Do I really need to pay over a thousand dollars a year to listen to someone who misrepresents me and acts like a ventriloquist's doll for Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg and all the other so-called reform privateers? To say that tests should drive instruction, as Mr. Robeson did, is to repeat their phrasing word for word.
The needs of children, not tests, should drive instruction.
The reviving of democracy, not tests, should drive instruction.
Education as a means of providing choices, and the ability to rationally judge them, not tests, should drive instruction.
Yesterday's DA provided yet more proof, as if it was necessary, that the Weingrew regime fully accepts the premises of the so-called reformers, which pivot on high stakes testing. These people are there to manage and pacify us while the deal goes down.
How these folks think they can maintain their dues machine once the union is so weakened and discredited (and make no mistake, any union where 80% of the active membership doesn't vote, where archipelagos of schools have no Chapter Leader, and where the contract is ignored with impunity, is racing there) that it can be drowned in the bathtub.
That is exactly what Gates and company will do when Weingrew have outlived their usefulness: stop taking their phone calls and send them on their way to their double pensions.
Apparently, they've signed a loyalty oath to Bill Gates, not that it will help when he's used them up.
Perhaps they're operating under the assumption of the crooked bankers and mortgage brokers leading up to the financial crisis of 2008: IBGYBG, or "I'll Be Gone, You'll Be Gone."
If you had any hope that the UFT is going to do anything other than slowly sell you out year by year, it ought to be snuffed out by the words and deeds of our union leaders.
They defend testing and Common Core with a lot more passion than they do the teaching profession or teachers.
As Michael said in his comment, these people are there to manage and pacify us while the deal goes down.
The Weingrew shills cry "unity" when you criticize their tactics, criticize their strategies - all "unity" means to them is, shut up and let the leadership sell you out.