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Let's keep this kicked for a while.... yes?
Seems as though "teachers are revolting." Well, I could have told you that. But so are parents, non-parents and everyone who cares about education. ( Shhheeeeezzz: even *school administrators*. Holy jumpin' catfish!)
'Bout time, sez I. *Past* time, really. Let's keep this kicked.
Teachers Demand Arne Duncans Removal
January 29, 2012 By Mark Naison 8 Comments
Barack Obama, Arne Duncan
Educators Letter to President Obama Now Online and Ready For Signatures
Here is the link to the Educators Letter to President Obama that asks him to withdraw his support of policies which mandate high stakes testing, to include teachers and parents in all educational policy discussions in his administration and replace Sec of Ed Arne Duncan with an educator who has the confidence of the nations teachers. Please sign and circulate widely!http://dumpduncan.org/
Dear President Obama,
We, the undersigned, a cross section of the nations teachers and their supporters, wish to express our extreme displeasure with the policies implemented during your administration by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Although many of us campaigned enthusiastically for you in 2008, it is unlikely that you will receive continued support unless the following three dimensions of your administrations education initiatives are changed:
The exclusion of teachers from policy discussions in the US Department of Education and from Education Summits called under your leadership.
The use of rhetoric which blames failing schools on bad teachers rather than poverty and neighborhood distress.
The use of federal funds to compel states and municipalities to use student test scores in the evaluation of teachers and as the basis for closing low performing schools. (more at link)
"But to avoid being labeled a tool of the foundation, the document said the group should maintain a low public profile.
Overlooked overview of how Gate$ corrupts politics , education, journalism and public discourse itself.
With apologies to Christopher Hitchens, it could be subtitled "How Gates Money Poisons Everything."
What a world.
Edit to add: STAY WITH this one, folks. I wouldn't undertake to read this either but I'm a p.s. teacher and see the human cost of Gates'..... ummmmm...... "philanthropy" everyday of my life. His corruption of EVERYTHING ELSE as a byproduct of of his PS jihad should concern *everybody*. Not just teachers.