Matt Damon is in the myth-making business. He knows a lot about myths, like the one about how two nobodies (not true — both were working actors) wrote a Oscar-winning script (with considerable help). In rising to the defense of teachers, Damon notes their low pay and asks, “Why else would take a shit salary … Continue reading What that reporter should’ve said to Matt Damon
AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash. In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements … Continue reading Quid pro crock
The Daily Beast’s Diane Ravitch takes Secretary of Educaton Arne Duncan to task for suggesting poor teachers contribute to low test scores. Apologists like Ravitch seem incapable of admitting bad teachers even exist. “Behind the teachers’ rage and skepticism is the fact that Duncan has time and again said that ‘bad’ teachers cause low test … Continue reading Teachers never to blame
Don’t confuse Wisconsin’s public employees unions with the average working stiff. I can be fired for incompetence, unlike public school teachers. My benefits are nowhere near as sweet. And, like many private sector workers, I’ve gone years without a raise. Why should public employees be immune? And when will the teacher’s unions be held accountable … Continue reading No working class heroes in this bunch
The Ohio Republican, along with Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), will introduce legislation on Wednesday to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program, the speaker’s office said Monday, making a school voucher initiative that Democrats, including Obama, have strongly opposed as a bargaining chip for beginning discussions on the administration’s desired education proposals. … Teachers unions have … Continue reading Boehner (wisely) calls Obama’s bluff
Sleazy right-wing journalist prankster James O’Keefe, deified by conservatives after an undercover stunt exposing alleged criminal behavior by ACORN, is back at it, targeting one of my favorite villains — the teachers unions. So he sent one of his flunkies to a bar after a teachers’ conference to buy drinks for a special education teacher … Continue reading James O’Keefe is no journalist
Gail Collins has apparently never heard how difficult it is to get a bad public school teacher fired: In his new film, the American Federation of Teachers, a union, and its president, Randi Weingarten, seem to be playing the role of carbon emissions. The movie’s heroes are people like the union-fighting District of Columbia schools … Continue reading Say what?