CHICAGO – Among the well-wishers for President Obama’s triumphant re-election is Chicago pal and domestic terrorist-turned-professor Bill Ayers.
“Dear President Obama: Congratulations!
“I’m sure this is a moment you want to savor, a time to take a deep
breath, get some rest, hydrate, regain your balance, and take a long
walk in the sunshine. It might be as well a good time to reflect,
rethink, recharge, and perhaps reignite. I sincerely hope that it is,
and I urge you to put education on your reflective agenda.”
While Ayers has in the past joked
that Obama launched his political career in Ayers’ house, he has been
dismayed over Obama’s appointment of Arne Duncan as Secretary of
Education and the administration’s use of mild “corporate” reforms that
involve competition and accountability.
“You have opposed privatizing social security, pointing out the
terrible risks the market would impose on seniors if the voucher plan
were ever adopted. And yet you’ve supported—in effect—putting the most
endangered young people at risk through a similar scheme. We need to
expand, deepen, and fortify the public space, especially for the most
vulnerable, not turn it over to private managers. The current gold rush
of for-profit colleges gobbling up student loans is but one cautionary