He uses teacher emails to do it.
He points out over and over that in this Era of Teacher/School Accountability, the one group of people NOT being held accountable at all is students and their parents:
First, a professional in a Manhattan high school wrote to say that teachers in her school are "encouraged" to pass 80 percent of students, no matter their grades or attendance. She offered student writing samples filled with glaring errors of spelling and grammar to prove that "social promotion is alive and well."
"Our mandated passing rate is 60 percent," one wrote. "We need to explain in detail why this student failed, what methods were used to get him to pass, how much home contact was made.
"The one group that is not called in for interrogation is the students themselves. No blame falls on them . . . The students know what is going on. It has empowered them to feel that they can work less or not at all and still pass the class."
Another, from a Brooklyn high school, says the principal fudges attendance and grades with a warning that unless the school improves, the Department of Education will close it and teachers will lose their jobs.
"The administration allows students to run around, go to class for 5 minutes, and we must mark them present," he wrote. "We are also encouraged to change attendance of students marked absent up to 2 weeks earlier, looking for 'proof' they are absent. So teachers just give up and mark them present."
He added, "Teachers are scared into passing students that do not deserve it."
This is a direct consequence of the "No Excuses" education reform dogma so many people in power and the media promote.
Students know that that they will not be punished for their own failure or lack of effort - teachers will.
And once the new teacher evaluation system is in place completely and students take a dozen tests that have no meaning for them but will only be used to track teacher performance, you can bet the dire circumstances will get even worse.
Obama to Cuomo to Bloomberg - they all talk about the scourge of "bad teachers" and the pervasiveness of "drop-out factories" and how the problem lies with teachers who don't work hard enough to educate their students.
The solution promoted by these guys is always to punish teachers and find ways to hold them "more accountable."
So now they have added a teacher evaluation system based upon test scores that do not count for students, only for their teachers.
I'm sure students will work really hard to do well on these tests.
Especially when the only consequences for not doing well on these tests is that the teachers get fired.
Uh, huh - that will work wonders for the school system.
Meanwhile the accountability for students and parents remains the third rail of politics - it's rarely mentioned by politicians, even when it is it's usually just in passing, and the policies that have all been put in place undermine accountability for students and parents even as they place all the responsibility for student failure on teachers and schools.
I wish I could say that the politicians have put these policies in place in a misguided attempt to improve education.
But I do not believe that.
I believe these policies have been put into place to destabilize the public school system, allow politicians to point to the "failure" of the school system, and begin the process of replacing a public school system with a privatized charter school system that sees education management organizations and corporations running schools (and making profits) on the taxpayers dime.
So far, the Obama/Cuomo/Bloomberg policies have been successful at starting that process.
And just wait until the value-added testing evaluations go into effect in a year and the names of all the "bad teachers" are published in the Daily News, the Times and the Post.
The media will have a field day calling for mass firings and mass schools closings.
There will be even more teacher demonization and public school system destabilization as these policies go into place.
And at the end of all of this, we will have a generation of students who have learned little other than how to manipulate people and displace blame and responsibility from themselves onto others