|Diego Johnson, 11, searches for the correct answer |
to a question during a reading lesson with fifth-grade
teacher Barbara Moore at Barr Elementary School in
Jackson, Mississippi, 01/08/12. (photo: Barbara
|Mark Naison, LA Progressive
Naison writes: "We have a President who holds an 'education summit' that includes the nation's top business leaders and foundation heads, but no teachers; we have billionaires lobbying to privatize education and break teachers unions; we have an organization that purports to work for educational equity that encourages its recruits to leave teaching after two years because they can influence policy more by moving into other, more prestigious careers, rather than spending a lifetime as a 'mere teacher.'"