"Daily Show" Education Supercut

Don't know what a Supercut is?  Well this isn't really one of them.  It's just some great education-related clips from The Daily Show gathered together courtesy of the HuffPost to help pass the time:

Need more timely laughs?  There's also an Onion bit about what short-term teachers think about their tenure and what their students think: "Can We Please, Just Once, Have A Real Teacher?"



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  • love me some stewart...


  • In reply to urbanteach:

    Stewart gets its right, teachers should bargain for the best deal they can get.

    Conversely, teachers aren't owed any more than the market will bear. And right now I think CPS could fill the positions twice offering a 2% raise and a longer day. CPS owes it to the taxpayers and the students to get the best deal it can.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    If I had no interest in the development of the citizenry of my country yet I had a strong interest in the maintenance of a low standard of living for the citizenry of my country, so that the extremely wealthy could continue to reap virtually all of the benefits of economic growth, I would say the same thing.

    On the other hand, if I had an interest in the realization of the potential of American children and if I had an interest in setting a standard of adequate resources for working people to live comfortably, productive lives, I would have to say that you, sir, don't have a clue.

  • mr brooklyn how did you miss this one? even after i gave you a simple riddle. didn't they teach riddles at harvard? I stumbled into Brizard's absence during a chance conversation with another Chicago educator Thursday. The person mentioned that Brizard was out of town. He mentioned that Brizard had asked colleagues not to bother him with calls. He indicated that Brizard had posted on his Facebook page a photo of his wife with a kayak in Vermont. He rolled his eyes.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    My brother in arms (please find the humor, it appears to miss a lot of folks on this page),

    Cawley did a great eye roll with a big humph as Jackson Potter spoke the truth on Chicago tonight. Karma is a you know what. TIF monies and priorities are the issue, not sound bites and low level interpretation. Even the best of us miss this.

    My response to Harvard after my first night... I phoned my husband after an unimpressive day touting the idea that this is the intellectual elite? His response... no, they are the intellectual rich. Never forget where we come from and who we work for. Proud South Side roots. Solidarity!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    yeah i tweeted that like three days ago.

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  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    not a headline? hmmm. thunder buddies!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Wow, I am not even sure what a "thunder buddy" is. It does not surprise me in the least that Brizard is in a kayak or a canoe. As a fellow teacher I don't even think that he controls the reins. Whether he is in chi-town or not. He has been absent from all negotiations. He is in my humble opinion a figure head. (well, one that makes a real good salary). Let's place a bet, how long is he going to be here?

  • Emanuel takes a dive in Ballerina Fall


  • I’m surprised there is so much middling discussion and so little serious talk about what is coming. The CTU leadership has done a brilliant job of outmaneuvering one of the supposedly brightest, most well-resourced and connected political operatives in the country (okay, I don’t agree with the brilliant part- my 9th-graders could have won back the House in 2006 and the ’09 stimulus was routine given the context- but the perception remains). The question now is what the CTU will do with the political leverage it has amassed.

    Let’s not forget the gravity of the situation. As a writer for the Guardian (I think correctly) put it, a CTU victory could “tilt the balance in favour of workers globally”.

    The key here, I believe, and as I’m sure the CTU leadership is aware, is to win the hearts and minds of the people of Chicago. This is not easy to do in an environment of corporate, 1% propaganda and exploitation, but I believe that it is possible if the Union does the following:

    1. Effectively communicates to voters that it is not the teachers who have hijacked the economy and their ability to make an honest living- it is the 1%ers and their enablers. (Remind the public, for example, that the only job Rahm has held in Chicago in the last 2 decades other than mayor is investment banker- when he took in over $10 mil a year).
    2. Don’t get greedy with the pay raise, even if it’s a possibility to get a lot. While we don’t want to bend over for the financiers who crashed the economy and ran away with our money, we want to avoid the attack that teachers are insensitive to the broader economic woes of Chicagoans in the private sector.
    3. Keep the focus on educational outcomes- lay the lies about HISD bare, continue demand a more enriching curriculum, don’t be afraid to take an aggressive stance on teacher evaluations (for example, why don’t we do what the richest and most successful districts do, like New Trier, and have a peer and administrator lead committee that provides useful feedback to teachers and keeps the gate to a tiered system of teacher advancement?).
    4. Tie the privatization of public schools to the privatization of the parking meters and to the general neoliberal thievery of public goods for private profit.

    For pay- go for the 4% lost from last year, plus cost of living after that. Agree to increase the school day by 15 minutes if more enrichment is included. Keep step and lane in place. Slow down the privatization of schools. Most importantly, though, inspire everyday, working Joes and Janes across the city. Remind them that there is power in collective action- that, given the will, working people still have power, even against the super wealthy like Rahm and his backers.

  • In reply to WhatonEarth:

    I think it would take more than this to convince John Q Public that teachers should be looked on with sympathy. Right or wrong, teachers are looked on as the bad guys, who can't improve student outcomes.

    I think the PR campaign has to tout teachers as the solution rather than the problem, and the way to do this is for teachers to provide more tangible and systematic improvements such as those you described. But it has to research based, coherent, and fit into the fiscal realism. One can't say that class sizes should be reduced to 10, because it is unreasonable cost wise. But if the union said that it will train teachers to be common core proficient, or provide a curriculum, or work with weaker teachers to make them proficient, then the public may side with teachers.

    But as it stands today, student outcomes don't jive with wages, and until they do, I think it's a tough sell.

  • In reply to LTwain:

    The smoking lamp is lit

    Political deals were brokered in smoke filled rooms, metaphorically speaking
    It is time to light up.
    The Mayor could slither out of this mess ,and the union leadership become
    Lifers by trading pay for power. We all deserve a raise however nobody is starving
    with the present pay scale. So we should accept a small raise in return for the
    gutting of SB7 and repealing the draconian reform law of 1995.
    Taking one step backwards to go five steps forward is not a bad strategy.

  • Thunder song

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