Monday, January 16, 2012

"Education Reform" As Collective Bullying

When I see the most powerful, and wealthiest people in this country, representing both major parties, attack public school teachers, it makes my blood boil. The education reform juggernaut, a "big tent movement" incorporating figures ranging from Barack Obama to Chris Christie to Michael Bloomberg to Bill Gates, is not only bereft of research which shows its preferred innovations improve educational achievement, it involves an ugly mixture of stigmatization and coercion that represents collective bullying on a grand scale. I have seen the impact of this campaign first hand in shattered morale, early retirements and premature departure from the profession on the part of our best young teachers. People of courage and vision must come to the defense of our teachers, not only to defend public education as a communal space where creativity and education for citizenship are not smothered by mindless testing, but to defend a vulnerable group of people who are being made the scapegoat for the nation's failures

January 17, 2012


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