Wells points out that our society has no true definition of what democracy is. It has become and an idea that is based on capitalism and consumerism. The shift has ventured from a public standpoint to an economic standpoint. Part of the reason is the regulation of our markets. One of the main markets being controlled is Education. Schools are being regulated by the school boards who are controlled by our government which privatizes ours schools policies. Fabricant, Fine and Wells talks about this idea with their charter school argument. Wells gets most of his information with his study of several California school districts. Wells says that charters schools are highly selective to continue to represent the highest achieving portion of students which in turn continues to suppress the students who are in the lower achievement gap. So even though in theory charter schools are trying to promote equal education for those already in highly segregated public schools it further marginalizes those students who are already starting off in that low band. A lot of this Wells points out has to do with the lack of freedom schools have. Schools are regulated in a way to support certain groups or individuals. Wells points out that the solution is actually redefining what democracy is. It has to be an idea that our decisions should include society as a whole rather than individuals and most of all de privatizing our markets.
Fabricant and Fine points out that charter schools were thought of as a way to save the public school sector. The charter school movement was thought of as the answer to the opportunity gaps. However the facts remain charters schools didn’t progress like they were supposed to. Similar to Well’s argument it is because they are privatized. When you put educational policies in the hands of the private sector you do not answer to public needs. Therefore you only continue the system that is in place only in a different atmosphere. Like we have talked about so many times in class if we do not answer to the needs of the public and give the public a place in some of our major decisions than nothing will change.