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"A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade

danr27 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 8:15 AM
I don't have a great opinion of the teachers union either, but fair is fair: the teachers are objecting to having their evaluations based on standardized test scores achieved by their students. In a city school system that's 85% black and hispanic, that's basically giving a blank check to the city to fire them at will, given how these groups have performed historically on such tests. It is essentially asking the impossible. What stands out to me is that the teachers are hypocrites, sending their kids to private schools (though who could blame them, really?) and in various ways supporting the crumbling culture of public schooling.
Marie150 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 8:22 AM
Most of our parents were children of immigrants. And were taught in those same schools. ARE you suggesting that these children are not bright enough? The purpose of teachers in poor neighborhoods is to keep potential Democrat voters from moving up in the world.
Rock Strongo Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 8:22 AM
How else do you propose that we evaluate teacher performance, if not by measuring what their students know (or don't know, as the case may be)?

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat.

Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement."

And she earned praise as a...