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Mike Bloomberg Announces Centerpiece of His Education Agenda: Charter Schools Galore!

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 When Bloomberg was mayor of NYC for 12 years, he had complete control of the public schools yet did not have any fresh ideas about how to improve them. He adopted every aspect of No Child Left Behind: high-stakes testing, closing schools, firing teachers and principals.His main idea was to hand schools over to private charter operators,  who often excludes low-performing students to artificially boost  test scores.  Some kicked out kids who were in need of special services He hired another non-educator--Joel Klein be his chancellor, to adopt a corporate style of organization, because they had low regard for actual educators.So pleased was Bloomberg with his charter policy that it is now the centerpiece of his national education agenda.

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Smaller classes, and good salaries to bring professional educators back to enable and facilitate LEARNING! Authentic educators, using the. teaching methods that work the ones that professionals learn about when they study human behavior & learning: methodologies in authentic colleges where education degrees are not manufactured for TFA candidates.

Genuine teachers who use genuine evaluation tools (not merely 'tests') to assess what Johnny, Jaunita and Leroy actually have mastered, and what still needs to be presented to them.

Want a vision?

How about this: put in charge of their professional practice (aka THE CLASSROOM) genuine, talented, educated professional practitioners of pedagogy (aka TEACHERS). Put another way, the vision is to return the authority and AUTONOMY to the genuine classroom teacher!l

Let the teacher meet the challenges for the learning objectives for each child who sits in that room for 10 months! Throw out the Gates common core curriculum crap!

For it is only the teacher who KNOWS What Learning Looks Like. (WLLL) ; because the old vision where LEARNING is what MATTERED worked for generations! It only needed some cold hard cash. Instead the backpacks full of cash went to the venture capitalists who marketed education and told teachers what to teach, and mandated the use of materials and testing.

How easy it was for Bloomberg and the billionaire cabal to end AUTHENTIC education in America! When they ended the INSTITUTION of Education (aka schools) they ended giving Americans any prior knowledge of history of what worked and didn't work in the past.

No wonder they elected Donald Trump.

Now he wants to finish the undoing of education in America...except for the wealthy scions wh get to go to charter schools that exclude everyone else.

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