Monday, January 30, 2012

From Truthout:Teachers Inject Their Own Message Into Union-Busters' Twitter Campaign | Truthout

Teachers Inject Their Own Message Into Union-Busters' Twitter Campaign | Truthout

Everyone seems to get a voice on how students should be taught but the teachers themselves, who have been framed as lazy, unmotivated, self-interested slobs in desperate need of discipline from the Free Market. And in the rare moments real public schools teachers are given the microphone, they might well be fronts for Astroturf organizations like TeachPlus, non-profits underwritten by Wall Street, informed by neo-conservative economic values, and intended to undermine unions and privatize education.

Not only have corporations occupied the voices heard in the education debate, but they also have a powerful monopoly on the language we use, as Orwellian business terms – productivity (larger classes, less teachers),efficiency (less money for public schools), accountability (more high stakes standardized tests), flexibility (dismantling of unions) – become the official lexicon of status quo, pushing out real teaching terms like learning, andgrowth.

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