On "Hating" Charter School Teachers

On "Hating" Charter School Teachers

There's a lot of fear and loathing directed at charter schools these days, and some of it gets directed at charter school teaches and parents (and, most unfortunately, at charter kids, too, I'm told).  Over at Catalyst, a former district teacher talks about her move to a charter and calls for, well, a little less anonymous online hate.

It  doesn't sound like she's fly by night, or that she thinks charters are God's gift to public education. She's basically arguing that teachers should have a right to teach where fits them best -- you veteran teachers at good schools know all about that, don't you! -- and enough with the shade throwing (Don't put down teachers who choose charters).

Or at least be consistent about your positions and prepare to stop shopping at nonunion stores (Amazon, etc.) and using products made at nonunion companies (Apple, Google), etc.

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  • "Or at least be consistent about your positions and prepare to stop shopping at nonunion stores (Amazon, etc.) and using products made at nonunion companies (Apple, Google), etc." Something feels very odd to me about this statement. Maybe it's because public education is not structured like a bunch of consumer goods stores? I don't know. It's not apples to apples (no capital "A").

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    I asked this question numerous times at Catalyst, but have not received an answer. Can anyone show one example of someone "putting down" charter school teachers? Charter school operators, yes, charter school policies, yes, but I have never seen anyone put down teachers for wanting to teach. And, please, "anonymous online hate?" Have you read any of the hate-filled comments about Karen Lewis or CTU teachers at the Trib or Sun-Times?

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