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  •  Tipped and rec'd for raising a fascinating (1+ / 0-)
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    Linda Wood

    and needed discussion.

    That said, I don't know that I agree with you 100%. I speak as a teacher--a currently unemployed one, who still must pay off loans--and one who has worked in around schools in one capacity and another for a long time.

    I simply don't see education reform as black-and-white. I think there IS excellent teaching that goes on in certain charter schools--as Diane Ravitch herself would heartily agree--despite the shoddy premise on which they're established, i.e., "public schools do a lousy job" (never mind that they're severely ill-funded and serve dirt-poor students with uninvolved parents).

    No, it isn't about test scores. You can goose those; teachers and administrators who want to keep their jobs, can and often do.

    But this statement here:

    Instead, we must unmask the racist and classist policies and practices hiding beneath the metrics debate surrounding GF, TFA, and KIPP (as prominent examples of practices all across the country and types of schools).

    Do GF, TFA and KIPP, really have a monopoly on racism in the education field? What about teacher's unions? Are they free from social bias, including racism? If they'd truly been nimble, and adapted well to the changing face of society, would K-12 education be in the straits it's in today? For that matter, are teacher's unions a net "good" in society? Boy, people could argue that one to me--argue it well--either way.

    About teacher's unions the one in my local district is an expensive behemoth, sclerotic. With all due respect to the knowledgeable and good-hearted union officials who have helped me personally over the years, I just don't see how the union isn't perpetuating the very bureaucracy it decries.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 11:17:58 AM PDT

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      I never once say that GF, KIPP, and TFA have a monopoly on racism; in fact, I recognize that the public allows and even perpetuates GF, KIPP, and TFA because racist/classist ideology is still deep in our culture and then our institutions (including public schools).

      This piece is about "no excuses" as a racist/classist ideology. It is already a long piece; I couldn't very well steer into even more...But I am a critic of unions as bureaucracies for the exact reason you note

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