Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feb. 19: The Moncton Times&Transcript does it again...

Like yesterday, the Times has an excellent report by by Brent Mazerolle on Moncton High School's condition. Like yesterday, someone, persumably the editorial page editor, gave it a misleading headline. I hesitate to say the editor is deliberately lying. Judging by the general quality of editing in this paper, it is a at least possible he is remarkably thick.

The headline says "Moncton High is safe to use: expert."

According to the story, the expert who said it is safe to use is the expert who said in September that it was dangerous. Under those circumstances, District 2 could have been criminally responsible if it had not closed the school in October. That means all the vitriol poured on teachers and administrators in yesterday's editorial was unfounded.

The news story also says the expert would not be afraid of the teachers and students going back into the school THIS FALL AFTER REPAIRS HAVE BEEN MADE. In other words, and despite the headling on this story, the expert did NOT say the school IS safe. He said it could be by September if extensive repairs are carried out, repairs which would include bracing for areas that are below legal standards.

The expert is a structual engineer - which may be why no mention of was made of asbestos in the school.

As well, even the expert seems to think the school, even if made safe by September, will not be safe for long. He agrees with the decision to build a new school - and in a hurry.

Would you move your family into a house with those conditions?

In short, the headline "Moncton High safe to use: expert" is a lie that follows a pattern of lying about education matters for years. When I told this to a woman, she said indignantly, "you talk as if this is an intenational plot."

It is. It is international in that the plot exists in Canada and the US. Its purpose is to spread fears about the quality of education, the competence of teachers and administrators. It is financed by coporate leaders who fund "think-tanks" like Atlantic Institute of Market Studies and The Fraser Institute and many, many others to spread criticism and fears about the education system. It is no trouble to get those fears published in the news media because the people who fund the think tanks also own most of the news media - and their editors.

The purpose is to allow more corporate control of education, partly justified by a belief that a school is essentially a business, and would work better if it were run like a business. (Despite years of research showing this is nonsense).

More importantly, big business wants its fingers into the education budget as part of a larger drive to reduce the power of the governments we elect, and to transfer it to Boards of Directors we don't elect.

The Moncton Times&Transcript is a part of the scam. That's why it's such a stinking paper.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at another scam to make the rich richer and the rest of us poorer.

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