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The in box. You can’t say Connecticut’s new “education reform” bill didn’t impact these heroes and all the other teachers and school professionals in Connecticut.

December 19, 2012

Fred, thanks for all you are doing out there!

As an avid reader of your blog, I truly appreciate you putting the truth front and center.

As a pro-public education blogger in Connecticut, we are all trying to come to grips with the incomprehensible events events of December 14, 2012.

But one thing we know, those teachers, like virtually all teachers were true first responders and true heros.

Diane Ravitch has been kind enough to posted a few items that we Connecticut public school advocates have written this week and we truly appreciate that – as we appreciated the blog post you mention here.

Like you, I was shocked by the absurd comments from the TFA and others. Here is my take on the situation:

TFA Leaders and Education Reform commentators make Diane Ravitch even more relevant: http://jonathanpelto.com/2012/12/19/tfa-leaders-and-education-reform-commentators-make-diane-ravitch-even-more-relevant/

So let’s get this right. Diane Ravitch correctly points out that these teachers were career professionals that all belonged to a union, some of them had tenure, while others were working toward tenure…AND THAT ALL OF THEM were negatively impacted by legislation proposed by Governor Malloy. In return she is described as someone who is incapable of decency or logical thinking by education reform commentators like RiShawn Biddle.

You can defend Malloy’s plan if you want, but you can’t say Connecticut’s new “education reform” bill didn’t impact these heroes and all the other teachers and school professionals in Connecticut!

Mr. Biddle, it is you who should take a look in the mirror. Then you’ll see what someone unable to engage in telling the truth or logical thinking looks like. Your politics of hate is not welcome in Connecticut. It wasn’t welcome when you supported Governor Malloy’s anti-teacher, anti-union proposal last spring and it certainly isn’t welcome here as we grapple with the unimaginable horror of December 14, 2012.

Yes, there are people trying to capitalize on the tragedy, but it certainly isn’t those of us who are providing our readers with the truth. It is the people like the TFA leadership and this Mr. Biddle who are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves.

- John Pelto

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2012 11:00 am

    Any time I read Biddle, I’m comforted by the fact that I have common sense and a brain. I’ve had a few Twitter exchanges with him in the past. They ended with name calling and baiting; on his part.

    Lastly, thanks to the Internet- he’ll live on forever. Hopefully his relatives, family members and their descendants in the future will be able to read:

    You can’t yell ‘fire’ in an Internet theatre; the RiShawn Biddle fiasco

    http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/opinion/article_408a73ce-f758-59c7-a00a-4f4c8d70dc84.html

  2. December 19, 2012 3:48 pm

    Thanks Mark, for going there. The “great” thing about social media is that a person with utterly no training or credentials or indeed any history of meaningful accomplishment can become a voice for ed reform. In fact, you can be a genuinely sketchy person and still be received in polite company, as long as you bash unionized teachers. I used to engage with a lot more people on Twitter, but now my rule is to look carefully at who I’m talking to. If there’s not a record of some honest life work there, I don’t even bother.

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