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IEA/NEA Representative Assemby: Meet and Greet – Attila the Hun and Genghis Kahn | Reclaim Reform

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IEA/NEA Representative Assemby: Meet and Greet – Attila the Hun and Genghis Kahn

Incredibly, the two gubernatorial candidates, Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner, are both scheduled to appear before the IEA RA (Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly) on April 11. Read/view HERE.
Both Quinn and Rauner will be gloating. The IEA has not created, searched for, discovered or supported a truly pro-teacher candidate for well over a few decades. After listening politely, IEA members will again be faced with IEA “leadership” asking for the support and votes for the lesser of two evils. (This assures that evil will win, continue and worsen with each election.) It’s like endorsing either Attila the Hun or Genghis Kahn.
Actually, a puppet comparison is more appropriate: the Puppet Theater of the Absurd.
puppets2Gov. Pat Quinn (D) sought out the biggest public school destroyer of them all as his running mate, Paul Vallas. Vallas doesn’t believe teachers should work more than ten years in order to avoid paying for health care and retirement benefits. ReadHERE.
Billionaire Bruce Rauner (R) found a Sarah Palin sound-alike who is also similar in appearance, Evelyn Sanguinetti. Watch and listen how she blatantly blames all teachers in teacher unions as failures (2:25) and talks about nasty spending, taxes, pensions and big government. She says that she needs to cut those things based the fact that she and Rauner have no actual knowledge or experience with any of those things – “Neither one of us has been in Springfield.” (See 2:50). View via Fred Klonsky’s blog  HERE.
Hopefully, the IEA representatives will all be brandishing pitchforks as these puppets recite their corporate takeover of public schools and public services. Whichever pair of candidates nominally takes public office, the actual winner will be the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, ALEC and the billionaire investors who are members.

Al Sharpton’s NAN Tackles Education, the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Day’ - Higher Education

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Al Sharpton’s NAN Tackles Education, the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Day’

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Al Sharpton speaks at the 16th annual National Action Network (NAN) national convention, which addressed issues like education, health and wellness and gun control reform.
Al Sharpton speaks at the 16th annual National Action Network (NAN) national convention, which addressed issues like education, health and wellness and gun control reform.
NEW YORK— Helping students of color acquire the necessary skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) was a focal point of the education panel at the National Action Network’s annual convention in New York City.

Dr. Marcus Bright, executive director of Education for a Better America (EBA), moderated the panel that included educators from across the country, including television personality Dr. Steve Perry and Dr. Lisa Staino-Coico, president of The City College of New York.
Staino-Coico said that more work has to be done to get minority students interested in STEM fields at an early age so that they can major in the disciplines in college and go on to the competitive job market.
“Students are already tracked out of STEM before they even get to us because they haven’t had the math expertise; they haven’t been given the self-confidence,” said Staino-Coico, who has been president of the Harlem-based college since 2010. “They also don’t come with built-in networks.”
NAN, the civil rights organization founded in 1991 by the Rev. Al Sharpton, has made access to education one of its major issues, with Sharpton dubbing it the “civil rights issue of our day.”
In a speech on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed President Obama’s efforts to reduce racial disparities in the classroom and the administration’s new initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which aspires to create pathways to success for men and boys of color.
The initiative, announced several months ago, will focus on using results and evidence to evaluate what works—and stop what doesn’t—to improve opportunities for at-risk youths, all within existing federal resources, said Duncan, who also highlighted the department’s recently released Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which addresses the disparities in educational opportunities among African-Americans and other students of color.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), faulted administrators for spending too much time focused on standardized testing and not enough time on teaching content material.
“Why is it that testing is elevated over teaching?” asked Weingarten, a former high school teacher who said that more should be done to help poor students. “Why is it that America’s epidemic of childhood poverty is Al Sharpton’s NAN Tackles Education, the ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Day’ - Higher Education:

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's "Fear and Learning" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's "Fear and Learning" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:



John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's "Fear and Learning"

Guest post by John Thompson.
 
It was Texas that led American schools into the valley of fear and test-driven loathing. It was a Texan, Diane Ravitch, who rallied teachers when it seemed like public schooling was condemned to its Alamo. Now, it may be a Texan, John Kuhn, who points the way out of the educational civil war launched by data-driven reform.
Kuhn's Fear and Learning is humorous and candid when explaining how schools succumbed to bubble-in malpractice. He is as quotable as Ravitch, and as skilled in rallying and inspiring teachers. He also is charitable in a way that creates common ground. By beginning his outstanding book with an acknowledgement of why sincere reformers originally embraced standardized tests, how accountability went wrong, and how few of us are blameless, Kuhn points the way to a new era of school improvement. He closes with common sense and science-based solutions that we can all unite behind. 
 
Kuhn's wit is crucial to his explanation of education's culture of compliance - a culture of powerlessness in the face of impossible demands by multiple masters. "The only thing a superintendent needs to know," according to the conventional wisdom "is how to count to four." That number signified the votes required for superintendents to keep their jobs. As the education establishment tried to keep its collective heads down and stay out of trouble, they presided over an education system where "poverty wasn't an excuse; it was an ironclad guarantee."
 
When Texas imposed test-driven accountability, superintendents and other educators went along. After all, many were like Kuhn who had done well on standardized tests. In the Texas of the 1980 John Thompson Reviews John Kuhn's "Fear and Learning" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

States in West and Midwest Lead Nation in Teacher Respect

States in West and Midwest Lead Nation in Teacher Respect:



States in West and Midwest Lead Nation in Teacher Respect




Nevada, Louisiana residents see less respect for their educators

by Stephanie Kafka, Jordan Jeromchek, and Susan Sorenson



This article is part of a weeklong series analyzing how education leaders, students, and teachers evaluate education in America. The series will feature Americans' opinions on topics such as the Common Core, a uniform set of academic skills and competencies in U.S. schools; the quality of public K-12 education; the level of respect for U.S. teachers; and the viability of online higher education.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Residents living in several states in the West and Midwest lead the nation in saying teachers in their communities are well-respected. Nevadans and Louisianans are among the least likely to say this about their local teachers -- slightly more than six in 10 residents in each state say their teachers are well-respected.
States Most Likely to Report Teachers Are Well-Respected States Least Likely to Report Teachers Are Well-Respected
The results are based on a special 50-state Gallup poll conducted June-December 2013, including interviews with at least 600 residents in every state, allowing Gallup to report Americans' perceptions of public education at the state level for the first time. The complete list for all 50 states is on page 2.
Eight of the states where residents are most likely to say teachers are well-respected also topped the lists of states in which residents say public school quality is excellent or good and students are well-prepared for workplace success. North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and Kansas have strong economies with some of the lowest unemployment rates nationwide, which may help fuel a sense of optimism in local communities about their schools and teachers. Wyoming, Alaska, and Maine are near the top of the list of states in terms of per pupil expenditures for students in public elementary and secondary education, which may be reflected in the high respect rankings.
Five of the states where residents are least likely to say teachers are well-respected -- Nevada, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, and Illinois -- also appear among the list of states where residents least frequently rate the quality of education as excellent or good. These states face a more challenging economic landscape with unemployment rates exceeding 9% in Nevada and Illinois and poverty levels of 20% or higher in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Bottom Line
Although a clear majority of residents from each state in the union perceive that teachers in their local areas are well-respected, Gallup's latest research in the State of America's Schools report indicates that, overall, teachers don't feel they get much respect at work. In fact, according to the report teachers are last among occupational groups Gallup regularly tracks nationally in terms of their likelihood to say their opinions seem to count at work -- an important element in measuring workplace engagement. When teachers' engagement levels drop, as States in West and Midwest Lead Nation in Teacher Respect:

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