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Nancy Bailey: What Is an "Educator"? Diane Ravitch blog

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 'Define educator for America’s schools. It’s critical to nail this down during a teacher shortage and when there are attempts to privatize public schools.' ' Make no mistake. The current drift is to deprofessionalize teaching and education so anyone at all–like Duncan, Beutner, and DeVos–can claim to be an “educator.” They are not. Some have fancy corporate titles, like “chief human resources officer,” or “chief knowledge officer,” but that’s just a way of evading the necessity of hiring trained professionals.'     'We don’t want people with inappropriate or no credentials teaching America’s children and directing their public schools.Ensuring that teachers and administrators are qualified used to be required. Since NCLB, alternative routes to teaching and educational leadership have blurred the lines and deregulated the profession.'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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Defunding state governments did this. There would be no teacher shortage if states actually invested in authentic public education. If the war on teachers had not taken out tens of thousands of genuine professionals, (dedicated, educated experienced teachers) in order to lower the budgets, then we would not have TFA and other fake training programs that cheapen the degrees of legitimate professionals!

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and don't miss Wyatt Cenac as he deepens the conversation so that people "begin to reconsider the ways they think about education --especially as it impacts their families, their children, and their communities. Specifically, that Americans start thinking beyond their own children, instead of reducing the system to a game that must be rigged in your favor." In approaching the topic, Cenac wanted to give viewers of all backgrounds an entry point to consider their own biases and blindspots. "He opts to spend the bulk of his time probing possible solutions to educational problems, rather than doing some of the more satirical, confrontational interviews the Daily Show used to be known for. In this way, the show is as much corrective as it is comedyand that's by design."

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and BTW, Here is my comment to this post at THE RAVITCH BLOG:

THE ploy IN THE PLOT TO END PUBLIC EDUCATION and create an ignorant citizenry, is to remove all the experienced teacher-practitioners (who know WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE, and how to enable the learning of real skills).

" and BTW Karen Horwitz is about to release her edited version of "White Chalk Crime: The Real Reason Why Schools Fail"
I met Karen when in the nineties, when they came after me! I went to her amazing NAPTA site where teachers who were under attack told their stories.

Yeah, folks, the assault on teachers was always OUT THERE, as the fake news owned by the power elite (The Educational Industrial Complex) screamed about those old tired, lazy BAD teachers.

At that time, in 1998, I was already The NYSEC (NYS English Councils's) "Educator of Excellence" and for 2 years, I had been the Pew cohort in NYC, for HARVARD'S RESEARCH on The Principles of Learning!"

Thus, they could not accuse me of incompetence!!
Let me be clear about THE CRIME:
You can GRASP the criminal behavior needed to remove a teacher such as I was; I was one of the most successful teachers in the nation (according to that Pew Research, which studied me for 2 years ,and said I was one of six in the 20,000 they studied who matched IN A UNIQUE WAY all the standards/principles for LEARNING)

That did not stop the criminals in the DOE, who with NO CHARGES put out, AND NOT EVEN A LETTER OF EXPLANATION! Six months later, as the UFT DID NOTHING, I was READ that letter" at a meeting"the first AND ONLY ONE that I had since I had been taken from my classroom.

Yeah" it was in the United States that I learned that teachers have no rights!
The CRIME that shattered my civil rights? There had been NO HEARING when the superintendent of District 2, broke the law, and wrote a letter stating that I was GUILTY of 'corporal punishment'. ( As my expensive attorney later pointed out: they based this bogus 'verdict' on a single student's allegation that I had 'cursed' at her" and this frightened her!)

STOP LAUGHING!"they sent me to a rubber room, and trashed my successful NYC practice. I languished for 6 months in a storeroom (the rubber room) at the district office, as my students wrote to me about how they trashed my room AND MY RESEARCH and gave my 1000 book library to other teachers.

I hired an attorney and it cost me 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS to get BACK to my school, but NEVER AGAIN to a classroom. I was now, housed in a closet, where a few students each period came to me, each period, in a pull-out program that had never existed when I taught the entire seventh grade (My students were at the top of NYC and 3rd in the State in those tests that AOC also took.)

Now, as the parents of students in this East Side Middle school (which they had CHOSEN for their children) clamored for my return, the new, lawless principal wrote a letter saying that she heard (through the grapevine) that I had 'threatened to kill her! Stop laughing, Greg and Lloyd)

Soooo I was back in the rubber room until Randi Weingarten was contacted by my husband" not by the UFT Manhattan Rep, Ivan Tiger)

and she arbitrated me into retirement.

My salary was thus gone from the school budget, and they could hire a novice for many thousands less.

Of course, I was very ill, and the book that Stenhouse asked me to write, about how I did it-- how I enabled every kid on my class to write so well -- was no longer desired.

The CRIMINALITY which I experienced as the power elite emptied NYC (the largest school system in the 15,880, is the SAME that teachers in LAUSD (the second largest system) experienced, as the ASSAULT on public education began and WHITE CHALK CRIME became the modus operandi. Karen's research, published years ago will kick you out!

..for LA's sad story See my next comment, as my LA friend and teacher Lenny Isenberg chronicled it.

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Here is the war on teachers in LAUSD! ... chronicled by a brilliant teacher, Lenny Isenberg, who has fought for 2 decades! If you have never gone to PERDAILY.COM, maybe you should do so now. With 15,880 systems in 50 states it was easy to keep this CRIMINALITY hidden. Lenny's site addressed the plight of teachers. ( like that NAPTA site of Karen Horwitz

For your perusal and astonishment (as this was out there forever) here is but a few of the links from Perdaily, that tell the story of the ASSAULT ON THE TEACHERS in LAUSD -- that swamp of corruption that you are still reading about today, as Carl Peterson nails, here andRavitch does at her site

Lenny Isenberg chronicled the ploy in the plot --which is all about money! click here

Hundreds of thousands of teachers in LA (the second largest district in America) were sent packing on fabricated charges: click here and Lenny Isenberg asked teachers to tell how they were terminated. CLICK HERE

Even as the fake news talked about those bad teachers.

How could this have happened? Kathleen Carroll laid out the "unholy alliance between- the union and public education" . Click here

Where was the protection the teacher's civil rights as LAUSD continued to target teachers? Click here and remember this was 'out there' years ago!

One year, seeing no accountability for crossing the line -- LAUSD emptied the schools. 10,000 teachers charged"ALL fired!

Knowing Lenny, and reading Perdaily for over a decade, it always stuns me when I read about the big 'surprise' that authentic teacher-practitioners (I.e. genuine professional pedagogues) are gone, and being replaced by trained employees.

This is why Karen Horwitz wanted to explain, in her book, how the lines were crossed and the RULE of LAW ceased to exist for teachers. I look forward to the release of her edited "White Chalk Crime!"

Now, we authentic, professional teachers need to tell the public the truth about the real war on teachers so that they will insist on bring back genuine professionals to the INSTITUTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

No hospital succeeds if a trained medic replaces genuine physicains! No school enables and facilities LEARNING if the staff has no idea how the brain acquires skills, and uses the 'business' scripts in their classrooms.

Online learning --- LOL --- hahahaha!

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