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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Rhee's Outfit, Students First, Scamming Unsuspecting Activists at Change.Org

This morning I got an email alert concerning a petition drive to stop McDonald's from using their torturous "gestation crates" for breeding the juicy pork product used in their not-so-happy Egg McMuffins.  After I signed the petition, other petitions popped up for me to consider as a member of Change.Org.  One of them was from nation's leading teacher foe, the venomous Michelle Rhee, under the name of her corporate reform schooler astroturf group called Students First. 

Anyone not reading closely may be swayed to sign the innocuous-sounding petition, which reads as follows:
Pay Effective Teachers What They Deserve
America's most qualified teachers are grossly underpaid. Join StudentsFirst and fight for teachers who get results in the classroom to be paid accordingly. Read more
And when you click on Read more you get this:
Targeting: You
Sponsored by: StudentsFirst
During a speech in February, President Obama said, "Education is an investment that we need to win the future."

He's right. In order to invest in our kids' futures, we need to invest in great teachers now.

The most important school-based factor in a childs education is teacher quality, and America's most qualified teachers are grossly underpaid.

StudentsFirst is working to elevate the teaching profession by advocating that teachers be rewarded for excellence. Those who show they can move kids along academically should be compensated accordingly.

Our great teachers are the ones who help to shape the lives of our children, the role models who give them the tools to succeed. Teachers help pave the way for children to become scientists, engineers, world leaders. Their impact on a child's life cannot be underestimated.

As President Obama says, an investment in education is an investment in our future.

Sign the pledge in support of paying America's effective teachers what they deserve.
And so unsuspecting activists are no doubt signing on to the corporate plan for teacher job security and raises to be based on student test scores without ever knowing it.  And at some point you no doubt will see the sneering schniz of Michelle Rhee holding up her impressive total of signatures gathered to do the opposite of what most signers thought they were supporting.  

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