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April 11, 2011


I think this points to our present budget debates, too: as a group a mainstream and integral to our society as teachers are villainized, people who truly need our attention and support are pushed even farther down in the pile and the separation between haves and have-nots gets even greater. Our society suffers at the hands of the greedy.

The connection to teachers is an interesting one, Andy. Particularly because I think criticism of teachers and of inmates often hits the same note: that they are getting a 'free ride' at the hands of taxpayers. Also, schools are often described as being prison-like, what with metal detectors and teachers primarily charged with keeping people well-behaved, quiet, and enclosed in a particular space.

Also, funny you mention the demonization of teachers when the current cover story of the same magazine, The American Prospect, deals with a lot of that directly. "The Test Generation" by Dana Goldstein - here's the link: http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_test_generation

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