Skip to comments.Tea Party, Teachers Unite vs. Georgia’s GOP Gov. Nathan “Real” Deal
Posted on 04/18/2014 9:32:09 PM PDT by RobaWho
Next thing you know, cats and dogs might start sleeping together.
In todays brave new world, teacher responsibilities seemingly grow by the hour. With classroom responsibilities that now include nutrition, character development, parenting, sex education and family counseling, the very last thing teachers need is ignorant, anti-scholarship, disrespectful politicians stripping them of their ability to exercise their professional judgement. Teachers, just as other performing artists, need certain freedoms to create, improvise and respond to the needs of students, just as musicians need flexibility to play to their unique audiences.
Teacher unions have long argued that a smaller class sizes offers a better learning environment. And they rightfully hope to be respected for their creativity and professionalism in dealing with the diverse needs of unique students. The GOP-DNC-Dept. of Education-Corporate Publishing-Student Testing syndicate seems to believe teachers are factory line workers assembling widgets, and their fix for our education system will come from constant teacher evaluations, never ending student testing and 500 points data collection on every student and family.
Enter the Republicans
Crying Common GirlFor some absurd reason, as if beamed down from Planet Moron, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and GOP politicians serving on the House and Senate Education Committees, have aligned with Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Students First and Pearson Education, to form a global alliance of power-hungry control freaks. So much for the Republican talking points about conservatism and their fondness for small, limited, local government control.
The break-up of the education system in this country, like the dismantling of the National Health Service, reflects no widespread public demand. It is imposed, through threats, bribes and fake consultations, from on high. All over England, schools are being obliged to become academies: supposedly autonomous bodies which are often sponsored (the governments euphemism for controlled) by foundations established by exceedingly rich men.
These March 2013 quotes were taken from the UKs Guardian newspaper, and eerily mirror whats occurring under Common Core, today.
Georgia teachers, meet your new best friend, the Tea Party. No throwing sand, please.
On the issue of Common Core, teachers across Georgia should realize who most strongly supports them. Yes, politics does make strange bedfellows. The one principle held most steadfastly by tea party minded conservatives is this; local control and limited government is most effective, efficient and appropriate. Both teachers and tea party citizens have a strong dislike for intrusive, meddling, and distant federal bureaucracies that over regulate, over test and under serve. These two groups are perfect allies in the war against Common Core. Most agree that teachers serve closest to students and should therefore have the best insights and ability to instruct students. Many teachers unions, liberals, progressives, libertarians and virtually all conservatives oppose the mandated Common Core Standards. Undoubtedly for different reasons, but united they stand.
6 reasons Georgia teachers and voters should oppose Governor Deals reelection:
1. Parents will face an uphill battle in lobbying their local school boards to reject the Common Core standards, largely because Nathan Deal directly supports the Common Core standards. Governor Deal refuses to speak out against widely held, false perceptions believed by local school board members that Georgia law mandates the implementation of the Common Core standards. It does not. Every single school board in all 159 Georgia counties are perfectly within their rights to reject the Common Core standards, today.
2. Statewide testing is still mandated. Teacher evaluations are STILL tied to the statewide testing. High school graduation requirements are tied to CCGPS, so school accreditation concerns are real if school boards elect to return to GPS.
3. Without a state mandate to stop teaching the Common Core, which Deal refuses to support, our institutions of higher education will continue their training of teachers in the Common Core methods. Every year, thousands of teachers graduate, knowing only the Common Core way and have no idea how to deliver classical education. And each year, largely due to the Common Core standards, thousands of great, experienced teachers are leaving the profession. What will remain after two or three more years of the Common Core curriculum being enmeshed into every subject area of our schools?
4. Without a full withdrawal, Georgias K-12 cyber academy (online learning) will still be teaching the Common Core curriculum.
5. Without a full withdrawal, Georgias home school students will still be subject to the statewide norm referenced testing aligned to Common Core standards.
6. There are no data privacy protections in place for Georgians. The federal government mandates on data collection are still in place for students who are under federal programs such as free/reduced lunch, special ed, individualized education programs (IEDs), drop out prevention programs, etc. ALL students are subject to 500 points of data collection and sharing under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (S 1094), should it be reauthorized by congress. Once our Georgia legislature agrees that federal laws on education usurp our state laws, the data of ALL students and will become vulnerable.
Teachers, please know that tea party conservatives are fighting hard to help you retain local control over your students and classrooms, to end the one size fits all attitude of regulators, and prevent you and your students from becoming test zombies. If only the Democrat and Republican parties cared enough to do the same.
In case youd like to leave Governor Deal a voice message, here you go: 770-656-1776. You might ask him why Georgia suddenly switched from a full Common Core repeal bill in 2013, to a full Common Core implementation bill in 2014.
The author’s point about Common Core creating allies of convenience in the moment is interesting but goes a bit far in handing out halos and wings for the teachers, IMO. Common Core is the result of a long series of educational choices that are traceable back to John Dewey. Those are not as easily undone as the author imagines can be done by the GA legislature rejecting Common Core and political pressure on Deal to accept/sign the bill. Stopping the Common Core juggernaut represents merely a good first step.
Great, constructive feedback. No teacher halos intended, yet there are many “Educators for Pennington” groups forming. Bi-partisan disgust over Common Core is real. Deal is very ethically challenged and will destroy the GOP in Georgia, much as Nixon destroyed the GOP in America for many years. Ending Common Core will require a bottom up (County by County) and top down (Ted Cruz like presidency), IMHO.
Nathan “Raw” Deal has been a major effing disappointment. We need to get rid of him as soon as possible.
Vote for David Pennington in the May 20th primary.