Friday, June 28, 2013

6-28-13 Updates Updates

Socialists honor the Chicago Teachers Union for walking out on students last fall

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis recently claimed she isn’t politically “radical." Tell that to the Democratic Socialists of America. The DSA recently honored the CTU and various activists for their work on left-wing causes at its 55th Annual Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner in Chicago. The socialist group recognized the CTU for "consistently stand[ing] for education and professionalism." The union "has shown that organizing is more than just mobilization and that defending a public good requires an organized public," the socialist group said. [more...]

Portland principal slams $2.4 million 'investment' in cultural sensitivity training for staff

Spending problem or funding problem? That’s the legitimate question facing public schools these days. Some might suggest that the Portland, Oregon school district spends far too much for the services of a left-wing organization that promotes some pretty silly ideas about race relations. Last fall, EAGnews revealed Portland Public Schools had paid Pacific Educational Group $526,901 to conduct "cultural sensitivity training" for school leaders in 2011. PEG’s mission is to "enlighten" educators about how public schools promote "white culture" and "white privilege" to the disadvantage of minority students. [more...]

Chicago’s Karen Lewis: We’re flying the 'Common Core' airplane as we’re building it

Despite all of her nutty racially-charged rhetoric, when Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks, people listen. So they should be interested in what she has to say about the national Common Core initiative. Lewis is a vice president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of its executive council. Despite the AFT’s solid support for Common Core national standards, Lewis says she’s "not a personal fan." [more...]

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