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Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

Miz Mak Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 7:29 PM
Divorce the public schools from the suffocating stupidity that runs them - unions and federal government - throw in school choice and vouchers...and you've made an excellent start to enabling teachers to do what their calling brought them there for, as well as freeing families that care about their child's education to provide the best. As a teacher of over 30 years - non union, by the way - the currently enacted latest government version of a "fix" is the most demoralizing for teachers and students alike I have ever seen. And what you need to really UNDERSTAND from the debacle that has become GOVERNMENT schools is....this is what the idiots just voted to do - the biggest idiot being John Roberts - to the US health care system.
Georgia Boy Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 9:20 PM
School choice and vouchers do not improve the performance of school districts, but they do create greater segregation, which is the point, isn't it?
Joycey Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:25 PM
School choice works best in poor areas.
Joycey Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 11:26 PM
It gets rid of poor quality teaching. FREE MARKET BABY
BJ20 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 3:46 AM
Strawman fallacy. The point of school choice and vouchers is not to "improve the performance of school districts," it's to give parents more control over their children's education and improve student performance--which has been the result in every instance where school choice has been expanded. Nevertheless, it's far easier to drag out the tired canard that "school choice" is just another euphemism for (sigh) "segregation."

The only segregation I want to see is my children segregated from slower-performing students whose parents don't give a cr@p about their education, and bottom-third teachers who only chose "education" because they lacked the intellect to survive a more robust curriculum.
Ken2168 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:30 AM
Quit playing the race card, Georgia Boy, and come up with a real argument....

If you can.
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 7:53 PM
Miz Mak, I see unions allowing me to do what I want to do - teach.
Our union has made it so duties are voluntary.
They even had it so, 10 years ago, we did not have to do photocopying.
The only focus was/is on teaching.

Schools should be what we vote for or better stated what our government system creates.

When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, reported.

But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway.

Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise.

"What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...