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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 07:45 AM
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Obama spearheads nationwide assault on public schools
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/scho-m13.shtm...

The Obama administration is spearheading an unprecedented assault on public education in the US. The White House and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are promoting a nationwide wave of school closures, teacher and staff layoffs, attacks on teachers wages and conditions, and an expansion of privately run charter schoolsall in the guise of education reform.

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Obamas policies have encouraged these attacks on public schools. The administration and the Democratic-led Congress have refused to provide emergency funds to enable states and localities to close huge budget deficits resulting from rising unemployment and falling tax revenues, even as they handed over trillions in taxpayer dollars to bail out the banks.

The White House is seeking to exploit the fiscal crisis to push through its anti-public education agenda, tying whatever federal funds are on offer to attacks on teachers jobs and pay, the closure of schools in working class communities, and the expansion of publicly subsidized but privately owned charter schools.

Speaking before an audience of business executives at the US Chamber of Commerce March 1, the president welcomed the mass firing of teachers at a public high school in Rhode Island. Obama insisted that the 74 teachers and 19 other school employees at Central Falls High School, a failing school, had to be held accountable.

As with Ronald Reagans mass firing of the PATCO air traffic controllers in 1981, the White House endorsement of the Central Falls firings is a signal to state and local authorities across the country to demand that teachers accept lower pay, fewer benefits and longer hours, or face the loss of their jobs.

Teachers are being scape-goated for an education crisis for which they bear no responsibility. The media has fallen into line. The editorial in Thursdays USA Today was headlined, Unions protect bad teachers, harming kids education. The cover story of the latest edition of Newsweek is entitled Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers.

more...
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 07:47 AM
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1. Thank you, thank you, thank you...
I've been searching for just such an article!! wish I could rec this forever, I'll be kicking it alot!!
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:48 AM
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9. wrong place, delete
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 08:48 AM by maryf
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:00 AM
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3. frightening, actually
recc'd.
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exboyfil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:07 AM
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4. I asked my daughter's Physical Science teacher
if they were going to the Women in Science event at one of our state colleges. She sent me a message back saying that definitely funds were cut for that. She also told me that are having staff reductions, salary reductions, and program reductions because of the fiscal issues. I plan to take my two daughters and two of their friends to the event myself (I had already planned to take the younger one anyway since her school wasn't ever planning to go).

I agree that teachers are being scapegoated, but I see how much I pay in taxes and I really don't know how I could pay much more without really taking away from my family. I guess I could cut back on these enrichment oppotunities for the good of all, but why should I? I am willing to sacrifice for my family (as well as society since my family volunteers and helps out in our school and community).
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 04:45 PM
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30. Education should be covered by progressive income tax...
Reagan cut the taxes from the wealthy to a huge degree, another thing we're now hurting because of...
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jody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:12 AM
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5. Solutions soon Obama's "Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools" will recommend solutions to
"close the achievement gap that separates white, Asian and higher-income students from low-income, black and Latino students."

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/10/local/la-me-lau...
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mrdmk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 12:34 PM
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24. If the student does not speak English, one can infer that the family does not speak english
To further the point, how a person thinks relies heavily on their language. Thus, if a student lives in a Spanish speaking home that is surrounded by a Spanish community, then the student will in a unconformable position concerning their education. Another words, if the elders do not care to assimilate into the greater society by speaking English, why should the student. This is not the fault of the schools, this is the fault of the United States as a whole toward its southern neighbors.

About the African Americans, there are many successful, highly intelligent, well educated people of that part of our society. On the other hand, there are many more racially and economically repressed persons that cannot break out of that state of being. If you have trouble believing that, I will personally give you a tour of those neighborhoods! This is not a problem of the schools, but the people who have an influence of the society.

Putting a corporation in charge of educating our children will only worsen these problems not to mention that proper education of these children starting from the middle class and down will be cost prohibitive to a lot of families. In-turn, no one will accountable because they are corporations.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:15 AM
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6. this is detestable
I would never have voted for Obama if I knew he was going to be such a corporate whore.

he is shameful.
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ReverendDeuce Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:41 AM
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7. Schools fail because not enough people give a shit...
And that includes parents, teachers, and politicians of all stripes.

Note I did not say all, but there are too many to count that don't.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 01:16 PM
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27. +1
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 01:22 AM
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59. Consider the likelihood that parents are all working too hard to be able
to pay attn the way they used to. The middle class has been eviscerated; it now takes 2 incomes to support a family, and hours worked per worker have gone up, and yet wages have stagnated severely while costs of living have gone up.

It's just really convenient for the few that the many are working to hard to pay much attn to either schools or politics in general.
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ncteechur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:47 AM
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8. So what you all are saying is that we shouldn't fire bad teachers? They should just be allowed to
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 08:48 AM by ncteechur
continue to fuck kids up.

1. President Obama didn't fire anyone.
2. Education is the responsibility of the states.
3. The teachers were not getting the job done.
4. Teacher unions can be good or bad. Bad if they protect teachers from accountability. Good if they are partners in helping kids.
5. The teachers were asked to do a bit more for pay to improve the school. They refused.


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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:49 AM
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11. Your comments indicate you have not been following the actual situation whatsoever.
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:50 AM
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12. The number of bad teachers vs. good
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 08:51 AM by maryf
is about 2 to 100 in my 20 years experience. Obama is allowing all kinds of fantastic teachers to be let go....
Bad teachers rarely make it...they can't handle it...
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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:36 AM
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14. You're buying into the propaganda. n/t
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:47 AM
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16. Oh, for shit's sake, KNOW WTF you are talking about when it comes to firing teachers.
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 09:53 AM by tonysam
They are fired all the time and not because they are "bad." Teachers have little legal recourse when a principal decides to shitcan you because it is governed by ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, not civil law.

Meanwhile, principals are getting away with murder.

I am fucking sick and tired of ignorant comments being posted on this board.

The following is a typical example of how capricious teacher firings are, and it is even more outrageous than mine. The principal she names in the story is now dead:

I filed criminal charges against Los Lunas High School principal, Rex Henington, after he assaulted me in March 2001. Charges against him were dropped because of a technicality; according to Senator Michael Sanchez, who represented Mr. Henington, I had done some of the legal paperwork incorrectly while acting pro se, although I completed it exactly as a local judge advised.

Between March 2001 and October 2001, the district made my life hell by sending employees to my home with letters from the administrative office, by having a vice-principal follow me in the halls at school, by interrupting my class several times a day, and by keeping one of my paychecks as a form of discipline. Administrators threatened me, as well as teachers seen speaking to me, and students who stood up for me. I pleaded with Superintendent Danny Burnett and the Board members for help. Not only did they ignore me, they encouraged, and joined in, the harassment.

I was terminated on October 30, 2001, for sitting on the floor in the Los Lunas High School library during a staff meeting in August 2001, which I did. There were no empty chairs. The district denied that the assault charges I filed against Principal Henington played any part in the termination.

My termination appeal was held in February 2002. My lawyer seemed incapacitated during the appeal, and complained about not being prepared for the hearing. Her behavior was so strange, and her representation so inept, that I knew my chance of winning was slim. In addition, I did not have enough money to buy so much as a loaf of bread, and was desperately attempting to hang on until my unemployment check arrived. I accepted the districts settlement offer. They were to give me all of my back pay, including the paycheck an administrator had kept, my sick day pay, and the money students earned for me by having a carwash; administrator Bill Moffett had taken the carwash money. The school placed me under a gag order, which I intended to honor. When the written settlement papers arrived, they bore little resemblance to what the district had promised. I did not receive all of my back salary, nor my sick-day pay, nor the money from the carwash. In addition, the written gag order was ridiculous, stating that I, nor my family, could ever say anything negative about past, present, or future Los Lunas administrators. The district would fine me $5000 for every negative thing I said about the district. I refused to honor it. I must owe the district about a million dollars by now, but since they know that the gag order was unconstitutional, they have not taken me to court.


Lots, lots more at the NAPTA site
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Fire1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:47 PM
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50. "Oh for shits sake.............." LMAO!!!!! n/t
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ncteechur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 10:49 PM
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55. WTF does the situation to which you refer have anything to do with your complaint?
I do know what I am talking about. Perhaps you are the one that doesn't know what the fuck you are talking about.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:51 AM
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17. I really hope to hell you don't actually work in education
If you do, you are passing on a delight in logical fallacies which will have tragic consequences for any child that passes under your tutelage.
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QC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 03:55 PM
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29. I hope he teaches P.E. Lord, God, how I hope he teaches P.E. n/t
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 12:14 PM
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61. He claimed to be a school administrator last week
I worry about teachers who work under him, if that's the case.
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ncteechur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 10:44 PM
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54. Actually, I do. I have worked in education for over 20 years at all levels.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 12:20 AM
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56. The Peter Principal. I've seen it all now. n/t
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ncteechur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 03:35 PM
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62. And your educational expertise would be based on what exactly?
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 03:59 PM
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63. Not screaming TEACHERS DESERVED TO BE FIRED!!11 in all caps on websites that's for sure
What school did you go to that taught you that management style?
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 04:54 PM
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33. Nice post John Galt.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:28 PM
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39. Amazing, isn't it.
The contorted illogic. Somehow...firing bad teachers is a bad thing.

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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:31 PM
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42. Most teachers fired aren't bad. Keep peddling the lies.
You just have too much invested in Obama to face the truth.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:46 PM
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49. So we agree that firing "bad" teachers is ok?
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 06:46 PM by jefferson_dem
The challenge, therfore, is determining when a teacher is "bad" enough to fire.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 12:23 AM
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57. if education is the responsibility of the states, why is the ed secretary making policy?
fyi, it was federal grant requirements which precipitated the rhode island firings.
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:49 AM
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10. More on education union busting...
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:32 AM
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13. thank you for the link
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 12:01 PM
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22. my pleasure, Glen Ford is fantastic, nt.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:45 PM
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48. The comments following the piece
are great.
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Therellas Donating Member (216 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:44 AM
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15. this PISSES me off.
meanwhile back at the ranch eliot spitzers snorting coke off a hookers ass .....
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 10:16 AM
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18. It's all bidness....

Capital's search for profits has neither common sense nor morality, it's all bidness.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 10:21 AM
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19. "The media has fallen into line"
And so have several DUer's. What, suddenly the MSM is trustworthy when it's doing an orchestrated attack on public education?
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 04:46 PM
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31. Like sharks on a feeding frenzy nt.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 11:37 AM
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20. The Giant Invisible Hand will save us all.
All HAIL The Giant Invisible Hand (of the Marketplace).

I refuse to believe that our President actually believes that Free Market nonsense.
He would have to be an idiot.
It is more digestible for me to believe that he is willfully corrupt like most of the "Centrist" Democrats, and is parroting all that Free Market bullshit because he knows it will fool the peasants and make him and his friends rich.
THAT makes more sense.
I can understand THAT.
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Lothrop Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 11:50 AM
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21. Bump
K&R
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troubledamerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 12:13 PM
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23. Is Obama a Cheney Sleeper Cell?
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:14 PM
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35. Good Lord...
:crazy:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:41 PM
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46. it's a new low, for sure...
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 12:50 PM
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26. World Socialist Web Site? Is this article to be trusted?
x
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 03:44 PM
Response to Reply #26
28. Why not? their journalism is reputable...
even if you might not like their political persuasion...
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:21 PM
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37. Sure...
Trusted to be loaded up with bull and bias.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:29 PM
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40. Well, they're telling the truth about Obama here.
You don't need WSWS to tell you how anti-public education this president is.
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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:34 PM
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53. The article isn't accurate?
nt
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 04:48 PM
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32. K/R
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:13 PM
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34. So when are we going to be honest and call it an attack on UNION teachers?
What better way to take out the underpinnings of one of the strongest remaining unions in the country than to proclaim they are correcting bad policy by replacing teachers protected by unions - instead of doing the REAL heavylifting of reviewing the actual courses being taught and changing THAT?

When our unions are totally crushed this country will be a truly 3rd world banana republic. And we won't HAVE class distinction anymore. There will be 2 -- the Haves and the Have NOTS.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:19 PM
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36. Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers.
Let's do it.

How dare anyone, especially the President and Secretary of Education, demand excellence from our American public education system.

How dare anyone, especially the President and Secretary of Education, expect that good teachers be rewarded and underperforming teachers improve or leave.

Sarcasm above.

Yes, I'm an educator.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:30 PM
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41. Prove you are. You wouldn't be so big on this scheme if this were Bush
pushing this instead of Obama.

Obama is anti-teacher and anti-public education. You sound like a fool. Your cheerleading for Arne tells me all I need to know.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:36 PM
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44. Whatever.
I don't have to prove shit to you.

Besides, given your reactionary reductionism, it's fairly obvious you're not able to engage in rational discussion on this topic.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:32 PM
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43. 'Yes, I'm an educator.'. lol nice touch
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:38 PM
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45. Or perhaps not.
:)
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 07:21 PM
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51. What about why we must support good teachers and help bad teachers
become better...most bad teachers just don't make it...Teachers have to deal with up to 150 kids a day, everyday, some folks can't handle that, could you??
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Jkid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:22 PM
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38. Actions speak louder than words, and words speak louder than promises.
n/t
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 06:43 PM
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47. LOL, those guys are always good for a chuckle...
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:33 PM
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52. Why??????????????????? WTF are they thinking???
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 12:24 AM
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58. I'll say it:: he is disgusting
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maryf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 08:22 AM
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60. Thanks again...
This raised me out of depression and into thinking about how to organize more about education, but more about the class struggle... :yourock:
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