Educators 4 Excellence is nothing if not an extraordinary organization. It is so because it is simultaneously astoundingly arrogant, totally devious and utterly pathetic. But what else, really, can you expect from a organization that pretends to be a grassroots collection of teachers but whose real reason for existence is to insidiously further the will of their sugar daddy, private citizen Bill Gates and his hedge fund pals in their relentless campaign to privatize the public school system? What else can you say about a group of teachers whose leaders taught for two or three years (now living quite cozily on Gates Foundation welfare) and believe they have figured out how best to teach and run entire school systems? How else can you define a group of teachers who blather on about desiring “excellence” but whose every policy is a shameless echo of every education hustle and fad in the land? How can you possibly respect a group of teachers who are so empty and lacking in self awareness that they believe the only way they can improve as teachers is to have principals, an increasing percentage of whom have little or no educational experience at all, provide them with constant “feed back? “
How can you take seriously a group of teachers who are so ignorant (or pretend to be so ignorant) that they look stunned when you inform them that every dime of the $30 million Race to the Top extortion money will be spent, not on teachers and schools, but on consultants and corporations and other lucky players in the Corporate Education Industrial Complex. How can you not find reprehensible a group of teachers who rally, not for their fellow teachers who are being hounded and demoralized and degraded by an increasingly insane system, nor for their beloved students whose schools are being shut down and communities disrupted, but for the teacher’s union to immediately agree to an evaluation system riddled with mechanisms designed to destroy the careers of their fellow teachers?
What really can you say about people who, in the face of the greatest assault on public education in American history, gather in a park on a Sunday afternoon to bellow idiocies such as “We want a deal! “ and ‘ I am not satisfactory! I am excellent!” And “ We crave feedback” , in a desperate attempt to please those committing said assault who are simultaneously their financial backers ?
What can one conclude about the authenticity of any organization whose membership is infinitesimal and whose every policy is a crude re-writing of union busting corporate education reform policies yet it granted instant credibility and glowing press reports and editorials in the New York Post and Fox News right out of the egg?
What can you possibly say about the integrity of a teacher who claims he left teaching and joined the leadership of the E4E, not because it infinitely easier and more lucrative than teaching, but because he just couldn’t bear to work under the present evaluation system any longer ?
How can you not find despicable an organization of teachers who would if they could leave teachers with as many rights as an employee of McDonald’s while feeding their students a steady diet of test prep because this is what their hidden backers, billionaires and hedge fund managers, have required them to do ?
Such is the farce, the disgusting and devious farce, called Educators 4 Excellence.
Addendum: What follows is a post containing the ridiculous pretense for the ridiculous rally. Like the statements on the signs shown above, it speaks for itself.
City Hall Park
Swag and coffee: 2PM