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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 27th 2010, 04:30 PM
I know I have been feeling some very deep anger recently about the attacks on teachers by our party leaders. I also know it is not just me. I am retired, but lately some of those who are still teaching are reaching out in frustration. Some I have not talked to in years have called, simply confused and hurting from the negativity. What is being done so publicly is having effects locally on teachers, and most simply do not deserve it.

Interesting question and article from the Christian Science Monitor:

Why is Obama taking on teachers' unions right before Election 2010?

The teachers' union vote is reliably Democratic. Yet before Election 2010, widely seen as a difficult one for Democrats, teachers feel that Obama is antagonizing them with his reform agenda.

Why is President Obama pushing so hard against teachers right now, weeks before the election?

..."He also pushed for a longer school year and admitted that his daughters would not get as good an education in the Washington, D.C., public schools as they get at Sidwell Friends, the private school they attend.

“I’ll be blunt with you. The answer is ‘no’ right now,” he said, when asked by a Florida woman whether Sasha and Malia could get the same quality education at a Washington school. He added that “there are some terrific individual schools in the D.C. system” but said that it is “struggling.”

And while Obama emphasized the importance of teachers – and announced plans to recruit 10,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) teachers over the next few years – he clearly seemed prepared to ruffle some union feathers.

“You’ve got to have radical change, and radical change is something that’s in the interest of students,” he said. “We’ve got to be able to identify teachers who are doing well ... and ultimately, if some teachers aren’t doing a good job, they’ve got to go.”

Radical change is wrong if it is not good for the children. Turning education over to billionaires who donate money to get things done their way is radical for sure, but it is wrong.

There is no crisis in education, yet this administration has turned it into a critical situation.

It is reminiscent of the days when there was no crisis in Iraq, yet we invaded them anyway. It reminds me of those days because only the powerful voices are being heard, and the true experts are ignored.

I worry about the anger that is building in the education community. I worry even more because our own party seems totally unaware of it, and in fact is stoking it publicly.

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