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The War on Teachers: Why Is the Public Watching It Happen?

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The War on Teachers: Why Is the Public Watching It Happen?

By Mark Naison 
The Washington Post 
March 13, 2012

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-war-on-teachers-why-the-public-is-watching-it-happen/2012/03/11/gIQAD3XH6R_blog.html

All over the nation, teachers are under attack. Politicians
of both parties, in every state, have blamed teachers and
their unions for the nation’s low standing on international
tests and our nation’s inability to create the educated labor
force our economy needs.

Mass firings of teachers in so-called failing schools have
taken place in municipalities throughout the nation and some
states have made a public ritual of humiliating teachers. In
Los Angeles and New York, teacher ratings based on student
standardized test scores - said by many to be inaccurate -
have been published by the press. As a result, great teachers
have been labeled as incompetent and some are leaving the
profession. A new study showed that teachers’ job
satisfaction has plummeted in recent years.

Big budget films such as Bad Teacher and the documentary
Waiting for Superman popularize the idea that public school
teachers prevent poor children of color from getting a good
education, while corporate funded organizations perpetuate
the idea that the only way for children to excel is if their
teachers lose their job security and bargaining rights.

Why has this campaign attracted such strong bipartisan
support and why has the public failed to speak out loudly
against it?

To read more, go to 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-war-on-teachers-why-the-public-is-watching-it-happen/2012/03/11/gIQAD3XH6R_blog.html

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