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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:26 AM

Attacking the Teaching Profession

By now, thankfully, most people have come to realize that the so-called "reform movement," nominally dedicated to improving America's public schools, is as bogus, misleading, and greed-driven as those tricked-out, bundled-up, sub-prime mortgages that almost sank Wall Street in 2008, and required a nearly trillion-dollar bailout from taxpayers.

Make no mistake. This well-coordinated effort to debase our schools is being fueled by (1) Republican anti-union forces who want to bust the teachers' union, (2) entrepreneurs (both Democrats and Republicans) who see privatization as a potential gold mine, and (3) education mandarins and "consultants" who make a handsome living by peddling the view that our schools are in crisis.

Of course, all three groups blame the teachers and the teachers' union for the mess we're in, which, besides being vicious and duplicitous, is tantamount to blaming doctors for America's obesity epidemic. ("Hey, you're a doctor, aren't you?? Then do something about all these fat people!!")

Another thing most people probably realize is that there is an almost one-to-one correlation between bad, rundown, low-employment, high-crime neighborhoods and bad, low-achieving schools. Even though that correlation is a fact, the purveyors of public education horror stories continue to ignore it, and try, instead, to blame the teachers, accusing them of incompetence and apathy. Why? Because blaming teachers is much easier than addressing sociological and economic problems.By now, thankfully, most people have come to realize that the so-called "reform movement," nominally dedicated to improving America's public schools, is as bogus, misleading, and greed-driven as those tricked-out, bundled-up, sub-prime mortgages that almost sank Wall Street in 2008, and required a nearly trillion-dollar bailout from taxpayers.


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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:31 PM

1. It's clear that big money wants to privatize education, so they cancollect the education money.

I found the sample CST test questions interesting, mostly because I think multiple choice math questions don't really test your understanding of math. I think these tests are nonsense.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:39 PM

2. They want the money and don't give a whit about our children.

Makes me ill.

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