Education Is A Life Or Death Choice

From Governor Cuomo:

“I’m proposing a constitutional amendment to once and for all guarantee a woman’s right to choose in New York by enshrining the protections established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling into the New York State Constitution.”

It is interesting that the governor is willing to propose a constitutional amendment on such an important issue as a woman’s right to choose yet has no intention to propose a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right of every child to an excellent education.

The NYS Constitution reads:
ARTICLE XI
EDUCATION
[Common schools]
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.

[Regents of the University]
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.

That is the extent of the rights of our children to an education, all children “may be” educated, not provided an excellent education or even a proper education.

The Board of Regents is comprised of 17 members elected by the State Legislature for 5 year terms.

The Regents control education in New York and they are controlled by the legislature. The people have no say in who the legislature appoints to the position of Regent.

As we argue over the appointment of DeVos as Education Secretary, we are ignorant of who controls our State’s system of education. We are unaware of who our Regents are, who appointed them or why they were appointed.

Providing every child in America with an excellent education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential and concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens is paramount to making the choice between life and death.

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Actively And Forcefully Oppose Ignorance

On January 28, 2017 CommonSenseNY sent out this message:

“Fairport CSD Betsy DeVos Resolution… good reasons to just say no…” which is a fifteen point resolution that states that the duly elected School Board of Fairport will “actively and forcefully” oppose the policies and policy makers who “stray from supporting and furthering the true mission of public education.”

The Fairport school district has, since the inception of the common core, actively and forcefully opposed the policies of our education policy makers. This is because Fairport is a successful school district that is supported by its community. Its school board is made up of concerned members of the Fairport community who were elected by the people of Fairport.

This is not true of the Rochester City School District or any of the other “Big Five” districts whose boards are paid an annual salary to comply with state and federal mandates.

It is because the RCSD is a poor and failing district that we cannot expect them to follow the lead of Fairport in actively and forcefully opposing any policy or policy maker that can and most probably will, refuse them funding for non-compliance.

This is how the “hedgehogs” maintain control over the masses of individuals at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid of America.

Fairport is part of the “middle-class” that is supported by the “upper-class” so that they can pay for the programs that support the “poor” that feed the coffers of the elite. The “middle-class” feels empowered while the poor remain powerless with the real power residing in the hands of the elite who control the government and the people through their system of economics.

Fairport’s active and forceful opposition only serves Fairport’s children and there is nothing wrong with that.

However, until we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Art based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their natural gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged, forceful adults, there will be no true freedom and justice for anyone, in Fairport, in America, or in the world.

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Education Is About Earning Not Learning

If failure wasn’t supported by the State then how can the Rochester City School District get away with spending billions of dollars on failed modernization projects?

The Democrat & Chronicle recently reported that 1.3 billion dollars is being spent on school modernization with no accountability.

Board president, Van White admits to not knowing what is going on. A board president that is paid to know what is going on.

This is not an isolated incident either in Rochester or New York State. Billions of education dollars are being spent on updating old buildings and constructing new buildings instead of on the actual education of our students.

According to the D&C the district spent 8 million dollars in cost overruns during Phase 1 of the modernization project. Contractors were fined $825,000 for not adhering to “rules regarding the use of minority and women owned businesses.”

Stories like these cycle through the “Big Five” districts as billions of taxpayer dollars are shuffled into the hands of illicit contractors who have repeatedly been cited for inferior work and constant over budget payments.

Where is the oversight, it exists everywhere.

Local, state, and federal governments, are all overlooking the waste of education dollars that line the pockets of the “hedgehogs” that control the system.

Air conditioned school buildings that are not in use during summer recess months are a spending priority when children go without up-to-date learning materials essential for today’s technologically advanced students.

Education is no longer about teaching students to become leaders it focuses on supporting the economy, creating profits, the bottom line.

Our children deserve more from us than that. They deserve to be more than the dollar sign that makes America the world’s economic leader. They deserve to be the leaders of a world that values humanity over money.

When we fight for the right of every child in America to receive a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, education will be about learning and we will all earn the rewards.

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The Truth Shall Set Us Free

From Governor Cuomo:

“Join us to make New York a safe harbor for the progressive principles that made America.

We’ve put forth an aggressive agenda for 2017, including a new economic program to build up and support the middle class, and a New York Promise agenda to protect and advance our progressive values and principles of social justice that are being challenged today.

Our Middle Class Recovery Act will make college more affordable, cut the cost of prescription drugs, double the child care tax credit, invest in our infrastructure and develop the largest offshore windfarm in the country.

Our New York Promise agenda will reform the criminal justice system and set a national standard for protections against all forms of discrimination.”

ActionNetwork.Org is circulating this message:

“In January of this year Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to raise the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, especially New York City. This is the same thing that billionaire Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, wants to do nationwide.
Let’s join Massachusetts and send Cuomo, the rich, and their allies a clear message: No More Charter Schools in New York State!”

The Cuomo administration is clearly discriminatory in its policies since they are concentrated on pandering to a “middle class” America that should not exist.

Governor Cuomo does not address those living in poverty because they do not vote.

This is no longer a hidden agenda but a very obvious one. Keep the people ignorant of their rights and responsibilities as Americans and they will forever be under the control of the elite.

Pander to those considered “middle class” and they will feel privileged. Their guilt will cause them to support the programs that enslave the poor thus relieving the elite of that burden.

The “middle class” votes to maintain the power of the elite while paying for the poverty that feeds the coffers of the elite.

To remain ignorant is to remain enslaved to those who control America.

We, the people, must educate our children to the truth.

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Once The Barn Door Is Open

The discretization of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary comes after her nomination. If presidential candidates were made to announce their cabinets prior to election all of this would be moot. Now, instead of “hitting the ground running” the country must wait for the Senate to conduct hearings on the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of chosen cabinet members.

While we wait, current policies remain in force and our children continue to fail in a system of education that normalizes, standardizes, and dehumanizes them daily.

No one was happy with the appointment of John King as Education Secretary because of his views on the common core and standardized testing. Now he is being held up as an education demigod.

American’s must realize that as these hearings continue, they are nothing more than a distraction from the policies and politics that keep our nation entrenched in the ignorance that maintains the profits for the “hedgehogs” who control the system.

If the DeVos nomination is rejected, another nominee will be appointed who will then be scrutinized by the Senate and the system will continue to run just as it has, to the detriment of our children.

Economics controls our system of education, not humanitarianism. The focus is on money, not children. Education seeks to build a strong work force, not a strong individual, followers, not leaders.

Until we provide every child in America with a free and public education, in their own neighborhood so that they may receive parental support, an education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential and concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their natural gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens of these United States, we will continue to chase the horses that escape from the barn because the door has been left open.

In the meantime we will not notice that the barn is being filled with the profits from all the horse chasers committed to saving the horses from the freedom they deserve.

Our children deserve to run away from the ignorance that has kept them enslaved as work horses.

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Class Is Out – Equality Is In

Mark Hare from Great Schools for All made this statement, “Poor kids in middle class schools have a much better chance at success, and middle class kids in those schools are better off for the experience of diversity.”

This is a very confusing statement. Does he believe that there are no “poor” children attending “middle class” schools?

Are these “middle class” schools public schools?

What type of schools do “poor” children attend?

Is the diversity he speaks of between “poor” and “middle class” children?

Does Mr. Hare believe that there are no “middle class” children attending “poor” schools?

Is this really what the research has been saying for years?

Socioeconomics is not the problem in education. Making judgements of children whose parents fail to meet “middle class” socioeconomic standards is one of the symptoms of a failing system of education.

Like so many others Mr. Hare has been blinded by the light, believing that children are different because of the money their parents earn or do not earn; believing that bussing a child out of their neighborhood to co-exist with others who consider them inferior will actually solve the problems of education; believing that America’s class system should continue exist.

Children are children, they deserve to be loved and given every opportunity to succeed mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. They deserve to be proud of who they are through the things they accomplish regardless of the setting in which those accomplishments are achieved.

If Mr. Hare believes that “middle class” schools provide a better education to their students then he should advocate for better schools for “poor” children. This can easily be accomplished without making “poor” children ashamed of where they attend school or live.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public, developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who know and understand that children are more than the money their parents earn, we will truly have great schools for all.

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Truth And Consequences

In the beginning of public education the only work teachers would accept would be the student’s best effort. As well, their writing had to be legible and meet a certain standard of penmanship. If the teacher knew that the child had not offered his or her best penmanship, they would have to return to their seat and do the work again. If this pattern continued, whether the answers were correct or not, the teacher would conference with the parents and punishment would ensue.

Children entering school would be given notebook in which to practice their penmanship. Writing outside the lines was unacceptable. You were given three to four years to learn printing before you moved on to cursive.

In today’s system of education, children are not required to have neat penmanship when printing and cursive writing is almost never taught. Why?

In a study by International Scientific Publications and Consultation, they wrote, “It can be concluded that when students find it difficult to write legibly, it affects their overall achievement in school mathematics and hence weakens their educational progress as it often interferes with their learning . . .”

In an interview by CNN reporter Matthew Casey with Wendy Carlson, a handwriting expert and forensic document examiner, she states, “the dramatic decline of handwriting is causing “great” deterioration of the mind. . . Texting played a role in it because people are trying to write quick short sentences . . . People aren’t using their minds and they are relying on technology to make the decisions for them . . . cursive writing combines mental and physical processes which involve both sides of the brain.”

This is simply another way the “hedgehogs” are dumbing our children down so that they can maintain power over the masses.

January 23 is national handwriting day yet in poor inner-city schools children will hand in work that is hardly readable and their teachers will stamp that work with “Good Job” telling the student they are not worth the time it takes to require them to do better.

Our children deserve to know they can achieve anything, even proper penmanship.

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