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    Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
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      Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A

      By SAM DILLON
      Published: July 4, 2010

      NEW ORLEANS — For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
      addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
      national teachers’ unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
      welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.



      C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
      The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
      from the Obama administration is set to speak.
      But in a sign of the Obama administration’s strained relations with two
      of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
      scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
      union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

      The largest union’s meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
      heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan’s
      resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
      federal programs for “undermining public education,” and the union’s
      president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
      “This is not the change I hoped for.”

      “Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
      anti-student environment I have ever experienced,” Dennis Van Roekel,
      president of the union, the National Education Association, told
      thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

      President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
      school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
      public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
      ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
      other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
      adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
      districts, often with the collaboration of teachers’ unions.

      But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
      for all the problems in public schools.
    • Mark Ahlness
      Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not read Diane Ravitch s new book, The Death and Life of the Great American School
      Message 2 of 20 , Jul 5, 2010
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        Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
        read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
        School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
        and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock when
        you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
        wobbly pillars. - Mark



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        Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

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        By SAM DILLON
        Published: July 4, 2010

        NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
        addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
        national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
        welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

        C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
        The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
        from the Obama administration is set to speak.
        But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
        of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
        scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
        union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

        The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
        heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
        resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
        federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
        president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
        "This is not the change I hoped for."

        "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
        anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
        president of the union, the National Education Association, told
        thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

        President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
        school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
        public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
        ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
        other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
        adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
        districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.

        But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
        for all the problems in public schools.





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      • Janet Salmons
        And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can t buy that. Let s work with the current team-I can t see how not talking can possibly
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          And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can't
          buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not talking can
          possibly help. Big mistake.



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          Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
          read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
          School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
          and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock when
          you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
          wobbly pillars. - Mark

          _____

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          Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

          Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

          http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
          <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
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          > &ref=to
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          &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A

          By SAM DILLON
          Published: July 4, 2010

          NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
          addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
          national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
          welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

          C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
          The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
          from the Obama administration is set to speak.
          But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
          of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
          scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
          union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

          The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
          heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
          resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
          federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
          president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
          "This is not the change I hoped for."

          "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
          anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
          president of the union, the National Education Association, told
          thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

          President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
          school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
          public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
          ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
          other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
          adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
          districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.

          But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
          for all the problems in public schools.

          [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]





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        • diana wendt
           I agree.  We need to try to present our side of things.  Obama certainly doesn t want to lose such a large voting block as all the teachers and related
          Message 4 of 20 , Jul 5, 2010
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             I agree.  We need to try to present our side of things.  Obama certainly doesn't want to lose such a large voting block as all the teachers and related personnel.  And, he and his administration know that the problem is bigger than the teachers.  We need to work with the powers that be and not jump ship to the Republicans.  That would also be a huge mistake and cause problems in countless ways.

            --- On Mon, 7/5/10, Janet Salmons <jsalmons@...> wrote:


            From: Janet Salmons <jsalmons@...>
            Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
            To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
            Date: Monday, July 5, 2010, 1:07 PM


             



            And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can't
            buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not talking can
            possibly help. Big mistake.

            From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
            Mark Ahlness
            Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
            To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

            Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
            read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
            School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
            and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock when
            you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
            wobbly pillars. - Mark

            _____

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            Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

            Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
            <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
            <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
            > &ref=to
            dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
            &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A

            By SAM DILLON
            Published: July 4, 2010

            NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
            addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
            national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
            welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

            C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
            The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
            from the Obama administration is set to speak.
            But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
            of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
            scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
            union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

            The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
            heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
            resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
            federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
            president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
            "This is not the change I hoped for."

            "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
            anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
            president of the union, the National Education Association, told
            thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

            President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
            school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
            public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
            ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
            other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
            adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
            districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.

            But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
            for all the problems in public schools.

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          • Robert D. Sharp
            The problem with dialoging without making your position clear, i.e., refusing to talk, is that if our leaders just simply go in, sit down and talk then the
            Message 5 of 20 , Jul 5, 2010
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              The problem with dialoging without making your position clear, i.e., refusing to talk, is that if our leaders just simply go in, sit down and talk then the signal is that the status quo is acceptable.

              I see the current mess as a bipartisan issue. NCLB and it's effect was started by US Senator, Ted Kennedy and the 2005 White House. The old saying "IF IT AIN'T BROKE, don't fix it." was not working any more. We have known since ... when did the Time Magazine article,"Johnny can't read" hit the press?" I just looked it up and it was in 1955. In the early 70's again, a Reader's Digest article pointed back to the same article and popularized the name notion. I was a student in the late 50's and 60's so I know what it was like to be put into a special reading class at the college level. My vocabulary was outstanding but my speed and comprehension needed work.

              It seems that I may be on a tangent but we as educators know that we have to do something. We know that people outside public education seem to have been at the controls for a long time. I believe and hope the point NEA is trying to make is, "When you are ready to listen, let us know." I would say also. If you aren't ready to listen, don't bother us.

              Just my perspective.

              Bob

              On Jul 5, 2010, at 11:19 AM, diana wendt wrote:
              > I agree. We need to try to present our side of things. Obama certainly doesn't want to lose such a large voting block as all the teachers and related personnel. And, he and his administration know that the problem is bigger than the teachers. We need to work with the powers that be and not jump ship to the Republicans. That would also be a huge mistake and cause problems in countless ways.
              >
              > --- On Mon, 7/5/10, Janet Salmons <jsalmons@...> wrote:
              >
              > From: Janet Salmons <jsalmons@...>
              > Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
              > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
              > Date: Monday, July 5, 2010, 1:07 PM
              > And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can't
              > buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not talking can
              > possibly help. Big mistake.
              >
              > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
              > Mark Ahlness
              > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
              > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
              >
              > Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
              > read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
              > School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
              > and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock when
              > you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
              > wobbly pillars. - Mark
              >
              > _____
              >
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              >
              > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
              >
              > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
              > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
              > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
              > > &ref=to
              > dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
              > &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
              >
              > By SAM DILLON
              > Published: July 4, 2010
              >
              > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
              > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
              > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
              > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
              >
              > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
              > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
              > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
              > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
              > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
              > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
              > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
              >
              > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
              > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
              > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
              > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
              > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
              > "This is not the change I hoped for."
              >
              > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
              > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
              > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
              > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
              >
              > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
              > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
              > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
              > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
              > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
              > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
              > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
              >
              > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
              > for all the problems in public schools.
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              >
              > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
              >
              >

              --
              It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

              Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
              Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics, Technology
              Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
              Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for Members



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            • Chris Lehmann
              I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the deprofessionalization of teachers. Race
              Message 6 of 20 , Jul 5, 2010
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                I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.

                Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning this administration's commitment to public education, because from where I sit, it's not really there.

                -- Chris

                Sent from my iPad

                On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons" <jsalmons@...> wrote:

                > And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can't
                > buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not talking can
                > possibly help. Big mistake.
                >
                >
                >
                > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
                > Mark Ahlness
                > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                > Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
                > read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
                > School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
                > and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock when
                > you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
                > wobbly pillars. - Mark
                >
                > _____
                >
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                >
                > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                >
                > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                >> &ref=to
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                >
                > By SAM DILLON
                > Published: July 4, 2010
                >
                > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                >
                > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                >
                > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                > "This is not the change I hoped for."
                >
                > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                >
                > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                >
                > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                > for all the problems in public schools.
                >
                > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                >
                >
                >
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              • Nancy Willard
                I agree - sadly. But let s add one more problem. In the district in my community in the 70 s they set up what were essentially in-district charter schools.
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                  I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district in my
                  community in the 70's they set up what were essentially in-district
                  charter schools. Choice!

                  Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents who were
                  inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                  attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average FRL
                  around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                  students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.

                  The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that aggregate
                  the students with the more significant learning problems and the parents
                  who are the least likely to be effectively involved.

                  Nancy

                  Chris Lehmann wrote:
                  >
                  >
                  > I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be
                  > worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                  > deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state
                  > against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over
                  > federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that
                  > teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a
                  > fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the
                  > Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                  > pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                  > schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                  > appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of
                  > retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking
                  > some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words
                  > "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what
                  > "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                  >
                  > Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning
                  > this administration's commitment to public education, because from
                  > where I sit, it's not really there.
                  >
                  > -- Chris
                  >
                  > Sent from my iPad
                  >
                  > On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons" <jsalmons@...
                  > <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                  >
                  > > And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry,
                  > can't
                  > > buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not
                  > talking can
                  > > possibly help. Big mistake.
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                  > Behalf Of
                  > > Mark Ahlness
                  > > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                  > > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2)
                  > has not
                  > > read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
                  > > School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
                  > Read it,
                  > > and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a
                  > shock when
                  > > you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
                  > > wobbly pillars. - Mark
                  > >
                  > > _____
                  > >
                  > > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                  > > Of
                  > > BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                  > > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                  > > To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                  > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                  > wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                  > > net-gold@... <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                  > <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu> ;
                  > > K12AdminLIFE@yahoogroups.com <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                  > > mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                  > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                  > > mlsalumni@...
                  > <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                  > > <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                  > > Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                  > >
                  > > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                  > >
                  > > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                  > > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                  > >
                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>
                  > >> &ref=to
                  > > dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                  > > &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                  > >
                  > > By SAM DILLON
                  > > Published: July 4, 2010
                  > >
                  > > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                  > > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                  > > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                  > > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                  > >
                  > > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                  > > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                  > > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                  > > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                  > > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                  > > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                  > > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                  > >
                  > > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                  > > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                  > > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                  > > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                  > > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                  > > "This is not the change I hoped for."
                  > >
                  > > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                  > > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                  > > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                  > > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                  > >
                  > > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                  > > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                  > > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                  > > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                  > > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                  > > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                  > > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                  > >
                  > > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                  > > for all the problems in public schools.
                  > >
                  > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
                  > > ------------------------------------
                  > >
                  > > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                  > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                  > > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
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                  > >
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                • Donna Szemcsak
                  Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the World of Insecurity  refers to this aggregation of students instigated by the present
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                    Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the World of Insecurity  refers to this aggregation of students instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take back their professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that positioned the educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for society's ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                     
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                    --- On Mon, 7/5/10, Nancy Willard <nwillard@...> wrote:


                    From: Nancy Willard <nwillard@...>
                    Subject: Re: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                    To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                    Date: Monday, July 5, 2010, 5:22 PM


                    I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district in my
                    community in the 70's they set up what were essentially in-district
                    charter schools. Choice!

                    Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents who were
                    inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                    attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average FRL
                    around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                    students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.

                    The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that aggregate
                    the students with the more significant learning problems and the parents
                    who are the least likely to be effectively involved.

                    Nancy

                    Chris Lehmann wrote:
                    >
                    >
                    > I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be
                    > worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                    > deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state
                    > against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over
                    > federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that
                    > teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a
                    > fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the
                    > Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                    > pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                    > schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                    > appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of
                    > retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking
                    > some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words
                    > "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what
                    > "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                    >
                    > Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning
                    > this administration's commitment to public education, because from
                    > where I sit, it's not really there.
                    >
                    > -- Chris
                    >
                    > Sent from my iPad
                    >
                    > On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons" <jsalmons@...
                    > <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                    >
                    > > And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry,
                    > can't
                    > > buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not
                    > talking can
                    > > possibly help. Big mistake.
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                    > Behalf Of
                    > > Mark Ahlness
                    > > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                    > > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > > Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2)
                    > has not
                    > > read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
                    > > School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
                    > Read it,
                    > > and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a
                    > shock when
                    > > you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
                    > > wobbly pillars. - Mark
                    > >
                    > > _____
                    > >
                    > > From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > > [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                    > > Of
                    > > BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                    > > Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                    > > To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                    > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                    > wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                    > > net-gold@... <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                    > <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu> ;
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                    > <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                    > > mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                    > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                    > > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                    > > mlsalumni@...
                    > <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                    > > <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                    > > Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                    > >
                    > > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                    > >
                    > > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                    > > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                    > >
                    > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                    > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>
                    > >> &ref=to
                    > > dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                    > > &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                    > >
                    > > By SAM DILLON
                    > > Published: July 4, 2010
                    > >
                    > > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                    > > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                    > > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                    > > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                    > >
                    > > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                    > > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                    > > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                    > > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                    > > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                    > > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                    > > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                    > >
                    > > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                    > > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                    > > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                    > > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                    > > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                    > > "This is not the change I hoped for."
                    > >
                    > > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                    > > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                    > > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                    > > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                    > >
                    > > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                    > > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                    > > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                    > > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                    > > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                    > > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                    > > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                    > >
                    > > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                    > > for all the problems in public schools.
                    > >
                    > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > ------------------------------------
                    > >
                    > > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                    > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                    > > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                    > > Yahoo! Groups Links
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
                    >


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                  • Robert D. Sharp
                    Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching and unions are near and dear to me and has been for a long time. I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.
                    Message 9 of 20 , Jul 5, 2010
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                      Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching and unions are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.

                      I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.

                      It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in for 34 years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to Washington State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their legislative disrespect.

                      Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe public education will be the near future. Good education for the rich and the poor get what is left.

                      The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started with Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union. Actually, I should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of the era just before that.

                      All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change little but it will put money, big money in the hands of a few corporations.

                      Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican in charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I pointed out that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My current state of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between the two parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged themselves as the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union that they would improve education. It has not happened in the lat twenty years but a continual decline in conditions have occurred. Federal money was never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only brings a ton of more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the money is spent.

                      I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I retired. Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing and heading but I decided to concentrate my efforts into integrating technology into the schools. It is from that experience that I can testify that school districts, the state and by default the feds do not provide appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try but do not have enough money to do a good job.

                      Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why test? Are they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so students? I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience) were not trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know that for a fact because I often put together classes before/after school and in summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it has changed significantly over the last ten years. Many of the teachers my age had for so long ignored "technology" that they were literally amazed what could/should happen when they use technology as a tool.

                      Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's unions and the current administration. I restate my original position. Why talk if you know their position is disrespectful of teachers and know the road we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our profession. If this were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the administrative unions and school board associations and call for shutting down public education institutions until the current federal administration comes to the table for a real dialog.

                      Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know that I am at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only that it has take so long to get here.

                      I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to by SAM DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan." I can not attest to what was said because I did not attend the conventions but evidently there was something said that has caused the discontent.

                      On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                      > Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take back their professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that positioned the educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for society's ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                      >
                      > Donna


                      Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure that we signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about that time. However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional associates at the time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out," as they dropped out during the ensuing years.

                      Bob

                      On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                      > I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district in my
                      > community in the 70's they set up what were essentially in-district
                      > charter schools. Choice!
                      >
                      > Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents who were
                      > inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                      > attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average FRL
                      > around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                      > students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                      >
                      > The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that aggregate
                      > the students with the more significant learning problems and the parents
                      > who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                      >
                      > Nancy
                      >
                      > Chris Lehmann wrote:
                      >>
                      >> I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be
                      >> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                      >> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state
                      >> against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over
                      >> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that
                      >> teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a
                      >> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the
                      >> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                      >> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                      >> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                      >> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of
                      >> retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking
                      >> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words
                      >> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what
                      >> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                      >>
                      >> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning
                      >> this administration's commitment to public education, because from
                      >> where I sit, it's not really there.
                      >>
                      >> -- Chris
                      >>
                      >> Sent from my iPad
                      >>
                      >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons" <jsalmons@...
                      >> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                      >>
                      >>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry,
                      >> can't
                      >>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not
                      >> talking can
                      >>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                      >> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                      >> Behalf Of
                      >>> Mark Ahlness
                      >>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                      >>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                      >>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2)
                      >> has not
                      >>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
                      >>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
                      >> Read it,
                      >>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a
                      >> shock when
                      >>> you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
                      >>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                      >>>
                      >>> _____
                      >>>
                      >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                      >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                      >>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
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                      >>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                      >>>
                      >>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                      >>>
                      >>> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                      >>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                      >>>
                      >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                      >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>
                      >>>> &ref=to
                      >>> dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                      >>> &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                      >>>
                      >>> By SAM DILLON
                      >>> Published: July 4, 2010
                      >>>
                      >>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                      >>> addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                      >>> national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                      >>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                      >>>
                      >>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                      >>> The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                      >>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                      >>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                      >>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                      >>> scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                      >>> union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                      >>>
                      >>> The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                      >>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                      >>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                      >>> federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                      >>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                      >>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                      >>>
                      >>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                      >>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                      >>> president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                      >>> thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                      >>>
                      >>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                      >>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                      >>> public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                      >>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                      >>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                      >>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                      >>> districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                      >>>
                      >>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                      >>> for all the problems in public schools.
                      >>>
                      >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>> ------------------------------------
                      >>>
                      >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                      >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                      >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                      >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>>
                      >>
                      >>
                      >
                      >
                      > --
                      > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                      > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                      > http://csriu.org
                      > nwillard@...
                      >
                      > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                      > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                      > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                      > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      >
                      > ------------------------------------
                      >
                      > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                      > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                      > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                      > Yahoo! Groups Links
                      >
                      >
                      >

                      --
                      It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

                      Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                      Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics, Technology
                      Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                      Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for Members
                    • Nancy Willard
                      I will tell you one other reason why I am so totally concerned about the Obama/Duncan direction. I work in the field of youth risk online - cyberbullying,
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                        I will tell you one other reason why I am so totally concerned about the
                        Obama/Duncan direction. I work in the field of youth risk online -
                        cyberbullying, sexting. In order to address these concerns, there is a
                        significant challenge of getting the safe school personnel up to speed.

                        Well in came Obama and Duncan and zeroed out the block grants for safe
                        schools. So at precisely the time we need to be getting these folks to
                        the point they can deal with these concerns, all of what used to be
                        their funding is going to states that want to give it to corporations
                        running the charter schools. And all of the safe school personnel are
                        getting pink slips.

                        The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                        concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need
                        to better address this challenge.

                        Nancy

                        Robert D. Sharp wrote:
                        >
                        > Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching and unions
                        > are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.
                        >
                        > I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.
                        >
                        > It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in for 34
                        > years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to Washington
                        > State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their legislative
                        > disrespect.
                        >
                        > Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe public
                        > education will be the near future. Good education for the rich and the
                        > poor get what is left.
                        >
                        > The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started with
                        > Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union. Actually, I
                        > should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of the era
                        > just before that.
                        >
                        > All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change little but
                        > it will put money, big money in the hands of a few corporations.
                        >
                        > Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican in
                        > charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I pointed out
                        > that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My current state
                        > of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between the two
                        > parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged themselves as
                        > the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union that
                        > they would improve education. It has not happened in the lat twenty
                        > years but a continual decline in conditions have occurred. Federal
                        > money was never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only brings
                        > a ton of more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the money is spent.
                        >
                        > I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I retired.
                        > Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing and
                        > heading but I decided to concentrate my efforts into integrating
                        > technology into the schools. It is from that experience that I can
                        > testify that school districts, the state and by default the feds do
                        > not provide appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try but do
                        > not have enough money to do a good job.
                        >
                        > Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why test? Are
                        > they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so students?
                        > I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience) were
                        > not trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know that for
                        > a fact because I often put together classes before/after school and in
                        > summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it has
                        > changed significantly over the last ten years. Many of the teachers my
                        > age had for so long ignored "technology" that they were literally
                        > amazed what could/should happen when they use technology as a tool.
                        >
                        > Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's unions
                        > and the current administration. I restate my original position. Why
                        > talk if you know their position is disrespectful of teachers and know
                        > the road we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our profession.
                        > If this were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the
                        > administrative unions and school board associations and call for
                        > shutting down public education institutions until the current federal
                        > administration comes to the table for a real dialog.
                        >
                        > Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know that I am
                        > at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only that it
                        > has take so long to get here.
                        >
                        > I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to by SAM
                        > DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a
                        > presidential candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators gathered for
                        > the summer conventions of the two national teachers' unions, and last
                        > year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education Secretary
                        > Arne Duncan." I can not attest to what was said because I did not
                        > attend the conventions but evidently there was something said that has
                        > caused the discontent.
                        >
                        > On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                        > > Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in
                        > the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students
                        > instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational
                        > apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take back their
                        > professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that positioned the
                        > educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for society's
                        > ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                        > >
                        > > Donna
                        >
                        > Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure that we
                        > signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about that
                        > time. However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional associates
                        > at the time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out," as they
                        > dropped out during the ensuing years.
                        >
                        > Bob
                        >
                        > On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                        > > I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district in my
                        > > community in the 70's they set up what were essentially in-district
                        > > charter schools. Choice!
                        > >
                        > > Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents who
                        > were
                        > > inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                        > > attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average FRL
                        > > around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                        > > students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                        > >
                        > > The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that aggregate
                        > > the students with the more significant learning problems and the
                        > parents
                        > > who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                        > >
                        > > Nancy
                        > >
                        > > Chris Lehmann wrote:
                        > >>
                        > >> I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be
                        > >> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                        > >> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state
                        > >> against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over
                        > >> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that
                        > >> teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a
                        > >> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the
                        > >> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                        > >> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                        > >> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                        > >> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of
                        > >> retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking
                        > >> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words
                        > >> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what
                        > >> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                        > >>
                        > >> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning
                        > >> this administration's commitment to public education, because from
                        > >> where I sit, it's not really there.
                        > >>
                        > >> -- Chris
                        > >>
                        > >> Sent from my iPad
                        > >>
                        > >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons"
                        > <jsalmons@... <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>
                        > >> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                        > >>
                        > >>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry,
                        > >> can't
                        > >>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not
                        > >> talking can
                        > >>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > >> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                        > >> Behalf Of
                        > >>> Mark Ahlness
                        > >>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                        > >>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > >>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2)
                        > >> has not
                        > >>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great
                        > American
                        > >>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
                        > >> Read it,
                        > >>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a
                        > >> shock when
                        > >>> you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on
                        > those two
                        > >>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                        > >>>
                        > >>> _____
                        > >>>
                        > >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
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                        > >>> BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                        > <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                        > >>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
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                        > <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
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                        > >>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                        > >>>
                        > >>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                        > >>>
                        > >>> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                        > >>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                        > >>>
                        > >>
                        > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                        > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>
                        >
                        > >>
                        > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                        > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>>
                        > >>>> &ref=to
                        > >>> dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                        > >>> &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                        > >>>
                        > >>> By SAM DILLON
                        > >>> Published: July 4, 2010
                        > >>>
                        > >>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                        > >>> addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                        > >>> national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                        > >>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                        > >>> The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                        > >>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                        > >>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations
                        > with two
                        > >>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                        > >>> scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                        > >>> union officials feared that administration speakers would face
                        > heckling.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                        > >>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                        > >>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                        > >>> federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                        > >>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                        > >>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                        > >>>
                        > >>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                        > >>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                        > >>> president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                        > >>> thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                        > >>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to
                        > shake up
                        > >>> public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                        > >>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                        > >>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                        > >>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                        > >>> districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                        > >>> for all the problems in public schools.
                        > >>>
                        > >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>> ------------------------------------
                        > >>>
                        > >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                        > >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                        > >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                        > >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>>
                        > >>
                        > >>
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > --
                        > > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                        > > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                        > > http://csriu.org
                        > > nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org>
                        > >
                        > > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                        > > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                        > > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                        > > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        > > ------------------------------------
                        > >
                        > > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                        > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                        > > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                        > > Yahoo! Groups Links
                        > >
                        > >
                        > >
                        >
                        > --
                        > It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think
                        > education is expensive, try ignorance."
                        >
                        > Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                        > Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics,
                        > Technology
                        > Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                        > Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for
                        > Members
                        >
                        >


                        --
                        Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                        Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                        http://csriu.org
                        nwillard@...

                        Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                        Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                        Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                        Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                      • Ermlick, Judy E
                        Hi-- Some thoughts --we all remember that we couldnt possibly have voted any way but for Obama-- teachers had no choice-- but that said-- even since November
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                          Hi--
                          Some thoughts --we all remember that we couldnt possibly have voted any way but for Obama-- teachers had no choice-- but that said-- even since November 2008 things have deteriorated and it is a planned movement to generate a two tiered educational system...
                          ------The book, READICIDE-- we are killing reading for the kids that need us to
                          teach them; the monied kids are ignoring Dibels, and nonsense words
                          and reading BOOKS ( not words, not paragraphs) with parents at
                          home and at the library
                          ----- The Broad Academy for Admin; Gates foundation, and Walmart are
                          working together to take over URBAN education-- They require for their
                          $$-- managed curriculum which discourages "free-reading" in favor of
                          text anthologies-- cant vary from " the script"
                          kids in my suburb are still again reading BOOKS at the pool in the summer
                          etc
                          ----- the whole argument of merit pay actually the argument of getting teachers
                          on board to teach what they can measure--and they cant measure thinking
                          skills or how technoloogy helps kids show what they know (and yes, my union AFT- chapter just drank the Kool-aid on this one!)
                          Yes, Arnie and Obama are playing their money at a time when the economy sucks-- but, there are plenty of people one level down from the top who are taking advantage of the times and the economy to create an underclass of workers-in my never humble opinion!
                          sadly,
                          JudyE!


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                        • Robert D. Sharp
                          The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need to better address this
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                            "The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need to better address this challenge." Agreed, only if you are a long haul trucker belonging to the Teamsters and you do not handle the job, you are fired. If you are an electrician and/or a plumber and you do not do the job the contractor hired you to do adequately you get a second chance and or if poor enough you can get fired, i.e., if you produce a product, it is clearly visible.

                            It reminds me of the story of the Ice Cream Manufacturer's president discussion of Blue Berry Ice Cream. You can not send the children back until they are ready for education.

                            Bob

                            On Jul 5, 2010, at 4:47 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:

                            > I will tell you one other reason why I am so totally concerned about the
                            > Obama/Duncan direction. I work in the field of youth risk online -
                            > cyberbullying, sexting. In order to address these concerns, there is a
                            > significant challenge of getting the safe school personnel up to speed.
                            >
                            > Well in came Obama and Duncan and zeroed out the block grants for safe
                            > schools. So at precisely the time we need to be getting these folks to
                            > the point they can deal with these concerns, all of what used to be
                            > their funding is going to states that want to give it to corporations
                            > running the charter schools. And all of the safe school personnel are
                            > getting pink slips.
                            >
                            > The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                            > concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need
                            > to better address this challenge.
                            >
                            > Nancy
                            >
                            > Robert D. Sharp wrote:
                            >>
                            >> Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching and unions
                            >> are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.
                            >>
                            >> I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.
                            >>
                            >> It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in for 34
                            >> years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to Washington
                            >> State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their legislative
                            >> disrespect.
                            >>
                            >> Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe public
                            >> education will be the near future. Good education for the rich and the
                            >> poor get what is left.
                            >>
                            >> The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started with
                            >> Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union. Actually, I
                            >> should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of the era
                            >> just before that.
                            >>
                            >> All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change little but
                            >> it will put money, big money in the hands of a few corporations.
                            >>
                            >> Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican in
                            >> charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I pointed out
                            >> that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My current state
                            >> of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between the two
                            >> parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged themselves as
                            >> the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union that
                            >> they would improve education. It has not happened in the lat twenty
                            >> years but a continual decline in conditions have occurred. Federal
                            >> money was never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only brings
                            >> a ton of more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the money is spent.
                            >>
                            >> I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I retired.
                            >> Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing and
                            >> heading but I decided to concentrate my efforts into integrating
                            >> technology into the schools. It is from that experience that I can
                            >> testify that school districts, the state and by default the feds do
                            >> not provide appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try but do
                            >> not have enough money to do a good job.
                            >>
                            >> Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why test? Are
                            >> they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so students?
                            >> I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience) were
                            >> not trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know that for
                            >> a fact because I often put together classes before/after school and in
                            >> summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it has
                            >> changed significantly over the last ten years. Many of the teachers my
                            >> age had for so long ignored "technology" that they were literally
                            >> amazed what could/should happen when they use technology as a tool.
                            >>
                            >> Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's unions
                            >> and the current administration. I restate my original position. Why
                            >> talk if you know their position is disrespectful of teachers and know
                            >> the road we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our profession.
                            >> If this were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the
                            >> administrative unions and school board associations and call for
                            >> shutting down public education institutions until the current federal
                            >> administration comes to the table for a real dialog.
                            >>
                            >> Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know that I am
                            >> at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only that it
                            >> has take so long to get here.
                            >>
                            >> I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to by SAM
                            >> DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a
                            >> presidential candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators gathered for
                            >> the summer conventions of the two national teachers' unions, and last
                            >> year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education Secretary
                            >> Arne Duncan." I can not attest to what was said because I did not
                            >> attend the conventions but evidently there was something said that has
                            >> caused the discontent.
                            >>
                            >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                            >>> Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in
                            >> the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students
                            >> instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational
                            >> apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take back their
                            >> professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that positioned the
                            >> educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for society's
                            >> ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                            >>>
                            >>> Donna
                            >>
                            >> Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure that we
                            >> signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about that
                            >> time. However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional associates
                            >> at the time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out," as they
                            >> dropped out during the ensuing years.
                            >>
                            >> Bob
                            >>
                            >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                            >>> I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district in my
                            >>> community in the 70's they set up what were essentially in-district
                            >>> charter schools. Choice!
                            >>>
                            >>> Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents who
                            >> were
                            >>> inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                            >>> attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average FRL
                            >>> around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                            >>> students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                            >>>
                            >>> The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that aggregate
                            >>> the students with the more significant learning problems and the
                            >> parents
                            >>> who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                            >>>
                            >>> Nancy
                            >>>
                            >>> Chris Lehmann wrote:
                            >>>>
                            >>>> I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be
                            >>>> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                            >>>> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set state
                            >>>> against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight over
                            >>>> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has argued that
                            >>>> teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have seen a
                            >>>> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We have the
                            >>>> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                            >>>> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                            >>>> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                            >>>> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of
                            >>>> retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by taking
                            >>>> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the words
                            >>>> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010 what
                            >>>> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning
                            >>>> this administration's commitment to public education, because from
                            >>>> where I sit, it's not really there.
                            >>>>
                            >>>> -- Chris
                            >>>>
                            >>>> Sent from my iPad
                            >>>>
                            >>>> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons"
                            >> <jsalmons@... <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                            >>>>
                            >>>>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry,
                            >>>> can't
                            >>>>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not
                            >>>> talking can
                            >>>>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                            >>>> Behalf Of
                            >>>>> Mark Ahlness
                            >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                            >>>>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2)
                            >>>> has not
                            >>>>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great
                            >> American
                            >>>>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
                            >>>> Read it,
                            >>>>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a
                            >>>> shock when
                            >>>>> you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on
                            >> those two
                            >>>>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> _____
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                            >>>>> Of
                            >>>>> BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                            >> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                            >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                            >>>>> To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                            >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                            >>>> wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                            >>>>> net-gold@...
                            >> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                            >> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                            >>>> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu> ;
                            >>>>> K12AdminLIFE@yahoogroups.com
                            >> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                            >>>>> mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                            >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                            >>>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                            >>>>> mlsalumni@...
                            >> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                            >>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                            >>>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                            >>>>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                            >>>>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>
                            >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                            >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>
                            >>
                            >>>>
                            >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to
                            >> <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to>>
                            >>>>>> &ref=to
                            >>>>> dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                            >>>>> &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> By SAM DILLON
                            >>>>> Published: July 4, 2010
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                            >>>>> addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                            >>>>> national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                            >>>>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                            >>>>> The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                            >>>>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                            >>>>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations
                            >> with two
                            >>>>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                            >>>>> scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                            >>>>> union officials feared that administration speakers would face
                            >> heckling.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                            >>>>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                            >>>>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                            >>>>> federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                            >>>>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                            >>>>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                            >>>>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                            >>>>> president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                            >>>>> thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                            >>>>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to
                            >> shake up
                            >>>>> public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                            >>>>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                            >>>>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                            >>>>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                            >>>>> districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                            >>>>> for all the problems in public schools.
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> ------------------------------------
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                            >>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                            >>>>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                            >>>>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>> --
                            >>> Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                            >>> Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                            >>> http://csriu.org
                            >>> nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org>
                            >>>
                            >>> Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                            >>> Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                            >>> Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                            >>> Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>> ------------------------------------
                            >>>
                            >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                            >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                            >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                            >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>>
                            >>
                            >> --
                            >> It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think
                            >> education is expensive, try ignorance."
                            >>
                            >> Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                            >> Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics,
                            >> Technology
                            >> Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                            >> Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for
                            >> Members
                            >>
                            >>
                            >
                            >
                            > --
                            > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                            > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                            > http://csriu.org
                            > nwillard@...
                            >
                            > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                            > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                            > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                            > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > ------------------------------------
                            >
                            > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                            > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                            > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                            > Yahoo! Groups Links
                            >
                            >
                            >

                            --
                            It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

                            Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                            Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics, Technology
                            Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                            Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for Members
                          • BBracey@aol.com
                            There are teachers who are not adequate and there are those who are. Whomever is charged with professional development and the nuturing of teachers
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                              There are teachers who are not adequate and there are those who are.
                              Whomever is charged with professional development and the nuturing of
                              teachers particularly in urban and rural areas should be held
                              accountable too. In service is NOT a vaccination. The model of
                              professional development is weak in many places. Bonnie Bracey Sutton.


                              -----Original Message-----
                              From: Robert D. Sharp <RobertDS1@...>
                              To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Mon, Jul 5, 2010 7:59 pm
                              Subject: Re: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

                               
                              "The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                              concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need
                              to better address this challenge." Agreed, only if you are a long haul
                              trucker belonging to the Teamsters and you do not handle the job, you
                              are fired. If you are an electrician and/or a plumber and you do not do
                              the job the contractor hired you to do adequately you get a second
                              chance and or if poor enough you can get fired, i.e., if you produce a
                              product, it is clearly visible.

                              It reminds me of the story of the Ice Cream Manufacturer's president
                              discussion of Blue Berry Ice Cream. You can not send the children back
                              until they are ready for education.

                              Bob

                              On Jul 5, 2010, at 4:47 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:

                              > I will tell you one other reason why I am so totally concerned
                              about the
                              > Obama/Duncan direction. I work in the field of youth risk online -
                              > cyberbullying, sexting. In order to address these concerns, there
                              is a
                              > significant challenge of getting the safe school personnel up to
                              speed.
                              >
                              > Well in came Obama and Duncan and zeroed out the block grants for
                              safe
                              > schools. So at precisely the time we need to be getting these
                              folks to
                              > the point they can deal with these concerns, all of what used to
                              be
                              > their funding is going to states that want to give it to
                              corporations
                              > running the charter schools. And all of the safe school personnel
                              are
                              > getting pink slips.
                              >
                              > The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                              > concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a
                              need
                              > to better address this challenge.
                              >
                              > Nancy
                              >
                              > Robert D. Sharp wrote:
                              >>
                              >> Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching
                              and unions
                              >> are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.
                              >>
                              >> I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.
                              >>
                              >> It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in
                              for 34
                              >> years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to
                              Washington
                              >> State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their
                              legislative
                              >> disrespect.
                              >>
                              >> Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe
                              public
                              >> education will be the near future. Good education for the rich
                              and the
                              >> poor get what is left.
                              >>
                              >> The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started
                              with
                              >> Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union.
                              Actually, I
                              >> should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of
                              the era
                              >> just before that.
                              >>
                              >> All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change
                              little but
                              >> it will put money, big money in the hands of a few
                              corporations.
                              >>
                              >> Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican
                              in
                              >> charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I
                              pointed out
                              >> that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My
                              current state
                              >> of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between
                              the two
                              >> parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged
                              themselves as
                              >> the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union
                              that
                              >> they would improve education. It has not happened in the lat
                              twenty
                              >> years but a continual decline in conditions have occurred.
                              Federal
                              >> money was never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only
                              brings
                              >> a ton of more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the
                              money is spent.
                              >>
                              >> I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I
                              retired.
                              >> Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing
                              and
                              >> heading but I decided to concentrate my efforts into
                              integrating
                              >> technology into the schools. It is from that experience that I
                              can
                              >> testify that school districts, the state and by default the
                              feds do
                              >> not provide appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try
                              but do
                              >> not have enough money to do a good job.
                              >>
                              >> Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why
                              test? Are
                              >> they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so
                              students?
                              >> I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience)
                              were
                              >> not trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know
                              that for
                              >> a fact because I often put together classes before/after
                              school and in
                              >> summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it
                              has
                              >> changed significantly over the last ten years. Many of the
                              teachers my
                              >> age had for so long ignored "technology" that they were
                              literally
                              >> amazed what could/should happen when they use technology as a
                              tool.
                              >>
                              >> Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's
                              unions
                              >> and the current administration. I restate my original
                              position. Why
                              >> talk if you know their position is disrespectful of teachers
                              and know
                              >> the road we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our
                              profession.
                              >> If this were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the
                              >> administrative unions and school board associations and call
                              for
                              >> shutting down public education institutions until the current
                              federal
                              >> administration comes to the table for a real dialog.
                              >>
                              >> Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know
                              that I am
                              >> at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only
                              that it
                              >> has take so long to get here.
                              >>
                              >> I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to
                              by SAM
                              >> DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a
                              >> presidential candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators
                              gathered for
                              >> the summer conventions of the two national teachers' unions,
                              and last
                              >> year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education
                              Secretary
                              >> Arne Duncan." I can not attest to what was said because I did
                              not
                              >> attend the conventions but evidently there was something said
                              that has
                              >> caused the discontent.
                              >>
                              >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                              >>> Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society:
                              Education in
                              >> the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students
                              >> instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational
                              >> apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take
                              back their
                              >> professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that
                              positioned the
                              >> educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for
                              society's
                              >> ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                              >>>
                              >>> Donna
                              >>
                              >> Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure
                              that we
                              >> signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about
                              that
                              >> time. However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional
                              associates
                              >> at the time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out,"
                              as they
                              >> dropped out during the ensuing years.
                              >>
                              >> Bob
                              >>
                              >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                              >>> I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the
                              district in my
                              >>> community in the 70's they set up what were essentially
                              in-district
                              >>> charter schools. Choice!
                              >>>
                              >>> Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the
                              parents who
                              >> were
                              >>> inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't
                              paying
                              >>> attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an
                              average FRL
                              >>> around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% -
                              pulling
                              >>> students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                              >>>
                              >>> The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools
                              that aggregate
                              >>> the students with the more significant learning problems
                              and the
                              >> parents
                              >>> who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                              >>>
                              >>> Nancy
                              >>>
                              >>> Chris Lehmann wrote:
                              >>>>
                              >>>> I think the more interesting question is this -- how
                              could this be
                              >>>> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                              >>>> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has
                              set state
                              >>>> against state to see who can undo years of practice to
                              fight over
                              >>>> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who
                              has argued that
                              >>>> teachers are a big part of the problem in education.
                              We have seen a
                              >>>> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter)
                              schools. We have the
                              >>>> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton
                              Foundation
                              >>>> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of
                              public
                              >>>> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to
                              veto an
                              >>>> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset
                              the costs of
                              >>>> retaining teachers in districts facing budget
                              shortfalls by taking
                              >>>> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And
                              finally, the words
                              >>>> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in
                              2010 what
                              >>>> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                              >>>>
                              >>>> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to
                              start questioning
                              >>>> this administration's commitment to public education,
                              because from
                              >>>> where I sit, it's not really there.
                              >>>>
                              >>>> -- Chris
                              >>>>
                              >>>> Sent from my iPad
                              >>>>
                              >>>> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons"
                              >> <jsalmons@...
                              <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>
                              >>>> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                              >>>>
                              >>>>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans
                              in charge? Sorry,
                              >>>> can't
                              >>>>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't
                              see how not
                              >>>> talking can
                              >>>>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                              >>>> Behalf Of
                              >>>>> Mark Ahlness
                              >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                              >>>>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama
                              Aides at Convention
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a
                              teacher, or 2)
                              >>>> has not
                              >>>>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life
                              of the Great
                              >> American
                              >>>>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are
                              Undermining Education.
                              >>>> Read it,
                              >>>>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and
                              choice, and a
                              >>>> shock when
                              >>>>> you realize the current "reform" movement is
                              totally based on
                              >> those two
                              >>>>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> _____
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                              >>>>> Of
                              >>>>> BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                              >> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                              <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                              >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                              >>>>> To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                              >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>
                              <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>>
                              <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                              >>>> wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                              <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                              >>>>> net-gold@...
                              >> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                              >> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                              >>>> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu> ;
                              >>>>> K12AdminLIFE@yahoogroups.com
                              >> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                              >>>>> mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                              >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                              >>>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                              ;
                              >>>>> mlsalumni@...
                              >> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                              >>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                              >>>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                              >>>>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama
                              Aides at Convention
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                              >>>>>
                              <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>
                              >>
                              <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                              amp;ref=to
                              >>
                              <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                              amp;ref=to>
                              >>
                              >>>>
                              >>
                              <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                              amp;ref=to
                              >>
                              <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                              amp;ref=to>>
                              >>>>>> &ref=to
                              >>>>>
                              dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                              >>>>>
                              &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> By SAM DILLON
                              >>>>> Published: July 4, 2010
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential
                              candidate, Barack Obama
                              >>>>> addressed educators gathered for the summer
                              conventions of the two
                              >>>>> national teachers' unions, and last year both
                              groups rolled out the
                              >>>>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                              >>>>> The National Education Association's convention
                              began Saturday. No one
                              >>>>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                              >>>>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's
                              strained relations
                              >> with two
                              >>>>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal
                              official was
                              >>>>> scheduled to speak at either convention this
                              month, partly because
                              >>>>> union officials feared that administration
                              speakers would face
                              >> heckling.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> The largest union's meeting opened here on
                              Saturday to a drumbeat of
                              >>>>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for
                              Mr. Duncan's
                              >>>>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a
                              resolution criticizing
                              >>>>> federal programs for "undermining public
                              education," and the union's
                              >>>>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education
                              policies by saying,
                              >>>>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator,
                              anti-union,
                              >>>>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced,"
                              Dennis Van Roekel,
                              >>>>> president of the union, the National Education
                              Association, told
                              >>>>> thousands of members gathered at the convention
                              center here.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported
                              historic increases in
                              >>>>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs
                              while seeking to
                              >> shake up
                              >>>>> public education with support for charter schools,
                              the dismissal of
                              >>>>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around
                              failing schools, and
                              >>>>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced
                              changes, including
                              >>>>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many
                              states and school
                              >>>>> districts, often with the collaboration of
                              teachers' unions.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say
                              they are being blamed
                              >>>>> for all the problems in public schools.
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been
                              removed]
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been
                              removed]
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> ------------------------------------
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                              >>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                              >>>>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                              >>>>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>>
                              >>>>
                              >>>>
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>> --
                              >>> Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                              >>> Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                              >>> http://csriu.org
                              >>> nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org>
                              >>>
                              >>> Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                              >>> Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                              >>> Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                              >>> Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>> ------------------------------------
                              >>>
                              >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                              >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                              >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                              >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>>
                              >>
                              >> --
                              >> It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think
                              >> education is expensive, try ignorance."
                              >>
                              >> Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and
                              Marketing.
                              >> Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers,
                              Mathematics,
                              >> Technology
                              >> Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                              >> Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement
                              Awards for
                              >> Members
                              >>
                              >>
                              >
                              >
                              > --
                              > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                              > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                              > http://csriu.org
                              > nwillard@...
                              >
                              > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                              > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                              > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                              > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              >
                              > ------------------------------------
                              >
                              > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                              > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                              > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                              > Yahoo! Groups Links
                              >
                              >
                              >

                              --
                              It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education
                              is expensive, try ignorance."

                              Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                              Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics,
                              Technology
                              Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                              Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for
                              Members
                            • BBracey@aol.com
                              I think this is not a Republican or Democratic issue. I think teachers are being targeted and that there is heck to pay for administrative decisions of all
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                                I think this is not a Republican or Democratic issue. I think teachers
                                are being targeted and that there is heck to pay for administrative
                                decisions of all kinds. Bonnie

                                -----Original Message-----
                                From: Robert D. Sharp <RobertDS1@...>
                                To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                Sent: Mon, Jul 5, 2010 7:18 pm
                                Subject: Re: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

                                 
                                Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching and unions
                                are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.

                                I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.

                                It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in for 34
                                years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to Washington
                                State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their legislative
                                disrespect.

                                Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe public
                                education will be the near future. Good education for the rich and the
                                poor get what is left.

                                The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started with
                                Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union. Actually, I
                                should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of the era
                                just before that.

                                All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change little but
                                it will put money, big money in the hands of a few corporations.

                                Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican in
                                charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I pointed out
                                that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My current state
                                of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between the two
                                parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged themselves as
                                the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union that they
                                would improve education. It has not happened in the lat twenty years
                                but a continual decline in conditions have occurred. Federal money was
                                never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only brings a ton of
                                more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the money is spent.

                                I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I retired.
                                Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing and heading
                                but I decided to concentrate my efforts into integrating technology
                                into the schools. It is from that experience that I can testify that
                                school districts, the state and by default the feds do not provide
                                appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try but do not have
                                enough money to do a good job.

                                Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why test? Are
                                they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so students?
                                I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience) were not
                                trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know that for a
                                fact because I often put together classes before/after school and in
                                summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it has changed
                                significantly over the last ten years. Many of the teachers my age had
                                for so long ignored "technology" that they were literally amazed what
                                could/should happen when they use technology as a tool.

                                Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's unions and
                                the current administration. I restate my original position. Why talk if
                                you know their position is disrespectful of teachers and know the road
                                we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our profession. If this
                                were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the administrative unions
                                and school board associations and call for shutting down public
                                education institutions until the current federal administration comes
                                to the table for a real dialog.

                                Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know that I am
                                at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only that it
                                has take so long to get here.

                                I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to by SAM
                                DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a presidential
                                candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators gathered for the summer
                                conventions of the two national teachers' unions, and last year both
                                groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan."
                                I can not attest to what was said because I did not attend the
                                conventions but evidently there was something said that has caused the
                                discontent.

                                On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                                > Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education
                                in the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students
                                instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational apartheid.
                                Teachers must step up to the plate now and take back their
                                professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that positioned the
                                educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for society's
                                ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                                >
                                > Donna

                                Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure that we
                                signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about that time.
                                However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional associates at the
                                time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out," as they dropped
                                out during the ensuing years.

                                Bob

                                On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                                > I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the district
                                in my
                                > community in the 70's they set up what were essentially
                                in-district
                                > charter schools. Choice!
                                >
                                > Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the parents
                                who were
                                > inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't paying
                                > attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an average
                                FRL
                                > around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% - pulling
                                > students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                                >
                                > The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools that
                                aggregate
                                > the students with the more significant learning problems and the
                                parents
                                > who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                                >
                                > Nancy
                                >
                                > Chris Lehmann wrote:
                                >>
                                >> I think the more interesting question is this -- how could
                                this be
                                >> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                                >> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has set
                                state
                                >> against state to see who can undo years of practice to fight
                                over
                                >> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who has
                                argued that
                                >> teachers are a big part of the problem in education. We have
                                seen a
                                >> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We
                                have the
                                >> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton
                                Foundation
                                >> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public
                                >> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to veto an
                                >> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset the
                                costs of
                                >> retaining teachers in districts facing budget shortfalls by
                                taking
                                >> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And finally, the
                                words
                                >> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in 2010
                                what
                                >> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                                >>
                                >> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start
                                questioning
                                >> this administration's commitment to public education, because
                                from
                                >> where I sit, it's not really there.
                                >>
                                >> -- Chris
                                >>
                                >> Sent from my iPad
                                >>
                                >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons"
                                <jsalmons@...
                                >> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                                >>
                                >>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans in
                                charge? Sorry,
                                >> can't
                                >>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how
                                not
                                >> talking can
                                >>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                                >> Behalf Of
                                >>> Mark Ahlness
                                >>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                                >>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at
                                Convention
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a
                                teacher, or 2)
                                >> has not
                                >>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the
                                Great American
                                >>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining
                                Education.
                                >> Read it,
                                >>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice,
                                and a
                                >> shock when
                                >>> you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based
                                on those two
                                >>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                                >>>
                                >>> _____
                                >>>
                                >>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                                >>> Of
                                >>> BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                                <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                                >>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                                >>> To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                                >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                                >> wwwedu@yahoogroups.com <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                                >>> net-gold@...
                                <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu>
                                >> <mailto:net-gold%40listserv.temple.edu> ;
                                >>> K12AdminLIFE@yahoogroups.com
                                <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >> <mailto:K12AdminLIFE%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                                >>> mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                                >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                                >>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com> ;
                                >>> mlsalumni@...
                                >> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                                >>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                                >>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at
                                Convention
                                >>>
                                >>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                                >>>
                                <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                                >>>
                                >>
                                <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                amp;ref=to
                                >>
                                <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                amp;ref=to>
                                >>>> &ref=to
                                >>> dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                                >>> &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                                >>>
                                >>> By SAM DILLON
                                >>> Published: July 4, 2010
                                >>>
                                >>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate,
                                Barack Obama
                                >>> addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of
                                the two
                                >>> national teachers' unions, and last year both groups
                                rolled out the
                                >>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                                >>>
                                >>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                >>> The National Education Association's convention began
                                Saturday. No one
                                >>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                >>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained
                                relations with two
                                >>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal official
                                was
                                >>> scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly
                                because
                                >>> union officials feared that administration speakers would
                                face heckling.
                                >>>
                                >>> The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a
                                drumbeat of
                                >>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr.
                                Duncan's
                                >>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution
                                criticizing
                                >>> federal programs for "undermining public education," and
                                the union's
                                >>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies
                                by saying,
                                >>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                                >>>
                                >>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                >>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis
                                Van Roekel,
                                >>> president of the union, the National Education
                                Association, told
                                >>> thousands of members gathered at the convention center
                                here.
                                >>>
                                >>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic
                                increases in
                                >>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while
                                seeking to shake up
                                >>> public education with support for charter schools, the
                                dismissal of
                                >>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing
                                schools, and
                                >>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced
                                changes, including
                                >>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states
                                and school
                                >>> districts, often with the collaboration of teachers'
                                unions.
                                >>>
                                >>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are
                                being blamed
                                >>> for all the problems in public schools.
                                >>>
                                >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>> ------------------------------------
                                >>>
                                >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                                >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                                >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                                >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>>
                                >>
                                >>
                                >
                                >
                                > --
                                > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                                > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                                > http://csriu.org
                                > nwillard@...
                                >
                                > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                                > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                                > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                                > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > ------------------------------------
                                >
                                > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                                > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
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                                  On Jul 5, 2010, at 5:21 PM, BBracey@... wrote:

                                  > There are teachers who are not adequate and there are those who are.
                                  > Whomever is charged with professional development and the nuturing of
                                  > teachers particularly in urban and rural areas should be held
                                  > accountable too. In service is NOT a vaccination. The model of
                                  > professional development is weak in many places. Bonnie Bracey Sutton.
                                  >
                                  > -----Original Message-----
                                  > From: Robert D. Sharp <RobertDS1@...>
                                  > To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Sent: Mon, Jul 5, 2010 7:59 pm
                                  > Subject: Re: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                                  >
                                  >
                                  > "The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                                  > concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a need
                                  > to better address this challenge." Agreed, only if you are a long haul
                                  > trucker belonging to the Teamsters and you do not handle the job, you
                                  > are fired. If you are an electrician and/or a plumber and you do not do
                                  > the job the contractor hired you to do adequately you get a second
                                  > chance and or if poor enough you can get fired, i.e., if you produce a
                                  > product, it is clearly visible.
                                  >
                                  > It reminds me of the story of the Ice Cream Manufacturer's president
                                  > discussion of Blue Berry Ice Cream. You can not send the children back
                                  > until they are ready for education.
                                  >
                                  > Bob
                                  >
                                  > On Jul 5, 2010, at 4:47 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                                  >
                                  > > I will tell you one other reason why I am so totally concerned
                                  > about the
                                  > > Obama/Duncan direction. I work in the field of youth risk online -
                                  > > cyberbullying, sexting. In order to address these concerns, there
                                  > is a
                                  > > significant challenge of getting the safe school personnel up to
                                  > speed.
                                  > >
                                  > > Well in came Obama and Duncan and zeroed out the block grants for
                                  > safe
                                  > > schools. So at precisely the time we need to be getting these
                                  > folks to
                                  > > the point they can deal with these concerns, all of what used to
                                  > be
                                  > > their funding is going to states that want to give it to
                                  > corporations
                                  > > running the charter schools. And all of the safe school personnel
                                  > are
                                  > > getting pink slips.
                                  > >
                                  > > The unions have, I believe, not paid sufficient attention to the
                                  > > concerns of teachers who are not adequate. And there is clearly a
                                  > need
                                  > > to better address this challenge.
                                  > >
                                  > > Nancy
                                  > >
                                  > > Robert D. Sharp wrote:
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Sorry about the long post; however, the subject of teaching
                                  > and unions
                                  > >> are near and dear to me and has been for a long time.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> I agree with you and Chris, Nancy.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> It saddens me to have the profession that I worked so hard in
                                  > for 34
                                  > >> years be discounted and disrespected so much. I moved to
                                  > Washington
                                  > >> State twenty-three years ago from Idaho because of their
                                  > legislative
                                  > >> disrespect.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Nancy, your district shows what my wife and I firmly believe
                                  > public
                                  > >> education will be the near future. Good education for the rich
                                  > and the
                                  > >> poor get what is left.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> The deprofessionalization of teachers HAS happened. It started
                                  > with
                                  > >> Reagan when he broke up the air traffic controllers union.
                                  > Actually, I
                                  > >> should go back even further to the very strong arm tactics of
                                  > the era
                                  > >> just before that.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> All said and done. Privatizing education will simply change
                                  > little but
                                  > >> it will put money, big money in the hands of a few
                                  > corporations.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Chris, you asked, "how could this be worse with a Republican
                                  > in
                                  > >> charge?" Essentially that is what I was getting at when I
                                  > pointed out
                                  > >> that Ted Kennedy was deeply involved in the movement. My
                                  > current state
                                  > >> of residence, Washington, has flopped back and forth between
                                  > the two
                                  > >> parties. Three gubernatorial candidates proudly tagged
                                  > themselves as
                                  > >> the "Education Governors" and promised teachers and the Union
                                  > that
                                  > >> they would improve education. It has not happened in the lat
                                  > twenty
                                  > >> years but a continual decline in conditions have occurred.
                                  > Federal
                                  > >> money was never the fix-all that some seem to believe. It only
                                  > brings
                                  > >> a ton of more red tape and restrictions on how ALL of the
                                  > money is spent.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> I stopped negotiating for my union about eight year before I
                                  > retired.
                                  > >> Not because I did not believe in what we were accomplishing
                                  > and
                                  > >> heading but I decided to concentrate my efforts into
                                  > integrating
                                  > >> technology into the schools. It is from that experience that I
                                  > can
                                  > >> testify that school districts, the state and by default the
                                  > feds do
                                  > >> not provide appropriate, timely and completely. Districts try
                                  > but do
                                  > >> not have enough money to do a good job.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Are colleges training teachers appropriately how to and why
                                  > test? Are
                                  > >> they teaching teachers how to track the RTI for thirty or so
                                  > students?
                                  > >> I know the recent graduates (last four years of my experience)
                                  > were
                                  > >> not trained in the how's and why's to use technology. I know
                                  > that for
                                  > >> a fact because I often put together classes before/after
                                  > school and in
                                  > >> summers to teach the very concepts they were missing and it
                                  > has
                                  > >> changed significantly over the last ten years. Many of the
                                  > teachers my
                                  > >> age had for so long ignored "technology" that they were
                                  > literally
                                  > >> amazed what could/should happen when they use technology as a
                                  > tool.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Getting back to Bonnie and Mark's initial concern. Teacher's
                                  > unions
                                  > >> and the current administration. I restate my original
                                  > position. Why
                                  > >> talk if you know their position is disrespectful of teachers
                                  > and know
                                  > >> the road we are heading down is going to hurt kids and our
                                  > profession.
                                  > >> If this were a true Union, the AFT and NEA would with the
                                  > >> administrative unions and school board associations and call
                                  > for
                                  > >> shutting down public education institutions until the current
                                  > federal
                                  > >> administration comes to the table for a real dialog.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Mark, I have not read Diane's book. But you know me and know
                                  > that I am
                                  > >> at heart a teacher and I am not surprised by any of this only
                                  > that it
                                  > >> has take so long to get here.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> I think the real issue with the NEA delegation is alluded to
                                  > by SAM
                                  > >> DILLON's of New Orleans lead sentence, "For two years as a
                                  > >> presidential candidate, Barack Obama addressed educators
                                  > gathered for
                                  > >> the summer conventions of the two national teachers' unions,
                                  > and last
                                  > >> year both groups rolled out the welcome mat for Education
                                  > Secretary
                                  > >> Arne Duncan." I can not attest to what was said because I did
                                  > not
                                  > >> attend the conventions but evidently there was something said
                                  > that has
                                  > >> caused the discontent.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 3:30 PM, Donna Szemcsak wrote:
                                  > >>> Hargreaves (2003) in Teaching in the Knowledge Society:
                                  > Education in
                                  > >> the World of Insecurity refers to this aggregation of students
                                  > >> instigated by the present political atmosphere-- educational
                                  > >> apartheid. Teachers must step up to the plate now and take
                                  > back their
                                  > >> professionalism. When did the paradigm shift occur that
                                  > positioned the
                                  > >> educators of this democratic nation as the scapegoats for
                                  > society's
                                  > >> ills? John Dewey must be spinning in his grave.
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> Donna
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Donna, having started my teaching career in 1971, I am sure
                                  > that we
                                  > >> signs of being "scapegoats for society's ills" started about
                                  > that
                                  > >> time. However, hind sight is 20/20. Many of my professional
                                  > associates
                                  > >> at the time said, "all of the good teachers are getting out,"
                                  > as they
                                  > >> dropped out during the ensuing years.
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Bob
                                  > >>
                                  > >> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:22 PM, Nancy Willard wrote:
                                  > >>> I agree - sadly. But let's add one more problem. In the
                                  > district in my
                                  > >>> community in the 70's they set up what were essentially
                                  > in-district
                                  > >>> charter schools. Choice!
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> Well, what happened in a choice environment is that the
                                  > parents who
                                  > >> were
                                  > >>> inclined to choose did - but those who could not, weren't
                                  > paying
                                  > >>> attention, or whatever, did not. So in a district with an
                                  > average FRL
                                  > >>> around 40% we had "choice" schools with FRL of 4% and 7% -
                                  > pulling
                                  > >>> students from schools with FRL now well over 50 - 60%.
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> The only thing choice accomplishes is to create schools
                                  > that aggregate
                                  > >>> the students with the more significant learning problems
                                  > and the
                                  > >> parents
                                  > >>> who are the least likely to be effectively involved.
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> Nancy
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> Chris Lehmann wrote:
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>> I think the more interesting question is this -- how
                                  > could this be
                                  > >>>> worse with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the
                                  > >>>> deprofessionalization of teachers. Race to the Top has
                                  > set state
                                  > >>>> against state to see who can undo years of practice to
                                  > fight over
                                  > >>>> federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education who
                                  > has argued that
                                  > >>>> teachers are a big part of the problem in education.
                                  > We have seen a
                                  > >>>> fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter)
                                  > schools. We have the
                                  > >>>> Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton
                                  > Foundation
                                  > >>>> pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of
                                  > public
                                  > >>>> schooling, and last week, the President threatened to
                                  > veto an
                                  > >>>> appropriations bill because Rep. Obey chose to offset
                                  > the costs of
                                  > >>>> retaining teachers in districts facing budget
                                  > shortfalls by taking
                                  > >>>> some of the monies out of Race To The Top. And
                                  > finally, the words
                                  > >>>> "union teacher" have become to the political debate in
                                  > 2010 what
                                  > >>>> "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>> Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to
                                  > start questioning
                                  > >>>> this administration's commitment to public education,
                                  > because from
                                  > >>>> where I sit, it's not really there.
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>> -- Chris
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>> Sent from my iPad
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>> On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons"
                                  > >> <jsalmons@...
                                  > <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>
                                  > >>>> <mailto:jsalmons%40vision2lead.com>> wrote:
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>>> And this would be somehow better with Republicans
                                  > in charge? Sorry,
                                  > >>>> can't
                                  > >>>>> buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't
                                  > see how not
                                  > >>>> talking can
                                  > >>>>> possibly help. Big mistake.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                  > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>> [mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                  > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>] On
                                  > >>>> Behalf Of
                                  > >>>>> Mark Ahlness
                                  > >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 10:53 AM
                                  > >>>>> To: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
                                  > <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>>> Subject: RE: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama
                                  > Aides at Convention
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a
                                  > teacher, or 2)
                                  > >>>> has not
                                  > >>>>> read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life
                                  > of the Great
                                  > >> American
                                  > >>>>> School System: How Testing and Choice Are
                                  > Undermining Education.
                                  > >>>> Read it,
                                  > >>>>> and you get a whole new perspective on testing and
                                  > choice, and a
                                  > >>>> shock when
                                  > >>>>> you realize the current "reform" movement is
                                  > totally based on
                                  > >> those two
                                  > >>>>> wobbly pillars. - Mark
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> _____
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> From: wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
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                                  > >> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com>
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                                  > >>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf
                                  > >>>>> Of
                                  > >>>>> BBracey@... <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                                  > >> <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                                  > <mailto:BBracey%40aol.com>
                                  > >>>>> Sent: Monday, July 05, 2010 6:34 AM
                                  > >>>>> To: mls-digitaldivide-owner@yahoogroups.com
                                  > >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>>
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                                  > >>>>>
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                                  > >>>> wwwedu@yahoogroups.com
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                                  > >>>>> <mailto:wwwedu%40yahoogroups.com> ;
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                                  > >>>>> mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com
                                  > >> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > >>>>> <mailto:mls-digitaldivide%40yahoogroups.com>
                                  > ;
                                  > >>>>> mlsalumni@...
                                  > >> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                                  > >>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                                  > >>>>> <mailto:mlsalumni%40iste-listserver.iste.org>
                                  > >>>>> Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama
                                  > Aides at Convention
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>
                                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                  > amp;ref=to
                                  > >>
                                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                  > amp;ref=to>
                                  > >>
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>
                                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                  > amp;ref=to
                                  > >>
                                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&
                                  > amp;ref=to>>
                                  > >>>>>> &ref=to
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > dayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > &ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> By SAM DILLON
                                  > >>>>> Published: July 4, 2010
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential
                                  > candidate, Barack Obama
                                  > >>>>> addressed educators gathered for the summer
                                  > conventions of the two
                                  > >>>>> national teachers' unions, and last year both
                                  > groups rolled out the
                                  > >>>>> welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                  > >>>>> The National Education Association's convention
                                  > began Saturday. No one
                                  > >>>>> from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                  > >>>>> But in a sign of the Obama administration's
                                  > strained relations
                                  > >> with two
                                  > >>>>> of its most powerful political allies, no federal
                                  > official was
                                  > >>>>> scheduled to speak at either convention this
                                  > month, partly because
                                  > >>>>> union officials feared that administration
                                  > speakers would face
                                  > >> heckling.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> The largest union's meeting opened here on
                                  > Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                  > >>>>> heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for
                                  > Mr. Duncan's
                                  > >>>>> resignation, hooting delegates voting for a
                                  > resolution criticizing
                                  > >>>>> federal programs for "undermining public
                                  > education," and the union's
                                  > >>>>> president summing up 18 months of Obama education
                                  > policies by saying,
                                  > >>>>> "This is not the change I hoped for."
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> "Today our members face the most anti-educator,
                                  > anti-union,
                                  > >>>>> anti-student environment I have ever experienced,"
                                  > Dennis Van Roekel,
                                  > >>>>> president of the union, the National Education
                                  > Association, told
                                  > >>>>> thousands of members gathered at the convention
                                  > center here.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported
                                  > historic increases in
                                  > >>>>> school financing to stave off teacher layoffs
                                  > while seeking to
                                  > >> shake up
                                  > >>>>> public education with support for charter schools,
                                  > the dismissal of
                                  > >>>>> ineffective teachers as a way of turning around
                                  > failing schools, and
                                  > >>>>> other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced
                                  > changes, including
                                  > >>>>> adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many
                                  > states and school
                                  > >>>>> districts, often with the collaboration of
                                  > teachers' unions.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> But it has also angered many teachers, who say
                                  > they are being blamed
                                  > >>>>> for all the problems in public schools.
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been
                                  > removed]
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> [Non-text portions of this message have been
                                  > removed]
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> ------------------------------------
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                                  > >>>>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                                  > >>>>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                                  > >>>>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>>
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> --
                                  > >>> Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                                  > >>> Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                                  > >>> http://csriu.org
                                  > >>> nwillard@... <mailto:nwillard%40csriu.org>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                                  > >>> Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                                  > >>> Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                                  > >>> Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> ------------------------------------
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>> WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                                  > >>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                                  > >>> http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                                  > >>> Yahoo! Groups Links
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>>
                                  > >>
                                  > >> --
                                  > >> It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think
                                  > >> education is expensive, try ignorance."
                                  > >>
                                  > >> Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and
                                  > Marketing.
                                  > >> Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers,
                                  > Mathematics,
                                  > >> Technology
                                  > >> Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                                  > >> Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement
                                  > Awards for
                                  > >> Members
                                  > >>
                                  > >>
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > --
                                  > > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
                                  > > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
                                  > > http://csriu.org
                                  > > nwillard@...
                                  > >
                                  > > Resources for Cyber Savvy Schools:
                                  > > Cyber-Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World
                                  > > Cyberbullying, Cyberthreats & Sexting
                                  > > Cyber Savvy Teachers: Internet Safety Education
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > > ------------------------------------
                                  > >
                                  > > WWWEDU, The Web and Education Discussion Group
                                  > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwwedu
                                  > > http://www.edwebproject.org/wwwedu.html
                                  > > Yahoo! Groups Links
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  > >
                                  >
                                  > --
                                  > It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education
                                  > is expensive, try ignorance."
                                  >
                                  > Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                                  > Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics,
                                  > Technology
                                  > Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                                  > Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for
                                  > Members
                                  >
                                  >

                                  --
                                  It has been said before but warrants repeating, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

                                  Robert D. Sharp, Co-Owner, Sharp Education Consulting and Marketing.
                                  Teacher, Retired after 34 years, Science, Computers, Mathematics, Technology
                                  Past Middle School Representative to the NCCE Board
                                  Recipient of The First Annual Learning Space Achievement Awards for Members



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                                • BBracey@aol.com
                                  How much of this has happened? Take a look. What are the impediments besides the lack of broadband? I urged members to do support for full teacher involvement.
                                  Message 16 of 20 , Jul 6, 2010
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                                    How much of this has happened? Take a look.
                                    What are the impediments besides the lack of broadband?
                                    I urged members to do support for full teacher involvement. Most of the
                                    time that did not happen.
                                    I believe the lack of sufficient teacher professional development and
                                    the lack of school infrastructure are a part of the problem. Bad
                                    teachers? Who says?What about the lack of understanding what was needed
                                    to meet the challenge of transformation?What about the slow
                                    understanding of how the world has changed with social media and the
                                    ways in which the whole world has become internationalized? How has
                                    thinking changed about content?

                                    Your thoughts , ideas ? What happened? Why did not a lot of this happen?

                                    We need to write letters to Republicans and Democrats.. what did not
                                    happen did not happen because of the lack of
                                    support and sharing with teachers. I think we absorbed the blame from
                                    society for errors in politics.
                                    The media has changed but we never informed, instructed , actualized
                                    the reality of 1995.
                                    Your thoughts? I am presently working with supercomputing and new ways
                                    of using technology as most of you are. Sadly many of the teachers
                                    charged with being bad teachers are still in place where transformation
                                    and understanding did not happen. 2010. We still have the digital
                                    divide, the content divide, the economic divide and the lack of
                                    understanding transformative education. Not about digital natives but
                                    the lack of solid support for teachers.

                                    This from 1995

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                                    A Transformation of Learning:
                                    Use of the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning

                                    Bonnie Bracey <bbracey@...>

                                    Today, we have a dream for a different kind of superhighway that
                                    can save lives, create jobs and give every American young and old,
                                    the chance for the best education available to anyone, anywhere.

                                    I challenge you. . .to connect all of our classrooms, all of our
                                    libraries, and all of our hospitals and clinics by the year 2000.

                                    Vice President Al Gore, speaking to communications industry
                                    leaders, January 11, 1994


                                    I am a classroom teacher. I am a member of the National Information
                                    Infrastructure Advisory Council, appointed by the President and we are
                                    involved in sharing our documents, which we wrote and the "Common
                                    Ground"
                                    that links the ideas that will allow Americans to see the future, using
                                    technology.

                                    I want to share with you scenarios of technology at work from the
                                    Office of
                                    Technology Assessment video, the overarching themes, or Common Ground
                                    of the
                                    National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council
                                    and the National Institute of Standards vision for the thinking which
                                    will
                                    take us into technology.

                                    Education and Lifelong Learning

                                    Communications technology is transforming the way we live by
                                    connecting us with information and each other. The National
                                    Information Infrastructure (NII) promises every business,
                                    government agency, hospital, home, library, and school in the
                                    nation access anywhere to voice, data, full-motion video, and
                                    multimedia applications. The impact of these capabilities on
                                    learning -- for the children, for higher education students, and
                                    for lifelong learners -- will be substantial.

                                    The way Americans teach, learn, transmit and access information
                                    remains largely unchanged from a century ago. We find the following
                                    conditions in American education and training:

                                    - The textbook remains the basic unit of instruction. Absorption of
                                    its contents tends to be the measure of educational success.

                                    - Teachers and instructors use "chalk and talk" to convey
                                    information. Students are often recipients of instruction rather
                                    than active participants in learning.

                                    - School teachers work largely in isolation from their peers.
                                    Teachers interact with their colleagues only for a few moments each
                                    day. Most other professionals collaborate, exchange information and
                                    develop new skills on a daily basis.

                                    - Although half of the nation's school teachers use passive video
                                    materials for instruction, only a small fraction have access to
                                    interactive video, computer networks, or even telephones in the
                                    classroom.

                                    - While computers are a frequent sight in America's classrooms and
                                    training sites, they are usually used simply as electronic
                                    workbooks. Interactive, high performance uses of technology, such
                                    as networked teams collaborating to solve real-world problems,
                                    retrieving information from electronic libraries, and performing
                                    scientific experiments in simulated environments, are all too
                                    uncommon.

                                    - "U.S. schooling is a conservative institution, which adopts new
                                    practice and technology slowly. Highly regulated and financed from
                                    a limited revenue base, schools serve many educational and social
                                    purposes, subject to local consent. The use of computer technology,
                                    with its demands on teacher professional development, physical
                                    space, time in the instructional day, and budget ... has found a
                                    place in classroom practice and school organization slowly and
                                    tentatively."[note 1]

                                    Events of the last two decades have proven that we can do better.
                                    We have found that most American children are capable of learning
                                    at dramatically higher levels -- levels of performance we now
                                    expect only of our best students. We have learned this from
                                    research in cognitive science, from the educational achievements of
                                    other countries, and from pioneering efforts in our own schools.
                                    Moreover, after 35 years of research, we have found that technology
                                    can be the key to higher levels of achievement.[note 2]

                                    Similarly, in the American workplace we have found that workers can
                                    achieve levels of productivity and quality equal to the best in the
                                    world.[note 3] Well-educated, well-trained, motivated workers can
                                    produce high-quality goods and services at low cost, enhance
                                    industrial productivity and competitiveness, and sustain high
                                    living standards. High-quality education and training payoff for
                                    the individual whose skills are upgraded, for the company seeking
                                    a competitive edge, and for the nation in achieving overall
                                    productivity and competitiveness.

                                    Our major foreign competitors place much greater emphasis on
                                    developing and maintaining workforce skills than we do. Experienced
                                    production workers at Japanese auto assembly plants, for example,
                                    receive three times as much training each year as their American
                                    counterparts. Research in our country has shown that workers who
                                    receive formal job training are 30 percent more productive than
                                    those who do not. Again, we have found that technology is the key
                                    to making training accessible and affordable -- especially for
                                    small- to medium-sized firms with few resources of their own to
                                    devote to producing and implementing the training and lifelong
                                    learning their workers need and for workers who, on their own, are
                                    attempting to improve their skills or transfer them to new areas of
                                    endeavor.

                                    Finally, in preparing students for the workplace, we have learned
                                    that interactive, high performance technology can produce
                                    immersive, real world instructional environments. These
                                    environments can smooth longterm school-to-work transitions while
                                    helping to meet the immediate objectives of both schools and
                                    workplaces. Our efforts to develop this capability have been
                                    fragmentary and shortlived at best.

                                    A Vision for the Use of the NII

                                    The NII, will be the vehicle for improving education and lifelong
                                    learning throughout America in ways we now know are critically
                                    important. Our nation will become a place where students of all
                                    ages and abilities reach the highest standards of academic
                                    achievement. Teachers, engineers, business managers, and all
                                    knowledge workers will constantly be exposed to new methods, and
                                    will collaborate and share ideas with one another.

                                    Through the NII, students of all ages will use multimedia
                                    electronic libraries and museums containing text, images, video,
                                    music, simulations, and instructional software. The NII will give
                                    teachers, students, workers, and instructors access to a great
                                    variety of instructional resources and to each other. It will give
                                    educators and managers new tools for improving the operations and
                                    productivity of their institutions.

                                    The NII will remove school walls as barriers to learning in several
                                    ways. It will provide access to the world beyond the classroom. It
                                    will also permit both teachers and students access to the tools of
                                    learning and their peers -- outside the classroom and outside the
                                    typical nine to three school day. It will enable family members to
                                    stay in contact with their children's schools. The NII will permit
                                    students, workers and instructors to converse with scientists,
                                    scholars, and experts around the globe.

                                    Workplaces will become lifelong learning environments, supporting
                                    larger numbers of high skill, high wage jobs. Printed books made
                                    the content of great instruction widely and inexpensively available
                                    in the 18th Century. The interactive capabilities of the NII will
                                    make both the content and interactions of great teaching
                                    universally and inexpensively available in the 21st Century.

                                    Education and Lifelong Learning Applications for the NII

                                    The NII will provide the backbone for a lifelong learning society.
                                    Education and training communities will better accommodate an
                                    enormous diversity of learners in an equally diverse variety of
                                    settings. In addition to schools and work places, interconnected,
                                    high-performance applications will extend interactive learning to
                                    community centers, libraries, and homes. Education, training, and
                                    lifelong learning applications available from the NII may include:

                                    - Multimedia interactive learning programs delivered to homes to
                                    immigrant children and their parents to collaborate on learning
                                    English as a second language.

                                    - Troubleshooting and operating applications that access the
                                    computer-assisted-design (CAD) databases used to design workplace
                                    technology and to integrate the CAD data with instructional and
                                    job-aiding capabilities to provide just-in-time training and
                                    maintenance assistance.

                                    - Comprehensive interconnectivity for students that allows them to
                                    receive and complete assignments, collaborate with students in
                                    distant locations on school projects, and interact with teachers
                                    and outside experts to receive help, hints, and critiques.

                                    - Simulated learning activities such as laboratory experiments and
                                    archeological digs.

                                    - Universal access interfaces for computers and telecommunications
                                    devices for students, workers and others with disabilities to allow
                                    access to the NII.

                                    - Affordable, portable personal learning assistance that tap into
                                    the NII from any location at any time and provide multimedia access
                                    to any NII information resource.

                                    - Immersive, realistic interactive simulations that allow emergency
                                    teams made up of geographically dispersed members to practice
                                    together on infrequently used procedures that may be urgently
                                    needed to meet local exigencies.

                                    The Educational Benefits of Technology

                                    Evidence from research, schools, and workplaces around the country
                                    tells us that communications technologies are powerful tools in
                                    reaching the highest levels of educational performance.

                                    - Students with disabilities, who previously had at best limited
                                    access to most educational and reference materials, will have
                                    fuller access and will have the ability to participate in the
                                    learning experience with their peers.

                                    - A 1993 survey of studies on the effectiveness of technology in
                                    schools concluded that "courses for which computer-based networks
                                    were used increased student-student and student-teacher
                                    interaction, increased student-teacher interaction with
                                    lower-performing students, and did not decrease the traditional
                                    forms of communications used."[note 4]

                                    - Research on the costs of instruction delivered via distance
                                    learning, videotape, teleconferencing, and computer software
                                    indicates that savings are often achieved with no loss of
                                    effectiveness. Distance learning vastly broadens the learning
                                    environment, often providing teaching resources simply not
                                    available heretofore. Technology-based methods have a positive
                                    impact on learner motivation and frequently save instructional
                                    time. Savings in training time produce benefits both by reducing
                                    training costs and by shortening the time required to become and
                                    remain productive in the workplace.

                                    - A review of computer-based instruction used in military training
                                    found that students reach similar levels of achievement in 30% less
                                    time than they need using more standard approaches to
                                    training.[note 5]

                                    - A Congressionally mandated review covering 47 comparisons of
                                    multimedia instruction with more conventional approaches to
                                    instruction found time savings of 30%, improved achievement, cost
                                    savings of 30-40%, and a direct, positive link between amount of
                                    interactivity provided and instructional effectiveness.[note 6]

                                    - A comparison of peer tutoring, adult tutoring, reducing class
                                    size, increasing the length of the school day, and computer-based
                                    instruction found computer-based instruction to be the least
                                    expensive instructional approach for raising mathematics scores by
                                    a given amount.[note 7]

                                    - A landmark study of the use of technology for persons with
                                    disabilities found that "almost three-quarters of school-age
                                    children were able to remain in a classroom, and 45 percent were
                                    able to reduce school-related services."[note 8]

                                    Of course, these benefits depend upon several contextual factors,
                                    including the instructional methods used, the quality of the
                                    applications, the availability of professional development for
                                    educators, accessibility of instructional materials, the presence
                                    of school technology support staff, and family involvement.[note 9]
                                    We must learn through experience how best to ensure that the
                                    benefits we intend to obtain from NII-based applications become
                                    routinely realized in practice.

                                    Telecommunications networks provide a range of resources to
                                    students and educators that were never before available or
                                    affordable. Students and workers can now gain access to mentoring,
                                    advice, and assistance from scientists, engineers, researchers,
                                    business leaders, technicians, and local experts around the globe
                                    through the Internet, using a level of access and connectivity that
                                    was previously unimaginable. High school students in West
                                    Virginia, for example, can now study Russian via satellite and
                                    telephone with a teacher hundreds of miles away. Few West Virginia
                                    school districts could afford to offer such a course any other way.
                                    Less well understood are changes in the types of learning that
                                    occur with the use of certain technologies. Current evidence
                                    suggests that some technology applications are more effective than
                                    traditional instructional methods in building complex problem
                                    solving capabilities for synthesizing information and in improving
                                    writing quality. The effects are achieved in part by permitting
                                    alternate methods of "reaching" and motivating learners.

                                    The Administration's National Information Infrastructure initiative
                                    can trigger a transformation of education, training, and lifelong
                                    learning by making new tools available to educators, instructors,
                                    students, and workers and help them reach dramatically higher
                                    levels of performance and productivity. The impact of this
                                    transformation in teaching and learning is in-estimable, but
                                    clearly enormous. Knowledge drives today's global marketplace. The
                                    NII will permit us to take learning beyond the limitations of
                                    traditional school buildings. It will take our educators and
                                    learners to worldwide resources. Learning will be our way of life.

                                    PART II: Where Are We Now?

                                    Today, compelling teaching and learning applications are the
                                    exception, not the rule. Several federal agencies provide services
                                    that meet specific, focused needs, while hundreds of state and
                                    local networks and private service providers have begun to address
                                    the technology needs of education. Current uses, while expanding
                                    rapidly, reach only a small number of technologically-literate
                                    school communities.

                                    Current application of NII capabilities to work place training is
                                    more extensive and technologically advanced than educational
                                    applications, yet it lags well behind what is needed and available.
                                    The story of workplace training seems to be a case of the haves
                                    receiving more and the have-nots remaining neglected. Small firms,
                                    those with 100 employees or less, provide about 35 percent of total
                                    U.S. employment, but they lack the expertise to provide in-house
                                    training, the resources to pay for outside training, and sufficient
                                    numbers of people who need training at any one time to justify
                                    focused training efforts. Larger firms are more likely to provide
                                    training than smaller ones, but the training they provide is mostly
                                    limited to college-educated technicians and managers. The lower the
                                    level of skills possessed, the less likely the worker is to receive
                                    training from any source. Transportable, quality controlled
                                    training and lifelong learning could be made readily and
                                    inexpensively accessible using the NII and will have a major impact
                                    on improving worker skills and workplace productivity.

                                    While much remains to be done, the opportunities offered by the NII
                                    put many of the needed capabilities within reach of schools, homes,
                                    and the workplace.

                                    Current Uses of Telecommunications for Education

                                    The existing telecommunications infrastructure is composed of
                                    telephone, broadcast, cable, and electronic networks. It is used
                                    for education, training, and lifelong learning in five basic ways:
                                    1) instructing with video; 2) gathering information from remote
                                    libraries and databases; 3) communicating using two-way
                                    asynchronous capabilities such as e-mail and information bulletin
                                    boards; 4) distance learning; and 5) electronic transfer of
                                    instructional software and simulations.

                                    - Instructional video. Seventy-five percent of America's schools
                                    have cable television, and half of its teachers use video material
                                    in their courses.[note 10] The Stars Schools program is reaching
                                    200,000 students in 48 states with advanced placement courses in
                                    mathematics, science, and foreign language instruction using fiber
                                    optics, computers, and satellites.[note 11] Cassette videotapes
                                    for instruction are widely used in schools and work places, and the
                                    development of these videotapes for both education and training has
                                    become a vigorous industry.

                                    - Information collection. This activity includes location and
                                    retrieval of documents such as lesson plans and research reports,
                                    but it also includes newer data sources such as CAD databases for
                                    workplace technologies and equipment, and multimedia information
                                    retrieval from digital libraries that can be accessed by students,
                                    workers, or people in homes, libraries, and museums. Over 60,000
                                    electronic bulletin boards are used by more than 12 million
                                    Americans every day.[note 12] The annual rate of Gopher traffic on
                                    the Internet, which directly represents an effort to use NII
                                    facilities to gather information, is growing at an annual rate of
                                    approximately 1000%[note 13] The Department of Education has a
                                    Gopher server which points to or contains educational research
                                    information, such as the AskERIC service and information from
                                    sources such as CNN, Academy One, and the Educational Testing
                                    Service. NASA Spacelink makes lesson plans on space flight and
                                    related science topics available on the Internet.

                                    - Two-way communication. This includes communication via electronic
                                    mail and conferencing among teachers, students, workers, mentors,
                                    technicians, and subject matter experts of every sort.
                                    Approximately one-quarter of the teachers in Texas regularly sign
                                    on to the Texas Education Network, or TENET, to share information,
                                    exchange mail, and find resources. A professor at Virginia
                                    Polytechnic Institute and State University teaches a writing course
                                    entirely online. Students swap writing projects and discuss their
                                    assignments online. In the workplace, electronic mail is used by
                                    more than 12 million workers, increasing to over 27 million workers
                                    by 1995. Just less than a sixth of U.S. homes now have at least one
                                    computer connected to a modem, and this percentage is growing
                                    rapidly. As of July, 1993, there were four Internet hosts for
                                    every 1000 people in the United States. There are now 60 countries
                                    on the Internet. About 137 countries can now be reached by
                                    electronic mail.[note 15]

                                    - Distance learning. Hundreds of thousands of students in schools,
                                    community colleges, and universities now take courses via one-and
                                    two-way video and two-way audio communication. In South Carolina,
                                    high school students across the state study with a teacher of
                                    Russia based in Columbia through South Carolina Educational
                                    Television. Boise State University offers a masters degree program
                                    conducted entirely over networked computers to students all over
                                    the country. The Department of Defense is investing well over $1
                                    billion in the development and implementation of networked
                                    distributed interactive simulation. This technology, which allows
                                    dispersed learners to engage in collaborative problem solving
                                    activities in real time, is now ready for transfer to schools and
                                    workplaces outside of the defense sector.

                                    - Transfer of instructional software and simulations. Instructional
                                    programs, simulations, materials, and databases can all be accessed
                                    over the NII and delivered to schools, homes, libraries, and
                                    workplaces wherever and whenever it is desirable to do so.
                                    Currently, there are massive exchanges of software, databases, and
                                    files using the Internet, but relatively little of this activity
                                    occurs in the service of education, training, and lifelong
                                    learning.

                                    Nonetheless, compelling applications that will become indispensable
                                    to teachers, students, and workers are not yet available. All the
                                    capabilities of computer-based instruction and multimedia
                                    instruction can be distributed using NII facilities to schools,
                                    workplaces, homes, libraries, museums, community centers, store
                                    fronts -- wherever and whenever people wish to learn. Yet the
                                    infrastructure and applications to support this level of
                                    accessibility for education, training, and lifelong learning uses
                                    have yet to be developed. Until compelling applications are
                                    available, educations will not realize the potential of the NII.

                                    Efforts to Build the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning: Roles
                                    of the Private, Nonprofit, and Public Sectors

                                    Successful implementation of the NII to serve the nation's
                                    education and lifelong learning needs will require significant
                                    contributions by the private sector, state and local governments,

                                    Reference

                                    D. Lewis and E. McCracken, Common Ground: Fundamental Principles for the
                                    National Information Infrastructure, NIIAC,
                                    March 1995.(gopher@...)


                                    Bonnie Bracey Sutton

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                                    Teachers’ Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

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                                    By SAM DILLON
                                    Published: July 4, 2010

                                    NEW ORLEANS — For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                                    addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                                    national teachers’ unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                                    welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.



                                    C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                    The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                                    from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                    But in a sign of the Obama administration’s strained relations with two
                                    of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                                    scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                                    union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

                                    The largest union’s meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                    heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan’s
                                    resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                                    federal programs for “undermining public education,” and the union’s
                                    president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                                    “This is not the change I hoped for.”

                                    “Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                    anti-student environment I have ever experienced,” Dennis Van Roekel,
                                    president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                                    thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

                                    President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                                    school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                                    public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                                    ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                                    other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                                    adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                                    districts, often with the collaboration of teachers’ unions.

                                    But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                                    for all the problems in public schools.
                                  • Nancy Willard
                                    Hi Bonnie, I describe my perceptions of why this has happened - and what to do about this - in my new book: Cyber Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World. This book
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                                      Hi Bonnie,

                                      I describe my perceptions of why this has happened - and what to do
                                      about this - in my new book: Cyber Secure Schools in a Web 2.0 World.
                                      This book can be downloaded very inexpensively - from my web site.

                                      My understandings on technology adoption are tied to Geoffrey Moore's
                                      theories that he set forth in Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado.
                                      Very briefly. Technology enthusiasts - who Moore calls "Visionaries"
                                      function in a manner that is different from everyone else. They love to
                                      take risks. Give them an exciting possibility and 75% of the picture and
                                      they will jump in - filling in the blanks as they go.

                                      No one else functions like this. The next adoption group are the
                                      Pragmatists. These folks want to manage risks. And you are not going to
                                      get to the other side of the adoption curve - the Conservatives and
                                      Skeptics until you have gotten 50% of the population moving in a new
                                      direction.

                                      So in between the Visionaries and the Pragmatists is what Moore calls a
                                      Chasm that has to be crossed. But Visionaries are always so excited
                                      about the new technologies, they simply want to run forward - and
                                      generally do not stop to see why others are not following. I have
                                      watched this occur since the mid 80's.

                                      Now here is my thinking that has expanded on Moore's analysis. The width
                                      of the Chasm is determined by the degree of perceived risk. Since the
                                      time of the introduction of these technologies, two other things have
                                      happened that have significantly expanded the width of the chasm.

                                      The first, is the one we were recently discussing - the high stakes
                                      testing/blame the teacher debacle known first at NCLB and now as Race to
                                      the Top. When schools are in a situation where all that matters is
                                      student performance on those blasted 20th century achievement tests,
                                      teachers are not going to take the risk of trying anything new - unless
                                      they are in one of those rich districts where the students can easily
                                      pass those tests. Many schools that have adopted technology - only use
                                      it for "drill and kill""teach to the test" instruction. What you measure
                                      is what you get. And with the "you have failed" threat hanging over your
                                      head, the vast majority of schools/teachers are stuck. Innovation is too
                                      risky.

                                      The second concern comes from the arena I work in most extensively. The
                                      last decade has been the era of Technopanic - massive fear about the
                                      Internet and kids/teens that is not supported by the actual research -
                                      primarily disseminated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited
                                      Children and some state attorneys general.

                                      One in seven youth has been sexually solicited online? Does that mean by
                                      an adult sexual predator and the young person was in danger? No, in the
                                      actual study, only 8% of these solicitations came from someone perceived
                                      to be an older adult, the youth responded effectively (2 did not), and
                                      71% were not even a bit distressed. Take a guess at how many teens have
                                      been sexually harassed at high school. AAUW reports 4 in 5. Are
                                      predatory adults tracking young people down based on the personal
                                      contact information or pictures they post online abducting and raping
                                      them? No. what the research indicates is that at risk teens who are
                                      trolling the Internet looking for sexual partners and dangerous adults
                                      who are doing the same sometimes find each other.

                                      This second concern could very well increase with the new requirement to
                                      provide Internet safety education - because there are still plenty of
                                      fear-mongering Internet safety curriculum providers out there - as well
                                      as programs offered by the AG offices (However, some of these have
                                      changed and are very good). The following is from my book:

                                      This inquiry will start with a passage from Internet safety materials
                                      provided for schools by the North Carolina Attorney General. ( Go to
                                      this site:
                                      <http://www.ncdoj.com/Top-Issues/Fighting-Crime/Internet-Safety/Protect-Kids-on-the-Internet.aspx>
                                      and click on the link to What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Children.)
                                      Watch the videos and read the resources. Reflect on the ability of your
                                      school to increase the use of Web 2.0 technologies after these
                                      presentations. This kind of information is frequently being provided to
                                      educators, parents, and students by law enforcement. The following is
                                      the introduction to the Internet safety guide for teachers:

                                      "Computers and the internet have revolutionized the way we work, shop,
                                      and educate students. But along with the positive changes come new
                                      responsibilities and potential dangers. Hazards that begin with innocent
                                      computer use can threaten the safety and well-being of students under
                                      your care.

                                      For example, child predators who cruise the playgrounds for victims now
                                      spend time cruising the Internet. In fact, a survey found that one out
                                      of every five young Internet users said that they had received an
                                      unwanted sexual solicitation online in the past year.

                                      Educators have a responsibility to protect students when they are in
                                      school. This resource guide and the video that accompanies it are
                                      designed to help teachers and School Resource Officers learn about the
                                      steps they can take to protect students, and the resources that are
                                      available to them.

                                      Just as you might supervise your students when they are learning to
                                      drive a car during driver education, you need to guide and monitor your
                                      students’ use of the Internet. A child can get into serious trouble
                                      sitting in front of a computer screen, right under your nose. The most
                                      important thing a teacher can do when working with students who are
                                      using computers is to PHYSICALLY MONITOR STUDENTS’ ONLINE ACTIVITY.

                                      Your school’s door may be locked against intruders, but if your
                                      computers aren’t properly secured and used safely, they can be an open
                                      window to people who seek to exploit and harm young people. They can
                                      threaten the safety of the children who have been placed in your care...
                                      your students.
                                      Roy Cooper, Attorney General"


                                      All right everybody, let's start making plans to expand the use of the
                                      Internet especially using those really incredible interactive
                                      technologies. Not on your life - not those Pragmatists who want to
                                      manage risks. How in the world are they going to manage the risks of
                                      predators and achieve AYP with these new-fangled technologies?

                                      What I have set forth in my book are some very pragmatic steps that
                                      districts can take to shift forward in a manner in which the risks are
                                      effectively managed.

                                      I also address the 3rd issue hopefully before this becomes another
                                      barrier. There are a heck of a lot of legal issues related to web 2.0
                                      use in schools. I do not see much if any evidence that those technology
                                      enthusiasts are thinking about. These include a range of free speech
                                      issues - accessing material, posting material, academic freedom - FERPA
                                      concerns, copyright and fair use, and publishing torts. Once the school
                                      attorneys start to figure the concerns out, there will be another
                                      "push-back."

                                      Institutions of higher education and Internet web sites have statutory
                                      immunity against liability for material posted online as long as they
                                      have procedures that will allow for notification and a rapid takedown.
                                      This immunity as not provided to K-12 - because K-12 teachers and
                                      students would never be posting anything online.

                                      Nancy


                                      BBracey@... wrote:
                                      >
                                      >
                                      > How much of this has happened? Take a look.
                                      > What are the impediments besides the lack of broadband?
                                      > I urged members to do support for full teacher involvement. Most of the
                                      > time that did not happen.
                                      > I believe the lack of sufficient teacher professional development and
                                      > the lack of school infrastructure are a part of the problem. Bad
                                      > teachers? Who says?What about the lack of understanding what was needed
                                      > to meet the challenge of transformation?What about the slow
                                      > understanding of how the world has changed with social media and the
                                      > ways in which the whole world has become internationalized? How has
                                      > thinking changed about content?
                                      >
                                      > Your thoughts , ideas ? What happened? Why did not a lot of this happen?
                                      >
                                      > We need to write letters to Republicans and Democrats.. what did not
                                      > happen did not happen because of the lack of
                                      > support and sharing with teachers. I think we absorbed the blame from
                                      > society for errors in politics.
                                      > The media has changed but we never informed, instructed , actualized
                                      > the reality of 1995.
                                      > Your thoughts? I am presently working with supercomputing and new ways
                                      > of using technology as most of you are. Sadly many of the teachers
                                      > charged with being bad teachers are still in place where transformation
                                      > and understanding did not happen. 2010. We still have the digital
                                      > divide, the content divide, the economic divide and the lack of
                                      > understanding transformative education. Not about digital natives but
                                      > the lack of solid support for teachers.
                                      >
                                      > This from 1995
                                      >
                                      > Last update at http://inet.nttam.com/ : Fri May 12 15:00:39 1995
                                      >
                                      > A Transformation of Learning:
                                      > Use of the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning
                                      >
                                      > Bonnie Bracey <bbracey@... <mailto:bbracey%40aol.com>>
                                      >
                                      > Today, we have a dream for a different kind of superhighway that
                                      > can save lives, create jobs and give every American young and old,
                                      > the chance for the best education available to anyone, anywhere.
                                      >
                                      > I challenge you. . .to connect all of our classrooms, all of our
                                      > libraries, and all of our hospitals and clinics by the year 2000.
                                      >
                                      > Vice President Al Gore, speaking to communications industry
                                      > leaders, January 11, 1994
                                      >
                                      > I am a classroom teacher. I am a member of the National Information
                                      > Infrastructure Advisory Council, appointed by the President and we are
                                      > involved in sharing our documents, which we wrote and the "Common
                                      > Ground"
                                      > that links the ideas that will allow Americans to see the future, using
                                      > technology.
                                      >
                                      > I want to share with you scenarios of technology at work from the
                                      > Office of
                                      > Technology Assessment video, the overarching themes, or Common Ground
                                      > of the
                                      > National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council
                                      > and the National Institute of Standards vision for the thinking which
                                      > will
                                      > take us into technology.
                                      >
                                      > Education and Lifelong Learning
                                      >
                                      > Communications technology is transforming the way we live by
                                      > connecting us with information and each other. The National
                                      > Information Infrastructure (NII) promises every business,
                                      > government agency, hospital, home, library, and school in the
                                      > nation access anywhere to voice, data, full-motion video, and
                                      > multimedia applications. The impact of these capabilities on
                                      > learning -- for the children, for higher education students, and
                                      > for lifelong learners -- will be substantial.
                                      >
                                      > The way Americans teach, learn, transmit and access information
                                      > remains largely unchanged from a century ago. We find the following
                                      > conditions in American education and training:
                                      >
                                      > - The textbook remains the basic unit of instruction. Absorption of
                                      > its contents tends to be the measure of educational success.
                                      >
                                      > - Teachers and instructors use "chalk and talk" to convey
                                      > information. Students are often recipients of instruction rather
                                      > than active participants in learning.
                                      >
                                      > - School teachers work largely in isolation from their peers.
                                      > Teachers interact with their colleagues only for a few moments each
                                      > day. Most other professionals collaborate, exchange information and
                                      > develop new skills on a daily basis.
                                      >
                                      > - Although half of the nation's school teachers use passive video
                                      > materials for instruction, only a small fraction have access to
                                      > interactive video, computer networks, or even telephones in the
                                      > classroom.
                                      >
                                      > - While computers are a frequent sight in America's classrooms and
                                      > training sites, they are usually used simply as electronic
                                      > workbooks. Interactive, high performance uses of technology, such
                                      > as networked teams collaborating to solve real-world problems,
                                      > retrieving information from electronic libraries, and performing
                                      > scientific experiments in simulated environments, are all too
                                      > uncommon.
                                      >
                                      > - "U.S. schooling is a conservative institution, which adopts new
                                      > practice and technology slowly. Highly regulated and financed from
                                      > a limited revenue base, schools serve many educational and social
                                      > purposes, subject to local consent. The use of computer technology,
                                      > with its demands on teacher professional development, physical
                                      > space, time in the instructional day, and budget ... has found a
                                      > place in classroom practice and school organization slowly and
                                      > tentatively."[note 1]
                                      >
                                      > Events of the last two decades have proven that we can do better.
                                      > We have found that most American children are capable of learning
                                      > at dramatically higher levels -- levels of performance we now
                                      > expect only of our best students. We have learned this from
                                      > research in cognitive science, from the educational achievements of
                                      > other countries, and from pioneering efforts in our own schools.
                                      > Moreover, after 35 years of research, we have found that technology
                                      > can be the key to higher levels of achievement.[note 2]
                                      >
                                      > Similarly, in the American workplace we have found that workers can
                                      > achieve levels of productivity and quality equal to the best in the
                                      > world.[note 3] Well-educated, well-trained, motivated workers can
                                      > produce high-quality goods and services at low cost, enhance
                                      > industrial productivity and competitiveness, and sustain high
                                      > living standards. High-quality education and training payoff for
                                      > the individual whose skills are upgraded, for the company seeking
                                      > a competitive edge, and for the nation in achieving overall
                                      > productivity and competitiveness.
                                      >
                                      > Our major foreign competitors place much greater emphasis on
                                      > developing and maintaining workforce skills than we do. Experienced
                                      > production workers at Japanese auto assembly plants, for example,
                                      > receive three times as much training each year as their American
                                      > counterparts. Research in our country has shown that workers who
                                      > receive formal job training are 30 percent more productive than
                                      > those who do not. Again, we have found that technology is the key
                                      > to making training accessible and affordable -- especially for
                                      > small- to medium-sized firms with few resources of their own to
                                      > devote to producing and implementing the training and lifelong
                                      > learning their workers need and for workers who, on their own, are
                                      > attempting to improve their skills or transfer them to new areas of
                                      > endeavor.
                                      >
                                      > Finally, in preparing students for the workplace, we have learned
                                      > that interactive, high performance technology can produce
                                      > immersive, real world instructional environments. These
                                      > environments can smooth longterm school-to-work transitions while
                                      > helping to meet the immediate objectives of both schools and
                                      > workplaces. Our efforts to develop this capability have been
                                      > fragmentary and shortlived at best.
                                      >
                                      > A Vision for the Use of the NII
                                      >
                                      > The NII, will be the vehicle for improving education and lifelong
                                      > learning throughout America in ways we now know are critically
                                      > important. Our nation will become a place where students of all
                                      > ages and abilities reach the highest standards of academic
                                      > achievement. Teachers, engineers, business managers, and all
                                      > knowledge workers will constantly be exposed to new methods, and
                                      > will collaborate and share ideas with one another.
                                      >
                                      > Through the NII, students of all ages will use multimedia
                                      > electronic libraries and museums containing text, images, video,
                                      > music, simulations, and instructional software. The NII will give
                                      > teachers, students, workers, and instructors access to a great
                                      > variety of instructional resources and to each other. It will give
                                      > educators and managers new tools for improving the operations and
                                      > productivity of their institutions.
                                      >
                                      > The NII will remove school walls as barriers to learning in several
                                      > ways. It will provide access to the world beyond the classroom. It
                                      > will also permit both teachers and students access to the tools of
                                      > learning and their peers -- outside the classroom and outside the
                                      > typical nine to three school day. It will enable family members to
                                      > stay in contact with their children's schools. The NII will permit
                                      > students, workers and instructors to converse with scientists,
                                      > scholars, and experts around the globe.
                                      >
                                      > Workplaces will become lifelong learning environments, supporting
                                      > larger numbers of high skill, high wage jobs. Printed books made
                                      > the content of great instruction widely and inexpensively available
                                      > in the 18th Century. The interactive capabilities of the NII will
                                      > make both the content and interactions of great teaching
                                      > universally and inexpensively available in the 21st Century.
                                      >
                                      > Education and Lifelong Learning Applications for the NII
                                      >
                                      > The NII will provide the backbone for a lifelong learning society.
                                      > Education and training communities will better accommodate an
                                      > enormous diversity of learners in an equally diverse variety of
                                      > settings. In addition to schools and work places, interconnected,
                                      > high-performance applications will extend interactive learning to
                                      > community centers, libraries, and homes. Education, training, and
                                      > lifelong learning applications available from the NII may include:
                                      >
                                      > - Multimedia interactive learning programs delivered to homes to
                                      > immigrant children and their parents to collaborate on learning
                                      > English as a second language.
                                      >
                                      > - Troubleshooting and operating applications that access the
                                      > computer-assisted-design (CAD) databases used to design workplace
                                      > technology and to integrate the CAD data with instructional and
                                      > job-aiding capabilities to provide just-in-time training and
                                      > maintenance assistance.
                                      >
                                      > - Comprehensive interconnectivity for students that allows them to
                                      > receive and complete assignments, collaborate with students in
                                      > distant locations on school projects, and interact with teachers
                                      > and outside experts to receive help, hints, and critiques.
                                      >
                                      > - Simulated learning activities such as laboratory experiments and
                                      > archeological digs.
                                      >
                                      > - Universal access interfaces for computers and telecommunications
                                      > devices for students, workers and others with disabilities to allow
                                      > access to the NII.
                                      >
                                      > - Affordable, portable personal learning assistance that tap into
                                      > the NII from any location at any time and provide multimedia access
                                      > to any NII information resource.
                                      >
                                      > - Immersive, realistic interactive simulations that allow emergency
                                      > teams made up of geographically dispersed members to practice
                                      > together on infrequently used procedures that may be urgently
                                      > needed to meet local exigencies.
                                      >
                                      > The Educational Benefits of Technology
                                      >
                                      > Evidence from research, schools, and workplaces around the country
                                      > tells us that communications technologies are powerful tools in
                                      > reaching the highest levels of educational performance.
                                      >
                                      > - Students with disabilities, who previously had at best limited
                                      > access to most educational and reference materials, will have
                                      > fuller access and will have the ability to participate in the
                                      > learning experience with their peers.
                                      >
                                      > - A 1993 survey of studies on the effectiveness of technology in
                                      > schools concluded that "courses for which computer-based networks
                                      > were used increased student-student and student-teacher
                                      > interaction, increased student-teacher interaction with
                                      > lower-performing students, and did not decrease the traditional
                                      > forms of communications used."[note 4]
                                      >
                                      > - Research on the costs of instruction delivered via distance
                                      > learning, videotape, teleconferencing, and computer software
                                      > indicates that savings are often achieved with no loss of
                                      > effectiveness. Distance learning vastly broadens the learning
                                      > environment, often providing teaching resources simply not
                                      > available heretofore. Technology-based methods have a positive
                                      > impact on learner motivation and frequently save instructional
                                      > time. Savings in training time produce benefits both by reducing
                                      > training costs and by shortening the time required to become and
                                      > remain productive in the workplace.
                                      >
                                      > - A review of computer-based instruction used in military training
                                      > found that students reach similar levels of achievement in 30% less
                                      > time than they need using more standard approaches to
                                      > training.[note 5]
                                      >
                                      > - A Congressionally mandated review covering 47 comparisons of
                                      > multimedia instruction with more conventional approaches to
                                      > instruction found time savings of 30%, improved achievement, cost
                                      > savings of 30-40%, and a direct, positive link between amount of
                                      > interactivity provided and instructional effectiveness.[note 6]
                                      >
                                      > - A comparison of peer tutoring, adult tutoring, reducing class
                                      > size, increasing the length of the school day, and computer-based
                                      > instruction found computer-based instruction to be the least
                                      > expensive instructional approach for raising mathematics scores by
                                      > a given amount.[note 7]
                                      >
                                      > - A landmark study of the use of technology for persons with
                                      > disabilities found that "almost three-quarters of school-age
                                      > children were able to remain in a classroom, and 45 percent were
                                      > able to reduce school-related services."[note 8]
                                      >
                                      > Of course, these benefits depend upon several contextual factors,
                                      > including the instructional methods used, the quality of the
                                      > applications, the availability of professional development for
                                      > educators, accessibility of instructional materials, the presence
                                      > of school technology support staff, and family involvement.[note 9]
                                      > We must learn through experience how best to ensure that the
                                      > benefits we intend to obtain from NII-based applications become
                                      > routinely realized in practice.
                                      >
                                      > Telecommunications networks provide a range of resources to
                                      > students and educators that were never before available or
                                      > affordable. Students and workers can now gain access to mentoring,
                                      > advice, and assistance from scientists, engineers, researchers,
                                      > business leaders, technicians, and local experts around the globe
                                      > through the Internet, using a level of access and connectivity that
                                      > was previously unimaginable. High school students in West
                                      > Virginia, for example, can now study Russian via satellite and
                                      > telephone with a teacher hundreds of miles away. Few West Virginia
                                      > school districts could afford to offer such a course any other way.
                                      > Less well understood are changes in the types of learning that
                                      > occur with the use of certain technologies. Current evidence
                                      > suggests that some technology applications are more effective than
                                      > traditional instructional methods in building complex problem
                                      > solving capabilities for synthesizing information and in improving
                                      > writing quality. The effects are achieved in part by permitting
                                      > alternate methods of "reaching" and motivating learners.
                                      >
                                      > The Administration's National Information Infrastructure initiative
                                      > can trigger a transformation of education, training, and lifelong
                                      > learning by making new tools available to educators, instructors,
                                      > students, and workers and help them reach dramatically higher
                                      > levels of performance and productivity. The impact of this
                                      > transformation in teaching and learning is in-estimable, but
                                      > clearly enormous. Knowledge drives today's global marketplace. The
                                      > NII will permit us to take learning beyond the limitations of
                                      > traditional school buildings. It will take our educators and
                                      > learners to worldwide resources. Learning will be our way of life.
                                      >
                                      > PART II: Where Are We Now?
                                      >
                                      > Today, compelling teaching and learning applications are the
                                      > exception, not the rule. Several federal agencies provide services
                                      > that meet specific, focused needs, while hundreds of state and
                                      > local networks and private service providers have begun to address
                                      > the technology needs of education. Current uses, while expanding
                                      > rapidly, reach only a small number of technologically-literate
                                      > school communities.
                                      >
                                      > Current application of NII capabilities to work place training is
                                      > more extensive and technologically advanced than educational
                                      > applications, yet it lags well behind what is needed and available.
                                      > The story of workplace training seems to be a case of the haves
                                      > receiving more and the have-nots remaining neglected. Small firms,
                                      > those with 100 employees or less, provide about 35 percent of total
                                      > U.S. employment, but they lack the expertise to provide in-house
                                      > training, the resources to pay for outside training, and sufficient
                                      > numbers of people who need training at any one time to justify
                                      > focused training efforts. Larger firms are more likely to provide
                                      > training than smaller ones, but the training they provide is mostly
                                      > limited to college-educated technicians and managers. The lower the
                                      > level of skills possessed, the less likely the worker is to receive
                                      > training from any source. Transportable, quality controlled
                                      > training and lifelong learning could be made readily and
                                      > inexpensively accessible using the NII and will have a major impact
                                      > on improving worker skills and workplace productivity.
                                      >
                                      > While much remains to be done, the opportunities offered by the NII
                                      > put many of the needed capabilities within reach of schools, homes,
                                      > and the workplace.
                                      >
                                      > Current Uses of Telecommunications for Education
                                      >
                                      > The existing telecommunications infrastructure is composed of
                                      > telephone, broadcast, cable, and electronic networks. It is used
                                      > for education, training, and lifelong learning in five basic ways:
                                      > 1) instructing with video; 2) gathering information from remote
                                      > libraries and databases; 3) communicating using two-way
                                      > asynchronous capabilities such as e-mail and information bulletin
                                      > boards; 4) distance learning; and 5) electronic transfer of
                                      > instructional software and simulations.
                                      >
                                      > - Instructional video. Seventy-five percent of America's schools
                                      > have cable television, and half of its teachers use video material
                                      > in their courses.[note 10] The Stars Schools program is reaching
                                      > 200,000 students in 48 states with advanced placement courses in
                                      > mathematics, science, and foreign language instruction using fiber
                                      > optics, computers, and satellites.[note 11] Cassette videotapes
                                      > for instruction are widely used in schools and work places, and the
                                      > development of these videotapes for both education and training has
                                      > become a vigorous industry.
                                      >
                                      > - Information collection. This activity includes location and
                                      > retrieval of documents such as lesson plans and research reports,
                                      > but it also includes newer data sources such as CAD databases for
                                      > workplace technologies and equipment, and multimedia information
                                      > retrieval from digital libraries that can be accessed by students,
                                      > workers, or people in homes, libraries, and museums. Over 60,000
                                      > electronic bulletin boards are used by more than 12 million
                                      > Americans every day.[note 12] The annual rate of Gopher traffic on
                                      > the Internet, which directly represents an effort to use NII
                                      > facilities to gather information, is growing at an annual rate of
                                      > approximately 1000%[note 13] The Department of Education has a
                                      > Gopher server which points to or contains educational research
                                      > information, such as the AskERIC service and information from
                                      > sources such as CNN, Academy One, and the Educational Testing
                                      > Service. NASA Spacelink makes lesson plans on space flight and
                                      > related science topics available on the Internet.
                                      >
                                      > - Two-way communication. This includes communication via electronic
                                      > mail and conferencing among teachers, students, workers, mentors,
                                      > technicians, and subject matter experts of every sort.
                                      > Approximately one-quarter of the teachers in Texas regularly sign
                                      > on to the Texas Education Network, or TENET, to share information,
                                      > exchange mail, and find resources. A professor at Virginia
                                      > Polytechnic Institute and State University teaches a writing course
                                      > entirely online. Students swap writing projects and discuss their
                                      > assignments online. In the workplace, electronic mail is used by
                                      > more than 12 million workers, increasing to over 27 million workers
                                      > by 1995. Just less than a sixth of U.S. homes now have at least one
                                      > computer connected to a modem, and this percentage is growing
                                      > rapidly. As of July, 1993, there were four Internet hosts for
                                      > every 1000 people in the United States. There are now 60 countries
                                      > on the Internet. About 137 countries can now be reached by
                                      > electronic mail.[note 15]
                                      >
                                      > - Distance learning. Hundreds of thousands of students in schools,
                                      > community colleges, and universities now take courses via one-and
                                      > two-way video and two-way audio communication. In South Carolina,
                                      > high school students across the state study with a teacher of
                                      > Russia based in Columbia through South Carolina Educational
                                      > Television. Boise State University offers a masters degree program
                                      > conducted entirely over networked computers to students all over
                                      > the country. The Department of Defense is investing well over $1
                                      > billion in the development and implementation of networked
                                      > distributed interactive simulation. This technology, which allows
                                      > dispersed learners to engage in collaborative problem solving
                                      > activities in real time, is now ready for transfer to schools and
                                      > workplaces outside of the defense sector.
                                      >
                                      > - Transfer of instructional software and simulations. Instructional
                                      > programs, simulations, materials, and databases can all be accessed
                                      > over the NII and delivered to schools, homes, libraries, and
                                      > workplaces wherever and whenever it is desirable to do so.
                                      > Currently, there are massive exchanges of software, databases, and
                                      > files using the Internet, but relatively little of this activity
                                      > occurs in the service of education, training, and lifelong
                                      > learning.
                                      >
                                      > Nonetheless, compelling applications that will become indispensable
                                      > to teachers, students, and workers are not yet available. All the
                                      > capabilities of computer-based instruction and multimedia
                                      > instruction can be distributed using NII facilities to schools,
                                      > workplaces, homes, libraries, museums, community centers, store
                                      > fronts -- wherever and whenever people wish to learn. Yet the
                                      > infrastructure and applications to support this level of
                                      > accessibility for education, training, and lifelong learning uses
                                      > have yet to be developed. Until compelling applications are
                                      > available, educations will not realize the potential of the NII.
                                      >
                                      > Efforts to Build the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning: Roles
                                      > of the Private, Nonprofit, and Public Sectors
                                      >
                                      > Successful implementation of the NII to serve the nation's
                                      > education and lifelong learning needs will require significant
                                      > contributions by the private sector, state and local governments,
                                      >
                                      > Reference
                                      >
                                      > D. Lewis and E. McCracken, Common Ground: Fundamental Principles for the
                                      > National Information Infrastructure, NIIAC,
                                      > March 1995.(gopher@...
                                      > <mailto:gopher%40ntiaunix1.ntia.doc.gov>)
                                      >
                                      > Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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                                      > By SAM DILLON
                                      > Published: July 4, 2010
                                      >
                                      > NEW ORLEANS — For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                                      > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                                      > national teachers’ unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                                      > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                                      >
                                      > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                      > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                                      > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                      > But in a sign of the Obama administration’s strained relations with two
                                      > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                                      > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                                      > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                                      >
                                      > The largest union’s meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                      > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan’s
                                      > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                                      > federal programs for “undermining public education,” and the union’s
                                      > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                                      > “This is not the change I hoped for.”
                                      >
                                      > “Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                      > anti-student environment I have ever experienced,” Dennis Van Roekel,
                                      > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                                      > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                                      >
                                      > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                                      > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                                      > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                                      > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                                      > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                                      > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                                      > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers’ unions.
                                      >
                                      > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                                      > for all the problems in public schools.
                                      >
                                      >


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                                    • Donlin, Mike
                                      Thank you for sending this post! Two thoughts: 1. I remember attending a conference at some point along the way. The speaker spoke about changes. He
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                                        Thank you for sending this post!
                                        Two thoughts:
                                        1. I remember attending a conference at some point along the way. The speaker spoke about changes. He suggested that a surgeon from 100 years agowould have no idea how to function in a modern operating room. However a teacher from that same time would very likely be able to walk into a classroom of today and start teaching.

                                        2. During the late 1990's and early 2000's I managed a Federal Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. It was one of 100+ or so funded from during the Clinton presidency. We - all of us - did some amazing work. I know that pieces of our work in Seattle still exist and fincstion, although almost nobody connects our TICG efforts with what's in place today. The DoEd did some really incredible things. For one, they broke the country - and the grantees - into geographical clusters. Our cluster met twice a year for several years. Ideas were shared, trainings were held, professional and personal friendships were created and remain intact today, a decade later. Bottom line, there were resources availale for creativity, resource creation, sharing and most importantly, training. Those grants ended. The funding source evolved into the Title IID EETT dollars --- which decreased and decreased annually...and the rest is, as they say, history.

                                        At a recent WA State Broadband Summit, participants were told that the US is now something like 23+ (or lower) internationally in terms of broadband penetration.

                                        I could go on and on...but this is enough for now.

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                                        Subject: [WWWEDU] A blast of understanding of technology from the past. What do you think didn't happen and why? Who is at fault?




                                        How much of this has happened? Take a look.
                                        What are the impediments besides the lack of broadband?
                                        I urged members to do support for full teacher involvement. Most of the
                                        time that did not happen.
                                        I believe the lack of sufficient teacher professional development and
                                        the lack of school infrastructure are a part of the problem. Bad
                                        teachers? Who says?What about the lack of understanding what was needed
                                        to meet the challenge of transformation?What about the slow
                                        understanding of how the world has changed with social media and the
                                        ways in which the whole world has become internationalized? How has
                                        thinking changed about content?

                                        Your thoughts , ideas ? What happened? Why did not a lot of this happen?

                                        We need to write letters to Republicans and Democrats.. what did not
                                        happen did not happen because of the lack of
                                        support and sharing with teachers. I think we absorbed the blame from
                                        society for errors in politics.
                                        The media has changed but we never informed, instructed , actualized
                                        the reality of 1995.
                                        Your thoughts? I am presently working with supercomputing and new ways
                                        of using technology as most of you are. Sadly many of the teachers
                                        charged with being bad teachers are still in place where transformation
                                        and understanding did not happen. 2010. We still have the digital
                                        divide, the content divide, the economic divide and the lack of
                                        understanding transformative education. Not about digital natives but
                                        the lack of solid support for teachers.

                                        This from 1995

                                        Last update at http://inet.nttam.com/ : Fri May 12 15:00:39 1995

                                        A Transformation of Learning:
                                        Use of the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning

                                        Bonnie Bracey <bbracey@... <mailto:bbracey%40aol.com> >

                                        Today, we have a dream for a different kind of superhighway that
                                        can save lives, create jobs and give every American young and old,
                                        the chance for the best education available to anyone, anywhere.

                                        I challenge you. . .to connect all of our classrooms, all of our
                                        libraries, and all of our hospitals and clinics by the year 2000.

                                        Vice President Al Gore, speaking to communications industry
                                        leaders, January 11, 1994

                                        I am a classroom teacher. I am a member of the National Information
                                        Infrastructure Advisory Council, appointed by the President and we are
                                        involved in sharing our documents, which we wrote and the "Common
                                        Ground"
                                        that links the ideas that will allow Americans to see the future, using
                                        technology.

                                        I want to share with you scenarios of technology at work from the
                                        Office of
                                        Technology Assessment video, the overarching themes, or Common Ground
                                        of the
                                        National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council
                                        and the National Institute of Standards vision for the thinking which
                                        will
                                        take us into technology.

                                        Education and Lifelong Learning

                                        Communications technology is transforming the way we live by
                                        connecting us with information and each other. The National
                                        Information Infrastructure (NII) promises every business,
                                        government agency, hospital, home, library, and school in the
                                        nation access anywhere to voice, data, full-motion video, and
                                        multimedia applications. The impact of these capabilities on
                                        learning -- for the children, for higher education students, and
                                        for lifelong learners -- will be substantial.

                                        The way Americans teach, learn, transmit and access information
                                        remains largely unchanged from a century ago. We find the following
                                        conditions in American education and training:

                                        - The textbook remains the basic unit of instruction. Absorption of
                                        its contents tends to be the measure of educational success.

                                        - Teachers and instructors use "chalk and talk" to convey
                                        information. Students are often recipients of instruction rather
                                        than active participants in learning.

                                        - School teachers work largely in isolation from their peers.
                                        Teachers interact with their colleagues only for a few moments each
                                        day. Most other professionals collaborate, exchange information and
                                        develop new skills on a daily basis.

                                        - Although half of the nation's school teachers use passive video
                                        materials for instruction, only a small fraction have access to
                                        interactive video, computer networks, or even telephones in the
                                        classroom.

                                        - While computers are a frequent sight in America's classrooms and
                                        training sites, they are usually used simply as electronic
                                        workbooks. Interactive, high performance uses of technology, such
                                        as networked teams collaborating to solve real-world problems,
                                        retrieving information from electronic libraries, and performing
                                        scientific experiments in simulated environments, are all too
                                        uncommon.

                                        - "U.S. schooling is a conservative institution, which adopts new
                                        practice and technology slowly. Highly regulated and financed from
                                        a limited revenue base, schools serve many educational and social
                                        purposes, subject to local consent. The use of computer technology,
                                        with its demands on teacher professional development, physical
                                        space, time in the instructional day, and budget ... has found a
                                        place in classroom practice and school organization slowly and
                                        tentatively."[note 1]

                                        Events of the last two decades have proven that we can do better.
                                        We have found that most American children are capable of learning
                                        at dramatically higher levels -- levels of performance we now
                                        expect only of our best students. We have learned this from
                                        research in cognitive science, from the educational achievements of
                                        other countries, and from pioneering efforts in our own schools.
                                        Moreover, after 35 years of research, we have found that technology
                                        can be the key to higher levels of achievement.[note 2]

                                        Similarly, in the American workplace we have found that workers can
                                        achieve levels of productivity and quality equal to the best in the
                                        world.[note 3] Well-educated, well-trained, motivated workers can
                                        produce high-quality goods and services at low cost, enhance
                                        industrial productivity and competitiveness, and sustain high
                                        living standards. High-quality education and training payoff for
                                        the individual whose skills are upgraded, for the company seeking
                                        a competitive edge, and for the nation in achieving overall
                                        productivity and competitiveness.

                                        Our major foreign competitors place much greater emphasis on
                                        developing and maintaining workforce skills than we do. Experienced
                                        production workers at Japanese auto assembly plants, for example,
                                        receive three times as much training each year as their American
                                        counterparts. Research in our country has shown that workers who
                                        receive formal job training are 30 percent more productive than
                                        those who do not. Again, we have found that technology is the key
                                        to making training accessible and affordable -- especially for
                                        small- to medium-sized firms with few resources of their own to
                                        devote to producing and implementing the training and lifelong
                                        learning their workers need and for workers who, on their own, are
                                        attempting to improve their skills or transfer them to new areas of
                                        endeavor.

                                        Finally, in preparing students for the workplace, we have learned
                                        that interactive, high performance technology can produce
                                        immersive, real world instructional environments. These
                                        environments can smooth longterm school-to-work transitions while
                                        helping to meet the immediate objectives of both schools and
                                        workplaces. Our efforts to develop this capability have been
                                        fragmentary and shortlived at best.

                                        A Vision for the Use of the NII

                                        The NII, will be the vehicle for improving education and lifelong
                                        learning throughout America in ways we now know are critically
                                        important. Our nation will become a place where students of all
                                        ages and abilities reach the highest standards of academic
                                        achievement. Teachers, engineers, business managers, and all
                                        knowledge workers will constantly be exposed to new methods, and
                                        will collaborate and share ideas with one another.

                                        Through the NII, students of all ages will use multimedia
                                        electronic libraries and museums containing text, images, video,
                                        music, simulations, and instructional software. The NII will give
                                        teachers, students, workers, and instructors access to a great
                                        variety of instructional resources and to each other. It will give
                                        educators and managers new tools for improving the operations and
                                        productivity of their institutions.

                                        The NII will remove school walls as barriers to learning in several
                                        ways. It will provide access to the world beyond the classroom. It
                                        will also permit both teachers and students access to the tools of
                                        learning and their peers -- outside the classroom and outside the
                                        typical nine to three school day. It will enable family members to
                                        stay in contact with their children's schools. The NII will permit
                                        students, workers and instructors to converse with scientists,
                                        scholars, and experts around the globe.

                                        Workplaces will become lifelong learning environments, supporting
                                        larger numbers of high skill, high wage jobs. Printed books made
                                        the content of great instruction widely and inexpensively available
                                        in the 18th Century. The interactive capabilities of the NII will
                                        make both the content and interactions of great teaching
                                        universally and inexpensively available in the 21st Century.

                                        Education and Lifelong Learning Applications for the NII

                                        The NII will provide the backbone for a lifelong learning society.
                                        Education and training communities will better accommodate an
                                        enormous diversity of learners in an equally diverse variety of
                                        settings. In addition to schools and work places, interconnected,
                                        high-performance applications will extend interactive learning to
                                        community centers, libraries, and homes. Education, training, and
                                        lifelong learning applications available from the NII may include:

                                        - Multimedia interactive learning programs delivered to homes to
                                        immigrant children and their parents to collaborate on learning
                                        English as a second language.

                                        - Troubleshooting and operating applications that access the
                                        computer-assisted-design (CAD) databases used to design workplace
                                        technology and to integrate the CAD data with instructional and
                                        job-aiding capabilities to provide just-in-time training and
                                        maintenance assistance.

                                        - Comprehensive interconnectivity for students that allows them to
                                        receive and complete assignments, collaborate with students in
                                        distant locations on school projects, and interact with teachers
                                        and outside experts to receive help, hints, and critiques.

                                        - Simulated learning activities such as laboratory experiments and
                                        archeological digs.

                                        - Universal access interfaces for computers and telecommunications
                                        devices for students, workers and others with disabilities to allow
                                        access to the NII.

                                        - Affordable, portable personal learning assistance that tap into
                                        the NII from any location at any time and provide multimedia access
                                        to any NII information resource.

                                        - Immersive, realistic interactive simulations that allow emergency
                                        teams made up of geographically dispersed members to practice
                                        together on infrequently used procedures that may be urgently
                                        needed to meet local exigencies.

                                        The Educational Benefits of Technology

                                        Evidence from research, schools, and workplaces around the country
                                        tells us that communications technologies are powerful tools in
                                        reaching the highest levels of educational performance.

                                        - Students with disabilities, who previously had at best limited
                                        access to most educational and reference materials, will have
                                        fuller access and will have the ability to participate in the
                                        learning experience with their peers.

                                        - A 1993 survey of studies on the effectiveness of technology in
                                        schools concluded that "courses for which computer-based networks
                                        were used increased student-student and student-teacher
                                        interaction, increased student-teacher interaction with
                                        lower-performing students, and did not decrease the traditional
                                        forms of communications used."[note 4]

                                        - Research on the costs of instruction delivered via distance
                                        learning, videotape, teleconferencing, and computer software
                                        indicates that savings are often achieved with no loss of
                                        effectiveness. Distance learning vastly broadens the learning
                                        environment, often providing teaching resources simply not
                                        available heretofore. Technology-based methods have a positive
                                        impact on learner motivation and frequently save instructional
                                        time. Savings in training time produce benefits both by reducing
                                        training costs and by shortening the time required to become and
                                        remain productive in the workplace.

                                        - A review of computer-based instruction used in military training
                                        found that students reach similar levels of achievement in 30% less
                                        time than they need using more standard approaches to
                                        training.[note 5]

                                        - A Congressionally mandated review covering 47 comparisons of
                                        multimedia instruction with more conventional approaches to
                                        instruction found time savings of 30%, improved achievement, cost
                                        savings of 30-40%, and a direct, positive link between amount of
                                        interactivity provided and instructional effectiveness.[note 6]

                                        - A comparison of peer tutoring, adult tutoring, reducing class
                                        size, increasing the length of the school day, and computer-based
                                        instruction found computer-based instruction to be the least
                                        expensive instructional approach for raising mathematics scores by
                                        a given amount.[note 7]

                                        - A landmark study of the use of technology for persons with
                                        disabilities found that "almost three-quarters of school-age
                                        children were able to remain in a classroom, and 45 percent were
                                        able to reduce school-related services."[note 8]

                                        Of course, these benefits depend upon several contextual factors,
                                        including the instructional methods used, the quality of the
                                        applications, the availability of professional development for
                                        educators, accessibility of instructional materials, the presence
                                        of school technology support staff, and family involvement.[note 9]
                                        We must learn through experience how best to ensure that the
                                        benefits we intend to obtain from NII-based applications become
                                        routinely realized in practice.

                                        Telecommunications networks provide a range of resources to
                                        students and educators that were never before available or
                                        affordable. Students and workers can now gain access to mentoring,
                                        advice, and assistance from scientists, engineers, researchers,
                                        business leaders, technicians, and local experts around the globe
                                        through the Internet, using a level of access and connectivity that
                                        was previously unimaginable. High school students in West
                                        Virginia, for example, can now study Russian via satellite and
                                        telephone with a teacher hundreds of miles away. Few West Virginia
                                        school districts could afford to offer such a course any other way.
                                        Less well understood are changes in the types of learning that
                                        occur with the use of certain technologies. Current evidence
                                        suggests that some technology applications are more effective than
                                        traditional instructional methods in building complex problem
                                        solving capabilities for synthesizing information and in improving
                                        writing quality. The effects are achieved in part by permitting
                                        alternate methods of "reaching" and motivating learners.

                                        The Administration's National Information Infrastructure initiative
                                        can trigger a transformation of education, training, and lifelong
                                        learning by making new tools available to educators, instructors,
                                        students, and workers and help them reach dramatically higher
                                        levels of performance and productivity. The impact of this
                                        transformation in teaching and learning is in-estimable, but
                                        clearly enormous. Knowledge drives today's global marketplace. The
                                        NII will permit us to take learning beyond the limitations of
                                        traditional school buildings. It will take our educators and
                                        learners to worldwide resources. Learning will be our way of life.

                                        PART II: Where Are We Now?

                                        Today, compelling teaching and learning applications are the
                                        exception, not the rule. Several federal agencies provide services
                                        that meet specific, focused needs, while hundreds of state and
                                        local networks and private service providers have begun to address
                                        the technology needs of education. Current uses, while expanding
                                        rapidly, reach only a small number of technologically-literate
                                        school communities.

                                        Current application of NII capabilities to work place training is
                                        more extensive and technologically advanced than educational
                                        applications, yet it lags well behind what is needed and available.
                                        The story of workplace training seems to be a case of the haves
                                        receiving more and the have-nots remaining neglected. Small firms,
                                        those with 100 employees or less, provide about 35 percent of total
                                        U.S. employment, but they lack the expertise to provide in-house
                                        training, the resources to pay for outside training, and sufficient
                                        numbers of people who need training at any one time to justify
                                        focused training efforts. Larger firms are more likely to provide
                                        training than smaller ones, but the training they provide is mostly
                                        limited to college-educated technicians and managers. The lower the
                                        level of skills possessed, the less likely the worker is to receive
                                        training from any source. Transportable, quality controlled
                                        training and lifelong learning could be made readily and
                                        inexpensively accessible using the NII and will have a major impact
                                        on improving worker skills and workplace productivity.

                                        While much remains to be done, the opportunities offered by the NII
                                        put many of the needed capabilities within reach of schools, homes,
                                        and the workplace.

                                        Current Uses of Telecommunications for Education

                                        The existing telecommunications infrastructure is composed of
                                        telephone, broadcast, cable, and electronic networks. It is used
                                        for education, training, and lifelong learning in five basic ways:
                                        1) instructing with video; 2) gathering information from remote
                                        libraries and databases; 3) communicating using two-way
                                        asynchronous capabilities such as e-mail and information bulletin
                                        boards; 4) distance learning; and 5) electronic transfer of
                                        instructional software and simulations.

                                        - Instructional video. Seventy-five percent of America's schools
                                        have cable television, and half of its teachers use video material
                                        in their courses.[note 10] The Stars Schools program is reaching
                                        200,000 students in 48 states with advanced placement courses in
                                        mathematics, science, and foreign language instruction using fiber
                                        optics, computers, and satellites.[note 11] Cassette videotapes
                                        for instruction are widely used in schools and work places, and the
                                        development of these videotapes for both education and training has
                                        become a vigorous industry.

                                        - Information collection. This activity includes location and
                                        retrieval of documents such as lesson plans and research reports,
                                        but it also includes newer data sources such as CAD databases for
                                        workplace technologies and equipment, and multimedia information
                                        retrieval from digital libraries that can be accessed by students,
                                        workers, or people in homes, libraries, and museums. Over 60,000
                                        electronic bulletin boards are used by more than 12 million
                                        Americans every day.[note 12] The annual rate of Gopher traffic on
                                        the Internet, which directly represents an effort to use NII
                                        facilities to gather information, is growing at an annual rate of
                                        approximately 1000%[note 13] The Department of Education has a
                                        Gopher server which points to or contains educational research
                                        information, such as the AskERIC service and information from
                                        sources such as CNN, Academy One, and the Educational Testing
                                        Service. NASA Spacelink makes lesson plans on space flight and
                                        related science topics available on the Internet.

                                        - Two-way communication. This includes communication via electronic
                                        mail and conferencing among teachers, students, workers, mentors,
                                        technicians, and subject matter experts of every sort.
                                        Approximately one-quarter of the teachers in Texas regularly sign
                                        on to the Texas Education Network, or TENET, to share information,
                                        exchange mail, and find resources. A professor at Virginia
                                        Polytechnic Institute and State University teaches a writing course
                                        entirely online. Students swap writing projects and discuss their
                                        assignments online. In the workplace, electronic mail is used by
                                        more than 12 million workers, increasing to over 27 million workers
                                        by 1995. Just less than a sixth of U.S. homes now have at least one
                                        computer connected to a modem, and this percentage is growing
                                        rapidly. As of July, 1993, there were four Internet hosts for
                                        every 1000 people in the United States. There are now 60 countries
                                        on the Internet. About 137 countries can now be reached by
                                        electronic mail.[note 15]

                                        - Distance learning. Hundreds of thousands of students in schools,
                                        community colleges, and universities now take courses via one-and
                                        two-way video and two-way audio communication. In South Carolina,
                                        high school students across the state study with a teacher of
                                        Russia based in Columbia through South Carolina Educational
                                        Television. Boise State University offers a masters degree program
                                        conducted entirely over networked computers to students all over
                                        the country. The Department of Defense is investing well over $1
                                        billion in the development and implementation of networked
                                        distributed interactive simulation. This technology, which allows
                                        dispersed learners to engage in collaborative problem solving
                                        activities in real time, is now ready for transfer to schools and
                                        workplaces outside of the defense sector.

                                        - Transfer of instructional software and simulations. Instructional
                                        programs, simulations, materials, and databases can all be accessed
                                        over the NII and delivered to schools, homes, libraries, and
                                        workplaces wherever and whenever it is desirable to do so.
                                        Currently, there are massive exchanges of software, databases, and
                                        files using the Internet, but relatively little of this activity
                                        occurs in the service of education, training, and lifelong
                                        learning.

                                        Nonetheless, compelling applications that will become indispensable
                                        to teachers, students, and workers are not yet available. All the
                                        capabilities of computer-based instruction and multimedia
                                        instruction can be distributed using NII facilities to schools,
                                        workplaces, homes, libraries, museums, community centers, store
                                        fronts -- wherever and whenever people wish to learn. Yet the
                                        infrastructure and applications to support this level of
                                        accessibility for education, training, and lifelong learning uses
                                        have yet to be developed. Until compelling applications are
                                        available, educations will not realize the potential of the NII.

                                        Efforts to Build the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning: Roles
                                        of the Private, Nonprofit, and Public Sectors

                                        Successful implementation of the NII to serve the nation's
                                        education and lifelong learning needs will require significant
                                        contributions by the private sector, state and local governments,

                                        Reference

                                        D. Lewis and E. McCracken, Common Ground: Fundamental Principles for the
                                        National Information Infrastructure, NIIAC,
                                        March 1995.(gopher@... <mailto:gopher%40ntiaunix1.ntia.doc.gov> )

                                        Bonnie Bracey Sutton

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                                        Subject: Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

                                        Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention

                                        http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=todayspaper&adxnnlx=1278313302-bRqqaDGEl3NA6IMzKPho8A

                                        By SAM DILLON
                                        Published: July 4, 2010

                                        NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                                        addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                                        national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                                        welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

                                        C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                        The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                                        from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                        But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                                        of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                                        scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                                        union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.

                                        The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                        heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                                        resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                                        federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                                        president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                                        "This is not the change I hoped for."

                                        "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                        anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                                        president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                                        thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.

                                        President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                                        school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                                        public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                                        ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                                        other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                                        adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                                        districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.

                                        But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                                        for all the problems in public schools.
                                      • Dan Bassill
                                        The sad thing about this post was The grants ended Network building is an on-going process. The money and time invested needs to be sustained, or it needs to
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                                          The sad thing about this post was "The grants ended"

                                          Network building is an on-going process. The money and time invested needs
                                          to be sustained, or it needs to evolve, or once there is no intermediary
                                          bringing the network together, it breaks up and all of the knowledge
                                          diffuses or is lost.

                                          I lead the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago. For the past 16 years I've
                                          been doing "community organizing" at the program level. This means I've been
                                          building a database of Chicago area volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs,
                                          and a library of information and ideas related to poverty, education,
                                          workforce development, etc.

                                          This information is available at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org With
                                          this database we can invite programs to come together on a regular basis,
                                          and we can point volunteers and donors to over 200 web sites of different
                                          programs, not just our own.

                                          However, finding the money to do this is like herding dinosaurs. It's
                                          almost impossible.

                                          I found a report last week related to this. It's on a blog titled
                                          "Sustaining Organizing" http://sustainingorganizing.tumblr.com

                                          If you read the Executive Summary, I think many of us will relate to the
                                          challenges that are identified.

                                          Thus, how do we keep our networks together, even when the primary grant goes
                                          away? How do we use our social media to point to each other, so we're all
                                          constantly educating donors so we increase the funding pool, and it helps
                                          many intermediary organizations grow and connect with each other, not just
                                          the flavor of the month.

                                          Look forward to connecting with individuals and organizations who are
                                          innovating ways to solve this problem.

                                          Dan Bassill
                                          Tutor/Mentor Connection
                                          Cabrini Connections
                                          800 W. Huron
                                          Chicago, Il. 60642

                                          http://tutormentor.blogspot.com



                                          > Thank you for sending this post!
                                          > Two thoughts:
                                          > 1. I remember attending a conference at some point along the way. The speaker
                                          > spoke about changes. He suggested that a surgeon from 100 years agowould have
                                          > no idea how to function in a modern operating room. However a teacher from
                                          > that same time would very likely be able to walk into a classroom of today and
                                          > start teaching.
                                          >
                                          > 2. During the late 1990's and early 2000's I managed a Federal Technology
                                          > Innovation Challenge Grant. It was one of 100+ or so funded from during the
                                          > Clinton presidency. We - all of us - did some amazing work. I know that
                                          > pieces of our work in Seattle still exist and fincstion, although almost
                                          > nobody connects our TICG efforts with what's in place today. The DoEd did
                                          > some really incredible things. For one, they broke the country - and the
                                          > grantees - into geographical clusters. Our cluster met twice a year for
                                          > several years. Ideas were shared, trainings were held, professional and
                                          > personal friendships were created and remain intact today, a decade later.
                                          > Bottom line, there were resources availale for creativity, resource creation,
                                          > sharing and most importantly, training. Those grants ended. The funding
                                          > source evolved into the Title IID EETT dollars --- which decreased and
                                          > decreased annually...and the rest is, as they say, history.
                                          >
                                          > At a recent WA State Broadband Summit, participants were told that the US is
                                          > now something like 23+ (or lower) internationally in terms of broadband
                                          > penetration.
                                          >
                                          > I could go on and on...but this is enough for now.
                                          >
                                          > Please use my new contact information below.
                                          > Thanks,
                                          >
                                          > Mike
                                          >
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                                          > K12AdminLIFE@yahoogroups.com; mls-digitaldivide@yahoogroups.com;
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                                          > Subject: [WWWEDU] A blast of understanding of technology from the past. What
                                          > do you think didn't happen and why? Who is at fault?
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > How much of this has happened? Take a look.
                                          > What are the impediments besides the lack of broadband?
                                          > I urged members to do support for full teacher involvement. Most of the
                                          > time that did not happen.
                                          > I believe the lack of sufficient teacher professional development and
                                          > the lack of school infrastructure are a part of the problem. Bad
                                          > teachers? Who says?What about the lack of understanding what was needed
                                          > to meet the challenge of transformation?What about the slow
                                          > understanding of how the world has changed with social media and the
                                          > ways in which the whole world has become internationalized? How has
                                          > thinking changed about content?
                                          >
                                          > Your thoughts , ideas ? What happened? Why did not a lot of this happen?
                                          >
                                          > We need to write letters to Republicans and Democrats.. what did not
                                          > happen did not happen because of the lack of
                                          > support and sharing with teachers. I think we absorbed the blame from
                                          > society for errors in politics.
                                          > The media has changed but we never informed, instructed , actualized
                                          > the reality of 1995.
                                          > Your thoughts? I am presently working with supercomputing and new ways
                                          > of using technology as most of you are. Sadly many of the teachers
                                          > charged with being bad teachers are still in place where transformation
                                          > and understanding did not happen. 2010. We still have the digital
                                          > divide, the content divide, the economic divide and the lack of
                                          > understanding transformative education. Not about digital natives but
                                          > the lack of solid support for teachers.
                                          >
                                          > This from 1995
                                          >
                                          > Last update at http://inet.nttam.com/ : Fri May 12 15:00:39 1995
                                          >
                                          > A Transformation of Learning:
                                          > Use of the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning
                                          >
                                          > Bonnie Bracey <bbracey@... <mailto:bbracey%40aol.com> >
                                          >
                                          > Today, we have a dream for a different kind of superhighway that
                                          > can save lives, create jobs and give every American young and old,
                                          > the chance for the best education available to anyone, anywhere.
                                          >
                                          > I challenge you. . .to connect all of our classrooms, all of our
                                          > libraries, and all of our hospitals and clinics by the year 2000.
                                          >
                                          > Vice President Al Gore, speaking to communications industry
                                          > leaders, January 11, 1994
                                          >
                                          > I am a classroom teacher. I am a member of the National Information
                                          > Infrastructure Advisory Council, appointed by the President and we are
                                          > involved in sharing our documents, which we wrote and the "Common
                                          > Ground"
                                          > that links the ideas that will allow Americans to see the future, using
                                          > technology.
                                          >
                                          > I want to share with you scenarios of technology at work from the
                                          > Office of
                                          > Technology Assessment video, the overarching themes, or Common Ground
                                          > of the
                                          > National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council
                                          > and the National Institute of Standards vision for the thinking which
                                          > will
                                          > take us into technology.
                                          >
                                          > Education and Lifelong Learning
                                          >
                                          > Communications technology is transforming the way we live by
                                          > connecting us with information and each other. The National
                                          > Information Infrastructure (NII) promises every business,
                                          > government agency, hospital, home, library, and school in the
                                          > nation access anywhere to voice, data, full-motion video, and
                                          > multimedia applications. The impact of these capabilities on
                                          > learning -- for the children, for higher education students, and
                                          > for lifelong learners -- will be substantial.
                                          >
                                          > The way Americans teach, learn, transmit and access information
                                          > remains largely unchanged from a century ago. We find the following
                                          > conditions in American education and training:
                                          >
                                          > - The textbook remains the basic unit of instruction. Absorption of
                                          > its contents tends to be the measure of educational success.
                                          >
                                          > - Teachers and instructors use "chalk and talk" to convey
                                          > information. Students are often recipients of instruction rather
                                          > than active participants in learning.
                                          >
                                          > - School teachers work largely in isolation from their peers.
                                          > Teachers interact with their colleagues only for a few moments each
                                          > day. Most other professionals collaborate, exchange information and
                                          > develop new skills on a daily basis.
                                          >
                                          > - Although half of the nation's school teachers use passive video
                                          > materials for instruction, only a small fraction have access to
                                          > interactive video, computer networks, or even telephones in the
                                          > classroom.
                                          >
                                          > - While computers are a frequent sight in America's classrooms and
                                          > training sites, they are usually used simply as electronic
                                          > workbooks. Interactive, high performance uses of technology, such
                                          > as networked teams collaborating to solve real-world problems,
                                          > retrieving information from electronic libraries, and performing
                                          > scientific experiments in simulated environments, are all too
                                          > uncommon.
                                          >
                                          > - "U.S. schooling is a conservative institution, which adopts new
                                          > practice and technology slowly. Highly regulated and financed from
                                          > a limited revenue base, schools serve many educational and social
                                          > purposes, subject to local consent. The use of computer technology,
                                          > with its demands on teacher professional development, physical
                                          > space, time in the instructional day, and budget ... has found a
                                          > place in classroom practice and school organization slowly and
                                          > tentatively."[note 1]
                                          >
                                          > Events of the last two decades have proven that we can do better.
                                          > We have found that most American children are capable of learning
                                          > at dramatically higher levels -- levels of performance we now
                                          > expect only of our best students. We have learned this from
                                          > research in cognitive science, from the educational achievements of
                                          > other countries, and from pioneering efforts in our own schools.
                                          > Moreover, after 35 years of research, we have found that technology
                                          > can be the key to higher levels of achievement.[note 2]
                                          >
                                          > Similarly, in the American workplace we have found that workers can
                                          > achieve levels of productivity and quality equal to the best in the
                                          > world.[note 3] Well-educated, well-trained, motivated workers can
                                          > produce high-quality goods and services at low cost, enhance
                                          > industrial productivity and competitiveness, and sustain high
                                          > living standards. High-quality education and training payoff for
                                          > the individual whose skills are upgraded, for the company seeking
                                          > a competitive edge, and for the nation in achieving overall
                                          > productivity and competitiveness.
                                          >
                                          > Our major foreign competitors place much greater emphasis on
                                          > developing and maintaining workforce skills than we do. Experienced
                                          > production workers at Japanese auto assembly plants, for example,
                                          > receive three times as much training each year as their American
                                          > counterparts. Research in our country has shown that workers who
                                          > receive formal job training are 30 percent more productive than
                                          > those who do not. Again, we have found that technology is the key
                                          > to making training accessible and affordable -- especially for
                                          > small- to medium-sized firms with few resources of their own to
                                          > devote to producing and implementing the training and lifelong
                                          > learning their workers need and for workers who, on their own, are
                                          > attempting to improve their skills or transfer them to new areas of
                                          > endeavor.
                                          >
                                          > Finally, in preparing students for the workplace, we have learned
                                          > that interactive, high performance technology can produce
                                          > immersive, real world instructional environments. These
                                          > environments can smooth longterm school-to-work transitions while
                                          > helping to meet the immediate objectives of both schools and
                                          > workplaces. Our efforts to develop this capability have been
                                          > fragmentary and shortlived at best.
                                          >
                                          > A Vision for the Use of the NII
                                          >
                                          > The NII, will be the vehicle for improving education and lifelong
                                          > learning throughout America in ways we now know are critically
                                          > important. Our nation will become a place where students of all
                                          > ages and abilities reach the highest standards of academic
                                          > achievement. Teachers, engineers, business managers, and all
                                          > knowledge workers will constantly be exposed to new methods, and
                                          > will collaborate and share ideas with one another.
                                          >
                                          > Through the NII, students of all ages will use multimedia
                                          > electronic libraries and museums containing text, images, video,
                                          > music, simulations, and instructional software. The NII will give
                                          > teachers, students, workers, and instructors access to a great
                                          > variety of instructional resources and to each other. It will give
                                          > educators and managers new tools for improving the operations and
                                          > productivity of their institutions.
                                          >
                                          > The NII will remove school walls as barriers to learning in several
                                          > ways. It will provide access to the world beyond the classroom. It
                                          > will also permit both teachers and students access to the tools of
                                          > learning and their peers -- outside the classroom and outside the
                                          > typical nine to three school day. It will enable family members to
                                          > stay in contact with their children's schools. The NII will permit
                                          > students, workers and instructors to converse with scientists,
                                          > scholars, and experts around the globe.
                                          >
                                          > Workplaces will become lifelong learning environments, supporting
                                          > larger numbers of high skill, high wage jobs. Printed books made
                                          > the content of great instruction widely and inexpensively available
                                          > in the 18th Century. The interactive capabilities of the NII will
                                          > make both the content and interactions of great teaching
                                          > universally and inexpensively available in the 21st Century.
                                          >
                                          > Education and Lifelong Learning Applications for the NII
                                          >
                                          > The NII will provide the backbone for a lifelong learning society.
                                          > Education and training communities will better accommodate an
                                          > enormous diversity of learners in an equally diverse variety of
                                          > settings. In addition to schools and work places, interconnected,
                                          > high-performance applications will extend interactive learning to
                                          > community centers, libraries, and homes. Education, training, and
                                          > lifelong learning applications available from the NII may include:
                                          >
                                          > - Multimedia interactive learning programs delivered to homes to
                                          > immigrant children and their parents to collaborate on learning
                                          > English as a second language.
                                          >
                                          > - Troubleshooting and operating applications that access the
                                          > computer-assisted-design (CAD) databases used to design workplace
                                          > technology and to integrate the CAD data with instructional and
                                          > job-aiding capabilities to provide just-in-time training and
                                          > maintenance assistance.
                                          >
                                          > - Comprehensive interconnectivity for students that allows them to
                                          > receive and complete assignments, collaborate with students in
                                          > distant locations on school projects, and interact with teachers
                                          > and outside experts to receive help, hints, and critiques.
                                          >
                                          > - Simulated learning activities such as laboratory experiments and
                                          > archeological digs.
                                          >
                                          > - Universal access interfaces for computers and telecommunications
                                          > devices for students, workers and others with disabilities to allow
                                          > access to the NII.
                                          >
                                          > - Affordable, portable personal learning assistance that tap into
                                          > the NII from any location at any time and provide multimedia access
                                          > to any NII information resource.
                                          >
                                          > - Immersive, realistic interactive simulations that allow emergency
                                          > teams made up of geographically dispersed members to practice
                                          > together on infrequently used procedures that may be urgently
                                          > needed to meet local exigencies.
                                          >
                                          > The Educational Benefits of Technology
                                          >
                                          > Evidence from research, schools, and workplaces around the country
                                          > tells us that communications technologies are powerful tools in
                                          > reaching the highest levels of educational performance.
                                          >
                                          > - Students with disabilities, who previously had at best limited
                                          > access to most educational and reference materials, will have
                                          > fuller access and will have the ability to participate in the
                                          > learning experience with their peers.
                                          >
                                          > - A 1993 survey of studies on the effectiveness of technology in
                                          > schools concluded that "courses for which computer-based networks
                                          > were used increased student-student and student-teacher
                                          > interaction, increased student-teacher interaction with
                                          > lower-performing students, and did not decrease the traditional
                                          > forms of communications used."[note 4]
                                          >
                                          > - Research on the costs of instruction delivered via distance
                                          > learning, videotape, teleconferencing, and computer software
                                          > indicates that savings are often achieved with no loss of
                                          > effectiveness. Distance learning vastly broadens the learning
                                          > environment, often providing teaching resources simply not
                                          > available heretofore. Technology-based methods have a positive
                                          > impact on learner motivation and frequently save instructional
                                          > time. Savings in training time produce benefits both by reducing
                                          > training costs and by shortening the time required to become and
                                          > remain productive in the workplace.
                                          >
                                          > - A review of computer-based instruction used in military training
                                          > found that students reach similar levels of achievement in 30% less
                                          > time than they need using more standard approaches to
                                          > training.[note 5]
                                          >
                                          > - A Congressionally mandated review covering 47 comparisons of
                                          > multimedia instruction with more conventional approaches to
                                          > instruction found time savings of 30%, improved achievement, cost
                                          > savings of 30-40%, and a direct, positive link between amount of
                                          > interactivity provided and instructional effectiveness.[note 6]
                                          >
                                          > - A comparison of peer tutoring, adult tutoring, reducing class
                                          > size, increasing the length of the school day, and computer-based
                                          > instruction found computer-based instruction to be the least
                                          > expensive instructional approach for raising mathematics scores by
                                          > a given amount.[note 7]
                                          >
                                          > - A landmark study of the use of technology for persons with
                                          > disabilities found that "almost three-quarters of school-age
                                          > children were able to remain in a classroom, and 45 percent were
                                          > able to reduce school-related services."[note 8]
                                          >
                                          > Of course, these benefits depend upon several contextual factors,
                                          > including the instructional methods used, the quality of the
                                          > applications, the availability of professional development for
                                          > educators, accessibility of instructional materials, the presence
                                          > of school technology support staff, and family involvement.[note 9]
                                          > We must learn through experience how best to ensure that the
                                          > benefits we intend to obtain from NII-based applications become
                                          > routinely realized in practice.
                                          >
                                          > Telecommunications networks provide a range of resources to
                                          > students and educators that were never before available or
                                          > affordable. Students and workers can now gain access to mentoring,
                                          > advice, and assistance from scientists, engineers, researchers,
                                          > business leaders, technicians, and local experts around the globe
                                          > through the Internet, using a level of access and connectivity that
                                          > was previously unimaginable. High school students in West
                                          > Virginia, for example, can now study Russian via satellite and
                                          > telephone with a teacher hundreds of miles away. Few West Virginia
                                          > school districts could afford to offer such a course any other way.
                                          > Less well understood are changes in the types of learning that
                                          > occur with the use of certain technologies. Current evidence
                                          > suggests that some technology applications are more effective than
                                          > traditional instructional methods in building complex problem
                                          > solving capabilities for synthesizing information and in improving
                                          > writing quality. The effects are achieved in part by permitting
                                          > alternate methods of "reaching" and motivating learners.
                                          >
                                          > The Administration's National Information Infrastructure initiative
                                          > can trigger a transformation of education, training, and lifelong
                                          > learning by making new tools available to educators, instructors,
                                          > students, and workers and help them reach dramatically higher
                                          > levels of performance and productivity. The impact of this
                                          > transformation in teaching and learning is in-estimable, but
                                          > clearly enormous. Knowledge drives today's global marketplace. The
                                          > NII will permit us to take learning beyond the limitations of
                                          > traditional school buildings. It will take our educators and
                                          > learners to worldwide resources. Learning will be our way of life.
                                          >
                                          > PART II: Where Are We Now?
                                          >
                                          > Today, compelling teaching and learning applications are the
                                          > exception, not the rule. Several federal agencies provide services
                                          > that meet specific, focused needs, while hundreds of state and
                                          > local networks and private service providers have begun to address
                                          > the technology needs of education. Current uses, while expanding
                                          > rapidly, reach only a small number of technologically-literate
                                          > school communities.
                                          >
                                          > Current application of NII capabilities to work place training is
                                          > more extensive and technologically advanced than educational
                                          > applications, yet it lags well behind what is needed and available.
                                          > The story of workplace training seems to be a case of the haves
                                          > receiving more and the have-nots remaining neglected. Small firms,
                                          > those with 100 employees or less, provide about 35 percent of total
                                          > U.S. employment, but they lack the expertise to provide in-house
                                          > training, the resources to pay for outside training, and sufficient
                                          > numbers of people who need training at any one time to justify
                                          > focused training efforts. Larger firms are more likely to provide
                                          > training than smaller ones, but the training they provide is mostly
                                          > limited to college-educated technicians and managers. The lower the
                                          > level of skills possessed, the less likely the worker is to receive
                                          > training from any source. Transportable, quality controlled
                                          > training and lifelong learning could be made readily and
                                          > inexpensively accessible using the NII and will have a major impact
                                          > on improving worker skills and workplace productivity.
                                          >
                                          > While much remains to be done, the opportunities offered by the NII
                                          > put many of the needed capabilities within reach of schools, homes,
                                          > and the workplace.
                                          >
                                          > Current Uses of Telecommunications for Education
                                          >
                                          > The existing telecommunications infrastructure is composed of
                                          > telephone, broadcast, cable, and electronic networks. It is used
                                          > for education, training, and lifelong learning in five basic ways:
                                          > 1) instructing with video; 2) gathering information from remote
                                          > libraries and databases; 3) communicating using two-way
                                          > asynchronous capabilities such as e-mail and information bulletin
                                          > boards; 4) distance learning; and 5) electronic transfer of
                                          > instructional software and simulations.
                                          >
                                          > - Instructional video. Seventy-five percent of America's schools
                                          > have cable television, and half of its teachers use video material
                                          > in their courses.[note 10] The Stars Schools program is reaching
                                          > 200,000 students in 48 states with advanced placement courses in
                                          > mathematics, science, and foreign language instruction using fiber
                                          > optics, computers, and satellites.[note 11] Cassette videotapes
                                          > for instruction are widely used in schools and work places, and the
                                          > development of these videotapes for both education and training has
                                          > become a vigorous industry.
                                          >
                                          > - Information collection. This activity includes location and
                                          > retrieval of documents such as lesson plans and research reports,
                                          > but it also includes newer data sources such as CAD databases for
                                          > workplace technologies and equipment, and multimedia information
                                          > retrieval from digital libraries that can be accessed by students,
                                          > workers, or people in homes, libraries, and museums. Over 60,000
                                          > electronic bulletin boards are used by more than 12 million
                                          > Americans every day.[note 12] The annual rate of Gopher traffic on
                                          > the Internet, which directly represents an effort to use NII
                                          > facilities to gather information, is growing at an annual rate of
                                          > approximately 1000%[note 13] The Department of Education has a
                                          > Gopher server which points to or contains educational research
                                          > information, such as the AskERIC service and information from
                                          > sources such as CNN, Academy One, and the Educational Testing
                                          > Service. NASA Spacelink makes lesson plans on space flight and
                                          > related science topics available on the Internet.
                                          >
                                          > - Two-way communication. This includes communication via electronic
                                          > mail and conferencing among teachers, students, workers, mentors,
                                          > technicians, and subject matter experts of every sort.
                                          > Approximately one-quarter of the teachers in Texas regularly sign
                                          > on to the Texas Education Network, or TENET, to share information,
                                          > exchange mail, and find resources. A professor at Virginia
                                          > Polytechnic Institute and State University teaches a writing course
                                          > entirely online. Students swap writing projects and discuss their
                                          > assignments online. In the workplace, electronic mail is used by
                                          > more than 12 million workers, increasing to over 27 million workers
                                          > by 1995. Just less than a sixth of U.S. homes now have at least one
                                          > computer connected to a modem, and this percentage is growing
                                          > rapidly. As of July, 1993, there were four Internet hosts for
                                          > every 1000 people in the United States. There are now 60 countries
                                          > on the Internet. About 137 countries can now be reached by
                                          > electronic mail.[note 15]
                                          >
                                          > - Distance learning. Hundreds of thousands of students in schools,
                                          > community colleges, and universities now take courses via one-and
                                          > two-way video and two-way audio communication. In South Carolina,
                                          > high school students across the state study with a teacher of
                                          > Russia based in Columbia through South Carolina Educational
                                          > Television. Boise State University offers a masters degree program
                                          > conducted entirely over networked computers to students all over
                                          > the country. The Department of Defense is investing well over $1
                                          > billion in the development and implementation of networked
                                          > distributed interactive simulation. This technology, which allows
                                          > dispersed learners to engage in collaborative problem solving
                                          > activities in real time, is now ready for transfer to schools and
                                          > workplaces outside of the defense sector.
                                          >
                                          > - Transfer of instructional software and simulations. Instructional
                                          > programs, simulations, materials, and databases can all be accessed
                                          > over the NII and delivered to schools, homes, libraries, and
                                          > workplaces wherever and whenever it is desirable to do so.
                                          > Currently, there are massive exchanges of software, databases, and
                                          > files using the Internet, but relatively little of this activity
                                          > occurs in the service of education, training, and lifelong
                                          > learning.
                                          >
                                          > Nonetheless, compelling applications that will become indispensable
                                          > to teachers, students, and workers are not yet available. All the
                                          > capabilities of computer-based instruction and multimedia
                                          > instruction can be distributed using NII facilities to schools,
                                          > workplaces, homes, libraries, museums, community centers, store
                                          > fronts -- wherever and whenever people wish to learn. Yet the
                                          > infrastructure and applications to support this level of
                                          > accessibility for education, training, and lifelong learning uses
                                          > have yet to be developed. Until compelling applications are
                                          > available, educations will not realize the potential of the NII.
                                          >
                                          > Efforts to Build the NII for Education and Lifelong Learning: Roles
                                          > of the Private, Nonprofit, and Public Sectors
                                          >
                                          > Successful implementation of the NII to serve the nation's
                                          > education and lifelong learning needs will require significant
                                          > contributions by the private sector, state and local governments,
                                          >
                                          > Reference
                                          >
                                          > D. Lewis and E. McCracken, Common Ground: Fundamental Principles for the
                                          > National Information Infrastructure, NIIAC,
                                          > March 1995.(gopher@...
                                          > <mailto:gopher%40ntiaunix1.ntia.doc.gov> )
                                          >
                                          > Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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                                          > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                                          >
                                          > http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=today
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                                          >
                                          > By SAM DILLON
                                          > Published: July 4, 2010
                                          >
                                          > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                                          > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                                          > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                                          > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                                          >
                                          > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                          > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                                          > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                          > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                                          > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                                          > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                                          > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                                          >
                                          > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                          > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                                          > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                                          > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                                          > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                                          > "This is not the change I hoped for."
                                          >
                                          > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                          > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                                          > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                                          > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                                          >
                                          > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                                          > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                                          > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                                          > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                                          > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                                          > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                                          > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                                          >
                                          > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                                          > for all the problems in public schools.
                                          >
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                                            Karen Rubin
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                                            In a message dated 7/5/2010 4:48:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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                                            I think the more interesting question is this -- how could this be worse
                                            with a Republican in charge? We are seeing the deprofessionalization of
                                            teachers. Race to the Top has set state against state to see who can undo years
                                            of practice to fight over federal monies. We have a Secretary of Education
                                            who has argued that teachers are a big part of the problem in education.
                                            We have seen a fundamental disrespect for public (non-charter) schools. We
                                            have the Gates Foundation, the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation
                                            pouring billions of dollars into the privatization of public schooling, and
                                            last week, the President threatened to veto an appropriations bill because
                                            Rep. Obey chose to offset the costs of retaining teachers in districts
                                            facing budget shortfalls by taking some of the monies out of Race To The Top.
                                            And finally, the words "union teacher" have become to the political debate in
                                            2010 what "welfare queen" meant to the debate in 1980.

                                            Sooner or later, teachers and their leaders have to start questioning this
                                            administration's commitment to public education, because from where I sit,
                                            it's not really there.

                                            -- Chris

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                                            On Jul 5, 2010, at 2:07 PM, "Janet Salmons" <_jsalmons@..._
                                            (mailto:jsalmons@...) > wrote:

                                            > And this would be somehow better with Republicans in charge? Sorry, can't
                                            > buy that. Let's work with the current team-I can't see how not talking
                                            can
                                            > possibly help. Big mistake.
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                                            > From: _wwwedu@yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:wwwedu@yahoogroups.com)
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                                            > Anyone who is surprised by this is either 1) not a teacher, or 2) has not
                                            > read Diane Ravitch's new book, The Death and Life of the Great American
                                            > School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education. Read it,
                                            > and you get a whole new perspective on testing and choice, and a shock
                                            when
                                            > you realize the current "reform" movement is totally based on those two
                                            > wobbly pillars. - Mark
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                                            > Subject: [WWWEDU] Teacher's Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
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                                            > Teachers' Union Shuns Obama Aides at Convention
                                            >
                                            > _http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1_
                                            (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1)
                                            > <_http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1_
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                                            <_http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/05/education/05teachers.html?adxnnl=1&ref=to_
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                                            > By SAM DILLON
                                            > Published: July 4, 2010
                                            >
                                            > NEW ORLEANS - For two years as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama
                                            > addressed educators gathered for the summer conventions of the two
                                            > national teachers' unions, and last year both groups rolled out the
                                            > welcome mat for Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
                                            >
                                            > C.S. Muncy for The New York Times
                                            > The National Education Association's convention began Saturday. No one
                                            > from the Obama administration is set to speak.
                                            > But in a sign of the Obama administration's strained relations with two
                                            > of its most powerful political allies, no federal official was
                                            > scheduled to speak at either convention this month, partly because
                                            > union officials feared that administration speakers would face heckling.
                                            >
                                            > The largest union's meeting opened here on Saturday to a drumbeat of
                                            > heated rhetoric, with several speakers calling for Mr. Duncan's
                                            > resignation, hooting delegates voting for a resolution criticizing
                                            > federal programs for "undermining public education," and the union's
                                            > president summing up 18 months of Obama education policies by saying,
                                            > "This is not the change I hoped for."
                                            >
                                            > "Today our members face the most anti-educator, anti-union,
                                            > anti-student environment I have ever experienced," Dennis Van Roekel,
                                            > president of the union, the National Education Association, told
                                            > thousands of members gathered at the convention center here.
                                            >
                                            > President Obama and Mr. Duncan have supported historic increases in
                                            > school financing to stave off teacher layoffs while seeking to shake up
                                            > public education with support for charter schools, the dismissal of
                                            > ineffective teachers as a way of turning around failing schools, and
                                            > other policies. That agenda has spurred fast-paced changes, including
                                            > adoption of new teacher evaluation systems in many states and school
                                            > districts, often with the collaboration of teachers' unions.
                                            >
                                            > But it has also angered many teachers, who say they are being blamed
                                            > for all the problems in public schools.
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