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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:07 AM

Karen Lewis reacts to TFA exec's criticism of Diane Ravitch's praise for teachers in CT tragedy

Why does Teach for America's Marketing and Advertising Vice President want Diane Ravitch to retract her latest blog post entitled "The Hero Teachers of Newtown?" Link here --> http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/17/the-hero-teachers-of-newtown/



(Karen Lewis is president of Chicago Teachers Union)
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Diane, et. al.
I have read these posts (alas I do not do Twitter), and I am struck by the lack of authenticity by the Rosenberg comment. Diane has been at the forefront of the desire to lift up the beleaguered profession of teaching in each and every post. She has drawn the connections between people who wouldn’t think of sending their children to public schools and their policies that are destroying the common good. Anyone who doesn’t know that in the marrow of their bones, doesn’t read her blog.

On the other, the educrats who do not agree with her, read her posts, too so as to keep abreast of her thoughts and are ready to pounce if they see an opening. There might have been a time where “politicizing” tragic events, especially mass shootings was thought to be in poor taste. That has changed with the 24/7 news cycle that continues to focus far too much time and energy on the perpetrator of the massacre than that of our precious victims. Rosenberg’s “false outrage” needs to be checked. That same false outrage should show itself when policies his colleagues support kill and disenfranchise children from schools across this nation. We in Chicago have been the victims of their experiments on our children since the current secretary of Education “ran” CPS.

The accolades heaped on a group of education missionaries, (hopefully with beautiful intent on the part of the TFA teachers) cannot go unchallenged. Diane does that. Day in and day out, she champions rank and file educators and the hard work they do. She has a special place in heart for those who see the value of the classroom and not as stepping stone to a more lucrative career or the opportunism of self-promoters like Michelle Rhee who, with her lies about her own classroom experience has catapulted herself into the welcoming arms of those who hate unions, tenure and anything else that provides due process and gives teachers real voice.

To David Rosenberg, Shanda! Shame on you for such a paranoid rant. If you had nothing of which to be guilty, those words would have rolled off your back.

To Diane – Keep speaking the truth!

Karen Lewis

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/18/karen-lewis-reacts-to-the-kerfuffle/

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proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 OP
Jakes Progress Dec 2012 #1
LWolf Dec 2012 #2
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #3
Jakes Progress Dec 2012 #4
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #5
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #7

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 05:29 PM

1. tfa is a corporate pig.

I am disgusted that the president I voted for keeps pouring public education funds into this hole.

david rosenberg owes Diane Ravitch and the teachers in Sandy Hook an apology.

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 08:31 AM

2. YES. nt

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 01:31 PM

3. Michelle Rhee also made obnoxious comments last weekend.

Showing their true colors.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:52 PM

4. That name and that adjective should always be linked.

The obnoxious michelle rhee. michelle rhee the obnoxious corporate shill.

Like that.

She degrades the Democratic party every time our president's men listen to her.

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:28 PM

5. She is vile.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:35 PM

6. what's his objection to calling teachers heroes? i don't quite get it.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 08:11 AM

7. TFA management hates experienced teachers

They rarely come right out and say it, but they hate us and have no respect for our knowledge or experience. They think WE (experienced teachers) are the problem. We've failed our kids. We all need to be replaced with 5 week wonders under 30 years old. So of course TFA won't call us heroes. That would be praise we have not earned.

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