Saturday, July 11, 2009

Teachers' Unions' Insanity Finally Reaches Tipping Point of Moral Outrage

Mickey Kaus notes that when libtard Fr. Hesburgh and Roger Wilkins, plus Eleanor Holmes Norton [who had not paid taxes for a decade when elected as a non-voting DC member of Congress, thus making her a stereotypical libtard] & a couple of other home-team umps all agree that:
resistance to reforms designed to hold schools accountable has hurt "disadvantaged students" and led to "calcified systems in which talented people are deterred from applying or staying as teachers ..."

But wait, there's more!
The unions have battled against the principle that schools and education agencies should be held accountable for the academic progress of their students. They have sought to water down the standards adopted by states to reflect what students should know and be able to do. They have attacked assessments designed to measure the progress of schools, seeking to localize decisions about test content so that the performance of students in one school or community cannot be compared with others. They have resisted innovative ways-such as growth models-to assess student performance.

In their attack on education reform, the national unions have often been unconstrained by considerations of propriety and fairness. They have sought to inject weakening amendments in appropriations bills, hoping that they would prevail if no hearings were held and the public was unaware of their efforts. They have used the courts to launch an attack on education reform, employing arguments that could imperil many federal assistance programs going back to the New Deal. They have failed to inform their own members of the content of federal reform laws.

Sounds like AFTA and the NEA have to clean up their acts, which aren't even selling to the peanut gallery....

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