Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,141
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,141
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jul 5, 2014, 04:38 PM (16 replies)
This is why reformers have so much power. Takes money and networking....public school teachers seldom have that.
Brown and Senor take on New York teachers
I tried to post the image of their contacts, but it won't seem to link or embed. Be sure to look at it.
Brown, a former CNN anchor, is the founder of Partnership for Educational Justice, which wants to abolish teacher tenure in New York.
So Campbell is with Eva Moskowitz
And Senor is with Students First and Michelle Rhee.
I did not know that.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 10:17 AM (13 replies)
I guess we should have seen the war on teachers coming down the road. I think it was bound to happen, not because our party really intended to scapegoat teachers....but because they were in the way of financial profit. Things got out of hand when Arne Duncan was appointed and given free rein to make changes. Now it's like a steamroller.
It is actually a result of the rightward turn taken by the Democratic party leaders, which was led by the think tanks like the DLC (The Democratic Leadership Council).
Al From announced in 2000 that charter schools were the way to go.
"New Democrats" Call for School Choice
The issue of school choice has for years caused fissures in the Democratic Party, which receives significant support from labor unions including the anti-school choice Michigan Education Association (MEA).
Those things are now happening.
The rightward turn was very obvious when that group held a press conference in 2003 to announce that Howard Dean should not be president.
The 'D' in DLC Doesn't Stand for Dean (David Von Drehle, May 15, 2003, Washington Post)
Then came the new young New Democrats speaking out about how we needed to get away from the New Deal mindset. This article is from 2004.
It's time to pass torch, younger Dems say
They certainly did not mean to pass that torch to a more liberal generation.
"This generation is looking for ways to participate because we're tired of losing," says Jamal Simmons, 33, a consultant who has worked for presidential hopeful Wesley Clark and several other Southern candidates.
When Harry Reid and other Democrats called for George Bush's Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, to resign because he called teachers unions terrorist organizations....one would have thought it would set the tone for the future.
I don't want to link to CNS news, but it is from July 2008.
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate's second ranking Democrat, said Thursday that Education Secretary Rod Paige should resign for comments he made earlier this week describing the National Education Association as a "terrorist organization."
Funny thing though, there are no Democrats standing up for teachers' unions now. Not even as teachers are having the contracts and due process rights taken from them by legal actions.
Of course it is not just public education that is on the firing line now. And that we should have seen for sure, many did and spoke out.
Matt Stoller in 2007 at MyDD told of what really happened when when new trade deals were announced publicly by Nancy Pelosi.
Well this is interesting. On the day of a massive series of votes on Iraq and the day after a DoD Authorization mark-up in which habeas was struck, there's a huge press conference announcing a bipartisan free trade deal with increased labor and environmental standards. Labor is flipping out, apparently unsure of what to do. I've made three or four calls and the details are somewhat murky. One person I spoke with was Peter Chandler of Congressman Mike Michaud's office. Michaud signed a letter that someone else slipped to me from six Democrats (the others are Allen, Ryan, Kildee, Hare, Linda Sanchez) asking for an internal caucus discussion of an impending deal. Forty minutes after they sent this letter came the press conference.
The DLC warned for years about the dangers of liberals getting too much power in the party.
Al From is wrong again.
Recently, Al From, founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, used a front page New York Times story to warn Senator Obama and other Democratic leaders that, "the antiwar people cannot define the Democratic Party."
In 2003 Democratic senator Evan Bayh said these words:
n 2003 Evan Bayh had some powerful words about "the left". He was afraid we would take over the party.
In 2009 Bruce Reed, the then chairman, in an interview with CQ Politics said the mission of the DLC was complete. The link appears to be dead, but I saved his words.
“The political mission of the DLC has been largely accomplished,” said Reed, who’s had the group’s No. 2 post since 2001. “Twenty-five years ago, the forgotten middle class had serious doubts about Democrats, and now Democrats are winning the middle class, suburban voters, moderates by handsome margins. Our next challenge is to deliver on that promise and earn those votes for years to come.”
The DLC disbanded I think in 2011, and the above mentioned Kirsten Powers announced that the Third Way was taking its place. I guess that makes them the new policy shop for the Democrats.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 07:45 PM (21 replies)
Alan Isbell is a fourth-grade teacher at the Wailuku Elementary School in Wailuku, Hawaii. He is a delegate from the Hawaii State Teachers Association at this week's National Education Association convention in Denver.
School reform is just another advertising campaign
No Child Left Behind. Race to the Top. Everything's Better with Blue Bonnet on It.
And from New York a blog called Opine I Will.
Yes, I do quote education bloggers. Of course I do. They blog about education because they know what they are talking about....unlike the mainstream corporate media spouting talking points from billionaire reformers.
Ashamed to be a teacher today
Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher.
And also the words of the former assistant Education Secretary under George HW Bush.
We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers' unions and the teaching profession. Let's be clear: these attacks and the power amassed behind them are unprecedented in American history. Sure, there have always been critics of public schools, of teachers, and of unions. But never before has there been a serious and sustained effort to defund public education, to turn public money over to unaccountable private hands, and to weaken and eliminate collective bargaining wherever it still exists. And this effort is not only well-coordinated but funded by billionaires who have grown wealthy in a free market and can't see any need for regulation or unions or public schools.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 3, 2014, 10:59 AM (4 replies)
Whenever the Supreme Court takes center stage, these words return to my mind. They literally scare me.
Justice Scalia: Government is the minister of God with powers to "avenge" to "execute wrath"
This is a video about Dominionism, it is about the part of the religious movement in the US that is not going to go away. We have to keep on being aware and dealing with it.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:11 PM (24 replies)
Your Kid Is Being Bullied - But Not in the Way You Think
Dr. James Arnold is retired. Was Assistant Principal at Shaw HS, Principal at Shaw in 2001 and Superintendent of Pelham City
Schools in 2010. He is a published author, has written 7 children’s books and contributes
regularly to the Atlanta Journal and Washington Post on educational matters.
He's also a blogger and recently started his Twitter feed
I remember these days he talks about when standardized testing was used as a tool by both parents and teachers to help guide the students' progress.
Right now your child in public education, from kindergarten through their senior year, is being bullied. Bullied by accountabullies that will tell you the only way public schools and public school teachers can be held accountable is through more and more standardized testing and data driven instruction and data points and data walls and data analyzation and more and more data until they finally prove that testing your kid is necessary and required but testing their kid in a private school is not really important. What?
Well those days are gone, but it's good to see administrators as well as teachers realizing there really is bullying going on now as far as testing goes.
And it's not going to get any better. In fact Arne Duncan has come up with some theories of his own about all the problems testing will solve.
Dr. Arnold had a guest column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about that new policy.
Guest post at Atlanta Journal Constitution. The 'bizarro" state of American education today.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 10:26 AM (17 replies)
Doctors, Dentists, insurance companies, police officers, lawyers and every other profession you can name are not only allowed but required to take into consideration pre-existing conditions, prior service, previous records and personal history of their clients when computing recommendations, outcomes, professional services, treatments and payments. If you truly consider teaching a profession, can you offer them less? To hold teachers or members of any other profession accountable for things they cannot control is reprehensible.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 11:18 PM (0 replies)
Maureen Downey of the AJC hosts an education writer's post about Arne Duncan's policies.
Jim Arnold is a former superintendent of Pelham City Schools. He's written several guest pieces for the Get Schooled blog and has his own blog.
Here is Dr. Jim Arnold's blog.
The 'bizarro" state of American education today. More Joker than Superman?
Education seems to have entered its own Bizarro World with Arne Duncan’s policies and beliefs. President Obama’s appointee to head the U.S. Department of Education, second only to Bill Gates as the most powerful force in US educational policy, believes strongly in the Bizarro theory of educational improvement; whatever research says, do the opposite.
Posted at Twitter
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 30, 2014, 11:08 PM (5 replies)
Just a wee bit sensational in my mind. But he played to a full house at the megachurch in Lakeland, a crowd of 3,600.
Duck Dynasty Star Promotes His New Book in Lakeland
Picture courtesy Lakeland Ledger
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 01:26 PM (11 replies)
The Broad Institute is one of those like Gates and Walton foundations who are taking over public education. Eli Broad trains superintendents who are then chosen to move in and take over school systems in a hostile manner.
One thing about Eli Broad: He can't resist gloating. Note this snippet from The Broad Foundation Annual Report 2009/2010: Entrepreneurship for The Public Good in Education, Science, and the Arts :
More about Arne from a popular science blogger...yes indeedy I quote bloggers a lot. I find them more honest than the network media.
The logic of Arne
Arne Duncan and Eli Broad are good friends and love to have their pictures taken together.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 10:36 AM (0 replies)