She got right to the heart of the issue and turned the focus where it needed to be, on equitable funding. The teacher quality is a secondary issue to child preparedness.
The corporate style reformers–the cheerleaders for charters, vouchers-and high-stakes testing–like to claim that they are leading the civil rights movement of their day. They imagine themselves locked arm-in-arm with Martin Luther King, Jr., in their efforts to end collective bargaining rights, to eliminate teacher due process rights, and to privatize public education.
I am not sure if they actually believe this or if they think they can pull the wool over the eyes of the media and the public.
In this fascinating interview, Josh Eidelson of Salon puts the question to Linda Darling-Hammond: Would you agree or disagree that the Vergara case–which would end teachers’ job protections–is an extension of the civll rights movement, as its proponents claim?
My guess is that Linda either fell off her chair laughing, or was momentarily dumbstruck by the absurdity of the idea.
“I can’t understand why anyone would agree. To…
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