Member since: 2002
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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 83,064
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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About 29 minutes in.
There's a strange comment above the video.
This video is unlisted. Be considerate and think twice before sharing.
SO if it doesn't play that's why.
The show he refers to from 2002 I think, can't be found anywhere online apparently.
“60 Minutes” reporter Bob Simon just died. This was his most important story
Taking stock of a career that spanned five decades, Simon told an interviewer for the Archive of American Television in 2013 that his most important reports were about the flawed intelligence that led up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. His favorite one involved an Iraqi defector code-named “Curveball,” who, as Simon said in his 60 Minutes broadcast, “spun a web of lies which convinced America’s top spies” and made the case for waging war in Iraq.
Here is a summary of that show in a few paragraphs, but it really says very little.
Politicians have had to sell the public on going to war since Colonial times, but they never had the arsenal of advertising and communications techniques the Bush administration is using to sell a possible war on Iraq. Bob Simon reports on those techniques and those employed by the elder Bush prior to the 1991 Gulf War.
I would love to see that show online.
Seems to me that Simon tried to say more about the Iraq lies than most other journalists.
RIP Bob Simon.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Feb 12, 2015, 01:48 AM (1 replies)
What the 'Left Behind' Series Really Means
Before he begins he showed these two quotes about the LeHaye series.
"Jesus merely raised one hand a few inches and a yawning chasm opened in the earth, stretching far and wide enough to swallow all of them. They tumbled in, howling and screeching, but their wailing was soon quashed and all was silent when the earth closed itself again."
That is the sophisticated language and appeal of America’s all-time best selling adult novels celebrating the ethnic cleansing of non-Christians at the hands of Christ. If a Muslim were to write an Islamic version of the last book in the Left Behind series, Glorious Appearing, and publish it across the Middle East, Americans would go beserk. Yet tens of millions of Christians eagerly await and celebrate an End Time when everyone who disagrees with them will be murdered in ways that make Islamic beheading look like a bridal shower. Jesus -- who apparently has a much nastier streak than we have been led to believe -- merely speaks and "the bodies of the enemy are ripped wide open down the middle." In the book Christians have to drive carefully to avoid "hitting splayed and filleted corpses of men and women and horses" Even as the riders’ tongues are melting in their mouths and they are being wide open gutted by God’s own hand, the poor damned horses are getting the same treatment. Sort of a divinely inspired version of "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on."
And then the Bageant ties the author to the John Birch Society.
Scratch LaHaye and you’ll find an honest-to-god surviving John Bircher. In the 1960s when LaHaye was a young up-and-coming Baptist preacher fresh out of Bob Jones University, he lectured on behalf of Republican Robert Welch’s John Birch Society. We are talking about a man who believed Dwight Eisenhower was an agent of the Communist Party taking orders from his brother, Milt Eisenhower. Along the way LaHaye extended his paranoid list of villains to include secular humanists who "are Satan’s agents hiding behind the Constitution." And the only way to destroy them is to destroy their cover.
Joe Bageant passed away in 2011. He called things as he saw them, did not mince words.
RIP Joe Bageant.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Feb 11, 2015, 01:43 AM (88 replies)
I think he describes well what is happening and why.
Two-Tier School System Working?
Charter, magnet and private schools are able to choose their students. Though any student is welcome to apply for enrollment in a magnet or charter school, as soon as that student falls short of the school's expectations, he or she is sent back to their home school. In this way, certain schools are able to retain only those students who meet the school's academic and behavioral standards.
He points out that blaming the teachers for the poor performance of students is not productive.
He recognizes this is probably the future of education and says we need to figure out how to level the opportunities.
As a nation, we seem to be accepting the idea of a two-tiered public school system where students lucky enough to have their lottery number picked or to receive a voucher receive an excellent education, while those relegated to "regular" public schools do not.
I know for sure that the new Florida trend of taking the state money from public schools and giving it to the parents is going to cause more destruction of public schools.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Feb 10, 2015, 11:38 PM (9 replies)
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Feb 10, 2015, 12:41 AM (1 replies)
There is no way to sum this up in just a few paragraphs. The article must be read.
I will quote his bio from his Twitter site.
I am the first Special Education to be Oregon's Teacher of the year. I am humbled by that honor. My words are my opinions and nobody elses.
Teacher of the Year Threatened With Discipline After Filing Complaints
From the article Brett Bigham and President Obama
Oregon’s Teacher of the Year in 2014 says he has been threatened with disciplinary action by his school district if he attends a national education award ceremony in the capital this week.
I was impressed by his words from the article:
“I spent this year talking about LGBT kids and how teachers need to stand up for them against bullies,” said Bigham. “I’ve faced this kind of bullying from my district, and I feel like a hypocrite if I don’t stand up to it.
There is much more to the article, but I will have to add these two paragraphs and let you read the rest.
After the Jan. 27, 2014 speech at the Columbia Gorge Education Service District, Bigham alleges then MESD Director of Functional Life Skills Jeanne Zuniga told him to stop referencing his sexuality in his speeches.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 11:28 PM (35 replies)
what they are calling it.
This is one of the ideas coming from Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education.
It's a surefire way to destroy public schools. Giving the taxpayer money to charter schools and to private schools through vouchers must not be working fast enough.
States weigh turning education funds over to parents
A radical new concept in school choice will come up for vote in at least a half-dozen states from Virginia to Oklahoma in the coming months, as lawmakers consider giving hundreds of thousands of parents the freedom to design a custom education for their children — at taxpayer expense.
So if that one item had been approved Florida taxpayers would be paying for a Euopean vacation. True that would be educational for sure.
I have looked for other situations like that in Florida, but it is really hard to find anything at all about it.
I expect many parents are thinking Hey what a great idea. But if they do a poor job there may be no public schools in the wings to rescue them and educate their children.
The steamroller keeps on rolling.
On Edit: Found a little more at the AJC. Not reassuring.
One choice bill for education reform
Obviously this was written by an avid education reformer, so consider the favorable view.
While some people have wrongly likened an ESA to a voucher, it’s more akin to a Health Savings Account. Hamilton calls it “a parent-driven, consumer-driven education pathway.”
Oh, yes, those "caps" are only temporary. Don't trust them, sorry.
To have the nerve to say they are only taking the "state portion"? In FL that will be devastating quickly with Rick Scott's tax cutting policies at play in so many districts.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 12:17 PM (43 replies)
Very easy listening.
Yes, I love Irish music.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Feb 9, 2015, 02:21 AM (0 replies)
Too smelly to ignore
ADMISSION: Gov. Rick Scott, at a public Cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair in Tampa last week, said that he mishandled the dismissal of the state’s top cop. AP
The Florida Constitution (Article IV, Section 4) is unmistakably clear on the issue of who runs the state’s police department: “The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, the attorney general, and the commissioner of agriculture shall constitute the agency head of the Department of Law Enforcement.”
There's been no doubt it was a forced resignation. This is what Gerald Bailey heard from Scott's office
An unsuspecting Bailey said that Scott's general counsel, Pete Antonacci, arrived at his office on a Tuesday morning and told him: "We've known each other a long time, and this is not my idea. You've got two choices: resign or retire, and do it before 5 o'clock."
More from the Herald:
Understandably, the Republican-controlled body is reluctant to investigate a Republican governor, but surely lawmakers realize that public integrity, open government and law enforcement free of political control are not partisan issues. The scandal is too smelly to ignore, and the sooner officials in Tallahassee realize that, the better off Florida will be.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 8, 2015, 10:42 PM (11 replies)
I like the way the Mom wrote this up, she shows respect for the teacher in a difficult situation. She recognizes the new testing for what it is becoming.
Oh no! My 6 year old is playing with blocks! What do I say to the teacher?
I'm a mother of a 6 year old. She is fun. She is physically active. She asks questions and she likes to talk. She also enjoys learning things and figuring out how to master things. She's very good at some things, average at many things, and has to struggle with other things before she gets it right. She's 6. She likes to play. She's a girl. She likes making friends and being around peers. She isn't a genius. She isn't a behavior problem. She's just beautiful, average and growing up before my eyes.
I taught 1st grade only one year, but the other grade level teachers and I worked our kids very hard and demanded a lot from them. But we also realized they were just kids. They needed some down time, and they needed to wiggle a lot.
We've known this was coming. I remember in 2010 the principal at Eve Moskowitz's Harlem Success Academy set forth his goals.
“We have a gap to close, so I want the kids on edge, constantly,” Fucaloro adds. “By the time test day came, they were like little test-taking machines.”
That school was geared to testing.
They actually have a so-called Kindergarten boot camp.
They do have high test scores, there's a high price for that.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Feb 7, 2015, 07:20 PM (81 replies)
They are continuing the exhumation of the 51 suspected bodies at Florida's School for Boys. As the investigation continues, more shocking stories come out.
I commend the University of South Florida USF and their involvement in solving the horrific things that happened at Dozier. Their research teams also played a huge role in investigating the BP oil spill.
Florida boys raped in ‘dungeon,’ beaten to death at Arthur G. Dozier School
Asst Professor of Anthropology Dr. Erin Kimmerle exhumes a grave.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As the bodies exhumed from dozens of old graves at a shuttered Florida reform school continue to yield grudging answers to stubborn mysteries, researchers investigating the cases this week released a report on what they know so far.
More from The Guardian today:
'Rape dungeon' allegations emerge in abuse report on Dozier School for Boys
Forensic researchers sifting the grounds of a notorious Florida reform school at the centre of a decades-long abuse scandal have identified the remains of two more bodies from 51 recovered so far from unmarked graves.
The most shocking claim was made by the man who was doing so much of the flogging was that the punishment was State-Sanctioned punishment
It's good to know someone is now investigating this horrible place once called Hell's Acres
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Feb 7, 2015, 01:35 AM (9 replies)