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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:30 PM
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Why it's a cakewalk for education "reformers" now. In their own words.
This is the group that used the term "bursting the dam" about their goal to privatize education while calling it reform. They call themselves Democrats for Education Reform.

This is their article from October 2010 in which they used the term "burst the dam."

This article makes it extremely clear that they believe they have the green light from this administration for their so-called reforms. It also makes clear their attitudes toward public schools and teachers.

Bursting the Dam

It is no secret that most of the efforts to reform K-12 public education systems in the last quarter century have been stymied by political gridlock. Although education pioneers like Teach For America and KIPP have demonstrated the tremendous potential impact of innovation, special interests (primarily but not limited to teachers unions) have built up symbiotic relationships with elected officials to the point that they are able to assert de facto veto power over the kinds of changes which could fundamentally alter the way education is delivered in our communities.


Read that twice. They believe teachers unions control politics. That's almost laughable now.

They then make it perfectly clear that President Obama has cleared the way that had been blocked before.

We're closer than we've ever been to bursting the dam that has prevented progress in K-12 education. To be sure, since the 1983 release of the federal report A Nation At Risk, there have been small but valuable political fissures in the dam. Some school boards have tipped briefly in favor of reformers, some governors have made progress with raising standards, etc. but the dam itself has remained strong enough to stop widespread reform.

The 2008 election of President Barack Obama created unprecedented political conditions, which now make fundamental reform of public education a possibility. The first-ever Democratic president elected without significant support of teachers unions (the American Federation of Teachers, which backed Hillary Clinton early on, spent millions trying to knock Obama off the ballot), Obama has governed with unusual credibility and freedom.


Unions supported Obama in the general election. Maybe they think he needs DFER's money more than he needs any support from teachers and their unions. Just one more insult among many, unanswered by anyone in Democratic leadership.

Oh, wait, I forgot. These ARE Democratic leaders, this group.

More:

Did they unwittingly reveal the true goals of Race to the Top and all its money? Oops.

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan's federal "Race To The Top" (RTTT) competition produced more simultaneous fissures in the dam than we've ever seen. Cash-strapped state legislatures, hoping to win a chunk of nearly $5 billion in federal prizes, passed more education reform legislation in eight months than they had in the previous eight years. Reform in exchange for dollars became the new mantra, and the status quo - desperate to avoid widespread teacher layoffs - found itself uncharacteristically nullified in the political process. (Union leaders were forced to choose whether they wanted layoffs or not - with these changes being the price of additional federal funding.)


That's an amazing admission. Many of us who write about education from the public education point of view have been saying all along that they were buying support from school districts with Arne's money.

A little surprised to see a "reformers" group be so open about it.

Actually they are not the only ones gleeful about the administration's policies. Eli Broad beat them to it last year.

Eli Broad: "with election of Obama and his appointment of Duncan, the stars are aligned"

Broad Foundation Says with Election of Obama and His Appointment of Duncan, the Stars are Aligned

The election of President Barack Obama and his appointment of Arne Duncan, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, as the U.S. secretary of education, marked the pinnacle of hope for our work in education reform. In many ways, we feel the stars have finally aligned.

With an agenda that echoes our decade of investmentscharter schools, performance pay for teachers, accountability, expanded learning time and national standardsthe Obama administration is poised to cultivate and bring to fruition the seeds we and other reformers have planted. (emphasis added)


Susan Ohanian's blog notes that the remarks are from the Broad Foundation's 2009/2010 annual report



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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:33 PM
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1. It's a little fast and loose.
Mild unrec.

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:34 PM
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2. It's ok. I expect unrecs. Many of them.
It doesn't matter any more.

I am using their own words.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:36 PM
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4. Good stuff, otherwise.
:thumbsup:
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:40 PM
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6. I don't like your use of "fast and loose", like I am not telling the truth.
In fact I resent it a lot.

It is quite true what I say. I will not defend this administration's damage to public schools.

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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:38 PM
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11. Countered
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:24 PM
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18. In fact it does say I am not telling the truth.
And though the truth is painful, I am right on this topic.

I find it sad that this happens, that people are so in denial they will let the public schools be destroyed rather than stand up for them.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:18 PM
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20. What was fast and loose?
:shrug: It's all pretty easy to verify, DFER hasn't exactly been subtle and have an established web presence.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:33 PM
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22. Too much painful truth.
And it is painful. No doubt about it.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:37 PM
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23. "Fast and Loose"?
Care to elaborate? Are you calling madfloridian a liar? Do you have ANY idea what the corporatists are doing to public education?!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:20 PM
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34. Nice hit and run accusation, there.
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Tatiana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:36 PM
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3. Why wouldn't they be open about it? There's no one to stop them.
The Democratic Party, under Obama, has welcomed and encouraged this wholesale attack upon teachers and their unions. They have supported attacks upon public education, upon neighborhood schools, and upon strengthening school choice options without privitization or for-profit charters.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:59 PM
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7. Teachers I know are really scared and upset now.
I am in more contact with them than I was before, esp. with some who are still teaching. They are afraid for their jobs.
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 02:40 PM
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5. the choice of Arne Duncan pretty well stated the goal
for those who bothered to care.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:08 PM
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15. Yes, it did.
It was pretty clear.
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Michigan-Arizona Donating Member (516 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:20 PM
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8. Scared is right K&R
I know a Special Ed teacher who was going to spend 20 grand to get an autism endorsement but has now changed her mind as she doesn't know how long she may have her job as it is.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:29 PM
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9. Livelihoods and careers are being destroyed for no good reason.
There is so much fear now around public education. But for some reason, it's ok to be treated that way if you are a teacher or in a union.

I don't even pretend to understand how teachers became such a scapegoat.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:37 PM
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10. Well, they're pretty much spot on.
The bipartisan effort to do away with public education and turn teaching into a profession with no more value than flipping burgers is well underway.

Having the Obama/Duncan agenda coming on the heels of the Bush agenda is, with quick strokes, wiping out over a century of public education gains.

What's truly sad is that it will be this, and future generations that suffer, "educated" in cookie cutter corporate schools that will barely make our population literate, much less truly educated.

The effects of Bush's destructive swath are already being seen and felt throughout the country. The high school graduates of the past two years are sadly ignorant in many areas, including History, Literature, Art and even the focus of testing madness, Math, Science, Reading and Writing. College professors are frustrated with the lack of education displayed by incoming freshmen, and this is only going to get worse.

Of course this is all part of a plan, since after all, jobs that require higher education are becoming ever more scarce in this country, as more and more of these jobs are shipped overseas, or are taken over by H1-B recipients, who work for less. That leaves the service sector jobs for the rest of us, and those don't require higher education, just enough education to read and follow directions.

In fact the power elite tend to frown on a well educated populace, since a well educated populace is a threat to their position and goals.

Since I've been unable to find a teaching job for the past year(budget cuts, the usual story) I've been forced to take a cashier's job at a local truck stop. One of my co-workers, freshman at a local community college, has little knowledge of history. I've been taking great delight educating him, and sparking his interest in history. Perhaps this is how teachers will have to educate future generations, one at a time.

And educated populace is a rebellious populace, and the power elite don't want that.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:47 PM
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12. I just read that Cleveland alone is laying off over 600 teachers.
And on a search there are hundreds in cities all over the country.

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20110406/FREE/11...
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 03:54 PM
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13. Here in Missouri, we've got a handful of tea party idiots in the state legislature,
They are filibustering the federal education money due to the state, wanting to send it back to make some sort of "statement" :eyes:

Sadly, my job prospects depend on that money, because that is the difference between more cuts and retaining the current, albeit crappy, status quo.

Cuts in public education are happening nationwide, either outright or through attrition. I had an opportunity to get on with the local Catholic school, but given that I'm an agnostic, and this being Missouri(conservative Catholics) I couldn't bring myself to even try to fake the application to get the job. Namely the essay wanting to know how Christianity positively impacts my life and how I would promote it in the classroom :puke:

Right now I'm looking towards using my degree to get a job in another field altogether. A shame and a waste, I really want to teach, all my profs say that I should be teaching, would make a great teacher, and my college resume is excellent. But looking at the madness that is now education, I'm not so sure I want to subject myself to that kind of stress and insanity.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:00 PM
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14. For your own peace of mind....
right now I would try another field. I loved teaching, but I would not do it again in the present atmosphere.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:09 PM
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16. Yeah, I'm struggling with that decision right now.
I really have a drive to teach History, since nobody else seems to care about it due to the focus on the test subjects. I enjoyed the hell out of my student teaching, which gave me a taste for more.

But I see what is going on in education, on the local, state and national level, and wonder if I really want to subject myself to that sort of frustration in my old age.

I think what I'm going to do is make one more all out attempt to find a teaching job this spring, and if that doesn't pan out, take it as a sign that I need to move on.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 04:14 PM
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17. Well, I wish you good luck.
We need people who love and want to teach history. Good luck.
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sulphurdunn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 07:01 PM
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21. This will end badly for the common people
initially. In the end it will cost the power elites their heads.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:55 PM
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25. + a GAZILLION + 50 MILLION times INFINITY!!! n/t
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:13 PM
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19. Long Beach, CA has sent out over 1000 layoff notices, mostly to teachers.
http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_17778498

"LONG BEACH - When teacher Lacey Gilbreath received a pink slip from the Long Beach Unified School District last month, her heart sank.

A teacher at Hill Classical Middle School for more than a decade, Gilbreath thought her job was safe.

"It was a total surprise. I don't know what's going to happen," she said. "I think we're all feeling a little left in the dark."

Hundreds of LBUSD employees gathered in the Wilson High School auditorium Tuesday as part of a weeklong series of layoff hearings. The district has sent out more than 1,100 layoff notices - mostly to teachers - as part $50 million in budget cuts this year."

I find myself wondering how many will be replaced with TFA teachers as is happening in many other cities?
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:51 PM
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24. Hmph!!!
I think it's past time to put to rest their audacious mendacity! They are NOT talking about education REFORM--as you WELL know, madfloridian--AND, as you've posted frequently, and BRAVELY in the face of ridicule from democratic DUers!! These people are talking about privatization AND destroying teachers unions!!! These 'reformers' wouldn't know education reform if it jumped up and bit them on their collective asses!

Can you tell I'm FURIOUS about these LIES?!?!?!

I've said this before on one of your OPs, but it bears repeating: the current assault on teachers and unions is an accountability movement. Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, and the fat cat philanthropists who are driving a stake into the dying heart of public education want someone or something to BLAME for the 'failure' of the system, so they can justify privatization and destroy our unions.

Time to STOP this assault on teachers and unions.


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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:01 PM
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26. We need a real alternative to both parties.
They both really, really suck.
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:43 PM
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27. someone said it on a utube video--this whole
destroy public education movement is a substitute for an effective jobs program.

Jeremy Rifkin wrote "The End of Work" in the 1990's talking about the possibilities involved in a future without jobs. While he had a somewhat benign take on it, the implications are terrifying for all the hordes of "useless eaters" such a situation creates. Without a strong sense of community and commons and equity, these hordes turn on each other. He currently has a book about promoting "empathy". I fear this country is far past any notion of empathy.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:48 AM
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28. The dam has broken because of a Dem President who has sided
with the radical right reconstructionists on education.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:54 AM
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29. Hate to say you are right.
I really do hate to say it. But I will.
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Locrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:01 AM
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30. strip mining mentality
The privatization "free marketeers" see education as just another resource to exploit, milk for cash.

More "Shock Doctrine" Disaster Capitalism coming to a school near you.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:14 PM
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31. It's a war American has lost. Obama was our Benedict Arnold.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 04:15 PM by Jakes Progress
He handed them the keys to the fort. Democrats would have never allowed this to happen with a republican president.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:16 PM
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32. JEB!
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:19 PM
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33. k&r
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 08:22 AM
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35. Recommended.
Still so shocking to me. Dismantling public education. In the USA.
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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:11 AM
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36. It's not that shocking to me.
Americans are too busy watching Jersey Shore and American Idol to give a shit what happens in, or to, public schools.
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