Education is a Community Issue — Syd Writes

While I tend to favor a more centralized rotation system for teachers, such as they use in both France and in Greece, I recognize the the US is far larger and more diverse (well, France is experiencing growing pains in that regard) than these two countries, and has different educational needs, as Sydoni Ellwood points out in her recent blog post, which I am reposting here. She writes that

“Currently, school leaders (read, politicians, Ed “reformers”, and CEOs) across the country are pushing for a total reopening, ignoring the concerns and worries of both educators and parents alike. Once again, we are faced with the blunt reality of the disconnect with those who create policies and those who are expected to enact them.”

Absolutely correct. What are your thoughts, Dear Readers, on the rest of her thoughts?
In Service to Community,

Who is leading our schools?

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  1. I don’t have children of my own but have been following opening of schools here with interest.

    In the first week(s) after allowing some grades to attend classes, they had to be sent home again. Both teachers and students succumbed to Covid19 in alarmingly large numbers. It boggled the mind.

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  2. This has been the case in US education for a while now. There has been a slow (and deliberate) de-skilling of teachers (I forget who coined this term), which has led to the hiring of anyone (in many states, all you need is a degree in anything; you can be certified later), and scripted lessons/units. A lot of teachers have no autonomy and there is no trust from the public, no matter how fake-respected teachers seem to be.

    With that said, here we are. Teachers had a chance to stand and speak for themselves, but the system has made it not so. Here in Florida, an at-will state, teachers are not “allowed” to strike and if they do so can lose their jobs and retirement…it’s in writing. So, when they were TOLD to re-open and teach, many feared their livelihoods. They felt as if they had no choice, not recognizing they are the ones who outnumber those in power.

    I tried (unsuccessfully) to mobilize teachers. I repeatedly stated that the system cannot fire EVERYONE…all they needed to do was unify. They refused.

    We are in a horrible state of affairs in America. I honestly believe this pandemic will be the perfect case for ending public schools as we know it; that’s what people like DeVos want anyway, so they can make money with charter schools.

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    1. That’s very worrisome. And harsh: both their jobs and their pensions if they strike? Wow. At that point, there will be no way to close the education gap. DCPS was already starting with the Public Private Partnerships in the 80s, but they were selective, back then, and I don’t know if it is any better, now. Each one teach one would work, both peer to peer and for adults mentoring and tutoring kids, if we all weren’t struggling so hard to survive. We really need a Basic Income, but even that’s not enough. A real commitment to fully funding the schools that need it the most (I read somewhere that Bidden proposes tripling funding for ‘problem’ school: any confirmation of that?).
      You’re right: if we unify, we can make change, but I think people are terrified of being put out on the street. Very understanable. How do we work around that?

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      1. Yes. Both. I follow a FB group for DCPS teachers and from what I can tell this week has been a little shy of a (scuse my language) clusterf*ck. It’s a mess. I’m not sure we can work around anything, unless we just unify. I’m typically a very optimistic person when it comes to these things, but this summer taught me a lot and I’m less disillusioned.

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      2. Yeah, I’ve been feeling guilty for leaving DC and not staying to help fight, but I couldn’t. I know the District has been being punished for that 93% in the 2016 election, not to mention the suit to try to prevent the sale of the Old Post Office building, which I still cannot believe actually got sold! It’s a national Historical Monument! Or, it was…

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      3. Yup. I’d think that the teachers unions in each state talk with each other. I recall a proposal at one San Diego Continuing Ed union meeting for a sympathy strike with another set of unions, a couple of years ago, but it got tabled, as I recall, and may not even have ever gotten to a vote. People are afraid to come together lest they all hang separately. 😦

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