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What happened to “No bias, no bull”? The new face of CNN’s Campbell Brown

Former CNN talk show host Campbell Brown is all over the headlines these days, but not for her skills as a journalist. Instead, Brown has reinvented herself as the face of attacks on teacher tenure, teacher unions and the teaching profession.

“My view of public education,” claims Brown, “begins and ends with the fundamental question: Is this good for children?” Based on the lawsuit that Brown and her organization, the Partnership for Educational Justice, plan to file in New York — modeled on Vergara v. California, which led to the striking down of California’s tenure and seniority statutes — Brown apparently thinks that what’s good for children is firing their teachers.

In her criticism of the lawsuit on her blog, education activist Diane Ravitch notes, “One curious aspect to this copycat case is that no one has been able to establish the basic claim that every child would have a ‘great’ teacher if no teacher had due process rights or any job protections. If people like Campbell Brown really cared about poor kids, they would fight for small class sizes, arts teachers, school nurses, libraries, and improved conditions for teaching and learning. They don’t.”

Get to know Campbell Brown by reading these recent articles:

Campbell Brown goes after teacher tenure in transition from journalist to advocate,” Washington Post, July 14

Tenure haters’ big delusion: Why Campbell Brown and co. are wrong about teaching,” Salon, July 16

 

 

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2 Comments:

  • 1 Phyllis C.Murray
    · Jul 30, 2014 at 1:47 am

    To the Editor: When Martin Luther King accepted the UFT John Dewey Award in 1964, he accepted it on behalf of all the valiant men and women who took part in the civil rights struggle. Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerer gave their lives in order that America could live out its true meaning of its democratic ideal. We are reminded that those participants in the struggle for human dignity for all American citizens were a part of a rainbow coalition i.e.black, white, brown . So many men and women were murdered during the turbulent 60s. Their sacrifices should not be forgotten. Nor should they be in vain. Therefore, I will continue to write about them. Lest we forget.
    So one might say, where do we go from this point? What are we doing to ensure that the civil rights movement is not extinguished in America?Certainly, every effort is being made to thwart its progress in Congress. Who is fighting earnestly to ensure that every citizen is guaranteed the right to vote? Who is fighting to ensure that access to a free quality education is guaranteed to every child in America? Who is conducting a war on poverty?
    Sadly, the tide is changing in America. There is now a war on the poor. Many states are putting obstacles in the way of voting rights. And furthermore schools are without the resources and resource personnel which are needed adequately educate the youth: Our youth depend on a education which will enable them to compete in the global economy of the future.
    Let America be America again, an America where all men can walk free;Where all children can believe in the American dream; Where liberty and justice are not just words but a reality for all citizens.
    James Rowell Lowell said: “Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown standeth God within the shadows, keeping watch above His own.”
    Martin Luther King quoted Lowell in 1964. Now 50 years later we must certainly realize that if we are one nation under God, we certainly have a lot of work that still needs to be done.
    Phyllis C. Murray,

  • 2 davedova
    · Aug 1, 2014 at 9:24 am

    About teacher tenure:

    Teacher tenure amounts only to due process procedures for teachers accused of underperforming. If there are too many poor performing teachers with tenure, then it is the fault of the administrators who granted it to them. Tenure or due process is necessary in a field where there are NO objective, observable metrics that can function as evidence for job performance. The terrible shortcomings of standardized testing (and accompanying cheating scandals) have been well chronicled in recent years, and the social conditions of mostly poorer students are completely insufficient for supporting education outside of the 45 mins a day each teacher gets to spend with them.

    When it comes to education, both the Obama administration and organizations such as the Center for American Progress have joined conservatives in scapegoating teachers. In an era where children have been affected by an increased gap between rich and poor (thus affecting housing patterns and causing increased segregation), an increased rate of single parent families (resulting in a lack of assistance & support at home), a three tiered system with private schools, charter schools and public schools (each with resource allotments descending in that order), plus a drastic increase in the level of distraction as a result of the evolution of social media and cell phone use, their “research” has managed to call for “reform” on the backs of working-stiff teachers. There is nothing progressive about any of the “reform” movements. “Reformers” have ushered in a set of measures that have only served to exacerbate the aforementioned circumstances.

    When it comes to student achievement, this era has seen an explosion in cheating scandals and a subsequent dumbing down of exams when the results go against political interests. There has been little to no REAL growth (see the Bloomberg era in NYC). Many of the mistakes in education with the greatest implications have been made by political leaders, their often under-qualified appointees, and sometimes ideological school administrators. Removing tenure weakens the ONLY people who can serve as guardians of sound methods, and whistleblowers in times of need, INSIDE the schools – the teachers.