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March 5, 2012

'Tis a Shame, the Mastication of Education

Steve Strieker:

In his 2006 memoir Teacher Man, the late, great Frank McCourt tersely wrote, "Teaching is the downstairs maid of professions."

Just six years later, McCourt's proposition is already in need of a rewrite. In Walker's Wisconsin, teaching has been relegated from professional status to political fodder. I fear what will be excreted when the free-market reformers are done masticating education.

Professional distrust reigns in the wake of Gov. Walker's union-busting legislation created without consideration of professional educators' input. Too many state and local business-focused politicians and their supporters have promoted unjust resentment for teachers, their unions, their compensation packages, their work conditions, and their professional standing.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at March 5, 2012 4:01 AM
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