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AFT tries to sell another sham to teachers to deflect weakness and capitulation


Ohanian Comment:

Read Danny Weil's deconstruction of this offal below the press release.

I joined AFT's Share My Lesson and read the first thing I saw: Tips for Student Discipline. Here's one tip: Establish rigorous academic standards and assessments that measure whether the standards are being met. All schools should become places where high grades stand for high achievement and where promotion truly is earned. This preachiness goes along with the AFT's devotion to the Common Core and it also illustrates the vacuousness of their claim to be offering a service to help teachers.

What a tip: "Establish."

I'd rank it second only to the tip: "Teach."

In 2010, the U. S. Department of Education gave the AFT $5 million as an Investing in Innovation grant. Our tax dollars at work. Yours and mine. Maybe this was a reward for the AFT putting muscle and money behind the Common Core.

I would just emphasize that this $5 million is money out of my pocket--and yours.

Curious detail: The hot link for "lesson plans" in Randi Weingarten's quote goes to Gay history lessons required by new California law will be slow to arrive.


Press Release

June 20, 2012
Tula Connell

AFT Launches Largest Online Teacher Resource: Share My Lesson


Teachers helping teachers--that's what the AFT is all about and that's the goal of the union̢۪s brand-new website. Share My Lesson, launched yesterday, is slated to become the nation's largest online community for U.S. teachers to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas, according to AFT.

Any educator from pre-school to college can register and use the site, which, says AFT President Randi Weingarten,

supports teachers by giving them a place to come together and share their knowledge, skills, lesson plans and effective classroom strategies. It's by teachers, for teachers and is an easy-to-use source for classroom resources—and it's free. It will become every teacher's go-to online destination for the support they need.


AFT partnered with Britain's TES Connect, committing $10 million to develop and maintain the site. TES Connect is the world̢۪s largest network of teachers, with more than 2 million teacher members, offering more than 400,000 resources and logs 2.5 million downloads weekly.

Weingarten noted that teachers are so hungry for resources, especially now in cash-starved schools, that 50 percent of teachers leave the teaching profession within their first five years because of a lack of support, deep education budget cuts and other frustrations. This teacher-turnover crisis costs $7.3 billion annually, with unknown costs to children's education.

Teachers are expected to do so much, often with very little support, and they are thirsty for the tools they need to improve instruction. The AFT decided to accept the challenge and make its biggest investment ever in a tool to improve the teaching profession.

Check out this video introducing Share My Lesson here.


AFT tries to sell another sham to teachers to deflect weakness and capitulation

by Danny Weil


Back in June of last year, the American Federation for Teachers launched its brand new 'lesson plan' website).

"Teachers helping teachers--that̢۪s what the AFT is all about and that's the goal of the union's brand-new website. Share My Lesson, launched yesterday, is slated to become the nation̢۪s largest online community for U.S. teachers to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas, according to AFT.

What AFT did not tell its members is that it is taking rank and file dues and paying Britain's TES Connect to handle the whole website, committing $10 million to develop and maintain the site.

AFT says in its notice that "TES Connect is the world's largest network of teachers, with more than 2 million teacher members, offering more than 400,000 resources and logs 2.5 million downloads weekly." What AFT doesn't say and what you can go see for yourself is that TES Connect is a large for-profit corporation devoted to canned curriculum that basically divorces teachers from the conception of their work reducing them to little more than clerks in the classroom or dispensaries for official truth and knowledge.

Weingarten noted that teachers are so hungry for resources, especially now in cash-starved schools, that 50 percent of teachers leave the teaching profession within their first five years because of a lack of support, deep education budget cuts and other frustrations. This teacher-turnover crisis costs $7.3 billion annually, with unknown costs to children̢۪s education (ibid).

I guess this is why AFT set up a foundation to store the cash they got: $5 million that will help pay corporate TES Connect and then fill it with the likes of the one million dollars they received from Bill and Melinda Gates, the horror show of privatization.

AFT goes on about how teachers are expected to do so much, often with very little support, and they are thirsty for the tools they need to improve instruction. The AFT decided to accept the challenge and make its biggest investment ever in a tool to improve the teaching profession.

Teachers are not hungry and thirsty for lesson plans; they are hungry and thirsty for jobs, job security, pensions, health care, a democratic teaching environment, full disclosure, transparency and the right to be "left alone" by Wall Street thugs looking to game the system.

This move by AFT is a mere publicity stunt that is designed by the overpaid leadership of the union to be able to state that they are helping teachers when in fact they are making them more hungry and more thirsty for basic needs everyday.

It is this kind of patronizing and infantilizing attitude that now has the union giving tax payer money to British corporations. Readers might wish to read Education PlC by Stephen Ball to see just how England outsourced almost all of its public services including teaching to not simply privatizers, but privatizers from such places as Dubai which now ‘teaches’ 250,000 British youth.

To begin with, teachers at their own sites can work together to design and come up with lesson plans. They do not need the British to do it for them. Secondly, if we are looking to England for answers to our educational problems and then giving them millions of tax dollars we are playing right into the hands of the reactionaries. They can now get the millions in tax money and at the same time say they are doing a service for kids and teachers.





— Tula Connell and Danny Weil
AFT Press Release & Daily Censored

2012-06-25

http://tinyurl.com/8y2r5or

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