Mark- I normally agree w/ you-and as you know even in our endorsement of the President we specifically raised our concerns w/ the national policy's fixation with testing. What I don't get is when the President and the party promotes a platform that at least sounds like they are listening, why not give him the benefit of the doubt.
You are so right ant teachers being demoralized- the biggest culprit are the cuts,and the push to privatization.
I would love to see the data on the worsening of diversity. I see it, but have no numbers.
Yes, listening. Obama/Gates have been listening for a long time, which has gotten us exactly nowhere. Or better yet, we are further behind now in terms of corporate control, privatization, and teacher demolition than we were under Bush/Cheney. They listen closely, mouth some bromides about keeping dialogue open, and then do everything they can to subvert and coopt the resistance to the destruction of real learning, public schools and the teaching profession.