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We Can Recover From The School Choice Movement

We have over 20 years of data about charter schools (partial schools) and how they have benefited or damaged public education and children. Originally, the purpose of charter schools was to free educators with new insights and give them the support they needed to create education programs that would improve our public schools. Many effective educators believed they could demonstrate ways to break out of…

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Opt Out! A Parent’s Movement. WHY?

He loved school. He was excited about so many things, so many of his teachers, especially what he was learning. He was usually up and ready to go to school. He was in love with life. He came home and shared what he was learning. We were very happy and proud of him. All of that changed for the worse. We thought something was wrong…

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LIBERTARIANS ARE PIRATES

Libertarians now working to control legislatures and governments find these words offensive: WE THE PEOPLE These words are the basis of our government. The government that has brought people together to build America. America does not exist to support those who feel that it is their right to profit from or destroy collective efforts like public schools, environmental protections, and laws designed to stop those…

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True Learning Does Not Result From Standardization

This blog addresses education vs inculcation via standardization. THE LEARNING PATH …I wanted to test the outcomes of my teaching approaches, my assumptions, and my new programs. I learned that the system did not have up-to-date tests, or the types of tests that could give me the input I needed. I feared some form of inadequate evaluation using outmoded standards could be used to try…

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Representative Democracy Is Worth Saving

In every state people go to the polls and elect representatives who will make their issues heard. What they are not aware of is that organized minorities entrenched in the government do not want the people’s input. In fact, what the majority of citizens want is often intentionally blocked. The agenda of those in control of the government can supersede any issue that comes from…

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Arizona: Strangled By An Organized Minority

Jan 25th, 2016 Uncategorized EdwardBerger 6 min read

Arizona is run by a well-organized minority. They work to undermine and control representative democracy, elected boards and officials, public schools, environmental regulations, any law that limits the powers of corporations, and interference in their affairs by The People. They believe in the right to rape, rip and run for personal gain while demanding free and unregulated access to natural and national resources. They attack…

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The Great Majority Of Parents Have Voted

Dec 15th, 2015 Education - Change and Development, National Education Dialogue EdwardBerger 7 min read

It has been over twenty years since frustrated educators, idealists, and those wanting to destroy public education offered School Choice, and partial schools, as options for parents.  These experiments have been given more than a fair test.  The results of this gamble are now clear. The great majority of parents – nearly 90% – have examined the options and support community public comprehensive schools with…

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Parents Speak Loud and Clear

What I am hearing: Tell us what you do. Don’t assume that we know.  Each teacher has an obligation to explain to parents and the community what it is they do and why they do it. We want public schools with complete curriculum and all extracurricular activities. Keep evolving the public schools and curriculum away from the old production line models developed for a factory…

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A Portrait Of A Lady

Dec 4th, 2015 Uncategorized EdwardBerger 10 min read

A wonderful tradition in my family is to write a letter to those we love on birthdays and other memorable occasions. This is a letter I sent to my mother on her birthday, August 7, 1979.  We lost Mom on December 23, 1993, in her 86th year.  We were going through some files and found this letter titled: A Portrait Of A Lady. I am…

Wait Until The Hammer Falls?

Oct 20th, 2015 Uncategorized EdwardBerger 4 min read

Will our community be able to save our public schools? The election for a bond, and override funding is November 3. I could wait until the results are in, but here are the issues. Citizens be aware: The overwhelming majority of parents want their children in public schools. Not charter schools, partial schools, religious schools, or schools which keep out parents, destroy the joys of…