6 thoughts on “April 1st. No fooling.

  1. Absent from the classroom “For the Children”.TM Right?

    What does CPS spend per student these days?

    Just asking.

    • While I usually save your remarks for my We Get Letters, I want to take advantage of your question to make a point. Your ignorance of schools, teaching and education is exposed by what you think is a clever point. I will treat you seriously for a moment. But you are just plain wrong. CPS saw nothing wrong with furloughs on non-teaching days, as if teacher preparation days and professional development mean nothing. In most of the advanced industrialized world, teacher planning, collaboration and professional development is viewed as critical to student learning and school success. But not here and not by you, who only see student contact time as important. Your snark is void of actual concern but only exists for you to attack Chicago teachers who are among the most dedicated you will ever find. As for CPS per student spending, I’m not your personal Google. Go look it up.

  2. Adding to what Fred says, akivida, is the reality of the MONTHS of days wasted on test preparation & testing, days & months that would be much better spent on what students really need (education)and what teachers want to & were trained to do–teach (& not teach tests, but literature, math, science, social studies, art, physical education, music–i.e., giving kids the education they deserve). And we are not talking about 3 (not ONE, akivida, THREE) furlough days as imposed by CPS (but–that’s okay &, of course, perfectly legal)–three MORE days of no education.
    Are teachers supposed to wait until Chicago becomes another Detroit (have you seen the pictures of the Detroit Public Schools, akivida?)? Detroit Teachers finally walked out.
    Tomorrow’s action is ABSOLUTELY about the kids.
    And you better believe that their students and the parents of those students will be out there marching with them.

  3. akivida you and your ilk are why our society is going to hell in a hand-basket. Just an observation, as Twain said “Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

  4. Dear Fred,

    You might want to point out to akivida that to many people an @aol.com e-mail is a clear indicator of an individual hopelessly out of touch with reality.

    Applicants for jobs are often warned not to use that e-mail address because of negative attributes attached to many who use @aol.com. Interviewers sometimes cite an @aol.com e-mail address as a good reason to dispose of a resume without reading it.

    Akivida’s ignorant and uninformed comments illustrate how this perception reflects reality. Perhaps they are the internet equivalent of a cranky old man shouting “Stay off my lawn!” at children playing in his neighborhood. How sad.

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