CHICAGO – Garbage in, garbage out.
If the latest pamphlet published by the “Teachers for Social Justice” group in Chicago was written by a Chicago Public Schools teacher, it might help explain why student performance has been so dismal.
Teachers for Social Justice, a collective of “radical” educators and union apologists, recently released what it calls a “popular education piece.” It amounts to a 10-page diatribe attacking recent school closures in the city, school choice and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The only problem is this document is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Perhaps the teachers of Chicago spend too much time worrying about politics and not enough time brushing up on their own academic skills.
Here are a few examples of butchered statements from the pamphlet.
“Call Mayor’s office and demand him (sic) to return the TIF money to our schools.”
Demand him? That sounds like something a three-year-old would say.
“Call governor (sic) Quinn and tell him to not bite on UNO’s fake shake up: 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244.”
Um, the term Governor is a title, and titles start with capital letters, folks.
That’s just the first page.
A statement on page 3 reads, “From 2000 to today, the percent of Black CPS teachers dropped from 41% to 30%, with the additional 50 Schools to be closed this will drop even lower.”
We believe this would qualify as a run-on sentence, and why is the word “schools” capitalized?
In a section attacking UNO charter schools, it states, “Since children’s education in the hands of these millionaires.”
On the same page it says “The new chair of the board, Martin Cabrera Jr., is the underwriter/investor who helped to sell the $35 million in state bonds for UNO, and he replaced Rangel in the Public Building commiions (sic) even though Rangel himself recognized there was a conflict of interst (sic) to be in (sic) his commission.”
The next page features the following nonsensical statement: “Any school. Juan Rangel’s salary is higher than the mayor’s.” Are they purposefully writing in some sort of code only union members can understand?
The pamphlet also claims standardized testing is “hurtful” and that it leads to “one-right-answer” schooling.
The TSJ document also features a cartoon with the title, “An equitable, high-quality public education is a human right!”
If that’s true, the teachers who produced this document might want to take a bold step on behalf of “social justice” and send their students elsewhere, because their “right” to a high quality education is almost certainly going unfulfilled in Chicago.