Skip to comments.Obama pal Bill Ayers calls Teach for America 'a fraud'
Posted on 01/10/2013 4:28:03 PM PST by RoosterRedux
Weather Underground terrorist-turned-academic and Obama confidant William Ayers is taking up a cause near and dear to teachers unions: bashing a program that sends young, idealistic college grads into the inner city to teach poor kids.
The nonprofit Teach for America is a "fraud" whose participants are nothing but educational tourists, said Ayers, a onetime associate of President Obama who was a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago before retiring. The 68-year-old firebrand, now a self-styled educational theorist, said the program's young grads are merely passing through the gritty neighborhoods where they serve to pad their resumes at the expense of longer-term educators represented by unions.
Its a fraud on every level because its not going to change teaching, its going to undermine teaching, Ayers said at a recent educational summit. He added that the young teachers "are the nicest kids in the world," but said the program itself is misguided.
Teachers unions have long criticized Teach for America, which they believe provides cash-strapped districts with a crop of short-timers who earn entry-level pay and don't rack up the health and retirement costs of regular teachers. Ayers, who as an idealistic anti-Vietnam War protester, helped carry out bombings of the Pentagon and New York Police Department headquarters in the early 1970s, said the education program's young participants are doing more harm than good.
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Communists are not interested in education. They are only interested in propaganda and the accumulation of power.
The irony is rich - kinda like Annenberg Challenge funds.
Exactly. That Annenberg money, thats another thing altogether.
I thought he was going to call it a fraud because it is impossible to teach inner-city children anything anyway.
Anyone who holds out any hope for our inner cities needs to speak to the teachers in those schools; it is downright bleak, and there is no hope.
This is interesting. Teach for America proves that the entire education establishment is full sh*t. Kids out of legitimate liberal arts programs with two weeks of training consistently outperform education school graduates with decades of experience. On the same note, Teach for America alumni are starting charter schools through the “KIPP” program that consistently outperform all traditional public schools serving the same demographics. Ayers and the rest of the socialists no likey any of this.
Everyone (and I mean everyone...but the true believers) know that Communism is kaput! But those out of date, hippy true believers (and their children) keep blowing that stupid horn.
Even Putin told Obama that Socialism doesn't work...and Communism is the village joke!
Unfortunately, there will be a bloody war before this stupid idea goes to the grave (and even then it will probably rise again).
Human stupidity knows no limit...and evil is eternal...at least here on this Earth.
Even the socialists in this country know it doesn’t work, but they’re paid to pretend it does. A lot of people are paid in some form or other by the state, and they intend to keep those payments coming.
Here in NJ we were fortunate enough to lay off thousands of socialists (teachers, cops, firemen) over the last few years due to budget constraints; hopefully the trend will continue. We can now clearly see that while these “services” are necessary (/s), we simply can’t afford them. Left unchecked, they would have had every taxpayer foreclosed on before they gave an inch...
In all due respect, I used to think that Socialists were an okay form of government (a European sort of soft-headed yet misguided and dysfunctional form of nanny state that ultimately wouldn't work).
I was wrong!
Now I know that they are poison. They are Communists in sheeps' clothing...they will kill to implement their totalitarian system.
The takeover of the USA is underway. If we don't stop it...it will succeed!
Isn't that exactly what you did for and taught to 0bama?
In short, 99% of them are libby vermin.
I am puzzled as to why this little group would cause any reaction from him.
Ayers is taking up a cause near and dear to teachers unions: bashing a program that sends young, idealistic college grads into the inner city to teach poor kids... said the program's young grads are merely passing through the gritty neighborhoods where they serve to pad their resumes at the expense of longer-term educators represented by unions.
“The takeover of the USA is underway. If we don’t stop it...it will succeed!”
They certainly succeeded in 2012; the Kenyan Pirate had nothing to say, no hope to offer but public assistance, and he still won (by carrying states that in most cases are much worse off than those he lost).
Anything that divides the lefties against one another & pits them against one another works for me. 0.0 That said, was the woman pictured teaching her young charges about Medusa that day?
Why is this guy still walking around ?
Studies have shown that they are more effective than other teachers. I could not care less whether they inform on colleagues or continue as teachers after their two-year stint. I do know that KIPP charter schools were started and largely staffed by TFA alumni and that KIPP charter school are excelling at teaching the very students that the teacher’s unions claim can’t learn.
Re “Why is this guy still walking around”? Simple. Conservatives, even strongly anti-communist ones, are law abiding citizens and don’t kill our sworn enemies at home, only on the battlefield.
On the other hand, the communist left do kill at home: Weather Underground, Black Panther Party, Symbionese Liberation Army, May 19th Communist Organization, Republic of New Afrika, Black Liberation Army, FALN, MIR, etc.
And let’s not forget the biggest communist massacre of Americans, Jonestown, Guyana, about 900 people including children. Rev. Jim Jones was a hardcore marxist whose attorneys, Mark Land and Charles R. Gary are communists (Gary being publicly identified as a member of the CPUSA, and Hillary’s internship leader re the New Haven Black Panther Party torture murder case of Alex Rackley).
Better check those stats. Charter schools also quietly whisk low-performing students out the back door back to public schools, who must accept everyone. So your statement is, shall we say, a bunch of hooey.
Public schools expel students as well, not to mention let 50% of them drop out. Go ahead for yourself and look up the APi test scores in California, and see which schools are both serving predominantly black or Latino students and also rated in the top ten percent in performance. They’re all charters.
I caught a bit of an interview on C-SPAN yesterday by Brian Lamb of a young man who has done several documentary films. He graduated from Dartmouth about 2005 and was rejected by Teach For America. The young man came across as a standard-issue bleeding-heart liberal. He had been upset by the TFA rejection. From the sounds of it, his family was rich enough they could have paid his tuition at Dartmouth without breaking a sweat.