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

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Organize to Oust Toner, the Neville Chamberlain of the MTA

For those of you who have been at the beach or in the garden for the past week, Massachusetts teachers were stabbed in the back last week by their own union president, Paul Toner, who gave away core due process, seniority, and job security rights without a whimper.  In fact, the tone-deaf Toner proclaimed a victory and posted an announcement on Facebook.  The 80+ comments make for a good reading on how teachers feel betrayed by Toner's  sweetheart deal with corporate education re-treaders from the astroturf group, Stand on Children.  The announcement and comments are under June 7.

Go there and leave a comment, or at least ask Toner for a copy of the agreement he signed.  Toner is not returning calls to bloggers who ask too many critical questions.


  1. Don't mourn, organize-join Educators for a Democratic Union:

  2. Jim, do we know who's filed the bill? We should be able to get a copy through the Legislature.