Dee Cronin 
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Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

Rather you like Mr Crowell or not, you have to respect him for speaking out against the culture of PAR. I'm in a different district. When I watched my friends go through PAR and get very sick physically from the humiliation and extreme stress of PAR, they weren't allowed to talk about much of the abuse they were enduring. We could see the abuse. We knew the abuse was happening, but the process has a lot of secrecy built into it. Secrecy helped this sick practice continue to grow while good people didn't understand the abuse that was going on. My friends have all resigned from the district and they still aren't allowed to speak about the details of the abuse they endured. One of the major problems about the process is the particular people who become PAR coaches. I have never known one that wasn't a mean and nasty person, who just wanted to further his/her career, get extra pay, and stay out of the stressful classrooms. None of them I've met seem to care about supporting teachers or students. PAR coaches themselves are machines. Thank you Mr. Crowell for speaking out against PAR. Hopefully the union will be held accountable for doing this to its members. I'm hearing rumors of massive class actions suits being planned against the union for this. I even saw an add for it. Glad to know attorneys are learning about this and doing something to end this war on teachers. Good luck Mr. Crowell and all the others who have the courage to stand up to this.

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Posted by Dee Cronin on 04/21/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Berkeley's Unequal Punishment of Teachers

The Machine is real in Bay Area School Districts. What people aren't addressing is that the union is just as much a part of The Machine as the corrupt people downtown. I take my hat off to Brian Crowell for taking on the corrupt union that didn't represent him. I am hearing about more and more teachers taking on the union for selling them out with PAR. If more teachers do, we will get rid of this oppressive PAR process and go back to a civilized work environment that doesn't turn teachers into prey for predatory principals and members of The Machine.
I have been a history teacher for 27 years. I have watched my friends and coworkers be taken down by the culture of retaliation and PAR. I have never seen anything as divisive and demoralizing and stigmatizing as PAR. Once a teacher has been assigned to PAR you might as well have stitched a Scarlett Letter or sewn an inverted triangle on his shirt - the teachers become marginalized, denigrated and treated poorly. I have seen good teachers fall to pieces during the process. No teacher is better for going through PAR. All the teachers I have known that were put through PAR were good teachers, but they had spoken out against corruption and The Machine. The Machine of corruption doesn't just hurt teachers. It models bullying and corruption. We really need to start speaking out against this oppressive PAR process and bully principals. PAR doesn't help our schools. PAR teaches bullying. The union needs to be held legally responsible for hurting members with this process. Stop The Machine.

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Posted by Dee Cronin on 04/19/2014 at 11:10 PM

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