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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Mar 13th 2010, 11:15 PM
And I can tell you why that is happening. It is happening because the process of discrediting public schools and their teachers has been succeeding far more under this administration than it did during the Bush years.

It is the same agenda with a little different terminology being used.

The Republicans could never have gotten this privatization of education completed because the Democrats would have fought them on it.

It is now being accomplished under the Obama administration. The disrespect for public school teachers is growing more quickly in that environment.

It was always meant to be this way. That the Democrats would complete the dream of Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich to have free market schools.

Former Bush official explains why the agenda is going through now.

Diane Ravitch answers a blogger

Hi, Fred,

I think that Bush wishes he could have imposed the agenda laid out in Race to the Top, but he would have had to fight against the Democrats in Congress. They would never have supported a plan that bribed states to lift the caps on charter schools–far too intrusive, and many would have seen this as privatization. Nor would they have supported a federal requirement that states remove any legal restriction on linking teacher evaluations to student test scores–not only because it is offensive to teachers, who know that they are not solely responsible for their students’ scores, but because the research does not support this idea.

So, do I think that Duncan is carrying forward Bush’s agenda? Yes, beyond the dreams of Margaret Spellings, and without the opposition of the Democrats in Congress.

But please, tell me, do you think I am wrong? Do you like the fact that a Democratic administration is promoting charters, private management, merit pay, and high-stakes testing for teachers?

Diane Ravitch


There is no accountability prescribed for the students and their parents. In fact the entitlement argument is being used to get parents attacking public schools. This was Jeb's favorite method of all. He told the minority and poor children that the schools were failing them, and they must have choice of another type of school.

Odd, isn't it. He stressed only the poor and minorities needing a choice of schools. Wonder what that is about. I hate to think he was manipulating them.

This administration under Arne Duncan blames only teachers if the students don't perform well. They are using the parents to push through their private agenda, so they are most certainly not critical of them.

The only way this whole thing works is to make teachers the scapegoats for other factors that affect learning...poverty, lack of supportive parents, illness, learning problems, different abilities to learn.

That's why it is working. Arne was put in to close the schools and turn them into charters, and he is succeeding.

It is working, contempt is growing. Several times today alone I was told that I did not care about the students, that I did not know what I was talking about.

Yes, I do know. Thirty three years in the school trenches gave me insight and caring and knowledge that those like Arne and Obama do not have. But then no one is talking to educators about the "reform".

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