Wal-Mart, Don’t Discount the Power of Teachers
Frustrated over Wal-Mart’s “Teacher Appreciation Week” on social media local teacher Amber Chandler explains Wal-Mart’s political agenda when it comes to education. Wal-Mart is one of the big businesses that lobbies quite expensively for the privatization of education including supporting charter schools and vouchers.
While there have always been private schools replacing the public school system with a privatized system tears at the very fabric of our shared society. Public realms are critical for a functioning open democratic society and public schools are foundational to that. It’s because of public schools America has long held one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Chandler thinks Wal-Mart’s lobbying money would be better spent doing something publicly productive, like providing appropriate support for Western New York’s large population of English Language Learners.