Quote of the Day

It goes to teacher Dan Clawson commenting on the out-of-state-funded push to weaken teacher protections in Massachusetts (and here’s the reality in charter schools, by the way)–because Massachusetts only has one of the best educational systems in the world (boldface mine):

The Massachusetts ballot question sends the implicit message that billionaires know best, that they are more dedicated to public schools than the teachers who spend their lives there, at unimpressive salaries, working in under-resourced schools serving poor kids…

Stand for Children and its allies, like Teach for America, find seniority unimportant—they prefer graduates from elite institutions who parachute in to teach for a year or two, quit because the work is too demanding and doesn’t pay enough, and then spend the rest of their lives explaining that long-time teachers lack dedication.

What these groups recommend for the poor is the opposite of what prevails in the elite prep schools their own children attend. Prep schools have far less high-stakes testing, a shorter school year, and lots of enrichment and sports.

Read the whole post. All the ‘progessives’ who went along with this crap were nothing more than useful idiots.

While I’m working on a longer version of this, something to consider: rather than recognizing the remarkable progress over the last forty years, corporate and conservative Democrats and their financial backers, along with the useful idiots, have argued that the U.S. system is ‘failing.’ Did they not think that this would weaken teachers and their unions who are a reliable part of the Democratic base?

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2 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. To listen to the media, or to Barack Obama, or Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, the biggest problem with education is lousy teachers and the unions that defend them. And pundits are right that the quality of teaching matters. It explains about 10 percent of the variation in how much children learn, which makes it the second most important factor.

    By far the most important factor, explaining 50 percent of the variation in how much children learn, is the family’s social and economic position. A child’s social class is five times as important as his or her teacher. If we want to improve student test scores, the most important thing we can do is create a more equal society: strengthen unions, tax the rich, fund social programs.

    This really is the money quote from the original post. Poverty is the “gift that keeps on giving”.

  2. joemac53 says:

    Reality sucks for these reformers. Ignore it at all costs. They can’t make as much money from fixing the problem as they can from selling the problem.

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