MASSACHUSETTS HAS long enjoyed a reputation as a national leader in education. A pioneer of school reform, it boasts a record of impressive student achievement. It was sad to see that reputation tarnished with the rejection in Tuesday’s election of a measure that would have allowed for an expansion of public charter schools. The state’s existing charter schools have delivered strong academic results, and thousands of parents are on waiting lists in the hope of getting their children into one of these schools. Unfortunately, those facts got lost in a campaign of disinformation waged by the philosophical foes of charters, primarily the public teachers unions that see the issue in terms of threats to unionized jobs.
STEVE SNYDER Steve@the74million.org TheSnydes November 10, 2016
Editor’s Note, 2 p.m. Nov. 10:
We knew America was divided by this election. We knew campaign tensions had carried over to America’s classrooms. (Just last week, we canvassed schools across Los Angeles that reported spikes in bullying — harassment that echoed the words and themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.) But we had no idea just how bad things would get for minority students. Or how quickly. Yesterday, reporters at The 74 started seeing scattered reports of school bullying, intimidation and violence. We decided today to begin compiling accounts from across the country. The volume and intensity of what we’re now finding, though, has left us astonished.
We’ve compiled more than 50 of these terrifying episodes, and are adding additional incidents every few minutes. You can see them all here (warning: most contain extremely disturbing language and imagery). To get notified when we’ve done a big update, please sign up to receive our newsletter. What we’re seeing: Students are terrified that they will be humiliated. Or attacked. They’re afraid their parents will be deported. Or that their families will be ostracized.
They’re scared their teachers won’t be able to protect them. Meanwhile, superintendents are working to assure minority families that they will keep their schools safe for these children. Students shouldn’t hide at home. Everyone seems aware this free-floating anger and chauvinism could build and spiral out of control. Everyone but our newly elected president.
Presidents set the tone. They establish priorities and expectations in what they choose to address — or to decry. The bully pulpit has the power to both normalize and stigmatize.
Disturbingly, candidate Trump allowed vile outbursts to go unchecked at his rallies. He said he could act presidential when the time came, and it has come. He must speak out for decency and civility by addressing this escalating crisis. He must tell the nation, especially young people, that acts of bullying and intolerance are not what he or this country is about. They will not be tolerated. Classrooms, hallways and playgrounds are safe spaces; they belong to every student equally.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch November 9, 2016
BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 9 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Wednesday after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States:
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer. “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 11, 2016 12:39 AM
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