Prolonged Attack on Public Education and Unions Leaves Teaching Profession Woeful | Common Dreams

9 Mar

David Dayen, writing at FireDogLake, asks “How is public education in America enhanced by making teachers feel like shit?” He answers his own question by acknowledging that hurting teachers’ feelings or damaging their sense of worth is hardly the reason behind the corporate education reform movement — exemplified by people like former DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

…the real goal of this right-wing education policy isn’t solely to humiliate teachers as much as it is to humiliate unions. They want to build a narrative of union bosses protecting “bad” teachers and engaging in corruption at the expense of kids. For the most part, the only organized entity that pushes back against right-wing ideas about education are teacher’s unions. So if you take them down a notch in the eyes of the public, you have more opportunity to get policies through like vouchers and charter schools and all the rest.

via Prolonged Attack on Public Education and Unions Leaves Teaching Profession Woeful | Common Dreams.

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