All news show talk about this strike and make it sound like teachers are just greedy gut slobs..The truth of the matter is The mayor want to use Arnies plan into effect in Chicage.. Who's Arnie? Arnie Duncan Obama's Education Secretary ,who as Chicago's top educator put into play a plan where they would fire everyone at a school , reopen it as a Charter school run by a for profit corporation. Something in the 3 or 4 range were the number of teachers rehired the rest from his corporate buddies business.. All of us have seen the results of privatization all over the place , from highways, to bridges to buildings, and I can't personally think of a case where services got better or cheaper.
THE TEACHERS SIDE OF THE STORY
What at the bottom of this Chicago strike is the fact that Rahm wants to close 100 schools and reopen them as for profit Charter schools... If this was the only factor being negotiated the teachers should strike... I hope they don't give in as long as any of this threat exists. Make them eat it now or they will get you one school at a time..
Having student performance as a measure of teacher effectiveness may sound cool... But where is the measure of what this teacher has to work with at the beginning of each school year... garbage in , garbage out as they say.. Putting all this weight on testing is absolutely stupid.. To survive the teacher has to teach the test , you can teach a monkey how to answer questions, not that he knows what he's talking about, you can do the same with kids..
I personally hope the Chicago teachers beat back each and every on of these power plays in full... NO deal.. Tell Rahm to stuff it..
IF RAHM , THE PRESIDENT OR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION REALLY CARE ABOUT OUT KIDS THEY WOULD ADDRESS THE REAL CAUSE OF EDUCATION LACKING.
WHAT THE BOSSES ARE AFTER TOO Manthey really want to bust the last of the big unions... If they will this who will be next...