1(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Although teachers, parents, students, Osama bin Laden, and the Tooth Fairy have been blame for what is wrong in public education the corrupt and incompetent leadership of LAUSD is always given a pass, when it comes to what changes would definitively and finally fix public education, even though they are the ones clearly response for our present long-failed public education system. Logic should dictate that you cannot put Count Dracula in charge of a blood bank, an arsonist as the fire chief, or people who have shown for generations that they don't have a clue as to what will work. They have never once succeeded in improving big city minority filled public school districts with their non sequitur reforms. What I find fascinating, although a bit depressing, is what people do when faced with this public education system that is built on accommodating to failure with no expectation of ever succeeding in turning itself around. In the present discussion of the captive silenced majority that really wants something better, I find that they tend to talk about factors that have either nothing to do with public education reform or factors that would not be present at all if a decent public education system was being implemented, which it is not.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) We need to change the national conversation from one about teaching back to one about learning. In the place of genuine discussions of the methods and policies that promote learning, the media has presented a national rant about teachers-- focusing on teacher evaluation, and the 'imperative' to rid the system of the bad ones. The conversation about learning has been stolen by the very bureaucrats who administer these broken school systems. These politicians and businessmen -- deemed 'experts' because they served as chancellors and superintendents - crashed the system, and yet, they are currently the ones directing the national conversation for their own personal agendas and profit. They are pointing the public in the wrong direction.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) Many years ago in Africa before I Love Lucy was on television and the Amos and Andy radio show's White performers were not considered racist. And long before doo rags were a sign of Black pride, but rather a sign that Blacks had not as yet appreciated how beautiful they were, there lived only two races on the face of the earth. There were the Neanderthals and the Cro-Magnons. The Cro-Magnons were a truly superior people of not only higher intelligence, but also a high level of rare human empathy and a keen sense of fashion that is clearly lacking in 21st century America and elsewhere as humanity strives to see if it can assure its own extinction over the next 15 to 20 years by continuing to strip mine the earth, while irreparably maiming large segments of its population in public schools.(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 18-20 KPFK's Uprising Show with Sonali Kolhatkar will talk about issues of real public education reform that are presently blacked out in the mainstream media. Listen live at 90.7 FM if you are in Los Angeles or podcast at: http://www.kpfk.org/listen-live.html If you want to listen later, the shows will be archived at: http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/ January 18th show on KPFK: What happens to teachers who stand against LAUSD endemic corruption Public education as LAUSD and UTLA see it are about adapting to failure, rather than positing a pragmatic and viable model that addresses the subjective needs of students, teachers, and their families to insure an environment where learning is not the exception and 50% of teachers do not quit within the first 5 years because of the untenable environment they are required to teach in with no administrative support for either good teaching or the minimal level of discipline it requires..(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is my New Year's resolution for 2011 to finally develop and publicize a clearly stated and specific platform for real and accountable public education reform by bringing together people from all over this country to share their collective and remarkably similar insights as to the real nature of the purposefully failed and the endemically corrupt present public education system as well as a rather straight forward way it can be dealt with. This is the first of many blogs from myself and an initial list of insightful educators, parents, students, writers, and others from all of the United States whose views have been systematically excluded from the mainstream media and the present carefully controlled monologue of bogus public education reform that will continue until we the people stop and replace it with a truly functional public education system. The links to these tenacious heroes who continue to posit a positive views of excellent public education for all will be posted and linked to on a daily basis on this site and increased as they are joined by others from around the country until we reach the critical mass necessary to achieve the pragmatic and effective implementation of public education that we are entitled to. Browse through their links to see the stark similarities of the present corrupt public education system around this country and their clear vision of what has to replace it if we intend to survive as a democracy that vests power in its highly educated citizens.(Mensaje se repite en Español) When I was a teacher and UTLA Chapter Chair 10 years ago at Palisades High School, I had a colleague named Janis Adams who was unmercifully brutalized by students who put out an underground publication that libeled her by superimposing her face on Larry Flint Hustler Magazine pictures, with salacious articles that were attributed to Janis Adams 7 year-old son. Don Savarese was the principal of the school who - following long established LAUSD protocol - was allowed to be the principal for 2 years to retire out at a higher rate, because he had diligently played LAUSD's game throughout his career. As a non-boat rocker, he did nothing while Janis Adams was allowed to suffer the outrageous behavior of these students, because in a very real sense he had already retired. As UTLA Chapter Chair I reported what was going on to Superintendent Ramon Cortines, who was in his first stint as LAUSD superintendent. The students parents lawyered up and the District decided to give the students their own teacher and expensive film editing equipment to avoid a lawsuit while doing nothing for Janis Adams. Adams sued and a jury awarded her $4.5 million based on 5 separate counts on which they were unanimous. The judge threw out the verdict, which started a 10 year odyssey that recently ended in the California Supreme Court. LAUSD spent $1.2 million further beating up on Ms. Adams who ultimately signed a confidentiality agreement, so she cannot talk about the case and most likely got only Workman's Compensation for her 10 year ordeal. It is worth noting that the judge in the case was quoted as saying, "Any woman who becomes a teacher has to expect to be sexually harassed." The reason I tell you this prologue is because I want you to read Teacher at Point Blank by Jo Scott Coe. After publishing this website for a year now, what I have found is that people who are willing to write the truth about what is really going on in public education are rare. Those who bring impeccable research skills together with the ability to organize and write in a manner that is accessible to the general public as well as educators are something that is even rarer.(Mensaje se repite en Español) The engine driving LAUSD administrative harassment of teachers is the fact that administrators up until now have faced no consequences for harassing teachers to the point of their actions qualifying as a criminal conspiracy that not only fabricates testimony, but also offers witnesses incentives if they are willing to perjure themselves in LAUSD's mindless campaign to get rid of any teacher willing to stand up for the educational values that could truly reform public education at LAUSD. These administrators continue to go into retirement with no personal responsibility for their illegal actions in violation of teachers civil rights and at worst leave a financially strapped LAUSD holding the bag for any future liability in the unlikely event that the harassed teacher's rights should ultimately be vindicated in the judicial system.(Mensaje se repite en Español) In writing this blog over the last year, the reality I have had the hardest time accepting is the silence of teachers in the face of conscious and premeditated malfeasance and outright criminality within LAUSD leadership. Today I would like to explain why teachers who surely know what I do about endemic corruption at LAUSD steadfastly refuse to stand up against this corruption. In order to do this I would like to describe what happens to any teacher who dares to question the ill-conceived policies of LAUSD that objectively have no chance of improving public education in Los Angeles. In so doing, I will use my own case and those of many of the several hundred teachers who had the temerity to take exception to LAUSD's failed and self-serving policies and are presently suffering the consequences and have had the guts to talk openly with me about their regrettable situation.(en español después) Is there anybody else out there that realizes there has never been any substance to anything LAUSD proposes as public education reform? When you finish what amounts to the halftime pep talk from Head Coach Ramon Cortines, you as teachers and classified staff, administrators, and students and parents have to get back in the arena and get your brains beat out by the reality that LAUSD leadership and their masters in Sacracmento and Washington steadfastly refuse to specifically address in anything but edspeak platitudes that don't give you a clue as to how to finally turn things around, before the decay of American society becomes as irreversible as the equally ignored phenomenon of global warming.
Results tagged “Public Education Reform”
LAUSD Non Sequitur Education Reform Needs A Boycott (LAUSD Reforma Educativa Es "Non Sequitur" que necesita un boicot)
The National Conversation Required to Change Public Perceptions on Public Education by Susan Lee Schwartz(La conversación nacional necesaria para cambiar las percepciones públicas sobre la Educación Pública por Susan Lee Schwartz)
LAUSD, UTLA, Public Education, and Race- A Fable for the 21st Century (LAUSD, UTLA, Educación Pública, y la raza-Una fábula para el siglo 21)
LAUSD and Complicit UTLA: Listen Today 1/18/11 at 8 a.m. on KPFK to The Silenced Majority(UTLA LAUSD y cómplices: Escuche hoy 1/18/11 a las 8 am en KPFK de Los Mayoría silenciada)
A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END ENDEMIC CORRUPTION IN LAUSD AND ALL EQUALLY INCOMPETENT MINORITY FILLED BIG CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO FAIL (Un CAMPAÑA NACIONAL PARA PONER FIN A la corrupción endémica en el LAUSD...
LAUSD Teachers Cannot Stand Up Without A Strong And Independent UTLA - Part 2 (Los maestros del LAUSD no pueden hacer frente sin una UTLA fuerte e independiente)
LAUSD Teachers Cannot Stand Up Without A Strong And Independent UTLA - Part 1 (Los maestros del LAUSD no pueden hacer frente sin una UTLA fuerte e independiente)
LAUSD's Strategic Roadmap Development On A Collision Course With Reality (Mapa de desarrollo estratégico del LAUSD en curso de colisión con la realidad)