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Promoting policies to accomplish true reform in education.

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Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2015

Why have so many efforts in education reform not been more successful?

Teachers unions are the biggest obstacle to better education for kids in America. Membership dues paid by teachers create union power to elect lawmakers who pass laws putting job protection ahead of student learning.

The results are systems that confer lifetime tenure after only two or three years in the classroom. Principals are forced “to hire and retain teachers based on seniority rather than performance.” ("No (Tenured) Teacher Left Behind", Wall Street Journal, A18, February 22, 2010)

Principals spend years trying to fire an incompetent teacher.

New York City hired “eight full-time lawyers … and eight part-time retired principals and administrators … to help principals build cases against teachers.” (New York Times, February 23, 2010) After two years, they “managed to fire only three for incompetence” out of “more than 55,000 who have tenure.”

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Started by Daniel Dyer. Last reply by William G. Quirk Sep 13, 2015.

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Started by Daniel Dyer Nov 5, 2012.

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Beinart sees school vouchers as the key to a strong religious community. He is the author of "The Crisis of Zionism" (Times Books, 2012). Go…Continue

Started by Daniel Dyer Mar 30, 2012.

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Tloday's progressive educators say knowledge is changing too fast and there's no point remembering "old facts". They say they want to maximize "understanding" and develop "powerful thinking skills".…Continue

Started by William G. Quirk. Last reply by Christopher Mullaney Jun 28, 2011.

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