Too Lucrative to Succeed

Victim: One that is injured, destroyed, or sacrificed under any of various conditions: One that is subjected to oppression, hardship, or mistreatment.

Pity: Sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy: Something to be regretted

Tavis Smiley’s report on the failure of African American males must be commended. Unfortunately, what is debilitating for these young men is the very concept that Mr. Smiley has proposed, that they are victims.

When we speak of the victimization of children we must understand the perception that allows others, those who do not feel victimized, to pity those they believe are victims. The attitude that aligns with the perception is that these victims are regrettably incapable of “normal” reasoning and therefore require “special” attention. It is this perception and attitude that led to the overwhelming influx of African American males into Special Education.

Approximately one minute into the video Dr. Alfred Tatum, Director of the UIC Reading Clinic, states, “We look at these kids as if they’re expendable. W. E. B. DeBois said, “Don’t look at these boys as if they’re scorecards of achievement, recognize their humanity.””

When we move beyond the circumstances of the children we receive in our classrooms and recognize their humanity we allow them to be and become powerful human beings.

When we recognize that a child has everything necessary to be successful in this world we need only teach them how to access the knowledge and power they possess within.

When we teach children that they are powerful, not because of some outside force that they conquer with the help of well meaning adults, but because that is what we were all created to be, powerful, we will have truly reformed education.

So, if that is how simple the answer is, why is there so much failure? Because powerful people cannot be controlled!

It is impossible to convince powerful people that they cannot succeed, the video bears that out, history also attests to this fact.

When we become powerful adults we will be able to recognize the power within our children.

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The “Big Five” Begin At The Bottom

The Urban Institute reports, of the ten worst metros for black-white equity, New York’s “Big Five” make up half the list.

91. Philadelphia–Camden–Wilmington, PA–NJ–DE–MD
92. Rochester, NY
93. Albany–Schenectady–Troy, NY
94. Toledo, OH
95. Bridgeport–Stamford–Norwalk, CT
96. New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, NY–NJ–PA
97. Syracuse, NY
98. Buffalo–Niagara Falls, NY
99. Chicago–Naperville-Joliet, IL–IN–WI
100. Milwaukee–Waukesha–West Allis, WI

Is this also the fault of teachers?

Will Governor Cuomo use standardized testing to evaluate the inability of the governing body of New York State to correct a situation that has been disabling these cities for decades?

It is unfortunate that, in this age of enlightenment, we are still focused on such irrelevant aspects of life as “black and white” equity when we are denying our children the right to their humanity by relegating them to a lifetime of ignorance by mis-educating them in a system that feeds on failure.

While unfortunate, it is understandable that “BB” would rather have us concentrate on the inane rather than recognize the insane idea that being different somehow makes us less human than one another.

Focusing on such an unnatural and unrealistic aspects of humanity allows “BB” to strip of us the natural and realistic expectations we should have of ourselves and others, which is to respect and love each other.

We are taught to love the things we can buy, be jealous of those who have more than us, and utilize any methods necessary to get what we want yet do not need.

Truly, there is no “black-white” equity issue. Humanity has equally fallen prey to the predators that would divide us to conquer us. We have become a nation divided amongst ourselves, fighting for the right to capture the American dream that is an illusion, a perpetrated fraud that keeps us spending money instead of giving love.

We are living in a high definition world that dramatically highlights every color of the spectrum and yet we still only see in black and white.

We have made more progress with our televisions and telephones than we have with our minds.

Our children deserve so much more.

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Cuomo Must Go!

Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive . . . it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it . . .

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
………..The Declaration of Independence………..

Governor Cuomo recently appointed another “inner circle” body to oversee the Department of mis-Education. It is not enough that Cuomo’s Education Commission is rife with those who would stand to profit from the educational failure of our children, now Governor Cuomo has placed our children’s future in the hands of someone who is, “without any experience as a principal or a superintendent, without any direct knowledge of curriculum or school administration . . .” Diane Ravitch

It is not that others who have acquired more knowledge and experience have neglected to offer their expertise. In fact, the governor’s office refused to schedule a meeting with a consortium of concerned parents, educators, principals, college professors, small business owners, and community members whose intent was to provide relevant, researched based solutions to the problems we face in education.

Elected officials are entrusted to serve the people. That cannot happen when those elected ignore the voice of the people and instead listen to the rustle of big business dollars. Actions speak louder than words and Governor Cuomo’s actions state clearly that he is not a man of the people but an agent of “BB”.

If the man has no integrity, the plan has no integrity and neither Democrats or Republicans have shown they have our children’s best interest at heart when it means truly reforming our system of education. In fact, the only interest either has shown is towards increasing the profits of those who would enslave our children to ignorance and feed off of their failure.

Our children deserve our commitment to electing those who would lead us to greatness not into the pockets of “BB”.

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Suffer Not The Little Children

With A Child’s Heart

With A Child’s Heart
Go face the worries of the day
With a child’s heart
Turn each problem into play
No need to worry no need to fear
Just being alive makes it all so very clear
With a child’s heart
Nothing can ever get you down
With a child’s heart
You’ve got no reason to frown

Love is as welcome
As a sunny sunny day
No grown-up thoughts
To lead our hearts astray
Take life easy, so easy nice and easy
Like a child so gay and so carefree
The whole world smiles with you
As you go your merry way
Oh with a child’s heart
Nothing’s gonna get me down

Matthew 18:2-6
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

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The First of Many

Our strength as a human race rests in the love we have for each other!

“Greatest Love Of All”

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
So I learned to depend on me

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

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It’s A Small World

Peace to all. On vacation in California, after landing and boarding a shuttle to our destination, it happened that we shared the shuttle with two other people. In conversation we learned that our fellow travelers were from Philadelphia and worked for the Center for Hunger-free communities of rex University School of Public Health.

Angela Sutton and Angelo Melendez were in California to attend a conference on poverty, Angela was presenting. After asking Angela and Angelo their views on poverty, it quickly became clear that the problems we are facing in Rochester mirror the problems they are facing in Philadelphia. Angelo explained that after a drastic 629 million budget reduction, Philly lost more than a thousand teachers. Angela agrees that education is the key to ending issues such as poverty and has come to California to say just that at the conference.

We tend to think that the problems we face are unique to us however, children all over the country are dying educationally and our leaders answer to this problem is to increase it by cutting education services. It is evident that the plan of “BB” (big business) is to eliminate the opportunity for anyone that is not of their “social sphere” to become successful in America.

It has been reported that the middle class in America is dwindling. There isn’t supposed to be a class system in America. In America, all men are created equal. In America, everyone is endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

It is time this nation declares its independence from “BB” and begin to fight for the rights of our children to be excellently educated so that they can enjoy the freedom for which America.

It is time Americans join together, becoming one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

It is time we begin to believe our pledge of allegiance and say it with pride.

As Americans, it is up to us, the people, to make this country what it should be.

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What You Elect Is What You Get

With elections only one month away, this post is offered as a decision making tool for those who will vote.

The following scenario is presented with no distinct individuals or groups in mind. The outcomes of the choices we make when electing our leaders is crucial and as a governing body, we, the people, must begin to make more informed decisions as to who will lead our local, state, and federal governments.

The people have two choices for leader:
1. Those with proven capabilities
2. Those with no proven capabilities

IF the people choose 1 THEN the elected officials are generally successful in fulfilling their responsibilities

IF the people choose 2 THEN the elected officials are generally unsuccessful in fulfilling their responsibilities

When the elected officials hire their staff:
IF the people choose 1 THEN the official’s staff is generally successful in fulfilling their responsibilities

IF the people choose 2 THEN the official’s staff is generally unsuccessful in fulfilling their responsibilities

When the staff hires the workers:
the people choose 1 THEN the workers are generally successful in fulfilling their responsibilities

IF the people choose 2 THEN the workers are generally unsuccessful in fulfilling their responsibilities

The point of this exercise is to inspire the people to actually become involved in understanding who they are choosing to lead their country, state, and city.

America has been experiencing a great deal of educational failure. Rochester has been experiencing an extreme amount of educational failure. Our elected officials are responsible for the outcomes of their decisions in leadership.

Citizens must begin to take responsibility for their choices in the voting booth. We, Americans, can no longer afford to blindly vote along party lines when both Democrats and Republicans have been in control of a failing system of education that has been mis-educating poor, urban, children of color for centuries.

It is time to raise our expectations of our elected leaders by voting on their record of success, not on their political party affiliation. By raising our expectations of their leadership, we raise the level of expectations for America and her children.

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