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  •  We have frenemies among the Democrats (9+ / 0-)

    Although some Democrats from Barack Obama on down profess their commitment to quality education, I have to question their judgement. How can turning over our educational system to profit-driven, power-hungry mega-corporations advance American education, especially working class education?

    They have made "reform"  a dirty word because it seems the goal, at least for working class schools, is to create scripted topdown curricula locked into hi-stakes testing. Where is there room for original thinking, free spirited open class discussion and the creation of art, music, literary and science projects?

    If unions are broken and teachers become low paid script readers for Corporate America, where is our economic innovation, intellectual creativity and political democracy going to go?

    "Don't believe everything you think."

    by BobboSphere on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:40:32 AM PDT

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    •  Checked out your profile. (5+ / 0-)

      Cool.  There are many more "anachronisms" even downstate than you can imagine.

      Here is a relatively generalized article from Jacobin magazine on liberal reformers and the TFA from a professor who helps train secondary history teachers at Illinois State University.  Hopefully, it will provide a taste.  See http://jacobinmag.com/...

      For those who have a subscription to the NY Times check out http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/...

      Keep up the good work, Bobbo!

      •  Thanks for the links... (6+ / 0-)

        I have reposted the TFA article on the Chicago Teacher Solidarity Campaign FB page. A "Teacher Corps" that actually addressed the real issues in American education would be a welcome thing. TFA is not that kind of Teacher Corps.

        In regards to my DK profile, I've been a socialist all my life. If wanting social justice for the working class is an anachronism in our time, well I'm a stubborn SOB. Socialism is my story and I'm stickin' to it :)

        "Don't believe everything you think."

        by BobboSphere on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 07:39:09 AM PDT

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    •  It totally breaks my heart (0+ / 0-)

      as the product of Chicago Public Schools in the 60s, when the local school was the mainstay of the neighborhood and a community unto itself. My parents were passionate believers in public education. My mother worked her way up from president of our grade school PTA, to high school PTA president, to Chicago region PTA president, to Illinois state PTA president. After we left school, she chaired the League of Women Voters' Illinois state education committee and was president of the Chicago region League of Women Voters.

      I think I took one standardized test in eight years in elementary school and it was for placement in high school honors classes. How did we ever succeed without annual testing?

      What especially saddens me is knowing that as much as my parents believed in public education — my mother's mother taught at the Von Humboldt elementary school for 45 years, my father was able to finish school and go to college when he came to this country by attending public schools (in Fort Wayne, Indiana) — if we were in school today we would definitely be attending University of Chicago Lab School. The schools today are not a viable choice for middle class families who care about education.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:52:03 PM PDT

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