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    We are not doing a good enough job of communicating to the public why charter schools, more testing, and more "reform" are a raw deal not only for the teachers, but also for parents and students.

    Teachers are not standing in the way of "needed reforms;" they are standing up for public education.  How we win the war is to convince the people that what's in the teachers' interest is in their interest, too.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:20:10 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. I was talking with a very liberal person (1+ / 0-)
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      today, who (as a businessperson) didn't see what was wrong with merit pay.

      I pointed out how charter schools can push out kids with learning disabilities, or kids with behavior problems, or ESL learners.  (Indeed, if they don't have qualified staff, they can't take ESL students.)  I pointed out how the public school teachers have to deal with kids as they show up, with whatever skills or baggage or problems they have... whatever disabilities they have.

      I reminded him how constricting it is for teachers to have to "teach to the test", and opined that my best teachers certainly didn't do that.  

      Plus, as one young lady said on Democracy Now Monday, these reforms result in things like schools losing their A.P. classes -- and the kids protesting to get them reinstated.  These are kids of color in poor neighborhoods, largely -- did my privileged white ass care that much about A.P. classes when I was in school?  Did my classmates?  I doubt it.

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      by cai on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 07:34:58 PM PDT

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