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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mr. President, I woke with my eye still on the prize you missed


Mr. President, I woke up this morning with my mind still set on equity in our public schools.
Testing children will not bring equity to our public schools.
Having them Race To The Top will not bring equity to our public schools,
Common Core State Standards will not bring equity to our public schools.
Closing poor schools will not bring equity to our public schools.
Putting our public schools up for sale to the highest bidder will not bring equity to our public schools.
Mr. President, I once though you might be the change that would bring equity to our public schools.
Mr. President, I woke today knowing you are not the president who will bring equity to our public schools.
Mr. President, I woke up today knowing I still need to keep on walking, keep on talking, and keep on marching for equity in our public schools.

Mr. President, see you in DC on July 28, 2014.
My eyes are still on the prize you let slip away,
Jesse The Walking Man
Listening to Roots Ain't nobody gonna turn me around Mr. President.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ6mhRZ8LjM

What If? What if the Ed Reformers had to send their children to public schools?

What if only elected officials who send their children to public schools were allowed to vote on education issues?
What if only Ed Reformers who send their children to public schools could talk about education reform?
What if only education policy makers who send their children to public schools could be appointed Commissioners of Education?
What if Ed Reformers had to be public school graduates themselves?
Something makes me think things would be different.
if that were the case, then the issues we would be talking about now would be:
Equity,
Class sizes,
An army of reading and math tutors,
More art teachers,
More music teachers,
More school field trips,
More after school programs,
More play time for young children,
Inquiry,
Innovative, creative, imaginative Saturday and summer school programs,
Our school would stay open in the evenings for family activities, and adult education program,
If only these Public School Education Reformers had public schools education.
Proud public school graduate, and the parent of a public school graduate,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner

just in case you want to know what I am listening to on my walk today. It's What if Daddy by Bobby Bare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmkNBYiUXg8

Monday, April 14, 2014

Part of CCSS plan educate menaces to democracy

It's simple education reform rooted in testing efficiency is immoral policy.
Dr. Martin Luther King said: “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”
It's simple Education Reform that makes testing it's focus:
Does not care about art,
Does not care about music,
Does not care about play,
Does not care about recess,
Does not care about literature,
Does not care about history,
Does not care about science,
Does not care about thinking intensely,
Does not care about morality,
Does not care about childhood,
Does not care about imagination,
Does not care about creativity,
All they care about is creating efficient compliant menaces who question nothing,

Dr. King also reminded us: " In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"
My question for America will you be remembered for your silence as our children and teachers are reduce to test scores?
Silence and apathy are not acceptable,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
If you want to know what the Walking Man is listening today...it's Barry Lane's "More Than A Number"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcjIftvIC3I