NEA on NCLB
The Bush Administration has one of its big dirty jackboots on the neck of America's public school system, and this is the most outrage that the NEA can muster?
Well, here are a couple of facts for the NEA chiefs to consider as they huddle with Miller and Kennedy to figure out how to appear supportive of teaching and learning while bowing to the money of the education-industrial complex:
* Unless NCLB's AYP schedule is disrupted, there will no public school systems left by 2014.
* Unless the draconian chain gang approach to scripted teaching and testing is dumped, most parents will abandon the public schools whether or not AYP is achieved.
* Unless equitable teaching and learning replace testing as the prime mover of education, America's political and economic prospects will quickly erode at the same rate that our commitment to democracy evaporates.
* Unless "trust" regains the status that "accountability" has usurped during the past ten years, a police state will most likely result in the foreseeable future.
Peter Henry reports that the NEA had a significant presence at Yearly Kos in Chicago, and there the NEA suits appeared full of protest and bluster about NCLB. No, they are not for repealĂ˘€”they just want to appear that they are in opposition to NCLB in a venue that demanded it--a venue with a lot of people who have remained supportive of the labor movement despite NEA's abandonment of the principles that made the movement great.
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