On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Wayne Bishop <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >>This is about what's best for the kids. > > The perfect summary of every failed reform in education (with homogeneous > classrooms and almost universal social promotion at the top of the list), >
Never mind that the top performing countries in the world on PISA Korea, Finland, and Japan do not allow grade retention. (By the way, one wonders why hardcore pro-retention types think it's a good idea to have, say, 10 year old girls hanging out with, say, 13 year old boys.)
> teacher strikes,
Yeah, they're happening every year in every district, aren't they? Never mind that the teacher strike rate overall nationally over the long term has been quite a bit lower that it is overall nationally in the private sector.
> rubber rooms instead of firing horrible teachers,
Yeah, they're in every district, aren't they? Never mind that "rubber rooms" exist in almost no school district in the country.
Teachers in such places like Korea or Finland or Japan (or community college teachers in the US, who have about the same hours per week in front of classes as these countries' k12 teachers, about half that of k12 public school teachers in the US) are not lazy communist bums because they have much less working time in front of students and much more working time not in front of students.
And so we see that all this talk from conservatives that they are doing what's best for the kids when they push for extracting every last drop of blood of "teaching hour productivity" from k12 teachers is just a bunch of cow manure. It proves that the focus of conservatives in education is not on what is best for the kids but on something else entirely.