VILIFY and PUSH OUT TEACHERS, replace with temps and technology, make a lot of money for the .01%.
"No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." - Lily Tomlin,
The goal of the war against teachers is to eliminate the concept of teaching as a profession, to be replaced by temps (Teach for America, or TFAs) and eventually be replaced altogether by technology (ultimate goal of flipped classrooms). The reason is 100% financial – so that the .01% can grab nearly all of the money teachers earn as well as profit from electronic/virtual teaching.
They want as much of the (at least) 500 billion we spend on education as they can get.
1. Keep pressure on teachers by making their lives as difficult as possible and their task totally impossible. The common core standards and tests are a major part of this. In addition, continue to attack the teaching profession: The message will continue to be that the US is in economic trouble because of bad education, which is because of bad teachers.
2. The public, media, and politicians will have no sympathy for teachers’ pointing out their difficulties, which will be seen as whining, and teachers will then resign/quit in greater numbers.
3. Continue to push the idea that TFAs as just as good or better than experienced teachers. Gradually increase the percentage of teachers who are temps through retirement and teachers leaving the profession because of frustration, along with new hiring of temps. This releases money because experienced teachers cost more. The result is more money for technology.
4. Continue to convince the public that all technology is wonderful. Use this to push flipped classrooms and glorify the Khan Academy. The role of teachers will then be diminished to the equivalent of TA’s. This reduces time spent in classrooms (lowers salaries even more), and lowers the status of teachers (saving more salary money and increasing teacher frustration). Hire part-timers (no benefits) to serve as assistants to virtual teaching. This will be promoted as an expanded opportunity for jobs, no teaching credential required. The public will accept this because they will have lost all respect for teacher credentials.
Look for even more attacks on teachers and teachers unions (biased reporting of Chicago situation a good example). This makes sure there is no sympathy for teachers when they complain and no public outcry when teachers leave the profession and are replaced with temps and part-timers.