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Think Obama will walk the picket line with the Chicago teachers?

BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Too funny. I crack myself up.

[pounds head on desk]

Two candidates who hate unions and want to bust them...

Two candidates that want to gut Social Security and Medicare...

It's GENIUS!!!!!

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Submitted by Lex on

that young, liberal lion who's happy to gut the CPS and sell of the city's children to the lowest bidder.

He hasn't fulfilled that promise yet, has he and he's had a few opportunities to walk the walk.

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Submitted by goldberry on

Obviously, the Chicago Teachers Union and all of the other underpaid chicagoans are just doing this to make Obama look bad. They're all racist, Republicans. Sure, that would make them unlikely to also be striking union members but the spinmeisters will make it work.

BTW, why aren't those teachers working for free??

Submitted by Hugh on

Working conditions are an important battle line. I have a nephew that taught underprivileged kids in New York City for something like 6 years. The school administration was pressing the teachers for even more unpaid work than they already were doing which was substantial. The school didn't have a union rep so my nephew became the spokesman for the teachers. The teachers union in NYC is weak. The administration treated my nephew like he was from Mars and began criticizing him for his like of "enthusiasm". Lack of enthusiasm is apparently code for not kowtowing to the administration and its demands for more unpaid time. My nephew figured if he went back to the school, the administration would trash his evaluations. So at least for now he has left teaching entirely.

What is so stupid, wasteful, and ultimately telling about this is that after 5-6 years, the NYC school system, and more importantly its students, had in my nephew a good, competent, experienced teacher, and the system didn't want him. It wanted obedient drudges even if they were more inexperienced and less qualified or rather precisely because they were those things.

I can't help but think that what is going on in Chicago is similar. They are being whippedsawed in seven different directions by the city, by the school administration, by severe chronic underfunding, by the ongoing legacy of No Child Left Behind's test the students and grade the teachers philosophy, by parents who look on public schools as free daycare, and by a societal absence of respect for teachers and lack of emphasis on education.

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

Have you read it or see Paul Taylor Gatto on line? He taught in NYC for 30 years before going public with his criticism. Taught a few blocks from where I lived but didn't know it because I had no kids.
You can get his book online.

Here in Montana there are still quite a few one room schoolhouses. Makes more sense than dividing kids by age. The right wing home school crowd love Gatto, but he comes from the anarchist/left libertarian tradition of having education as my educator father said, "custom made not mass produced."

May not agree with all of it, but very thought provoking. I started to rethink education during the Occupy movement last year when there were teach-ins and free college courses taught by professors from MIT and Harvard and NYU.