I am so weary of all the never-ending bashing and trashing of teachers by politicians, corporations, and foundations and the news media. In my humble opinion it is destructive to our local communities and, quite simply, a smoke-screen for corporate control and greed in terms of selling privatization, textbooks, tests, content management systems, charter schools, and for maintaining a huge and ever-growing disparity in income and wealth in the United States of America. Poverty and incivility are the issues that need to be discussed.
Check out these resources:
Diane Ravitch: The Death and Life of the Great American School System
Anthony Cody: "The REAL Thieves of Hope: America's War on Teachers
Gary Stager: Education Nation and Ideological Blindness
Diane Ravitch: "Why Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty Lost"
Linda Darling-Hammond: "Restoring Our Schools"
Linda Darling-Hammond: "Only a Teacher"
Thomas Friedman: "We're No. 1(1)!"
Larry Ferlazzo: Attacks on Teachers and Non-Charter Schools Continue
Common Dreams: "What Up with All the Teacher Bashing"
Teachers' Letters to Obama
David B. Cohen: Booker Outclasses Winfrey on Education
David Goldstein: Grading 'Waiting for Superman'