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High School Without The Teachers on the Time Detroit Blog

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Conaway on March 1, 2010

In High School Without The Teachers Mumford student  Taylor Trammell describe what it’s like when teachers “disappear”,  aknowledge that many of their teachers are forced out, and explains how disruptive losing them is.

All teachers and students should read it and post their own stories in the comments. Mine is already there.

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  1. Michael Mulholland said, on March 3, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I hear your radio adds are airing. Could you post a MP3 of it?

    • detroitteacher said, on March 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

      I’ve tried to upload it, but it is not working. If you have any advice on how to do so, I’d appreciate it. It seems wordpress won’t accept the mp3 format.

  2. Danny Weil said, on March 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Yes, the lack of teachers, the demoralizaion, the affects on students and the school closures and autocratic decision making is effecting the teaching profession all over the US. Rhode Island is one example: you can see more at

    This is an all out attack on working people and their children. And it is being accomplished by the same people who got us into the Wall St. mess, the venture capitalists that run up deficits and fail to pay taxes, the billionaires that draft plans for our schools, teachers, classified staff and children and their parents without any regard to public disclosure or transparency and more than this, it represents the ‘new brand’ of education being hatched in Arne Duncan’s central office with his billionaire pals, The Walton Famil, the Fisher Family, Eli Broad, the Gates Fund, etc. For they control education now.

    Take a look at Tough Choices for Tough Times put out by the Gates Foundation. He calls for eliminating high school completely. Privatization of schools through charters will be the first step and then full movement to a couvher system will follow.

    This is the plan and it has been in play for some decades. New Orleans provided the model, where Arne Duncan’s old friends, Vallas, whom Duncan replaced in Chicago, and Paul Pastorek have worked diligently with Paul T. Hill and the American Enterprise Institute the Hudson Institute and othe right wing think tanks to actually take over urban schools.

    They do this through financial atrophy, privatization through out-sourcing, failing schools under NCLB and then closing them.

    This is an all out attack on both teachers and their unions and unfortunately is part of the new Randi Weingarten (AFT) capitulation to these Wall St. and venture capitalist types. Eli Broad is funding this city by city.

    The policy is economic disaster capitalism. Let the public sector die through allowing the rich to avoid taxes. Then, when the systm is crumbling blame it on teachers. Sound familiar? Sure it does, it has been going on for close to a century. The captains of industry want the schools to be run like corporations, in accordance with their ‘free markets’ which as we see have devastated this country.

    Thirty years of REaganism and cuts to socail programs along with inequality and massive rises in poverty have left out cities hollowed out enclaves for the new turnaround artists whose only mission is to turn schools into sweat shops along the Wal-Mart model.

    Kids will drop out more and more as they see school is not a home for the mind but a containment center of an urban population looking into a future of no jobs or “do you want fries with that , Sir?”

    Until we see that education is just one failing public institution like health care, and begin to see that privatization is what is pushing income up and decimating jobs below, we all lose.

    The best education we can provide is now for ourselves. We must see how this system of neo-liberal economics works and destroy its mendancisous narrative that we have been sweating under for more than 30 years.

    Danny Weil

  3. Danny Weil said, on March 2, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Arne Duncan’s history in Chicago is spelled out in my article on Race to the Top. See

    Danny Weil

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