Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Teacher Shortage as "Shock Doctrine" Part II | BustED Pencils

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Teacher Shortage as "Shock Doctrine" Part II

Since writing a letter to my teacher education colleagues and then posting it to my blog some things have happened.  I shared it with some legislators.  One remarked, “he’s right but….”
Great. I’m right. But that’s not enough to stop the crazy train?
That tells me that this issue will only get legs when public school supporters realize that warm bodies—not teachers—are about to be foisted upon our most vulnerable communities. Parents, teachers and children need to communicate directly with their legislators.
Short recap and background: In Wisconsin we have decided that the teacher shortage is a human capital issue and not a case of “battered spouse syndrome.”  The leadership group (literally called the Leadership Group) was formed to address the shortage and put forward a proposal to strip appropriate license developmental ranges and content area expertise and allow for an “emergency” license that can be renewed indefinitely without completing a certification track.
Since the release of the document referenced above, I have remained firm that nothing in the document will do a damn thing about the teacher “shortage.” The policy driver reaffirms the manufactured crisis—shock doctrine—and simply seeks to fill classrooms with humanTeacher Shortage as "Shock Doctrine" Part II | BustED Pencils: 

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