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The next day the debate made me angry.

October 23, 2012

I laughed at Obama’s line about horses and bayonets.

I chuckled at some of the clever Romney-bashing tweets that I followed simultaneously while watching the two of them.

At one point I turned to Anne and asked if she thought Romney actually looked ill, as if he were about to throw up?

I watched about a half hour of the post-debate spin on MSNBC and CNN.

I agreed that Obama won on points.

Then I went to bed.

But this morning I woke up angry.

Three debates (four counting the mismatch between the old guy and the illegitimate child of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman).

It took the debate on foreign policy to have them finally talk about education?

Bob Schieffer was funny enough when he dismissed them both with his “we all love teachers” line.

However, I’m not talking about how bad the administration’s education policy has been these past four years. It’s not just about Race to the Top and testing.

The truth of last night.

The truth of when they decided to talk about it.

The truth of what they think about students and teachers.

The truth is that we are all just about who is boss of the world and how well our education system supports that effort.

That’s why all this talk about science and math teachers.

God bless those science and math teachers. But the Arts will never help US hegemony in the Middle East. So, don’t go looking for Obama to call for thousands of new Arts teachers.

When education, kids and teachers are what they talk about when they talk about foreign policy, if you didn’t know what was up before then you must know it now.

To these two guys education policy, kids and teachers are just part of the army in the  global war against China, Iran or whoever is next. Like aircraft carriers and drones.

It ain’t funny.

They have no moral core.

It wasn’t a revelation.

It just meant that this morning it made me wake up angry.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. mklonsky permalink
    October 23, 2012 2:52 pm

    btw, only romney said, “I love teachers.” Not Obama

    >________________________________ > From: Fred Klonsky >To: michaelklonsky@yahoo.com >Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:42 PM >Subject: [New post] The next day the debate made me angry. > > > WordPress.com >Fred Klonsky posted: “I laughed at Obama’s line about horses and bayonets. I chuckled at some of the clever Romney-bashing tweets that I followed simultaneously while watching the two of them. At one point I turned to Anne and asked if she thought Romney actually looked ” >

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      October 23, 2012 3:07 pm

      He also loves trees. Michigan trees. They are the right height.

      • filly4rrights permalink
        October 23, 2012 3:20 pm

        So know we now love, women, teachers, and trees. Ann Romney said that teachers unions are the root problem of our educational systems, and the difference between Ann and Obama is that she says it out loud. I had lunch with 2 retired teachers today neither of whom had heard of Diane Ravitch, and one of them was bemoaning the fact that nobody is around to mentor her son, a new math teacher. The answer: the “lead teacher ” in the room is a Teach for America 2 year teacher. I said that that’s the blind leading the blind and wouldn’t be happening in a traditional Philadelphia public school, This is a “Promise Academy,” the brainchild of our last Superintnendent.

      • October 23, 2012 4:04 pm

        And cars. He loves cars.

        Because they fall from trees.

    • Fred Klonsky permalink*
      October 23, 2012 3:13 pm

      Obama said this: “…it is true that in order for us to be competitive, we’re going to have to make some smart choices right now. Cutting our education budget, that’s not a smart choice. That will not help us compete with China. Cutting our investments in research and technology, that’s not a smart choice. That will not help us compete with China.”

      • Sig Lisowski permalink
        October 23, 2012 9:13 pm

        The only thing that will help us compete with “Communist” China (how quickly we forget) are slave wages. Obama is slowing it down—Romney will get us there in a heartbeat!

    • Sandra Stone permalink
      October 23, 2012 4:17 pm

      Romney said this: “Number three, we’re going to have …schools that finally put the parents and the teachers and the kids first, and the teachers union’s going to have to go behind.”

      Obama said this: “You know, under my leadership, what we’ve done is reformed education, working with governors, 46 states. We’ve seen progress and gains in schools that were having a terrible time, and they’re starting to finally make progress.”

      Well, that’s enough to think about tonight so we can wake up mad in the morning tomorrow.

      • Fred Klonsky permalink*
        October 23, 2012 4:36 pm

        To quote Obama, “None of that is true.”

  2. filly4rrights permalink
    October 23, 2012 2:57 pm

    I’ve been circulating this :

    why-do-some-america-s-wealthiest-individuals-have-fingers-louisiana-s-education-system-1350999386

  3. Sandra Stone permalink
    October 23, 2012 2:58 pm

    Hopefully, the frustration that many of us feel regarding the education policies of the Obama administration can be put to good use organizing for an elected school board in Chicago. Mayor Emanuel’s hyper media presence is a magnet for another local uprising spread across national news to embarress the administration and educate the public about what education reform REALLY is and which side of the issue teachers REALLY support.

  4. filly4rrights permalink
    October 23, 2012 2:59 pm

    the link:

    http://www.nationofchange.org/why-do-some-america-s-wealthiest-individuals-have-fingers-louisiana-s-education-system-1350999386

  5. October 23, 2012 3:36 pm

    High Stakes Testosterone …

    ‘Nuff Said …

  6. filly4rrights permalink
    October 23, 2012 4:39 pm

    “Romney said this: “Number three, we’re going to have …schools that finally put the parents and the teachers and the kids first, and the teachers union’s going to have to go behind.”

    Does this mean that teachers lead from behnd?

    • Sandra Stone permalink
      October 23, 2012 5:00 pm

      If we must, then from behind kicking their behinds all the way to education common sense.

  7. filly4rrights permalink
    October 23, 2012 4:52 pm

    Our former Superintendent (another Broad alum) placed teachers 3rd on the scale of importance on her Core Beliefs materials. Parents and students came first, and teachers were called ” facilitators in the classroom.” We were expected to display this nonsensical poster which not many of us did, but it signaled from the get go where she felt we stood. These people are not necessarily educators (a travesty in and of itself)) they hail from administrative management factories, so any disucssion of education needs to be inclusive.

  8. October 24, 2012 7:53 am

    I was in the classroom for 34 yrs and if it wasn’t the students not respecting what you where doing it was an administrator or parent giving you grief. Every year they would march throught the latest flavor of teacher reform, if it was a contract year they would always address teacher evaluation and ridding the system of those terrible teachers. My point is teachers have never been respected or appreciated in this country and the politicians have continually promoted the myth that the teacher in the classroom was unfit to teacher the children always pointing to the standardized test scores and the fact that we are falling so fare behind the rest of the world. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it know. All of this is a plan to keep teachers in their place and make sure they suffer economically. Administrators the most useless creatures on earth earn praise and adulation from the establishment and if the truth be known they are the least productive individuals in education. We had a saying if you can’t teach become an administrator.

  9. October 24, 2012 8:07 am

    Cutting teacher pensions…..80% are women..is a 21st century witch burning

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