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  •  All of this is true, but only.... (4+ / 0-)
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    for those of us who jumped into teaching with all 4 feet.  The pathetic irony of our political environment is that it:

    1. Politicizes public education.
    1. Keeps transferring responsibility for failure to those who are most instrumental in success.
    1. Has a tiger by the tail; the politicians cannot now say, "Oh.  We were only kidding.  Teachers and their unions are doing a 'heck of a job'."

    Will there emerge a true leader and a leader of truth to solve the demise of public education problem?  Will such a person have the steel to overcome disinformation on a grand, national scale?  How will the right and the left be reconciled such that our children regain some stature in education so they can be competitive with the rest of the world?

    "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

    by dolfin66 on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 06:02:30 AM PST

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    •  very good questions. (3+ / 0-)
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      One comment I heard in ed school was that "The US has one of the most politicized public education systems in the world."  This came from two sources--one a teacher with experience teaching overseas in schools on US military bases; the other a special education researcher looking at international perspectives on learning disabilities.

      I had a hard time wrapping my mind around that concept and I still do (a nonpolitical public education system?  Nah, can't be.).  But looking at the wreck that public education has become in the past seven years of aggressive political meddling in the system, I've got to agree.

      Unfortunately, I think that both right and left are demonizing education at this time for their own purposes, none of which are particularly good.

      •  It goes all the way back.... (1+ / 0-)
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        to Reagan's administration when he directed his SecEd. to find a way to eliminate the cabinet position and department.  He couldn't do it.  I've written a diary about this series of regressive events.

        Newt Gingrich's infamous "Contract With America" also called for the disassembling of that and public education.  In their tiny right wing brains, everybody should go to private schools while the public pays for it.  Isn't that their right to stealing?

        I think there are some really, really evil people afoot who want a plutocratic oligarchy, not a Democracy, and they want to be the plutocrats.  George Orwell would be in apoplexy if he saw what we have today.

        "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

        by dolfin66 on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 09:08:11 AM PST

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