WooF's Daddy's School of School Reform
Posted in the Santa Cruz Forum
#1 Jul 20, 2013
WooF's BIG DADDY's capitalist friends have made a mess of public schools with their *reform* agenda.
Michael Brocoum on the Wreckage Caused by Mayoral Control
Michael Brocoum recounts his experience as a New York City public school teacher:
"I was a teacher at the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in NYC from 1990 - 2010 and taught before at several other schools in NYC. I also taught Economics as an adjunct at the State Univ. of NY at Farmingdale before that (1975-77).
"BRHS was an excellent school with students opting to attend that didn't make it into Stuyvesant. Also students that were accepted opted to attend BRHS because of its reputation. A significant number of students were children of diplomats. In other words, well fed and motivated students, involved parents, great staff with great results.
"Some students went on to Ivy League schools, one of mine is a reporter on NBC Evening News, another won a film award from an NYC program rewarding student's creativity (I don't recall specific details). Overall a very good school by any standard.
"Then Mayor Bloomberg became, well, mayor. Worse still he gained absolute control and the whole situation was made even worse when Bill Gates decided he wanted to fund a small school movement. There is a lot to explain but not interested reliving all that happened. Simply put we were sent the most difficult and needy students, not violent for the most part, but students reading at 5th or 6th grade levels and also far behind in math skills.
"To make a long story short, good school at the beginning of Bloomberg's mayoralty, closure near the end of it. I retired in disgust. By the way, Bill Gates admitted his small school program was a failure. He walked away harmless and we were left "holding the bag".
#2 Jul 21, 2013
A Tragic Day for Public Education in North Carolina
Yvonne Brannan of Public Schools First NC sent the following comment:
"It is a tragic day in NC for our public schools, their teachers and students. The cuts to education reflect a very aggressive attack on public education. Eliminating $110 million for teacher assistants, eliminating teacher tenure, eliminating class size limits for K-3, no raise again this year, all of these unnecessary cuts wipe out three decades of steady progress. The most damaging is allowing for our hard earned tax dollars to be transferred to private schools. The privatization of public schools threatens the very cornerstone of our democracy and violates our state constitution. This is beyond comprehension and represents the worst public policy I have ever witnessed in NC History. These cuts to public education will have a direct impact at the classroom level, impacting every single one of our 1.5 million public school children. The General Assembly has abandoned the heart and soul of what makes our schools work and has set us on a course that will end public education as a common good in NC. We hope the business community will realize today that this attack on public education is an attack on our economic viability."
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