Difference Creates Indifference

Evolution: A theory that the differences between modern plants and animals are because of changes that happened by a natural process over a very long time

: the process by which changes in plants and animals happen over time

: a process of slow change and development. – Merriam Webster

Revolution: The action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle. – Merriam Webster

Evolution and Revolution were intended to mean two very different things when first conceived. The have somehow merged into one very negative and violent concept.

Revolution: The usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one

: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc. – Merriam Webster

Evolution is a very natural process by which the strongest survive thereby insuring the future existence of the plant and animal. While it can be violent, it is not in an attempt to overthrow the natural balance of things it is the natural reaction to the environmental changes happening on the earth.

As long as we, as a people, are engaged in revolution, we cannot evolve since, by initial definition, we are moving in circles.

We continue to spend more tax dollars on “Defense” than “Education”.

We continue to concentrate the few tax dollars that education receives on policies and procedures that have proven to fail our largest population, the poor.

We continue to allow “hedgehogs” to make money promoting the growth of the “middle class” in an America that Constitutionally guarantees “The Rights and Freedoms” of every American.

We continue to separate ourselves though we know and understand that “separate but equal” does not work or exist.

We continue to provide an excellent education to some of America’s children while purposefully denying that same excellent education to others.

When we concentrate on what makes us different we “fail” to understand that we are much more alike.

When everyone respects the “Rights and Freedoms” of every American citizen, every child in America will receive an excellent education.

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America’s Promise Is For Everyone

A recent blog by Diane Ravitch commends “The board of the Southold, Néw York, school district (because they) voted not to participate in field testing for state tests as a protest against over testing.

According to Wikipedia, Southhold, New York is 93.53% White, The median income for a household was $49,898. This is why they have the power to stand against the State’s insistence on Common Core implementation and testing.

“Middle class” Americans are aware of the superficial dangers of Common Core and are willing to fight against the distractions that are placed before them because the system of education, as it currently exists, works for their children to a certain degree.

Convinced that there should be a “middle class” in America, the problem of the implementation of common core becomes more relevant than the promise of equality in America.

Everyone agrees that education is America is racist, segregationist, sexist, class oriented, and dehumanizing for most of America’s children.

Most working in the field of education will agree that the current system of education employs negative motivation, behavior that is motivated by anticipation or fear that an undesirable outcome will result from not performing, and monetary incentives to create an atmosphere of tension and fear throughout school communities.

Refusing to take the field tests and opting out of standardized testing solves only one purposefully distracting issue of education in the United States.

Middle class parents believe that their children are “safe” from the negative consequences of standardization and that “lower class” children should be standardized in order to “grow the middle class” from their ranks.

ALL of America’s children deserve an excellent education.

ALL of America knows what an excellent education is. It concentrates on the gifts and talents of the child, is developmentally appropriate, experiential, founded in the Arts, and delivered by dedicated teachers in low student:teacher class sizes and safe school communities.

All of America should demand that All of America’s children receive that same excellent education the children of the 1% receive.

“Freedom and Justice” for All, this is the American way.

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Charter, Private, Or Public Is Not The Question

In his paper, “THE ROLE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES” Russell Dennis writes, “So far, the Supreme Court has not declared that education is a fundamental interest. Thus, states have plenary, or absolute, power in the area of education.”

Administrative agencies, most of which were created during the “New Deal” of the 1930’s and thereafter, are sometimes referred to as the fourth branch of government. . . They are created by the Congress to administer laws passed by the Congress. They are staffed by both political appointees and career civil servants, many of whom are attorneys.

The U. S. Secretary of Education . . . is the head of the U.S. Department of Education, which is a cabinet-level administrative agency.”

ARTICLE XI- Education of the New York State Constitution reads, “The legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a system of free common schools, wherein all the children of this state may be educated. The corporation created in the year one thousand seven hundred eighty-four, under the name of The Regents of the University of the State of New York, is hereby continued under the name of The University of the State of New York. It shall be governed and its corporate powers, which may be increased, modified or diminished by the legislature, shall be exercised by not less than nine regents.

Federal and state education laws are more conducive to making profits for corporate “hedgehogs” than providing all children with an excellent education.

The education of our Nation’s children should be of paramount concern to our political leaders and every citizen in these United States.

We must Constitutionally guarantee every child in America a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, experiential, is founded in the Arts, and seeks to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of every member of the school community towards becoming a knowledgeable, concerned, actively engaged citizen of these United States.

We must remove the corporate influence on education at the state level.

We must free our children from an enslaved future.

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Who Will Be King – Who Will Be President

As John King leaves his position to take a job in the Obama administration, the focus must not be on who will fill his position as Commissioner but who will be elected president in two years.

Barack Obama will be replaced and our new president will appoint an Education Secretary that may or may not be Arne Duncan.

Obama was not an education president so it did not matter to him who sat in the chair Duncan occupied. However, it is rare that a new president maintains the same advisers.

It is important to know and understand the educational beliefs of our next president and who will be appointed the next education adviser to that president.

None of the potential candidates for the 2016 presidential election are strong advocates for changing our current system of education.

Neither the Democrat nor Republican leaders have done anything more than support reform of the current system with no real changes being considered.

The Federal government is in clear violation of its legal responsibilities with regard to education policy and procedures. It is forcing State governments to comply with their edicts. Therefore, it is inconsequential who leads State education agencies.

When we amend the United States Constitution to read, “Every State shall provide every child with a developmentally appropriate, experiential education that is founded in the Arts and concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, active, and involved citizen of these United States,” and then hold States accountable for making sure their Local Education Agencies have the resources to comply with the Constitution, it will not matter who is King, President, or Governor, every child in America would experience a more positive and successful education.

The system of education that we provide our children determines the outcome of our country. When the Constitution was adopted, only the children of the elite were educated to continue the ruling voice of the upper class.

It is time to change the system.

America promises its citizens freedom and justice for ALL.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss – It Is Profitable

Empathy: The capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another.

Pity: The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others.

Sympathy: Feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

Intelligence: The ability to learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations.

Ignorance: A lack of knowledge, understanding, or education.

There is a great deal of difference between recognizing and understanding the emotions of others and feeling sorry for someone.

Pity and sympathy are felt when one feels someone else’s life is unfortunate because that life is not like theirs.

To empathize with another person one recognizes that everyone has the right to make decisions in their life that you wouldn’t necessarily make in your own.

Empathy allows us to understand one another without judgement, knowing that living life is different for everyone and that everyone is doing their best, with the knowledge they have, to survive their environment.

It is the knowledge that an individual has that allows him or her to understand things and deal with difficult situations.

The more limited the knowledge base, the more limited the choices for decision making.

It is not financial poverty that maintains a “lower class” in America. It is the lack of our current system of education to provide our children with experiential learning that precipitates and perpetuates the ignorance that insures the profits of the “hedgehogs”.

Without understanding one cannot empathize, we can only sympathize and have pity for those who have not received an excellent education and therefore do not have the bank of experiences necessary to understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations.

To become empathetic, caring about how others feel, our children must experience life not pass a test.

The only way to change the outcome of education, making it successful instead of profitable, is to provide every child in America with an experiential, developmentally appropriate, curriculum that is founded in the Arts.

An excellent education connects our children to their world, intelligently and with empathy.

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Dedication Is The Incentive Of A Successful Teacher

The Federal Register is requesting comments on the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory.

The Teacher Cancellation Low Income (TCLI) Directory is the on-line data repository of elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families.
By teaching at one of these schools, recipients of Federal student loans may qualify for loan cancellation . . . Additionally teaching at one of these schools is a requirement for the TEACH Grant program.

The TEACH Grants Home page states, “A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area.

A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan.

The U.S. Department of Education also has a “Teacher Incentive Fund“.
“This program supports efforts to develop and implement performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-need schools.
Goals include:
*Improving student achievement by increasing teacher and principal effectiveness;
*Reforming teacher and principal compensation systems so that teachers and principals are rewarded for increases in student achievement;
*Increasing the number of effective teachers teaching poor, minority, and disadvantaged students in hard-to-staff subjects; and
*Creating sustainable performance-based compensation systems.”

It is illegal for the Federal Government to direct classroom curriculum, it has circumvented this law by training teachers through the TEACH grant and Teacher Incentive programs to comply with the Common Core Curriculum.

Dedicated teachers do not require incentives to provide their students with an excellent education that concentrates on the child, is developmentally appropriate, experiential, and speaks to their gifts and talents.

Public and private Higher Learning Institutions are being forced to change the way they teach teachers to teach children.

Private HLI’s must fight for their right to educate dedicated teachers to teach the way children learn.

Creating life long learners is a dedicated teachers only incentive.

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Lest Any Man Be Fooled

The gap in achievement that separates economically disadvantaged students and students of color from less disadvantaged students has been the focus of discussion, research and controversy for nearly 40 years. While the gap narrowed considerably through the late 1980s, particularly between blacks and whites, progress since then has been marginal — and below-par achievement of minority students remains one of the most pressing problems in education.” This is a quote from ECS, the Education Commission of the United States, a site sponsored by Pearson.

By their own admission, Pearson and their partners have been developing the current system of education for forty years, since the sixties and the passing of the Civil Rights Act, until they were able to put their plan into action with the passing of No Child Left Behind in 2001.

No Child Left Behind “require(d) states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards. NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, teacher qualifications, and funding changes.” Wikipedia

We must stop the continued proliferation of the takeover of public education. The United States Department of Education has made it very clear that it supports charter school growth throughout the United States with the hiring of John King to its administration.

It is up to the American citizen to fight back against the powers that look to enslave the future of our country by keeping ignorant and standardizing our children in order to maintain their economic advantage in the world marketplace.

We must stand together and fight for our children’s right to an excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, founded in the arts, experiential and that concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their gifts and talents.

Our children deserve to be individuals, appreciated for who they were created to be, loving, kind, respectful, concerned human beings.

Our children deserve to be free.

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