A must read if you value keeping education out of the business world

Please read not only this article by AJC columnist and blogger, Maureen Downey, but also read the posts by patrons of her blog, including those of MaryElizabethSings:

In warning of efforts to gut public education, teachers weren’t paranoid. They were prescient.

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An excerpt:

MaryElizabethSings to one poster:

All the more reason that teachers’ unions should exist in Georgia. However, right to work laws would have to be changed in Georgia for that to happen, and that is a long way off.

In the meantime, any teacher who has to exist in a paternalistic system, without teachers’ unions, will be disrespected. Much of this has to do with lingering sexism in Georgia. Women, who dominate the teaching profession, are expected to be subservient to administrative authority in a paternalistic society, just as black people are supposed to be in a racist society. Hopefully, Georgians will mature, in gender and race consciousness in years to come and teachers’ unions will not be viewed in a negative way.

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A second poster to Mary Elizabeth Sings (This poster is a businessman.):

W-H-A-T

T-H-E

H-E-L-L

A-R-E

Y-O-U

T-A-L-K-I-N-G

A-B-O-U-T

Teachers are expected to be subservient to administrative authority because they are the workers and the administrators are the bosses – just as students are (or used to be) subservient to teacher authority. Gender and race has nothing to do with it.

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MaryElizabethSings in response to the businessman’s words, above:

You have no idea what you are talking about. I worked well with all of my principals because I worked with those who respected me as an equal, only with a different area of expertise than theirs.

People who think as you do should never control education. Your view of humanity is quite limited, imho.

Thomas Jefferson: ““I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” Try not thinking in givens but question givens of thought, and truly think for yourself. Any educator worthy of his or her position would know exactly what Jefferson meant in terms of education. The mind must not be stifled and must be allowed to explore ideas in ways beyond the ordinary realm of thought. We evolve because we explore with clarity, depth, and imagination.

Moreover, I think I hit a nerve with you for you to use a curse word in addressing me. Again, businessmen like you must NEVER program education. Jefferson would be appalled at the prospect of that, with your limited, hierarchical, and authoritarian consciousness. People such as you belong in the business world and in the military. Leave education and medical care alone!
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