BadAss Teacher's Association Roaring to Life

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  1. teacherman1

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    Hmm... makes me want to go check it out!
     
  4. SpecialPreskoo

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    14K+ members now.
     
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    I think it is childish pandering.
     
  6. Upsadaisy

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    But I like the title.
     
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    I don't think the title will help their cause, but I can understand their sentiments. Until your state or county has been invaded by businessmen who are taking over education for profit, it's hard to relate. Won't be long before we will all relate, though, sorry to say. I was skeptical of this stuff before Ed policy in my own state went down the toilet.
     
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    Rainbowbird, thank you for your post. I often feel like an outsider on the subject of the profitization of education and your post gave me a little sense of belonging :)
     
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    You're welcome!!!! It's a sad trend.
     
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    I joined the group this morning.

    I left the group this afternoon.

    The issues and concerns raised are valid and worthy of discussion. However, the negative (extreme IMO) rhetoric and tendency towards conspiracy theories left a bad taste in my mouth.

    The name of the group bothers me a *little* also. It's just too unprofessional and not something I want others to associate with me. I really love Facebook, and monitor my presence there carefully.
     
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    I wish they had chosen a different name. I don't personally feel that's an appropriate name for an educational organization (even if it's just a Facebook or Twitter organization) that wishes to represent educators in a positive light. Just my opinion...
     
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    Won't be joining. I advocate being positive agents of change from within.:2cents:
     
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    I agree with both these sentiments! I don't think creating a group like this is very helpful. It seems to promote negativity.
     
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    I actually know a few of the people who started this...I didn't join because I felt the whole thing sounded unprofessional.
     
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    :2up:
     
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    Change from within is destined to fail when the likes of the Broad Foundation(see How to Tell if Your School District is Infected With the Broad Virus), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Foundation have joined forces to destroy the education system as we know it.

    $$$$$$ = POWER and that is what we are up against.

    Here's a report from WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama explaining who the BATA is and why it's membership (16,000+) is growing so quickly. http://whnt.com/2013/06/24/badass-teachers-bold-social-media-battle-for-education-reform/

    I'm joining and I don't give a darn what they call themselves.

    Strength is in numbers....
     
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    I'd like to see the group without joining. I'm not sure I agree the name, as it seems to take credibility from their cause.

    These days employers check your facebook....:eek: I could see that going badly.
     
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    Your experience was bad, no one disputes that...and there's certainly some admiration for the fact that you still want to impact kids and education.
    However, there are MANY of us, teacherman, on the frontlines every day for our kids who ARE positive change agents from within, who aren't failing and aren't quitting... change can be small actions, a positive response, asking questions, possessing a willingness and dedication to doing what's right despite obstacles. And many times those things arent loud, brash, in your face, bad a$$ kinds of things....Strength is in our numbers.
    We're staying strong. We aren't failing.:2cents:
     
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    It sounds like you are lucky to be in a pretty good place, although with your governor that may change rather rapidly!
     
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    I love the idea that if a person has a positive perspective it is only because they are in "a good place." The number of times I've been told "oh, you must only get good kids" or "you must work in a good district" on this board simply because I'm not willing to jump on the doom and gloom bandwagon is ridiculous.

    Some of us are not political activists looking to blame governors, corporations, presidents, etc., so we have an excuse to be unhappy.
     
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    Uh, you said "ass." (just curious whether some algorithm, or the NSA, will bowdlerize my post)
     
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