Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Little Evan And Princess Sydney Are Not John And Yoko
Are Little Evan Stone and Princess Sydney Morris the 2011 version of John and Yoko? I don't think so. While John and Yoko both fought for causes they believed in, they were used by powerful billionaires, and dubious foundations. Also, I think John, though never formally educated, was a heck of a lot smarter and had more values, than Little Evan Stone of Yale will ever be. But I digress. John and Yoko fought for real causes, and not only walked the walk, but talked the talk. Little Evan and Princess Sydney are nothing like them.
So it comes as no surprise that the official paper of the NYC DOE, The New York Post, and it's official reporter, Yoav Gonen wrote a one sided, boot licking, sycophantic love story in today's paper. entitled; "Maverick Teachers' Group Bucking UFT."
Gonen went for the untruths right from the start.
A powerful group of teachers more concerned with kids' futures than with the fine print of their labor contract is making leaders of their union very nervous.
Can we use web traffic to determine powerfulness? According to Alexa.com, E4E has a worldwide ranking of #6,364,544 of websites. NYCEducator.com has a worldwide ranking of # 1,291,922, accountabletalk.com is # 1,254,566, ednotesonline is, 961,642, and this blog the ranking is #1,465,212. Shouldn't it behoove someone that the blogs mentioned are more powerful thatn E4E? But again we don't have access to $160,000 other people's money.
Gonen goes on to parrot all that E4E is about. Merit pay, end of LIFO, and toughening requirements for tenure. Which, a little bird has told that crack team, or the crack team read it somewhere, that Little Evan Stone was denied.
But to get into all this marlarkey of what E4E is against or for or whatever will just be repeating what is already known.
What is also known is how coincidentally E4E's mantra is so tightly attached to the same mantra by MichelleRheeFirst.org, Uncle Mike, Uncle Joel, and whatever Cathie Black is told to say.
But we here at SBSB to find it funny when he reported that E4E started over a "kitchen table" as the Post reported. I can just imagine Princess Sydney and Little Evan as the table along with the little bell to ring for the servant as they started, on their own volition, this "grass roots" "children first" first organization.
Two quotes we found interesting. One, Michael Loeb, 25, a TFA member from George Washington University and currently a teacher at Urban Institute of Mathematics in Throgs Neck, claimed; "like a cog in the machine" with the current system.A cog? Michael, this is your third year teaching. You are done after this year. You, as well as others know, that this teaching gig you have is just a way to better your resume for law school. The crack team will be surprised and shocked to actually see you teaching next year.