The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

California Governor to Students:
“Forget Science Education”

Jun 18, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown says there is no need for California’s public high schools to offer more than one year of science to their students. That’s one of the many ways in which Brown wants to make new cuts in the state’s funding for schools.

Two years of science is a minimum graduation requirement in California high schools, which is mandated by law also since 2005. But the state has never sent school districts the additional funding for second-year science courses. So now the state owes school districts 2.5 billion dollars in back funding for science education, and the governor is telling districts to forget that money!

Private high schools and the well-funded public high schools in wealthy areas have always offered their students three or four years of science, taught in well-equipped labs. So this cut–like all the other K-12 education cuts in California, which have amounted to more than 20 billion dollars in the last five years–is intended for working-class students.

After all, the capitalists don’t want their workers to have a good science education and understand the world better anyway. And the capitalists’ politicians–whether Republican or Democrat, like Brown–agree.