Citizen Or Sheep

Citizen: An inhabitant of a city or town; especially : one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman. 2 a : a member of a state b : a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it.

Sheep: A domesticated ruminant animal with a thick woolly coat and (typically only in the male) curving horns. It is kept in flocks for its wool or meat, and is proverbial for its tendency to follow others in the flock.

In the movement to change the failure of our current system of education, there are few who act upon the rights and privileges to which free men are entitled.

Instead, it is more prudent to expect movement goers to act as the sheep they are referred to in religious texts, following the leaders, not knowing where they are going or what is waiting for them when they arrive.

This is exactly what the “hedgehogs” want. They control the flow of societal thought and action through the system of education they have purchased and the media they use to promote their propaganda.

It is America’s complacency that keeps us enslaved to the path that we follow, lined with things, devoid of responsibility, littered with the hearts and minds of our children.

We freely allow those we know do not have our best interest at heart to control our government and create a nation of money hungry, self absorbed, sycophants who know not of their own power to control their own lives.

Our current system of education is not growing leaders. It does not support individual freedom. Our current system of education standardizes, dehumanizes, and segregates our children according to the data they collect to create the norm that insures their profits.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that is developmentally appropriate, is Arts based, experiential and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents, we will begin to see a nation of free, actively engaged citizens moving America towards freedom.

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Evolution vs Revolution

Evolution: The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.

Revolution: A single complete 360 degree turn; a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.

Revolution has evolved into something much more complex than turning around in circles yet it remains true to its original definition.

Revolution has done nothing to create and sustain drastic social change in any country in which revolution has taken place.

Revolution, scientific or social continues to be a 360 degree turn, taking us right back to where we have always been, at the mercy of the “hedgehog” elite.

The elite understand that revolution is a lesson in futility. They support the revolutionary’s attempt to rise up and change the direction of education by agreeing to meet their most important demands; less testing, disconnecting teacher evaluation from testing, less data collection. However, the deepest, darkest problems in education remain unchallenged and unchanged.

Revolution seems to work because everyone becomes satisfied with the turn of a few degrees around the circle, feeling good about having affected change, not noticing they have returned to the same place they were before but it is fifty years later.

We must begin to gradually develop a system of education that moves humanity into a more complex form of existence that concentrates on people not money.

When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively involved citizens, delivered by adults who recognize and respect their own gifts and talents and are therefore able to recognize and respect the gifts and talents of their students, there will be no need for revolution.

When we change the current system of education to focus on the child and not the money it takes to educate the child we will no longer have to forcibly take over our government, we will revel in the knowledge that we, the people of the United States, are the government.

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Real Students

There is an article about “Real Student Learning” https://edukention.wordpress.com/ in a blog post by Ken Lindblom.

Mr. Lindblom posits that, “Real Student Learning is Difficult & Expensive to Measure” but it really is not.

Real student learning is measured by the engagement of real students in learning.

Real student learning is individual. Not every child should learn the same things. Some children must learn to hold a pencil before they are forced to write. Before some children can read they must first learn to see words in a different way, possibly through brail.

These children, the children that learn differently from “the norm” are not disabled, but have gifts and talents that remain undiscovered because the concentration is not on “real students” but on an outmoded system of education that forces our children to learn things that are inconsequential to their success while ignoring those gifts and talents that every child possesses to help them become successful in this world.

Is a child eager to go to school? Is a child excited to read the next chapter in a book? Does the child happily complete work assignments and extra credit assignments? Is the child able to speak knowledgeably about the subjects taught in a respectful conversation? Is the child empathetic to the conditions of others in their hometown and around the world? Is the child happy?

These are measures of “real student” learning that cost nothing to assess.

These are measure of humanity that standardization works diligently to destroy.

Real student learning creates lifelong learners.

Real student learning creates individuals who are knowledgeable and creative, self-assured and respectful.

Real student learning creates a society of caring, humane, individuals who have moved beyond racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and all the other “isms” that exist today.

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 their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively involved citizens, measuring real student learning will be easy and virtually cost free.

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Respect Leads To Righteousness

Righteousness: Acting in accord with divine or moral law.

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

It is difficult to be righteous in your dealings with others when you have no respect for yourself.

We teach children to have respect for authority without first teaching them to have respect for themselves.

Respect begins with self and it is impossible to have more respect for someone else than you have for yourself.

We neglect to teach our children self-respect. We do not reinforce in them that before they can respect another they must first have a deep admiration for themselves because of their abilities, qualities, and achievements.

Unfortunately, when a child enters our current system of punitive education, they are not given the opportunity to discover the abilities they should admire within themselves. When a child enters our current system of punitive education they are tested to see if there is anything “wrong” with them.

They are not asked what they can do, what they like to do, what inspires them, they are tested to see what they can “not” do and then they are forced to do what they cannot.

If we do not teach our children to respect themselves, how can we ever expect them to be righteous in their dealings with others.

If we do not teacher our children that righteousness is greater than money, how can we ever expect them to be human and act humanely towards others.

There is a reason the “hedgehogs” will do everything they can to reform education but will do nothing to change the system of education so that it concentrates on the child being educated and not the money it costs to educate a child.

To reform education simply means to change into clean clothing while leaving the body filthy.

We must change the system of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the individual gifts and talents of all of America’s children so that they can respect themselves and others.

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The Truth Untold

(To view the film in its entirety, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEq_1VSuT9U)

Last night the Little Theatre presented the movie “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”, an edited version of the film shown on WXXI.

Though the film presented the Black Panther Party in a very positive light, there are some relevancies of the movement that must be highlighted.

We demand justice through the righteousness of our actions.

It was and has never been overtly mentioned but the Black Panthers were non-violent and law abiding.

The Black Panthers never acted first but simply responded to the violence inflicted upon the people by the police.

No member of the Black Panther Party who was killed by the police fired their weapon first.

The entire revelation of the movement was self defense through righteousness; if we do nothing wrong according to your laws, then you have no reason to persecute us.

The self-defense was about righteousness, not giving the system any reason to attack and then exposing the injustice of the attacker.

Because the attack comes from a place of wealth, those who are without wealth on this earth are the majority and are therefore dangerous should they ever unite.

Phyllis Jackson, Black Panther Vanguard, “We actually thought that the way in which capitalism created a working class that was kept absolutely destitute, that was wrong.”

“We took the position that in order for us to be free, that system had to be dismantled. We could not be free in a system that oppressed us in the first place. So you have to get rid of that system.” Elaine Brown, Black Panther Party Vanguard

This is why the Black Panther Party was shown to be a terroristic organization, because they caused terror in the hearts of the “hedgehogs” that control the world with their wealth.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen of these United States, we will have effectively gotten rid of the system of ignorance that keeps our children enslaved.

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Everything Said – Nothing Done

Everything that is being said about education today has already been said about education.

It is failing our children.

It is based on an archaic system of information exchange and relevance.

It is racist, classist, segregationist, dehumanizing, sexist, and degrading.

Our current system of education seeks to fail the majority and enslave them to a life of dependency on a system of social services that relegates them to a life of poverty that creates profits for the wealthy.

For those who are destined to succeed in our current system, they too are enslaved to a system that tells them their self-worth is tied to their social status and financial prowess.

Through our current system of education we are teaching our children that money is more important than humanity. We are teaching them that money is power, not knowledge.

Our current system of education makes what our children are unable to accomplish more important than the natural abilities they have been given to be successful in their lives.

Everything that is being said about education has already been said yet nothing has been done or is being done to change the current system of education.

We know that corporations are profiting from the failure of our children.

We know that the educational experiences of children differ according to financial class.

We know that some children are unjustly classified with learning disabilities.

We know that some children are unfairly suspended from school and even arrested in school.

We know about all of the problems in education and we even have the solution.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens of these United States, then we can say as a society that we truly care about our children and the education they receive.

We no longer have to talk about what can be done, we must simply change our current system of education so that it profits our children not the “hedgehogs”.

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A Military School For A Military Town

The Rochester City School District is always searching for alternative ways to educate its students, the newest is a military academy.

The idea of replicating what works instead of trying something new seems to allude district leaders.

The Children’s School-School #15, World of Inquiry-School #58, School Without Walls, and School of the Arts are, and in some cases, were, incredibly successful schools and yet their style of teaching and learning is not replicated.

In fact, School #58 lost district funding for inquiry based teaching and learning and was forced to adopt the common core curriculum, its standardization and control.

This is what a military school offers, standardization and control.

Channel 10’s program, “New York State Exposed” quoted Lt. Col. Astyk, WNY Maritime Charter School commandant as saying, “. . . we’re concentrating on two things: character development and leadership.”

Why is it we must look to the military to provide character development and leadership. These are qualities that every child should be exposed to and taught.

Every child needs structure and discipline however that structure and discipline do not need to be meted out in a militaristic manner.

The Children’s School, World of Inquiry, School Without Walls, and School of the Arts, their very names suggest that they are child centered learning institutions. Their teaching and learning styles have proven to be successful.

The question becomes, “Why are we trying to force our children into a standardized, controlling learning environment when it is obvious that children respond positively and successfully to an open-ended, inquiry based, learning environment.

It is important to recognize that not every leader is headed in the right direction. It is incumbent upon the people to speak up when we know and understand that the direction of our leadership is toward failure. Especially when the lives of our children are involved.

Every child in America 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 of these United States.

Our children deserve to be human before they become soldiers.

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