Category Archives: Education

Free speech for some but not for teachers in NC

The North Carolina senate has a bill before it which would punish teachers if they wear red clothes in their classrooms. Say WHAA!!??!!

Though not explicitly banning red clothes, a teacher wearing red to school might be seen as engaging in a “political activity”… There is a campaign in North Carolina, Wear Red 4 Ed (public education)

What has created “the notion that promoting public education has become a political statement.”?

What else but a well-funded campaign from the right. There is some justification for vouchers which allow public school students to attend private schools but there is also the reality that some folks see vouchers as a money-making proposition — and screw the kids.

h/t to Crooks&Liars

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Kasich’s Ohio ain’t done so well

Kasich, like many GOPers has been an advocate for charter schools during his time as governor.  The original idea behind the charter school movement was to provide institutions focusing on specific fields of study, such as: theatre arts, science, music and broadcasting. Then the “free market” types saw an opportunity; the charter schools in most cases didn’t have to comply with the standards demanded of those “union-dominated” public schools.  ‘Teachers’ weren’t required to hold the same certification as public school teachers, the charter schools funding wasn’t monitored as closely as that of public schools and so we have ended up with a situation in which most, not all but most, charter schools in Ohio provide much poorer education than the denigrated public schools.

Ohio is the home of three of the worst owners of charter schools: K12 Inc.  White Hat Management and  The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) — all owned by major donors to the GOP.

More on the story may be read at Ohio’s charter schools ridiculed at national conference, even by national charter supporters

The problem for taxpayers is exemplified by a quote from the chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee Public access to charter school spending is “just not going to happen”

The problem of Ohio’s charter schools along with advocating for the expansion of Medicaid show the likelihood of a failed Presidential campaign for Mr Kasich. Of course the fact he has pissed off both left and right means he’s a centrist and everybody just loves them centrist types.

Tea Party Wants Schools to Be Nicer to Founding Fathers

Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Jan 24, 2012

The late comedian George Carlin used to say America was built on a double standard: “This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.”

We wonder how his joke would have sat with members of Tennessee’s tea party, which just presented state legislators with five priorities for action, including amending state laws governing school curriculums to change textbook selection so that “no portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers,” the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Hal Rounds, an attorney and a spokesman for the group, said the goal is to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another,” according to the Commercial Appeal.

Though they acknowledge that the Founding Fathers were human, evidently the Tenn. Tea Party doesn’t think kids in school should hear about those ‘little’ events that “actually occurred”. Sort of like the imaginary religionists that David Barton, pseudo-historian, claims the Founding Fathers to have been.

What the group is asking is not unprecedented. In 2010, the Texas State Board of Education adopted controversial textbook standards that stress the Christian influence of the nation’s founding fathers and give more weight to conservative groups and personalities throughout history.

Those moves have been criticized as a departure from generally accepted historical teachings and a threat to the apolitical nature of academic standards.

It is no surprise that so many on the right advocate for policies that have failed time and time again – for them, history is something to be manipulated for political gain, not a set of facts to be studies and learned.