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  •  As the significant other of a teacher in Texas (13+ / 0-)

    ...yeah, this is pretty much spot-on.  Charter schools and voucher programs are presented as the answer, but what they're really doing is solidifying a system of haves and have-nots in education.

    What happens when you tie a teacher's job to test scores?  Answer: teachers flock to the schools that already have high test scores.  The best teachers are concentrated in already high-performing schools -- usually upper-income suburban schools -- and the low-performing districts fight for the leftovers.  That's the rich getting richer right there.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sat May 11, 2013 at 10:26:21 AM PDT

    •  That always seemed to be the idea (9+ / 0-)

      The most privileged and secure students always have better test scores (on average) than poor kids dealing with multiple challenges. So when your job and now your pay are dependent on test scores, what are you going to do to survive.

      Until we have a discussion about the very clear impact of poverty on education and what we will do to give learning tools to kids not born with them, the entire education discussion is a sham.

      Good diary. There's no issue I disagree more with the president on, although I generally support him. I cannot believe he can't see how charter schools and vouchers and closing schools as punishment and demonizing teachers are making improving education where it needs to be improved impossible.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:26:15 AM PDT

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      •  Whatever else you say about him (1+ / 0-)
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        (and my own comments about the president have been "all over the map," expressing every flavor of praise AND criticism, as my comment history will attest), Obama wants to go down as the Nice Guy (TM) president. He wants that to be part of his legacy, his success at placating everybody. Including oligarchs. Including villainous politicians.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Sat May 11, 2013 at 12:51:06 PM PDT

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      •  Anastasia p, (2+ / 0-)
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        I love Hillary, but I have to admit I didn't think she was electable. But one area in which I think she totally got it right was education - I honestly believe we would not be saddled with Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, and that crowd if she had somehow won.

        Hmmm, maybe we can hope for Hillary 2016, and maybe Joaquin Castro (I hope that's the right brother - mayor of San Antonio) as TX Governor? Castro pushed through a major expansion of pre-k in San Antonio. He's got the right idea.

    •  I've seen a lot of teachers also migrate (2+ / 0-)
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      downward to PK-2nd, which don't have high-stakes tests. But there's even a lot of pressure on 1st and 2nd grade teachers to start getting their kids ready for the tests! It's absurd.

    •  Ok, when I taught in the public school system, I (1+ / 0-)
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      only taught in title 1 schools because I wanted to.  I wasn't a "leftover" nor was I not a good teacher because I taught in the type of districts you just spoke about.  

      I have met and worked along side some of the best teachers ever in title 1 schools. The kind of teachers who wouldn't step foot in an upper-income districts because part of the allure of their job was to make a real difference in their students' lives and in the community that they served.  Teachers can do that much more in a title 1 school and low income districts, when you really think about it.   I also taught in Texas and I can honestly say, in a lot of respects,  it was a better experience for me than other states I have been in.  

      Great teachers are everywhere and we only know what we see in this video.  We have no idea if or why this teacher was assigning packets everyday....was it district mandate?  Was it require end of course reviews?  Or was it really not packets everyday but simply that day for whatever reason? Etc.  Perhaps the student is right in his assessment of this teacher or perhaps he was being kicked out for some infraction and that was his way of "steaming".  Until I hear from the teacher and her point of view, so I can see both sides....can I make a valid judgement of this one single moment in a classroom...and that's all we see here, one single moment.

      •  EXACTLY! (1+ / 0-)
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        I can't believe how many good liberals were slamming this teacher on Facebook. They're ready to base judgment on her entire performance based on a 2 minute YouTube video. As I pointed out, she may very well be a horrible teacher, but you can't make that determination based on a 2 minute video. If she's giving out packets it's PROBABLY because it's what the district/administration TOLD her to do. You don't follow the curriculum, you're out of a job!

        Others also said her response says she doesn't care. I responded that if she DID respond emotionally, she would be hauled in to the administrator's office. Parents who can't be bothered to put down the remote & attend parent/teacher night are usually the first to complain that a teacher had the NERVE to discipline their kid. They come down on the principal who then comes down on the teacher.

        The kid is obviously passionate, and he did the RIGHT thing in going back to school, but he's not automatically a hero nor is the teacher automatically a villain.

        FWIW, my girlfriend teaches special ed at a charter school. I taught HS English for two years & I currently teach college as an adjunct.

        A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

        by METAL TREK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:48:11 AM PDT

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    •  Charter schools suck! (1+ / 0-)
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      My girlfriend is a special ed teacher at a charter school. She is getting her masters degree in special ed. She can tell you some horror stories.

      She told me that her charter school cherry picks the students they accept so they get the high scores (and get the added benefit of being supported with taxpayer money). She and a number of special ed teachers did not get their contracts renewed for next year. The special ed kids, in turn, are going to be kicked out.

      My girlfriend couldn't be happier about her work situation. She has some money in savings & can get unemployment so she has the rest of spring & the whole summer to job search. She feels REALLY bad about the kids though (more than the dumbass administration that didn't renew her contract).

      A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

      by METAL TREK on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:39:20 AM PDT

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