What’s our future?

Our politicians worry me. Our legislative agenda in Alabama worries me. Even our governor of AL worries me. Check out his latest addition to his staff.

http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/12/new_alabama_education_policy_d.html

A 28 year old that taught in public schools for 2 whole years before working with Michele Rhee. She will be Gov. Bentley’s Education advisor. Do I need to move? What is going to happen with education in our state? There’s a big push for charter schools that will be evident in the upcoming legislative session. Charter schools that will be 100% funded through public education off the top AND will not have the same requirements that we have in public education. So let me get this straight. Our public schools (not all but a lot) are underfunded and understaffed. So now we are going to take money away from them and give to charter schools. Will charter schools segregate our schools once again? And maybe not just racially but what about social class? I just don’t see how charter schools will “FIX” our problems in education.

Here’s an interview with Diane Ravitch that explains how the corporate world REALLY wants to get their hands in education because of the money that can be made.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec11/vol69/num04/Changing-the-Poisonous-Narrative.aspx

It’s just downright depressing! But somehow I’m going to put on my happy face and walk in my classroom on Monday with new energy and a refreshed outlook on my teaching. I’ve got to. For the kids’ sake. And maybe just to prove a point to our great leaders in the state of Alabama. I am smart. I work hard. I’m an effective teacher. My classroom rocks! 🙂

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About shannonjoe

I teach 3rd grade. Love Jesus, teaching, reading, running, and working out.

Posted on December 4, 2011, in Political and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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