The Guerilla Teachers Handbook Part 1 by Espiritu Makiguchi

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

(For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)

The term "Guerrilla" is Spanish for "little war."  It originated in the Napoleonic Wars.  The French took over Spain.  A "Guerrillero" was a soldier in the Spanish Rebel Army.  However, during the Battle of Puebla, in Mexico, the French met a new soldier.  This soldier did not fight in the conventional style of standing in straight lines and firing volleys of rifle fire at each other until one side dominated.   This soldier hid in the bushes, behind rocks, inside buildings, up in trees and any other convenient hiding location.  The attack would occur after careful planning, and the proper respect for time.  The tactics employed by guerrillas date back to the ideas of Sun Tzu who wrote The Art of War.  In this book he demonstrates how your small group could beat a larger army.  He argued that you use your carefully planned and timed strength to exploit the weakness of the enemy.  In our case, it is the small cadre of teachers versus the vast resources of LAUSD and school districts like it throughout the country.  This is intended to give you a heads up regarding the disgusting tactics public school administrators utilize to harass, push you out, stress you out and eventually, if they have their way, terminate your employment (taking your long earned benefits away from you).  This knowledge will give you power, especially if you find yourself in a "housed" aka rubber room status.

The Principal is not your friend.

Unbeknownst to you, the principal of a school is trained in how to harass and eventually fire you.  In my experience, anytime you oppose the principal you end up on the "black list."  This list will comprise those people who speak out for reform, leaders who are supported by the local community or politicians, or representatives of your union.   Essentially, all the people who make the principal's job harder.  The Local School Leadership Council is an arena where administrators, teachers, and parents work together to improve their school.  However, many times the principal uses this as the forum to launch ideas promoted by the district.  Many times these ideas impede the educational program:  more tests, more collection of data, more waste of precious educational minutes.

Once, you have established yourself as an educational leader who sides with the community, as a leader who employs "secret balloting" to allow true voting, as a protector of student development, you will become a target of the administration.  They will use psychological tactics to demoralize, intimidate, institutionalize, bully, undermine your authority, and create mental stressors which basically serve to "push you out" of the organization. In addition, the principal will start hitting you with charges where for the first time the documentation says it can lead to your dismissal from the district.

The public school administrator is not accountable for his/her actions.  In fact, in California Government Code Section 821.6 permits them to "maliciously" bring false charges against you , while receiving immunity from prosecution.  Another interesting fact can be explained through the following examples:  Scenario 1: Cafeteria Manager X has only one friend at work- the principal.  Why?  Because everyday X makes her the best salads, soups, and sandwiches.  The result is that Cafeteria Manager X now thinks her status is above reproach.  She yells at co-workers, adults, parents, teachers and even students.  One day the union representative for the teachers reports her to the principal who does nothing.  He reports her to the administration.  They do nothing.  He reports her to her immediate supervisor.  This supervisor comes in, has a meeting with Cafeteria Manager X who is extremely apologetic and remorseful for her behavior.  Cafeteria Manager X gets a promotion. 

Scenario 2: At a High School in Los Angeles one day, an assistant principal has sex with a female student.  He gets reprimanded and transferred to a middle school where he has sex with a second student.  This one is finally behind bars.

Scenario 3: In another Los Angeles School the school principal and the assistant principal both plead guilty to failure to report child abuse (which is a violation of criminal codes and education codes).  They were suspended but then later returned to work.  The principal was later promoted to a position of director.

You have to ask yourself, if any of these true incidents happened to a teacher, would we have been promoted?  Would we have been able to return to work?  In other words there exists an obvious disparity in treatment.


LA Progressive

Dick Price and Sharon Kyle
Dick and Sharon
Dick and Sharon are a pair of citizen journalists and information activists who were fed up with
mainstream media. Rather than just kvetch about the media, they decided to try to become the media. So, together they founded the LA Progressive. Dick is the editor and Sharon is the publisher and webmaster, handling all technical aspects of the site.

This site was launched in March 2008, with Dick and Sharon doing most of the writing. Today, a host of gifted writers contribute to the LA Progressive's daily offering which typically amounts to about 45 articles a week. Dick and Sharon continue to write for as well as edit and publish the LA Progressive and distribute its daily e-news each morning.

o Scott Coe Riverside, California
Excellent Video Interview about Professor Coe

Assistant Professor of English at Riverside Community College and former high school English teacher. She is the author of Teacher at Point Blank and has been a teacher of English and literature in California since 1991. Her writing on intersections of gender, violence, and education has appeared in the Los Angeles Times as well as literary venues including Hotel Amerika, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, Memoir(and), Bitter Oleander, and Green Mountains Review. Her essay, "Recovering Teacher," won the NCTE 2009 Donald Murray Prize, and other selections of her work have received a Pushcart Special Mention as well as Notable listings in Best American Essays 2009 and 2010. As an independent researcher, Jo authored and published the most extensive study to-date of Adams v. LAUSD, a nearly 10-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual harassment, in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women's Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo values the aesthetic, political, and socially transformative powers of literary narrative--especially to dispel unhealthy silences and witness cultural blindspots. She works currently as an assistant professor of English at Riverside Community College in SoCal, and her book, Teacher at Point Blank (Aunt Lute 2010), has been selected as a Great Read for Fall 2010 by Ms. Magazine. Punk rock? Yes. Hockey games? Yes. Coffee? Always black. Find Jo on the web at and on Twitter @joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier New York, New York
Betsy Combier's blog
is a jewel that chronicles the corruption in NYC's Dept of Educations (DOE)  . She has accomplished a wonderful piece of journalism, and created one of the rare places where corrupt educational governance is chronicled and revealed

Professor Samuel Culbert Los Angeles, California
is a professor at the UCLA Andersen School of Business who also teaches in the Education Department's Principals' Leadership Institute. Check out the following 3 minutes on ABC News

Stuart Goldurs Los Angeles, Califonia
Don't send LAUSD Librarians to the Inquisition, send the downtown bureaucrats
Tests, What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

LAUSD students to attend school on contaminated land, again!
Some schools teach only to the tests, so how are the students being prepared for the next grade and for life?
New LAUSD superintendent adds six-figure positions to management team

Has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. He is greatly aware of the district waste, large bureaucracy, and other major issues of the time. He started his blog with the sole purpose of informing the world about the truths of education in LAUSD. E-mail him at:

LAUSD has selected a new Superintendent of Schools

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

Former award winning teacher who co-founded NAPTA, National Association for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse, and wrote the book White Chalk Crime: The REAL Reason Schools Fail to expose how teacher harassment and terrorization maintains a system of deeply hidden corruption. Disposing of dedicated teachers forms the core of the White Chalk Criminal's agenda since dedication and white collar crime do not mix. Given that all agree that good teachers are essential to good teaching, a system that cannot tolerate good teachers is worthless. This is what we have in place. With Bernie Madoff-like leaders - he was as much about investing as our school leaders are about educating - anointed with unlimited power, including the ability to fill the airwaves with propaganda, education is no longer about education. It is about money and power for those who play a very corrupt game and with an agenda of privatizing schools so their power will increase. (Privatization may have merits. NAPTA does not take a position on that. But privatizing a system that is rotten to its core - where quality teaching cannot survive, where a cover up of pretense that they do not know this despite so many of us reporting these truths prevails - documents that those advocating privatization cannot be trusted! It shows they want our schools for their own interests, not the children, nor the community.)  NAPTA welcomes parents, teachers, students, citizens or anyone who understands that without a real system of education, we no longer have a democracy. Membership is free. Go to:  or Become educated about what is going on. 

Jerry Mintz Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Hts., NY  11577

For those of you who cannot wait for corrupt public education to be turned around, AERO offers an excellent source to get connected with viable alternatives right now.
            800-769-4171       (domestic)
            516-621-2195       (international)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
She is a longtime public school teacher who, after 20 years, became staff writer for a teacher magazine and then went freelance. I've maintained a website of activism for nearly 9 years--ever since the passage of NCLB. People can subscribe to the website and then they get updates about new content. I answer all the mail I get through the website and with the answer, people have my e-mail.  I also try to stir things up on Twitter, though I find this medium frustrating. I have a Facebook page--just so people can find me. I don't initiate anything on it, The website keeps me busy.

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, New York

Susan studied literacy education, English literature, and fine arts and holds a BA ('63) and MS ('65) from Brooklyn College, and has the equivalent of two master's degrees, earned in graduate studies of literacy, arts and education. She taught literacy skills and art, for four decades in NYC in elementary and secondary school.  In 1998 she won the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Educator of Excellence Award  for her successful teacher practice, studied by Harvard  and the LRDC at the University of Pittsburgh for the New Standards research. At the end of her research, her unique curriculum was selected by the LRDC to be used in their national staff development seminars for school superintendents. She was among six teachers -- from among the thousands across the nation-- observed during the research project, and her teaching practice met all the  principles of learning. In the nineties, she rose to prominence in national educational circles, while teaching at a new magnet school, East Side Middle School. The reading scores of her seventh grade students were at the top of the city, and on the first ELA, which two thirds of city students failed, her former students (then in the eight grade) were TENTH IN THE STATE.

 She writes often about what she learned about the genuine standards for learning, in an attempt to begin a national conversation about the authentic standards, so that there can be genuine reform. Her experience that ended her fine career in the NYC Public Schools has led her to write about the process that removed the top educators, silencing the voices of the classroom practitioners who would not accept anti-learning policies. Her essay here on Perdaily,  is one that describes this process. Read more as she talks about education, literacy  and learning on her site, from the perspective of the experienced teacher-practitioner of pedagogy. She is the voice of dedicated and talented classroom teachers who know why the schools are failing.

Her website is:

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, New York
Professor of English Emeritus--SUNY, College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunct instructor-Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006--   )
Regular contributor to the Huffington Post:
Author of "The Thinking Crisis" with Ellen Hill (Authors Choice Press: New York, 2001)
Numerous articles on education in Jewish Currents.
Script-writer for three YouTube satires on educational "reform."
 "The Lessons":
"Numbers Lie":
"The Charter Starters":<>

Here's Joel's latest post about the low percentage of "college ready" high school graduates.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana


"I know first hand the financial, personal, emotional and physical damage that can result when school administrators, the Montana Education Association and the National Education Association put their own interests above the students, teachers and the taxpayers of the State of Montana My files contain mountains of paperwork including depositions, declarations of truth, notarized documents and exhibits resulting from an arduous legal process that finally ended when the Havre (Montana) School District settled two lawsuits - a Federal suit and one filed in State District Court. These documents also include a letter from a union representative stating, " This is nothing more than a witch hunt." Yet the union continued to allow the school administration to harass, bully and bring harm to me.
These two lawsuits resulted from a single incident that, had it been handled differently and under the light of public scrutiny, would not have snowballed into awards of more than $200,000 worth of damages. Funds that eventually came from the taxpayers' pockets. Ironically, as a taxpayer in Hill County, my family and I are helping to pay for the damages awarded to me. This covered the attorneys' fees. The settlement did not include my attorney fees, however the district, insurance and taxpayers paid the defendants attorney bills, which exceeded mine. The settlement was made on March 2, 2006."

Lois Weiner Jersey City, New Jersey
Professor, Elementary and Secondary Education
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
Democracy Now
Impact of urban school characteristics on teachers' classroom practice
How race, class, and gender mediate academic achievement
Teachers' work and the school as a workplace. Effects of changes in global political economy on teaching, teachers, and schools

(Para una visión nacional de la reforma de la educación pública ver el final de esta entrada del blog)

El término "Guerrilla" es español para la "pequeña guerra".   Tiene su origen en las guerras napoleónicas.   El francés se hizo cargo de España.   Un "guerrillero" era un soldado en el Ejército Rebelde en español.   Sin embargo, durante la Batalla de Puebla, en México, los franceses se reunió un nuevo soldado.   Este soldado no luchó en el estilo convencional de pie en línea recta y disparar andanadas de disparos de fusil el uno al otro hasta que uno dominado.    Este soldado se escondió en los arbustos, detrás de las rocas, dentro de los edificios, en los árboles y cualquier otra ubicación escondite conveniente.   El ataque se produce después de una cuidadosa planificación, y el respeto por el tiempo.   Las tácticas empleadas por la guerrilla se remontan a las ideas de Sun Tzu, que escribió El arte de la guerra .   En este libro se muestra cómo un grupo pequeño puede vencer a un ejército más grande.   Sostuvo que utiliza su fuerza cuidadosamente planeado y programado para explotar la debilidad del enemigo.   En nuestro caso, es el pequeño grupo de profesores en comparación con los vastos recursos de los distritos del LAUSD y la escuela como que en todo el país.   Con ello se pretende darle una mano a mano con respecto a las tácticas de repugnantes a los administradores de las escuelas públicas utilizan para acosar, empujar hacia fuera, insistir en que fuera y, finalmente, si se salen con la suya, terminar su empleo (de tomar sus beneficios a largo ganados lejos de ti).   Este conocimiento le dará el poder, especialmente si usted se encuentra en una "sede" de estado conocido como cuarto de goma.

El principal no es su amigo.

Sin saberlo, usted, el director de una escuela se entrena en la forma de hostigar y eventualmente despedir.   En mi experiencia, cada vez que se oponen a la capital que terminan en la lista de "negro".   Esta lista estará integrado por aquellas personas que hablan a favor de la reforma, los líderes que son apoyados por la comunidad local o los políticos o representantes de su sindicato.    En esencia, todas las personas que hacen el trabajo del director es más difícil.   El Consejo Directivo Escolar es un espacio donde los administradores, maestros y padres trabajan juntos para mejorar su escuela.   Sin embargo, muchas veces el director utiliza esto como el foro para poner en marcha ideas promovidas por el distrito.   Muchas veces estas ideas impiden el programa educativo:   más pruebas, más la recopilación de datos, más derroche de valiosos minutos educativos.

Una vez, usted se ha establecido como un líder educativo que se alinea con la comunidad, como un líder que cuenta con "voto secreto" para permitir el voto cierto, como un protector del desarrollo del estudiante, que se convertirá en un objetivo de la administración.   Ellos usarán tácticas psicológicas para desmoralizar, intimidar, institucionalizar, intimidar, minar su autoridad, y crear factores de estrés mental, que básicamente sirven para "que empujar" de la organización. Además, el director empieza a golpear con los cargos que en la que por primera vez la documentación dice que puede conducir a su expulsión del distrito.

El administrador de la escuela pública no es responsable por sus acciones o.   De hecho, en la sección 821.6 del Código de California Gobierno les permite "maliciosamente" formular cargos falsos en contra de usted, al recibir inmunidad judicial.   Otro dato interesante se puede explicar a través de los siguientes ejemplos:   Escenario 1: X Cafetería Manager tiene un solo amigo en el trabajo-el director.   ¿Por qué?   Debido a que cada día hace que sus X las mejores ensaladas, sopas y sándwiches.   El resultado es que X gerente de la cafetería ahora piensa que su estado está por encima de cualquier reproche.   Ella le grita a sus compañeros de trabajo, los adultos, padres, maestros e incluso estudiantes.   Un día, el representante sindical de los maestros de sus informes al director que no hace nada.   Él le informa a la administración.   No hacen nada.   Él le informa a su supervisor inmediato.   Este supervisor entra, tiene una reunión con el Gerente de Cafetería X que es extremadamente disculpas y remordimientos por su comportamiento.   Cafetería Gerente de X consigue un ascenso.  

Escenario 2: En una escuela secundaria en Los Ángeles un día, un asistente del director tiene relaciones sexuales con una estudiante.   Él recibe una reprimenda y se transfiere a una escuela secundaria en el que tiene relaciones sexuales con un estudiante de segundo.   Este es, finalmente tras las rejas.

Escenario 3: En otra escuela secundaria de Los Ángeles, el director de la escuela y el subdirector tanto se declara culpable de no reportar el abuso infantil (que es una violación de los códigos penales y códigos de la educación).   Ellos fueron suspendidos, pero luego volvió a trabajar.   El director más tarde fue ascendido a un puesto de director.

Usted tiene que preguntarse, si alguno de estos incidentes ocurrió a un verdadero maestro, que nos han impulsado?   ¿Habríamos sido capaces de volver a trabajar?   En otras palabras, existe una disparidad evidente en el tratamiento.

Los reformadores nacionales EDUCACIÓN

LA Progresista

Dick Price y Kyle Sharon
Dick y Sharon
Dick y Sharon son un par de periodistas ciudadanos y activistas de información que fueron alimentados con medios de comunicación . En lugar de simplemente kvetch acerca de los medios de comunicación, decidieron tratar de convertirse en los medios de comunicación. Por lo tanto, juntos fundaron la progresiva Ángeles. Dick es el editor y Sharon es el editor y webmaster, el manejo de todos los aspectos técnicos del sitio.

Este sitio fue lanzado en marzo de 2008, con Dick y Sharon haciendo la mayor parte de la escritura. Hoy en día, una gran cantidad de talentosos escritores contribuyen a la realización progresiva del ofrecimiento diario de Los Angeles que por lo general equivale a cerca de 45 artículos por semana. Dick y Sharon seguir escribiendo para, así como editar y publicar la progresiva Ángeles y distribuir su día por e-noticias todas las mañanas.

J o Scott, Coe Riverside, California
Jo.Scott-Coe @
Video Entrevista con el Profesor Excelente Coe

Asistente de Profesor de Inglés en el Riverside Community College y ex profesor de escuela de Inglés. Ella es el autor de Profesor en Point Blank y ha sido profesora de Inglés y la literatura en California desde 1991. Su escritura en las intersecciones de género, la violencia y la educación ha aparecido en Los Angeles Times, así como lugares literarios, entre ellos Amerika Hotel, de Género En cuarto lugar, los dientes del Río, la Carta Novena, Memoria (y), Bitter Oleander, y Revisión de Las Montañas Verdes. Su ensayo, "Recuperación de Maestro", ganó el NCTE 2009 Premio Donald Murray, y otras selecciones de su obra ha recibido una Mención Especial la carretilla de mano, así como listados de notables en mejores trabajos de América de 2009 y 2010. Como un investigador independiente, Jo escribió y publicó el estudio más extenso hasta la fecha de Adams v LAUSD, un caso de casi 10 años de acoso judicial por estudiantes y maestros en el sexual, en la (re) interpretaciones: Las formas de la justicia en las mujeres La experiencia (Cambridge Scholars Press). Jo valores de las facultades estéticas, políticas, y la transformación social de la narrativa literaria - especialmente para disipar los silencios no saludables y ser testigo de ciegos culturales. Ella trabaja actualmente como profesor adjunto de Inglés en el Riverside Community College en SoCal, y su libro, Profesor de Point Blank (laúd tía 2010), ha sido seleccionada como una gran lectura para el otoño de 2010 por la revista La Sra.. El punk rock? Sí. Hockey sobre los juegos? Sí. Café? Siempre de color negro. Buscar Jo en la web en y en Twitter @ joscottcoe.

Betsy Combier Nueva York, Nueva York
betsy.combier @
Blog de ​​Betsy Combier de
es una joya que narra la corrupción en la Ciudad de Nueva York Departamento de Educación nacional (DOE). Ella ha logrado una maravillosa pieza de periodismo, y ha creado uno de los pocos lugares donde se narra la gobernabilidad educativo corrupto y reveló

Profesor Samuel Culbert Los Ángeles, California
es un profesor de la UCLA School of Business Andersen quien también enseña en el Instituto de Liderazgo de los directores del Departamento de Educación ". Echa un vistazo a los siguientes 3 ​​minutos en ABC News

Stuart Goldurs Los Ángeles, Califonia
No envíe a los bibliotecarios del LAUSD a la Inquisición, enviar a los burócratas del centro
Las pruebas, lo que son buenos para? Absolutamente Nada!
LAUSD estudiantes asistan a la escuela en tierras contaminadas, otra vez!
Algunas escuelas sólo enseñan a las pruebas, así que ¿cómo son los estudiantes se están preparando para el siguiente grado y para la vida?
Nuevo superintendente de LAUSD se suma de seis cifras posiciones al equipo directivo

Ha sido un maestro en el Distrito de Los Angeles Unified School durante 30 años. Él es en gran medida al tanto de los residuos del distrito, gran burocracia, y otros aspectos importantes de la época. Él comenzó su blog con el único propósito de informar al mundo sobre las verdades de la educación en el LAUSD. Su e-mail a:

El LAUSD ha seleccionado un nuevo Superintendente de Escuelas

Karen Horwitz Chicago, Illinois

Profesor galardonado ex cofundador NAPTA, Asociación Nacional para la Prevención del Abuso de Maestros, y escribió el libro de la delincuencia White Chalk: Las Escuelas Razón REAL Fail para exponer cómo el acoso y el terror profesor mantiene un sistema de corrupción profundamente escondido. Eliminación de los maestros dedicados constituye el núcleo de la agenda del Penal White Chalk desde que la dedicación y la delincuencia de cuello blanco no se mezclan. Teniendo en cuenta que todos coinciden en que los buenos maestros son esenciales para una buena enseñanza, un sistema que no puede tolerar a los buenos maestros no sirve para nada. Esto es lo que tenemos en su lugar. Con Bernie Madoff como líderes - que era tanto de inversión como los líderes de la escuela tienen que ver con la educación - ungido con poder ilimitado, incluyendo la capacidad para llenar las ondas con la propaganda, la educación ya no es acerca de la educación. Se trata de dinero y el poder para aquellos que juegan un juego muy corrupto y con una agenda de privatización de las escuelas por lo que su poder se incrementará. (La privatización puede tener méritos NAPTA no toma una posición al respecto, pero la privatización de un sistema que está podrido hasta la médula -.. En la enseñanza de calidad no puede sobrevivir, en un encubrimiento de la pretensión de que ellos no saben esto a pesar de que muchos de nosotros la presentación de informes estas verdades prevalece - documentos que las privatizaciones defender no se puede confiar Esto demuestra que queremos que nuestras escuelas para sus propios intereses, no los niños, ni la comunidad) NAPTA da la bienvenida a los padres, maestros, estudiantes, ciudadanos o cualquier persona que entiende que sin un real!. sistema de educación, ya no tenemos una democracia. La membresía es gratuita. Ir a: o . Infórmese acerca de lo que está pasando.

Jerry Mintz, director
De Educación Alternativa Resource Organization (AERO)
417 Roslyn Road., Roslyn Hts., NY 11577

Para aquellos de ustedes que no pueden esperar a que la educación pública corrupta que se dio la vuelta, Aero ofrece una excelente fuente para conectarse con alternativas viables en estos momentos.
800-769-4171       (Nacional)
516-621-2195       (Internacional)

Susan Ohanian Charlotte, Vermont
Ella es una maestra de escuela pública que desde hace mucho tiempo, después de 20 años, se convirtió en redactor de una revista de maestro y luego se fue por cuenta propia. He mantenido un sitio web de activismo desde hace casi 9 años - desde la aprobación de la ley NCLB. La gente puede suscribirse a la página web y luego obtener las actualizaciones de nuevo contenido. Contesto todos los correos que recibe a través de la página web y con la respuesta, la gente tiene mi dirección de e-mail. También trato de agitar las cosas en Twitter, aunque encuentran en este medio frustrante. Tengo una página en Facebook - sólo para que la gente me puede encontrar. Yo no inician nada en ella, el sitio web me mantiene ocupada.

Susan Lee Schwartz Suffern, Nueva York

Susan estudió la alfabetización, la literatura Inglés, y las bellas artes y tiene una licenciatura (63) y MS (65 ') en el Brooklyn College, y tiene el equivalente de dos grados de maestría, obtuvo en los estudios de posgrado de la alfabetización, las artes y la educación. Ella le enseñó las habilidades de alfabetización y el arte, desde hace cuatro décadas en Nueva York en la escuela primaria y secundaria. En 1998 ganó el estado de Nueva York Inglés Consejo (NYSEC) Educador del Premio a la Excelencia por su exitosa práctica de los docentes, estudiada por la Universidad de Harvard y el LRDC en la Universidad de Pittsburgh para la investigación de nuevas normas. Al final de su investigación, su plan de estudios único fue seleccionado por el LRDC para ser utilizado en sus seminarios nacionales de desarrollo del personal de los superintendentes escolares. Ella estuvo entre los seis profesores-de entre los miles en todo el país - observados durante el proyecto de investigación y la práctica docente, se reunieron todos los principios del aprendizaje. En la década de los noventa, se levantó a la prominencia en los círculos educativos nacionales, mientras enseñaba en una escuela magnet nuevo East Side Middle School. Las puntuaciones de lectura de sus estudiantes de séptimo grado se encontraban en la parte superior de la ciudad, y en el primer ELA, que dos tercios de los estudiantes de la ciudad no, sus antiguos alumnos (en ese entonces en el octavo grado) fueron DÉCIMO EN EL ESTADO.

Ella escribe a menudo sobre lo que había aprendido acerca de los estándares reales de aprendizaje, en un intento de iniciar una conversación nacional acerca de los estándares auténticos, por lo que no puede haber una verdadera reforma. Su experiencia que puso fin a su carrera muy bien en las escuelas públicas de Nueva York la ha llevado a escribir sobre el proceso que elimina los mejores educadores, silenciando las voces de los practicantes del aula que no aceptaban las políticas anti-aprendizaje. Su ensayo aquí en Perdaily, es la que describe este proceso. Leer más como ella habla de la educación, la alfabetización y el aprendizaje en su sitio, desde la perspectiva de la experiencia docente-profesional de la pedagogía. Ella es la voz de los maestros dedicados y talentosos que saben por qué las escuelas están fallando.

Su sitio web es: (Steiner) _ / index.html

Joel Shatzky: Brooklyn, Nueva York
Joel.Shatzky @
Profesor Emérito de Inglés - SUNY College at Cortland (1968-2005)
Adjunto un instructor Kingsborough CC (CUNY) 2006 -)
Colaborador habitual de The Huffington Post:
Autor de "La Crisis del Pensamiento" con Ellen Hill (Prensa Autores Elección: Nueva York, 2001)
Numerosos artículos sobre la educación en Corrientes judías.
Guionista de tres sátiras de YouTube en la educación "reforma".
"Las lecciones":
"Los números mienten":
"Los arrancadores de la Carta": <>

Aquí está el último mensaje de Joel sobre el bajo porcentaje de "preparados para la universidad", los graduados de secundaria.

Lorna Stremcha Havre, Montana



Su historia:
"Sé de primera mano el daño financiero, personal, emocional y físico que puede resultar cuando los administradores escolares, el Montana Asociación para la Educación y la Asociación Nacional de Educación anteponer sus propios intereses por encima de los estudiantes, profesores y de los contribuyentes del Estado de Montana Mis archivos contienen montañas de papeles, incluyendo declaraciones, declaraciones de la verdad, los documentos notariales y exposiciones resultantes de un arduo proceso legal que finalmente terminó cuando el Havre (Montana) del Distrito Escolar se establecieron dos pleitos-. una demanda federal y una presentada en la Corte de Distrito del Estado Estos documentos también incluyen una carta de un representante del sindicato diciendo: "Esto no es más que una caza de brujas". Sin embargo, el sindicato continuó permitiendo la administración de la escuela para acosar, intimidar y hacer daño a mí.
Estas dos demandas el resultado de un incidente aislado que, de haber sido manejado de manera diferente y bajo la luz del escrutinio público, no habría una bola de nieve en los premios de más de $ 200,000 en daños y perjuicios. Los fondos que eventualmente llegaron a los bolsillos de los contribuyentes. Irónicamente, como contribuyente en el Condado de Hill, mi familia y yo estamos ayudando a pagar las indemnizaciones concedidas a mí. Esto cubre los honorarios de los abogados. El acuerdo no incluye honorarios de mi abogado, sin embargo el distrito, los seguros y los contribuyentes pagan las facturas de abogado del acusado, que superaron la mina. El acuerdo se hizo el 2 de marzo de 2006. "Http://

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03 2012


"Espiritu Makiguchi." For your information, it means "Spirit of Makiguchi." Tsunesaburo Makiguchi was a great humanitarian of japanese descent. He was an educator who believed in "helping the common people." In an aristocratic place like Japan, that was an uncommon thing to do. But Makiguchi taught that "one should never blindly follow authority." He was imprisoned by the Thought Police. After cruel interrogations and punishment he died from malnutrition. Like targeted LAUSD teacher, he too was a martyr. Thanks to him, the philosophy of hope continues helping people to this day. It has helped me abundantly.

The details in your scenarios are too polite. In the case of Steve Roony an AP at a HS in Watts, his relationship with a student exploded into a confrontation with the girl's father. He was waving a gun and issuing threats but because he was a white professional and the father was of color living in the projects , cops apparently did nothing more than alert LAUSD that there was an issue. We know the police often work with LAUSD when felonious teachers are apprehended . And innocent ones as well; in one case an angry teacher went outside his home one night to quiet a noisy dog. He was in his boxers, cussing , an officer came along and an argument ensued. When the man in boxers protested' "I am a teacher!" the officer called his principal the following morning and the teacher was held hostage in a rubber room. He was suddenly anpervert because he was in his boxers outside yelling at a barking ddo. I have been there. Most of us have.That devestated teachervdied before he could clear his name. Lausd likes this even better than resignations, and he's not the only teacher to die because of the stress inflicted upon them by district despots.
Rooney, however was an administrator and above the law. Apparently Indulging yourself in sexually deviant impulses is ok when it comes at the expense of poor black and Latino kids.
Rooneys's director decided the situation would escalate protected his colleague reflexively, and promoted Rooney to Principal of a hood middle school. Pervse logic would see this as evidence of Rooney's innocence if a lawsuit was filed as reason tells us Lausd would never promote a predetor. Charges and claims would likely be dismissed as the fabrication of a low rent con.
Rooney is a brute who shared Berndt and Hernandez' astute skills and col cunning knowing which child was most vulnerable and ingratiating himself within the folds of his supervisor's cronyism.
Men will often rationalize that these teenage girls are wanton, too hard to resist. It's not entirely bogus, and she did consent to have sex with him. It's still very wrong but not as wrong as what he did next ( note other girls are surfacing to assert they too were victims) But the girl Rooney chose one Saturday afternoon when the kids came for English lessons was 12. She barely spoke English and he pegged her as an "illegal " when he offered her a ride home.
She was probably too obedient to say no too innocent to think he would harm her, but he drove her to his trendy condo downtown, had his way with her for hours, and dumped her off not far from her home, smug in his confidence that the girl would never tell.
She told, her parents went to police and he was arrested. So was his director. Now both are in prison where they should rot.
Many administrators get caught embezzling money, using very poor judgement and mistreating teachers so lawlessly the district cannot ignore the problem.
They are promoted to desk jobs. They have no duties. They sit and play solitaire or start online businesses and collect their $100k+ salery with benefits, they retire with a full pension and no one finds out about their transgressions. Of course, some are victims of punitive officials who will not dismiss them but make their status well known. You can tell who they are because they are treated with the same contempt as innocent teachers, singled out for ridicule and not at ease the way your guilty detainees tend to be,
I feel it's important to add that there are some ethical administrators who are committed to our mission as educators. As a rule they spent a lot of time teaching in the trenches and work harder than anyone. I've worked with these kinds of school leaders and it's another world where Socratic discourse is facilitated, collaboration is fruitful, discipline is prudent and fair. Teachers are on task but satisfied and students feel safe and inspired. These administrators also suffer . They are victimized by ageism, sexism and punished for success that some one else will take the credit for.
There is no defined hierarchy of misconduct much less consequences for them. The suits make it upnas they go along..
A teacher kicks and hits a special needs child not once but twice and gets a mere five days unpaid suspension. Another's students tell administrators she's been smoking pot in class daily. The suits and lapd rejects search the teacher's class immediately. There is no sign of marijuana,, but the teacher next door says she smells it often, but assumes its students. Anyone working at an urban HS knows the pungent smoke is a given ; in a HS setting, Kids sling nickel bags and make lunch apples into pipes to pass along tin bathrooms.
Half the staff goes home with the smell of weed clinging to their clothes.
The low rent cop claims he's seen the teacher online looking at a site about marijuana arrests which is funny, as this state legalized medical marijuana and anyone can get a card for $60. It makes no sense a teacher takes such a foolish risk. Moreover she was never arrested. But the principal decided to take the word of a few surly miscreants and suspended this teacher 15 career crushing days and transferred her and the damning charge to another HS. She wasn't rubber roomed because she teaches math quite well. One more reason to doubt her stoner status. But can you see the disconnect here? There are no standards of evidence, no statute to explicate the seriousness of the charge. I would prefer mynchild have a teacher who smokes weed than a teacher who gets violent with students when she loses it.
I know one thing.: my kid will never ever attend an Lausd school. And I will never work in one again unless there is a miracle that restores it to its former glory.
What seems more likely is a charter movement resurrecting itself in the way it orinally had, with disgusted teachers forming small schools that offer themes and unique pedagogical approaches like Enviormental Charter HS in Lawndale and Constellation MS in LB where my son is taking classes in back of St Anthony's and loving school again. Both humble campuses are operated by teachers and have over a decade of success under their belts despite limited resources and opposition from school districts who want the funding for themselves . If by some grace of gods I prevail in my efforts to bring Lausd to justice, I will use my settlement to start a charter school for troubled teens that emphasizes arts and the greater good. .
I can think of no better revenge than doing the right thing and doing it well.

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