Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Ed Etc.

It's not very likely WCSD superintendent Pedro Martinez will get a lousy review from the board.

Speaking of Pedro Martinez, he needs to be a bit more careful about moving failed principals into new principal jobs.

Apparently he hasn't reviewed personnel files of failed principals before putting them back in to "run" schools they are incapable of running.

No word yet on the former Lemmon Valley E.S. principal who was put on leave.

Philadelphia has declared open warfare on its public school system:

In an attempt to obscure the essential class nature of the budget, PFT president Jerry Jordan in a public address called the job eliminations an “immoral act.” Despite the appeals to morality, Jordan offered little by way of means to defend public education, rather calling on “Philadelphia taxpayers” to join him in a protest stunt outside the governor’s office later this month. Jordan has often complained of the “unfair” nature of the budget cuts, obscuring the essential role his union had in forcing past concessions on its membership, including under his tenure.

The efforts to eliminate teacher’s protections are of a piece with the drive to transform public education as a whole into a for-profit enterprise, carried out on a bipartisan basis by both Democrats and Republicans, as is enshrined in the Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” program. Under this program, impoverished schools are forced to compete among themselves through the implementation of standardized tests and merit pay for teachers. Should districts fall behind on grades or fail to implement attacks on educators, schools are either shut down or turned over to for-profit charters.

The Obama administration has presided over a general attack on public education throughout his presidency, laying off more than 300,000 teachers and shuttering over 4,000 schools since taking office. Through his administration, the ruling class is attempting to foist the impact of the 2008 financial crisis onto the backs of workers through the elimination of basic social programs, including health care, unemployment benefits, and education.

I have to agree.

The Gates Foundation thinks teachers are stupid and is trying to save face. It won't work because the "reforms" it proposes at its core demonizes teachers in its attempt to foist "online learning" on children who NEED to have real teachers, not a bunch of prepackaged bullshit.

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