Lois Weiner's blog
|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.
|Lois Weiner August 22, 2012|
You wouldn't know it from the US media, but the education wars are heating up globally. Three of the hottest spots are Chicago, Chile, and Colombia. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has revved up its struggle to protect public education in that city, with a vote to issue a 10-day strike notice (no strike date set).
|Lois Weiner June 14, 2012|
Teacher unionism was born more than a century ago, in Chicago. Teachers in Chicago are once again leading the way by authorizing a strike over the policies that are destroying public education in communities across this country - and the globe. In a letter to education activists, Pauline Lipman, a professor at University of Illinois, Chicago, describes the background to the strike and explains why Chicago teachers deserve support from anyone who wants good schools for all kids:
|Lois Weiner April 15, 2012|
One of the most amazing aspects of the current political landscape is the brazenness with which elites destroying public education, while claiming they are saving children, announce their strategy to the world. They have no fear of being stopped.
|Lois Weiner February 19, 2012|
As I write, the Brian Piccolo Specialty School in Humboldt Park, Chicago is occupied by parents, teachers, and students, with Occupy Chicago and others camped outside the schol in solidarity. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is building this movement, with a wonderful wholeheartedness and passion. Bravo!
|Lois Weiner January 2, 2012|
The New York Times front-page story extolling bonuses for "highly effective teachers" repeats claims about teacher quality and retention that are both highly inaccurate and widely-promoted, especially by those advancing "free market" policies in education. This piece marks a low in the NYT's journalistic standards in reporting on education.
|Lois Weiner December 20, 2011|
A powerful new video, "The truth behind Stand for Children," tells a cautionary tale for the Left. Even if you already understand how charter schools have become a vehicle for destruction of public education, take five minutes to watch this concise analysis of how "Stand for Children," which began as a grassroots organization of parents fighting for increased school funding and reform, was taken over by the most powerful educational lobby in the world, the Billionaire Boys Club.
|Lois Weiner November 25, 2011|
|Lois Weiner October 6, 2011|
The gutsy young people who are encamping on Wall Street, the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, are probably doing more to save public education than anyone else.(Pace, Diane Ravitch). In pushing back on the economy, they are creating space for a meaningful discussion of what schools can and should do -- and what they can't. The mantra repeated daily in the media, by politicians from both parties, is that education can solve the nation's economic problems.
|Lois Weiner September 10, 2011|
|Lois Weiner September 5, 2011|
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|Lois Weiner August 6, 2011|
Several thousand teachers and their supporters rallied in Washington July 30, for the SOS (Save Our Schools) march, a grassroots effort organized by an Oakland CA science teacher.
|Lois Weiner May 15, 2011|
|Lois Weiner May 2, 2011|
Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) at one time had space for progressive ideas, (that's where I earned my doctorate) but it was never a “liberal bastion." True HGSE had space for critique of US society, but the culture and institutional structure were dominated by the very wealthy annoyed that their children had to be exposed to critiques of US society in order to get the Harvard credential to which they consider themselves entitled.