Educators, Parents and Students TEST The Reformers

Let’s start evaluating the qualifications and accomplishments of the self-appointed education reformers. On my list of those to be Tested, Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Walton’s and the Walton Foundation, Eli Broad and the Broad Foundation, Michelle Rhee and the Students First organization, also Bloomberg, Parents First, etc., … you can add other reformers – deformers – to this list…

The Only Effective Way To Change Our Educational System

What do we do to change the effectiveness of our schools? In loco parentis we guarantee every child the same care and opportunities that we good parents provide for our children. What does that mean? Take Bill Gates as an example of the dichotomy between what he does for his children while ignoring the basic human needs of other children – especially when the other…

Organizing Communities To Save Good Schools

Destroy the good to reform the weak?  What can communities that have good schools do to stop the destruction of their schools and the weakening of their societies? Is the movement to reform education driven by educators working for children, or forces determined to destroy the American Dream and establish a new type of feudalism? What if your community has created great schools and is…

Good People Don’t Lie. The Intentional Omission Of Facts Is Lying

Another community meeting. Our state politician stands in front of two-hundred concerned and ready- to-help citizens. The meeting was called by concerned parents and teachers; people who believe that open, honest discussion and examination of facts will help save our public schools. The meeting progresses and all of the information given by the organizers about the state’s economy and our ability to save our public…

Saving Your Community Means Saving Our Nation

Ask any of the present education reformers who are set upon destroying our schools how education works. Ask what our schools do for our kids, their families, our communities, and our nation. Ask any of them what actually happens in classrooms: The socialization, and the mastery of foundation skills for individuals to use to be able to contribute to themselves and to society. Ask the…

My Handout For Peregrine Books Presentation

Dear Friends, The intent of Vital Lies is to provide a format for local and national discussion. Vital Lies took over 10 years to research and write. It was released in eBook format in 2012 and is available globally. In January, due to intense pressure from friends, the first printing as a paperback was released. Peregrine Book Company carries the paperback locally. Both the paperback…

It’s The Economic System, Stupid!

I like the expression, “Light at the end of the tunnel.” When there is no place to go into the future, the futility disease kicks in and human beings crash with no hope of achieving the American Dream. When a political/economic system fails and people are piled-up in economic morasses, no teacher or school or current educational program provides a way out – a way…

Please Read This Excerpt From Vital Lies…

INTRODUCTION: SETTING THE STAGE. (Footnotes deleted for this WP blog) This book explores areas of weakness in our schools, provides examples of what needs to be changed, and gives examples of how this change can occur. It discusses the historical basis of the current system, political obstacles to change, and examples of re-structuring instructional delivery systems (how we teach) that incorporate the new technology. It…

Part I: The Dismantling Of Comprehensive Education: A Case Study.

(3 parts combined in this blog) Decades, ago, Arizona along with most other states, set standards for public education curricula. The state’s educational leaders defined what children need to know and be able to do in at least ten interdisciplinary content areas: mathematics, reading, writing, the sciences, social studies and civics (local, state, and national government), the arts, comprehensive health, technology, foreign language, and workplace…

A Plan Of Action To Save A Cohesive Union

“One Nation” cannot exist if its citizens do not have common language, culture, and understanding of freedom and how it is preserved. Recent attempts to destroy the American public educational system that has provided this cohesiveness may result in the end of our freedom and greatness. The success of those who are destroying public education through choice, privatization, and greed, is in direct proportion to…