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  •  I am so discouraged.... (11+ / 0-)

    but before I rant, let me disclose.  I am a retired public educator. I taught in public school for over three decades, retired after 37 years.  I mostly taught 6th grade but over the years did some time as a reading specialist and a few years as the media educator/librarian. I also did several summer semesters teaching graduate school for education students.   I still occasionally substitute.

    Public schools are not perfect.  Not all teachers are great.  Mostly they fall on a curve, just like most professions.  Most of us adults, if we are honest, can look back and see the pattern.   Mostly good teachers, a few great teachers, and sadly, a few bad teachers.  We survived.   For me, when I complained, my mother gave me a life lesson.  She (who was pulled out of school in the 6th grade to labor in a textile mill) looked at me and said calmly, "Honey, I send you to school to get an education.  Whether you like your teacher, whether you think the teacher is (mean/unfair/boring.....) doesn't matter.  It is still YOUR job to get an education."
    I used to tell that story to my sixth grade students.   I wanted them to understand that they were as responsible for their education as was I or their parents.  We were all in it together.

    But the reality is that where humans are involved, nothing is perfect.  A great teacher may not get to 100% of the students 100% of the time.   And an average teacher in one student's eyes could be the best ever for another.

    That said, there is one reality that history has proven over and over.  Where profit is possible, cheating will happen.  When profit is the motive, the fact is that short cuts, skimping on everything from materials to staff, happens.

    PUBLIC education is for all. It has problems that could be fixed but as long as the right, as well as the dems buying into the "competition" makes it better meme, push charters, allow tax incentives for the hedge fund millionaires to make money in charters, we all lose.  Our children lose, our democracy loses.
    If people cannot see what the  privatizing "for profit" loaning to students, for profit "prisons", for profit "advertising pharmaceuticals" etc, etc, etc  have already done to hurt our democracy, I am going to guess they will be too short sighted to see how "for profit" schools hurt us all.

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 06:08:52 PM PDT

    •  If only everyone could read your comment... (1+ / 0-)
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      At one time, charter schools were a good idea. That time is past, as long as the profit motive is involved.

      It's a pity others here can't seem to understand that.

    •  Thank You! (1+ / 0-)
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      While not an educator my spouse was a special education supervisor in a poor district NW of Chicago.  I was amazed at the work all the teachers did in educating those students, and all their students.

      These students were expected at the end of the year to be equal in proficiency to those from the wealthier districts of the North Shore.  Yet if one could measure the rate of change one would conclude that the teachers in the wealthier communities could not compete with the fierce velocity of education that was imparted by the hard working teachers in that poorer community.

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