Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,166
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 81,166
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.
The Broad Institute is one of those like Gates and Walton foundations who are taking over public education. Eli Broad trains superintendents who are then chosen to move in and take over school systems in a hostile manner.
One thing about Eli Broad: He can't resist gloating. Note this snippet from The Broad Foundation Annual Report 2009/2010: Entrepreneurship for The Public Good in Education, Science, and the Arts :
More about Arne from a popular science blogger...yes indeedy I quote bloggers a lot. I find them more honest than the network media.
The logic of Arne
Arne Duncan and Eli Broad are good friends and love to have their pictures taken together.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Jun 29, 2014, 10:36 AM (0 replies)
The Secretary of Education of a Democratic administration has just announced that he is pushing for a harder curriculum and expanded testing for students with special needs.
This is a dangerous thing to say, and it will do much harm. I expect there to be someone in authority telling Arne Duncan the truth about this policy. So far, nothing but outrage from educators. No leaders in politics in power telling him he is wrong.
If the president does not approve of this new idea of Arne's that problems of special education will be solved by harder curriculum and more testing, then he should say so. If he is silent then it must be assumed he is either unaware of it or he agrees.
It is a dangerous and harmful policy.
Arne Duncan Proposes New Accountability for Special Education by Diane Ravitch.
There is more about it in the Washington Post.
Obama expands use of standardized tests for special-needs and American Indian students
The president and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, have for years been using student standardized test scores to hold students, teachers and principals “accountable” even though assessment experts say they aren’t reliable enough to be used for that purpose. Assessment experts say that tests should be used only for the purpose for which they were designed and nothing else, yet the administration keeps finding additional ways to use standardized test results in ways that are questionable.
One of the latest twitter pics says it more clearly than I ever could.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 28, 2014, 11:50 AM (192 replies)
Arne Duncan and Special Education – A Dangerous Mixture
I said I was on vacation and not posting again after Monday, but on the eve of my departure, this came crawling across my Facebook feed via my fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Chicago Public Fools:
Another education blogger has this to say:
Quite Possibly the Stupidest Thing To Come Out of the US DOE
Arne Duncan announced that, shockingly, students with disabilities do poorly in school. They perform below level in both English and math. No, there aren't any qualifiers attached to that. Arne is bothered that students with very low IQs, students with low function, students who have processing problems, students who have any number of impairments-- these students are performing below grade level.
Editing to bold this sentence.
And he notes with some sarcasm just how stupid this all is.
That's it. We should just demand that disabled students should do harder work and take more tests.
And from the Dallas Morning News:
Reaction from trenches to Arne Duncan’s push on special ed testing
He urges his readers to follow Diane Ravitch's blog for the latest debates about education reform.
You’ll learn something. You’ll learn the depth of feelings out there in the trenches whenever the high sheriffs pronounce a new push in the name of “accountability.”
It's like the politicians in charge of education now have no awareness that there are children who really truly have severe disabilities that limit their ability to learn. That is the worst and most cruel kind of stupid from people who refuse to even listen to educators.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 12:27 AM (54 replies)
Your words here sound that way.
It shows a high degree of structure. And in many low SES households, a lot of research shows, the kids lack structure and need structure. And knowledge is to a large extent structure building. When you learn information, it has to come with structure that you replicate or you have to build the structure yourself ex nihilo. The latter is a lot harder than the former. High achievers learn to do this. Low achievers need to have structure provided. High achievers tended to comment, and figure everybody's like them.
In my many years of teaching I taught in both high income and near poverty level schools. I don't quote research on this because it is not only low SES households that can be unstructured and dysfunctional. Not by a long shot.
When that kind of mindset is put forth, it essentially says poor kids get rigid strong discipline as in the KIPP type discipline and that shown in the video. And the upper income kids get more of the kind that is seen in Sidwell and that which kids of many other politicians attend.
So I really do question that premise.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 04:10 PM (0 replies)
About Nashville Prep
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:42 AM (9 replies)
Hat tip to Jersey Jazzman for this appalling information. What's ironic is that the surveillance system cost 2 million, the district is now 3.6 million in the red for next year.
I would say priorities seriously out of order.
Why Do We Need Tenure? Ask Belleville's Teachers
BEA President Mike Mignone, with NJEA officers Sean Spiller, Wendell Steinhauer, and Marie Blistan.
That's right, my fellow teachers: in Belleville, a camera and microphone monitor every word uttered in the teachers break room!
Mike Mignone, president of the union and pictured above, started speaking out about it. He pushed to examine the contract making process.
As Jersey Jazzman says guess what happened next.
As Mignone's lawyer puts it: in October, he found out; in November, he spoke out; in December, tenure charges were filed against him. Mignone, who had always had excellent reviews, suddenly found out he would be up on charges that included (get ready for this one) answering students' questions about the surveillance system. According to Mignone, his students asked him questions about whether they were being monitored; he took a few minutes out of class and gave them some honest answers. That, in this board's and this superintendent's minds, counts as a fireable offense.
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Posted by madfloridian | Wed Jun 25, 2014, 11:56 AM (49 replies)
Campbell Brown lawsuit fights due process rights for NY teachers. Robert Gibbs battles teachers also
Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority
Stephanie Simon reports at politico.com that former high-level Obama advisors will help the fight against teacher unions and due process rights. Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who is highly antagonistic to teachers’ unions, is creating an organization to pursue a Vergara-style lawsuit in New York against teachers’ job protections. Her campaign will have the public relations support of an agency led by Robert Gibbs, former Obama Press Secretary, and Ben LaBolt, former Obama campaign spokesman.
To have cheaper teachers, more temporary type teachers, fewer career teachers....they must overcome any job security or due process that exists. Then the layoffs can begin, and the private teacher recruitment companies can step in with their recruits for which they charge districts several thousand dollars each.
Weigh that against the fact that hiring local laid off teachers is free of charge and benefits the local economy.
The billionaire reformers have the money and power. The public schools do not have the resources to fight such battles.
This is the policy of this administration. This is the education reform they seek and are getting.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 09:12 PM (29 replies)
The Obama Administration Picks a Fight With Teachers Unions
Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary, was scorned last week by teachers union leaders and their supporters for applauding a California judge’s tentative ruling that the state’s teacher tenure laws are unconstitutional. “This decision presents an opportunity for a progressive state with a tradition of innovation to build a new framework for the teaching profession that protects students’ rights to equal educational opportunities while providing teachers the support, respect, and rewarding careers they deserve,” Duncan said.
The article states that the teachers involved in the ruling received tenure after just 18 months. I don't think that is or has been the issue. After all Florida teachers lost tenure and due process in 2011. Florida teachers could not have received tenure for 3 years. That was plenty of time for good decisions to be made. Those pushing this issue simply want teachers to lose due process.
If teachers can be fired at the whim of administrators, that leaves them vulnerable to angry students, frustrated parents who refuse to believe their child can do wrong....and administrators with a punitive attitude.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 05:46 PM (52 replies)
I've been reading about the outrageous words of George Will about rape. It's hard to wrap my mind around the attitudes that seem to be prevailing lately by the right wing.
I remembered something I had read in an article by Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family. It was in Salon in 2009.
We know that The Family was originally founded as an anti-labor movement by Abraham Vereides.
It was a movement more about power and making political contacts than about religion. The present leader is Doug Coe.
His son, David Coe, made some very strange remarks about those who rape as quoted by Jeff Sharlet in this article about C Street.
Sex and power inside “the C Street House”
Family leaders consider their political network to be Christ’s avant garde, an elite that transcends not just conventional morality but also earthly laws regulating lobbying. In the Family’s early days, they debated registering as “a lobby for God’s Kingdom.” Instead, founder Abraham Vereide decided that the group could be more effective by working personally with politicians. “The more invisible you can make your organization,” Vereide’s successor, current leader Doug Coe preaches, “the more influence you can have.” That’s true — which is why we have laws requiring lobbyists to identify themselves as such.
Their support of dictators around the world who commit atrocities is also a shocking stance, and it seems to prove the point about the group being about power....not about religion.
If the Family men who stood over John Ensign as he wrote a baldly insincere breakup letter to his mistress were naive about hearts that want what they want, they don’t claim ignorance about the strongmen with whom they build bonds of prayer and foreign aid. They admire them. Counseling Rep. Tiahrt, Doug Coe offered Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden as men whose commitment to their causes is to be emulated. Preaching on the meaning of Christ’s words, he says, “You know Jesus said ‘You got to put Him before mother-father-brother sister? Hitler, Lenin, Mao, that’s what they taught the kids. Mao even had the kids killing their own mother and father. But it wasn’t murder. It was for building the new nation. The new kingdom.”
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:33 AM (92 replies)
The only degree this 22 year old supervisor of an assisted living facility holds is that of Florida Nursing Assistant. Yet she held that man's life in her hands. I can not imagine not calling 911 for such an event as this.
This is a reputable well-known facility, so this is especially scary in my mind.
Assisted Living Supervisor Arrested After 80-Year-Old Lakeland Resident Dies
An investigation by the state Attorney General's Office found that an 80-year-old man who needed medical attention at a Lakeland assisted living facility died after a facility supervisor wouldn't let staff members call 911 for nearly four hours. The supervisor has been charged with neglect.
Mobley was called 6 times and asked permission to call 911. She finally told them to call the on-call health care agency.
In one of the calls, Mobley told Stowell to call the on-call home health agency. When Stowell did, the agency told Stowell to call 911, but Mobley still would not let her, according to the report.
It was later determined Burrows had a stroke.
Paramedics took Burrows to Lakeland Regional Medical Center at 3:42 a.m., and a CT scan showed that Burrows had a brain hemorrhage, the report said.
Burrows was chaplain at a local hospital for 26 years.
Why is a 22 year old woman with such poor judgment in charge of so many senior citizens and able to make life and death decisions for them?
From what I can gather from the article, this incident happened last year and has been being investigated all this time.
Okay, here we go. I edited this post to bold my exact words about age. Please note the words "with such poor judgement" . I also bolded part of the first paragraph to list her only degree which in most minds should not qualify her to lead a senior facility.
One can not win for losing here at DU now. She was arrested, the Attorney General said she was not qualified for the executive director position she was appointed to after Burrow's death. She is on administrative leave.
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 01:13 AM (115 replies)