Broke – No More Change ! One Teacher’s Musings on Obama, Arne, Education, Corporations, and Change – Regret of Broken Promises

Let’s be honest, the powers that be want us to fail, they want schools to NOT meet this AYP…

“Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting bashed by critics and even supporters for telling Congress that 82 percent of public schools could be at risk of failing to meet education goals this year, up from 37 percent last year” (Strauss, The Answer Sheet,, March 10, 2011).

Their plan… reform, restructure… turn public schools into charter and virtual schools. Give the public over to the corporations…

“What are the implications for a public system as control over educational policy and priority is concentrated under one of the richest people on the planet in ways that foster de-unionization and teacher de-skilling while homogenizing school models and curriculum? The Gates Foundation and the Future of U.S. “Public” Schools addresses this crucial, unanswered question while investigating the relationships between the Gates Foundation and other think tanks, government, and corporate institutions” (Kovacs, The Gates Foundation and the Future of US “Public” Schools, 2010, includes a chapter by Michael Klonsky, “Power Philanthropy: Taking the Public Out of Public Education”).

The President  made promises … so we voted for him.

“Sen. Barack Obama took a strongly progressive stance for public education and for teachers, and against publicly-funded vouchers to pay for private school education, in this July 5, 2007 speech. Sen. Obama’s remarks included a number of controversial proposals, including immediate, across-the-board pay raises for teachers, and redesign of standardized tests to support learning, not punishment of teachers” (National Education Association Annual Meeting
Remarks of Senator Barack Obama, Philadelphia, PA, July 5, 2007)

We remember the speeches:

“The future generations will judge us by how we respond to this test.” (Barack Obama, 2008, Indiana Campaign Trail)

Oh, and this one… remember, he promised never to turn his back on us if someone came after our collective bargaining rights…

“And understand this, if American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I am in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America… because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their court” (Barack Obama, 2007, South Carolina Campaign Trail).

Really, sir? Have you been to Wisconsin lately?

No, he gave us Arne, Rhee, Superman and corporate charters instead….

“Whatever his reasons, Obama tapped Duncan, the superintendent of Chicago schools, who supported key elements of No Child Left Behind during his tenure there. As education secretary, he has disappointed many people who had hoped Obama would end the era of high-stakes standardized testing and punitive measures for schools that don’t meet artificial goals”  (Strauss, The Answer Sheet,, March 12, 2010).

Really, Mr. President ?  We in Florida who voted for you are expected to thank you for giving us this ???

NO … The Race to Nowhere is Our Race to Regret.

Remember the crowds chanting Change in 2008?

Today, they are chanting SHAME !

Florida says NO also … we had to AWAKE THE STATE… it is time to AWAKE THE NATION …

“A grassroots movement of Floridians fighting to reject devastating budget cuts, stop the assault on our working families, and invest in our state again” (

I was going to give up Obama criticism for lent…

but not so much.

Wear Red for Ed

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4 thoughts on “Broke – No More Change ! One Teacher’s Musings on Obama, Arne, Education, Corporations, and Change – Regret of Broken Promises

  1. I just read your post of facebook and I’m really impressed. Thanks for telling it like it is. I have not joined the anti-Obama bandwagon because of the many swine who were on it before he was elected. But the President NEEDS to hear the just criticism of his morally bankrupt education policy.

  2. Incredibly powerful. Thanks for writing this, especially for posting that video on the floor of the WI state assembly. It’s incredibly powerful as well to see the legislators standing and protesting with the people.

  3. Pingback: Wisconsin Shows Us What Democracy Looks Like: Welcome home, America! « Streams of consciousness

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