Archive for July 2011

LAUSD'S Ex-Superintendent Deprived of Victory Lap by Perdaily's Lenny Isenberg by Mark Hemphill (LAUSD Ex-Superintendente Privados de Vuelta de la Victoria por Mark Hemphill)

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When the Q&A period commenced, Lenny was the first to be called. He related the recent test fixing scandals in New York, D.C, and now Atlanta and asked Cortines to respond to similar allegations that Lenny reported to Cortines 2 years ago along with physical evidence that Lenny has about the same test fixing going on at LAUSD. Immediately, the smile departed from Cortines face and he became ostensibly defensive. But Lenny went on to relate his personal experience as a teacher long aware of these "fixing" issues - as most teachers are - and how he had been targeted and terminated for his refusal to stand by silently, but rather attempting to report it to the Los Angeles Times Reporter Mitchell Landsberg, who although reporting this scandal to Cortines, never wrote a word about it in the Times. As of this writing, the L.A. Times continues to blackout this topic and many others dealing with LAUSD corruption.


07 2011

I'll Bet You LAUSD Fixes More Student Assessments Than Atlanta (Te apuesto LAUSD Arreglos Más evaluaciones de los estudiantes que Atlanta)

(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) For 23 years I was an acclaimed teacher who taught school with excellent teaching evaluations and no negative marks of any kind against me. Only when I dared to say that cheating on student assessments was rampant in my school and throughout LAUSD (for which I have documentary proof) was I subjected to a well orchestrated campaign of harassment, highly defamatory false charges, and ultimate dismissal from LAUSD which is now pending before an expensive and protracted legal process that LAUSD seems content to endlessly throw money at even though they have no evidence against me that has not been fabricated.. I guess I should be flattered that they recently engaged the toney outside law firm of Bergman and Dacey to continue the assault. This is why I was not surprised by today's revelation about the fixing of student assessments in Atlanta, Georgia. "Rampant, systematic cheating on test scores in this city's long-troubled public schools," is a mirror image of the scam that continues to go on unchecked at LAUSD.


07 2011

Teaching Language to Students by Laura Estrada (La enseñanza de idiomas a estudiantes de Laura Estrada)

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Language has often been a political issue in the United States whenever there have been large waves of immigration. As an antidote for this national xenophobia, speaking a different language has been discouraged through social intimidation, violence, and attempts to establish English as the official language, or simple refusal of services to those that don't speak English. In the not to distant past, non-English speaking students were forced to abandon their native language or were subjected to punishment in school for speaking it.


07 2011

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)- The Fundamentalist Taliban of Public Education

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) There is a disturbing trend that is becoming more and more prevalent in various aspects of American society, which has come to have much more in common with the fanaticism it derides in Muslim fundamentalism than in a rich history of free thinking that derives strength from and protects the ideas of those who question authority. Irrational orthodoxy that eschews fact, logic, and reason, while taking exception with this same type of aberrant behavior in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, sees no problem with imposing their right reasoning against parallel intellectual traditions in these countries and the United States of rational social order and accomplishment.


07 2011

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman Hosts Discussion With WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Julian Assange and Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek

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The greatest threat to our Judeo-Christian tradition is not foreigners [be they Mexican or Muslim], but the carefully orchestrated attack on public education and an independent press in American and European, where both do everything in their power to convince the majority that they are the minority.