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Education System Fix Now
Jan 27th, 2012 by johnbeagle

Public educators say you should wait five to ten years for the system to fix itself. But there is a better fix for millions right now. Its called school choice and its working.

Students in school choice programs graduate at significantly higher rates than their public school peers. A 2010 gold-standard evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP)—a voucher program for low-income children in Washington, D.C.—revealed that over 90 percent of DCOSP students graduated from high school, compared to just 70 percent of their peers with similar characteristics who remained in D.C. public schools. Similarly, students in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program who participated for all four of their high school years had a 94 percent graduation rate, compared to a 75 percent graduation rate of their peers who attended four-years of public high school.

And students who participate in charter schools are also more likely to graduate than their peers who attend traditional public high schools.

“Imagine if you went to a car dealership and they told you it will take 5 to 10 YEARS to fix your engine. Imagine how IRATE you would be, ” said Andrew Campanella,  Vice President of National School Choice Week.

“We can’t do this to kids. We are paying far too much money for a public education system that isn’t working.”
Everyone knows that the U.S. education system is in trouble. Campanella offers a few words on how school choice week can help with promoting “access to better options and empowering parents and kids.”

According to Campanella, the U.S. ranks 35th in the world in math and literacy.

“Other countries are not just nipping at our heels educationally, they’ve lapped us,” Campanella says.

Campanella contends that school choice offers real solutions to raising the bar and educating the next generation, and that it’s not just empty words.

Sources: Reason TV, Heritage Foundation

Teachers Unions – Not about the Kids
Nov 6th, 2010 by johnbeagle


Some teachers only support the union passively, they don’t want to rock the boat. But they also don’t like the idea that union dues are used to finance political things that many don’t want, don’t agree with.In the US, teachers unions are motivated to retain good and bad teachers to help maintain the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in dues. They don’t want to rock the boat by firing anyone. That would be bad publicity for the unions.

“Teachers Union leaders’ are primarily interested in more money to hire more teachers, who are then likely to become dues-paying union members as evidenced by this quote from

Al Shanker, former President of the American Federation of Teachers,

“I don’t represent the children.

I represent the teachers.”

Merit Pay vs Tenure

Our teachers can not be given raises base on merit. In Ohio, for example, after 5 years, public school teachers receive what’s commonly called “tenure,” a special employment protection that teachers unions defend. As federal statistics indicate, teachers with just a couple years of experience are practically impossible to fire. The Ohio Teachers firing rate of teachers with 3+ years experience is 1.91% vs 9.8% for private schools without unions.

Nationally, the NEA Representative Assembly passed a resolution that explicitly condemns offering higher pay to math, science, and foreign language teachers for positions a school district is having trouble filling than to any other teachers: “The Association opposes providing additional compensation to attract and/or retain education employees in hard-to-recruit positions….”

The National Education Association (NEA) employs a larger number of political organizers than the Republican and Democratic National Committees combined. This is pure political clout and that clout trickles down to local school unions including Monroe. The NEA assist local teachers unions, like the MEA with collective bargaining by supplying negotiation experience that often vastly outstrips the resources of a local school district.

Teachers Union Membership Dues go to a One – Sided Political Agenda
Unionized teachers have little choice when it comes to helping the unions promote their one-sided political agenda. A complaint I have heard from numerous teachers over the past two decades. Dues overwhelmingly go to democrat candidates and democrat pro-union policy support including advertising against charter schools, school choice and merit pay.

How do Teachers, Principals, Superintendents and School Boards View Teachers Unions?
According to a 1980 Cornell University study survey, each group sees unions differently. Principals were likely to be less in favor of unions vs everyone else employed in the school system. The study surveys attitudes of school personnel toward teacher unions and draws some implications concerning the dynamics of labor relations in school systems.

Reference: Bacharach and Mitchells paper titled: Labor Relations in School Systems; Attitudes toward Teachers Unions across School District Hierarchies

Teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members responded to questions on what areas unions should be involved in, degree of satisfaction with the local, and the state of labor management relations in the district.

Teachers
Teachers showed general satisfaction with their local and favored more union involvement in all areas addressed.

Principals
Principals felt constrained by many work-related benefits teachers have obtained and saw the union as disrupting their ability to run their schools.

Superintentendents
Although superintendents were more strongly opposed to union involvement in work-related areas and more unsympathetic to economic demands than principals, they were very satisfied with the union and with labor relations because they perceived the unions as a medium for dealing with the entire staff.

School Boards
School boards regarded the unions as limiting their ability to develop policy and administer schools economically and wanted unions to decrease levels of involvement in all areas. Thus a graduated shift in attitudes is seen as one moves up the district hierarchy, with attitudes reflecting the degree to which the union has helped or hindered the respondent’s job performance.

Why do All Teachers Seem Support the Union?
As a group, teachers are not very political, they just want to teach. Generally, teachers are put in a position where they are better off supporting the union rather than fighting the union. So many just prefer to not ‘rock the boat’. They just stick it out with the union, just like generations before them.

Sources: Personal Interviews, State University of New York, Ithaca, Cornell University, Teachers Unions Exposed, the New York Post, Washington Times

Other Suggested reading: The Failed UAW Monopoly

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Education is Waiting for Superman
Oct 6th, 2010 by johnbeagle

Bias in Education is alive and well in the ‘drop out factories’ of America.  In a new movie Guggenheim the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, yes the Al Gore film, does a much better job of telling the truth about our failing education system. Schools in America are indeed failing. It might take all the superhero moms and dads in the world to save our schools.

In the superman movies, the hero rushes in to save the day. Where is superman to save Anthony from a family legacy of drug abuse or Daisy a fifth grader in a failing school system. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim shocks us back to reality when he tells the stories of real life American school children. They have a face and a name, Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. WAITING FOR SUPERMAN follows a these promising kids in a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth.

The film is essentially a review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Guggenheim also questions teachers’ unions, which sometimes act against the best interests of students. He’s particularly concerned about underperforming instructors who suffer no disciplinary measures due to tenure, but he credits the dedicated professionals who help at-risk kids beat the odds. The film ends with a potentially happy outcome for one subject, but updates on the others fail to materialize.

Join the national conversation on the failing education system in America, take action and then go out and help reform education in your town. ‘Involved’ parents have a huge advantage over parents who are ‘un-involved’ who accept whatever the school dishes out.

Start by watching the movie : Waiting for Superman

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Bias in Education: Textbooks
Sep 13th, 2010 by johnbeagle

Textbooks are often used as tools for propaganda. History and geography textbooks widely used in America’s elementary and secondary classrooms contain some of the very same inaccuracies about Christianity, Judaism, and the Middle East as those in Iran.

Did you know that “Christianity was started by a young Palestinian named Jesus?” (The World, Scott Foresman/Pearson). Then Jews are charged with a huge lie, the deicide of Jesus, the Palestinian.

These days, developing a textbook and getting it adopted in the major states of Texas and California is so expensive that only those competitors with the deepest pockets stand a chance. There are three mega-publishers (down from nine in less than twenty years) that control the K-12 textbook market.

In their book, The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion, Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra have produced a disturbing piece of work that exposes bias in education via textbooks. They have exposed an extraordinary pattern of errors, distortions and falsehoods in public school textbooks, teacher training and supplemental materials. Exposed are 500 problematic passages about Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Middle East uncovered in the analysis of the 28 most widely used textbooks in public schools.

“The Trouble with Textbooks”, exposes hard left-wing agendas to rewrite history. This book should be required reading material for both teachers and parents who can handle the truth in education.

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