Thursday, August 19, 2010

A.J. Duffy advises against reading the L.A. Times

Back on Monday, we praised the L.A. Times for the work they did in exposing the outrageous salary and compensation packages garnered by the elected officials of the city of Bell, CA and then pleaded this vanguard of old media that if they were going to go down at the hands of new media, then do so in a fiery ball of 4th estate integrity and competence.

That glow you see, friends, is the L.A. Times taking on the teachers' union.

The Los Angeles teachers union president said Sunday he was organizing a "massive boycott" of The Times after the newspaper began publishing a series of articles that uses student test scores to estimate the effectiveness of district teachers.

"You're leading people in a dangerous direction, making it seem like you can judge the quality of a teacher by … a test," said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, which has more than 40,000 members.

You might remember Duffy who was quite prominent in a video we featured a while back regarding the struggles of Locke High School in Los Angeles and the reform efforts of the principal there that Duffy was doing everything in his power to thwart.

Because it provides such a stark contrast between the parents and children on one side and the teachers' union on the other, we're providing another look at the aforementioned video below.

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Mutnodjmet said...

I may have to re-think my attitude towards the LA Times. Keep me posted!

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Road Dawg said...

There have been a few amazing articles by the Times recently. Definately out of character.