A few issues are touched upon in this Democracy Now interview with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickle and Dimed” that have much to do with education in this country and why some students succeed and others do not. Don’t let anyone lead you to believe that a few recruits from Teach for America and charter schools are going to bridge the so-called “achievement gap”. That idea is simplistic at best and erroneous on many levels.

The Waltons, owners of Wal-Mart for instance, are supporters of charter schools which is basically the privatization of our public schools. On the other hand they rely on the government to subsidize their exceptionally profitable business by expecting our tax dollars to provide their employees with food stamps and health care because they don’t believe in paying their employees a living wage or think that their employees are worth enough to keep them healthy.

This interview also touches upon what the impact of the horrendous downturn of our economy in the last several years has been on minority children in our country. What child can focus and learn when they are hungry, constantly moving or are in a continuous state of upheaval in the form of homelessness?

Check out this interview.

Dora

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3