The Theocratic Right and Teacher Tenure

As we’ve discussed many times here, that education ‘reformers’ have nothing to say about the infiltration of creationism into school curricula–and even align themselves who those who either cynically abet or outright support the bastardization of our science curricula–is something that is almost never raised, even as it puts the lie to the notion that they believe in ‘students first’ (to use a phrase). Not surprisingly, Digby is one of the few people who also has made this connection (boldface mine):

I’d just like to point out to the Obama campaign lobbyist in question Robert Gibbs, in case he and the rest of these idiot so-called liberals don’t know it: the reason teachers have tenure is so that throwback neanderthals can’t fire them for teaching reality instead of superstitious nonsense. The idea that the Republicans are worried about “bad teachers” when they encourage the practice of kids being taught at home by parents who aren’t qualified to teach someone how to get up in the morning is a joke. They want to make sure that children are indoctrinated in their worldview….

So before any liberals get on the education “reform” bandwagon they really need to consider what these conservatives consider bad teaching. It likely isn’t what they think it is.

I blame creationism on the teachers unions.

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1 Response to The Theocratic Right and Teacher Tenure

  1. harrync says:

    Another “good” educational idea that may cause harm in the long term: Head Start. Has anyone done a study of what percentage of its fundings go to pre-school programs that indoctrinate religion? I suspect it may be well over 50%, and that this may be one reason religiousity remains relatively high in the US, while falling in Europe. [I tried a google search a few months ago, but could not find a really clear answer. The New York Times had an article that outlined the problem – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/education/private-preschools-see-more-public-funds-as-classes-grow.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 – but no definitive statistics. It basically said that a lot of the money was going to private (including religious) schools, and that the religious schools acknowledged they indoctrinated, but claimed that they used their own money for that, and that the government subsidy went to only secular teaching. That article did draw a lot of good comments.]

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