Better Late Than Never

For the longest time, nobody wanted to talk about this. With privatizers on both sides of the aisle, the writing has been prominently displayed on the wall in bold and fluorescent colors yet, crickets.

It’s easier to pretend that one side is better than the other than to believe that the left and the right are two wings of the same bird and neither one gives a darn about public education.

But perhaps, the conversation is now open for discussion? Are people finally opening their eyes? Dare I hope or hold my breath?

“Today, Donald Trump seeks a rapid expansion of charter schools and private school vouchers, while his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, touts “school choice” and market competition for public school at every stop. But in private, Hillary Clinton’s donors, dubbed “experts,” also sought rapid charter expansion and market-based options to replace public schools.”

“In previous speeches, Clinton campaign manager John Podesta indicated that recruiting and grooming younger, more compliant teachers was the plan to overcome resistance to corporate education reform over the long term. But in the policy book, Bruce Reed also sets his sights on teaching colleges, claiming “they don’t deliver the goods.”

https://www.alternet.org/money-talked-leaks-show-input-wealthy-privatizers-clinton-education-policy

Equity & Gifted Children: A Father’s Perspective

This is a wonderful article about equity in education (or lack there of) when it comes to gifted students. There were days when I was teaching middle school that I just wanted to scream at someone. (He speaks Spanish, you know that it’s a different language, right? He’s not stupid you know?!? In fact he’s much smarter than anyone in the classroom.) I wonder how many times the average school teacher has felt the same. I wonder how many students we’ve disenfranchised by not meeting their needs? I wonder what’s become of these students?

What I do know is this, if our public education system was run by teachers, parents and local communities instead of profiteers, vulture philanthropists selling their snake oil social impact bonds and greasy edupoliticians sauntering in with their, “Save the Day” grants taking recess away from small children and telling the teachers who know how and want to do the right thing just how it should be done because THEY’RE the experts, then maybe we’d have a fighting chance for ALL kids. We need to start putting up some ethical and legal boundaries around our schools and let the real educators run them.

Why Teachers Suck …

My favorite part is the one about the teacher failing because she doesn’t play the paper game part well. Or perhaps that’s my least favorite part, it hits a little too close to home! Out of the fifty million things we do each and every day, all too often we get evaluated on some arbitrary measure instated by some educrat who is playing the projection game because, in their hearts they know they couldn’t, wouldn’t or didn’t cut it in the classroom. 

Source: Why Teachers Suck …