Sunday, December 15, 2013

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: All I Want for Christmas:An Educator's List!

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: All I Want for Christmas:An Educator's List!:

All I Want for Christmas:An Educator's List!

When my siblings and I were younger, my parents had us write a list of everything we wanted for Christmas. Of course, raising 5 kids, we never got everything we put on that list. But it felt so good writing it because you knew you were going to get something on that list.


MY EDUCATOR WISH LIST


1.productive professional development throughout the school year-teacher-driven PD,what a concept!

2.smaller class size - this year I learned that 5 less kids makes a HUGE difference


3.a deep-seated belief in my professional judgement- I do know what I'm doing

4.education as a priority - school is not a babysitting service

5.not another "new thing" - made up by non-educators

6.the complete removal of standardized testing- the word "standardized" is a problem

7.returning the 

BREAKING NEWS!! EVA MOSKOWITZ EXPOSED ON INNER WORKINGS OF SUCCESS ACADEMY!!! .southbronxschool.com

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BREAKING NEWS!! EVA MOSKOWITZ EXPOSED ON INNER WORKINGS OF SUCCESS ACADEMY!!!

This past Thursday as I was hanging out in my favorite post-work coffee house I began a conversation with another human being about the state of education in this country. Even though this person is somewhat new to teaching, this person was not drinking the Kool-Aid of the deformer and
was very bright and quite perceptive.

As we talked, I learned that this person, who shall henceforth be known in this posting as Cher, was a former employee of the Success Academy charter schools which are led by the irascible Eva Moskowitz. We both smiled and told the barista to brew up another pot of Guatemala-Antigua Original Medium Roast and soon Cher was dishing dirt on Success.

Cher had been what is known as a "associate teacher" at Success at the salary of $50,000. As an associate teacher, Cher did all the grunt work for the head teacher or as she said of what an associate teacher is nothing more than a "bitch for the teacher."

The associate teacher makes all the photo copies, writes the lessons and homework on the boards, if a child is misbehaving, the associate teacher takes that student for a walk. In fact speaking of walking, Cher shared that not only are individual students singled out for not walking correctly in the hall but entire classes as well for the smallest of infractions.

Funny how students need to practice walking in the hall. As Cher mentioned, the first month of school is spent on discipline. How to walk in the halls, how to sit down, when to sit down. In fact she shared with me how the little children are forced to sit quietly for hours at a time.

One thing Cher shared, and I did not know this, but the teachers at Success do not have to write 

Santa Claus, WMD, and the Teacher Pension Crisis | Reclaim Reform

Santa Claus, WMD, and the Teacher Pension Crisis | Reclaim Reform:

Santa Claus, WMD, and the Teacher Pension Crisis

Reality: There is no Santa Claus. There were no secret, hidden weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. There is no pension crisis for teachers and public employees in any state.
Easter Bunny
In spite of Fox’s Megyn Kelly claiming that the North Pole living, flying reindeer driving, white skinned, immortal man named Santa Claus is real, he is not.

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Bush - WEven ex-President George W. Bush has repeatedly admitted that there were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq. In spite of what Ann Coulter says.
coulter-wmd
In spite of the massive propaganda to the contrary, there is no pension crisis in any state.  Read HERE.
There has been massive fraud in state after state to rationalize the ongoing attacks against public pension funds. Fraud committed for years and years by legislators to misuse earned and contracted compensation (deferred compensation). Fraud that those same lawmakers made new laws for in order to indemnify their own legal status regarding their fraud. Fraud that continues as those same legislators give away massive amounts of state money 

Awake You Sleeping Giant! | Parents United for Public Education

Awake You Sleeping Giant! | Parents United for Public Education:

Awake You Sleeping Giant!

(Photo: Harvey Finkle)
(Photo: Harvey Finkle)
Parent Tonayia Coffer
Parent Tonayia Coffer
Despite the frigid temperature on Thursday afternoon, over 100 people crowded the corners of Bustleton and Cottman Avenues, one of the busiest intersections in Northeast Philadelphia chanting to the beat of Northeast High School’s marching band: “S.O.S. – Save our Schools!” “Whose schools? Our Schools!”
The rally – supported by PCAPs and Parents United for Public Education – was not only a protest against the funding levels for Philadelphia’s public schools. It was a call to action for the entire Northeast. As a member of the Northeast community and a parent of public school children, I feel we have been way too quiet.  It is far time for us to join the fight and make ourselves heard about our wonderful yet overcrowded and poorly funded neighborhood schools.
NErally-Tonayia
Parent Tonayia Coffer helped organize a rally for the Northeast that drew more than 100 teachers, parents, and students to call for full funding of schools. (Photo: Harvey Finkle)
It was empowering to be among the crowd of fellow parents, teachers, students, and advocates. PCAPS stated in an article that:
Rally organizers hope to build on this and develop a Northeast area network that can strengthen the fight for public education. The Northeast region has a reputation for strong, neighborhood schools, but the current budget crisis threatens to unravel public education throughout the city. Cuts to bi-lingual staff at schools that serve 

About Pearson, the Golden Goose State Standards, And Then Some | deutsch29

About Pearson, the Golden Goose State Standards, And Then Some | deutsch29:

About Pearson, the Golden Goose State Standards, And Then Some

December 15, 2013


On December 13, 2013, Pearson, Inc., agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement for allegedly using its nonprofit, Pearson Charitable Foundation (PCF), to assist its profit-making parent corporation in developing educational materials– including software.
In this post, I would like to offer additional discussion of Pearson the For-Profit, Pearson the Nonprofit, and some friends both have made along the Common Core way.
I’ve been reading tax forms again.
Allow me to begin with a word about nonprofits.
Nonprofits 101
Any corporation is able to start its own foundation– the idea being that the foundation provides an opportunity for the corporation to spend charitably– and garner a tax break for doing so.
Under the US tax code, foundations fall under 501(c)– tax-exempt organizations. The tax-exempt code specific to public charities and private foundations is 501(c)3.
The 501(c)3 nonprofit is limited in its ability to lobby since contributors are allowed to deduct contributions. For this reason, some 501(c)3 nonprofits also have a 501(c)4 “social welfare” counterpart. The 501(c)4 allows for unlimited lobbying but not for tax deduction of contributions. Therefore, donors wishing to both support the lobbying and take the tax deduction are able to donate to the 501(c)3, with the 501(c)3 passing the money on to the lobbying 501(c)4.
Such activity is perfectly legal.
What is not legal is for a 501(c)3 to use its tax-exempt positioning in order to profit itsparent corporation.
It is legal for Pearson, Inc., to have its own nonprofit, tax-exempt foundation, PCF.
It is also legal for the for-profit Pearson, Inc., to donate up to ten percent of its taxable income. (Other stipulations are involved here, including the rule that to qualify as  “publicly supported charity,” at least ten percent of PCF’s income must come from public support.)
As noted on the PCF 2011 990, Pearson, Inc., is the parent organization of PCF, with Pearson North America, Pearson United Kingdom, and The Penguin Group listed as 

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James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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