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Parents are finding out that teachers are not villains
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Howard Schwach

My answer to that question would look at those who make money out of education reform, and that starts with Arne Duncan and the federal officials who coerced the states to accept programs such as closing “failing” schools, using test scores to fire and pay teachers and the Common Core by using Race to the Top money and No Child Left Behind money as a carrot. Then, there are the state functionaries who want the money and push the programs, constantly — three times in the last five years — change the passing grade on the standardized to “cook the books, making the same students look alternately smarter and then dumber to fit their own agenda.

And, for the first time, at least according to the latest polling data, the parents of those students are beginning to realize just who is at fault.


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Who's at fault for failing schools? We are. All the residents of Long Island and across the nation who segregate our children into districts of "haves/have nots" and minority/white. Look at the schools that are failing and are always at the bottom of educational performance lists. They are always schools that are largely minority and/or consist of a largely lower socio-economic population. Let's not fool ourselves into believing that educational reform initiatives such as common core are anything but a waste of taxpayer dollars. Want to improve education? First, let's not compare minority children in crime-ridden, poor, neighborhoods to privileged children from middle class neighborhoods. The educations they're receiving are impacted by a lot more than curriculum. Secondly, demand to dissolve the segregated districts on Long Island. Have kids from Garden City and Jericho sit in classes alongside kids from Roosevelt and Hempstead.

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