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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

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

A rigorous public education is not a luxury. Rather it is an absolute necessity for any society that has pretensions of being a democracy in something more than just rhetoric. With the more affluent and predominantly White population having escaped to the suburbs or private schools to avoid the Supreme Court's judgment that "separate but equal education is inherently unequal" in the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education case, what we are left with is not only a public education daycare system that has no academic rigor, but the reality that this purposefully failed public education system has been going on for so long now that even those who have been charged to run it- and are themselves a product of it- do so without either the education or historical vision necessary to succeed in this now daunting task.

These ignorant- not stupid- Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) administrators parrot vacuous platitudes about "no child left behind" or every student is going to college or will exit K-12 education job ready, but none of them really believe it. They are just mouthing what they have been told to say in order to move up in LAUSD bureaucracy, where intelligently questioning what is being done will only get you targeted for removal. 

As a social studies teacher, I find most students see no practical value to studying what a bunch of dead people did in the past, because no attempt is made to show present day relevance. So as a society we repeat the same mistakes made in the past, since the schools where students should learn otherwise, continue to be subverted for financial gain and a system that assures our future citizens will not have the education necessary to meaningfully question authority in order to implement a truly democratic vision of America. Since it is clear that no generation can learn and apply all that it needs to know from just what takes place in its lifetime, what public education needs to do is teach our historic patrimony, the true wealth of society that must be preserve and passed on through public education, if society is to remain viable 

The dumbing of America is not limited to the poor and minorities de facto segregated in these public schools without academic rigor.  It also permeates institutions like the mainstream and public media in our society, which in the past disseminated vital information with which people could intelligently decide in what direction this country should go through intelligent public debate of the issues. Now people like Howard Blume and Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times or Sharon McNary of NPR station KPCC place keeping their jobs over telling the truth in a present reality that has seen the ranks of objective news reporters decimated- either go with the corporate public-school-privatization-all-teachers-are-bad party line or join ex- Los AngelesTimes Reporter Robert Scheer in losing your job. Alas, with mortgages to pay and children to put through college, predictably few reporters have chosen telling the truth, despite the fact that their access gives them the unique opportunity to do so. One can only hope that they at least secretly root for those of us still committed to tilting with windmills.

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Warren Fletcher finally came out last week after Barbara Jones of the Daily News reported about teacher jails. He acknowledged the existence of hundreds of UTLA represented teachers "housed" in LAUSD teacher jail - rubber rooms without any timely due process of law, presumption of innocence, and often long after they had been cleared of all charges by police.  Clearly, Warren, who prides himself on having received all his education from kindergarten through college in schools within one zip code, didn't learn much in any of them.

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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 practicemet 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.

Mensaje se repite en Español

Una rigurosa educación pública no es un lujo. Más bien es una necesidad absoluta para cualquier sociedad que tiene pretensiones de ser una democracia en algo más que retórica. Con la población más rica y negro predominante de haber escapado a los suburbios o en escuelas privadas para evitar la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo que "la educación separada pero igual es inherentemente desigual" en el 1954 Brown vs Board of Education, lo que nos queda no es sólo un sistema de educación pública de guardería que no tiene rigor académico, pero la realidad de que este sistema no intencionalmente la educación pública ha estado sucediendo durante tanto tiempo que incluso aquellos que han sido acusados ​​de ejecutar esto-y ellos mismos son un producto de la misma-do por lo tanto, sin la educación o la visión histórica necesaria para tener éxito en esta tarea ahora de enormes proporciones.

Estos ignorantes, no estúpidos-Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) trivialidades vacuas loro administradores acerca de "No Child Left Behind" o cada estudiante va a la universidad o se saldrá K-12 Trabajo Educación listos, pero ninguno de ellos realmente lo creo. Sólo están articulando lo que les han dicho que dijera el fin de ascender en la burocracia del LAUSD, donde inteligentemente cuestionar lo que se está haciendo no harán más que apuntaste para su eliminación.

Como profesor de estudios sociales, encuentro mayoría de los estudiantes no ven ninguna utilidad práctica para el estudio de lo que un montón de gente muerta en el pasado, porque no se intenta mostrar la relevancia actual. Así que, como sociedad, repetimos los mismos errores cometidos en el pasado, ya que las escuelas en las que los estudiantes deben aprender de otra manera, siguen siendo subvertido con ánimo de lucro y un sistema que asegura a nuestros futuros ciudadanos no tienen la educación necesaria para cuestionar significativamente autoridad para para implementar una visión verdaderamente democrática de América. Puesto que es evidente que ninguna generación puede aprender y aplicar todo lo que necesita saber de sólo lo que ocurre en su vida, lo que la educación pública debe hacer es enseñar nuestro patrimonio histórico, la verdadera riqueza de la sociedad que debe preservar y transmitir a través de la educación pública, para que la sociedad siga siendo viable

El embrutecimiento de América no se limita a los pobres y las minorías segregadas de facto en estas escuelas públicas sin rigor académico. También penetra en instituciones como la corriente principal de los medios públicos y en nuestra sociedad, que en el pasado la información difundida vital con la que la gente inteligente puede decidir en qué dirección debe ir a este país a través del debate público inteligente de los temas. Ahora la gente como Howard Mitchell Landsberg Blume y de los tiempos de Los Ángeles o McNary Sharon estación de NPR lugar KPCC mantener sus puestos de trabajo en decir la verdad de una realidad presente que se ha visto en las filas de los reporteros de noticias objetivas diezmado, ya sea ir con el sector empresarial público- privatización escuela-todos-maestros-son-malos línea del partido o unirse a ex-Los AngelesTimes reportero Robert Scheer en perder su puesto de trabajo. Por desgracia, con hipotecas que pagar y niños para poner a la universidad, a los periodistas de esperar unos pocos han optado por decir la verdad, a pesar de que su acceso les da la oportunidad única de hacerlo. Uno sólo puede esperar que por lo menos secretamente raíz para aquellos de nosotros sigue apostando por la inclinación con molinos de viento.

Maestros Unidos de Los Ángeles (UTLA) Presidente Warren Fletcher finalmente salió la semana pasada después de que Barbara Jones del Daily News informó sobre las cárceles de los maestros. Reconoció la existencia de cientos de maestros UTLA representado "alojados" en la cárcel maestro LAUSD - Salas de goma sin ningún proceso puntual al principio de legalidad, presunción de inocencia, ya menudo mucho después de que había sido absuelto de todos los cargos por la policía. Claramente, Warren, quien se enorgullece de haber recibido toda su educación desde el kindergarten hasta la universidad, en las escuelas dentro de un código postal, no aprendí mucho en ninguno de ellos.

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12 2012

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