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  •  It is a push against a safety net... (19+ / 0-)

    Yes, we don't see a lot politicians criticizing police or firefighter's unions, or those who do such work (who are primarily men).  The police, in particular, are now seen as a wing of the military, which is always supported without question by both Democrats and Republicans.

    The work of teaching is tied to a notion of the social contract (we all benefit from an educated populace and the ability for kids to lift themselves out of poverty through education), which is an anathema to Republicans and, apparently, not supported by Third Way Democrats.

    I spend my days teaching the poorest kids, who are clearly ignored by our politicians.  Every day, I see the huge holes in our nation's safety net, as my students only eat 1-2 meals each day or wear the same clothes until they're threadbare.

    And, I know my Democratic Party, who once really fought for us, has now moved to the center-right - and are completely indifferent to the world of my students and me.

    We cannot solve the problems that we have created with the same thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein

    by CarolinW on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:26:03 PM PDT

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    •  I'm in the same boat. (3+ / 0-)
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      Chi, pdxteacher, quill

      38 years of working with poor kids.  I love them to death, but it is hard, hard work.  Teachers in other parts of my large district who work in the wealthy schools have no idea of the extra work those of us in poor schools must do just to accomplish the most basic things.

      “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

      by musiclady on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 07:25:58 AM PDT

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      •  Oh yes indeed (1+ / 0-)
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        I taught in two urban districts--one large, one small--in the course of my teaching career.
        Most of my colleagues were better, more creative, and definitely more hard-working than teachers in more wealthy school districts.
        You simply don't last long in a high-needs placement if you aren't.
        Duncan, like Michelle Rhee, actually didn't teach long before deciding to move into administration.
        He claimed that Chicago teachers weren't doing their jobs ver well because his mother taught numerous illiterate children to read in her small after-school academic clinic.
        What's appears to have been overlooked is the fact that
        1. His mother worked with very small groups of children, or individual children, which is the way reading remediation is done in public schools if it's funded. In urban schools, that's often a big if.
        2. The children his mother worked with we're a self-selected group, which automatically means different motivation.
        Duncan should have been gone long ago.

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