AN OPEN LETTER TO NOAM CHOMSKY

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Dear Professor Chomsky, As you approach your 88th birthday on December 7th of this year, I must confess that as a 69 year old whose memory is predictably starting to wane, I am all the more in awe of your ability to what seems to be effortlessly pull events together from our history into what I believe to be one of the most coherent and comprehensive analyses and explanations of where we now stand in the decline and likely fall of the American empire- seen in the context of those empires and societies that preceded us in declining to the same regrettable end. However, what I believe you also see is that given the unprecedented scope of American economic and military power and with things like global warming looming as a direct result of close to two hundred years of unbridled corporate power making decisions based solely on short-term capital gain is that this likely fall of the American empire could actual pose a real threat to continued human habitation of this planet as a viable species.

MINORITY EDUCATION- STILL NOT VERY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION- WHY?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) When it comes to affirmative action designed to supposedly redress generations of entrenched racial discrimination in our society that is still the rule in our de facto segregated public schools, the recently Supreme Court decided Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin et.al. misses the point for many reasons. First, when it comes to White university applicants like Abigail Fisher, who filed a case of discrimination based on giving preference to a minority student over her for admission to the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), I have always felt that students like Fisher- even though it requires her personal sacrifice- should now understand and finally have some empathy for what minority students must have felt in pre-civil rights America where they were either systematically excluded as a matter of law or not given enough of a quality K12 education to be competitive in the first place for the few schools that would accept them.

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06 2016

BERKELEY UNIFIED AGREES TO OUTSIDE INVESTIGATOR AT BEHEST OF BNAACP

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In response to incessant credible allegations of endemic racism and disperate treatment of both African-American employees and students, the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) has agreed to hire an independent outside investigator to look into these claims and report back to them in detail in a timely manner. Berkeley Unified Logo.jpg Not only has the Berkeley NAACP pushed for such an investigation, they have also made a suggestion as to who might independently conduct such an investigation, while laying out what should be the scope of what such an independent investigator might look into. While the BNAACP initially only took exception with the effects of racism on employees and students, what they now intelligently seek to have BUSD implement is an investigation into the causes and a BUSD structure of checks and balances that doesn't seem to have functioned for years. How could such alleged illegal behavior have continued for so long without any awareness or appropriate action being taken by the BUSD Board or any other entity within the district? To get a better idea of the scope of investigation that BNAACP has asked for and BUSD Board has tacitly agreed to, please check out the following link: Naacp Follow Up 6_3_16.pdf

AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE (ADA)- THE ENGINE DRIVING FAILURE AND FRAUD AT LAUSD AND ELSEWHERE AROUND THE COUNTRY

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) If you sat down and tried to think of the worst possible system for funding public education, I don't think you could come up with anything worse or more problematic than Average Daily Attendance (ADA), which is a public school funding model exclusively based on how many warm butts there are in public school seats on any given day. So why is this system of public school funding so bad? Let me count some of the ways:

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06 2016

DONALD TRUMP- THE REAL COST OF IGNORANCE

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To what extent is the popularity of Donald Trump linked to generations of Americans being purposefully undereducated in what remains a de facto segregated and inherently inferior public school system. Has this public non-education system been designed to assure that the vast majority of this country's population never reaches their intellectual potential, where they might actually have the ability to challenge those in power? Does the candidacy of a Donald Trump count on the fact that those in power will continue to delude themselves with the notion that two plus two must equal four, even if it is clearly no longer the case for the now uneducated majority of our population that chooses to deny it and support Trump.

COULD DONALD TRUMP BE THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS?

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There's an old adage that says, "If you put a frog in boiling water it will jump out. But if you put the frog in water and slowly raise the temperature around it, it will boil to death." Given that we do not have the luxury of a parliamentary democracy, which most often requires a coalition between different political parties in order to govern. And given that we do not have the "None of the above" option on our ballots, it is seeming more and more likiely that we will be left with only being able to choose between the lesser of two evils.

ETHNIC CLEANSING OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN EMPLOYEES AT BERKELEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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In reading this blog, if you have thought that the war on teachers and public education was something just isolated to LAUSD, you would be sorely mistaken. In writing this blog over the years I have been contacted over the years with greater frequency by high seniority and expensive teachers from all over the country who are being targeted and removed by school administrators doing the bidding of the Broad, Gates, Walton and other foundations hell bent on privatizing public education for profit and the further dumbing of America. After attacks against senior teachers in New York City, Buffalo, D.C., Chicago, Florida and elsewhere, the latest case in point has taken place in traditionally liberal Berkeley where the President Mansour Id-Deen of the Berkeley NAACP has finally had enough of these outrageous practices. In his letter to the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) about its concerted attack on teachers and classified staff of color being systematically attacked and removed from their careers by the new house negroes and hispanics running the BUSD into the ground, he pulls no punches in calling them out for their indefensible behavior. Click on the following link and read Berkeley NAACP President Mansour Id-Deen's 18 point attack on the BUSD's illegal behavior. Feel free to make comments and share this post with other educators around the country being savaged in the same manner: NAACP 5-10-16.pdf

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05 2016

SO YOU THINK YOU'RE REGISTERED TO VOTE?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) In hopefully learning from the suspicious disqualification of approximately 125,000 voters in Bernie Sanders home town of Brooklyn during the New York primary on April 19th of this year, I would suggest that Californians who want to be absolutely sure they can vote and be counted in California's primary on June 7th take the preemptive precaution of avoiding any potential unpleasant surprises on election day by now checking their own voter registration status well before the May 23rd voter registration deadline.

RACIST PUBLIC EDUCATION STILL ALIVE AND WELL AT LAUSD

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Predominantly students of color continue to exclusively be subjected to a non-education system of rote regurgitation of multiple choice answers with little or no writing or analysis. Their lessons consist of fragments of texts comprised of words and concepts they have never been taught. What most educational reformers ignore, who either have never been in an innercity classroom or do not care about dealing with the subjective reality they would find there, is that both teachers and students in these schools have an acquired aversion to the Socratic method of dialogue between teacher and student and the critical thinking it is designed to stimulate in both the student and the teacher.

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04 2016

LAUSD's MILITANTLY IGNORANT COMMITMENT TO A FAILED MODEL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION...AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) Whether it's Donald Trump or those misguided souls continuing to set the course for public education "reform" at places like the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), what they have in common is the complete inability to deal with objective and quantifiable reality in explaining how they intend to achieve their goals or whether these should be their goals in the first place. My favorite unchallenged feel good lie with literally no basis in fact that remains a clearly unattainable goal at LAUSD is that, "All students will be going to college." This flies in the face of the reality that the total capacity of all colleges and universites in the United States is 30% of high school graduates. So college and universities literally could not accommodate LAUSD's goal, even if the students were coming out of high school with mastery of all K-12 prior grade level standards, which they are not.

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04 2016

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