Diane “21 Savage” Ravitch.
Diane ” 21 Savage” Ravitch in her most recent blog post states, “To understand the charter industry, you must appreciate that it is driven by extremely wealthy people and has no grassroots.”
Ms. Ravitch’s assertion that the charter school industry is not a grassroots movement couldn’t be further from the truth. The textbook definition of grassroots is as follows: Grassroots, type of movement or campaign that attempts to mobilize individuals to take some action to influence an outcome, often of a political nature. Black and Brown folks have marched, lobbied, and have a pretty extensive ground game when it comes to getting educational choice for their children.
I feel like every time Mrs. Savage blogs, she needs to write 21-21-21, as a precursor for the savagery she depicts in her writing. Savagery, in this instance, relates to how she misleads the reader into thinking that the only way to save traditional public schools, is to invest only in conventional public schools.
In my opinion, this is deficit thinking. It amazes me at how people (like Mrs. Savage) with the most access always feel like they need to think for poor folks. Often times they negate ones lived experience by inserting their expert views. These loud sirens exhibited by these so-called experts often drown out the help signals that are blaring. Black and brown folks are tired of being told what to do with their children, they want options, and no expert will convince them otherwise.
An odd fact that Mrs. Ravitch and those that think like her conveniently forget, is schools were bad way before charter schools.
School Choice Pushes The Envelop.
Moreover, charter schools push the envelope daily. Black and Brown families overwhelmingly want charter schools and school choice options for their children. To try and persuade others of anything different just tells you how much of a disconnect there is between those that are fortunate vs. those that have been historically disenfranchised.
Black and Brown Folks Favor School Choice.
According to a recent study by the American Federation for children, 67% of families support choice in where they send their kids to school. This is up 4% from 2018. You can find more information on the study by clicking on this link https://www.federationforchildren.org/national-school-choice-poll-shows-67-of-voters-support-school-choice-2019/.
Mrs. Ravitch likens support to charter schools as being the whose who in philanthropic support. In her blog, she states, “Being a supporter of charter schools is like belonging to the right clubs, going to the right parties, sharing a cause with other wealthy people.” I’m not sure what clubs Mrs. Ravitch attends, but I can assure you they have exclusivity.
School Choice Evens The Playing Field.
Mrs. Ravitch fails to mention is what the cause is, and who the cause benefits. Plain and straightforward, school choice evens the playing field that was once dominated by traditional public schools. Charter schools are not the enemy. View charter schools as a way to keep its Traditional Public school sibling honest. Traditional public schools fail families. Nowadays, Mrs. Ravitch conveniently glosses over outcomes and accountability to gaslight issues that don’t matter to the poor. Black and Brown folks want quality schools for their kids.
Gaslighting Like Trump.
Mrs. Ravitch savagely attempts to link the work we do in the charter sector to Jeffery Epstein. Epstein is a pedophilic sicko. I’m sure anyone school that accepted funding from him would be happy to disavow. I also didn’t read where she addressed the pedophiles that are saturated throughout schools, mainly traditional public schools.
For example, Rhode Island– Oddly enough, I have not read one-word form Mrs. Ravitch or any public schools supporters disavowing themselves from what’s currently happening in Rhode Island. To bring you up to speed, the teacher’s union is fighting tooth and nail to continue allowing teachers dating students to be non-criminal. This ass-backwardness has gotten little to no attention from Savage or the likes. I wonder why?