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    for a simple straightforward common sense perspective on schools and students and parents with the authority of personal experience; and without the g-dawful politics and lies and propoganda that infects everything that comes out of the mouths and from the pens of the school "reformers", that makes honest commentary almost impossible.

    Testing and accountability and charter schools and proficiency and value-added analysis and goals and assessment and reform itself - all words that have been corrupted beyond redemption. Those that came to help with good intentions have found their movement hijacked by politicians and fraudsters and greedheads and opportunists and exploiters at every turn and from every profession. These have tried to demonize teachers, they have tried to tarnish the hard, exhausting, sacred work of adopting 100 children and trying to guide them and motivate them to learn, to work, to think, to understand, to appreciate. They campaign every day in the media and in government, while teachers every day go to work and do their jobs and try to stay unaffected. These lying sabatoeurs have covered themselves in mud and ugliness and the public is learning not to trust any of them.

    Yes, this comment illustrates itself. The state of discourse regarding education is terrible, and it will be a long road back to where objective commentary becomes possible again.

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