Markell has a clue but can’t find the groove. His education reform plan is about lame as as this video. When will Jack walk the talk?
Markell sells out Moyer students to honor a backdoor RTTT deal. Markell rode the “change” coattails of Obama. Now Markell drops his pants and put his ass in the faces of those who choice into Moyer Academy. Tell Charter School of Wilmington they need to open their doors to low achieving minorities and see how Markell dances for the affluent.
On occasion I’ve made somewhat critical negative remarks about DSEA. The comments are not about DSEA being union aka organized labor as I am pro organized labor. The reason we have unions is because the United States government’s failure to protect workers’ safety, working conditions and fair reasonable compensation. Those of you who are not union members enjoy 40 hour work weeks and other benefits. Unions benefited the working condition for all. If it weren’t for “teachers” standing up and demanding changes in child labor laws we would still have sweat shop enslaving children. Then there is corporate america who didnt’ give a shit about human rights of their workers. Sure unions really push the limits for compensation but American businesses don’t have a problem going overseas and supporting their networks who enslave children in textile sweatshops or pay workers substandard pay in comparison to average world pay scale. I doubt many overseas workers receive company healthcare or retirement plans. If it weren’t for union there would be no OSHA. I’ll admit, I feel some unions aren’t thankful for what they have and can’t see the need for fair and reasonable concession particularly in an economic recession. Companies that can’t maintain a reasonable profit margin will close and out goes all employees. Our economy will recover and unions will survive.
Here is the thing about education and teachers. Unions aren’t the cause for failing students, leadership and state governments are. Lets not forget teachers are college educated “professionals” who chose to be educators. Those legislators who bitch about teacher compensation should look in a mirror. They serve a few terms and received pensions whereas teachers must work a lifetime.
Currently the political odds are stacked against teachers because governments like Jack Markell and Arne Duncan are walking hand in hand with the business community who see teachers unions as a conquest. Break one of the strongest labor organization (teachers) and others will fall like dominos. Republicans are perceived as union busters when in fact Democrats like Jack Markell and Obama have cracked the foundation of teacher labor organizations.
I have a hunch that teachers don’t really support Race to The Top with heart and soul but go along to get along. If they buck RTTT the politicians would point the finger, there you go, teachers refuse to come to the table for the benefit of children. In Delaware teachers did work with Carper and Minner re: DSTP. However, they buck the system when it came to being accountable based on one test, one indicator. Race to The Top may support the growth model plan however, there is the issue of the failures in society such as poverty that stagnate a child’s ability to achieve. Do we hold the governor accountable for the poverty rate in Delaware ? No! But why not ?
Public education is shifting towards school building being some kind of social service centers in attempt to address all the social problems within the community. This bullshit with educational partnership zone with local businesses is “bullshit.” If involved community leaders can’t reach the community from outside the schools what makes them think they can do it from within. FYI folks, poverty is an industry that many even righteous so-called civil rights leaders have a hand out. You don’t see PTA parents asking for paycheck for their civil duty. So why would the righteous community leaders ask for monetary compensation. Bottom line is if we cure poverty we’ve killed a profitable industry. In comes Governor Jack Markell who supports expanding administrative services when the need is more classroom instructional services such as more teachers to reduce class sizes.
Teacher unions may have the downfalls but lets look at government. Don’t you think many politicians are about self-preservation and the me in life? Markell, damn right cut sidebar deals with labor because he has a personal political agenda. Teachers on the other hand aren’t out looking to advance their political standing or social status. They just want fair pay and benefits like any of us. Jack Markell is all about Jack Markell and the failures with Moyer charter is evident. He wants to close Moyer but failure to ensure Moyer student would transfer to a Superior or Commendable rate school. He didn’t give a rat’s ass if they ended up back in the failing schools they escaped. Jack got caught with his pants down and had to save face.
Folks the basis for student failure and teacher failure is one test called DSTP. Teachers don’t need a data coach to tell them which students will fail. We all know children without invested parents will most likely fail. Color is not a barrier for failure. However, poverty clearly stagnate achievement. Schools are asked to feed children breakfast lunch and now talk of dinner. What is Markell doing to ensure these children don’t live in homes with empty food pantries?
I hate to say this but in many unions not just teachers there are those who play politics too much and too close. Unions across the country are cracking at their foundations and the end result will be shrinkage of the American middle-class and backlash on compensation for all Americans. We’ll end up with a two class society, those with and those without. Ask yourself this, why is it those we elected to serve the public become the elitist? Why should the social status of Jack Markell or any elected public official nationwide be greater than those they serve?
Did the teachers in Delaware have a choice to say no to the MOU? If they did Delaware would have lost $110 + million dollars and education budget cuts would have been deeper. Don’t buy the RTTT must all go towards the RTTT plans. Once the cash is in Delaware’s hands the manipulation of cash flow takes place. Delaware has just one bank account and all money is dumped into it. There is some much federal funding being dumped into the states the federal government doesn’t have the manpower to complete effective in-depth audits.
I support traditional public schools and feel there shouldn’t be a need for charter schools. The creation of charter schools was driven by a political agenda to first undermine the desegregation order, more so force busing. Then undermine teacher unions. Many of the pro charter school founders are nothing more than profiteers capitalizing on charter schools to an extent of conflict of interest.
The democrat and republican elected officials are nothing but organized unions themselves. There are a few who maintain morals and standards rooted in the heart and soul of what America is about and founding principles.
I think it would be great to fire at will ineffective teachers. However, take a deep hard look at who controls the firing! If a teacher were to expose financial corruption of an administrators their ass would be history.
Teachers have become the surfs of public education second class to administrators.
Have you notice, each time there is a movement to reform public education there has been an expansion in the management of education. We need to reduce the management of education and redirect those funds to hiring more teachers.
Delaware’s public schools are driven by power, politics, money and egos. The line between teachers unions and politics has moved closer and closer. What could be worst than organized teachers union and government? When both sit too close together. It appears labor leaders are morphing into politicians like some of this school superintendents. Signing of the RTTT MOU put teachers in a place of no return. When RTTT falls apart and it will, the backlash on teachers livelihood will be harsh. Deals are being made by those seeing light at the end of the career tunnel and those who will be greatly impacted are just starting their educational careers.
Why do I make it my businesss as to whats going on here? Well, the politcal games going on in education are being bankrolled by taxpayer’s money. People like Markell are playing games only to seek further political gains. Does Tom Carper have any remores for bending over for the business commuity that gave us DSTP? Jack Markell opens the doors and let the same player dictate current education reforms.