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April 3, 2013 - 9:19 am
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Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis missed her calling. She should have been a stand-up comic.

Lewis appeared before the New York Collective of Radical Educators (an appropriate audience, to be sure) March 16 to give the keynote address at the group’s annual conference.

Lewis reminisced about her teaching days, when she would lie to parents when it came time to discuss their child’s performance. She then said – because of her lies – the student became her “hostage” who would do what she wanted.

You may remember Karen Lewis from her days as an occupier.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So far 3 Superintendent's in our area have been caught gaming the State Accountability ratings. Only one has been sent to prison (but that was for embezzling federal funds).
Audit: Cheating made many EPISD schools 'diploma mills'
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_22917594/audit-cheating-made-many-episd-schools-diploma-mills?source=pkg

But don't worry - all those administrators who were caught cheating have been reinstated. Never mind the students who never got the basic education that was paid for by taxpayers. And never mind that no one will have to reimburse the taxpayer for not doing the job they were hired to do - educating students.
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This is a very deceptive take on the linked video. I'm willing to believe the worst about CTU officials, but this isn't bad at all.

The lying she refers to is telling parents their kids are well-behaved at parent-teacher conferences even though they aren't, because it avoids creating a hostile relationship between the teacher and parent. And then when she refers to the child as a "hostage," she's referring to the fact that because the teacher didn't report the child's behavior to the parents at first, the child knows that the teacher has the ability to report the behavior later if the kid keeps misbehaving. It has nothing to do with the devious aims of the unions to prop up bad teachers at failing schools.

I'd call that good teaching, not some sort of evil plot. And reporting a fairly innocent speech this way kills your credibility when you have actual bad behavior from the CTU to report.
1 year ago
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I agree. With her being a teacher's union leader, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the video showed something closer to the headline. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if there are other videos showing her saying bad things. So let's find one of those, because this isn't one of them.

From the video: "The first day of class is not the time to call the parent and say 'Your kid is driving me crazy.' You haven't built a relationship to say that yet."

The whole video was on the same theme. There's nothing nefarious there. How I understand her point, it's not that she'd let the kids run around punching each other and failing tests, but that there's no need to complain to the parents about every childish thing their child does.
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Umm, if any adult did this to another adult it would be called blackmail and you would be arrested Since it's a kid involved I guess there is no harm.

This is ACTUAL bad behavior. You're making it worse by rationalizing it.
1 year ago
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"People who fail to discriminate between children and adults are crazy in most instances, and should be jailed in some."--P.J. O'Rourke, badly paraphrased from memory (from All the Trouble In the World).

Whether it's actual bad behavior is at least questionable. However, given the context (reporting on a teacher's union leader), it's very deceptive to report that "Lewis reminisced about her teaching days, when she would lie to parents when it came time to discuss their child’s performance. She then said – because of her lies – the student became her “hostage” who would do what she wanted," without reporting that she was talking about how to get a child to behave in class, rather than how to get a child or parent to agitate for left-wing politics.
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Lying is a bad behavior even if it is done with good intentions. This woman stated she would lie to the child's parents then use the truth against the child to get him follow her accordingly. That is bad behavior compounded with bad behavior. It's fascinating you came back to rationalize the bad behavior again.

Are you sure you're not that woman up above?
1 year ago
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No, I just actually have had to teach a child (as a volunteer coach at a private school, not as a union member). And maintaining a good relationship with the parent with a small lie that the child's behavior is better than it actually is, with the added bonus that the kid knows he has to shape up and won't get that kind of pass again, is a fairly decent way to handle a mildly misbehaving child.

What's your brilliant suggestion? Tell defensive mom her kid's a brat so that the mom won't listen to you any more and you have no way to influence the kid's behavior short of a trip to the principal's office?

I'm a right-winger just like you. Taking quotes out of context to warp what people we disagree with say is wrong, and beneath us.
1 year ago
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So you're cool with a teacher lying to parents about their child's behavior.
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