Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,108
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,108
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
Found at Twitter
I looked up more about Reuven Moskovitz and found this article from 2010. He is quite an activist. From BBC
Jewish activists sail to Gaza in defiance of blockade
Richard Kuper, a member of the UK-based organising group Jews for Justice for Palestinians, said it was a symbolic act of protest and also a message of solidarity to "Palestinians and Israelis who seek peace and justice".
Well said, Mr. Moskovitz.
Crossposted at Twitter
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jul 22, 2014, 05:44 PM (47 replies)
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jul 20, 2014, 01:59 PM (22 replies)
From Huff Post UK
Gaza Conflict: Thousands Gather In London For Protest Against Israeli Military Action
Thousands of protesters have gathered in London today to call for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and "justice and freedom" for Palestine.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jul 19, 2014, 01:48 PM (34 replies)
As TeacherKen at Daily Kos pointed out last year....all you have to do is follow the money.
Just follow the money
Also last year there was an important article at Forbes on how the EB-5 visas are now involving charter school investment.
Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City
It’s not only wealthy Americans making a killing on charter schools. So are foreigners, under a program critics call “green card via red carpet.”
I am bringing this gravy train thought down to what is going on in Florida. The Chinese are very involved in this here, except we can't know the charter schools in which they are investing. They like their privacy, you know.
Chinese investing 90 million in FL charter schools by next year. Remain anonymous.
Chinese funding Florida charter schools
Just in case you were wondering how successful Florida charter schools have been...take a look at this list of charter schools that have closed here.
I have not counted them, but I hear there are 250 on the list...dating from 1998 until this summer.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jul 17, 2014, 01:36 AM (13 replies)
Mark Naison (1970), Fordham University Professor of African and African American Studies, Chair of African and African-American Studies and Co-Director of the Urban Studies Program. Ph.D., Columbia. African-American history; 20th century social and labor history.
Some background from Naison's blog.
Why Charter School Scandals Resemble the Subprime Mortgage Crisis
....But inevitably, the boom turned to bust. When the high rates on the mortgages started kicking in, millions of people defaulted on their loans, not only losing their homes but setting in motion a chain reaction which destabilized not only the banks which had written the mortgages, but the financial institutions which had bundled them, along with their customers. Some of the largest banks and insurance companies in the nation failed and went under, and others had to be rescued through an injection of funds from the federal government at huge expense to tax payers. And as the economy plunged into near Depression, the residential housing market was shattered, and along with it the dream of widespread home ownership among the poor. Today, there are 13 million abandoned homes and commercial properties in the US, while large numbers of families live doubled and tripled up in properties which were designed to be private homes
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jul 15, 2014, 01:20 PM (6 replies)
Abandoned Foal Finds a Friend in the Most Adorable Way Possible
Hours after birth, this baby horse foal was found stumbling around by a farmer. The newborn foal was abandoned by his mother. We’re sure she had her reasons, but the story does get better. The foal was taken to the Mare and Foal Sanctuary where they instantly started caring for him. What happened next is both adorable and heartwarming.
They became inseparable.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 10:48 PM (48 replies)
Is it real? Is it in name only? Who really knows.
DFER gives Donna Brazile smart-ass answer.
Please note in this post in GD someone posts unclear criticism, and just walks away without explaining. One way to try to discredit a post. There are lots of others, and I am learning just about all of them.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 10:32 PM (1 replies)
group called Democrats for Public Education. DFER is a group of not really Democrats called Democrats for Education Reform. What they really want is more charter schools, less public schools, and more and more profit for the education Billionaire Boys' Club.
Joe Williams on announcement of AFT's launch of Democrats for Public Education:
Democrats for Education Reform
It's a big game to them. The DFER group looks down on public schools and the public school teachers, yet it is impossible to find a list of Democrats at their site.
Here is more about the new group being formed to supposedly fight back against education "reformers". I say supposedly because right now trust is hard to come by for me. Two national unions have now called for the head of Arne Duncan. Maybe some Democrats are getting the message.
From the Salon article about the new group.
Michelle Rhee’s minions meet their match: New anti-charter group declares war
For many years now, Democrats at the highest levels — including President Obama and his Education Secretary Arne Duncan — have pursued a series of so-called reform policies, which include charter schools, test-based teacher evaluations and eliminations of tenure. The Race to the Top program, where the Education Department forced school policy changes as a condition for competing for additional funding support, engendered a quiet revolution in the classroom. Duncan famously called Hurricane Katrina “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans,” an example of his desire to overhaul school districts and break union power.
I hope this is a sincere move, because teachers right now could see false hope a mile away.
Perhaps some are noticing that November is not that far off, and that it is not just the teachers who are angry. Parents are organizing as well.
An apt description of Arne Duncan by an advocate for public education
Duncan is without question the most anti-teacher,anti-public school Secretary of Education in our history, and I say that advisedly. Both Bill Bennett Reagan’s second term Secretary) and Rod Paige (George W. Bush’s first term Secretary) had their faults, but they did nothing more than talk. Paige, remember, called the NEA a “terrorist” organization. But neither had the ability to open thousands of privately managed schools, neither persuaded states to judge teachers by the test scores of their students. Besides, both served Republican presidents so their antipathy to unions was not surprising. Duncan works in a Democratic administration. What is his excuse for applauding the mass firing of the staff in Central Falls, Rhode Island? The destruction of public education in New Orleans? The release of teacher names with student scores in Los Angeles? The Vergara decision, attacking due process rights? His close alliance with anti-public school groups like Democrats for Education Reform?
Since Arne will most likely never retire on his own...it is now up to the president to listen to the teachers of two national unions who want him gone. Fire him.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jul 14, 2014, 09:30 PM (26 replies)
Big surge in no-party voters could reshape Florida politics
Daniel Smith, a University of Florida political scientist who closely studies voting patterns, said the biggest drop in early voting between the 2008 and 2012 elections in Florida was among voters of no party. He said that's because the major parties direct political messages at their own voters, not independents.
Statewide Florida Electorate
Republican: 4,128,098 (35.2 percent)
Here is a list from the article of the Republicans, Democrats, and NPA/Others for the 8 counties in which NPA/Others outnumber either Democrats or Republicans. Usually Republicans.
Most of these counties are South Florida, a few in Central Florida. North Florida is another matter.
(* Statewide, 89 percent of all voters in this category are registered as No Party Affiliation)
Broward 233,771 537,229 276,275 1,047,275
Those with no party affiliation, those who say they are undecided are going to play a huge roll in coming elections.
AND the polls often fail to show these folks and to give a true prediction of which way the wind is blowing.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jul 12, 2014, 03:08 PM (3 replies)
The NEA, a national teachers' union, took those positions already. The AFT which is convening right now needs stand with them.
A short to the point post by Dr. John Thompson, a favorite education blogger and teacher.
Thompson: The AFT Needs to Support the NEA's New Positions
The National Education Association annual conference approved a national campaign for equity and against "Toxic Testing." It seeks to end the "test, blame and punish" system that began under President Bush and which has grown worse under the Obama administration. As outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says, "The testing fixation has reached the point of insanity," The delegates then called on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to resign.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jul 12, 2014, 12:50 PM (10 replies)