Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Great Recession did not cause the "Teacher Shortage." THIS IS WAR! | BustED Pencils

The Great Recession did not cause the "Teacher Shortage." THIS IS WAR! | BustED Pencils:

The Great Recession did not cause the "Teacher Shortage." THIS IS WAR!



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By now you have probably heard about the “teacher shortage.”  You may have also heard that simple supply and demand economics and the Great Recession can easily explain the “teacher shortage” phenomenon.
However, let’s be honest. We don’t have a teacher shortage! We have an exceedingly high casualty rate from the War on Teachers! In other words, the last 30 years and the War on Teachers have decimated the ranks of teachers.
The attack was beautifully planned and enormously effective.  The War on Teachers was launched simultaneously on three separate fronts. Veteran teachers were pushed into early retirement. Seasoned teachers were blamed for the achievement gap and relentlessly lashed for not fixing it. Anyone thinking of becoming a teacher simply watched the fist two attacks and ran for cover.
In fact here is what I said last week on a Sunday morning news talk show.
What do you think?  Recession or War?  Well here is what one person thought of the television interview.
Dear Tim,
I just want to commend you for your commentary last Sunday per teacher shortages and some of the reasons behind it.  You did a great job, and it amazes me that people are not more concerned about the great teachers leaving early with far fewer (and passionate) young candidates coming in to replace them.
I am now an assistant professor at National Louis University having retired from Fort Atkinson in 2013 after being superintendent there for 14 years.  I now see in my Ed. Leadership classes teachers and principals who just seem overwhelmed by the onslaught of demands upon them via Educator Effectiveness or political and sometimes DPI mandates (I have come to think that we embraced Race to the Top without knowing it was just as oppressive to teachers and administrators as NCLB).  That standardized testing to your point is not used well in schools, and hardly indicate what really is 
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Washington Post Editorial Board Supports Bush in His Common Core Quandary | deutsch29

Washington Post Editorial Board Supports Bush in His Common Core Quandary | deutsch29:

Washington Post Editorial Board Supports Bush in His Common Core Quandary






On August 17, 2015, the Washington Post editorial board wrote a piece in which it “did not blame Mr. [Jeb] Bush from shying away from the term [Common Core].”
Bush has his political career on his mind, and using the term “Common Core” is “poison” to that career. So, Bush is using a carefully-crafted Common-Core euphemism, saying that he is for “higher standards, state-created, locally implemented, where the federal government has no role in the creation of standards, content or curriculum.”
The Washington Post editorial board sympathizes with Bush, who supposedly was put in this position because of the “bogus premise” that Common Core is a “federal takeover of education.”
In 2009, the federal government used future Race to the Top (RTTT) funding to entice governors to sign their states up for a Common Core that did not yet exist. The 2009 National Governors Association (NGA) Symposium is clear about this in its 16-page document from the Symposium.
However, the intention was not only for there to be a Common Core. Common Core was only one of four interconnected, test-centric reforms known as the Four Assurances (listed here in brief):
1. Common standards and assessments
2. Teacher performance (value-added assessment)
3. “Turnaround” of “low performing” schools
4. Building data systems.
In 2009, the governors of 46 states and three territories signed NGA’s agreement detailing how Common Core was to be developed (note that “states” were being directed by the nonprofit NGA and another nonprofit, the Council of Chief State School Officers, CCSSO, on this “state led” development) and which was intended to lead to unquestioned, automatic Common Core adoption.
Why would so many governors fall for this?
The money. US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was at this 2009 NGA Symposium, and he promised these governors a potential slice of billions of dollars in Washington Post Editorial Board Supports Bush in His Common Core Quandary | deutsch29:

Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job | Black Agenda Report

Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job | Black Agenda Report:

Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job



by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Neoliberalism holds that all human interactions should to be disciplined and mediated by the market. Paul Vallas is the nation's neoliberal chainsaw man on public education. After savaging public education in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and Bridgeport, he has been summoned home to Illinois by the Democrat governor as his running mate.

Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

There are many things upon which elite corporate Democrats are in complete agreement with elite corporate Republicans. Often enough they are far more important to the way we live our lives than the cultural rhetoric and stylistic fluff that separates the two parties. Both Republicans and Democrats agree on empire and the wars needed to preserve it. They both agree gentrification, stadiums, and tax breaks for the wealthy are the only way to economically develop cities. They both know that poor and working people ought to subsidize a new round of predatory accumulation with lowered wages, plundered pensions, fiscal austerity and the privatization of public education.
Democrat Paul Vallas has spent the last two decades dismembering and dismantling public schools, lying about deficits, unjustly blaming and firing public school teachers across the country. In 1995 Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, began the reversal of the bottom-up school reform of his predecessor Harold Washington, by assuming direct mayoral control over the city's public schools. Chicago fired its school superintendent, a professional educator, and sent in the mayor's chief of staff, an accountant unqualified to teach half an hour in any classroom to run the nation's third largest school system “more like a business” with the business title of “CEO. That man was Paul Vallas.
If neoliberalism is the economic and social doctrine that all human interactions ought to be disciplined and mediated by the market, then Paul Vallas is the neoliberal chainsaw man on Serial School Privatizer "Chainsaw Paul" Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job | Black Agenda Report:

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