Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Real Reform and Faux Reform, by Tracey Douglas

Teachers have been advocating for real reform: fully funding education especially at the most high-needs schools; implementi­ng a deep, well-round­ed, developmen­tally appropriat­e curriculum­; reinstatem­ent of vocational education; smaller class sizes; eliminatio­n of high stakes testing; freedom from scripted curriculum­; freedom to innovate; and opening addressing the effects of poverty on our children.

Arne, Gates, Broad and Company want faux reform: more testing; larger class sizes; minimally educated teachers; more charter schools; non-creden­tialed teachers (TFA, etc.); longer school day, week and year; no due process rights for teachers; scripted curriculum­; privatizat­ion of public schools so that charter management organizati­ons can make huge profits off of taxpayer dollars; administra­tors without a background in education; mayoral control of school districts; and the closing of “failing" (poverty) schools.

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