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Fri Jul 13, 2012, 03:49 PM

Catch Phrases and Word Salad from a K-6 LAUSD school.



Witness these crushingly strained compositions that only a state educational grant writer could love, or comprehend, proudly flying on a banner.

The banner is above the steps of a Los Angeles Unified Elementary School, where the students are predominantly from non-English speaking homes.

56% English Language learners, 100% Free/reduced Federal Lunch Program, I wonder who is supposed to read these words at this K-6 school.





Do I really have to ask the question, "What the Fuck is Wrong with Schools??"

Oh, also, this is the school that was shut down temporarily following the discovery that a teacher was serving cookies topped with his own semen, and taking pictures of the kids eating them, and other stuff.

Here's the teacher, Mark Berndt:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/miramonte-school-scandal-_n_1262713.html

http://miramontees-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

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Reply Catch Phrases and Word Salad from a K-6 LAUSD school. (Original post)
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 OP
proud2BlibKansan Jul 2012 #1
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #3
proud2BlibKansan Jul 2012 #4
mbperrin Jul 2012 #6
proud2BlibKansan Jul 2012 #7
eppur_se_muova Jul 2012 #2
eridani Jul 2012 #5
Reader Rabbit Jul 2012 #8
Starry Messenger Jul 2012 #10
Smarmie Doofus Jul 2012 #9
sulphurdunn Jul 2012 #11
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #13
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #15
LWolf Jul 2012 #12
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #14
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #16
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #17
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #18
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #19
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #20
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #21
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #22
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #23
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #24
HiPointDem Jul 2012 #25
NYC_SKP Jul 2012 #26

Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 05:10 PM

1. Who writes mission and vision statements for KIDS??

LOL

Reminds me of when I was teaching 1st grade and they started that nonsense of writing objectives on the board. I reminded my principal that my students couldn't read them. She smiled and said "Oh, but you're not writing those up there for the kids."

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 06:09 PM

3. Little K-6ers walk under those banners every day and haven't a clue what they say or mean.

The implications of this are manifest.

Basically, "what kids think or do doesn't matter", "we don't write things for kids", and "our decisions aren't about kids".

Who wrote these and who is supposed to be reading them?

Because is sure isn't the children or the parents or, in fact, most of the stakeholders.

Makes me sad.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 07:14 PM

4. I hear ya

We have them in my school too. Big ones in the main hall and smaller versions in every classroom. Board policy.

But this is really nothing new.

We don't do much FOR the kids. Surely you know that.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 01:30 AM

6. We started that last year.

THREE objectives for every lesson and every prep AND language objectives for ESL for each prep, too.

I have one whiteboard and three preps. After all that, I have a 24" x 36" space to actually use.

Those written items are all that are checked on the random five minute walkthroughs.

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 05:15 AM

7. You end up using up all of your teaching space on the board

One year, I left the same objectives up and never changed them. No one said a thing. LOL

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 05:18 PM

2. ALL stakeholders ?



That could end the program early.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Jul 13, 2012, 07:16 PM

5. You see this crap on corporate vision and mission statements all the time

This is what you get when you corporatize schools.

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Response to eridani (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 14, 2012, 01:33 PM

8. Bingo!

Basically, the main change I've noticed since the drive to run schools "more like a business" is that Dilbert comic strips are now depressingly relevant to public education.

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Response to eridani (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 10:46 AM

10. This.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Sun Jul 15, 2012, 08:11 PM

9. Mindless, sickening, bureaucratic gibberish.

The inescapable consequence of the invasion of education by politics and $$$.

The insane teacher is icing on the....err.r.... never mind.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:39 PM

11. With only slight variation

in phrasing, every public school in America now has virtually the same statement hanging on the walls. I don't know who manufactures this shit, but it ain't English majors.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 20, 2012, 01:49 PM

13. Yep, catch phrases common to most every front office think tank waste of effort in education.

And nobody to call them on it, to say, "Hey, do you think a fucking kid or parent even knows WTF you're talking about? Who IS your audience, who ARE your clients in this?"

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 05:18 AM

15. The same corporatists who issued the mandate that schools must have a mission statement.

 

It comes from the corporate world and the corporate mindset; those mission statements are the visible symbol of the invasion of those people into public schooling.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2012, 01:12 PM

12. Seeing it posted might be even more painful

than the dysfunctional meetings that create those statements.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 05:16 AM

14. the requirement to have a mission statement comes from upper administration. and the idea

 

of "mission statements" comes from the corporate world. which is where more and more school administrators come from.

which is where the superintendent of lausd comes from: Education deformer John Deasy, Broad Superintendent's Academy 2006, brainchild of education deformer and real estate/insurance magnate Eli Broad.

Previously, Deasy served as deputy director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and before that as superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Before joining Prince George’s County Public Schools, Deasy served as superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California, a district with 12,800 students and 16 schools. During his tenure, Deasy led district-wide reforms in administrator and teacher evaluation models, pay-for-performance, staff development, leadership training, development of a data-driven system for decision-making and implementation of research-based whole school reform initiatives.


You think you're criticising educators, but you're criticising education deformers. LAUSD is in the pocket of the Gates-Broad crowd and has been for some time.


On Thursday, February 9, 2012 two large, angry groups — in separate parts of Los Angeles — protested against LAUSD, for two different reasons. At Miramonte Elementary School, around a hundred angry parents and students protested the transfer of the entire staff — teachers, janitors, everybody — to a new school still under construction, while an entirely new staff was brought in, at a reported cost of $5.7 million. The parents and students complained of the disruptive effects of this radical response to child abuse allegations against two teachers. Meanwhile, outside LAUSD Headquarters at 333 S. Beaudry Avenue in Los Angeles, over two thousand angry teachers and adult students protested the threatened elimination of LAUSD’s adult and career education programs, which serve over 300,000 students.

Both demonstrations protested disruption — one disruption costing the cash-strapped district close to $6 million, the other disruption ostensibly intended to save the district money. Saving money, spending money… maybe they were beside the point. Maybe the real goal was the disruption itself.

It seems ludicrous to even suggest that the superintendent of a large public school system would purposely cause disruption in the school district he or she had been chosen to run. Ludicrous, that is, until one looks into the background of LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasy, a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.


http://johnsroom.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/lausds-dark-lord-dr-john-deasy/


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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 09:37 AM

16. Regardless of who hung the banners, that they hang there at all proved a broken system.

The pedophile teacher AT that school is just icing on the cake.

Broken School.

I'd have my kids as far away as humanly possible from and school that was part of that system.

I wouldn't have time to see them heal themselves.

It's a shame really, it makes all schools and teachers look bad when we all know that they aren't all bad.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:39 PM

17. education deformers mandated the banners.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:30 PM

18. Prove it.

That's two replies in one hour from you using the "education deformers" phrase.

What is that from, why do you seem to hate the idea of progressive education and improved schools?

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:44 PM

19. feds = run by education deformers. all large districts = run by education deformers. ubiquitousness

 

of the mission statement = central mandate.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #19)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:52 PM

20. What's the alternative, home schooling?

Or just smaller or one-school districts?

I agree with your subject line, by the way.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:23 PM

21. you & margaret thatcher: tina. if you're in "education" i'm sure you don't need me to educate

 

you. & having seen your anti-public school/teacher-bashing up close, i have no interest.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:05 PM

22. So your response after all the namecalling is that you have no interest.

Brilliant.

You troll around after me, a teacher, calling me names, and then go about backing off when I actually tell you I agree and wonder what your solutions are, solutions that can happen this year in the real world.

Weak.

I don't know but it sounds like noises from a disruptor, an agitator, someone actually hoping for the collapse of education.

Unless you are interested after all.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:07 PM

23. I've seen your posts.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:14 PM

24. Yes, I certainly do challenge the lockstepper know-nothings, don't I?

That's what comes from having actual experience in the field and not being dependent the bullshit found on worthless blogs and written by self-proclaimed discussion board "experts" in education.

Most of the bullshit is on a couple of specific blogs that I follow, and some of them are linked to OPs on DU.

Still others are Kos diarists or posting at some other places where tombstoned DU members like to post.

Most of these people hate Obama and want to see a collapse of the Democratic Party.

I don't know about you, I'm referring to other people mostly at other sites.

But there are shades of it here, for sure.

My POV is actually more representative of DU as a whole.

The namecallers are a vocal few here.

I know.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #24)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:21 PM

25. "traditional shitty school teachers". you rebel you.

 

"If public schools don't get their fucking shit together, and soon, there will be a hell of a lot more traditional shitty school teachers out of work."

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #25)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:37 PM

26. Oh clever you. Fox news also loves to take words out of context.

But that's the M.O. of people weak on the intellectual argument side.

Anyone who cares to check will find that I praise great teachers.

Further, anyone knows that I'm not calling all or even most traditional school teachers shitty.

And anyone who thinks there aren't any shitty teachers out there, public and private, isn't really working in the real world.

Again, you have no useful remarks, only cheap shots and names to call me.

But I do like the kicks to the OP because those banners that actual people see everyday are disgusting, and probably still there.

Thank you.

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