Skip to comments.New Vision for Schools Proposes Broad Role
Posted on 07/14/2008 8:22:04 AM PDT by reaganaut1
Randi Weingarten, the New Yorker who is rising to become president of the American Federation of Teachers, says she wants to replace President Bushs focus on standardized testing with a vision of public schools as community centers that help poor students succeed by offering not only solid classroom lessons but also medical and other services.
Ms. Weingarten, 50, is running unopposed for the presidency of the national teachers union, whose delegates at an annual convention in Chicago are expected to elect her Monday. In a speech prepared for delivery after the vote, Ms. Weingarten criticizes No Child Left Behind, President Bushs signature domestic initiative, which is defended staunchly by Margaret Spellings, the secretary of education.
Ms. Weingarten, saying the law is too badly broken to be fixed, lays out a new vision of schools for the 21st century.
Can you imagine a federal law that promoted community schools schools that serve the neediest children by bringing together under one roof all the services and activities they and their families need? Ms. Weingarten is expected to ask in the speech, a copy of which was provided by the union to The New York Times.
Imagine schools that are open all day and offer after-school and evening recreational activities, child care and preschool, tutoring and homework assistance, the speech reads. Schools that include dental, medical and counseling clinics.
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How about “Shut up and TEACH” ???
“New Vision for Schools Proposes Broad Role”
Should read, Broad Rule.” This broad wants to rule, and she will get to, unopposed! ? for her. What about the smart kids? The ones who want to learn? They’re totally left out of the equation!
Lol! And the ones who haven't have probably been girly-ized or are the community boytoys.
They must be prevented from hurting the self-esteem of the others.
Wow! Throw in a few cots and they could call them orphanages.
“This is the vision of teachers’ unions and much of the Democratic party: give the public schools more money, make them less accountable..”
Who cares if Johnny can read, at least we prevented him from getting AIDs by handing out condoms.
MM, probably of interest to one of the lists. This is pretty scary.
“By laying out that expansive vision of governments role in the public schools, Ms. Weingarten “
Should read, “By laying out that expensive vision of governments role in the public schools, Ms. Weingarten “
Lot of poor spelling in the article!
The woman is so out of touch with reality, that she could ONLY be an academic/politician.
What a crock. The liberal fanatics of academia cannot teach, don’t care to teach, and only indoctrinate. The government education system is a total disaster, WITH NO ACCOUNTABILITY for their actions (again welcome to liberalism).
And they want to expand “their role”? Role of what? Failure? Indoctrination? Illiteracy? Lack of comprehension? Lack of math skills? Lack of preparedness for college? Is THIS what they want to expand?
God help us. If I had to educate my kids again, they would NEVER SET FOOT in a government school EVER!
And what schools did Randi send her kids to? A requirement for all public school teachers, administrators, and support staff should be that they must send their children to the public schools in the district in which they teach.
I agree with her. I think we should get back to community teaching too...like in the old days. A one room school built by the community. One teacher hired by the community that answers to the community. Everyone eats before coming to school, packs a lunch and goes home after school. Shoes optional :’)
And she's running UNOPPOSED for the presidency of the teachers union. Which I'm sure is a result of her overwhelming popularity within that fine organization.
MM (in TX)
In communities with large Jewish populations it was and is not uncommon to see those neighborhoods devoid of children in the Summer. Going to camp is a rite of pasage for many kids, and in the NY area more so for Jewish kids. For adults this was continued by the vacation resorts in The Catskills. Each day and night filled with planned activities.
Randi comes from this culture and probably has many positive feelings about her experiences. The majority of the Jewish teachers I work with have only good things to say about camp, and are bemused about why others don't feel they missed anything by not going.So when Randi sees the schools and at risk kids she sees a communal activity as a solution. Others in the profession, with the same background, feel the same way. Others latch on with the sense that this is only a first step to creating a model and controlled society. Presto we have Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascistic society brought to life.
FReepers should be a lot more frightened by this than is reflected in any of the comments I have read to this point. That is the truly sad commentary.
All-day schooling from age 3.
Gov't provided meals and healthcare.
Tracking and job training.
This proposal is a vision of the 20th century. It was tried in Russia.
Maybe the teachers aren't familiar with the outcome of that social experiment.
You figure out where she sits on the "competency totem pole".