Peter Dreier: School board members and other community residents have witnessed Miramontes’ anger management problems and been subject to his abusive and threatening phone calls.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Rosemary Jenkins: Deasy was so dismissive of the Board’s guidance (let alone input from the teachers, other school personnel unions, and the community) that he fashioned himself in the style of a dictator. And as a result, Calamity John became his own self-made disaster.
Lucianna Sanson: BadAss Teachers Unite is a lightweight, compact book, a perfect personification of the the BadAss author himself, who grew up boxing in the Bronx streets, and like him, every entry packs one heck of a punch.
Bill Raden: LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer, for one, agrees that Deasy’s laudable concern over the students most in peril in the district was too often offset by his obliviousness to the importance of consensus-building and the precipitate speed with which he attempted to implement controversial policies.
Yohuru Williams: While trying to give the appearance of popular support for their destructive actions, AstroTurf organizations like PennCAN actually cause injury.
Lucianna Sanson: Secretary Duncan has seen the writing on the data wall: teachers, parents, students, and concerned citizens are NOT fooled by the corporate ed reform agenda. It is going to go down.
Leonard Isenberg: Only in the long-failed insular culture of LAUSD, that steadfastly refuses to go outside its own incestuous administrative short list comfort zone of “qualified” public education insiders, would a Ray Cortines even be considered.
Frank McAlpin: Ms. Dawson’s class was not about memorizing and spitting back information on multiple choice tests. Her class was about building our reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills.
Steve Hochstadt: U.S. history was white-washed. Public school textbooks used in Texas were emphatic about savage Indians and lazy Negroes.
Mark Naison: If our protest does not reach Sixties proportions, and “doesn’t bring the machine to a halt,” it quite simply won’t work.
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Mark Naison: We need a REAL anti-poverty program in the United States, not a program of universal testing to avoid dealing with poverty.
Lucianna M. Sanson and Lee-Ann P. Nolan: While these so-called ed-reformers would have us believe that Tennessee is making great gains in the testing arena, in actuality, we are making great gains FOR testing companies, Charter schools, and corporations, NOT our students.