Saturday, March 02, 2013

MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHERS UNION BUSTING WITH HIGH PRODUCTION VALUE YOUTUBE CLIP!!!



In Kansas City, deadly betrayal always comes by way of a friendly gesture and a smile.

One more . . .

Killing with kindness is the Kansas City way.

To wit . . .

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS YOUTUBE KCPS ANTI-UNION TEACHER RECRUITING VIDEO THAT IS NICELY PRODUCED, UPBEAT, INSPIRING AND AIMED AT DESTROYING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING POWER FOR KANSAS CITY TEACHERS!!!

An Invitation to Teach in Kansas City

Now check the details which reveal the reality of the promo . . .

"Students in Kansas City deserve a high-quality education. Schools in Kansas City need teachers committed to closing the educational achievement gap, particularly for our city's most underserved students. If you are a teacher who is ready to raise expectations and change the trajectory of Kansas City youth, we ask you to watch our video and consider "An Invitation to Teach in Kansas City."

Learn more about a city where you can live, work, play -- and make an important difference -- at http://kauffmanschool.org, http://kippendeavor.org, and http://www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work/kansas-city

Of course the pushback from TKC identifying the real nature of this clip is denial, claims inaccuracy or misinterpretation. In public the Administration and the Teachers Union are on the same page and dedicated to KCPS improvement, blah, blah, blah . . .

However . . .

THE REALITY IS THAT MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE KANSAS CITY TEACHERS UNION DESPISE "TEACH FOR AMERICA" SCABS AND DENOUNCE THEIR SHODDY WORK!!!

What this video reveals is that big money and a high level of support from the Administration AND The School Board is behind this effort to cut Kansas City Teachers Union membership, influence and standing in the district.

And of course, the real lesson is that all of this bickering among the adults won't change much for students in a district without good prospects of full accreditation any time soon and possibly facing further succession and/or takeover.

DEVELOPING . . .

31 Comments:

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a KCPS student, I have to side with the union. Teach for America kids don't have any training or background in education and the don't know what they're doing. And it shows.

No one would support a program called "Doc for America" that put college kids with no medical training to work in poor rural hospitals.

Anonymous said...

Unions Are A Cancer

Anonymous said...

Comes with a "free" flack jacket.

Anonymous said...

If the public schools were doing a fantastic job of educating students perhaps the KCMO school district would be accredited? Clearly the union is about protecting the jobs and pay/benefits of teachers - as it should be - the teachers are paying dues for this. Don't confuse that with "caring for the children" though. The union works for the teachers, period. Education is an absolute wreck, particularly in KC. The national average spending per-pupil in the USA is $10,800 or so. South Korea is less than $4,000 per pupil. They absolutely wipe us out in standardized test scores of math and science though. Whether you like Teach for America or not, at least it is something new (relatively) to address the problem. Clearly the old model of public education, and teaching by union teachers, is failing miserably.

Anonymous said...

Tony/readers: this clip and your reporting are inaccurate. ThIs clip has nothing to do with kcps. The schools that produced it are charter schools not associated with kcps.

Anonymous said...

7:51 if rural doctors were killing their patients I think the citizens would welcome any other alternatives into their communities. Just like the parents in the KC school district should be welcoming all the alternatives because they can't be any worse.

Anonymous said...

Union Communists Don't Like The Light Of Day Shining On Their True Nature

Anonymous said...

Take the unions off the tax payer payrolls. I is ridiculous that people are out here fighting to hold decent jobs AND then have to pay for government employed folks who want more raises and benefits at the expense of the very tax payers who are out there working their asses off. Don't like the pay and benefits as a teacher? Try the private sector where unions are near dead and you actually have to pay for your own retirement, health-care and be productive. ..and after working those 12 hour days, four of those hours off the clock, you don't get summers off to plan union events and suck on margaritas.

Anonymous said...

Kind of reaching for a KCPS story (I know it brings great gossip on your site), but this is not even about KCPS. Those are charter schools

Anonymous said...

But while we are on the subject of KCPS, they do seem to be improving. A good thing.

Anonymous said...

Kids can learn more watching Jeopardy, Myth Busters, Cash Cab, History Channel and Nat Geo. Fuck school.

Anonymous said...

11:01, that's why you need unions. So you don't have to work those shitty hours and have a say in your work. Think about it. What you described sounds pretty miserable. Unions at least fight for better pay and safety. These kids don't want to learn. You can get educated professors in there to teach and these kids will still find a way to not want to learn.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:18/11:21 - Airick

If this video isn't supported by the KCPS then why does Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green make an appearance?

It's always the same thing with the board. You claim cooperation you don't have and try to cut our throats behind then scenes.

Thank you Tony for picking up this story.

Anonymous said...

Flooding the inner city schools with pie in the sky youngsters fresh out of some private school back east is a disaster in the making...kc schools don't need a bunch of trust fund kids just getting another "expierence" and then move on.

Anonymous said...

all them GIs and veterans is a bunhca scabs too..

we union teachers done give millions to the democrats!

how much money them soldiers ever give??!!

Anonymous said...

We democrats always refer to fellow Americans who don't share our enlightened beliefs as "scabs", "pukes" and "teabaggers".

Because we demos want a civil discourse, are "tolerant", and just naturally classy.

Anonymous said...

Trusting kids just out of college and wanting to pay off their loans with the education of your children: priceless.

Anonymous said...

1:54 all black males do not translate to Dr. Green. He did not make an appearance.

This is not KCPS. Realize it is spearheaded by the Kauffman school, a charter school.

Not all TFA are just graduates of x,y,z degrees. Many are actually Education Degrees no different than any newly certified teacher.

Its not surprising anymore that anyone can spin a story and idiots will jump on the wagon without researching for themselves and drawing logical conclusions. You must of gone to KCPS and had a substandard education facilitated by a substandard teacher. haha


Anonymous said...

TFA is a joke and KCPS administration and school board is backing it up.

As for my education, I'm smart enough to see a school board lackey trying to spin and save their screw up.

You're f-ing with our union and it needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

Union stooge speaks.

Now shut it.

Anonymous said...

I'm the writer of the 11:21 post.

I'm not Airick. I'm not Black or a male either. LOL...and Dr Green is nowhere in that video.

So are recently graduated education majors supposed to wait a certain period of time before they join the workforce? I'm not sure why anyone is making that an issue. They deserve to teach in their area of study just like everyone else that spent their time and money earning a college degree in the area of their choosing.

The only issue I have with any union is that they protect the jobs of lazy workers. KCPS needs effective teachers, not teachers that think they are owed something due to tenure. If the students arent learning, they need to be exploring other career options.

Anonymous said...

REALITY CHECK:

Unaccredited district
Closed a long list of schools
Lost significant % of enrollment
Revolving door history of leadership
17% read at grade-level

a slow lingering cancerous death

Kansas City will never rise with the millstone of this school system around it's neck

Anonymous said...

So what are you doing to help the schools?

Anonymous said...

Taking my kids out of them.

Anonymous said...

Tony, this video has nothing to do with KCMSD ya dumb shit. Your constantly sloppy work is exactly why the rise of unedited and unaccountable blogs is bad for America. As for the union, I have never seen a more venomous,chronically angry and impossible to satisfy group of people. You got a raise for crying out loud and you have the audacity to keep saying everyone is after you? The few board meetings I have been to I have seen this angry group sitting in the corner whispering loud and being disruptive and disrespectful. It is terrifying that these people set the example for our kids. No wonder students are always angry and show no respect...they learn it firsthand from their teacher's public behavior!

Anonymous said...

As a Union teacher in the KCPS, I would like to say that I have worked with a number of great TFA teachers. However, nearly every single one has left the profession after two years. The Union's issue with TFA teachers is not the teachers themselves, it is the fact that teachers who received excellent evaluations were laid off and replaced by TFA teachers.

With regard to the video, there is nothing in this video that has anything to do with KCPS or the Union. Those are charter schools. One of them is run by Kaufman.

Anonymous said...

Tony you are incompetent. This has nothing to do with KCPS - this lazy type of work is exactly why you cannot get a real job as a responsible journalist. Union busting by charter schools? You truly are in over your head on a lot of this stuff.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of shoddy work. What has the union done to help insure certification in the KC school district? Hmmm let's see...asked for a raise ....wanted more benefits......implemented programs to reduce the tax payer burden?....hmmmm! I can't seem to tell any quality difference between the scabs and the union. I guess I just don't get it.

Anonymous said...

kcps has a twisted relationship with TFA. Tony's blog is the only place we can talk about it.

tkc knows that it's a scheme set up by airick and crispin to sell our their own community.

Anonymous said...

11:24 - You really dont know Crispin and Airick then, do you?

Anonymous said...

As a previous teacher of the district, I was told by my administrator to dumb down my curriculum. I did not understand this since I had taught the same students at another school in the district and the students were more than capable of doing the work.

Students were often treated poorly and verbally abused by teachers and administrators. I was given a set of students that were supposed to be out of control( dancing on tables, yelling at teachers, fighting in the classroom), needless to say I did not see any of that behavior in my students.
In fact I was asked why I was the only teacher who would listen to their concerns and address them.
My students enjoyed learning but so many of them did not understand why not a single faculty member would listen to them.

If students are bored, they will not retain the information you give them. You have to make the information valuable to each student not just one.

Differentiated instruction was often laughed at by administrators who were old school and they did not believe in it.

Teachers would not stop fights or even try to stop them verbally. Out of approximately 35 teachers only 4 or 5 would try to stop them. Often these fights were involving children less than 14 years old. I am sorry but there are not that many children that will push through a teacher to fight another child so why not protect our children? My heart is saddened and I will never teach in that district again. I currently work with abused and neglected children and the abuse is still occurring. I pray the state gets the opportunity to take it over.