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Mark Naison is a professor of African-American Studies at Fordham University, and an activist FOR public education and against the "reform" movement.

Earlier this week he established a Facebook Group called Badass Teachers Association  (and yes, I have joined).

News of this has spread like wildfire.

Today is the 6th day of the group's existence.  It is already over 5,800 members as of 8 AM EDT.

It is one more example of pushback at how the so-called "reform" movement is destroying public education.

You will certainly want to take a look, to see the posts being put up by members.

Who knows, maybe you too are a Badass Teacher!  You refuse to be intimidated, you will stand up for your school and your students.

In which case you should join us.

Peace?

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:10:17 AM PDT

  •  Harrumpf! (1+ / 0-)
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    I would check out their posts if they weren't a closed group. I see a page displaying the admins and membership ... no sign of a wall of posts to read or a link to it. Members only.

    In principle though, I like the idea behind founding a group like this-- making it a closed group sort of defeats any attempt to spread a message.

    Oh, and yes, yes, of course I'm logged in-- only part of me is a complete dunce.

    Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

    by Marko the Werelynx on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:19:19 AM PDT

    •  group membership is zippy quick (0+ / 0-)

      like within seconds. then just refresh page.

      •  Bah. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yeah, I figured it would be that but I absolutely hate having to jump through additional hoops for what should be open and easily accessible information.

        Like Google flinging this message at me and preventing me from clicking on their search results  unless I click "OK" first:

        Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.
        I switched to a different search engine.

        Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

        by Marko the Werelynx on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:18:03 AM PDT

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    •  let me share one post from Mark Naison (1+ / 0-)
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      Why I Love Badass TEachers

      Badass Teachers teach, love and nurture children everyone has given up on, in good times and bad, children with disabilities, children who have been kicked out of their families, children who can't sit still, children who have seen unimaginable horrors, children who are homeless, children who are under constant stress, along with children who have happy lives, and happy families. They teach and love them all, and protect and defend them from physical threats and the threat of tests and assessments which humiliate them and destroy their love of learning

      Badass Teachers stayed in the nation's toughest neighborhoods when everyone else left, amidst drug epidemics and drive by shootings, factory closing and fires, turning schools and their classrooms into refuges and place of hope, only to see themselves attacked for failing to reduce the "achievevement gap" by people who were in fancy colleges while they went to work every day , and then watching the same people close the schools they had devoted their lives to making work.

      Badass Teachers protect their students every day, even at the risk of their own lives, and in Columbine and Newtown made the ultimate sacrifice, drawing upon their deep sense of mission and a love supreme. These heroic teacher stand as symbols of tens of thousands of teachers throughout the nation who have disarmed students, broken up fights, stopped gang wars from breaking our, put themselves in harms way in riots and brawls. This is the Badass ethos. This is what is REALLY means to put students first

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:49:05 AM PDT

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    •  I don't even see that. All I see is a log in... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...screen asking me for an email or telephone number and a password.

      I'm not sue what I should use as a password, though.

      I see a page displaying the admins and membership ... no sign of a wall of posts to read or a link to it. Members only.

      Stop the NRA and the NSA
      Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

      by dream weaver on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 06:05:41 AM PDT

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  •  you can always sign up (1+ / 0-)
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    if you are interested

    and perhaps you will recognize the names of some of those members?

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 05:31:56 AM PDT

  •  Can't see it. (nt) (0+ / 0-)

    Stop the NRA and the NSA
    Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

    by dream weaver on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 06:02:52 AM PDT

    •  I think you have 2 b logged in2 Facebook (1+ / 0-)
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      to see anything

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 06:59:58 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I'll pass, then. Not going to create a... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...facebook account just to see a single website.

        Stop the NRA and the NSA
        Repeal the Patriot Act and the 2nd Amendment

        by dream weaver on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:07:47 AM PDT

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        •  many efforts now organized through Facebook (0+ / 0-)

          I joined originally when asked to be on the steering committee of another effort, Teachers Letters to Obama

          I have also found Facebook to be very useful in staying in touch with former students

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:46:51 AM PDT

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          •  Sorry, but many such as myself (2+ / 0-)
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            FloridaSNMOM, dream weaver

            will not join Facebook for privacy or other reasons. A private membership-based group should not be used for a public group as it excludes everyone who doesn't want to join.

            "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
            Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
            Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

            by Sanctimonious on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:09:19 AM PDT

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            •  they are working on setting up a web page (0+ / 0-)

              but frankly, the quickest way to get something up and get people involved is Facebook.  That is demonstrated by the fact the group now has over 6200 members, or people joining at a rate of better than 1,000/day.

              "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

              by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:52:31 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, I just clicked on the link (0+ / 0-)

        and I immediately saw that my union president and state legislature rep were members. I didn't have to join the group to see it, but I was already logged into facebook.

        Light is seen through a small hole.

        by houyhnhnm on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:18:13 AM PDT

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  •  You can't be a badass in the employ of others. (1+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53

    That's the problem I see here.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 07:48:53 AM PDT

  •  I cannot join this, as I need to keep my job! (1+ / 0-)
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    Marko the Werelynx

    What's to keep nosy intrusive administrators from also joining?

  •  The trouble with using Facebook (2+ / 0-)
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    Marko the Werelynx, dream weaver

    for a public group is that everyone who is not a Facebook member (such as myself) is excluded from seeing the page.

    "It depends what the meaning of 'is', is"
    Platform of the Neo-Democratic Party
    Speaking out of one side of their mouth for the little guy, their nominal constituency, and the other for the plutocracy, their real constituency.

    by Sanctimonious on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 09:07:01 AM PDT

  •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)
    This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.
    So, it's a group that opposes standardized testing and having any accountability for the performance of low-income students?

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 12:50:32 PM PDT

    •  Hmmm, yourself! (1+ / 0-)
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      So, it's a group that opposes standardized testing and having any accountability for the performance of low-income students?
      Teachers, (badass and otherwise), hold themselves accountable for the performance of ALL of their students.

      Many of us oppose high-stakes tests that don't represent our students' true abilities.  Because we're their teachers, we know our kids and what they're capable of.  We know that some don't test well, some get terribly anxious when faced with a test, some are smart as hell but don't give a crap about the test, etc., etc., etc....

      I choose to believe that you're a more thoughtful person than your comment would suggest.

      Stand Up! Keep Fighting! Paul Wellstone

      by RuralLiberal on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 01:24:07 PM PDT

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      •  I work in engineering (0+ / 0-)

        Results is all that matters in my line of work, and documentable results that you can show to someone.

        In fact, I routinely demand that my stuff be audited and tested by someone who isn't me to prove that it works correctly and that I'm not making mistakes because I'm too close to the problem.

        I have a consistent "bias" against organizations that oppose standardized testing because standardized testing is the only way other than "trust us" that you can be sure that your child is really learning math/reading/etc. Test scores tell all.

        If the teacher/school tells me a kid knows math, but they consistently fail math standardized tests, what does that tell me? Why would I believe the self-interested claims of the teacher and school? There was a study just recently that shows that when schools grade their own standardized essays, scores are higher than when essays are randomly handed out to be graded. Now, I'm not blaming schools or teachers or implying anything about them, but they're people and they respond to incentives like anyone else.

        We know that some don't test well,
        You're their teacher right? If they "don't read well", do you teach them to read? So if they "don't test well", sounds like it's time to teach them some very valuable and necessary test-taking skills.
        some get terribly anxious when faced with a test,
        Guess they'll fail their SATs then and get relegated to a second tier school because they couldn't get over their fear... or to put it less kindly, their teachers couldn't get them over their fear.

        These sound like (poor) excuses to me rather than the can-do attitude I expect from my employees. When I do an engineering job, I don't make a list of all the reasons why I can't do it then throw up my hands. I roll up my sleeves and get to work.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 01:52:08 PM PDT

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        •  and students are not engineering projects (1+ / 0-)
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          which is something you simply refuse to acknowledge

          there is fifty years of peer-reviewed research which makes clear that while teachers are the most important in-school factor, in school factors account for less than 1/3 of student performance.

          it is convenient to blame teachers for what are society's failings.  

          YOu want to see improved student performance?

          - make sure every child gets basic medical, vision, hearing, and dental care
          - make sure every student gets fed a basic nutritious diet outside of school
          - make sure every student is in a secure situation as to housing

          absent those basic needs being met, expecting school efforts to make up for all those deficits is criminally wrong

          that is NOT to say that those of us who teach do not make every effort

          but our efforts are insufficient.

          Unless and until America recognizes this fact:  22% of our children live in poverty and another 25% are not that far from poverty - we cannot expect our students to perform at the levels of other OECD nations.

          American schools with 10% or less poverty outperform EVERY NATION IN THE WORLD - including Finland, which has <4% children in poverty.

          Get the damn rich to pay their fair share of taxes for the benefits they receive and we can have the social support network that other nations provide for all their children.

          Then we can talk about academic performance.

          Except we won't have to, because it will change dramatically.

          But you don't want to hear that.

          And since you don't, PLEASE - stay the hell out of my diaries.

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 02:19:07 PM PDT

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  •  I just left the facebook group (0+ / 0-)

    I joined the group but had another member be incredibly rude to me on FB. We're never going to fight the people who mean to dismantle public education until we stop attacking each other.

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