An insightful discussion on education reforms among Chicago teachers on the Education Nation/NBC series, aired on May 2. We have edited out the first fourteen minutes, which consisted of a painfully slow introduction from NBC, Univ. of Phoenix and the other sponsors of the series.
There’s much incisive debate on the show, but one of the most interesting moments is a heartfelt statement at its conclusion from a teacher at Urban Prep Academy on the importance of keeping class sizes small. Urban Prep is the Chicago charter school that Arne Duncan highlights for its results, and yet at the same time, Duncan insists on devaluing the importance of class size. Another indication of the hypocrisy of the corporate reform crowd.
Also note that Bob Peterson of Rethinking Schools just won election as President of the Milwaukee Teachers Union (NEA affiliate). I just got off a conference call with him and congratulated him - or pitied him. But what a great voice for teachers.
He sent along this a few days ago: