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Sunday, September 29, 2013

How To Resist Corporate Education Reform

Someone asked in a comment on an earlier post how to resist the corporate education reformers.

Michael Fiorillo responded to that question with eloquent advice:

Resist by showing kindness to our students, and support for our colleagues.

Resist by doing what you know is right in the classroom.

Resist by supporting the union, but exposing and rejecting the leadership's collaboration with those who would destroy public education.

Resist by exposing the fraud of so-called education reform at every opportunity.

Resist by trying to free yourself from unnecessary consumption and debt.

Resist by trying to free yourself from fear.

Courage is contagious: help spread it.

I can't add anything to that.


Courage is contagious.


  1. These are lovely sentiments, but the reality in the state-run public education system in Hawaii (a fascist oligarchy with no room for diversity of thought that is heavily influenced by Race To the Top funding mandates) is that line 2 is tantamount to insubordination, line 3 will leave you without union support, and line 3 would get you an unsatisfactory review for not being a team player. All of these can, and often do, result in loss of one's career as a teacher, and will ALWAYS result in poorer working conditions than one's colleagues and an inability to rise through the ranks to higher levels of pay and authority -- at least in Hawaii.

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