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You may remember the NJ Star-Ledger's bizarre endorsement of Chris Christie from last fall. The Star-Ledger editorial board said that Chris Christie was the most overrated governor in the country, that he had few real accomplishments, and that he had and would continue to push policies that are destructive to the environment and the working and middle-class. And then they endorsed him...because Barbara Buono supported teachers' unions and other public sector unions.

Well, in the wake of the never-ending drip of scandals coming out of Trenton, Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger editorial board has decided that the endorsement of Christie was "regrettable."

Here is Moran's defense of the Christie endorsement:

Yes, we knew Christie was a bully. But we didn’t know his crew was crazy enough to put people’s lives at risk in Fort Lee as a means to pressure the mayor. We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy aid as a political slush fund. And we certainly didn’t know that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was sitting on a credible charge of extortion by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Even before this scandal train got rolling, this endorsement was a close call and a split vote among the editorial board. We regard Christie as the most overrated politician in the country, at least until now, a man who is better at talking than governing. We criticized him for trashing the working poor, for his tea party approach to the environment, for his opposition to gay marriage and a livable minimum wage. And so on.

But there is more to it. Christie has made good progress on education with a focus on struggling cities, especially Newark and Camden. His pension and health reforms helped contain public costs that were spiraling out of control.

There we go, the roots of the endorsement lie in Christie's advocacy of corporate school deform and his war against public sector unions.

As David Sirota recently noted in Salon, Christie claimed that pension cuts were necessary because the state had no money...and then doled out generous tax breaks to the NFL in advance of the Superbowl. And he's been doling out the goodies to corporate friends for much of his governorship.

Now, let's see what Moran has to say about Buono:

And let’s not forget his opponent, Sen. Barbara Buono. She was not up to the job of being governor — even in the view of many Democrats. She got the party’s nomination because more credible candidates, including Cory Booker, backed out in the face of Christie’s strength.

And on education, the most important issue for any governor, Buono ran well to the left of President Obama. She embraced the state’s regressive teachers’ union and its relentless efforts to protect bad teachers and stunt the growth of even the best charter schools.

To the left of Obama on education! Quelle horreur!

On education, Buno supported reinstating NJ's equitable funding formula, championed collective bargaining rights, opposed basing teacher evaluations on standardized testing scores, and criticized charter schools and vouchers for sapping away important funds from public schools. THIS HERESY CANNOT STAND.

The Star-Ledger's endorsement reminds me of how many major Democratic donors, particularly those affiliated with Rahm Emanuel, flocked to Chris Christie. Let's look at their reasoning.

"While I do not agree with his stance on every issue, he is one of the best political leaders I have talked to in a long time," said Ken Rosen, a UC-Berkeley professor who cut a $3,800 check to Christie after chatting with him at two events. "He is willing to take on tough issues such as pension reform, education reform, mental-health issues, even if his views are not politically correct."
Corporate education deform and pension cuts are the policies of the bipartisan donor class. The case of Illinois's Democratic Party illustrates this well.

The donors behind the Democratic Party might care about social issues and even the environment (in a vague sort of way), but they'll vote their wallet when they know it's truly at risk. Challenging the neoliberal consensus is verboten.

Originally posted to Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 07:54 AM PST.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.

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  •  The lynch mob is deep! (18+ / 0-)

    It never fails to amaze me how many people out there have lined up against schools, students, and teachers. Tom Moran, Chris Christie, the GOP, fake ass progressives on DKos, and many others have really supported some destructive policies towards schools.

    •  the owners of the papers support the wealthy (9+ / 0-)

      who see an opportunity to privatize the commons and make money. Fees for schools. Fees for managing social security money. Fess for managing 401ks. And low pay  for the workers delivering services. And protections for the favored classes, like physicians, who could easily have been a NAFTA category. A liver in NYC is also a liver in Mexico City or Toronto, after all. Appendicitis is the same in Juarez as it is in Chicago. But NAFTA is only intended to hurt the working classes, not the elite.

      •  Star-Ledger hates NJ Education Association. (3+ / 0-)
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        So what's the test ???

        Christie ran a full blown privatization scheme that attacks Special Needs schools. So what happened to cost per student ???

        -- Prior to Christie getting his way the cost went to $43,000 a year per student. That was northern NJ for 2011-2012.

        -- After privatization, same students in their wheel chairs: $90,000 a year per student.

        This BS costs NJ $47,000 a year per student.

        Budget disaster.

        And multiply by 10,000 students when Christie gets this spread out statewide.

        Total: $470,000,000 a year.

        Damn near half-a-billion a year to implement this Ayn Rand Sucking madness. That what anti-union dogma gets for you.

        "I hesitate to agree with Ted Nugent...."

        by waterstreet2013 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:24:06 AM PST

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        •  Christie wants to do the same thing to 5% (1+ / 0-)
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          of NJ's ordinary schools.

          Fail miserably, so do more of it. And lie about the budget numbers, though that's more what you'll find out about from the Education Law Center in Newark. They have it pretty much nailed down.

          "I hesitate to agree with Ted Nugent...."

          by waterstreet2013 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:26:36 AM PST

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          •  You seem to be among the few people screaming (0+ / 0-)

            about this and it baffles me why others aren't up in arms about it. don't people care if their money is  being wasted? The Ledger did actually do an expose on the private special needs schools and the waste back in Spet or Oct.

    •  The "liberal" Boston Globe... (2+ / 0-)

      ... is as blatantly anti-public union as can be -- unions for teachers, police, firemen, all bad. (Not all that great regarding other sorts of unions, mind you).

    •  Hooray for Cory Booker. (0+ / 0-)

      I see he's trying to undo that reputation with his last couple of votes. Extremely skeptical here in MD, but keeping my eyes on his developing voting record. Maybe the man's had a road to Damascus moment.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:23:24 AM PST

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    •  Advance Publications owns the SL (0+ / 0-)

      Same as the Plain Dealer here in Cleveland. Owned body and soul by big corporate entities. Enemy to ordinary working people. Everyone who gives a damn about education SHOULD be to the left of President Obama, and "talking tough" rarely solves a real problem even if it makes the weenies at the SL feel more macho. Has education in New Jersey actually improved since Christie has been governor? Certainly, destroying teachers won't move it in the right direction.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

      by anastasia p on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 05:24:50 PM PST

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  •  When is what's left of organized labor in this (11+ / 0-)

    country going to wake up and realize they're going to have to fight to expand organized labor?
    They can't just keep on fighting to hang onto their slice of the pie. It's going to have to go global, too.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:08:12 AM PST

    •  When are you going to wake up and support us? (10+ / 0-)

      We in the unions have been fighting this fight for well over a century. We are expanding where the laws are not stacked against us, particularly where Democrats do not join in restricting our rights, and we are international.

      Look at fast-food workers going out on strike. Look at Walmart workers and their supporters demonstrating across the country against poverty wages, and the Walmart billionaires who mooch off Federal assistance to the poor. Look at teachers, whose primary contract demands are to be allowed to teach, and to be accorded a minimum of respect. Look at the movement, decades late, to raise the minimum wage. We are not the ones who forgot the working poor.

      Union rights are minority rights, going back to the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Union rights are women's rights, particularly on harassment and on equal pay and promotion, but on many other issues besides. Union rights are immigrants' rights, most obviously in the Farm Workers Union and on menial cleaning jobs. Union rights here are the foundation for rights for workers in every other country. Union rights are every other economic and non-discrimination right.

      Where were you when Democrats threw EFCA under the bus even though we nominally controlled both Houses of Congress? Where were you when Democratic voters stayed home in 2010 and allowed anti-union state legislatures and governors to loot our pensions and take away our bargaining rights? Where were you when Democrats embraced charter schools and abandoned the idea of free and equal public schools?

      Maybe you should read the labor news before going off half-cocked. Better still, you could come down to a local union hall that hosts Democratic political meetings and join in.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:52:59 AM PST

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      •  I agree with most of what you said, but (3+ / 0-)
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        2010?  Really?  The same Democratic voters who stayed home in 2010 were the same Democratic voters who stay home every freaking midterm.  A lot of people simply don't understand the importance of midterms, and we have yet to find a way to convince them of it.

        There was no great 'We're taking our ball home!' movement in 2010, just the same old same old as always.

      •  As for 2010, I was screaming at people here (2+ / 0-)
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        and elsewhere, who were saying "Dems and the Gop are the same, no reason to vote", that they were idiots.
        And they were.
        I know some unions and some union members are working their asses off.
        I agree totally with the historical importance of unions.
        I understand what you're saying about the forces arrayed against organized labor.

        But I see some unions sticking to parochial concerns (supporting Christie!?) and I don't see a comprehensive strategy and I don't see Solidarity with a capital S, etc.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:52:51 PM PST

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        •  Dear pagan gods of old! (1+ / 0-)
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          Will people on this site stop repeating this goddamned lie!

          Look, if you continue to blame people for betraying you when they in fact stayed loyal under terrible conditions, you are going to eventually lose all of them. People don't like being punished for what they didn't do. Keep excoriating the fictitious whining slacker hippies for a few more years and you will eventually create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

          Why the hell should people keep doing massive amounts of volunteer labor, give money they can't afford to candidates who don't give a shit about their dearest issues, and then turn out to vote for said candidates, if what they get in the end is bad policy and a kick in the face?

          I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:35:23 AM PST

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      •  I'm in favor of labor. (0+ / 0-)

        But labor, I'm sorry to say, is not entirely reliable on economic issues. For instance, where is labor when it comes to John Conyers' Jobs for All bill, HR1000? That's a bill that aims to create full employment in this country, along with extensive job training and retraining, funded by a transaction tax on Wall St. It's good policy, it's pro-working class, and it will help slow down the pace of trading on those damned Bloombergian computers, thus adding a little more stability to the financial sector. There is literally nothing in this bill that labor shouldn't love.

        So where the hell are the unions in support of this bill?

        I'm sorry I'm a little hot under the collar about this. I'm willing to suck up the fact that a lot of unions are standing on the side of the Koch brothers in the KXL Pipeline fiasco, because the Koch brothers and their friends are promising the construction workers 2 years' worth of temporary jobs in exchange for our nation's water supply. I'm willing to remain an ally of labor despite that. But when it comes to turning a cold shoulder on a bill like Conyers', it's just damned inexplicable.

        And by the way, this is absolutely false and has been disproved repeatedly. Meteor Blades himself said that repeating that meme was HR-worthy. Take a look at this diary before you swallow the lie.

        I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:31:43 AM PST

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    •  It's worse than this at a local level (4+ / 0-)

      My husband is a member of our DTC and was recently accosted  by one of the members who is head of the local pipefitter's union. His take on CT Governor Malloy---"good for him to reform the teachers and their union"----he said teachers had it too good and Malloy did the right thing by maligning them. So, it appears we have infighting among the unions themselves.

      "Live right. Think left." Gregory Peck

      by bookwoman on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:09:13 PM PST

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  •  "We didn’t know he would use Hurricane Sandy (10+ / 0-)

    aid as a political slush fund."  
    so that means CC did have a slush fund and misused Federal money.
    and this Moran person knows this.  But somehow still will sing his praises.

    at what point, what cost, and what other dirty deeds have to come to light, for  the media to run from thug CC?

    •  Doesn't matter (5+ / 0-)
      so that means CC did have a slush fund and misused Federal money.
      and this Moran person knows this.  But somehow still will sing his praises
      This is what we get now that only a handful of companies control the media. They push the party line. Our media these days is just as managed as Pravda. Only difference is that it's self censorship imposed by corporations instead of the government.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:52:15 AM PST

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  •  When I lived in NJ the Ster ledger was read for (6+ / 0-)

    local store sales and movies times and using yesterday's paper on the floor for the dogs "accidents".

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:35:37 AM PST

  •  Hmm... ant-union. In New Jersey - (17+ / 0-)

    - with a work force that's perhaps more heavily unionized than anywhere else in the country. Go figure.

    And I'd wager that the people down in the basement running the newspaper's printing presses aren't hourly drones with employment agreements ending in "...and other duties as may be assigned" either. Management's political inclinations being passed off as "news" appears to have won again.

    One of the things that annoys the hell out of me is the duplicity of it all: if you hate unions, teachers and schools, then just come out and say it. Don't obfuscate the issues with the journalistic equivalent of unicorns, pink ponies and fuzzy kittens.

    And as for the last line in this diary: from our experience out here in California, we see that one votes with one's wallet when one's brain is too dysfunctional to decide otherwise.

    •  Exactly - would the editorial maroons at the (14+ / 0-)

      Ledger be happy when teachers are picked up from the kerb to do a days teaching at some charter school? The hate on unions from all quarters is truly astonishing - and is one of the principal reasons for our shrinking middle class.

      We all have issues with the way many unions are run - but instead of working for better union governance Democrats and Republicans team up to marginalize and ultimately eliminate the one power center that is not corporately owned.

      To put this in an historical perspective - what broke the back of feudalism in England was the black death that revealed the aristocracy to be made of the same mortal stuff as everyone else, and also made labour scarce enough they had to be taken into account. As this BBC account shows the 14th century English parliament passed laws in a panic to prevent wages rising and the lower classes from using clothing or food that was above their station.

      Our 21st century corporate aristocrats clearly want a return to feudalism - and seem in an equal hurry to undercut wages and earned benefits. I can't honestly understand why conservatives  (Democrats and Republicans) want to impoverish the country - but they seem more eager to do that than allow someone like Barbara Buono become Governor.

    •  Not sure about the Ledger (1+ / 0-)
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      But I know that the Asbury Park Press, another anti-union, tea party propaganda NJ fishwrapper, was trying to stop a union organizing drive in it's printing plant. I can't recall how it worked out. How can they tell us they are not biased against unions when they were actively fighting one themselves? The hypocrisy, it burns!

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:01:45 AM PST

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    •  It is duplicitous (4+ / 0-)
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      One of the things that annoys the hell out of me is the duplicity of it all: if you hate unions, teachers and schools, then just come out and say it. Don't obfuscate the issues with the journalistic equivalent of unicorns, pink ponies and fuzzy kittens.
      Yeah, the newspapers are for Mom, God, the Flag, America, but the Teacher's Union is for Hitler and Stalin! And the Mob, almost forgot.  I know because I heard it on Fox. snark

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:05:36 AM PST

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  •  it also said it would support (6+ / 0-)

    CC over a Tea partier in GOP contest. Really? A man they say should possibly be impeached for abuse of power? SL just lost all credibility.

    Please don't piss all over my shoes and tell me it is raining. I know better. And you're getting my shoes wet.

    by kaminpdx on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 08:52:31 AM PST

  •  Doesn't surprise me at all.... (14+ / 0-)

    more than a few dems, including the Obama wing of the party, including more than a few so called "progressives" here at daily kos, have bought the corporate reform, charter BS.

    I am constantly amazed at how many progressives are willing to trash teachers, teachers' unions, cause, you know, they or one of their kids had a bad teacher one time.

    What still irks me as a retired educator is how many  people are willing to blame any educational failing of themselves or their child on an educator, but fail to give any educational successes credit to an educator.

    Somehow when it comes to education, even many progressives play the conservative meme "When I succeeded I did it all by myself, but when I failed it was that teacher's fault".

    8(

    “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

    by Jjc2006 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 09:33:59 AM PST

    •  < 10 (3+ / 0-)
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      As far as DKos folks who have imbibed the education deform Kool-Aid, there are really only less than 10 of them in total. I recognize most of them by screen name and a few have disappeared, but sadly I lack their real names to cross-reference with the obituaries so I can properly direct my urine if I happen to be passing the graveyard in which they may be buried.

      •  You may be right (3+ / 0-)
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        but "only 10" seems more like, "how can even one progressive buy the bs" is what I feel.  

        I am sure I have put in some time arguing with a few of those ten.......I finally just stopped reading their nonsensical bs.

        “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

        by Jjc2006 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 12:03:51 PM PST

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        •  I'd say there are only 5 or 6 (0+ / 0-)

          really vocal ones who crop up in every education thread to malign teachers and praise charter schools. I can think of one in particular who seems to overreact from a position of his kid in what he says is a good charter school in New York and thinking everyone owes his precious darling.

          Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

          by anastasia p on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 05:32:58 PM PST

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    •  There are comments in this thread doing just that (2+ / 0-)
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      below is one that states he had " mainly bad teachers in middle school" which has gotta be nearly impossible, given the number of classes and teachers a kid encounters in 3 years of middle school. There are a few bad teachers, but when every teacher is "bad" then the problem is usually not the staff, but the student or his family.....

      •  so what if some teachers are bad (1+ / 0-)
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        there are bad bankers, and bad doctors, and bad psychologists, and bad Santas.  Odds are there will be some bad teachers.

      •  Bad teachers? (2+ / 0-)
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        I've had a couple of real beauts in the years I was in public school (1960-1973) in NJ, but I would never cross a picket line!

        I remember a picket line, as a matter of fact, when I was in third grade. I went up to one of the teachers picketing and asked her why they were out there doing that. Mrs. Chumer (sp?) took a moment to kindly explain to me why they were marching outside the school. Later, I told my Mom what I had seen and what Mrs. Chumer told me. My Mom nodded and told me that Mrs. Chumer was absolutely right.

        What the Christie administration is trying to do to the schools in NJ is a crying shame. It's all about privatization, so his buddies can make big money.

        •  My teachers were ALL bad but ... (0+ / 0-)

          this was years and years ago when teaching in the "better" Chicago public schools (when there was such a thing) was basically a patronage job. Didn't matter. Everyone went to college. Everyone got sky-high SAT scores. Four boys in my high school graduating class went to Harvard. The explanation is simple: all the parents were college educated, upper middle class professionals who impresses on their kids that going to school was your job and you did the work no matter how awful the teacher was because you had to get into a good college. They would say, "Yes we know Miss Gavin is an English and music teacher thrown into teaching science and she doesn't understand it. Just do the work, and if you want to know more, we have an encyclopedia, we will take you to the library or to the Field Museum. We will go down to Kroch Brentano's and buy you books if you want to study more." Education was God in our community.

          Today all those teachers would be considered "good" teachers because we would have done well on standardized testing.

          Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

          by anastasia p on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 05:38:28 PM PST

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  •  Hey Ledger bashing Unions is also destructive (5+ / 0-)

    to the middle class, make up your mind.

  •  I see both ways. (0+ / 0-)

    I was a union member, as were my brother and mother.  My father was a member of the UAW and fought against them shipping jobs to Mexico at the time and was booed by other workers in the factory.  So, I am a big advocate of unions in general.  However, here are my stories...

    I had mainly bad teachers in middle school.  That's where the school district put them if they didn't like them or knew they were bad and didn't want to go through the hassle of firing them and also due to their length of service.  The problem is, middle school is the worst place for bad teachers.  Both because of the pressure of that age group and the building on skills needed in high school and college.

    I've had co-workers filmed at bars at 2:00 in the afternoon and then didn't fill out a leave slip be punished with lost time, but the union got it back for them.  The bar knew their names and where they worked (the state) and had called the police on them for fighting with other people after they got drunk.  But when faced with the contract language for promotional procedures obviously skewed (during negotiations) so the state could do anything they wanted with no consequences, said we had to accept it, no negotiation, no arguments, nothing.  I'm sorry, but it's bull.  Unions need to start looking out for their membership again, not who gets what or gets to go to what function.  

    •  You had mainly bad teachers in middle school? (0+ / 0-)

      Really? For all three years? I'm sorry but after 25 years working in public schools and seeing hundreds of classrooms all over the state as part of my job, I don't buy it. Maybe you had a couple bad ones, but if they were all "bad" then I'm inclined to think the problem wasn't the teachers.....

      •  I didn't say all. (1+ / 0-)
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        Middle school is four years where I am from.  And, mainly, means most, but not all.  There were a few OK to good teachers.  I do have a learning disability (which was not known then), but none of them ever tried to see if they could help, which is also part of the job.  This could have been partially because my father was not liked by the district because he was a Democrat in a small rural area (deep red Republican) where reputation is all.  And I have been out of school longer than you have been working in the public school system and probably in a different state.  This was also  back when teachers were not questioned as they are now.  

        •  Yes, well I taught in public schools (3+ / 0-)
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          starting in 1967.  Do the math.  Retired in 2004 but still sub, less now but in the first five years or so, I subbed a lot.

          I have taught in elementary, in middle school, in college.

          Middle school is teaching is the most difficult imo.  But if I said to you that most of the students who failed in my class, or misbehaved were just bad, would you believe me?  I hope not.  Because human beings, teachers included, are more than just one thing.....there are so many variables in every student and every teacher's life, that no one student can judge, just as no one teacher can judge.  Students doing terribly in one class with one teacher may be shining and soaring with another.  A teacher you saw as bad, may have been viewed as wonderful by another student.

          So I don't believe most of your teachers were bad.  They may have not met your needs, or your expectations but that does not make them bad teachers.  As well, pov from an adolescent is hardly a professional observations].  You may not have liked most of your teachers....doesn't mean they were bad teachers.   Students in that age range have a lot going on, physically and emotionally.  Their perception of reality is a bit skewed.  

          I understand that many consider themselves to be "experts" when it comes to teachers/schools cause, ya know, you went to school.     I have ragged on some of my teachers too.  But here's the difference.  I have walked in their shoes and seen it from both sides.  

          “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Louis D. Brandeis

          by Jjc2006 on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 03:37:07 PM PST

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        •  why not (1+ / 0-)
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          rhauenstein

          doesn't mean teachers are the cause of poor educational outcomes. That's policies and resources and families, there are so many teachers, some won't be great.   And some schools could get stuck with all the teachers no one else wanted, that's possible.  

          •  I think the issue is also where teachers (5+ / 0-)

            teach. I taught with many good teachers, but I also taught with teachers who skated. I taught in the inner city and many of my colleagues were afraid to walk to their cars alone. One woman was afraid to turn her back to the students to write on the blackboard because someone once threw a penny at the back of her head.

            I knew teachers who stayed awake for days at a time working on their lesson plans and trying to come up with motivational techniques. However, I knew many who taught just to the requirements so they could get by another term. I am union through and through, but a good percentage of teachers I worked with were not worthy to teach someone how to use a napkin.

            Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature...Einstein

            by tazz on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 07:02:22 PM PST

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            •  that's the down side (1+ / 0-)
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              and it cries for reform, but historically teachers fought for better teaching conditions, safer school, better equipment, they fought for their students, not only their own salaries, and without job security, it would be too easy for disgruntled but powerful parents to get rid of anyone.  And without decent salaries it would be impossible to get career teachers who didn't take a vow of poverty.

  •  Buyer's Remorse (2+ / 0-)

    Who forced to the paper to endorse Christie? They could have not endorsed neither candidate and explained why, but choose to go for Christie.

    I think Zimmer's testimony was the last straw, and had a Lee Atwater moment.

  •  Fuck the Star-Ledger (7+ / 0-)

    I support unions.

  •  Booker had sufficient name & $ to expose Christie (1+ / 0-)
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    by running against him.

    That is my takeaway from this extract from the diary's quotes:

    we knew Christie was a bully. ... We regard Christie as the most overrated politician in the country, ... a man who is better at talking than governing. We criticized him for trashing the working poor, for his tea party approach to the environment, for his opposition to gay marriage and a livable minimum wage. And so on.

    ...Cory Booker, backed out in the face of Christie’s strength.

    Luckily Christie self-imploded, greatly increasing the likelihood of Hillary (and any other Democratic nominee) being our next President.

    I predict that the Booker will not go higher than the Senate unless and until he stops taking the path of least resistance.

    •  Schizo much, Star Ledger? (2+ / 0-)
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      They criticize Christie for being against a living wage, but they were even more upset with Buono for supporting unions. Uh guys? One candidate was advocating for policies that hurt working people, especially the working poor. And you endorsed him. The other candidate was in favor of the solution that's been shown over and over again as the surest, most effective method of helping workers. And you shit-canned her.

      Today? Your all-powerful superhero of a governor is crumbling on his feet of clay, and you're all sorry and stuff. Did you learn anything, or do you again knuckle under to the next high-flying bully? Magic 8 Ball says "Signs Point to Yes."

  •  Buono was irrelevant. (0+ / 0-)

    She was down by 20+ points, and had no clear plans of her own except for threatening Christie's school reforms. No one wanted to be seen as supporting a sure loser, so the star ledger ended up endorsing Christie despite disagreeing with many of his policies. Of course, who would have predicted what would come later...

  •  And this is why it's dangerous to vote for (0+ / 0-)

    conservative Democrats. Because once elected, they get into leadership positions and get control of the party's campaign money--like they have now. And then they withhold it from Democrats like Barbara Buono and Rob Zerban, and enable Republicans like Chris Christie and Paul Ryan. Because actually they are closer in spirit to Chris Christie and Paul Ryan than they are to Buono and Zerban. And they don't actually give two shits about Democratic majorities.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:20:05 AM PST

    •  If this site, which is about electing "more and (1+ / 0-)
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      better Democrats" wants to remain relevant, it will have to address this issue. Otherwise, we're simply complicit in a lie that everything is about advancing Team Blue, when in fact everything is about advancing a certain political and economic ideology which is anti-middle class, to put it mildly.

      I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 09:21:55 AM PST

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  •  To paraphrase a well-known conservative... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Get a brain, Moran!"

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 03:51:03 PM PST

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