Archive for October 2015

NO PUBLIC EDUCATION REFORM WITHOUT OBJECTIVITY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When it really comes down to finally fixing public education once and for all, I seriously doubt that those with the power to effectuate the necessary reforms really want to do so, since they would be the first to go.

WHY LENNY ISENBERG WILL NEVER BE LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) While I'm probably the last person in the world the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) entrenched and purposefully dysfunctional leadership would like to have take them up on their clearly disengenuous offer to help them find a new superintendent to replace the habitually retiring and morally challenged Ramon Cortines, I will push on nonetheless and let you the reader determine if what I propose makes more sense than what they have been doing purposefully wrong for generations.

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10 2015

LAUSD'S PREMEDITATED "EGREGIOUS MISCONDUCT"- A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) How did the LAUSD School Board unanimously vote to fire famed teacher Rafe Esquith? The answer might surprise you as it is codified in law. According to The Brown Act section 54956.9 the board is compelled to side with the administration and district legal if there is even potential "exposure" to litigation as there is here for the wrongful termination, age discrimination, defamation, and other clear violations of LAUSD teachers civil rights that LAUSD administration continues to engage in.

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10 2015

THE UGLY TRUTH BEHIND LAUSD'S FIRING OF RAFE ESQUITH

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) A reliable source has stated that falsely charged LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith has predictably been fired by a unanimous vote of the LAUSD Board of Directors in closed session. This is without any verified charges, made under penalty of perjury, as is required by applicable Education Codes and fundamental notions of due process of law. Throughout the process, as one charge after another has been made against Esquith and then found to be completely false, LAUSD administrators have continued to add charges. The logical question of why these charges weren't brought in a timely manner before is something that has been scrupulously ignored by LAUSD administrators and their high priced lawyers who've gone after Esquith and any other teacher that LAUSD administrators decide to target.

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10 2015

HOW TO SUCCEED IN CHARTING THE DIFFICULT COURSE AWAY FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS

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All one needs to do to bring this point home is to drive around Los Angeles and see the brand new charter schools built at a cost of millions- usually at a cost several times their fair market value. The first thought that comes to mind in seeing this charter school empire is that there is no way that the for profit corporations behind these nominally non-profit charters cash cows are ever going to allow them to be closed, no matter how objectively inefficient they are and how destructive they are to any real public school reform.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE RISE OF MILITANT IGNORANCE: THE MORE WE HAVE, THE LESS WE KNOW

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) With ubiquituous Smartphone technology now giving us access to more information than we have ever had access to before, one might reasonably expect that this should have already led to an explosion of what student know in our society. However, what has actually taken place as any teacher can tell you who has to deal with this plague of cellphones in the classroom is that the access to greater knowledge has actually caused a steep decline in what students know and their ability to think and learn in a manner that builds and develops brain power through a process of sequential thinking. Clearly, cellphones are sabotaging normal human development in profound ways that those in power seem unwilling to take notice of and address. Up until this generation a student's ability to deal with more and more complex bodies of information as they progressed through school was the measure of their being considered educated. Now this fundamental educational process has been completely undermined by smartphones that are rapidly making us ignorant in the midst of what should be a feast of knowledge that could be used to address human betterment, but conspicuously is not.

LOOKING TO AVOID THE NEXT GUN TRAGEDY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In what has become the all too common public slaughtering of innocent people by a single deranged male assassin, we never seem to get past deploring the easy access to weapons of human destruction that make such carnage so easy as the sole explanation of this sick phenomenon so common in the United States and nowhere else in the civilized world. What we don't do is look at where the Chris Harper Mercers of this world come from and how their many clear signs of ultimate insanity were systematically ignored by those charged with addressing them. Maybe the tragedy of greater magnitude in our society is allowing people like Harper Mercer to pass through it socially untouched without either identifying their deficits or meaningfully fulfilling their needs before they ran amok.