is not to abandon what we won in
the past - but to defend it to the death - and fight to expand on those
That's how I see it.
All the best, Anthony
Some comments on José's reply to me, dated July 10 and posted on the
list July 15.
First off, I sympathize entirely with José in the dilemma he faced in
the Atlanta school system, and I think I would have reacted in much the
same way - pulling my kid out of the prison-like inner-city school,
putting her in a private (even mildly religious) school with an ambiance
much more appropriate to learning. There can be few more emotionally
wrenching experiences than the clash of capitalist reality with our
principles and ideals as it affects our kids, and I would be the last to
criticize any parent for personally opting for private schooling in the
kind of situation José describes. Generally speaking, I think José's
posts on this issue have done a lot to acquaint us (at least me) with
the horrible reality faced by many working people, and particularly
racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities, in the North American public
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