When we published our critique of the ACLU lawsuit back on March 2nd of this year that was supposedly against the disproportionate loss of teachers at some low performing schools because of their lack of seniority, there were some things that made no sense and which were conspicuously ignored by the lawsuit and response to it that we pointed out at that time.
Seven months later we can see that the real target of the ACLU lawsuit was not the disproportionate loss of teachers but rather a not so subtle attack on teacher seniority throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District and elsewhere as part of the agenda to privatize public education while eliminating its most expensive component experienced professional teachers.
The color that interests me most is gray. I do not see it anywhere in most of the discussions regarding education or other important issues that are profoundly effecting our society. Since Arizona passed its racial profiling predisposed law to address the presence of undocumented workers in this country, all I have heard is that it is racist -- which it most surely is. Whether a law is ill-conceived or not, I think one must also raise some of the following points if one ever hopes to find a fair solution to immigration that remains highly problematic.
Rather then design an academic program that specifically address the subjective needs of the student population, those in power propose ideas that are non sequiturs that have no chance of success, because those in power know that successful public education means their demise and an end to the obscene waste that public education continues to incur throughout this country with no significant positive results. Most programs and reforms today accommodate to failure rather than address it.
Back in the 1990s, "LEARN president Mike Roos described [LAUSD] as 'an internal culture of go along and get along. It absolutely swallows any effort at change...nothing permanent will happen till that culture is gone.'" So the obvious question is: If we knew this back then and even before, why are LAUSD and other big city predominantly minority filled school districts allowed to continue causing more damage to American society than Al Qaeda ever dreamed of?
If the Los Angeles Compact's public education reform proposals
that Professor Charles Kerchner talks about in his Huffington Post
or any other proposed public education reform has any chance of
bringing a "dollop of hope" to public education, it must concentrate on
causal factors of present public education failure and not monitoring the effects one at a
timeafter the fact when the horse is already out of the barn. The
"parochialism and pettiness" will not be stopped unless the soil in
which it has flourished for generations is treated to make it toxic for
such counter productive behavior.