Miscellaneous musings from the perspective of a lefty (both senses) atheist with a warped sense of humor.

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I am a geek, but I do have some redeeming social skills. I love other people's dogs, cats, and kids. Snow sucks, but I'm willing to put up with it just to live in Madison.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Educators and LIFO

To Time magazine:

In "The Great Brain Drain", Michelle Rhee reveals herself to be a Scott Walker–like stooge for corporatists trying to destroy teachers' unions — the better to privatize the schools — when she rails at LIFO (last in, first out) policies that apply to teacher layoffs. Anyone truly devoted to education (as she is evidently not) would be asking the much harder but more fundamental question: Why are they being laid off in the 1st place?

And her sob story about the loss of beloved, competent Las Vegas teacher Christine Simo? Why does Rhee fail to name the teacher whom she believes deserved to lose her job instead? Is it just possible that they're all beloved and competent and that none of them deserves to be fired? Clearly no right-thinking person (and I hope you detect the irony dripping off that use of the word "right") could even contemplate such a heretical idea.

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"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." — Dom Helder Camara


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