Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teachers and leaders in education petitioning President Obama to remove Arne Duncan

Over 400 teachers, leaders in education and American citizens have signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to remove  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Some of the comments on the petition:

  • "He is not qualified and is ruining education in America."
  • "He is holding school systems hostage to testing that makes no accounting of the very existence of multiple intelligences or learning styles."
  • "Mr. Duncan is simply unqualified and doing much harm to public schools across the country."
  • "Replace Duncan with someone who knows what education is all about! A teacher, perhaps?
  • "Dump Duncan"
  • "remove him now."
  • "Education needs to be funded in a fair and consistent way. It needs a leader who understands that test scores are not what we expect as the end result of education--an education is!! "

  • President Obama's choice of Mr. Duncan to head the Department of Education is disappointing, even more so given Mr. Duncan's record in Chicago and his support for the evaluation of teachers using test scores. Why must we suffer with educational leaders who have spent so little time in the classroom and really don't understand what teaching entails.

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo