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  •  Do not tell me where or who or what (6+ / 0-)

    I am.

    I'm quite sure I am more aware of that than you. While there is a connotation of war embedded in the phrase, it's certainly not unwarranted in terms of speaking about ones' responsibility to other human beings' lives... literally and materially because education can be the absolute difference between dire poverty and employability. Likewise, it can be the difference between being able to make critical decisions in ones' life to not being able to do so, some of which can also materially impact a person in huge ways. I, like many human beings, see education as the one thing that can truly make a difference. That is why NGO's and such worldwide prioritize literacy advocacy, for example. It may seem like a small thing to some, but many of the students I work with are profoundly disadvantaged by their language backgrounds and cannot gain employment due to it. Thus school.

    And I have no idea what you mean by fleeing the trenches once a teacher gains seniority. I'm a non-tenure track adjunct professor married to a fully tenured professor. Neither one of us holds a very different attitude toward our work. My partner has had vastly superior job offers in other places, but we cannot move because I am raising a child with another previous husband. Like all people, most teachers have life situations that dictate constraints on them.

    But all this aside, your words paint a Republican-esque caricature of teachers. Why? Where did you acquire your stock point of view? It's intriguing.

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    by mahakali overdrive on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 06:24:25 PM PDT

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    •  From Wall Street, is my guess. (5+ / 0-)
      But all this aside, your words paint a Republican-esque caricature of teachers. Why? Where did you acquire your stock point of view? It's intriguing.
      From his profile:
      Former Wall Streeter.

      Now works in education...some may think this implies a "vested interest" in educational policy, so it's disclosed here.

      Lives in Manhattan with wife and daughter.

      Is also a landlord.

      It's possible it's just a natural attitude with him, and helped him migrate to Wall Street. But it is certain that all his arguments lead to privatization of public education. Draw your own conclusions.
    •  The statistics say... (0+ / 0-)

      ...that teachers flee.

      Inexperienced and non-tenured teachers are concentrated in the inner-city.  Those are the numbers.

      I don't blame teachers for avoiding tough schools. Teachers are making a rational, value-maximizing, fact-based decision when they flee inner-city schools.

      What I want to know is how can we change the calculus of that decision?

      •  Statistics do not say why (0+ / 0-)

        The "why" and not the "what" is the important thing. That way, a solution lies.

        Citation for "statistics say"? Thanks.

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        by mahakali overdrive on Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 11:09:11 PM PDT

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