AFT’s American Educator: Voice of the Rank and File or Tool of the Reformers?

Guest Post: By Bianca Tanis Teachers are dosed with Common Core propaganda daily. A few times a year, this comes in the form of the American Federation of Teachers’ quarterly journal, American Educator. It is not surprising that the summer 2014 issue (which focuses primarily on early childhood) is chock full of “career and college ready” […]

Common Core Prescription Will Not Heal Education


During my presentations, I make the case that the Common Core Standards are a prescriptive list of content standards, rather than a descriptive framework. The other night, in Santa Fe, one of my more well-known audience members disagreed, based on her opinion. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? First of all, let’s consider […]

Holy hell, my God almighty?!? AFT turns away Gates money? Outstanding.

Check out this article from Politico while I step outside to see if hell is frozen over. To wit: Weingarten said she didn’t believe Gates funding influenced the Innovation Fund’s direction, but still had to sever the relationship. “I got convinced by the level of distrust I was seeing — not simply on Twitter, but […]

Comparing CC Support with Evidence Against

AFT president Randi Weingarten has recently changed positions on value-added methods (VAM) for teacher evaluation, but maintains support for Common Core (CC). With that shift to rejecting VAM, based on the solid evidence base that shows high-stakes implementation of VAM is at least complicated if not misleading, I would like to request that Weingarten and AFT apply […]

On the defense of @rweingarten by @dianeravitch

It’s really quite simple, actually. Simple for me, at least. To begin, you can review Ravitch’s personal defense of the President of AFT. The American Federation of Teachers is a political organization. It must operate in a way that satisfies numerous interests and issues and permutations. I won’t begin to understand that position as I […]

The Axiom of the Abandoned: “I Am the Union”

Source: Washington Post

I am pro-union.  Teachers need strong representation and advocacy.  But it’s broken right now. Just when I thought that the speeches and editorials from Dennis Van Roekel and Randi Weingarten were showing a turn-around back to reality, and just when I thought those two were going to start fighting for public education and their members, […]

Is @alexanderrusso crushing just a little bit?

It’s rare to see sympathetic voices on any of the mainstream networks. One usually sees reform hacks and carpetbaggers”. “Some guy” Alexander Russo, who comments hither and thither on education, seems obsessed with an education activist’s recent appearance on MSNBC. And I say “some guy” because, to me at least, Mr. Russo could be classified […]

AFT and ATF Respond to Locals: A Follow-Up

Recently, I posted an article about a story in the Albuquerque Journal about the New Mexico NEA and AFT putting pressure on the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED).  I called the suggestions from the two state union groups an “appeasement.” Also included in my article was a statement from the Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF), […]

NEA and AFT Offer Appeasements; Locals Prefer Democratic Response


An article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal recently, titled, Two Teacher Unions Step Up Actions Against PED.  The article outlines how the national and state-level unions plan to put pressure on the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) in order to treat teachers more fairly. Read the article here: Here is my response: I’m […]

So the Common Core created top-notch lessons?


I see today AFT president Randi Weingarten was promoting the Common Core via an interview with an Ohio NPR station back in May. Once again the Common Core cheerleaders falsely imply that these new standards have invented critical thinking and in-depth lessons. I would expect this type of propaganda from the corporate reformers not from […]

Collaborationist Responds to Posts on TURNcoats

There is a cancer inside AFT and NEA, and it is The Union Reform Network (TURN).  I have posted previously on this situation more than once, and one of TURN’s members, Jimmy Barnhill, had this response to TURN (Teachers Union Reform Network): Agents and Collaborators: In the ed reform debates of the day, what we need most are […]

This is what we’ve been talking about re: the @aftunion “survey” on #commoncore @rweingarten

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We covered this. Diane Ravitch covered this. Mercedes Schneider dealt with this. We had Mercedes on our show to talk about the dubious AFT common core survey. But this, this is what we’ve all been talking about, and knew this would happen. From a teacher’s Facebook posting: In case you still can’t read it: Teachers, […]

TURN (Teachers Union Reform Network): Agents and Collaborators

Last updated: 8:45 pm The Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) has been around since 1996, and Adam Urbanski has been running it since the beginning.  As the earlier post indicated, TURN received a huge infusion of Eli Broad cash in 2001 to “develop a model collective bargaining agreement oriented toward quality teaching rather than work […]

Beyond a seat at the table: FOOD FIGHT!!

Teacher union members have been asking for our national and state associations to stand up for our profession as they have capitulated on policies such as teacher evaluations using test scores and cheerleading for the Common Core.  Some union leaders have expressed the importance of compromise and negotiation in the political world touting they have […]

How AFT and NEA Became Partners of CorpEd

Coming to understand that NEA and AFT have been hijacked by corporate money and the insider machinations of corporate stooges is the first step in reclaiming teacher unions at the national level.  As Susan Ohanian notes in comments at the end of the original piece from Schools Matters that is re-posted below, I hold union […]


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