Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union organizing indoctrination summit

Early this morning I listened as Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft confronted Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey about his speaking role at a Marxist conference at Northwestern University earlier this month. Sharkey's toothless retort rested on his claim of McCarthyism. Odd, no one called Sharkey a communist. However, my friend Jeremy Segal, who reported on Sharkey's presence at the event for Breitbart, was told to leave the conference because he is not a communist. That's true--Segal is not a commie.

Below you will find the latest radical announcement from the Chicago Teachers Union, an all-day indoctrination conference masquerading as an education summit. One of the topics to be discussed is student organizing. Please educate me: Why do students need to be organized? Aren't they supposed to be taught by teachers?

Barely half of the students at Chicago's unionized high schools graduate, 79 percent of the eighth graders aren't reading at grade level.

Here's the email announcing the radical-a-palooza:

Education Summit
Now that the Board of Education and Rahm Emanuel have gotten the Illinois Legislature to delay the announcement of school closings, we know we have a fight on our hands.We should expect that CPS will close up to 150 schools and announce them by March 31, 2013.
Join hundreds of parents, students and community members who want to help us FIGHT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS!
Let’s make it happen…TOGETHER

Education Summit
Saturday December 8
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Marshall High School
3250 West Adams St.
Click here to register
  • Sustainable School Transformation
  • Charter Schools: Myth vs. Reality
  • Student Organizing
  • Appropriate Student Assessment vs. Test Factories
  • Whose Schools? Our Schools! 
  • Fighting for an Elected School Board
  • Decision-making on the Ground — Strengthening & Empowering LSCs
  • Educating the Whole Child — Wrap-around Services
Action NOWAlbany Park Neighborhood CouncilChicago Teachers Solidarity CampaignGrassroots CollaborativeKOCOChicago PEACEParents 4 TeachersPeople for Community RecoveryPilsen AlliancePACESOULStand Up ChicagoSTOPTeachers for Social Justice
As for the collaborators, Action NOW was formed from the flotsam and jetsam of the Chicago branch of the disgraced ACORN. Most of the rest of them--I'm familiar with some of the groups--are dyed-red-in-the-wool lefties. Yes, this is definitely not an education summit.

As for the school closings--the teachers are more concerned about their jobs than the kids they are supposed to be educating.  And Chicago's population continues its post-World War II population decline. Why not close some schools?

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