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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 82,594
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.
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Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jan 16, 2015, 06:33 PM (35 replies)
From longtime Kos blogger McJoan...Joan McCarter at Daily Kos today. I love this.
Daily Kos holds Democrats accountable for Wall Street reform gutting votes
In case you missed it, Paul Hogarth from our actions team wrote about the one encouraging data point in the defections of House Democrats who voted with Republicans to gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms. When Republicans tried to pass the bill last week under a suspension of the rules (a move that limited debate and amendments, but required a two-thirds majority) 35 Democrats voted with them.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 15, 2015, 04:07 PM (27 replies)
What Duncan got wrong about testing.
"Testing is still the cornerstone of Duncan's vision of teacher evaluation."
I believe parents, and teachers, and students have both the right and the absolute need to know how much progress all students are making each year towards college- and career-readiness.
Of course they do. Tests and grades have always been...always.
I am absolutely convinced that we need to know how much progress students are making – but we also must do more to ensure that the tests – and time spent in preparation for them – don’t take excessive time away from actual classroom instruction. Great teaching, and not test prep, is always what best engages students, and what leads to higher achievement.
Right again, Arne. Now stop the policies that require all this testing. He is spouting stuff so obvious.
Of course "great teaching" is better than "test prep."
SO stop the requirements that lead to "test prep".
And this one is ridiculous.
Sometimes, educators are better at starting new things than we are at stopping things – several decades of testing ideas have sometimes been layered on top of each other in ways that are redundant and duplicative, and not helpful.
Read that again. He's saying that educators are causing the testing.
Peter Greene says it just right.
You know who didn't mandate test after test after test? You know who didn't decide that we'd better have practice tests, too, since everyone's career is riding on test results? Spoiler alert- not classroom teachers. Not even "educators." I believe the correct answer is "government bureaucrats."
Amen to this statement:
This is the man who is leading our country's education policy. He is allowing reformers to use unproven tactics which are doing great harm.
He has carte blanche, and there appear to be no repercussions for anything he does or says.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jan 14, 2015, 12:26 AM (18 replies)
On the lead up to the Iraq war Senator Bob Graham was very critical of those who refused to read the entire NIE and not just the sanitized version. He did not mince words. These are strong words for Bob Graham who always thought and thought about things before speaking.
This is a partial repost, but it needs to be said again. I notice Graham is still after getting the redacted truth about 9/11 out to the public.
We need to remember things like this at this anniversary of the time that our country invaded another country based on lies.
I remember Bob Graham's rant on October 9, 2002, two days before the IWR vote.
The Palm Beach Post link is no longer available, but I saved the text and the article.
..."On Oct. 9, 2002, Graham — the guy everyone thought of as quiet, mild-mannered, deliberate, conflict-averse — let loose on his Senate colleagues for going along with President Bush's war against Iraq.
In contrast to those words were the ones spoken by other leaders.
Clinton defends successor's push for war
"I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even though I think he should have waited until the U.N. inspections were over," Clinton said in a Time magazine interview that will hit newsstands Monday, a day before the publication of his book "My Life."
Of course his views were the basis of many of the votes for the invasion by others in Congress.
And Hilary also spoke on the topic in 2008, when there had been plenty of hindsight.
Hillary and the Iraqi People
Sometimes one can agree with a great part of what one says, but then can be appalled by one statement. This was that kind of time for me.
As Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, prepares to give a major address on Iraq today, I’m reminded how much I was struck by this part of her Friday speech in Pittsburgh, when she sounded as if she were implying that the Iraqi people were entirely to blame for their current troubles.
Her words from that ABC article in 2008.
"And I believe that at the same time that we have to make clear to the Iraqis that they have been given the greatest gift that a human being can give another human being – the gift of freedom. And it is up to them to decide how they will use that precious gift that has been paid for with the blood and sacrifice and treasure of the United States of America.
Changing the reason for the invasion from protecting ourselves from weapons of mass destruction to giving Iraqis the gift of freedom. That is a terrible spin about such a tragic loss of our country's integrity.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jan 12, 2015, 04:21 PM (46 replies)
The story is from 2013. It was told so well by the Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell.
Florida's test-obsessed style of education hits disabled families hard
Just teaching Ethan to say "yes" or "no" — or even keep his gaze focused — was an accomplishment.
Ethan passed away in February 2014. I have not seen the video until now. I found it at the
blog of the NEA president.
Scott Maxwell heard of another child who was blind being shown pictures of animals and being asked which one was the monkey, the elephant, and so on. So he asked some questions about it. He went to the state with his questions. The response.
"These summative assessments used in Florida are one way to measure student mastery of these standards," came the email response from a spokeswoman.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 02:19 PM (13 replies)
26 Earthquakes Later, Fracking’s Smoking Gun Is in Texas
After 11 quakes in the last two days – with one registering at a 3.6 – Irving, Texas’ sudden onset tremor problem might be the fracking industry’s nightmare.
And catch this important paragraph:
Worth noting: This cluster of quakes is taking place almost directly beneath the Exxon-Mobile world headquarters, which is located in Irving. The company’s CEO, Rex Tillerson, joined a lawsuit last year to prevent a water tower used in the fracking process from being built near his 83-acre horse ranch in a swanky suburban Dallas enclave. Whether these are considered ironic or karmic quakes – that’s up to you. But for the repeatedly shaken up people of North Texas, it’s not very funny anymore.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 10, 2015, 12:28 AM (18 replies)
From Huffington Post.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 8, 2015, 12:10 AM (16 replies)
From an investigation by the Naples Daily News in September 2014.
Florida's failed charter schools: Cracks in the system
NAPLES, Fla. - Seven times since 2006, Richard Milburn Academy of Florida has failed at running a charter school.
It is easy for failed charter schools to keep opening and getting more state money. Why? Because districts are not allowed to turn down a school with a troubled background.
They can only go by what they do presently.
These schools are publicly funded but run privately. Among those applying are:
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 02:29 PM (7 replies)
Florida's numbers on the graph are astounding.
The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live.
From WP: SOURCE: 2010 U.S. Census. Published Jan. 6, 2014
As you can see in the map, states differ in the extent to which they spread their correctional populations out geographically. Florida, Arizona and California stand out as states with sizeable corrections populations in just about every county. States in the midwest, on the other hand, tend to have concentrated populations in just a handful of counties. Prisons tend to leave an unmistakeable mark on the landscape, as artist Josh Begley has documented.
I don't see a mention of the fact that so many are now privatized. If you build it you must fill it, right?
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jan 7, 2015, 01:25 AM (1 replies)
The then St Pete Times carried an article in 1998 about many of Jeb's business dealings and failures.
Make the Money and Run
The son of former President George Bush has followed the family's patrician play book: Hurry up and get rich, then go into public service.
There is more at the link.
On Monday BuzzFeed posted the entire opinion piece Jeb Bush wrote in 1994 in The Miami Herald.
A lot of bad things happened while he was governor, though it was often whitewashed by the media. The Florida pension fund suffered greatly for just one example.
The Enron Scandal Grazes Another Bush in Florida
The Enron scandal, which has become the consuming interest in Washington and around the country, is starting to have a particular resonance in Florida, where it is touching another Bush: Governor Jeb Bush.
Jeb was one of 3 trustees of the pension fund, yet he managed to get by with very little bad publicity.
Seems to me his background is again being whitewashed, and he is being made to sound like the very most moderate Republican. That is not true. He was not a good governor, and he does not deserve to be president.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 6, 2015, 11:07 PM (10 replies)