Charter A Trip To Distraction

While some wonder if charter schools are the answer to the failure of public education to provide our neediest children with an excellent education the question still remains, “Why aren’t public schools providing the same type of education charter schools are able to provide their students?”

With State and Federal funding available to financially support public school systems with the highest concentrations of poverty the ability to offer their student populations a child centered, developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education, delivered by knowledgeable and dedicated professional educators in a class size that allows the student and their family to develop an interpersonal relationship that extends to the entire school community, the discussion of whether or not to support charter schools becomes moot.

When Federal and State legislation and policy dictate practice, education becomes profitable as the “hedgehogs” push their data driven ideals upon our children.

We must ignore the distractions placed before us and concentrate on changing the system of education so that our children become the focus of our educational intentions.

When we acknowledge and educate the gifts and talents all of our children possess, the affect and effect will be the evolution of our society into the America it was intended to be; a nation of knowledgeable, respectful, concerned citizens that are involved in their government and elect leaders who represent their voice in the Senate and Congress in order to make the best decision for the entire nation according to majority rule.

The interest of education must be our children and not the dollars and data it takes to educate them. Our concentration must be on what our children can do and making them proud to do it.

Our teachers must be proud of their gifts and talents and be able to use them to excite and engage their students on a personal level that the Federal and State have no way to evaluate other than the successful, positive communities that will grow out of that pride.

We must ignore the distractions and fight for change.

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Respect Trumps Poverty

The Democrat & Chronicle reported, “Some of the Rochester School District’s most persistent critics took their protest to the home of Board of Education president Van White on Tuesday, marching in the rain and railing against the district’s alleged failure to properly engage with parents.”

The Rochester City School District creates an educational disparity by not offering our children the opportunity to experience all of the engaging and culturally responsive learning venues in Rochester and its surrounding areas as a regular part of their education. Walking to school and being bused to a museum shows respect for the child and the process of learning.

The disrespect shown our students is also shown to their parents and teachers.

This creates another disparity that exists within most large urban areas of concentrated poverty.

When district leaders know and understand that the urban community, to which they should be responsive, has no voting voice parents are discounted. When teachers allow their union to make their voting decisions for them, they are discounted.

The only relevant voice then becomes that of the “hedgehogs”. Our children’s failure is directly tied to their profit margin; the more they fail, the more they make.

The only way to gain the respect of elected leaders is to raise our voice through our votes.

If parents feel that they are not being heard by their elected leaders they have the opportunity to vote them out in four years.

Our children have been experiencing educational failure for decades and the incumbents are consistently re-elected.

Our children deserve our best interest in the policies and procedures of the system that is supposed to educate them.

It is incumbent upon every adult of voting age to raise their voice to change the system of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children.

When we stand together and show respect for each other, our children will begin to respect the adults in their environment and then they can have respect themselves.

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Understanding The Difference

Poverty: The state of being poor; a lack of something.

Socioeconomic status: Of, relating to, or involving a combination of social and economic factors.

Disparity: containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements; markedly distinct in quality or character.

From the blogger janresseger we are told,

“At a Federal Reserve Conference on Economic Opportunity & Inequality in Boston last week, Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve Chair, delivered a speech on inequality in which, according to Bloomberg Business Week, she said, “public education spending is often lower for students in lower-income households than for students in higher-income households,” and described inequality in public education funding as a primary factor that blocks opportunity.”

When public education concentrates on engaging the gifts and talents of all of our children, it will begin to address the disparities that exist within our current system of education to reduce the impoverished conditions of our urban populations.

Keeping children inside school buildings preparing for tests does little to address the conditions of poverty that deny families the opportunity to visit museums, art galleries, cultural centers, other cities, states, or countries.

When public education concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children, the more than four billion dollars of educational funding will be spent providing all of these and more opportunities for all children so that they can observe, discuss, and learn together in a positive nurturing environment, surrounded by knowledgeable, caring adults who provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum to their students while forming interpersonal relationships with families within the entire school community.

Janressenger ends with this, “Janet Yellen named public spending on education as a primary “building block for expanding opportunity.” A pattern of continued tax cutting and austerity budgeting across state governments is instead deepening inequality.”

It is time we understand the difference between addressing poverty and ending the disparity that exists in our current system of education. All of our children deserve to experience all life has to offer so they can offer life all they have.

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Our Children, Our Taxes, Our System Of Education

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, parents will gather outside the RCSD’s Central Office Building to protest the failure of our educational leaders to successfully educate our children. The protest is taking place because parents are no longer willing to remain silent about what is happening to their children in the bi-lingual and special education programs within the district.

On Monday, October 27, 2014, from 7 PM – 8 PM, Greater Rochester Parent to Parent has been invited to share their “Common Core 101″ presentation at the Greece Assembly of God, 750 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY. They have been traveling the area for the past year informing parents, grandparents, and concerned citizens about what they have learned of the “reform” movement affecting our schools, and most importantly our children. In their presentation they address the myths commonly presented as explanations for No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Their goal is to help to “kick-start the research process for those just learning about what is going on in our schools.”

Parents, teachers, citizens are realizing that our current system of education must be changed, not reformed.

As we become more informed about the process of failure inherent within our current system of education, we become more aware of the necessity to change the focus of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children.

Urban parents are dissatisfied with the lack of respect their children are given in the current system education. They are dissatisfied with the lack of respect they receive when they try to advocate for their children.

Suburban parents are dissatisfied with the intimidating practices of No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top.

Rural parents are dissatisfied with the unconscionable cuts to their already waning budgets.

It is time to come together and tell our educational leaders that we will no longer be disrespected, intimidated, or held hostage by lack of funding.

These are our children and our tax dollars, it is time we make our schools provide our children with an excellent education.

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Beliefs, Perspectives, Attitudes

Belief: A feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true; a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable; a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone; a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing; a tenet or body of tenets held by a group; conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence. Merriam Webster Dictionary

Perspective: The interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed; the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance; the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions. Webster

Attitude: The way you think and feel about someone or something; a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior; a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude; a mental position with regard to a fact or state; a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state; an organismic state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus; a negative or hostile state of mind; a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant manner. Webster

Our beliefs determine our perspectives towards the attitudes we display through our behaviors.

By teaching our children to believe in themselves as gifted and talented, with something wonderful to offer their family, neighborhood, community, city, state, nation, and world, we begin to change the self-hatred taught to them by the current system of education that concentrates on classifying our children according to their perceived disability ignoring the child’s gifts and talents in order to strengthen what they were not chosen to do.

Changing the system of education so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of every child will change our perspective and ultimately our behaviors towards becoming a more positive, respectful, responsible citizenry.

We will then achieve the America it was intended to be, a strong, powerful, righteous nation.

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Leaders Are People Too – Get To Know Them

Last night the Green Party hosted a “get to know you” event for their Gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins.

It was an informative event. Mr. Hawkins’ political platform centers on reforming government so that the power of government rests in the hands of the people.

Though education is currently a “hot” political topic candidates and those already elected to office do not yet grasp the importance of the necessity to change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children.

Candidates know the problems that have been featured in the media, common core, testing, evaluations, union vs non-union, data mining, however, none of the candidates or incumbents speak of changing the language of education.

Everyone agrees that our children are gifted and talented.

Everyone agrees that we should accentuate those gifts and talents in order to create a sense of pride and accomplishment in our children.

Everyone agrees that those who have physical and intellectual challenges in their lives can overcome those challenges to become respectful, responsible members of our society by employing the gifts and talents with which they were born.

Once we change the language of education to reflect the importance of a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential curriculum that excites and inspires the students, teachers, parents, and every member of the school community because it is locally developed by dedicated educators who are inter-personally connected to their students and their students’ families, we will begin to see a positive change in the inter-personal relationships within our neighborhoods, cities, states, and eventually our nation.

As a nation of citizens, concerned with the direction of our current system of education, it is incumbent upon us to educate our current leaders and candidates to the importance of changing the focus of education so that it concentrates on our children and their gifts and talents.

The strength of our nation, the power of our government will become evident when we begin to teach our children how strong and powerful they are.

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Publicity, Propaganda, & Critical Review

A New York Times writer, Amanda Ripley wrote a book titled, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way” that was placed on the New York Times best seller list.

It was given 4 out of 5 stars by Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Several individuals, viewed by the public as authorities on the subject of education were asked to comment on the text.

“This book gives me hope that we can create education systems of equity and rigor–if we heed the lessons from top performing countries and focus more on preparing teachers than on punishing them.” Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

“If you care about education, you must read this book. By recounting what three intrepid kids learned from the rest of the world, it shows what we can learn about how to fix our schools. . .” Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin.

The Monroe County Library asked Dr. William Cala, Interim Superintendent of Fairport Schools, to read and review the book for their patrons.

His summarized review: While Ripley’s work is presented as research based, it is anecdotal not research, the conclusions that she draws from the stories she reports are questionable, the study is based on PISA scores alone, the small sample students chosen are not representative of students in the United States and the time spent following those students, one year, is not long enough to have gained relevant data.

Dr. Cala states, “She (Ripley) totally ignores decades of research.”

It is important to know and understand who the leaders in education are and what they are saying.

“Hedgehogs” have the funding to promote their propaganda to the nation to make us believe that standardizing our children to retrofit their job market should be the goal of education.

Dr. Cala states, “The reason for schooling, especially public education, is to make good people, to make good citizens and to discover the skills and the talents of the individual. . .”

We must ignore the publicity and propaganda and pay attention to our children.

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Know What They Say And Hold Them To It

Yesterday, Assemblyman Harry Bronson, 138th Assembly District leader and State Senator Ted O’Brien of Legislative District 55, spoke to concerned parents and community members at the Sully Library about their plans to secure educational tax dollars owed to the Rochester City School District and others across New York State.

Assemblyman Bronson’s record of educational support:
Sponsored legislation relating to education:
A02615: Relates to funds for innovation grants for programs to create public/private partnerships to develop and implement innovative, technology-based learning.

A09110: Directs the commissioner of education to establish an online learning
committee to make recommendations for establishment of a statewide online and blended learning program.

Co-Sponsored legislation relating to education:
A10168 Relates to temporary provisions for the implementation of common core learning standards; provides alternative calculation methods for any classroom teacher or building principal rated as ineffective or developing in an annual professional performance review calculated pursuant to section 3012-c of the education law for the 2013-14 and/or 2014-15 school years.

Assemblyman Bronson stated, “Education is the great equalizer. . . funding is a tool to reduce class sizes, to have quality curriculum in the classroom, to make sure that our teachers are able to provide more one-on-one attention, and to make sure that our children have {the} opportunity. . .”

Senator O’Brien’s record of educational support:
Senator O’Brien has sponsored no legislation concerning education.

Senator O’Brien stated, “Public education should not be the result of fortuitous circumstances. Public education should be funded for everyone to have that opportunity. . . Your educational opportunities shouldn’t be the result of when your number comes up on a waiting list.”

Both Assemblyman Bronson and Senator O’Brien are saying the right things and it is up to us, the people, to make sure that the bills they sponsor and co-sponsor support what they say to the public.

Our children deserve our due diligence to make sure that our elected officials fight for their right to an excellent education that discovers, develops, and directs their gifts and talents towards becoming respectful, caring human beings, leaders in their community, not simply college and career ready workers.

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Goals Determine Outcomes

The charter school movement and the charter school reality are very different.

“Early critics feared that charter schools would lure the highest-performing and most gifted students from centrally administered public schools. Instead, charter schools have tended to attract low-income, minority, and low-performing students.” Wikipedia

Once these privately run, publicly funded schools began to open across the country, the “cash cow” that is our children’s educational future became the meat upon which the “hedge hogs” began to feed.

“The goal in Buffalo should be to expand access to high quality seats, regardless of whether those seats are in district schools or charter schools.” Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman

The goal of education should be to provide every child in America with an excellent education in public schools supported by public funds.

If charter schools have the answer to providing an excellent education to their student body, then public school leaders, school boards, superintendents, administrators, and principals should be learning from them and administering the same excellent education in their districts and schools.

To dismantle public education and reassemble it in the form of charter schools so that private entities can siphon off public tax dollars to shore up their profit margins is unconscionable.

Dismantling the public school system destroys the American ideal of freedom and justice for all and supports the misguided notion that money is the answer to the problems we face as human beings.

Providing every child in America with an excellent, free and public education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents, delivered by dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, teachers who can construct a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential lesson that engages and inspires their students to become passionate, dedicated, knowledgeable adults is the only way to realize the America that it was intended to be; the world leader in democracy, freedom, and justice for all.

Before America can lead the world, we must begin to move in the right direction.

Providing every child in America with an excellent, free and public education will lead us to success.

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The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule states: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

Respect: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

The Federal government is offering $100,000.00 to organizations willing to work with “disconnected” youths.

The grant abstract does not identify these young people nor does it say from what they have been disconnected in order to reconnect them to whatever it is they are missing.

It is clear however, that at some time during their education, many of our young people have become disconnected from someone or something.

Though there has been a concentration of attention on the common core, testing, teacher evaluations, data mining, and even more attention given to poverty and institutionalized racism as being connected to the failure of our children to thrive educationally, it is the disconnect from the Golden Rule and Respect for self and others that has caused the failure of our children to thrive as human beings.

Our current system of education shows no respect for our children nor does it treat them they way the adults who control the system expect to be treated.

Until we treat ourselves with respect by following the Golden Rule, our children will continue to be disconnected from the knowledge that they possess wonderful gifts and talents that they can call upon to help them solve the every day challenges of life.

Discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of all of our children teaches them to respect themselves and to respect the gifts and talents of others, supporting the Golden Rule.

Connecting our children to the history of man, teaches them that though they are not perfect, they possess the power to make this world a better place in which everyone can live peacefully.

Changing the system of education so that it concentrates on maintaining the connection between our children and the Golden Rule of Respect means creating an entirely new system of education that concentrates on preparing All children for a successful future.

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