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Eliminate public schools?

In California, GOP congressional candidate David Harmer wants to eliminate public education.
It's fairly common for conservative political candidates to support eliminating the federal Department of Education. But in California, tea party darling and congressional candidate David Harmer has gone further. He's advocated eliminating public schools entirely and returning education to "the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood," when educational opportunities for poor people, African-Americans, women, the disabled, and others were, to say the least, extremely limited.

Harmer, the son of former California Lt. Gov. John Harmer, could soon be taking his anti-public school views to Washington. Nate Silver, the New York Times' polling guru, gives Harmer a54.7 percent chance of ousting two-term Democrat Jerry McNerney in California's 11th Congressional District. So far, Harmer's views on education haven

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:29 PM on Oct. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Ok, he's a idiot. I may not think the public school system is the best (at least through my own personal experiences growing up), but I think eliminating it (and you know they never would), would be disastrous.

    I mean is he really saying that poor, African-American, women, disabled, etc., shouldn't be allowed an education? What a douche.

    Can you post a link? The story got cut off in your post.
    thatgirl70

    Answer by thatgirl70 at 1:32 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:36 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • I mean is he really saying that poor, African-American, women, disabled, etc., shouldn't be allowed an education? What a douche.


    No, he is NOT saying that he is saying that the PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUCK and they need to be done away with. The whole poor, black, women, disabled is from the early 1900s when they didn't get an education. He did not say poor, blacks and women did need an education.

    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 1:39 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • No, he is NOT saying that he is saying that the PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUCK and they need to be done away with. The whole poor, black, women, disabled is from the early 1900s when they didn't get an education. He did not say poor, blacks and women did need an education.


    No, he said public schools are socialist and wants to go BACK IN TIME when they weren't any....and WHO was affected?

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:42 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • The D running in Cai again..tht Brown guy (last name brown ladies lol)..has stated that we need MORE welfare and less jobs

    There are tons of nuts in Cali and a few sane folks left stuck in the mess.

    I think we do need to dtich the unions though
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:51 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Wow...maybe he could use an education.
    Mom2Just1

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 1:52 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • He's in favor of school CHOICE, as in, vouchers. He believes that vouchers will separate schools from the bureaucracy of the government and allow the market to create the best schools possible. (and I agree with him!)

    PLEASE read into something before taking huffpo's word on it!
    LeanneC

    Answer by LeanneC at 1:55 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • He's in favor of school CHOICE, as in, vouchers


    No, he actually called public school SOCIALIST and wants to DO AWAY WITH THEM ALL TOGETHER

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 1:57 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • Where did the informaton come from?
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:00 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

  • That's the opposite position from the that Harmer took in 2000, when he published a lengthy op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle titled, " Abolish Public Schools." In that Chroniclepiece, Harmer argues that "government should exit the business of running and funding schools." He contends that would allow for "quantum leaps in educational quality and opportunity" and notes that he's simply pushing for a return to "the way things worked through the first century of American nationhood." Here's how he describes the wondrous world of early American education:



     


    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 2:02 PM on Oct. 14, 2010

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