Beware of Corporate Politicos Talking About Reform
Corporate-politico school reform is worse than stealing ice cream from children.
Definitely not nice.
But what about the education of Chicago's public schoolchildren that's being stolen every day in the name of reform? Every major media outlet in the country keeps its silence about this thievery. Well, never mind, it's only happening to those kids.
Actually, the evil here is worse than silence: Many media venues such as the New York Times editorial promote and praise the thievery.
Here's what you get when you put school reform in a search at the New York Times.
And so on.
As I read this, bamboozle came to mind. So I did a search of bamboozle. I found a reference to a 40-year-old chess strategy. The Times updated the term for modern times:
Certainly this is what they are doing to urban teachers in the name of reform: Bamboozle reversed. Only education reformers like Arne Duncan call it "turnaround." When teachers don't go along with corporate reform, kill 'em! Empty a school of all its teachers and staff. And bring in new: New Leaders for New Schools, Teach for America--bring' em in. Retired military, out-of-work stockbrokers, secretaries, car salesmen, fashion merchandisers, contractors, custom painters, translators, pilots, accountants, electricians, chemists,animal trainers, and so on and so on. Don't forget recent college grads who want to build their resumes before applying to grad school.
No experience with children or pedagogy needed. Just come in and be a reformer.
Arne intends to bring this plan to 5,000 schools across the country. Broad and Gates will help him.
Corporate-politico school reform is worse than stealing ice cream from children. The effects of corporate-politico school reform--stealing an education--will last a lifetime.
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