Chicago’s “Teachers for Social Justice” Suffers from Compulsive Illiteracy


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Apparently you can have social justice or literacy. But you can’t have both.

If the latest pamphlet published by the “Teachers for Social Justice” group in Chicago was written by a Chicago Public Schools teacher, it might help explain why student performance has been so dismal.

Teachers for Social Justice, a collective of “radical” educators and union apologists, recently released what it calls a “popular education piece.”

The only problem is this document is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors like, “Call Mayor’s office and demand him (sic) to return the TIF money to our schools.”

The pamphlet does take a clear stand against tests calling them racist.

Testing is a weapon used especially against Black and Latina/o students.

High stakes standardized tests are inaccurate, hurtful, and inequitable. All these tests crowd out real learning. We can’t measure children’s potential through standardized measures.

And we get to the real point.

Most charter schools are non-unionized. Teachers without due process or collective bargaining rights cannot safely speak out for what is best for students.

Because that’s what unions are really about. Speaking out about what is best for students. Like health insurance coverage for liposuction for their teachers. And unsustainable benefit packages.

 

  • Veracious_one

    Testing is a weapon used especially against Black and Latina/o students.

    Testing is a sure way to determine just who is actually learning the necessary tools to live a productive, useful and creative life….otherwise the young mushheads might as well just stand on the corner selling drugs and mugging innocent people for income…..

    • Aizino Smith

      Just because you sit in a class does not mean you learned anything in the class.

      Without testing you are giving people credit based solely for having been physically present (most of the time) in classroom.

      I have done it myself and I am not special.

      If you used the teacher union method, an employer let’s say the Federal government could hire someone because they attended a class, but they have no ideal how to perform the job.

      • glpage

        Kind of like Obama voting “present”:.

      • herb benty

        Like Sam Power, Holder, Obama, Rice, Hagel etc., etc., etc…………………almost forgot, Jarrett!

  • Veracious_one

    The photo above clearly shows who is opposing quality education for minority youths…

  • Headed4TheHills

    Most charter schools are non-unionized. Teachers without due process or collective bargaining rights cannot safely speak out for what is best for students. – And those that are Unionized protect the jobs of useless drones who should have been fired years ago for inability to teach.

  • Reverend Bacon

    Yes, it’s fairly incoherent:

    “ Let’s educate one another about the reality and the effect schools closing have on our children and community.”

    – do they mean “about reality, and the effect that closing schools has …”

    And there’s more. But the most shameful part of this is the bald grab for off-the-books welfare under the guise of education and community service:

    Getting Rid of Black Teachers

     From 2000 to today, the percent of Black CPS teachers dropped from 41% to 30%, with the additional 50 Schools to be closed this will drop even lower.

     Veteran Black teachers knew community/students’ families—and had taught them.

     They were replaced by younger, whiter, less experienced, less credentialed teachers who don’t stay long—their turnover rate is much higher,
    especially in charters, where many end up.
    Translation: these black teachers resent losing any quasi-welfare type position, protected by unions and anti-white laws. The white teachers may be too smart, and thus are asked to join charter schools. This bothers them more.

    • Drakken

      Hmmm it couldn’t possibly be that the black teachers were dumber than a bag of hammers and those idealistic white young new teachers were trying to help a system that is completely broken could it? I’ll give them black ignorant teachers credit though, they do speak extremely good ebonics instead of proper English.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Actually, it’s more like Ebonglish. But otherwise, you’re spot on.

  • MarilynA

    These illiterate teachers who proudly announce their demand for “social and economic justice” are products of our public education system which has been dumbed down so that nobody is now taught any more than the dumbest students can learn.
    This is the ultimate last step in achieving a level playing field for job applicants. It’s no wonder we have fallen to 37th in education in the world. If these teachers are the best among applicants for their teaching jobs, I dread to think of just how ignorant the others were. Or were these semi educated teachers affirmative actioned into their jobs over more qualified applicants?

    • moneekwa

      As someone in a position to know first hand, my question is this: If your child is going to tell me any assignment at all is “too much” and any instruction I attempt to give (except worksheets, but including instructions for any such worksheets) means I “talk too much” and this child’s aspirations are “rich and famous” or failing that, get a check and maybe deal drugs or rob people on the side, exactly HOW will that child ever achieve a status of life that includes “social or economic justice”?

      This of course is me coming from the belief that those ideals are achieved by personal effort and success that results from it. If you think social/economic justice is getting paid to either do nothing at all, or worse yet, to create more kids you can’t afford and have no idea how to parent, I guess that explains a lot.

      And for all those who voted Obama because “we finna keep our checks!” You think he finna cut you a check out his own personal account? Cause honey, when they ain’t no mo’ money, you ain’t gettin’ no check.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Apparently you can have social justice or literacy.”

    But not both. We’re all destined to be poor and stupid but closer to equal than ever before!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “High stakes standardized tests are inaccurate, hurtful, and inequitable. All these tests crowd out real learning. ”

    “Real learning” about what? “Social justice” maybe? How to “fight the man?”