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Ohanian Comment: Which is it? Short-sightedness or lack of backbone?

When will we have a national teacher walkout? The time is NOW.

by Marion Brady

More than a half century in this business has convinced me that most teachers are either too short-sighted or too uninformed to see the devastating consequences of the misguided, simplistic education policies mandated by the amateur educators in Congress and state legislatures.

Either that, or they lack the backbone to stand up and fight those policies.

Every teacher in the country who cares about kids should have screamed bloody murder when NCLB was first mandated, and should right now be loudly telling their Representatives and Senators that if they don't dump this sneaky Business Roundtable and US Chamber of Commerce-promoted strategy for undermining public schools and turning out a generation of passive corporate employees, they'll support a nationwide teacher walkout.

The "standards and accountability" slogan politicians have used so effectively for a decade---saying very clearly that teachers can't be trusted unless they're monitored by McGraw-Hill, Harcourt, or Pearson tests---is a bare-faced insult, a slap in the face of every teacher, and most teachers are pretending they don't feel it.

Evidence to support what I'm saying? The Educator Roundtable, anti-NCLB petition has been stuck for months at a little over 30,000 signatures.

Where are the teachers?

Marion Brady is a longtime teacher, reformer whose credentials are many. You can read some of his essays here.

— Marion Brady




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