Since 2001 there has been a marked increase in the number of man-made social and political Crises threatening Americans, from terrorism to possible global pandemics to economic collapse to peak oil to the erosion of individual rights. It's tiring, spending as much time as we have been asked to spend terrified and fending off imminent doom. Accordingly I have tried hard to maintain a more even keel than Young Ed used to, resisting the urge to leap to attention as though the sky is falling every time a perceived threat or crisis appears on the horizon.

Forget all of that for a second. The sky is now falling. This is the end of the world as we know it: for-profit "education reform advocates" (lobbyists/privatization fetishists) are convincing legislatures to legalize "virtual charter schools". You might know these better as online courses. You know, those things that students learn absolutely nothing from. But you can't beat 'em for cheap overhead!

Read that link. We are so, so very fucked.