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Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 84,085
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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She was recently voted out as the school superintendent of Hillsborough County, Florida, which is the Tampa district.
She's apparently an ed reformer's reformer. But I gather she does listen and try to work with those who disagree.
From the Buffalo News:
Testing, teachers and failing schools will challenge Elia
Elia, however, is no stranger to divided boards or the politics that surround education. Earlier this year she became the subject of national attention when the Hillsborough County school board in Tampa voted 4-3 to terminate her contract.
There is some concern about her strong support for charter schools, but she did attempt to close some which were run from out of town.
The debate around charter schools in Florida is very different than in New York, and the Sunshine State is considered very charter-friendly with one of the highest concentrations of such schools in the country. With more than 600 of them, the state has close to 10 percent of the nation’s charters.
Here is more about Elia and ties to Bill Gates and Michelle Rhee. Hillsborough County got over 100 million from Gates to put his policies into play.
Rhee in Tampa boasts about unpopularity. Head of schools there threatens tenured teachers.
Michelle Rhee, the outgoing chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools, speaks to urban school administrators during a panel on teacher evaluations at the Council of Great City Schools conference in Tampa on Thursday. (SKIP O’ROURKE | TIMES)
Rhee seems proud of her unpopularity.
"Be prepared to be Ms. or Mr. Unpopular," the outgoing chancellor of Washington, D.C., public schools told an audience of urban school administrators here Thursday. "I am really good at this one right now."
Elia tells how many teachers she must fire.
On another panel in the adjoining room, Hillsborough County superintendent MaryEllen Elia was describing a kinder, gentler strategy to reach what is rapidly becoming a national goal: boosting teacher quality and winnowing out those who can't make the grade.
This does not sound kinder and gentler to me.
The district has told the Gates Foundation it might need to fire up to 5 percent or 425 of its 8,500 tenured teachers annually in the first years of the reforms, though officials say they hope intensive support for teachers will reduce that number substantially.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue May 26, 2015, 07:23 PM (10 replies)
We have done a heck of a job, haven't we?
He actually told us about this plan during the 2003/2004 campaign. This video is dated 2007, but he spoke of it much earlier.
He told of a plan to attack 7 countries in 5 years.
Yes, we know this already. But I think as the 2016 campaign gets started, it's time to remember.
There are some words spoken in the past by candidates that are going to be hard to forget, hard for the candidates to back away from.
She seems to really believe we gave Iraqis "the gift of freedom."
I am supporting Bernie Sanders in the primary, but in spite of reservations I will vote for the Democrat rather than this bunch of Republicans in the clown car.
However I won't be able to forget these words about Iraq. From 2008
"In the last five years, our soldiers have done everything we asked of them and more. They were asked to remove Saddam Hussein from power and bring him to justice and they did. They were asked to give the Iraqi people the opportunity for free and fair elections and they did. They were asked to give the Iraqi government the space and time for political reconciliation, and they did. So for every American soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice for this mission, we should imagine carved in stone: 'They gave their life for the greatest gift one can give to a fellow human being, the gift of freedom.'
Andrew Gumbel spoke out when Hillary used these words again in Austin, Texas.
In Austin, Texas.
Thanks to General Clark for speaking up about these plans that quietly and behind the scenes hijacked our foreign policy.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon May 25, 2015, 06:27 PM (46 replies)
Interesting article from the Business Insider in 2012. It actually tells nothing of the ownership changes and presents nothing really substantive. There are some interesting pictures interspersed with the short comments.
The 40-Year Transformation Of How TLC Went From The Learning Channel To Home Of Honey Boo Boo
The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare along with NASA founded what was meant to be an informative and instructional network in 1972. The channel was to be distributed for free via a NASA satellite.
But, the network started branching out its content for a more mainstream audience in the mid-'90s with reality shows including "Medical Detectives" and "Trauma: Life in the ER" ..
I found more about the ownership and the family with major holdings.
Discovery Communications, Inc. is an American global mass media and entertainment company based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The company started as a single channel in 1985, The Discovery Channel.
More about Advance Publications.
Advance Publications, Inc., is an American media company owned by the descendants of S.I. Newhouse Sr., Donald Newhouse and S.I. Newhouse, Jr. It is named after the Staten Island Advance, the first newspaper owned by the Newhouse family, and where the mailing address for Advance Publications is listed on paper (although Advance does not have an official headquarters). As of October 2014, it was ranked as the 44th largest private company in the United States according to Forbes. Crain's ranked Advance Publications the 4th largest private company in the NY area in 2012. In addition to holding publishing and communication assets, Advance serves as the holding company for the family's 31% stake in cable entertainment company Discovery Communications.
More about the Newhouse family.
#11 America's Richest Families (2014)
Brothers Samuel ("Si") (pictured) and Donald Newhouse inherited media group Advance Publications from their father, Sam Newhouse (d.1979), who started with the Bayonne Times newspaper in New Jersey and expanded it into the nation's largest privately-held newspaper chain. Donald oversees the newspaper division and Si runs Conde Nast, publisher of magazines including Vogue, The New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. The brothers also own cable TV and Internet service provider Bright House Networks and a stake in Discovery Communications, the operator of cable and satellite TV networks such as Discovery Channel and TLC.
All of which actually tells me nothing about why in the world a network would want to put on shows that are so outrageous and contribute so much to the dumbing down of this country.
I am not familiar with the Discovery network's foray into educational materials, but I hope they are more substantive than Honey Boo Boo and Little People.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon May 25, 2015, 02:11 PM (20 replies)
Thanks to @11AliveNews in Atlanta for this courageous investigative piece. More of this please.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun May 24, 2015, 10:48 PM (19 replies)
From a Patheos blog...
Carefully scripted lives: My concerns about the Duggars
The family has been hugely influenced by Bill Gothard's andthe Christian Patriarchal movement.
In a family influenced by Quiverfull beliefs, children who embrace different beliefs or ways of life from their parents are seen as failures. The idea is to raise ideological clones. The amount of expectations this places on children is immense. I really don’t know what those older Duggar kids want out of life, but I do know that if they want something different from what their parents want for them they are in for a lot of trouble, a lot of emotional manipulation, and a lot of guilt.
Jinger Duggar expressed her desire to move to the city, somewhere. Seems Momma Michelle does all the talking for her.
Jinger Duggar had high hopes of getting out of her one horse town
Jinger Duggar had high hopes of getting out of her one horse town, but RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that she won’t be moving any time soon.
See? The parents have all the answers for this.
There is by the way a Twitter page called Free Jinger
Posted by madfloridian | Sun May 24, 2015, 05:17 PM (23 replies)
Babylonsister has posted the transcript.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun May 24, 2015, 03:03 PM (10 replies)
From Slate today:
Duggar Revelations Are Just the Latest Sex Abuse Scandal to Rock Far-Right Fundamentalism
The family's fame guarantees this story will stay in the public memory for a while, but it's far from the first sex abuse scandal in the tight-knit world of far-right fundamentalism. As I wrote last year for Slate, Doug Phillips of the far-right group Vision Forum was forced to step down after admitting to "a lengthy, inappropriate relationship with a woman." The woman in question, Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, claims it was more than "inappropriate," noting that they met when she was 15 and that he "methodically groomed" by moving her into the house as a nanny and becoming "the pastor of her church, her boss, her landlord, and the controller of all aspects of her life" before pushing for sex. The Duggars were tight with Phillips and Vision Forum, which promoted a lot of Duggar-related material.
Remember Bill Gothard?
More about the Gothard influence. From 2012
Carefully scripted lives: My concerns about the Duggars
4. Bill Gothard and IBLP
It bothered me to read at that link that the Duggars use "blanket training."
The Duggars have stated that they use blanket training. What they do is place a baby on a blanket and tell the baby not to get off. If the baby crawls off, he or she is spanked on the leg, told “no,” and placed back on the blanket. If you do this for long enough, the baby will learn to stay on the blanket, and then you can safely leave the baby there while you cook lunch or school the older ones. This all seems counter to the nature of a naturally curious baby.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri May 22, 2015, 05:04 PM (31 replies)
Josh Duggar and the Purity Lie
Such hypocrites they are.
According to the police report, Jim Bob and Michelle, paragons of parenting, hid Josh’s crimes from the police and the public. In Touch reports, based on the police report it obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, that:
In their own statement to People, Jim Bob and Michelle say that “when Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong,” that “each one of our family members drew closer to God,” and that they “pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family.”
Now we know the reality is a very ugly thing.
The Duggars are no ordinary spokespeople for the religious right; they are super-spokespeople. For years, they have been held up as exemplars of biblical living, of devotion to Christ, and of, especially, homespun honest living and sexual purity. It’s long been obvious to many that this is a product of marketing and packaging, not reality. But now no one can pretend anymore.
The purity lie:
Posted by madfloridian | Fri May 22, 2015, 12:58 AM (25 replies)
The Hightower Report: Obama's Bizarre Sales Pitch for TPP
For some bizarre reason, Obama is staking his presidential legacy on a trade scam called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's a corporate wet dream that would let profiteering giants in Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, and eight other Pacific nations sue to overturn our national, state, and even local laws that they claim might pinch their profits. These challenges would not be filed in our courts of law, but in private, corporate-run tribunals set up by the U.N. and the World Bank.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu May 21, 2015, 03:40 PM (54 replies)
I so much appreciate this post by Peter Greene at his blog Curmudgucation. We teachers used to gag on the words we were forced to use when giving a test.
Welcome Aboard Big Test Airlines
BS Test instructions are a unique piece of tone-setting, the classroom equivalent of pre-flight safety instructions on any airline that is not Southwest. These instructions accomplish many goals, none of which are desirable in a classroom.
The direction script is just one more indicator that there are many priorities in play here, and finding out what our students really know is far from the top of the list.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed May 20, 2015, 07:59 PM (10 replies)