Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, 44 percent of school administrators admit that they've cut physical education or recess to focus on test prep.
The US can sell itself as a "land of the free" and home of democracy only domestically; outside its borders, this propaganda is either ridiculed or accepted as necessary hypocrisy to achieve a higher goal.
In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr., in his famous "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech, said: "They must see Americans as strange liberators." Things have not changed that much almost 50 years later.
Imagine a world that proclaims an end to the brutality of colonialism, all the while continuing to consciously vilify, target, incarcerate and kill those of a different color. Imagine a world where the forces of militarism have become so ingrained that they are inseparable from the daily functioning of civic life.... It is a world most people experience on a daily basis - a world we understand as neoliberalism.