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Philadelphia Teacher Turned Citizen Mission into a Joke

mark4teach Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 10:02 AM
I'm not defending unions. But, our education system will not get better until parents and students are held accountable. This will never happen, parents have the votes, educators do not.
Don664 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 5:15 PM
Not true. Go to your school board meeting. You find it peopled with rubber stamps for the teacher's union. Parents do have the vote. But they often are out campaigned by the unions. Candidates who get themselves elected that are conservative are hounded out in one term by people standing up in the meetings and obstructing everything. Even if a majority is obtaines, it is hounded until they just quit. I've seen it. The unions have a choke hold, and it isn't the parents. If you want things to change, run for the school board and be prepared for gestapo tactics against you.
The mission statement of Philadelphia's Charles Carroll High School, displayed prominently on its website, offers a hopeful vision of an educational institution:

“Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.”

This week, the specific mention of “social skills” and citizenship likely sounds like mockery to Charles Carroll sophomore Samantha Pawlucy and her family.

In an episode that has prompted national attention, Samantha was the victim of intimidation by her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, who claims...