The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Duh, Mr. Covington!

Sep 19, 2011

In an interview with the Detroit News, John Covington, the newly appointed chancellor of Michigan’s “Education Achievement Authority,” said that teachers’ “mindset needs to change. All 25 kids in classroom will need to have differentiated instruction to overcome deficiencies they have. That is something that does not occur in public education.”

You’re absolutely right, Mr. Covington; that kind of education needs to happen. And how will a teacher give that individual, differentiated education–after playing the role of record-keeper, counselor, disciplinarian, custodian and nurse for 35 students–not 25–because all the social workers, nurses, custodians and many other teachers have been laid off?

What kind of mindset will allow them to accomplish the impossible under these conditions?!