Thursday, January 16, 2014
President Obama, enough is enough, it is time for Duncan to go
You know I try and be patient, I have been very supportive of the president .
I have often hoped to myself that one day the president would wake up and get it and that he would finally understand that his education policies are harming the country. That he would realize high stakes testing is sucking the life out of education for both teachers and students; that he would recognize that we can’t continue to blame teachers with odious evaluations which are based on them not being able to overcome the dehibilitating effects of poverty. That he would recognize mercenaries and corporations that care more about the bottom line than educating our children have co-opted the charter school movement and most of all that he will recognize that Arne Duncan has been terrible for education.
In the fall he insulted white suburban moms saying their children weren’t as smart as they thought they were and just two days ago he said teacher come from the bottom of the academic barrel, as if teaching was the only profession that they could somehow slither into.
President Obama it was already hard for me to overlook the fact you call for a type of public schools mired in standardized tests without the arts that you would not send your children to, but this latest insult from Duncan is too much. I can’t overlook it and if you want the support of teachers you shouldn’t overlook it either.
It is way past time for Duncan to go and if not him then you.