Here’s a couple of things we’re following this week:
In this week’s edition of “How the Department of Education Turns – Massachusetts Edition”, The American Federation of Teachers quits the Leading the Nation Education Celebration Steering Committee with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with all the drama and flare you can imagine.
Telling the group that there’s nothing to celebrate about education reform or the innovative approaches that have led Massachusetts to win and hold the title of #1 in the nation for education, AFT Rep Dan Murphy then informed the group that they would not attack efforts on the “local level” to celebrate education. Leaving the door wide open to whine in any upcoming media coverage of the statewide effort in the Boston Globe, of course.
(What’s the Leading the Nation Celebration? See the website about celebrating education reform and what it’s done for the Commonwealth at our website currently in development. We were actually developing it today. It’s going to be cool)
Murphy went on to lecture the rest of us about how we needed to have a “serious reckoning” about education in Massachusetts.
(Actual gif of EduMom in the meeting.)
I think they may have thought we were going to burst into tears and start crying or something. So the rest of the meeting, while we all continued with moving the plan forward, they seemed a little cranky. Not really sure why they stayed at all …
Also this week:
A sincere, heartfelt opinion piece written by special education parents in Cambridge about the importance of standardized testing as a matter of justice was published this week — and will be largely ignored in favor of the cacophonous whining of unions and their “community” front groups across Massachusetts — because they’re, you know — just parents. What the hell do they know?
And then there’s this report, which came out last week in the Boston Globe — but has been pretty much virtually ignored:
Massachusetts education officials have been investigating a growing number of educators for alleged misconduct — including sexual assaults, substance abuse, and criminal activities — which has resulted in the reprimand, suspension, or revocation of 371 licenses over the past five years, according to a state report released this week.
Nearly one-third of the 774 investigations launched by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 2012 involved educators who potentially crossed boundaries with children or adults in areas including sex, pornography, or touching.
You can probably guess how I’m feeling about this, but let me tell you anyway.
You’ll notice in this article that everyone and their mother comes out saying we’ve all got to do better and do everything we can to protect these children. We must take immediate action to address these situations and stop this from continuing to happen.
Except the teachers unions. Where is their strongly worded statement in this article? What gives?
What do you think?