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Teachers: The Unsung Heroes of School Choice

MNTeacher Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:56 AM
I am afraid I must take issue with the title of the article: "Teachers: The Unsung Heroes of School Choice". I realize that what you mean to say is that some teachers are heroes in this area, especially those in your organization. I hope you are correct, and certainly wish you the best in your endeavors. However it must be flatly stated that teachers, in general, and their unions, specifically, are the largest obstacles to the education of American students. There are astonishingly few "heroes" among us. In fact, American education as a whole is much more akin to organized crime than any other enterprise.
MNTeacher Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:04 PM
It begins in our universities where the teachers of tomorrow are tragically, deliberately mis-educated in our Education Departments. They are not taught how to teach (I am rather dubious that that can indeed be taught in the first place, but a single course in teaching methods would certainly suffice), instead they are taught what to think.

They are not taught that they are the front line in the defense of civilization, but rather that their first responsibility is to be "agents of social change". As a result we have entire classes of new teachers whose philosophy of education is diametrically opposed to the intended purpose of education.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 6:48 PM

since I retired in 2000, I have engaged in a part time new job as an assistant a public Charter School. Teachers unions and Public school boards and superintendents are the biggest obstacles to improved education and the ability to choose improvement. Choice in any venue means freedom. Freedom to choose is always seen as the enemy to any emplaced monopoly. Education is no exception.
SolofTexas Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:17 AM
It seems to me that literacy rates are inversely proportionate to spending increases in "public education" (i.e., as spending goes up, literacy goes down) .

School choice is a hot topic in education today. Whether headlines point to students excelling in public charter schools or in innovative virtual schools, students and teachers are taking advantage of the options and flexibility provided by new school choice policies being introduced around the nation.

The fact is every educational setting is a choice. Public schools, public charter schools, private and parochial schools, and virtual schools – these are all choices in action. As we adapt to a dramatically changing profession in the 21st-century, teachers across the country are embracing these new teaching environments, with tens of thousands of teachers...