While most of my waking hours are spent dealing with public education issues, I remind myself from time to time that responsible citizenship requires that I look at what is happening in my country from a lens other than public education. That’s why I will both vote for President Obama and do whatever I can to influence others to do the same. That said, like too many people who call themselves Democrats, I’m faced with the fact that he hasn’t been a friend of public education. His administration has contributed mightily to the movement to privatize public education. David Sirota has written a tour de force on what both our intellectually bankrupt political parties have done to public schools and the society they serve. While I was aware of every point Sirota makes, the cumulative impact of his article had me breathing fire. I hope it does the same for you.