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Sunday, August 01, 2010
The New York Daily News Editorial Board Is Simply A Propagana Outlet For The Bloomberg Administration When It Comes To Education
It is becoming increasingly obvious, even to education deformers, that the miracle of academic improvement in the Bloomberg years was really a mirage. Based on the national NAEP results, the gold standard for testing, there has been only a slight improvement in the 4th grade and little change for the 8th grade for reading (in fact NYC was dead last in 8th grade reading changes between 2003 to 2009 of all major cities) and the same goes for Math (However, there was no significant improvements since 2007 in either the Math or reading test results) Even our not-so-wonderful Mayor used doublespeak to explain his spin of continued academic improvement. Steve Koss had a insightful article in the New York City School Parents blog on the Mayor's s bumbling speech and it can be found at Gotham News. However, not all the media mouthpieces saw that the phony academic gains were really "smoke and mirrors" .
The New York Daily News Editorial Board ignored the New York State testing results and still claimed that the Bloomberg/Klein Administration has made great strides in the education of the city students and blaimededucationcritics like DianieRavitch for the problems in education. This is the second Daily News Editorial that has ignored the lies of the Bloomberg/Klein Administration and blamed others. In fact, the Daily News editorial actually blamed the education unions. They said the following:
"The kids didn't fail. They were failed by a hidebound, union-driven education establishment that tends to adults before children - and is only now starting to be called on its distorted priorities."
Nowhere in the editorial did it blame the Bloomberg Administration for the increased class sizes, starving of school budgets, lack of parent input, and expensive no-bid contracts or treating the children as widgets rather than individuals. Instead the blame is falsely laid on the Principal and Teacher unions, no one else.
The New York daily News Editorial Board's articles on education would be more appropriate during the time of the Soviet Union and their mouthpiece "Pravda", not in this country. Such narrow minded thinking of a newspaper thathides the truth is not what is needed in a democratic society and should be ignored simply as the propaganda tool for the Bloomberg Administration it is.