Meanwhile, Corporate Bob and his loyal Webmistress over at SOS continue to churn out more talking points to distribute to the GOP and the DNC. Can anything be more sadly pathetic and entirely enraging at the same time?!
Try this from the SOS website:
In August 2012, the People met to compose the Education Platforms. For month’s [sic] prior, in preparation, many gathered throughout the nation. Drafts were created. Topics were discussed in depth and detail. . . .Did an 8th grader write this and post it while someone was taking a nap?! Or does this truly represent the intentional incompetence that the Friends of Corporate Bob continue to allow to be published online in the name of teachers, while making a mockery of the thousands of teachers who paid good money to come to Washington in 2011 hoping that there was an organization that would listen to them and DO SOMETHING to represent the interests of saving public education.
After all, teachers who care about their kids and public schools cannot depend upon the union bosses, who have sold their membership down the river in order to protect their own swollen hierarchies of power with their six-figure salaries.
In checking to see how the SOS plank-writing (or is it plank-walking) is going over at SOS, I found two out of eight planks ready to be read, even though it's been almost a month since the "People" met to write all eight.
One of the two planks (how sad) has 11 splinters that, taken together with Corporate Bob's position to protect his company's planned Common Core bonanza, demonstrate why SOS still has not come out against Common Core, just as the NEA and AFT have not come out against the Common Core. First, try Spinter # 3:
3. SOS opposes the unlimited expansion of privately-managed charter schools which [sic] bar their teachers from holding union membership so as to actively and illegally resist union affiliation.What does this mean, that SOS supports the limited expansion of charters? Illegal resistance? In most states with charter laws, charter operators may hire and fire at will.
But the real interesting splinter is #8:
8. SOS supports a union position strongly opposing merit pay and value-added teacher evaluation based on high stakes standardized test scores.Which union position is that, the one in place before Randi Weingarten and Dennis Van Roekel both gave their blessing to teacher evaluations based on value-added test scores AND to merit pay plans that are "negotiated"!! Which one of the Klonsky Boys wrote this piece of dissembling babble, or did they consult with the paid SOS volunteer, Bob Schaeffer, to make it sound just right to naive teachers who never come up for air from unceasing test preparation.
And what does this have to do with the Common Core? Everything, because Randi, Dennis, and their lawyers have embraced the Common Core, too, and in so doing have assured their continued place at the corporate and federal feeding troughs, while public schools, beginning with the poorest and lowest scoring, are put up for sale to the highest corporate bidder.