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Government Reform Measures and the Growing Crisis in Teaching

28/03/2015   |   No Comments »

Making schools better with national standardsIf you measure success by how much money you collect, then the United States Department of Education has to make your list of winners. That’s because Obama’s 2016 budget proposal includes $70.7 billion in discretionary funding for the department, $3.6 billion more than last year and a jump of $14.7 billion since he took office and brought Arne Duncan with him.

He’s also proposing $145 billion in new mandatory spending and reforms over the next ten years.

The result: an alphabet soup of reforms, including the $4.3 billion RTTT (Race to the Top), which helped institute Common Core and the $5 billion RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching) Initiative designed “to support efforts to transform the teaching profession.”

And where has all this “help” gotten us so far? Here are a few facts:

• Roughly 500,000, 15%, of our teachers now either move or leave the profession every year.
• Nearly 20%, of teachers, one in five, at high-poverty schools leave the profession every year, a rate 50% higher than those in more affluent schools.
• 40% to 50% of new teachers leave the profession with the first five years on the job.

Even Teach for America is seeing a decline in the number Read the rest of this entry »

Liars, Liars, One and All

09/03/2015   |   No Comments »

Fotosearch_Lies_k15022858“Liar, liar, pants on fire” goes the childhood chant—and, oh, how many of us truth stretchers there actually are. And while most of us don’t get called on the carpet for it, Brian Williams was not so lucky. The popular NBC news anchor captured relentless media attention, and, in the end, was forced to fall on his sword, so to speak, as he followed one lie with another.

Meanwhile, Judicial Watch recently uncovered U.S. State Department documents revealing that aides to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group.” About that incident, though, she once said, “What difference does it make?”

And who can forget her saying that she “misspoke” and Read the rest of this entry »