Denis Smith: If We Lose Public Schools, We Lose Our Democracy

To hell with elections! To hell with vaccines! To hell with masks! To hell with working together for the common good!
“We don’t want that tyranny!” they shout as they set fire to the country spreading and supporting tyranny.

Who is to blame for this “me only” type of thinking?

Well, this “me” mindset started with Ronald Reagan (Reagan did not do it alone) and led to Traitor Trump and his dangerous MAGA mob.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Denis Smith worked for many years in the Ohio State Department of Education, finishing his career in the Office of Charter Schools. He writes in the Ohio Capital Journal about the existential threat posed to our democracy and our society by the privatization of public schools. His advice: Be careful what you wish for.

In the last few months, Americans have witnessed a series of assaults by the political right on key parts of the bedrock principles of democracy. Those attacks include new restrictions on voting rights in more than half of the states, the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by thousands of insurrectionists, and most recently, clear evidence that the former president pressured the top leadership of the Justice Department to help him overturn the 2020 election results.

Certainly these scary developments are newsworthy and have garnered banner headlines and filled airtime on the evening news…

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