MORE’s New Video

April 9, 2013 — 6 Comments

Please share our new video with all your friends, post on facebook, tweet, text, add to your blog, email wide, and  share the link anyway you can!

Here is the link for you to copy and paste  http://youtu.be/2BSY1sG8-vQ

The UFT ballots have arrived or will come in the next few days. Place an X in the MORE box if you believe in Positive Leadership of our UFT that will save public education from profit driven reform. If you believe the UFT should organize with parents and communities to serve the best interests of our students then you believe in MORE. It’s time for a new contract that improves our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions. Our students are not test scores, nor are they “common” or “standardized”. We will not sign on to policies that harm our children and turn teachers into test prep machines. Our schools are not businesses that should be closed. Educators need a strong union that stops the onslaught of paperwork and denial of tenure to good teachers. The UFT must protect our members from administrators who harass their staff each and everyday. Our students deserve smaller class sizes and better schools, a union led by MORE will fight day and night until our children get the education they deserve. Vote MORE- tell your colleagues to the same because every vote counts!

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6 responses to MORE’s New Video

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    EDWARD GREENSPAN April 9, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Please include improving discipline in the schools by the restoration of the 600 schools for chronically disruptive pupils and work-study programs for older troubled youth. No teacher evaluations until discipline is improved. No teacher evaluations until Principals from the Leadership Academy teach for at least 5 years. How can they evaluate teachers when they never taught? No teacher evaluations until class sizes are lowered and adhered to. No teacher evaluations until ATR’s are brought back to the classroom and not relegated as subs.

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    Richard Capozzi April 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I am considering voting for the MORE slate. I have a Question however regarding a plank in the platform. MORE proposes to educate members about unjust corporate education reform [as Cavanagh et al have already done brilliantly in their documentary film] and oppose using high-stakes tests to evaluate students and teachers [a position shared by education historian Diane Ravitch]. I fail to see how this plank in the platform translates as blanket condemnation of Common Core Standards and Danielson’s evaluation rubric, unless the sticking point has to do with their implementation. In my view, these two initiatives, if implemented correctly, would contribute to the re-professionalization of teachers and teaching. My position is that we should fight to prevent business and gov’t from co-opting the very tools that we use to do our jobs and which can leverage a rise in our status as professional men and women in the public eye.

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      Glad to have you considering us.
      First we have to consider the creation of Common Core and Danielson/exam based teacher evaluation. The sad truth is that class-room educators and public school parents had little to no input in the formation of both policies. It seems from a common sense point of view that the major stakeholders, those who are effected most by these policies, should at the very least be consulted. If the objective of every politician is to move education to a business model, then what major decision is made without the major stockholders having a voice? Our main platform is that education needs to be democratized, which means common core and danielson needs to go through a process of vetting and implementation that includes all those involved in public education. These policies are made by people who maybe interested in pedagogy, but have no real experience, this is not sound policy.
      Danielson is a cookie-cutter rubric, but not every class-room is the same. New York City is a diverse place with unique issues in each and every school. Children of the same grade have different academic talents and socio-economic circumstances at home. Evaluating teachers on one “standardized” rubric while all our children have different needs is not fair to students, teachers, or parents. It is also not fair to subject our students to increased number of high-stakes testing at the expense of class-room learning just so there can be a measurement tool for instructors to be evaluated on. We have great reservations about an evaluation system that does not take account the differences that our children have. Common Core standards were never tested, they are being “rolled out” without proper evidence that they will really be effective. Just a couple of years ago educators were told to differentiate our instruction in order to reach a diverse set of learners. Has there been significant research that justifies our education system moving to a “Common Core” system? We know these standards were delivered to us by politicians, but do other stakeholders deserve a seat at the table; teachers, students, community groups, parents, unfortunately this was not the case. You contend that if used correctly, Danielson and Common Core can be assets to our public education system. We do not agree or disagree, we are just concerned that the stated goals are to produce quantitative data and make teachers accountable through a standardized system that has not proven to improve our children’s education. Mayor Bloomberg readily admits that the new evaluation system is meant to “hold teachers feet to the fire”. This does nothing to serve our children and community. Any new education policy should have our children’s best interest at heart. Education policies implemented without parents, students, or educator voice is doomed to be ineffective policy!

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      I speak for me, not for MORE here. I agree totally with your position and though what you suggest kept coming up in MORE, in the midst of the election and all the other issues coming up MORE has not had the opportunity to fully debate common core with all its ramifications and define a formal position, but the sentiment is to oppose.
      One idea is to form a common core committee to put together a strong case against to make UFTers aware of the pitfalls and resist the UFT/AFT propaganda.
      MORE people work closely with Change the Stakes, a parent/teacher/administrator group with lots of people who are opting their kids out of the tests and who oppose common core.
      At some point a conference would be a valuable education tool. (you are welcome to help make this a reality). This is not just about “positioning” MORE to take a position but to make this a viable campaign that might have an impact on the UFT/AFT “go along” policy. With the AFT convention in LA in July 2014, hopefully the MORE crew can join with others around the nation, especially the Chicago people, to force Randi and Mulgrew to withdraw support.

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        What a distortion of facts; just like the article in the New York Post about UFT not willing to debate with the More Caucus. I heard that the Ms Cavannah canceled the debate. Unity has fought the Doe and the Mayor tooth & nails against the injustices. We have just won the biggest education budget from the state from lobbying, won a tremendous amount of money for special educators from the sesis lawsuit and fought a just teacher evaluation for the union and that’s why the state is stepping in to mediate because of Bloomberg’s insistance of his way or the highway. There is only one way to vote and that is for unity. Your video is slanted and doesn’t show the true picture of the union and what they’ve done for their teachers and union members.

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    Joan you are so right with your facts. Ms. Cavanagh is really the one afraid to debate Mr. Mulgrew. MORE has it wrong all along. Thanks for making it clear.

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