Big News! The California Democratic Party passed the CTA/CFT-sponsored resolution "Supporting California’s Public Schools and Dispelling the Corporate 'Reform' Agenda" at its recent annual convention.
There is a great deal of discussion about "education reform" in the national media. Everyone seems to think they know how we should best improve our public education system.
A couple years ago, the film Waiting for Superman shook the public awake, offering a glimpse into some of the problems with our system, but it did so at the expense of public school teachers and our union in order to promote charter schools as a panacea. And then came Won't Back Down, this time ignoring the realities our schools and students face to promote the misguided "parent trigger" law as a silver bullet.
One voice has been surprisingly left out of the debate on "education reform" - or as respected education historian Diane Ravitch refers to it, "corporate education reform": the voice of educators.
Day in and day out educators are doing their best for their students with far fewer resources and overcrowded classrooms. Instead of pointing the finger and casting stones, especially when research proves these "reforms" ineffective, we should be working together to not only reform our public schools, but to improve our public schools.