Saturday, March 22, 2014

Support Suan Ohanian on White House Petition

Please don't send me 'excuses.' I've heard them already--from union officers who tell me they have other fish to fry, teachers who insist putting initials on a petition will cost them their jobs, etc. etc.  .. Susan Ohanian
I hate petitions and think they do little good. But when Susan Ohanian speaks I listen. Here is the link:
http://wh.gov/lV7q7


White House Petition

Although I have strong reservations about petitions, I launched a petition to the White House, hoping to draw attention of the public and the press to the fact that massive standardized testing is Presidential policy. I hope you will read the petition, sign it, and promote it.

The rules are that a petition must garner 100,000 signatures in 30 days to get White House 'attention.' Sad to say, after 5 days, we have only 1,326 signatures. With 3.5 million public school teachers, not to mention concerned parents, my disappointment is dissolving into rage. Please don't send me 'excuses.' I've heard them already--from union officers who tell me they have other fish to fry, teachers who insist putting initials on a petition will cost them their jobs, etc. etc.

I'm keeping a tally state by state. Here are those with most signers:
New York: 168
California: 121
Michigan: 58
Illinois: 52
Connecticut: 48
Washington: 44
Indiana: 46
Massachusetts: 41
New Jersey: 31

And least.
Delaware: 2
Montana: 2
Wyoming: 2
North Dakota: 1

Here's the petition:
http://wh.gov/lV7q7

2 comments:

  1. The trouble with White Hoise petitions is that they make you sign in to an "account" before you can sign a petition. Why would some one want a White House account, especially these days.
    Let me know if there's a way around this. Susan, start a separate unattached petition and see how that flies.

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  2. "These days" the White House already knows everything about you. The point of this one was put the President on the spot. Directly.
    It's a failure because there are always ready excuses not to do it.

    Start another petition? You've got to be kidding. As I said in my note to subscribers, I think most petitions are useless. I just had a shred of hope that this one could be different. Teachers proved it can't because they won't participate. Years ago we kept an anti-NCLB petition online (for which you didn't have to register with the WH or anybody else) for more than a year. In that time we managed to get ~50,000 signers. That's all. Out of 3.5 million teachers. And never mind that lots of parents signed.

    I thought maybe teachers were angrier now. Now I know anger just leads to whining, not action.

    As Kurt Vonnegut pointed out, So it goes.

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