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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 83,069
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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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)
I love Michael Hiltzik's work, and I ran across this today. Some pieces of good news in the article.
Has Ayn Rand's day as a business guru finally passed?
Ayn Rand, center, with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, stars of the ridiculous 1949 adaptation of her book "The Fountainhead." (Warner Bros.)
They handed out the book to their junior executives, told interviewers how reading Rand in their youth had changed their lives, identified with her granite-jawed, confident characters. The pathology extended to Washington, where Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was requiring staffers to read "Atlas Shrugged" and talking about how her philosophy of uncompromising individualism was what got him interested in politics. "Ayn Rand did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this, to me, is what matters most," he said in a 2009 campaign video.
Tell me about it. I bought a Kenmore Dishwasher this year to replace the one I had 30 years before it got a broken latch..no parts available. It took 4 home repair visits and replacing vital parts to even get it to work.
Rand's me-first philosophy, moreover, simply doesn't serve very well when income inequality is on the front burner--indeed, when the issue even is being cited by conservative Republican politicians on the stump. As the economy strengthens and corporate profits remain strong, the essential defensiveness of Ayn Rand's worldview doesn't seem as necessary as it used to be.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Feb 5, 2015, 09:21 PM (7 replies)
I was so glad to see Claire Conner start posting here today. She has the passion we all should have when facing such extremists and their heartless views.
From a great article at the SPLC in 2013.
Bringing Back Birch
There are several sections. The part about Claire's book is called New Bottles Old Wine.
Back from the Birchers: Claire Conner grew up among leading lights of the society, but completely rejected its views later in life. COURTESY CLAIRE CONNER
At 67, Claire Conner has been watching the John Birch Society up close and very personal for most of her life. Conner was once right-wing royalty, a princess in the court of Welch. Her father was a member of the 25-person national council of the society for 32 years. He was the first official Bircher in Chicago. Her mother was the second. They signed their daughter up when she was 13. Welch often stayed at their home when visiting the city on Birch business. “He was kind of off-putting when you first met him,” Conner said. “You expected this giant of a man. He had sinus problems and was forever coughing into a handkerchief. When he gave a speech, he just read it. But he was brilliant, and, at the dinner table, he was very animated.’’
Welcome to the DU fray. Hope you post freely.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Feb 5, 2015, 03:39 PM (6 replies)
it's optional." Arne Duncan in January 2015.
It seems he quoted Martin Luther King and an altered version of George Bush's "bigotry of low expectations."
Actually he was talking about testing. It's a garbled message.
Arne Duncan Wants To Drop 'No Child Left Behind' — But Keep Its Tests
Duncan called No Child Left Behind "tired" and "prescriptive." Nevertheless, he declared that the law's central requirement should stand: annual, mandated statewide assessments from third grade through eighth, plus one test in high school.
Actually "the fierce urgency of now" was used by Martin Luther King in 1963
At the 1963 March on Washington and elsewhere, Martin Luther King, Jr spoke of “the fierce urgency of now,” the need for immediate, “vigorous and positive action” on civil rights. Princeton historian Julian Zelizer has borrowed King’s words for the title of his new book to re-examine the Lyndon Johnson presidency, the power of Congress, and the birth, and fate, of the Great Society.
There was a book by that name as well.
In The Fierce Urgency of Now, Zelizer recounts the astonishing achievements of a brief three-year window, 1963-1966: the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, Medicare and Medicaid, the War on Poverty, national investments in education and infrastructure, and a series of groundbreaking environmental and consumer protection laws. Challenging what has become, a half century later, received wisdom about the Great Society, Zelizer shifts the lens from Johnson to the Congress to explode what he calls two “myths”: that much of the country and the federal government had become, ineluctably, liberal, and that LBJ’s famous “Treatment” – the force of his personality – willed legislation into being.
He is using quotes that did not even refer that much to education and its reform. Someone is feeding him confusing things to say.
Again, this is what Arne said:
"This country can't afford to replace 'the fierce urgency of now' with the soft bigotry of, 'It's optional,' " he said.
His solution? Cut down on the testing, but keep No Child Left Behind which now demands EVERY student pass the standardized testing.
More solution? Spend more money. Give more to the huge testing companies to make better tests.
He said that the federal government will request funding to improve the quality of tests, beyond the $360 million already spent on creating exams aligned with the Common Core learning standards. At the same time, he wants student test scores to be included in teacher evaluations.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Feb 4, 2015, 10:55 PM (8 replies)
Rick Scott again Monday continued to say that he did not tell the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to resign. George Bailey continues to dispute him. Guess who I believe.
Scott's office blatantly refuses to be honest. Apparently the time for him to resign was changed to 3 pm because "the media is on this."
Florida Department of Law Enforcement - Bailey: Scott's Account of Outster ‘Untrue'
GERALD BAILEY, who was ousted as commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement last month, disputes the latest account of his being asked to leave the post. "When the governor's office gives you until 3 o'clock to resign, you're not working out anything with your successor," said Bailey.
JOHN RAOUX | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday issued yet another account of Gerald Bailey's ouster from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Bailey broke a self-imposed silence to call it "absolutely untrue."
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."
A St. Pete lawyer who claims Rick Scott violates Sunshine State laws is considering filing a lawsuit.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Feb 3, 2015, 01:42 AM (5 replies)
Phony Front Group, Center for Union Facts, to Run Super Bowl Ad
In what has become a local tradition, the front group Center for Union Facts will air an ad in Washington D.C. during Super Bowl, The New York Times reports. When the union-busting organization did the same thing three years ago, Working America took to Twitter to point out the irony of running an anti-union ad during a “celebration of unionized players,” referring to the NFL Players’ Association, which is one of the most well-known unions in America.
There are a lot more articles about Rick Berman at the SourceWatch link
Some of his words are revealing.
"Screw" your enemy. Berman boasted about his obsession with unions and his attack on their efforts to raise the minimum wage for American workers: "I get up every morning and I try and figure out how to screw with the labor unions."
And this one says it all:
Being "nasty" wins. Berman shakes off concerns that his activities are too nasty or aggressive, saying "you can either win ugly or lose pretty."
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 01:40 PM (4 replies)
There are several articles about it, and he sounds very angry about the way things happened.
This version from the Dallas Observer has some upsetting language from a recording at a meeting.
Deion Sanders Demanded a Raise, Threatened to Break Prime Prep CEO's Neck (Audio NSFW)
The audio comes from a meeting that included Sanders and D.L. Wallace, his Prime Prep co-founder, former business partner and the ex-CEO of the two-campus charter school. It's unclear from the audio when and where the meeting took place, and the source who provided it declined to provide those specifics. But Wallace has previously described a meeting that took place between him, Sanders and two members of Prime Prep's board in June 2013, at the field house on the school's southern Dallas campus. The content of the recordings matches Wallace's description of that meeting.
When his partner asks what position Sanders wants to take on...Sanders responds:
From DFW CBS station:
Prime Prep, Charter School Started By Deion Sanders Closed
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Prime Prep Academy, the charter school co-founded by Deion Sanders, closed today. The Texas Education Agency said the school doesn’t have the money to continue one more day. The announcement has left families scrambling to figure out where their children are going to go to school.
More at Deadspin. I don't know this site, but the report seems straightforward.
Deion Sanders's Disaster Of A School Is Being Shut Down
The school was founded by Sanders and Damien "D.L." Wallace, who handled the logistics while Sanders mostly brought the star power. It went poorly from the very beginning:
Like all charter schools Prime Prep was getting taxpayer money while open, money which came from traditional public schools. As resources are taken from public schools the new ed reform policies demand more and more from them.
Something is wrong with that picture.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Feb 1, 2015, 12:44 AM (16 replies)
I remember this whenever Jeb starts spouting about what a moderate he is. Or when others portray him that way.
Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’
Michael Schiavo at home. "He should be ashamed," Schiavo said of Jeb Bush. "To bring as much pain as he did, to me and my family, that should be an issue." | Maggie Steber/Redux for POLITICO Magazine
“It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.”
“If you want to understand Jeb Bush, he’s guided by principle over convenience....“He may be wrong about something, but he knows what he believes.”
Those are the words of Dennis Baxley who was one of the most conservative legislators ever.
SO...even though Jeb is wrong about something it is okay because he believes it strongly. That is a pathetic excuse for ignorance.
Long article, hard to limit to just a few paragraphs. The worst is how Jeb continued attacking Michael Schiavo even after Terri's death.
Today, looking back, what makes Felos, the attorney for Michael Schiavo, angriest about the case is Bush’s letter to McCabe. Even after 18 months of legal wrangling, even after her death, even after the autopsy—after all that—the governor asked a prosecutor to initiate a retroactive criminal investigation of his client. It struck Felos as “odd,” “bizarre”—“personal.”
One interesting part is that President Obama said he regrets that he did not put forth effort to stop the interference.
“It wasn’t something I was comfortable with, but it was not something I stood on the floor and stopped. And I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better.”
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Jan 31, 2015, 12:36 AM (45 replies)
She is not from my district, nonetheless when she votes with the GOP 4 times in one week it affects all of us in the state. She said she is going to take North Florida values to DC with her. Wonder where that leaves the rest of us and our values?
North Florida is traditionally very conservative, although there are more Democrats than Republicans.
If a Democrat is going to vote with the GOP and cross the aisle to sit with them during a speech given by the president, it concerns me a lot.
I've heard all the arguments about how a Democrat in a conservative district must vote as the Republicans do. Newsflash, we have lost in a major way in 2010 and 2014 by following such a policy. It appears to be getting us nowhere.
Democrat Gwen Graham takes heat for right-leaning votes
U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, who unseated Republican Steve Southerland in November, is under fire from Democrats for votes in favor of the Keystone pipeline, to roll back Wall Street reforms and other issues, illustrating the difficulty she faces in a district with a sizable conservative base.
That might have been true at one time. But again here are our Democrats trying to compromise with extremists who will not give an inch. They may enjoy talking about how they love working together, but what they are doing is hurting the people.
Her moves have drawn praise, including an editorial in the News Herald of Panama City. "It seems clear that Graham is making a good faith effort to work with Republicans on the important issues of the day."
Crossing the aisle to sit with David Jolly who was elected in great part by the Tea Party....I do not think she should have done that.
Gwen Graham Responds to State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC – Statement from Rep. Gwen Graham on the State of the Union address:
Good luck on that, Gwen. At least your father, though very moderate in his beliefs, put his loyalty with the Democrats....but he did stand up against them when they helped take us into a war built on lies.
Here are her first four votes.
Meet the new conservative rising star: Florida freshman "Democratic" Rep. Gwen Graham
Gwen Graham (D) won her seat in one of our rare, balanced districts of the red Northern section of Florida. Although District 2 has 16% more Democratic voters in the district than GOP, it normally leans GOP because that's how Florida voters roll.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Jan 29, 2015, 09:02 PM (72 replies)