Two years after the assassination of my fraternity brother, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., integration of public schools began in earnest all across America. Black teachers and administrators populated the field of education so much that the powers that be in politics and education felt there were too many. The answer to that problem was the National Teachers Exam, a culturally biased test that consequently purged many great black teachers from the classroom.
That was in the 1970s. Fast-forward to today, where tests and grading schools are being used to invalidate the public school system in Georgia and across America. Privatization is the ultimate aim.
In the 2016 referendum on Opportunity School Districts, Georgians will decide who will control public education. If the governor wins, he takes over personnel and the curriculum. Proposed bills like House Bill 481 introduced by Rep. Rahn Mayo on black history and diversity will not be given an ice cube’s chance in hell of being passed. Histories of Native Americans, women, Latino Americans and the Jewish Holocaust may never be properly taught or given a chance to be taught if the public does not wake up and vote “no” to Gov. Deal’s Machiavellian machinations to create billions for himself, partners and associates.
TERRY THOMAS, ATLANTA