LAUSD- Educating Sheep (LAUSD-Educar a las ovejas)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Given my imminent dismissal as a teacher from LAUSD by a rubber stamp of the Board in the not to distant future, I have started to scramble to try and compensate for my soon to be significantly diminished income. In this process, I have started to fix up my house and guesthouse with an eye toward renting, so that LAUSD will not be able to starve me out as they have with many of my less fortunate teacher colleagues who wound up settling or resigning, not because they had done anything wrong, but rather because they couldn't afford to fight for a public education that is truly accountable and equitable for all- students and teachers.

After close to 25 years in my home, it needed some minor TLC, so I went off to Home Depot. I feel luck that I am a product of an LAUSD of a different era, when shop classes gave me the skills in automotive, carpentry, electric, metal, and plumbing to pay for my post secondary education and to presently be able fix pretty much anything that goes wrong with my house or cars.

Alas, the same cannot be said of a significant number of Home Depot's younger employees, who come out of LAUSD nowadays with little knowledge of what Home Depot sells or how to use it. This is further exacerbated by the fact that their English language and math skills are so abysmally low that they are also incapable of reading and doing even basic calculations involving any of the construction departments at Home Depot. Simple calculations of area and volume necessary for determining how much to buy?  Forget it.

While this is bad enough, what is more alarming is the lack of any critical analysis in determining what is rational or fair about their work or their lives. Case in point: I was buying a new evacuation hood for our stove and asked the young man checking me out what the warrant was? He looked at me quizzically in a manner that showed he had never really thought about this or anything else beyond his automaton function of scanning items into the cash register that would figure out how much I owed in a manner that he was clearly incapable of computing on his own.

At the risk of pissing him off while remaining not quite sure whether he even knew what a warranty was, I posed the following question, "What happens if I take this home and install it and it doesn't work?" Again, the quizzical look that told me he had never thought of this nor had any of his prior education at LAUSD ever required his addressing such a question in lieu of the copying of material out of a book without comprehension that LAUSD is still really big on.

After explaining to him the difference between the 1 year manufacturer warranty and why I was entitled to it as a reasonable expectation of having bought the evacuation hood, I told him why I felt that the 5 year extended warranty wasn't a good deal, but I tried to also identify as many of the reasons for and against such an extended warranty, so that he could make his own informed decision. Did I see a little glimmer of curiosity or was that just my imagination.

In the past I have talked to the person in charge of Human Resources for some of the Los Angeles Home Depot stores. While she admits that Home Depot doesn't pay well in the beginning, somebody ambitious and working hard for 10 years could easily wind up with many education benefits and a good chance of managing their own store with 6-figure compensation and generous benefits package.

However, she went on to tell me that too many of the new hires cannot make it past the 90 day trial period for all new employees. They show up late to work, disrespect customers, disappear and come back stoned or just don't take any initiative to see what needs doing in their department - all the things that LAUSD tolerated to collect the Average Daily Attendance money from the State of California, which gave these ex-students students the wrong message about what would be acceptable in the outside world.

On Tuesday of next week Americans will exercise their suffrage and what scares me is that the choices they face require far more analysis and have much greater consequence than whether or not an evacuation fan has a warranty or not, even though they are both based on the fundamental idea of pursuing your self interest, instead of walking through life in a haze.

In reflecting on my Home Depot experience and many others that I have on a daily basis when I come in contact with the human debris that continues to be generated by LAUSD, my own excellent LAUSD education from a different era puts together purposefully dumbed down public education and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United that is clearly trying to usurp any remnants of democracy that still might be present with the record expenditure of $4 billion in this off-presidential year election cycle by corporations that are now deemed people and whose vast wealth is equated with free speech by the Citizens United case.

It occurs to me if you have never thought about something as mundane as a warranty, you probably have never thought much about whose running the country and in the unlikely event that you do decide to vote, which less that 40% of those qualified will do, the corporate narrative after Citizens United will likely drown out a dispassionate examination of what is actually being proposed in this election where both Democrats and Republicans seem more and more addicted to corporate bankrolling of their campaigns, if they want to have a chance of winning.

A 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that takes away corporate status as an individual with 1st Amendment free speech rights that can presently spend unlimited amounts on distorting our electoral process seems a good place to start. Right behind that is real public education reform that starts with corrupt school districts like LAUSD.


Habida cuenta de mi inminente despido como profesor de LAUSD por un sello de goma de la Junta en un futuro no lejano, he comenzado a luchar para tratar de compensar mi pronto a ser significativamente menor ingreso. En este proceso, he empezado a arreglar mi casa y casa de huéspedes con un ojo hacia el alquiler, por lo que el LAUSD no será capaz de matarme de hambre a cabo como lo han hecho con muchos de mis colegas menos afortunados que maestro herida encima de colocar o no renunciar, porque había hecho nada malo, sino porque no podían permitirse el lujo de luchar por una educación pública que sea verdaderamente responsable y equitativa para todos los estudiantes y los profesores.


Después de casi 25 años en mi casa, necesitaba un poco menor TLC, así que me fui a Home Depot. Me siento suerte que yo soy un producto de LAUSD de otra época, cuando las clases tienda me dio las habilidades en la industria automotriz, carpintería, metal eléctricos, y plomería para pagar por mi educación post-secundaria y ser capaz de solucionar en la actualidad casi cualquier cosa que va mal en mi casa o coches.

Por desgracia, el mismo no se puede decir de un importante número de jóvenes empleados de Home Depot, que han salido de LAUSD hoy en día con poco conocimiento de lo que Home Depot vende o cómo usarlo. Esto se ve agravado por el hecho de que su idioma Inglés y habilidades matemáticas son tan abismalmente baja que también son incapaces de leer y hacer cálculos básicos, incluso que intervenga cualquiera de los departamentos de construcción en el Home Depot. Cálculos sencillos de la superficie y el volumen necesario para determinar cuánto comprar? Olvídalo.

Si bien esto es bastante malo, lo que es más alarmante es la falta de análisis crítico para determinar lo que es racional ni justo sobre su trabajo o su vida. Caso en cuestión: me iba a comprar una campana nueva para la evacuación de nuestra cocina y le pidió al joven que espera de mí lo que la orden fue? Me miró con curiosidad de una forma que demostró que nunca había pensado en esto o cualquier otra cosa más allá de su función de autómata de escanear elementos en la caja registradora que averiguar cuánto le debía de una manera que él era claramente incapaz de computación en la suya.

A riesgo de mear fuera de él, mientras que no queda muy seguro de si él ni siquiera sabía lo que era una garantía, me planteó la siguiente pregunta, "¿Qué pasa si tomo esta casa e instalarlo y no funciona?" Una vez más, la mirada burlona que me dijo que nunca había pensado en esto ni ha tenido alguno de sus estudios anteriores en el LAUSD requiere su vez hacer frente a esta cuestión en lugar de la copia de material fuera de un libro sin comprender que el LAUSD sigue siendo grande en.

Después de explicar a él la diferencia entre la garantía del fabricante de 1 año y eso que tenía derecho a ella como una expectativa razonable de haber comprado la campana de evacuación, le dije por qué me sentía de que la garantía extendida de 5 años no era un buen negocio, pero tratado de identificar la mayor cantidad de razones a favor y en contra de esta garantía extendida, por lo que podría hacer su propia decisión.

El martes de la próxima semana los estadounidenses ejercer su sufragio y lo que me asusta es que las decisiones que enfrentamos requieren análisis mucho más y tener consecuencias mucho mayores que si un ventilador de evacuación tiene una garantía o no. Mi propia educación LAUSD excelente de otra época reúne a propósito callados educación pública y la reciente EE.UU. decisión de la Suprema Corte de Ciudadanos Unidos de que está claramente tratando de usurpar los restos de la democracia que todavía pueden estar presentes con el gasto récord de US $ 4 mil millones en este años fuera de ciclo de elecciones presidenciales.

Se me ocurre si usted nunca ha pensado en algo tan mundano como una garantía, es probable que nunca han pensado mucho en cuya ejecución el país y en el improbable caso de que usted decide a votar, que menos que el 40% de los calificados hará , la narración de las empresas después de los Ciudadanos Unidos probablemente va a ahogar a cabo un examen desapasionado de lo que realmente se está proponiendo en esta elección, donde tanto demócratas como republicanos parecen cada vez más adictos a la financiando a las empresas de sus campañas, si quieren tener la oportunidad de ganar.

La 28a Enmienda a la Constitución de los EE.UU. que le quita personalidad jurídica como una persona con derechos de expresión primera enmienda libre que actualmente se puede gastar cantidades ilimitadas en distorsionar nuestro proceso electoral parece un buen lugar para comenzar. Justo detrás de esto es una verdadera reforma de educación pública que se inicia con los distritos escolares corruptos como el LAUSD.





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10 2010

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