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Chicago Teachers Strike

Chicago Teachers Strike

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Published by Paul Richardson
No matter who wins the kids lose.
No matter who wins the kids lose.

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Chicago Teachers Strike
Both Sides DelusionalEntrenched delusion is rampant in education. The dispute between Rahm Emmanuel and the ChicagoTeachers Union is a perfect example because both sides are ignoring the truth. Better performance
reviews will do nothing to help the “gap” students who are no
t served by the current education systemdesign. Higher pay and benefits have also had no positive effect on the achievement problem.Advanced education school degrees have had no positive effect on achievement problems. The many
“reforms” applied as Ba
nd-
Aids to “fix” the problem have not worked; RTI, i.e. response to intervention,
special ed, ELL (English Language Learner), and on and on have done nothing but greatly increase costs.They have not come to the rescue of students.If you look at the global education situation you quickly realize that the nations who successfully teach
their kids “do it differently” than we do. They actually emphasize knowledge. We emphasize process.We say “teach them how to learn, how to think, skills for analyzing.”
The stupidity is that our contentfree, anti-curriculum approach is like providing a central processing unit with no data to operate upon.Thus, when you test for achievement you get poor results. Oh, make no mistake, some kids will learn.However, that is In spite of the schools, not because of their school experiences. Some very smallpercentage of kids go to charter or private schools where the education orthodoxy of the mainlineschools is absent or attenuated. They do better, but the vast majority
of kids and especially the “gap”kids continue to be harmed by the current “bit in their teeth” refusal
of educators and their politicalallies to face reality and fix the problem.The Reality
 
Our system was designed by the Progressives (Dewey) to not teach subjects but to create
credulous citizens more prone to accept “expert control” by an all
-powerful government.
 
Our education schools have been the Progressives best tool for proliferating the initial design;they teach all process and no subject rigor which is the opposite of the way educators aretrained in countries like Finland, Singapore, China, Russia. The education schools diploma millshave been a huge source of revenue for universities. That is why universities have no interest infixing them. Some very few exceptions like U of Virginia and Hillsdale College do it right but thenumber of teachers turned out per year from them impact a tiny, tiny percentage of students.
 
Educators believe they are educated when they are not. That is, the education school traininghas no value for the job at hand. They take predominately the low end of high school graduatesand turn them into A students. Do they understand subjects, which is a vital skill needed toteach? No. Do they understand the pedagogy required to teach subjects well? No. Yet,because certifications are almost totally dependent on ed school training, the flood of 
unprepared to do the job
educators into the system continues.
 
Educators are grossly overpaid because they have been very effectively represented by their
unions and also because the public doesn’t understand the reality and believes that their child’s
school and teachers are ok, it is the other schools that have the problem. A very recent studyfound that teachers are paid 72% more than people with the same skills working in the privatesector. The overpaid percentage for admin is estimated to be much higher, especially for those

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Well the government "baby sitting" agency is back in operation. Very costly and does an abysmal job of educating but does provide the parents with child supervision during the day.
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