Lois Weiner's blog
|Lois Weiner April 24, 2013|
Teachers at Garfield HS in Seattle, Washington are re-launching the MAP test boycott of the spring test with a press conference at which they will announce important developments. Garfield teachers are concerned that because evaluations are directly tied to the spring version of the test, the district will not give the same leeway for their boycott this spring.
|Lois Weiner April 23, 2013|
Student protests in defense of public education as a right are spreading across the globe. The courage young people are showing is remarkable, as they confront governments who do the bidding of bankers while pretending to put "students first." Student protests in Chile have resumed, with between 80,000 - 150,000 young people taking to the streets in Santiago, to demand free public education.
|Lois Weiner April 20, 2013|
In her informative blog, Diane Ravitch refers, correctly,to a "fawning interview" with Bill Gates. I think we have to move beyond these visceral reactions to understand why this is occurring. And to do that, we have to look at the international picture. I've been told that when I discuss this international picture, it sounds like I'm describing a "conspiracy." Heavens no! Conspiracies are secret, and this is a public project.
|Lois Weiner April 14, 2013|
Teachers are guilty of "labour terrorism"? Sounds too ridiculous to take seriously?
|Lois Weiner April 10, 2013|
As readers of New Politics and/or my new book probably know, I'm not bashful about criticizing the politics and policies of the international confederation of teachers unions, the Education International (EI). So what does it mean that the EI has just published my blog about what EI should be doing - but isn't?
|Lois Weiner April 6, 2013|
Preamble: Last weekend I spoke at the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in Liverpool, the UK's largest teachers union. Largest in Europe too, I think. (NUT - correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
|Lois Weiner March 24, 2013|
Rahm Emanuel has timed these school closings to frighten Chicago teachers, to punish them for their successful challenge to the rich and powerful who control Chicago's schools, to make Chicago teachers doubt their strength -- and to sway the upcoming union election.
|Lois Weiner January 8, 2013|
Will Johnson has an interesting piece in The Jacobin about what's happening to teachers' work.
|Lois Weiner December 12, 2012|
What's important for teacher unionists internationally to be considering? Mary Compton asks me some hard questions in this interview. One issue Mary and I didn't discuss is teacher evaluation, which has emerged in the past year as the most dangerous issue many teachers unions navigate. But I think the response teachers unions should take flows from the reasoning in this interview.
|Lois Weiner December 9, 2012|
Students are fighting for their dreams and are being met by violent repression. Chilean youth have mounted the largest demonstrations since Pinochet's murderous regime took power. Yet, they continue their struggles for jobs and educational opportunity. The latest chapter in this story is being written in Mexico. Protestors have been "disappeared." We know what that likely means if international protests are not mounted.
|Lois Weiner December 1, 2012|
You have to really give these guys who are carrying out the destruction of public education credit, though I'm not sure what award we should give them. Is it for worst effects of social engineering? They can't win that - yet. The competition is too stiff - just consider all the brutal dictatorships in the past four decades.
|Lois Weiner November 7, 2012|
In following commentary on Obama's victory, I've been struck by the extent to which fear has driven people's votes.
|Lois Weiner September 10, 2012|
Dear Parents,Although we have never met, I’ve been involved indirectly in your children’s education, as a researcher on urban teacher education. I’ve been told that my books and articles, which explain what makes urban teaching special, have really helped city teachers do better at helping all students succeed.
|Lois Weiner September 6, 2012|
As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) holds fast to its strike deadline of Sept. 10, negotiations continue. It's always risky to trust reports in the mass media, especially the virulently anti-teachers union media that we have today, about what's happening in negotiations.
|Lois Weiner August 23, 2012|
I've been asked by readers how they can show their support to teacher unionists in Chicago and Colombia, whose struggles I describe in my recent NP post. One way is to contribute to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Solidarity Fund. The billionaires are pouring big bucks into defeating this movement and union dues alone won't be able to cover the union's costs in trying to win this battle to protect public education.