Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers says the debate “has been hijacked by a group of self-styled reformers.” Source: Philip Scott Andrews/The New York Times

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten criticizes people and organizations who vilify teachers and public education in the name of education reform.

She said the national discussion on education has been “hijacked by a group of self-styled ‘reformers’ who believe that public education in America should consist of islands of excellence staffed by passers-through, instead of dynamic school systems staffed by professionals.”

Weingarten, in speaking with reporters, also condemned several recent cheating scandals involving teachers and state tests, but said it is a result of intense pressure to raise scores.

“A new reality is what we’re fighting for,” she said. “One in which we improve the profession of teaching for teachers and outcomes for students.”

WHY SCIENCE hopes that all teachers follow through on Weingarten’s call for teachers and communities to have a more active role in improving schools.

Related stories:  The New York Times (7/11), USA TODAY (7/12)


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