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Pick a Side and Stick to It

In reaction to an previous publish on NPE, CTA, and TURN, a faculty board member answered through noting  “what a mess.”  As an antidote, she recommended that the ones within the combat for public schooling will have to “pick a side and stick to it.” I concur.

I concur.  In the combat in opposition to the privatizers, company welfare schemers, and ideologues of greed, there is not any room for fence straddling or Janus-faced coverage communicate that tries to declare a non-existent heart floor between public faculty advocates and the enemies of public schooling.  Pick a facet and keep it up, certainly.

Sadly, the NPE/AFT/NEA alliance tries to pick out either side, whilst sticking to none of them.  Sadder, nonetheless, NPE’s annual talkathons (as in Oakland) are exemplars of the way to mollify, co-opt,  and comprise those that would, another way, face up to the company reformists, in the event that they weren’t being misled through NPE coverage movements aimed to appease Democratic and Republican oligarchs who sit down at the left and proper aisles, respectively, of the similar company jet.

NPE’s mirage of resistance has been perfected during the last quarter century through AFT and NEA, lengthy ahead of Diane’s self-proclaimed abandonment in 2008 of her function as a leader architect of company schooling reform. On the subject of constitution colleges, as an example, AFT and NEA had been for them ahead of they had been in opposition to them, and ahead of being for them once more, a minimum of for the ones charters whose company CEOs permit their under-prepared lecturers to turn into union contributors.

The constitution coverage schizophrenia reaches its zenith, we might suspect, within the fresh NPE “position statement” on charters—or positions commentary can be a higher descriptor.  In the next two paragraphs that seem one by one, it’s transparent that NPE prefers to have their cake and consume it, too (bolds within the unique):

For all the causes above and extra, the Network for Public Education regards constitution colleges as a failed experiment that our group can’t beef up. If the energy of constitution colleges is the liberty to innovate, then that very same freedom may also be presented to public colleges through the district or the state.

At the similar time, we acknowledge that many households have come to rely on constitution colleges and that many constitution faculty lecturers are devoted pros who serve their scholars smartly. It may be true that some constitution colleges are a success. We don’t, due to this fact, name for the instant closure of all constitution colleges, however moderately we suggest for his or her eventual absorption into the general public faculty device. We glance ahead to the day when constitution colleges are ruled no longer through non-public forums, however through the ones elected through the group, on the district, town or county stage.

So let’s depart in position nearly eight,000 of those segregated public cash sinks, even if they constitute a failed experiment??  And what’s to cause this eventual absorption?  And what is going to NPE do to cause it??

NPE’s embody of a moratorium on charters suits their Janus-faced constitution coverage completely, and it lets in the ones attending this 12 months’s Oakland tournament to have some obscure sense, in all probability, that one thing has been accomplished to sluggish the general public faculty steamroller.  And communicate of a moratorium, even if no moratorium exists, lets in the bloggers and Facebook other folks in Ravitch’s Basecamp to stay completely contented to dangle up of their comfy tent and proceed to chat about sooner or later placing out to declare the summit.  Pure theatre.

Talk of moratoriums through Diane Ravitch’s flock has the entire energy of spitting into the wildfires that had been raging in Sonoma and Napa remaining week.  The higher energy of this constitution moratorium center of attention is within the energy to assuage the uninformed and to suppress coverage resistance and motion inside an unending cycle of tough-sounding coverage communicate, at the same time as company insurance policies given specific or implicit approval (occasionally with fanciful caveats that company deformists by no means take critically). 

In quick, NPE is worse than doing not anything, for it provides the misconception that one thing is being accomplished through organizations intent upon making lecturers complicit within the destruction of public colleges.

The NPE/NEA/AFT chiefs label those that aren’t placated through their pretense as fringe actors or coverage purists, which is their state of mind about principled calls for which can be unrepentant, unwavering, and uncompromising.

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