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When Bernie Sanders Stood Up to Teach for America; Rachel Cohen & Diane Ravitch

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ohen tells the story of TFA’s battle to ensure that its uncertified recruits were considered “highly qualified” teachers, an oxymoron; Cohen tells the story of TFA’s battle to ensure that its uncertified recruits were considered “highly qualified” teachers, an oxymoron -- study determined that more than 800,000 of the nation’s neediest students had teachers who were still in training, not certified, certainly not “highly qualified. This is an excellent analysis of how TFA flexed its muscles and power to defend its self-interest, undermine the plain language of the law, and inflict unqualified teachers on children who actually needed—but didn’t get—highly qualified teachers. TFA recognized that few if any members of Congress pay close attention to education; thus, most rely on junior staff to inform them, which gives extraordinary power to the TFA 'plants.'

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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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How very sad. Genuine teacher -practitioners have so little respect by people and are not viewed as professional -- so the power-elite in government legislatures --who want an ignorant citizenry who will buy their propaganda -- rants about 'choice,'- so they can remove the real voices, the genuine teacher who enables and facilitates learning--and KNOWS WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE

I was there in 1998, when they came after me as I was celebrated as an educator (NYS Educator of Excellence --studied by Harvard in Pew's National Standards research. I was sought after by parents in NYC (because my students were AT THE TOP OF ALL writing and ELA exams) and accepted in top high schools! I was asked to write a book by a top education publisher --on how I did it: taught critical thinking skills.

The union stood by, and let them remove the best teachers in this nation, tens of thousands were sent packing, and then the schools failed, and charters were sold as "choice.' talk about fake news, and disinformation.

Go to my series, and read about the legislative takeovers and the destruction afoot in the almost sixteen thousand SEPARATE SCHOOL SYSTEMS in 50 STATES.

I began my series about the 15,880 school systems under attack by the legislative takeovers of local school boards, because I follow The Ravitch blog which is a treasure if you want up-to the-minute news on the war on public education..

Now we get "online learning and TFAs and we wonder why youngsters graduate with little skills or knowledge.

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Let's get real...the power elite which controls the media has no intention of allowing any discussion about learning... because the real conversation is NOT about "education"..it is about how people learn to do things, and how our citizens LEARN ABOUT TRUTH AND HISTORY.

You cannot have an educated citizenry and elect a Trump.

It is Shared knowledge that MAKES DEMOCRACY POSSIBLE.An ignorant citizenry is the goal, not just the profit made by the businesses that take over our schools

Democracy depends on shared knowledge... it is the CRUX of this silence on the demolition of public education that Diane has written about for decades. click here

Look how this will work via "unchecked disinformation and media manipulation" to demonize Biden and anyone who might challenge the power -elite.

Yes, the. power elite corporate entities (i.e. big Pharma) and people with more money than most nations who make zillions from privatizing health care; and now, with the grand theft of public taxes they will enrich THEMSELVES by selling/pushing the idea /lie of school 'choice'.

The need to dumb us down as John Gatto explains

BUT-- The public will NEVER know how they removed the professionals from the schools because they need to dumb down the people, and feed them endless misinformation and disinformation. They sell lies... and they are good at it!

That's the reason that there will NEVER be a genuine CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE and WHAT MUST BE IN PLACE.

Propaganda is the tool to their power, and the 21st century has given them the internet-- place of anarchy--where lies propagate!

I was one of the first teachers to fall as the assault on the professionals began... so they could end the VOICES THAT BRING KNOWLEDGE to our citizens.

None of the candidates will ever bring back the iNSTITUTION of Public Education... not if they want to be elected! Bernie may talk a good talk, but he ain't gonna challenge the power-elite...not if he wants to get anything done!

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