WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY ATTACKS ITS TEACHERS?
What kind of society turns against its own school teachers? They are not
the bankers or hedge funders. They did not cause the economy to crash.
These caring and dedicated professionals earn modest
salaries and benefits, and most work hard. Let's remember, they are tasked
with the crucial responsibility
of shaping the nation's next generation of citizens and workers and parents.
They "touch the future."
Suddenly, the richest men in the world---Gates, Koch brothers, etc.---tell
us that breaking teachers unions is urgent! The best way to help students is
to fire teachers! (Never mind that struggling schools already have high teacher
turnover, or that poverty is at the root of many students' struggles).
Why? Denigrating and demoralizing our teachers seems a weird priority.
So, why? Jon Stewart humorously exposed some of the hypocrisy, recently, available here,
in a video. Diane Ravitch calls it a "moment of national insanity," here.
And, Paul Krugman warns that it's a
power grab that could end "government of the people, by the people." He explains here.
Finally, a new report looking
at education systems around the world found that, to improve its schools, the
U.S. should raise the status of the teaching profession, not lower it.
This special edition newsletter features short articles from a principal,
a teacher, a group of parents, and a former teacher. These educators'
and parents' voices are too rarely heard among the media's talking heads.
I hope you enjoy their refreshing and informed perspectives.
Molly A. Hunter, Director of Education Justice, Education Law Center
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