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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:42 PM

Billionaire reformer says public school students entitled to "skills" to be productive workers.

I always thought education was about far more than that. This is a Chicago parent speaking at a Chicago Teachers' Union rally in May. Matt Farmer quotes Penny Pritzker on her goals for Chicago public school students. He compares the elite Chicago lab school where political leaders send their own children to the public schools these same leaders are trying to "reform".

Recent reports indicate that Pritzer may be Obama's Obama's new Commerce Secretary



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Reply Billionaire reformer says public school students entitled to "skills" to be productive workers. (Original post)
madfloridian Jan 2013 OP
theaocp Jan 2013 #1
madfloridian Jan 2013 #3
Smarmie Doofus Jan 2013 #2
madfloridian Jan 2013 #4
MrScorpio Jan 2013 #5
madfloridian Jan 2013 #7
limpyhobbler Jan 2013 #6
madfloridian Jan 2013 #10
alp227 Jan 2013 #8
madfloridian Jan 2013 #9
madfloridian Jan 2013 #11
LWolf Jan 2013 #12
madfloridian Feb 2013 #16
LWolf Feb 2013 #17
madfloridian Feb 2013 #18
savebigbird Feb 2013 #13
mbperrin Feb 2013 #14
02potato Feb 2013 #15
hay rick Feb 2013 #19
madfloridian Feb 2013 #20
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #21

Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:07 PM

1. Thanks, Mad'

I always go back to the "pep" speech our CAO gave at my charter school. To paraphrase, "The thing I love about charter schools is this: we can hire and fire whomever we like whenever we feel like it." Imagine going to work in a place like that and keeping your enthusiasm high. Oh, and if our standardized tests (NWEA NATIONAL test, mind you) didn't show improvement from fall to spring, you were likely gone. Many of my colleagues did next to no teaching up to the fall test to make sure the kids would have the best chance to show improvement in the spring. It's all about the incentives.

One last thing: I was dinged on my evaluations because of an attendance issue. Are you fucking kidding me? I was literally first-in, last-out, coached, and came in on the weekends. I had sick days left over. Guess I didn't kiss enough ass, but my class made progress and were well-mannered. Keep working on the bullshit, reformers. You are responsible for the crippling of our youth.

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Response to theaocp (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:53 PM

3. I can go one better...

Right after Jeb the reformer took office as governor...I and many others were marked down for "not respecting authority". Why? Because we actually asked questions in faculty meeting about policy.

And once I was told by the principal NOT to be critical of Jeb Bush at the teachers' lunch table anymore.

They are taking over by power, literally.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:20 PM

2. Couldn't help but notice Weingarten's empty seat.

Was she "in the ladies' - shall we say - LOUNGE"?

Or had she "dropped her petals and folded her tent" entirely?

5 extra points if you can identify the quotes.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:24 PM

4. Aha, I missed that.

Thanks for pointing it out.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:36 PM

5. Be good little wage slaves now nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:05 PM

7. Education for the elite, and education for the masses.

They are so blatant about their intent.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:45 PM

6. This is great. I hope everybody gets a chance to watch this.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:57 PM

10. He is a great parent advocate.

And has a very good twitter feed.

https://twitter.com/mifarmer

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:56 PM

8. What is Jesse Jackson doing there?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:11 PM

9. He supported the teachers' strike there.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:29 PM

11. Real education for the elite, job training for public school students.

That's Pritzer's philosophy.

She may be Secretary of Commerce?

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:50 AM

12. Matt Farmer...

my eyes got a little wet.

Penny Pritzer as Commerce Secretary? I hope not.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:40 PM

16. He's great, isn't he?

Not afraid to speak clearly. It's a relief from all the politicians of both parties who are parroting the talking points of the "reformers"....like we can't tolerate "the status quo" or students "limited by zip code".

I am tired of mealy mouthed politicians whose ed reform donors dictate their speech and support.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:19 AM

17. I shared this with my teaching partner on Friday.

It's going to be making the rounds. We're all tired of being dictated to by corporate "reformers."

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Response to LWolf (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:33 PM

18. Here's something from another fed up teacher. Funny, but sort of sad. Rheeformer stuff.

https://twitter.com/ATeacherAnon/status/298098098230669312

Just a few samples:

in honor of michelle rhee and her soon to be released memoir. the 3rd edition of michelle rhee - a glossarhee

-->
Rheeality: an existence devoid of facts
Rheeally: used to express surprise, interest or doubt as in “RUFKM?” Serheeously!
Rheeap: to obtain employment, wealth or stature through the efforts and/or contributions of sugar daddy billionaires
Rheecall: to cancel, take back, or revoke – sort of – a lie one has told
Rheecipient: an individual receiving kudos or monetary prizes based on false data
Rheecommendation: a suggestion made by a highly unqualified person
Rheedact: to delete factual information from written or oral communication because said information does not support the rheetoric
Rheeduce: to diminish the status of professional public educators
Rheedundant: to rheepeat talking points endlessly in order to avoid questions whose answers would not support a particular rheeality

There's more at the link.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:10 AM

14. Says it well, with conviction, and with their own

words.

Nice job.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:16 AM

15. damn..he said the words ..

THINK CRITICALLY

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:53 PM

19. Public school kids get job training.

For McJobs.

Great video. K&R.

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Response to hay rick (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:42 AM

20. In depth learning reserved now for more elite schools.

Two tiered education.

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Response to madfloridian (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:48 PM

21. Matt Farmer for Commerce Secretary!!

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