Saturday, July 11, 2009

What if NEA and AFT stop caring what other people think?


Antonucci asks the right question and we have the answer. Let's try to stop worrying what other people think and start organizing the counter revolution.

Leo Casey claims there is an ed reform - deform- train heading down the tracks and the AFT/UFT needs to get ahead of it and jump on board. We say there is a counter reactive train of teacher/parent true progressive ed reformers coming from the other direction. And we are helping to drive it.


Intercepts

Bad News, Bob; Even the Center Cannot Hold

Posted: 10 Jul 2009 12:31 PM PDT

Mickey Kaus points us to the latest report from the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, titled “National Teachers’ Unions and the Struggle Over School Reform.”

I thought about excerpting the stinging barbs from CCCR’s absolute flaying of NEA and AFT, but it’s really worth your time to read the entire 36-page report, then head over to this page for a list of the organization’s commissioners. Not a conservative right-wing bastard in the bunch.

The public perception battle is over, and the teachers’ unions have lost. But will it have any effect on Congress and state legislatures? The NRA, tobacco companies, PETA, the ACLU and Big Oil all have negative public images they can’t shed, yet they are still effective in getting their way. What if NEA and AFT stop caring what other people think?

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