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[Susan notes: So I repeat the point made in this letter: Where is the professorial resistance? ]

Published in Clarion, City University of New York

To the editor

As a longtime public schoolteacher I worry a lot about the corporate domination of public schools, but reading in The New York Times that IBM's Lou Gerstner, former governors, and other Standardistos are inspiring changes in the CUNY teacher education program sure grabbed my attention. I hope the CUNY faculty is more than "surprised" by the new academy (March 2005 Clarion, "Education faculty surprised by new academy"). Outrage and resistance seem more appropriate reactions.

When a university chancellor declares that he wants a "competitive environment for teacher education" and "let the market decide," one has to wonder about where his priorities are. Letting the market decide should be an anathema in a place concerned with fostering learning, a place established to educate teachers capable of nurting students. Letting the market decide sounds more like selling your baby to the highest bidder than nurturing it.

In Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? my co-author and I document the corporate agenda for public schools. Instead of scrambling for places in the new hierarchy, it would be refreshing to see professors offering resistance. Future public school teachers badly need this model of resistance, not more marketplace compliance.

Susan Ohanian

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