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Letter to Bernie Sanders: The TRUTH About Why The Schools Failed

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Dear Bernie,

The votes of millions of teachers, are at stake. If talking to the millions of teachers out there is your objective, then I speak to you Senator - Bernie - AS A TEACHER who knows what other teachers NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU. I have trying for months to reach anyone that I could communicate what you are missing. So, today, before I go to Texas to visit my grandkids I write this (I voted for you, in the NY primary on an absentee ballot.

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'I had hoped to tell you this in person -- my fellow classmate and president of MY high school class. Hidden for 2 decades, the plight of the teachers must be part of your narrative. This letter is a bare introduction. It is what I have written about to Jeff Weaver, and even your brother.

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The purpose of this letter is to help you and your campaign, to create a POLICY STATEMENT THAT WOULD resonate with teachers, because it shows them that YOU graspthe real hidden crux of the destruction of our INSTITUTION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. I can ENSURE you that teachers will KNOW,that YOU KNOW! There is no other way to explain what this letter can do for you. It will assist you in grasping that you must stop talking about "schools". That is "their' word, and I will explain who they are in this letter. You need to begin the conversation about learning, not teaching, which was Duncan's rant, sold by the media until the schools erased the careers of over a hundred thousand of the professional practitioners, with a lawless process that WORKED.

I read the Ravitch blog where teachers talk, and I can say with some authority that they complain that neither candidate is talking to them. This letter can help you shape your policy statement t o resonate with millions of teachers. I listen closely to their plight on that landscape where they practice their profession, their career -- a place run by corrupted business managers called principals and superintendents.

There are millions of teachers and parents too, who are awaiting a leader who will stand up and address the real reason that the schools tanked! New teachers leave in 3 to 5 years, which keepsthe budgets low in schools defunded by austerity rants. This ensures that the next generation of American voters will be ignorant of our history and real facts about anything, and bereft of the critical thinking skills which enable WORK of any kind.

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I offer one link which shines a spotlight on the objective of the oligarchs who are behind the utter destruction.

Guess who is writing the social studies curricula in North Carolina" the Kochs.Does that not scare you?

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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 Middle (more...)

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