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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Warning Teachers: It's Open Season on Scapegoats!

More than 91.7% of New York City teachers were rated highly effective or effective for the 2013-14 school year, according to results released by the state Education Department.

Have you seen the Daily News cartoon?  If kids fail common-core aligned tests, it must be the teachers' fault.  It can't be the screwy test.  It can't be high incidences of English language deficiency, poverty, special needs or changing societal values.  It can't be over-sized, underfunded classrooms.  Blame the teachers!

Welcome to the twenty-first century of Ed. Deform.  Teachers are the modern SCAPEGOATS.  When was the last time you remember such a sustained effort to target one group of people as scapegoats, the cause of so many of society's ills?  You would think the cartoonist would either be more saavy or at the very least shamed, but he's probably self-satisfied and smug.  It may be time to blame at least this cartoonist!

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