Our Children – Our Future – Our Hope

Fourteen year old Derek Nichols wrote the following:

Lost Generation

I’m a part of Lost Generation
and I refuse t believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within”
Is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy”
So in thirty years I’ll tell my children
They are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priority straight because
Work
Is more important than
Family
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
But this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
Thirty years from now I will be celebrating the 10th
anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope
And all of this will come true unless we reverse it.

Now read the poem backwards

Our children are wonderfully gifted and talented.

They only need for us to believe in them so that they can believe in themselves.

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More From The Register

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) Second Follow-up Main Study and 2018 Panel Maintenance

The HSLS:09 data elements are designed to support research that speaks to the underlying dynamics and education processes that influence student achievement, growth, and personal development over time. This request is to conduct the HSLS:09 Second Follow-up Main Study interviews in 2016, the transcript and student financial aid records collections in 2017, and panel maintenance activities in 2018.

After the initial 2009 data collection, the main study students were re-surveyed in 2012 when most were high school 11th-graders, and again in 2013 when most had just graduated from high school. The second follow-up data collection will take place in early 2016, and will consist of a survey, postsecondary transcript collection, financial aid records collection, and file matching to extant data sources. The second follow-up focuses on postsecondary attendance patterns, field of study selection processes with particular emphasis on STEM, the postsecondary academic and social experience, education financing, employment history including instances of unemployment and underemployment, job characteristics including income and benefits, job values, family formation, and civic engagement.

This request is to conduct the HSLS:09 Second Follow-up Main Study interviews in 2016, the transcript and student financial aid records collections in 2017, and panel maintenance activities in 2018.

Keeping track of American students to direct and insure “hedgehog” profits is not what the government is meant to do.

Federal government involvement in education is to insure that individual states are providing an appropriate primary education to their citizens. It is not the business of government to collect data on young adults in order to direct the actions of citizens once they have received that primary education.

Federal entitlement funds were meant to insure that students who have special educational needs would receive the additional services necessary to complete the requirements of a sound basic education.

We must stop our government leaders from enslaving our children to the capitalistic plantation of economics.

Our children deserve an excellent education unencumbered by illegal federal regulations.

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Say Yes To Lowengard

It seems that the Rochester City School District Board of Education is better at choosing an interim superintendent than a permanent one.

Prior to hiring Jean Claude Brizard as permanent superintendent the district chose former Fairport superintendent Bill Cala to run the district.

While in that position, Dr. Cala worked tirelessly to unite the community in an effort to identify and then solve the many problems the district faced.

Upon hiring Brizard, all the work that was done was dismissed and a regime of suppression, oppression, and punishment ensued.

Superintendent Vargas was unable to effect the changes necessary to lift the district out of its failing history so now we have another hopeful interim, Dan Lowengard.

As the former Syracuse Superintendent, Lowengard brought “Say Yes to Education” to Syracuse.

According to Wikipedia, “Businessman and philanthropist George A. Weiss founded Say Yes to Education, Inc. in 1987, initially making a promise to 112 sixth graders at Belmont Elementary School in Philadelphia that he would cover the expenses of their college tuition if they graduated from high school.[2] According to David Callahan, Weiss was “directly inspired by Eugene Lang, a philanthropist who made a similar promise to sixth-graders in Harlem, New York in 1981 and then set up the ‘I Have a Dream’ Foundation to spread this promise to more students.”

Bloomberg Business tells us, “George Weiss Associates Inc. is a privately owned hedge fund sponsor. The firm also offers brokerage services to its clients. It provides its services to banks and insurance companies. The firm invests in the public equity and hedging markets of the United States.”

Say Yes has chapters in Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT, Cambridge, MA, New York, NY, Syracuse, NY and Buffalo, NY.

Should Rochester adopt Say Yes it would mean that four of the “Big Five” will be receiving the benefits of yet another not-for-profit hedge funder.

When we provide every child with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents, we won’t need hedge fund managers to secure our children’s future.

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Act Now

Coalition groups are forming all over New York State to work together to fix the problems inherent in our current system of education.

Scott G. Martzloff, Ed.D and Superintendent of Schools, Williamsville Central School District wrote:

“Our Western New York Task Force aims to provide our NYS legislators, Governor, Board of Regents, Legislators, and our entire community with a constructive and alternative path to the dysfunctional changes that have been thrust upon public education. By coming together from all walks of life (parents, teachers, administrators, community members) we intend to push for changes in teacher and principal evaluation, testing, accountability, standards, professional development, and local control just to name a few. SMARTZLOFF@williamsvillek12.org

In every initiative that has come about in recent years related to education, common core testing and evaluations have been at the forefront of the argument. And, while the children are of concern, not one group has placed the dehumanizing, segregationist language of education that classifies and denies children who attend public school an excellent education at the forefront of their demands.

In naming just a few problems Mr. Martzloff does not name the children as the number one priority for changing the intent and outcomes of education.

When we stop concentrating on how our current system of education is affecting adults and school districts and begin to realize that we are not educating our children we are “schooling our kids” to become workers for the “hedgehogs” and slaves to the social welfare system, we can begin to open our eyes to the destructive nature of the system of public education and make relevant changes to the language and intent that will advance our knowledge and humanity.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential and concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing every individual’s natural gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen of these United States, there will be no need to worry about teacher and principal evaluation, testing, accountability, standards, professional development, or local control.

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Between The Lines

CNN reports, “Obama said the new guidelines call for taking only the “tests that are worth taking“– that are “high quality, aimed at good instruction” and that ensure students are “on track.”

The plan recommends that students spend no more than 2% of classroom time taking these tests, and that parents be notified if their child’s school exceeds this limit.

Testing shouldn’t “crowd out teaching and learning” and should just be one of many tools to measure how students and schools are performing, Obama said.”

The guidelines don’t replace those that are part of No Child Left Behind, but if Congress were to alter that law and include the Obama administration’s recommendations, districts would then be required to follow them.

Who determines which tests are worth taking? Pearson is still involved, still collecting data, still making money from the failure in education to concentrate on the child as a human being and not a worker.

What does he mean, testing that is “aimed at good instruction”? Testing, should be aimed at determining the strengths of the child and how to address those strengths. Tests that are worth taking provide educators with information as to how to differentiate their instruction in order to inspire and engage their students.

While the plan recommends that no more than 2% of classroom time be spent “taking” these tests, there is no mention as to how long test preparation can take which is what takes up valuable learning time, replacing Arts education and field trips that provide experiential learning opportunities.

Tests should not determine how well a school is performing. A school is a building, an inanimate object.

Testing is not the overwhelming issue in education.

Allowing our children to be classified as disabled when every child is gifted and talented is.

All of our children deserve to know and understand that they are gifted and talented.

All of our children deserve to be educated in a system that acknowledges and respects their individual gifts and talents.

If something sounds too good to be true, it generally is.

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How The Revival Of Public Education Will Ruin Our Children

“Diane Ravitch critique on the current corporate reform movement in education to be live streamed on October 22nd.

Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America‚Äôs Public Schools . . . will be giving a talk at Wellesley College on Thursday October 22nd at 7:30 pm that will be available by live stream. Her talk is titled: How to Ruin or Revive Public Education and can be accessed at http://web.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Live/”

Everyone agrees that there is a problem inherent in our current system of education. However, not everyone agrees as to what that problem is.

No one seems to want to recognize that the current focus and language of education is oppressive and will continue to oppress all of our children until it is changed.

We continue to hold on to obsolete concepts in education that concentrate on our disabilities rather than discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents that all children possess in order to create a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizenry.

We continue to promote hatred and derision among a population this is supposed to be united by giving credence to life situations that have nothing to do with a child’s ability to succeed educationally.

Public education is already ruined and should not be revived.

We must change public education so that every child receives a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that will prepare them to be leaders of the world.

All of America’s children deserve the opportunity to become whatever they were created to be.

Every human being deserves the right to choose the direction of their life according to their gifts and talents.

When we provide everyone with an excellent education we will all be free from the corporate control of political decision making.

When All Americans are properly educated, no one will have to fear the intelligence of another.

When every American is knowledgeable and an actively engaged member of their local, state, and federal government operations, our tax dollars will be spent effectively and efficiently to further peace around the world.

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The Destruction Of Unity

Last night the Little Theatre showed another film about the Black Panther Party which, while involved, was not deeply rooted in the truth of the changes the Black Panther Party made to American society.

When the slaves and indentured servants began to unite to stop the mistreatment of the poor by the elite, the government started the Civil War to divide and conquer.

What the elite learned from slavery is that hatred is not enough to keep people suppressed, they must remain divided, within their own cultural groups and from other cultural groups.

The Civil War was used to thin the rising poor population. The fear that Whites would loose their land and livelihood to Blacks caused a rift between the groups and they became divided in their focus and lost the power of their unity.

The Civil Rights movement that included Malcolm X, Martin L King, and Huey P Newton, was defeated in the same way, by creating fear amongst “middle class” Whites that Blacks hate them and if allowed any position of power, blacks would kill them.

It wasn’t until members of the Vanguard of the Party began to unite the poor of America that they became a national threat. Racism became a non-issue and injustice and inequity was illuminated by the truth that the Black Panther Party brought to the nation, we are all slaves to a government that is controlled by the elite.

Government welfare programs began to placate the poor. However, it was the Party’s intent for the people to support themselves without government interference. They knew that any involvement of the government in our private affairs would mean our continued enslavement to the system.

The elite now use mis-education to maintain control over the populous. Ignorance has replaced the need for riot gear and attack dogs.

We must change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing every child’s individual gifts and talents so there will no longer be a class system in America to be used as a weapon against us.

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