Saturday, November 9, 2013
Jeb Bush switches gears... again (rough draft)
Have you noticed how the problem in education went from all those teachers with their feet up on their desks protected by union dues who only cared about their Cadillac pensions and benefits to our standards sucked?
For a few years there Jeb Bush and his ilk had many convinced it was teachers specifically union teachers that were the problem in education. That is until teachers started pushing back and people began to wake up. Now we aren’t where we should be as John Stewart recently pointed out during an interview with Diane Ravitch. He made the point that many people feel the education system has serious issues but at the same time are very satisfied with their neighborhood schools.
Now that teachers are a bit back in favor partly and sadly due to the sacrifices of some in Connecticut and Oklahoma we aren’t getting beat up on as bad and now we need the (very debatable) better standards that Common Core provides to save us. I find this ironic because old Jeb was in charge of Florida’s standards for eight years and back then they were good enough.
This isn’t the first time Jeb Bush has switched gears either and as long as there is a buck to be made I don’t think the last either. When he started selling charters and vouchers it was so poor kids could leave their failing neighborhood schools and experience better options. The problem however for the ed reformers is that charter schools and voucher schools despite sizeable advantages performed no better and often performed worse.
Now they say we need vouchers and charters because competition makes everyone better.
Jeb Bush is a con man, a flim flam artist and a snake oil salesman all rolled into one. He isn’t here to help kids, he is here to make a buck and to serve his pathological hatred of unions and at the end of the day he will be the villain of the story.