My friends at NOPE need to broaden their scope of fraud reveals.
In a time when too many families are redlined into carefully gerrymandered education deserts, those hope-killing places where middle-class “workers” drive in each day to collect paychecks from school systems only to leave miseducated, marginalized kids in their rear view mirrors as they leave at 4 pm, you choose to step away from school choice and reform.
It’s right for equity advocates to focus attention on the students deemed needier. At the same time, they shouldn’t allow their advocacy to mean other students aren’t likely to need support too.
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Things are getting ugly in Oakland as its teachers turn to violence and intimidation as a strike tactic.
It should be shocking that middle-class educators with college degrees and above average occupational benefits trade in these hasty, dehumanizing generalizations. Even you the reader might harbor similar classist illusions of the stereotypical low-income parent who passively allows their kids to be redlined into the dark underbelly of public schools.
Follow the lead of teachers across the country, the Oakland teachers union is set to strike for….wait for it….more pay, more union members, and a cap on charter schools.
The possibility of independent thinkers is the thing that haunts the Devil. He says he fears that “someday some courageous person will reverse the present system of school teaching” and create one where “children establish ways and means of developing their own minds from within.”
The public generally agrees that teachers deserve better pay and more urgent attention to the decline in resources many of them face. They have every right to stand up for themselves, but when they attack charter schools and attempt to prevent families from accessing schools they want, it’s time to reconsider our support.
Now that the L.A. teachers’ strike is over, can we be honest and say it wasn’t for us?