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View Diary: The problem with NBC's Education Nation -  where are the voices of parents and teachers? (279 comments)

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  •  Cory Booker is a good choice (2+ / 0-)
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    John Legend is interesting. He probably doesn't have a corporate agenda and is genuinely interested in helping kids.

    •  Lot of people are genuinely interested (3+ / 0-)
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      in helping kids.  Does that mean they bring to the table sufficient knowledge and understanding that they should be present and other voices, such as those of classroom teachers, are not present?

      Mayors of large cities are rightly concerned about the issue schools.   Do we need four of them, and no classroom teachers, not even either of the two most recent National Teachers of the Year, who are supposed to function as the voice of America's teachers?

      See the problem?

      There are some on that list to whom one might object in principal -  as I do to the president of the University of Phoenix.

      There are some whose positions in no way demonstrate an expertise on education.

      For the others, why four mayors and no teachers?  Why three governors and no teachers?

      To remind people about what candidate Obama said about medical reform, the corporations were entitled to seats on the table, just not all the seats.

      Where are the seats for teachers?  Where are the seats for parents?   30+ people, two of whom are from parent organizations and one of whom is from a union, but has not herself taught for many years and then briefly.

      It cannot be a true national conversation when important voices and points of view are systematically excluded.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 07:23:04 AM PDT

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      •  A quick note about Weingarten (0+ / 0-)

        The irony in (possibly) setting her up to be representative of teachers'-union obstructionism is that of the two major teachers' unions, the AFT under her leadership has actually been more amenable to the kinds of changes that people like Rhee and Klein want.  This has gotten her in hot water with some of her membership.

        Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

        by Linnaeus on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 08:22:18 AM PDT

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