Posted on the ednotesonline blog. UFT s Leo Casey Wants Open, Lively Debate Guess what? He won t find it at UFT Delegate Assemblies or Executive Board meetings
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, Oct 31, 2007
Posted on the ednotesonline blog.
UFT's Leo Casey Wants Open, Lively Debate
Guess what? He won't find it at UFT Delegate Assemblies or Executive Board meetings or just about anywhere in the UFT. Here's what he wrote on Edwize about the Kathryn Wylde's assault on Diane Ravitch:
"Education policy thrives in a vigorous, dynamic public sphere where ideas and initiatives — new and old, good and bad, half-baked and well-formulated — are subjected to open, lively debate and contestation. What is essential in this sphere is that it is the policies, not the persons advocating them, which are the center of debate."
Casey goes on to say, "It seems that for some, markets should rule all education — except for the free marketplace of ideas. There, their monopoly must go unquestioned and uncriticized."
If you've read my blog you see how the UFT leadership attempts to suppress debate on a consistent basis. Certainly they did on the merit pay plan, putting down requests by delegates to have time to go back to the schools to discuss the issue. You see, in the UFT open lively debate consists of springing something on the delegates without any advance notice on the agenda even after months of discussion with the DOE, taking an hour to have the president present it, "allowing" less than a half hour to talk about it before voting.
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