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  •  you can rightly accuse me of many things (29+ / 0-)

    arrogance, passion, anger, and in this diary probably incoherence. I will not argue.

    But please remember this -  I am in the classroom, at ground zero for where educational "reform" is supposed to be imposed.  I can tell you the folly of much of what people like Gates and Broad are pushing.  Our school system got, courtesy of a Broad protege, a commitment to a new attendance and grading program that still does not work properly, for which staff was not properly trained (and then the central office blames school-based staff for its failures), and which - perhaps worst of all - resulted in inaccurate transcripts being sent out for college applications for our seniors.  

    I am angry and frustrated.   This "diary" is a screed.  I acknowledge that.  Slam me all you want.  But at least if you read through it to get to this comment, you may have some understanding of how critical things currently are, and how the actions of the Duncan-led (and remember, that is under the vision of Obama) Department of Education could quickly make things disastrously worse.

    Yesterday I heard that Duncan now has a suggestion box at DOE, and is spending some time actually listening to what department employees have to say.  Unfortunately, DOE is perhaps the most politicized of any cabinet department. It is small, it does not take too many people burrowing in from the tenures of Paige and Spellings to create real problems of changing direction.

    I am close to despair.  So what will I do?

    I am getting dressed, going to school, and trying to make a difference for my 180+ students despite the obstacles that are increasingly placed in the way of attempting to make a positive difference.

    Peace?

    do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

    by teacherken on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 03:55:29 AM PDT

    •  about to go in transit to school (6+ / 0-)

      at least 30 minutes later than I had expected.  Will catch up with this when I can.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 04:14:46 AM PDT

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    •  i feel the same (5+ / 0-)

      villon said it best:

      His counsellors are rogues, pardieu!
      While men of honest mind are banned
      to creak upon the Gallows Tree
      and squeal in prisons overmanned.

    •  Do our allies listen to us at Daily Kos? (4+ / 0-)

      I know I rant when I say this, but public education has no friends on the right.  The protectors, drivers and reformers of public education come from the left and must speak to the left.  Those of us who are participants (honest to goodness participants) in public education must go hat in hand to the left.

      But I think we now have a third rail that we cannot touch, and that third rail is the Obama administration and certainly the President, himself.  There is so much that I like about how Obama is handling things but I know, and I'm not happy about it, that he is not our true friend.

      It was one of my colleagues (she teaches about half of my students) who stood up in Costa Mesa and told the President about how she had received her pink slip.  It is another of my colleagues (he teachers about three-fourths of my students) who is the district Teacher of the Year, yet he received his pink slip.

      How can pubic education work, how can anything in education advance, if we cannot even feed and house ourselves?

      The math every eighth-grader is supposed to know while registering for high school- this coming Wednesday's Tutoring Room.

      by algebrateacher on Fri Mar 20, 2009 at 06:07:39 AM PDT

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