1(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) I say that parents and citizens were duped by school boards and politicians into becoming angry at teachers, so public education would fail, so that charter schools and privateers would thrive. The lobbyists write the spin and the media delivers it. Joy Resmovitz wrote recently on The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/17/teachers-trusted-more-than-unions-survey_n_928852.html that a recent Gallup poll found that: "three of four Americans have 'trust and confidence in public school teachers,' with an even higher rate of trust among public school parents, college-educated respondents and those younger than 40 years old. Three out of four respondents indicated they believe teachers should have more flexibility over their own lessons."(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) The reform of the evaluation process is the first step in honoring teachers. The criteria and the methods for GENUINE, AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT of performance exists and can be found in The American Educator and education periodicals and forums. Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten are just two of the voices of reform that discuss GENUINE EVALUATION there, and in education forums. We do not need your cockamamie schemes and cynical words. American teachers do not need you to invent 'reform.' Your ideas have dishonored us for too long, to be fooled by your rhetoric now. You sir, are not an educator but a politician who can say what you will, but we teachers know the truth of what you stand for. We see all that you have done toward the goal of privatizing education.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) It is insane and it makes me want to cry for our country's future, because these 'kids' will not be kids for long. In no time they are uneducated adults, incapable of doing the real work, the critical analysis that is required in today's workplace. No one makes widgets in this country anymore, and those who cannot think or analyze, as Bob Herbert wrote this week, will be relegated to the lowest paying labor. Just as fanatics have hijacked a wonderful, peaceful religion, so have profiteers and the billionaires hijacked our public institutions, purchasing the support of the media to put out the destructive misinformation and outright lies that have brought public education to an end. Put your 'money' where your 'mouth' is, and report on the genuine research that expert academics have presented on evaluation.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) We need to change the national conversation from one about teaching back to one about learning. In the place of genuine discussions of the methods and policies that promote learning, the media has presented a national rant about teachers-- focusing on teacher evaluation, and the 'imperative' to rid the system of the bad ones. The conversation about learning has been stolen by the very bureaucrats who administer these broken school systems. These politicians and businessmen -- deemed 'experts' because they served as chancellors and superintendents - crashed the system, and yet, they are currently the ones directing the national conversation for their own personal agendas and profit. They are pointing the public in the wrong direction.
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Subverting The National Conversation: A lesson on how it is done! by Susan lee Schwartz with thanks to Kevin Gosztola
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NYC and LAUSD Public Schools- The Coast to Coast Homogeneity of Purposefully Failed Public Education by Susan Lee Schwartz
The National Conversation Required to Change Public Perceptions on Public Education by Susan Lee Schwartz(La conversación nacional necesaria para cambiar las percepciones públicas sobre la Educación Pública por Susan Lee Schwartz)