Thursday, December 1, 2011

Noah Gotbaum on the Mayor's defamation of our teachers

The Mayor's statement that teachers represent the "bottom 20%" of our society  is so outrageous, so disdainful and so demonizing of teachers and the teaching profession as to merit a defamation suit.  And the policies which have been generated by these beliefs so destructive and demoralizing to those teachers, to our children, to our schools and to our communities as to merit a recall. 
To our friends at the AFT/UFT, NEA/NYSUT are you on the phone with your lawyers, and if not why not? 
To our friends in the press: will you be asking the mayor whether he stands by these lies about 80,000 NYC public servants, the overwhelming majority of whom hold Masters degrees, are incredibly hard working and intelligent, and supremely dedicated to our children in the face of class size increases, constant budget cuts, annual reorganizations, increasing child poverty, and a testing/accountability regime that lacks any credibility?  Will you also be asking him, as well as public school parents, whether he and we would and should prefer class sizes for our kids of between 50 and 70+ (with "better teachers")?  
And while you are at it please also ask Howard Wolfson, Dennis Walcott, Arne Duncan, Merryl Tisch, John King,  Christine Quinn, as well as the editorial boards of our local and national press if they agree with the Mayor's statements?  If not, will they disassociate themselves?
They are all happy to prattle the call for teacher accountability.  Where is the grading system and Progress Report for those whom - despite nine years of complete and total control of all facets of the education system and a 50% budget increase - haven’t generated a single meaningful improvement in student performance, college/career readiness, honest graduation rates, parent satisfaction, or real and lifelong learning?
To allow the Mayor, his staff or indeed any elected or appointed official to get away with statements like this is unconscionable.  To allow someone with such disdain for our parents, our teachers, our communities, and our public schools, to continue to supervise and to steward the education of our 1.1 million school children, is criminal.
- noah e gotbaum, Community Education Council D3


Anonymous said...

As a proud NYC teacher I am so overwhelmed with anger that I am all but speechless! Dame you to hell bloomberg!

Anonymous said...

Um, everyone, the mayor has 12 billion dollars so he must be very, very, very (I can't write very 12 billion times, but you get the point) smart. Mayoral control of the schools must end and Christine Quinn must be made to pay for giving us another four years of his royal highness.

Anonymous said...

Why is anyone surprised? This has been the mayor's attitude towards our public school teachers and the UFT since he took office.He has destroyed our school system with his over testing and spending of a fortune on unnecessary administrators at Tweed and consultant after consultant who contribute little to our schools.As a parent and NYC school teacher for forty years I am completely disgusted by our Mayor.

Left of Center said...

I am also a New York City Public School teacher. I agree that we must get together to sue the Mayor for slander. He should be made to, in a court of law, prove his statements. My son is also a public school teacher and he is a Cornell graduate with over a 3.6 GPA. As for myself, I graduated from Queens College, which in the 1970s, was considered one of the top colleges in this nation. A college that has graduated a multitude of authors, playwrights, musicians, scientists, poets, historians, etc., etc. Unless he has the statistics to prove his data and to prove that a class size of 70 with a supposedly great teacher can differentiate enough instruction that not a single student gets lost in the shuffle, he should be made to pay dearly.