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  •  Yes, I admit it (17+ / 0-)

    I am a self-centered, selfish, lazy incompetent who cares only for money and having the summers off.

    Let's compare education with other professions.

    Health care. Rated as low as 37th in the world. We have the best health care that money an buy. Unfortunately more and more people can't afford it and are falling through the cracks.

    The justice system. We're number one - in incarceration. Consistently. The system is a game. It isn't working and yet we continue to do more of the same. Again, we provide the best justice that money can buy.

    Business. Educators are continually told that we should run education like a business. Are they referring to the system that has produced extremes in wealth, outsourced work,  created the worst economic crisis in decades, where there is little accountability, and where business leaders are rewarded despite the dismal record? That's the system we should emulate? What a joke.

    As an educator, I will be happy to put our record against the records of those three professions.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:47:03 AM PDT

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    •  And you would lose (0+ / 0-)

      Health care - When half of the patients assigned to a nurse die of infection, he/she gets fired.  Half your kids do not read up to grade level, and you get a raise and guaranteed job.

      Business - any professional that still has a job in this economy is working his/her ass off just to keep it.  The successful ones are working evenings and weekends, and coming up with new ideas, methods and procedures to make their companies more efficient and profitable.  Teachers?  They go on strike like here in Chicago because how dare the public want them to be accountable.. and how dare the public not be satisfied that only 40% of their kids even graduate?

      Your record? Your record is the report card those kids are taking home.  The collective record of teachers in this country is abysmal.

    •  Preach on! (3+ / 0-)
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      slatsg, ladybug53, caul

      Not to mention outside of our impoverished schools, US schools are still considered the best in the world.

      I take political action every day. I teach.

      by jbfunk on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 06:27:57 AM PDT

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