First of all, a big round of applause for Sam Seder and his terrific job guest-hosting Up With Chris Hayes this weekend. More of him, please?
Today Sam spent a long time on education in the context of the teachers' strike, and of all the segments, this was the one that I most want people to share.
One of the hidden dirty secrets in education is the double standard. Like Bill Gates and Rahm Emanuel sending their kids to school with small class sizes, many resources, libraries, and arts programs while kids living in impoverished areas often don't even have their own textbooks!
Dissent Magazine reports:
In 1995 African Americans comprised 45 percent of the teaching force in Chicago. Today, after a decade of closing neighborhood public schools and opening charters, just 19 percent of city teachers are African American. About 42 percent of their students are African American. “[T]he private managers who run charter schools tend to favor rookie teachers who are younger and far less likely to be minorities, studies have shown.” (Reuters, September 10, 2012)
Chicago spends $7,946 a year on instruction per student. This is well below the wealthiest suburban Chicago districts. (Reuters, September 9, 2012)
Matt Farmer, a Chicago public school parent, lawyer and musician, described some of the differences between CPS and suburban schools in wealthier areas. In 2011, Farmer made a video where he cross-examined CPS Board member Penny Pritzker for her own double standard on educational opportunities. Here's the video: