by Scott Creighton
So while “The Greatest Man of Our Generation” is looking to break-up the teacher’s union, Arianna Huffington is showing “progressives” how they need to cheer him in his “bipartisan” effort.
She’s right; these days, union-busting and the privatization of every public sector dollar is a bipartisan effort. It’s called the Washington Consensus.
This week, President Obama pushed back against his natural allies in civil rights groups and teachers’ unions who have criticized his education policies — particularly his Race to the Top initiative — as anti-teacher and unfair to minorities. A. Huffington
President Obama’s “Race To The Top” initiative is a pretty cynical and destructive plan to force school systems that are already struggling for every single dollar in funding they can get, to “compete” for part of a 3.5 billion dollar fund for the systems that make the most efforts in privatization. The idea is to get school boards to use the Bush-era “No Child Left Behind” tricks to single out the most “under producing” schools in their system and then close them down in order to open a charter school in that area. “Charter School” meaning a for-profit privately owned school owned and operated by one a few corporations.
“When a school is chronically under-performing despite additional supports and other strategies, you have to consider bolder action, whether it’s changing the leadership, hiring a new staff or turning schools over to charter operators.” WSWS
Hiring a new staff doesn’t get you “Race To The Top” money, nor does changing leadership. What DOES get you a piece of that money is handing over large chunks of your public school system to private corporations.
The teacher’s union and the NAACP are coming out strong against this entire neoliberal push, just as they were against “No Child Left Behind” under the previous administration. But unfortunately we have President Peace Prize in the White House and the support they got back then from the left is now being seriously undermined by the well-paid leaders of the “so-called left” like Arianna Huffington.
Teacher effectiveness is the single most important factor driving student performance. Yet, because of overly rigid union contacts, we cannot pay the best teachers more based on their performance — and it’s become next to impossible to fire even the worst teachers. A. Huffington
In this little passage Arianna Huffington disgustingly suggests that the biggest problem facing education today is teacher’s unions… not critical levels of underfunding combined with over emphasis of standardized testing circa George W. Bush. She goes on..
Until we stop this insanity, our national report card will continue to be littered with Fs. The president should be applauded and given major leadership props for taking on this schlerotic status quo. This is what real, beyond-left-and-right bipartisanship looks like. A. Huffington
The “insanity” Arianna Huffington is referring to is the presence of unions in our public school systems. This from someone on the “left”? Well, the Clintonista ”New Dems” left, if that is what you want to call it.
The following are from Barack Obama is Not “the greatest man of our generation”…
In the words of the U.S. ambassador to Chile, “Not a nut or a bolt will reach Chile…. We will do all in our power to condemn Chileans to utmost poverty“
Nixon on the topic of imposing crippling sanctions of the populist government in Chile: (we will) “make the Chilean economy scream” and blame it on Allende Bidstrup
The reason he (U.S. installed dictator Pinochet) was there was to reverse the gains of the Allende social democracy and return control of the country’s economic and political assets to the oligarchy. Bidstrup
Obama feigned sympathy for the workers he was throwing onto the street, declaring, “I know you’ve already seen more than your fair share of hard times. I will not pretend the hard times are over. Difficult days lie ahead. More jobs will be lost. More plants will close. More dealerships will shut their doors, and so will many parts suppliers.”
He then cynically claimed that the workers losing their jobs were serving a greater, patriotic cause. “I want you to know that what you’re doing is making a sacrifice for the next generation—a sacrifice you may not have chosen to make, but a sacrifice you were nevertheless called to make… White
As the American oligarchy recovers from their hangovers after the Clintons threw a 5 million dollar wedding for their daughter and her Goldman Sachs investment banker husband, the rest of the country is being called upon to make sacrifices they never asked for, and in fact, they clearly voted against in 2006 AND 2008…
The only real change that is coming is the continued demonization of the real left by those phony liberal intelligentsia who are bought and paid for by the very class that has sold this nation to the highest bidder. The Clintons and the rest of the privileged elites had their “let them eat cake” moment this past Sunday as Bill Clinton somehow managed to come up with 3 million dollars for his ugly daughter’s wedding (care to guess how much of that money came from the Haiti Relief Fund?) and Arianna just had hers.
You think that is how she paid for her ticket to the social event of the century? By throwing the teachers union under the neoliberal bus? Who knows.
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