Even though I do not get paid during my two months off from work I am still enjoying my summer vacation. And if you are a parent who has a teenager – with their hormonal mood changes and lack of problem solving skills – you can understand that teaching over a 180 teenagers Monday through Friday just might kill you.
The most challenging part of teaching is preparing kids for tests. You know how important standardized tests are right? They’re not. How often to you go to parties and start talking about your SAT scores? And if you are a grown up and still tout your SAT score you need an intervention to help you become a more interesting person. Tests only test a narrow window of critical thinking skills and ultimately undermines the importance of educating our children something unfortunately our Secretary of Education Arne Duncan does not understand.
And don’t get me started on Race to the Top or Common Core Tests. Keep in mind those who have access to technology and the internet will be more successful. That’s right, once again, these new fangled tests will reward those who have access and penalize those who come from impoverished communities…go figure.
Why Obama selected this windbag is beyond me. Arne Duncan has no teaching experience if he does they keep it secret. In 1992, childhood friend and investment banker John W. Rogers, Jr., appointed Duncan director of the Ariel Education Initiative, a program mentoring children at one of the city’s worst-performing elementary schools. And guess what happened next.
After the school closed in 1996, Duncan and Rogers were instrumental in re-opening it as a charter school, Ariel Community Academy. In 1999, Duncan was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for former Chicago Public Schools I guess because he was so successful in Chicago and now he’s our countries Secretary of EDUCATION because he has absolutely no experience.
If Arne Duncan has no real practical pedagogical experience why would he be tapped to be the Secretary of Education? A. Cuz he’s a corporatist tool, B. He can undermine the countries confidence in public education and vilify the unions so he can do what he does best in education to close more schools and privatize privatize privatize, C. all of the above.