As a follow up to What Seems to be the Trouble, Lady? post, the question arises concerning teacher/educator power versus “other” power, and what possible damage can Devos do?
Well, let’s take one possible walk through the Woods of Broken Pencils:
- Get rid of protections for LBGTQ students.
- Get rid of protections for special education students.
- Let’s just get rid of the NEA and Dept. of Ed. altogether.
- In motion:
- Article from 2015:
- From November 2016:
- And this past week:
Lest you think that I was a complete fan-girl of the Obama administration’s choice for Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, nope. He was a poster-boy for privilege and ed-reform, and not only didn’t change or destroy NCLB, he gave us Race to the Top, which made matters worse.
What matters, you ask?
- Measuring proficiency versus growth, and then evaluating schools, teachers, and administrators on that
- Inequality in resources throughout the nation
- Poverty rates of children never addressed by standardized testing, and withholding of funds
- Standardized testing: http://neatoday.org/2015/04/07/voters-ranks-the-top-problems-facing-education-lack-of-school-choice-isnt-one-of-them/
As usual, those who want to gut the Federal government’s role in our basic human rights: education, health, freedom of speech, religion, press, clean air/water, energy, etc. use sweeping, uninformative phrases. They say nothing and a lot of it.
But there is so much hope: teachers, parents, and administrators are speaking up, loudly and clearly. Many have had the scales fall from their eyes.