Sundae Roast: August 31, 2014

When I was a teacher, I got a class of 8th grade Hispanic students to average over 90% on their tests, including the school’s test on the U.S. Constitution. They gained 2.5 years in reading level in 1 year. You’d think I would have been asked to share how I did it with other teachers. But, no. I became a pariah to the administration.

Public schools are a heirarchy, and those in a heirarchy survive by appeasing those in power above them. I failed at that, and am no longer a public school teacher.

We don’t want the best and brightest to become teachers – they get run out of the field, usually within 5 years. We want those who are willing to jump through innumerable hoops and do whatever their boss tells them to do, because we want to indoctrinate our children to think and behave the same way.

 

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54 thoughts on “Sundae Roast: August 31, 2014

    • well, there’s been times when other critters have covered for me, so it’s only right I step up to the plate on occasion. Besides, idle rants are good for the soul, and cheaper than psychotherapy!

  1. You’re correct BnF. That kind of hierarchy exists in every field, but teaching is more important than most jobs. I seem to have a gift for producing nonstandard children and each of them has struggled at times in school. Policy before people, every time.

  2. This is from Fox News Sunday’s transcript for today’s show. I had to wait for it to be posted because I was using the DVR to record This Week and I couldn’t rewind. The panel was discussing ISIS and House Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI) had just gotten through claiming Obama’s foreign policy is in ‘Free Fall’. (My bold in the transcript)

    WALLACE: We asked you for questions for the panel and we got this one on Twitter from Thelma Askey. She wrote, “Obama has options from DOD, Department of Defense, but not the one he wants. Is he insisting on a minimalist plan from DOD to, quote, ‘cover’ himself.”

    George, you share Thelma’s skepticism?

    GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Well, yes, I mean, caution, which is what he’s being criticized for, is a nice defect to have after the first decade of the century.

    On the other hand, the rhetoric has not been cautious. The president talked about ruling back ISIS, Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talking about the need to destroy ISIS. That means liberate large cities that have been taken, which you can’t do with F-16s and F-18s.

    I think what the president is trying to do, and I sympathize with this, is to get the neighborhood to rally. I mean, look what’s in the neighborhood. Saudi Arabia has 250 highly competent aircraft and an AWACS system to control it. You got Iran and Iraq, are enemies of ISIS, so is Syria, Jordan, and the Kurds who are, for all intents and purposes, a nation right now.

    So, you got six nations in the neighborhood. If they can’t do it, we shouldn’t.

    George Will threw Mike Rogers under the bus, got into the driver’s seat, and ran over him.

    • This ISIS “fear” shit instantly reminds me of another era, back in the early sixties. President JFK decided in ’63 that it was time to pull all American “advisors” out of Vietnam, first step bring 1000 home by Christmas ’63. The concept was contra to all the fear- (and profit-) driven theses that said if we didn’t go over there and kick ass, then the “Domino” theory would kick in and before we knew it, the Philippines, Indonesia, and finally Australia and New Zealand would fall to the Soviet/Chinese Commies and soon the rest of the world . . . well, y’know. Amurka doomed.

      A month later JFK was assassinated and before his remains were in the ground, new pres. LBJ rescinded the pullout and instead escalated. In Aug. ’64 came the bogus Gulf of Tonkin incident followed by, in September, the Congressional Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, and off we went. 60,000 dead Americans later, along with a million or two or three million dead Vietnamese/Laotians/Cambodians (and a chemically-contaminated country remaining), Nixon finally came up with “Peace With Honor” in Jan. 1973. We pulled out, a few months later the North took over the South, and America had lost its first war. But a whole lot of assholes made a whole lot of money in the process, so all was well on Wall Street. And that’s all that counts.

      I was draft age in the early sixties, and managed to avoid getting called mainly because I got lucky and outsmarted the bastards. I KNEW when LBJ changed directions that it was a tragic mistake, that the ONLY reason to proceed was because there was a lot of money in it for the always-starving MIC.

      Near as I can tell, not a freakin’ thing has changed. We the People are still at the beck and call of the goddamn warmongers, the MIC, and their idiot minions in the media and in the Congress. But of course, if Iraq should fall to the Jihadists, then there’s probably a Domino effect waiting in the wings, and we here on the other side of the world will, of course, eventually be overrun by the evil hordes.

      Never thought I’d ever say this, but I have to admire George Will — finally — for getting something sorta right for once.

    • Sometimes I am surprised at the people I find myself in complete agreement with.

  3. Ah yes… think inside the box, don’t make waves, get in line and keep your head down…
    Now you all know why I’ve had so many and varied occupations.
    When there’s nothing more to learn from a job, and the future means a slow ponderous marching in step, it’s time to find something else to do.

    • A fellow I worked with back in the seventies had a daughter in Middle School at the time, and he told tale after tale of what he called the official ‘March to Mediocrity.’ His thesis was that the slow learners had to be pushed up to the middle even as the gifted were pushed downward. Years later, when my two daughters were in school, they each had some extremely gifted teachers; they also had far more for whom mediocrity seemed to be the goal — not because of official mandate, but because those teachers were themselves either mediocre, or were the products of mediocre schooling.

      Not sure what the solution might be, but am positive of one thing: the right wing’s efforts toward Privatizing education (and getting rid of public ed in the process) is NOT it — such will only serve to guarantee the production of duly propagandized non-thinkers.

      Today’s place to start: get rid of ALL charter schools that are financed with public funds.

  4. Winding down the weekend ‘show’… yesterday wasn’t to bad; sold some rocks, driftwood and a few old bottles, enough to pay the space fee and the gas to get here. Managed to get the red neck to quit playing the horse music on his boom boxes without any shots being fired.
    A good weekend though, found the venue where I really want to display and got the scoop on the upcoming salmon run by hanging out on the docks in the morning.
    It appears I’ve found a port to call home, room and board and work enough to pay the bills while I get back to the artwork. A more laid back atmosphere in Bandon, less pretentious than the previous town, friendly down to earth folks and cheaper gasoline.
    Tomorrow morning early I head for the Cascades, the long anticipated kayak baptism/expedition/fishing/whatever trip. Getting cool up there in the mornings, barely above freezing; but the campers are gone and the brook trout are fat…

    • Another great landing for the cuervo! The winds know where you should go …

      We’ll be awaiting your recalling of the great

      kayak baptism/expedition/fishing/whatever trip.

      Paddle on…

      • Thanks Ebb, launching into the wind this time was no less scary, but the messages were true and things are going to be alright…

      • True to form I let my humble yet stalwart opinions be known. They’ll never look at that picture of Heston the same…. once they notice he’s now staring into the grimy paint of the wall. Oh, and I put the decimal point in front of the 5 on the price tag.

    • “Originally, charter schools were conceived as a way to improve public education,” Buras says. “Over time, however, the charter school movement has developed into a money-making venture.”

      From the beginning of this mess many felt once profit was introduced the ‘educational value’ of said schools would not improve the education.
      That has now been proven.
      The wasted money could certainly been poured into Public/not for profit education…improve from within.

      Any time ‘profit’ enters the public room (education or prisons) all hell breaks loose sooner or later. Glad the Charters are finally getting the deep investigation they deserve…shut them all down!

        • Jane, if it is running as was intended – I do hope they’ll keep it open. (I did go a bit overboard – because so much money was has been wasted that could have gone to public schools to improve them).

          • My nephew, Michael, started out teaching in the public schools in some of the poorer areas of NYC, so he’s had a lot of experience in both types of schools. He’s also taught English in Japan for a few years, without being able to speak Japanese himself. He toured a couple of Asian countries (which ones escape me right now) by himself, backpacking and taking buses. But the one thing I most envy that he did was a summer-long tour to every baseball park in the U.S.

            Anyway, the upshot is that he’s a good ‘kid’, and I trust him to do the best he can as a principal, no matter what kind of school. (Sorry, he’s also my godson.) πŸ™‚

  5. Danica gets the Lucky Dog pass back onto the lead lap for the second time. First caution she had just been lapped. This second caution she raced Austin Dillon and Marcus Ambrose and beat them to be the first car one lap down. Maybe this time in, the crew can get her car better so she can hold position longer. It started to come around after about twenty five laps that time.

    • 21 cars on the lead lap, Danica is 18th after Ambrose blows an engine and we have caution again. Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart hit the wall in Ambrose’ oil and pit for right side damage. They will restart behind Danica, as will Greg Biffle, who got this ‘Lucky Dog’ pass. Danica pits on this caution as she has little to lose in the back of the lead lap cars. She will restart 19th full of fuel and with fresher rubber than the leaders.

    • Now get this. Caution’s out at lap 173. Some of the leaders had already pitted. Danica goes in 10th, comes out 8th. She’s back in sync with the leaders, and her car is ‘coming to her’ as the track cools. 152 laps to go.

    • Lap 210. Another caution. In 11th, and out 10th. 115 laps to go, so a minimum of two more stops as the pit window is 45-50 laps.

    • Caution with 65 laps to go. Some leaders pitted and Danica hadn’t stopped yet, so she’ll be a little closer to the front. The car wasn’t quite as good on that stint, so hopefully Tony Gibson will get the adjustment better this time. She was running 15th. Now listed 13th after the stops. Four leaders beat the pace car and didn’t lose a lap, so they went to the front when everybody else pitted.

        • The second time he hie was for a cut right front tire, and that finished his night.
          Danica restarts 7th!

    • Caution with 28 laps to go. Again the leaders started pitting and again Danica hadn’t pitted yet. That’s three times. Danica is the 7th car onto pit road. 9th coming off, but she may have needed an adjustment. No more stops. 23 laps to go restarting 9th.

  6. Wow. Amazing exchange between former Real World cast member and former Congressional candidate (I guess) Kevin Powell and “NBC Fitness Guru” Jeff Halevy over the latter’s racist tweets.

    Right-click on the time-stamp to see it in another tab, and you can see the entire exchange between them after this. Fascinating.

    More on the story here
    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/08/nbc-fitness-guru-jeff-halevy-loses-it

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