Don’t Fight – Vote

There are many fights going on in today’s world.

The fight for economic equality, the fight for religious freedom, the fight against racism and discrimination, just to name a very few.

What we don’t realize is that in America we don’t have to fight, we need only vote.

However, in order for our vote to be meaningful, it must be relevant.

In order for our vote to be relevant, it must be informed.

And, in order for our vote to be informed we must be successfully educated to know not only what problems beset us but we must also understand the complexity of our problems and be able to think critically in order to solve our problems on both a personal and national level.

We have allowed our elected officials to run our government without proper oversight, the very thing the constructors of the Constitution warned against.

These men knew about the corruption of an unfettered government. Term limits were put in place to avoid the temptation of graft and payoffs. One man one vote, even though its meaning was very different at the time, was put in place to unify and maintain public control over our new nation’s government.

This was and is, God’s vision for America.

Now is the time for all good men to take back the country that belongs to the people.

We must stop fighting for what we already have, freedom, guaranteed us by the Constitution, along with life, happiness and religious freedom.

We must stand together and remove from office any individual who does not speak with the voice of the people.

We must change our system of education so that it provides every citizen of these United States with an excellent education.

When every child in America is afforded a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards being a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen, we will no longer be content to allow self-serving politicians and money hungry corporations to control our government and our lives.

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Montessori vs Common Core

With Martin Luther King, Jr. day over, regents exams begin in one week.

Students will have a week off for Mid-winter break beginning February 15 and another week off the last week of March for Spring Recess.

After that testing begins and school is pretty much over.

However, with the exception of the Regent’s exam notices on the Rochester City School District calendar, there is no mention of Common Core practice testing, benchmark testing, testing, or post test procedures.

There is no mention on the calendar of preparation time or down time for students who “opt out” of testing.

As things progress as usual, it is understandable that veteran teachers simply close their doors and instruct their students in the best way they know how to get them ready to pass tests they know have no relevant bearing on student outcomes or intelligence.

Each year teacher’s hopes are raised by the multitude of community groups that rally behind them in their plight to end the continuous educational failure of our children.

Each year as the school year progresses they realize that nothing has changed and they must continue in their subterfuge just as the district continues in theirs.

The transparency that is touted by the district is masked in the green opaque paper received from the State to maintain the status quo, failure.

What is transparent is the knowledge of how best to educate every child.

There was a time when teachers were taught the Montessori method of education. This method proved its success in every venue, poor urban communities, middle class suburban communities, and affluent communities.

Teacher colleges now force common core training and instructional methods into their curriculum.

Teachers are not allowed to bring their own gifts and talents into the classroom in order to show their students that they too are wonderfully gifted and talented.

What is crystal clear that every child deserves a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged, citizen.

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The Love Factor In Educating Our Children

On January 11, 2016, blogger Jeff Linn wrote in his piece, The race factor in the challenge of socioeconomic integration,

Students from Brighton, Penfield, Webster and any number of suburban communities are raised with the expectation from parents and teachers that they will attend college. And those schools and families do everything in their power to provide these students with the connections, schooling and experiences for this inevitability.

Contrast this with the expectations of poor African-American students from Rochester, among the poorest cities in America. These students have no social capital, few connections with someone who has attended college and parents who are struggling to make ends meet. These parents cannot provide their kids with the experiences that prepare them for college level work and their teachers, many of whom work tirelessly to serve them, often don’t have ownership in the neighborhoods where they live.”

Without realizing it, Mr. Linn has fallen prey to the racist notion that the expectations of the parents of “poor African-American” students are any different than those of parents in suburban communities.

Like most others, Mr. Linn is confusing money with educational and personal success. His belief, along with others, is that without money, children have little to expect from their parents, teachers, education, and society.

It is racist to assume that because “poor African-American” children have no financial capital they have no social capital. And, while it is true that parents who are struggling to make ends meet have few funds to afford memberships to museums and art galleries, public education certainly has the funds to provide these experiences in their stead.

Unfortunately Mr. Linn, like too many others, believes that “socioeconomic integration” is a goal we should strive for instead of human integration.

Too many believe that our children’s worth can be measured in dollars which makes no sense.

Every child, in the world, is born gifted and talented, regardless of their parents economic condition.

When we acknowledge the gifts and talents of all of our children our expectations for them will be to achieve love and respect.

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Honoring The King

United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York, Inc.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference: Finding Solutions – Community Healing, Restoration, and Justice
January 16, 2016 — Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Place: Wilson Foundation Academy
200 Genesee Street, Rochester, 14611

Julie Philipp, Senior Engagement Editor for the Democrat & Chronicle Media Group sent this note to those who participated in the Unite Rochester Challenge: “Thank you for participating in the Unite Rochester Challenge. We received nearly 100 entries . . .

This Sunday, we will be unveiling all of them at and in the Democrat and Chronicle. At the same time, we are opening our online poll so readers can vote for their favorite ideas. . .

On Jan. 28 we will announce our 10 finalists. We will make the announcement at RIT’s Expressions of King’s Legacy celebration luncheon, as well as on our web site.”

Monday, January 18, 2016 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

Across the country there will be ceremonies and tributes, luncheons, dinners, speeches and awards. Adults and children will receive certificates and plaques honoring the work they accomplished in the name of Martin Luther King, Jr.

There will be televised broadcasts to watch and local ceremonies to attend.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, things will have returned to normal. Work and school will resume, television stations will return to their regularly scheduled shows, and we will forget, until next year, what Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Mohammed, Jesus, and God have been requesting from the beginning of time, that we simply love one another.

All who know and understand that the power of humanity rests in the love we have and share with others are quickly forgotten in the hustle of trying to “make ends meet”. This is the way of the “hedgehog”.

Finding peace and love for others must continue beyond those specific days we are told to love.

Our children deserve a loving world in which to grow and become successful.

An excellent education is the only way to make King’s dream a reality.

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Nothing Ventured – Nothing Changed

“Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic—the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. It is abused by teens for its stimulant effects.

Even when Ritalin is used as a prescription drug, it may have severe effects including nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, loss of appetite, pulse changes, heart problems and weight loss.

The manufacturer says it is a drug of dependency.

In June 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a series of public health advisories warning that Ritalin and drugs like it may cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.” (Foundation for a Drug Free World)

According to WND, “Fifteen percent of all school-age boys have been diagnosed with ADHD and 7 percent of all school-age girls. That makes a total of 11 percent of all school-aged children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD.”

Recently Governor John Kasich was asked about the rise in gun violence in America and his answer was for the community to raise its voice to address mental illness in America.

To truly understand the impact education has had on the mental stability of our children we must know and understand that this is the direct result of schools recommending to parents that they place their children on a Schedule II narcotic as early as kindergarten.

This has been going on for so long that these children are now adolescents and violently confused.

It is no accident that more boys have been prescribed methylphenidate than girls, more urban children than affluent, more Black than White.

Governor Kasich is correct however misguided. The community must raise its voice to stop the prescription of methylphenidates to children.

When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents, our children will thrive educationally, socially, and personally.

We must raise our voice to stop the mental damage we are causing our children.

If we don’t, they won’t.

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We Educate Now – They Pay Later

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-2016 Pension Liabilities Update

Abstract: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System is a web-based data collection system designed to collect basic data from all postsecondary institutions in the United States and the other jurisdictions.

IPEDS enables The National Center of Education Statistics to report on key dimensions of postsecondary education such as enrollments, degrees and other awards earned, tuition and fees, average net price, student financial aid, graduation rates, revenues and expenditures, faculty salaries, and staff employed.

The IPEDS web-based data collection system was implemented in 2000-01, and it collects basic data from approximately 7,500 postsecondary institutions in the United States and the other jurisdictions that are eligible to participate in title IV Federal financial aid programs.

All title IV institutions are required to respond to IPEDS. . . IPEDS allows other (non-title IV) institutions to participate on a voluntary basis. About 200 institutions elect to respond. IPEDS data are available to the public through the College Navigator and IPEDS Web sites. . . (The Federal Register)

Why is our Federal Government so concerned with the individuals who have successfully graduated and moved on to higher education?

In the past, these individuals were courted by higher learning institutes and awarded scholarships. A college scholarship was an incentive to do your best in high school.

In the past, the government was only concerned with educating children to an eighth grade level. Now it is only concerned with shoring up the profits of the “hedgehogs” through federal legislation and the collection of tax dollars from American citizens.

Our children are failing to succeed educationally at the elementary level of education.

Build On reports that “1.2 million students drop out of high school every year, many falling into a cycle of poverty, unemployment and violence.”

This proves that our current system of education creates the poverty, unemployment and violence that it supposed to amend.

When every child in America receives an excellent education colleges will pay to educate them like before.

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