Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 79,577
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 79,577
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.
I know that will not be a popular view here at all, but it is quite true. Though I have disagreed with many of his views in the past, I will vote for him for governor.
I plan to order his book, it sounds most interesting.
We are always trying to get politicians to change their mind more to our way of thinking as liberals. Then when someone has the courage to do so, to be honest about where his old party has gone, he gets blasted from both sides.
To be frank, I realize that politicians this year will take more populist stands during their campaigns, even though they will take a hard right if elected. But I believe he is one of those who truly despises what the GOP has become.
His openness about the racial overtones of the Tea party criticism and hate of Obama was refreshing. I was glad to hear him say it was time for the Cuban embargo to end.
I don't care much for his support of charter schools, but after all look what Rick Scott has done to education here. There is no comparison.
I like Nan Rich very much, but I don't think she stands a chance against Rick Scott.
It was deja vu all over again when the Third Way's spokesperson said Crist's populist stances would lose the election for Democrats. Just like its previous persona, the DLC, attacked Howard Dean with a vengeance for being anti-war. They even called a press conference to announce he would not be president.
It was an impressive conversation between Maher and Crist. I think he can beat Scott, and I will do what I can to help.
Not a popular view, not a popular topic, but many of my posts are not popular either. They are honest posts though, and I think that still matters.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Feb 11, 2014, 02:13 AM (12 replies)
I missed this in January, and I am sorry. Katha Pollitt at The Nation really lets loose about what he has gotten away with because he's a bully, a "man's man."
Christie: A Bully’s Bully
Here’s the thing, though. Christie was always mean, vindictive and hostile. Remember how he leaned forward and pointed his finger at Melissa Tomlinson, the teacher who challenged him on his negative talk about the schools? “I am tired of you people,” he snapped. “What do you want?” That was not an isolated incident. Jersey politicians are now coming forward with tales of his petty retaliations. Yet the media adored him. Media Matters quoted some of the most egregious examples of worshipful blather: he was “different, fresh” (Joe Scarborough); a “happy warrior” (GQ); “bipartisan” and “a workhorse with a temper and a tongue, the guy who loves his mother and gets it done” (Michael Scherer); “someone who is magical in the way politicians can be magical” (Mark Halperin). It didn’t matter that he lost $400 million of federal school funding, or unilaterally canceled a plan to build a commuter train tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan and presented it falsely as a big savings for his state, or vetoed—five times—additional funding for family planning, directly causing six reproductive health centers to close. Christie has filled the place formerly occupied by John McCain: the straight-shooting Republican “maverick” (a maverick being a Republican who admits the earth is probably older than 10,000 years). It doesn’t matter what he actually did or said.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 09:17 AM (24 replies)
Charter experiment ‘spinning out of control’ in Durham County
What is happening in Durham County, N.C., is exactly what charter school critics have long feared: the destabilization of the traditional district system.
Of course a new experiment with big money behind will spin out of control when no one is watching.
The growing number of charter schools is undoing the hard-won accomplishment of 1992 when the county overcame a history of racial tensions to combine the city school system and the county school system into the Durham Public Schools. The charters’ effect on the district schools has been a loss of middle-class children of both races and a concentration of poor and minority students in the district schools.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 12:37 AM (0 replies)
Charter Ghost Schools: Money for Nothing
Crackdowns on charter school operators who collect big bucks for students that don’t show up for classes are few and far between. One charter school operator in Philadelphia, Curtis Andrews, was charged with wire fraud for taking $200,000 for students who no longer attended. Eventually he was convicted, received 33 months in prison and had to return the money.
Florida has had so many situations like this in its unregulated charter school system.
Examples of serious charter school problems in FL. More oversight needed.
This is only one example.
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -Two weeks ago, College Bound Academy's 60 students found the newly opened charter school had closed, leaving them scrambling to find new schools.
Each charter school gets public taxpayer money. When the schools are closed for academic or financial reasons, that money is usually gone from the schools forever. If they take taxpayer money and fail academically or are closed because of financial shady dealings....someone must see that the money is returned to the taxpayers.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 9, 2014, 10:59 PM (15 replies)
This is a tragic story that went on too long. It went on through the tenure of both Democratic and Republican governors and legislators for a century. We heard about that infamous school growing up. It certainly wasn't a secret from those that could have done something about it.
Now they are searching areas around the schools with cadaver dogs.
Cadaver dogs helping with search for bodies at Dozier School
EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times Marian Beland of Somersville, Conn., and her cadaver dog, a Portuguese water dog named Tracer, search Tuesday for additional grave sites at the former Dozier School for Boys. Researchers from the University of South Florida enlisted teams of cadaver dogs to help in their search.
The teams of dogs from as far away as Utah and Massachusetts joined the search Monday. The specially trained dogs can pick up scent from human remains buried long ago and are often used to find lost burials.
The system finally had a deposition with the "one-armed" man described by about 200 former students there as giving them severe floggings in what was called the White House. His name was Troy Tidwell. He said the beatings had been sanctioned by the state, and they called it the Final Disciplinary Action.
Man who flogged the boys at Dozier School, FL says it was "state sanctioned"
.He called it 'spanking,' according to those at his deposition here Thursday. He said it was state-sanctioned discipline, punishment for kids who tried to run away or got caught smoking. He said he hit kids eight to 10 times per infraction with a thick leather strap, but never hard enough to harm them.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:04 PM (10 replies)
That disturbs me for a Democrat to be anti-union.
Andrew Cuomo, his running mate, and "New Democratic Party" to fight public employee unions?
."In Duffy, Cuomo has chosen a potential lieutenant governor who stands for strong executive authority, especially in education. Duffy has been trying to follow in the footsteps of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's taken power from local school boards and put it in the mayor's office.
The NY state Democratic convention said they plan to be New Democrats.
"What the Democratic Party is all about is growth and change," Cuomo said. "It's a new day. There are new problems that need new approaches. And that is what's meant by the new Democratic Party."
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 11:29 PM (0 replies)
The Charlotte Danielson Who Is Getting Rich on the Misuse of Her Intellectual Property
While I could speak until I drop about the absurdity of standardized assessment as the heavy indicator in learning, what is equally—if not more baffling—is the way in which teachers are handled and currently evaluated according to new systems across the country. They are based on Charlotte Danielson’s Effective Teaching Rubric and the rubric, as implemented in New York and many, many other states, is composed of 22 domains and sub-domains of observable and non-observable teaching practices or requirements that are meant to determine not only the effectiveness, but the development of a teacher along a spectrum that ranges from ineffective to highly effective.
Scripted learning is an insult to teachers, and it harms students.
From Huff Post
Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?
A format based on the Danielson rubrics is already being used to evaluate teachers in at least thirty-three struggling schools in New York City and by one of the supervising networks. Kentucky has been using an adapted version of Danielson's Framework for Teaching to evaluate teachers since 2011 and according to the New Jersey Department of Education, sixty percent of nearly 500 school districts in the state are using teacher evaluation models developed by the Danielson Group. The South Orange/Maplewood and Cherry Hill, New Jersey schools have used the Danielson model for several years.
Administrators are instructed how to race in and out of rooms and punch codes into an IPad with evaluations actually completed in cyberspace by an algorithm. Teachers will fail when supervisors do not see things that took place before or after they entered the room, if lesson plans do not touch on all twenty-two dimensions, or when teachers adjust their lessons to take into account student responses.
It took me a while to find this post I remembered from cachukis from 2011 here at DU. It describes Danielson's system
There is an inherent antagonism built into the system. The evaluators are overworked and limited to specific criteria for evaluation, very cookie cutter by the way. They are required to present an explanation of that evaluation and offer recommendations based on that rubric. That's it.
More at the link.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 06:45 PM (1 replies)
Troy Tidwell admits using leather strap but says no law broken.
TROY TIDWELL the 'One Armed Man' of Marianna leaves after giving a deposition on Thursday. Tidwell is accused by hundreds of men of physically abusing them as children when they were sentenced to the Florida School for Boys in the 1950s and 60s.
EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | ST. PETERSBURG TIMES
MARIANNA | They say Troy Tidwell drew blood. They say he dragged the boys to a tiny building on the campus of the Florida School for Boys in Marianna, made them bite a pillow and hit them so hard with a leather strap that they feel it 50 years later.
State-sanctioned? I can believe that. Look at how many Florida governors, Democratic and Republican alike, ignored the complaints and refused to investigate.....for a century.
More about Tidwell's words on the discipline during his deposition in 2009.
But Tidwell said all discipline was state-approved protocol. They called it Final Disciplinary Action.
The group which calls themselves The White House Boys deserves so much credit for bringing this to light.
Here is their website.
The White House Boys Survivors Corp.
They got enough notice to have a ceremony held and the infamous White House, where the floggings occurred, was closed and sealed shut. A plaque was put up there.
ON EDIT: I found this sickening statement at their website way down the page.
Flogging was abolished by Governor
Hardee in 1922 as too brutal a
punishment for hardened convicts. It
would continue on at The Florida School
For Boys until 1968. This is the worst
case of institutional child abuse in the
Be sure to watch the video at their website. It opens up right away in Firefox, but I could not view it in IE9. Nothing happened. It's an uncomfortable view, but it happened here.
Sealing the building
They witnessed the sealing of the infamous building called The White House, with a plaque that said:
I have never been angrier than when I read that a Democratic state senator before a crowd agreed to have the plaque taken down.
A Florida Democratic state Senator, Al Lawson, denied he had ever heard any complaints.
In a gathering of articles about the topic it was found how some of the guards actually thought about
Hell's Acres closed after 100 years
Who was hired to work there?
In the past two years, one guard came to work reeking of alcohol and was referred to counseling. Another came in high on cocaine and marijuana. And another admitted to being a habitual drug abuser after he came to work high and was sent to the emergency room.
The White House Boys should take some satisfaction in seeing what USF is now doing. Nothing will ever compensate them for what they went through in a school with "state-sanctioned" discipline.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Jan 31, 2014, 02:36 PM (26 replies)
Found on Twitter.
Thanks @NewYorkTheater for sharing this wonderful picture.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Jan 28, 2014, 09:13 AM (42 replies)
For Arne Duncan, the Buck Stops Over There
First he mentions Harry Truman sign..."The Buck Stops Here".
Our current US secretary of education, sadly, has shown little capacity to accept blame or take criticism for much of anything, but is a master of deflection. With Arne Duncan, time and again, the buck stops not here, but over there.
A couple of weeks ago Arne Duncan crossed a line of almost no return. There has been no apology from him, and not one political leader stood up and spoke out for the teachers he maligned.
It is always the fault of someone else.
For a Democratic education secretary to set the all-time record in closing public schools should be a badge of shame that reflects on him.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Jan 27, 2014, 08:12 PM (35 replies)