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Bill Ayers…Obama’s Friend…Blasts O’s Education Policy…With Good Reason!

November 10, 2012

Let me first say that it should be obvious to anyone who has been reading my posts for any length of time that I am very opposed to right-wing ideological thinking!  The “think for me please” modern Republican voter is to me, what garlic & crosses are to night dwelling vampires!  So, suffice it to say, I was very, very pleased with the results (across the board) of this past Tuesday, November 6th.  Our guy won!  He won big!  And the keep the women in the corner anti-everything party took some crushing defeats…nice!

Having said that, I am not a fan of two things Obama has done, or not done.  Number one: NO PROSECUTIONS for the criminals on Wall Street.  You may not realize this but in a prior life I was deeply involved in financial matters as a professional selling financial products.  It is an industry FULL of thieves, and charlatans, I had to get out of that business because what I would see at times would make my skin crawl.  Second: ARNE DUNCAN!  Duncan is a louse as Education Secretary and he is NO friend to teachers as I have written ad infinitum about in these digital pages.

Enter Bill (palling around with terrorist – as Sarah Palin dubbed him) Ayers.  Bill is a liberal, unabashedly liberal, and thus, he views O’s education policy as a travesty.  So do I…but let’s let Bill speak for himself via this article from Chicago:

Ayers blasts Obama   Education policy

The founder of Weather Underground thinks Arne Duncan’s “Race to the Top” program is “largely backwards.”

Bill Ayers had damning words for the Obama administration’s education policy in a talk entitled “Obama, Duncan, and the End of the Public Education” at the Gleacher Center Thursday evening.

Ayers, perhaps most widely known as the founder of the Weather Underground, a revolutionary group which carried out a series of public bombings in the 1970s, is also a leading education theorist and retired professor from UIC’s School of Education.

He began by outlining his theory of what education should be. “In a democracy we take as an article of faith that every human being is of incalculable value,” he said, making the contrast of this belief to underlying principles of education in apartheid South Africa or fascist states.

“We have to create the conditions where every person is allowed their fullest and deepest and richest development. That [assumption] is where we start.”

For Ayers, the reforms made by President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s administration are not living up to that standard. “I don’t think the education policy has been inspired. I think it’s been largely backwards,” Ayers said, referring to Duncan’s “Race to the Top” program.

He characterized Duncan’s program by three fundamental beliefs: the idea that education is a market that should be privatized, the view that there is a single metric to measure student intelligence, and anti-union sentiment.

Ayers is correct, Duncan’s views are dangerous for public schools everywhere in this nation, especially in those states where the legislatures are controlled by Republicans.

Ayers judged harshly the increased focus on standardized testing and the generation of competition between charter schools and regular public schools which have come about through the policies Obama and Duncan have advocated. “This isn’t an education program,” Ayers said. “It’s a sorting and killing program, and one we have to stop.”

This leads me to this site: dumpduncan.org which I have written about before.  It may interest some of my readers to know that there are plenty of other people who are unhappy with Arne Duncan.

Help protect the nation’s public schools from privatization and excessive testing by signing this open letter to President Obama.

The future of public schools is in jeopardy. Thanks to federal initiatives like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, schools are being deluged with high stakes tests. Private interests, aided by the Federal Government, are attempting to supplant local control, inhibit parental involvement, and to transfer public funding to the hands of corporate interests. Public schools, locally controlled, are a cornerstone of our democracy. Relegating them to corporate-owned test prep factories places our nation at risk and steals our children’s future.

WE DEMAND:

  1. An immediate end to high-stakes student testing and the use of incentives or penalties to compel states and municipalities to use student scores as a basis for evaluating teachers, preferring charter schools to existing public schools, and requiring closure of low performing schools.
  2. The removal of Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education and his replacement by a lifetime educator who has the confidence of the nation’s teachers.
  3. The incorporation of parents, teachers, and school administrators in all policy discussion taking place in your administration, inside and outside the Department of Education.
  4. Create a National Commission, in which teachers and parent representatives play a primary role, which explores how to best improve the quality of America’s schools.
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