I am a retired teacher from both Chicago and Lyons Township High School in the suburbs; I presently live full-time in Florida. I have extended family members teaching in schools in other states. The scapegoating, demonization and retribution being carried out against good teachers across America is a part of the dismantling of public education for private profit. So are the attacks against teacher pensions.
Immense profits from public education taxes are being shipped overseas, tax free, by testing companies such as Pearson and charter schools such as those owned by, according to Bloomberg News, “the charismatic Sunni imam Fethullah Gülen, leader of a politically powerful Turkish religious movement.” (In the face of horrific, religious prejudicial attacks against Muslims, a billionaire cleric using American tax education profits to attempt an overthrow of a government are minimized or ignored in corporate media.)
Our presidential candidates are either financed by or are invested directly and indirectly in the Education Industrial Complex that is corporate education reform. “Public-private partnerships” is the euphemism for tax money used to profit multinational corporations and their local affiliates. It’s a scam.
Certified, qualified teachers threaten the Education Industrial Complex for their teaching abilities rather than mindlessly following the “scripted text” recital for state/corporate tests. Certified, qualified teachers are paid too much for state/corporate script readers disguised as teachers. Full time script-reader-quasi-teachers are paid as little as $100 per day for a 180 day school year. $18,000 per year is below the poverty level; corporations want obedient cheap labor for higher personal profits – not capable teachers.
What about the children? What about the future strength and abilities of our country? Corporations exist for profit, not the altruistic good of a place they don’t even pay taxes to.
I stand for the middle class that career teachers belong to.
I met and spoke with Gus Morales. I am proud of that. Gus is a wonderful teacher and a fine human being. I am sure that his teaching colleagues are as well. For this, they are being scapegoated, demonized and fired as retribution.
As long as Gus and the other teachers are victimized, fired and berated by a governmental entity, we are all in deep trouble. Diane Ravitch and Tim Slekar emphasize this grim fact.
Perhaps we need a new motto.
I suggest GOD HELP AMERICA.
I stand with Gus Morales all of the political/corporate victims of the mass firings of excellent teachers at Holyoke Public Schools in Massachusetts.
I stand with Gus.
Please do the same.