“Businessmen, Bean-Counters, Buffoons, and Bible-Thumpers” Are “Taking Over Florida Public Education”

Author, columnist radio and TV talk show host Stephen L. Goldstein lives in Fort Lauderdale. He has penned a blistering opinion piece for the Sun-Sentinel about those who have seized power over Florida’s education policy:

Businessmen, bean-counters, buffoons, and Bible-thumpers have been taking over Florida public education; an ever-increasing gaggle of bozos is exerting more power over classrooms than teachers and administrators. The net result is faux education, the academic equivalent of “real imitation leather,” that is shortchanging generations of students. The public needs to wake up to the “4-B Threat” — and stop it.

Businessmen are the most cynical of the invaders of public schools, along with elected officials who enable them. Together, they’ve turned charter schools, which began as laboratories of innovation, even supported by unions, into profit centers. Now, they are a major industry, too often on shaky financial ground. Five charters in Broward closed their books last year in “deteriorating financial condition”; lots have gone under. And yet, the privatizing of public education goes on with a fury. Business-types also hear the cash register ring through online education. If they have their way, every student will be educated for a pittance by computer, and teachers will go the way of Dodo birds.

Bean-counters have ruled our schools since Jeb Bush’s bright idea to grade them……

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About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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