Friday, September 14, 2012

Huffington Post Column Cuts Through to What the Chicago Teachers Strike is Really About

In the Huffington Post today, BBA Coodinator Elaine Weiss and University of Illinois professor Kevin Kumashiro cut through the general media stupidity and unified opposition to the teachers from the nations political class to describe the real issues of the Chicago teachers strike. The real issue is dueling visions of how best to reform the nation's public schools. The issues are serious, and they are not the usual self-serving ones related to money. Rather, the teachers object to the corporate reform strategies being pursued, and they have a different set of ideas about what kids need. This analysis helps to explain both the near unanimity behind the strike on the part of teachers and the overwhelming support they have from parents and the broad public in Chicago.

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