The Governor Finally Tells The Truth

Gov. Cuomo finally came clean and acknowledged that his goal is to destroy public education as we know it. Or, as he put it, break “one of the only remaining public monopolies.”

You can read more about his comments and the reaction to them here, here, and here.

Cuomo’s opponents Howie Hawkins and Rob Astorino both issued strong statements opposing the governor’s comments and showing support for teachers. We could cynically dismiss these responses as political gambits to curry favor with educators as part of their campaign, but this misses the larger point. Governor Cuomo  is ALSO running for office and is doing so, as he has governed, without the slightest regard for the opinions of teachers and parents.

This needs to stop. Politicians, from the President on down, need to remember who the experts are in the education field and stop ignoring us in favor of billionaires and corporations. We need to be active, we need to be vocal, and we need to make sure that our voices are heard.

At the very, very least, we need to reach out to our New York State Senators and insist that they disavow the Governor’s remarks. Education is a PUBLIC GOOD, not a for-profit business that can be viewed as a “monopoly.”

Please call Chuck Schumer (202-224-6542) 
Kirsten Gillibrand (212-688-6262)

Call them today.

A Perfect Metaphor

One more post about the Time Magazine cover –

Look closely at the illustration.  Along with the title “Rotten Apples” and the subhead about firing “bad teachers,” is a picture of a perfectly healthy looking, red, ripe, apple that is about to be needlessly pulverized by the indiscriminate hammer of “reform.” Since there’s clearly nothing wrong with the apple, perhaps it’s about to be smashed because it’s too expensive and is to be replaced with a cheaper and more green variety.  What a perfect metaphor for the state of education reform.