The Heroes at Sandy Hook

I am reposting several articles as a composite of the heroes of Sandy Hook. America’s Teachers: Heroes or Greedy Moochers at the Public Trough? I’ll be brief here. Let’s just note that the heroic teachers who died while courageously trying to protect their kids at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and the others who survived but stayed to protect the kids, were all part of a school system where the employees are members of the American Federation of Teachers. Let’s just let that sink in for a moment. Those teachers, who are routinely being accused by our … Continue reading The Heroes at Sandy Hook

Teachers as the new “Welfare Queens”

In one of the episodes on Bill Moyers and Company, Mr. Moyers speaks to Heather McGee on the subject of Economic Malpractice and the Millennials. One of the phrases that comes up during the conversation is teachers who are viewed as “Welfare Queens” in terms of how the corporate reformers have framed the debate on the value of professional, qualified teachers. Here is that part of the transcript: BILL MOYERS: How did you get a start? What were your– who were your parents? What did they do? HEATHER McGHEE: I’m the descendent of American slaves. I’m from the South — … Continue reading Teachers as the new “Welfare Queens”

Good news! We found out what was costing so much in public education!

Thanks to Bill Gates and folks like Don Neilson, who will make a tidy profit off of online learning, we know what will happen to our students if we go the route of continuing to keep our children on computers rather than engaging them in healthy interaction with teachers and fellow students. Don’t we!? Thanks but no thanks. Dora By the way, one of the local voices for Bill Gates, the League of Education Voters, is touting “Digital Learning” as the best thing since sliced bread. Continue reading Good news! We found out what was costing so much in public education!

Diane Ravitch on Democracy Now: “Poverty is the Problem”

“Poverty is the Problem” Check out Diane Ravitch and Brian Jones, narrator of the movie The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, on Democracy Now. The following is the introduction to this interview: As millions of students prepare to go back to school, budget cuts are resulting in teacher layoffs and larger classes across the country. This comes as the drive toward more standardized testing increases despite a string of cheating scandals in New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also recently unveiled a controversial plan to use waivers to rewrite parts of the … Continue reading Diane Ravitch on Democracy Now: “Poverty is the Problem”

The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 3

By Kristin The “education reform” sweeping the nation right now isn’t reform at all. It’s privatization and deregulation. Part One of this three-part article explained what privatization is and who’s benefiting: billionaires and corporations. Part Two explained how they’re getting power: using nonprofits and leveraging public funding. This part shows how the process of privatization works and how it can be stopped! How Are the Rich and Powerful Privatizing Education? The process by which our education system is becoming privatized is fairly complicated and includes a number of different parties acting in different ways and for different reasons. Some are … Continue reading The Big Picture: Privatizing Education, Part 3

Some Reading for the Week

I opened up my mail this morning with some great articles being sent my way. These essays deserve more than a link in the right-hand column. Peruse at your leisure. Dora Education Policy  Should Honor the Obvious by Anthony Cody. The Corporate Dream: Teachers as Temps by Glen Ford. Beware of Economists Bearing Education Reforms by William Mathis. Continue reading Some Reading for the Week

A Letter to Arne Duncan From a Teacher in Kansas-OW!

A teacher in Kansas, David Reber, tells it like it is to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, no holds barred. Dora Mr. Duncan, I read your Teacher Appreciation Week letter to teachers, and had at first decided not to respond. Upon further thought, I realized I do have a few things to say.  I’ll begin with a small sample of relevant adjectives just to get them out of the way: condescending, arrogant, insulting, misleading, patronizing, egotistic, supercilious, haughty, insolent, peremptory, cavalier, imperious, conceited, contemptuous, pompous, audacious, brazen, insincere, superficial, contrived, garish, hollow, pedantic, shallow, swindling, boorish, predictable, duplicitous, pitchy, obtuse, banal, … Continue reading A Letter to Arne Duncan From a Teacher in Kansas-OW!

Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Connecting the dots… Yet another ed reform Astroturf organization emerges out of nowhere.  A new Astroturf group has just emerged in Tacoma, WA, that sounds a lot like the one that was fabricated in Seattle last year, with the same mission: to influence the upcoming teacher’s contract negotiations. More specifically, its goal is to impose an outside corporate ed reform agenda on teachers by tricking them into believing there is broad public support for these (discredited) reforms when in fact there isn’t. This latest entity is called the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition” and it emerged in late April. Just like … Continue reading Heads up, Tacoma teachers! Don’t be fooled by the “Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition”

Chris Hedge on Our Educational System

Chris Hedges is right on target with this truthdig post. Dora Why the United States is Destroying Its’ Educational System A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste … Continue reading Chris Hedge on Our Educational System