TFA founder vs. Diane Ravitch at Aspen Ideas Festival

This is a very interesting discussion between Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System and education historian, and Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach for America.

Some of the basic issues keep coming up, about the effect of using inexperienced, uncertified teachers in our public schools.  But the most telling points made were from Wendy Kopp, who doesn’t seem to see a problem with building political leaders out of people that teach for two years, just as a stepping stone for something greater.

While it’s probably unfair to blame all the charterization, test mania and school co-locations on TFA, it’s strange how Kopp keeps alluding to childhood poverty as a side issue.

So why are the schools with the highest college-bound students and the lowest remediation rates often the most affluent?

We paraphrase Ravitch, “what I want for other kids is the same great education I want for my own.”

We want that, too.

Stand for Children chief dupes Illinois

Well, someone needs to ignore politics.

This video features Jonah Edleman, head of Stand for Children, presenting to the Aspen Ideas Institute.  He lays out how he connect the state legislature to strip away pension fairness for teachers (public workers), and how he tricked the media and public into not paying attention.

What does stripping away solid pension rights have to do with kids?  Does the Denver branch of Stand support this kind of action?

Denver teachers, you need to start scrutinizing your union leadership.  Capitulation like this means more standardized tests, less reasons to keep seasoned teachers in our classrooms, and kids lose.