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Michelle Rhee On Why The Teachers' Union Rejected More Money For Teachers

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Published on Feb 18, 2013

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Why is education reformer Michelle Rhee viewed as such a threat that a statewide union leader advised his members not to open her emails? How did a first generation Korean girl from Toledo, Ohio, become "Public Enemy #1" to a deeply-entrenched education establishment? Some she has dared to question a status quo that is failing too many kids but had become accepted and to propose sweeping change that took on the most powerful political institutions in the country. From teaching in inner-city schools to recruiting some of the country's best teachers to her controversial stint as Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public school system, Rhee discussed why she believes explains America is sinking under the dead weight of its failed public education system—and what we must do to fix itAccording to Rhee American kids (no matter their socio-economic status) rank 25th out of 30 developed nations in math, and 17th in science, and 14th in reading. An average American 8th-grader is two years behind in math compared to what is being studied by peers in other countries, and 70 percent of 8th-graders can't read at their grade level. In the next 20 years, the U.S. economy is expected to create 123 million high skilled, high pay jobs, but American kids, if we continue on our current course, will be able to fill only 50 million of those jobs. The rest will be outsourced to places like China and India."America is the greatest country in the world," Rhee says. "But that status is at grave risk. The U.S. cannot and will not maintain that leadership role—from commerce to military might to moral authority—if we as a nation continue to allow our public schools to decline....So, what do we do about it? The answer is simple—we need to completely restructure and redefine our education system to put students first. It defies logic that we would actually need this kind of a 're-focusing' on the kids right? What are we doing if we're prioritizing the interests of children in education? Unfortunately, the answer is 'a whole lot.' The education agenda in the United States for the last 30 years has been driven largely by the teachers unions and other special interests....They use that influence to put in place systems, policies and laws that are geared to further their priorities."

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