Unpacking SOTU From The Real Left

I haven’t watched it, will not ever watch it. To the SOTU bloviators I say:  STFU!

Apparently, though, one of my favorite demystifiers of the state of Kleptocracy, Alexander Cockburn did subject himself to self flagellation. My regard for his willingness to sacrifice his sanity is boundless. Here then, a small check on the methane, but also; go read the whole thing, and moreover make counterpunch your daily bread:

“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” said Obama. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97 per cent  of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said ‘Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing… that we are smart and we can make it.’”

I asked Rob Prince, a CounterPuncher in Denver what the real story is on Bruce Randolph. Rob sent me back this comment from Phil Woods, a poet andretired teacher:

“My take on Bruce Randolph, and I used to know the principal a little bit because she was an assistant at South when I first got there, is that it fits the Arnie Duncan model. You cherry pick minorities for college track, kick out all the other difficult kids, get the unions to give you a waiver so you work the teachers to death and call it progress. The point is, as with charter schools, this kind of stuff tends to be unsustainable because it causes teacher burn out. As with so much else, educational “reform” has to use market forces, etc. etc. All else is outside the pale.”

Alexander Cockburn: President Gasbag

cross posted @ Mosquito Cloud

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