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Tim Slekar to Wisconsin Legislators: Stop the War on Teachers; Diane Ravitch

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'Tim Slekar is dean of education at Edgewood College in Wisconsin and a veteran teacher educator. He has watched and fumed and protested and spoken out as Governor Scott Walker and his puppet legislature wage war on public education and on teachers. He wrote an angry letter protesting their latest plan to introduce “flexibility” into the credentials of teachers. He says they are using Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine” to create a crisis, then step in and impose solutions that make the problems worse. They are both creating a teacher shortage and establishing the conditions to ruin teaching as a profession. What the legislature and the governor really want is to cut the cost of education by driving away professional teachers.  this manner is shortsighted and, ultimately, harmful – and it must stop!”

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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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