"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dear Randi

I got an inspiring email from Randi Weingarten today, urging me sign a pledge of solidarity with her and other unions around the country:
.. . .Now our challenge is to take this moment and turn it into a movement. And the way to do this is by re-energizing America’s labor movement, which is the only institution fighting for working people at the ballot box and the bargaining table.

The AFT has joined with other labor unions and allies to stand together and participate in the “We Are One” Week of Action starting April 4.

Will you take the pledge to stand with us? . . ..
My response:

Dear Randi,

I will be glad to pledge to stand together with you when you pledge to stop cutting back room deals with the oligarchs to preserve your useless "place at the table," a  practice that has weakened the teaching profession to the point where we are now trying to defend against the final destruction of the teacher-student relationship by test-based teacher evaluation plans that you agreed to. 

Your days as president of workers' organization that demand leadership, rather than sucking up to Bill Gates, are numbered.  But until you are voted out, go ahead and make your public pledge to stand with workers rather than Bill Gates, and I will right behind you with my pen.

Jim Horn

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