My stalkers, Bill Ayers, Alexander Russo and TFA.
A fascinating bunch of stuff showed up on my screen this morning.
Alexander Russo, who supposedly (air quotes) covers Chicago schools from his home in Brooklyn, posted a video of Bill Ayers talking about the shortcomings of Teach for America.
Bill is his usual on-point self. He distinguishes between those who are in classrooms under the auspices of TFA and the idea of TFA. He makes the obvious point that there are no short cuts to good teaching. It takes years to even know the right questions to ask.
Russo got the tape off of the Education Action Group website.
EAG spent time stalking me. It is the right-wing fringe slime bucket group that tried to get me fired for being a union activist. They filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) papers for all my emails and personnel files when I was a teacher in Park Ridge.
EAG’s guru is Kyle Olson. He spent a year traveling around the country attacking a children’s book called Click Clack Moo. Cows that Type. He claimed it was an example of left-wing propaganda infiltrating our public schools.
The weird thing about Russo’s report is he says the speaker on the tape is John Ayers.
Good reporting, Russo.
All that aside, we can thank Olson and his band of cult followers for bringing attention to the Ayers talk.
It’s is worth watching.