Bill Ayers, the no credibility blowhard.
Some people grow out of the stupidity of youth, some don’t. Bill Ay
ers has shownhe is one of the latter. The
Weather Underground terrorist-turned-academic istaking up a cause near and dear to teachers unions: bashing a program that sendsyoung, idealistic college grads into the inner city to teach poor kids.
Teach For America has been virtually the only positive force in addressing the
repressive environment in poor and minority schools. The “normal” environme
ntin those schools is one of using harmful and technically wrong education
approaches that harm all kids but the “gap” kids the most. The big differencebetween Teach For America (TFA) teachers and “normal” teachers is that the TFA
teachers have real subject matter degrees from highly ranked universities such asHarvard, U of Michigan, U of Virginia and Duke University. Education schoolteacher graduates are not taught subject matter with any rigor and hence theteachers are unprepared to teach effectively as proven by our poor performanceon international achievement testing.So what words of wisdom did Bill Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist who blew upgovernment buildings in his youth, have to contribute? Of course, you have toalso realize that Ayres is a retired
education school professor
at U of Chicago.Education professors are as a group the most deluded and self-aggrandizing group
involved in our education mess. They don’t know the truth but they
their beliefs in an “if it isn’t true,
it ought to be
Ayers, Weather Underground terrorist-turned-academic is taking up a cause nearand dear to teachers unions: bashing a program that sends young, idealistic collegegrads into the inner city to teach poor kids. His main complaint is that TFAparticipants fill jobs that he feels should have been filled by union members. He
states it is a fraud because it isn’t going to change teaching but undermine
teaching. Would undermining the teaching status quo be a bad thing? Hardly, thecurrent abysmal performance needs undermining.
He couldn’t be more wrong but this attack fits the progressive agenda where adult
union members get coddled while those who are supposed to benefit from theirefforts are continually screwed. Educators often say when being honest about the
poor performance of serving kids, “You don’t understand, education is run to