What we see in Charlottesville is only the tip of the iceberg. Racism has been simmering for a long time and was unleashed by the words of Donald Trump. In small communities in the South there appears to be a reluctance to react to racism especially in the form of hate incidents.
In my community in Yancey County, North Carolina, there was a hate incident at the local high school. When mentioned to people in the community, little is known abouth this atrocious act. The reason is because there is a lack of urgency among those who are charged with assuring decency in the community.
In this case, the school covered it up indicating they didn't have a problem. The reality is that it may not be a school problem as much as it is a community problem. The local newspaper, when made aware of it, did little or nothing. And the local NAACP also covered it up saying they would deal with it later.
When a student walks through the school with a cross with two effigies of black people hanging from a noose it becomes clear that there is a problem that needs to be addressed by the community. This must be dealt with immediately to assure it doesn't escalate into more and more Charlottesville incidents.
It is time to demand a sense of urgency in the rural South!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
TRICKERY AND DECEIT
Trickery and deceit is a way of life for the Monsters, Ogres and Agenda Driven Politicians as they have found ways to maintain the subclass, keeping children in their designated place in a social cast system by manipulating the educational process. Listening to the old worn out phrases gives a hint as to the antiquated thinking used in today´s educational world. “If the school day was longer kids would learn more, or unions are the problem or just raise the bar, or change to a charter school and the problem is solved”. The reality is that none of these artificial changes make a difference.
The elevating of the artificial standardized test to celestial predominance becomes a smoke screen designed to assure a simplistic approach to education. The schools that have the best test scores win, regardless of the gains made by students in that school or what skills those students can actually demonstrate. No consideration is given to those children who have huge obstacles in the way of learning as they are expected to be proficient on the same day and at the same time as demanded by the standards. When those students don’t “succeed” at the same rate in the same way on the test as the selected elite schools, their schools are deemed failures by those Monsters, Ogres and Agenda Driven Politicians.
The trickery and deceit continues as the evil empire embarks on the poverty games. Those school officials then shout from the mountain top, “poverty isn’t destiny” while they continue to maintain an antiquated system that assures most poverty is destiny. Listening to that rhetoric begs the question, which “poverty” are they talking about? Poverty covers those who are damaged by its obstacles as well as those who, with the help of a strong support system, can overcome those obstacles.
It is the goal of the tricksters to convince the public of the racist belief that all poor black children are the same, and their school came to the rescue. The real trick used is to enhance a school population by taking the effort to sort through and identify those in borderline poverty with a strong support system that can score high. Enrolling those students gives them the ability to demean the schools who serve the children who need us the most while maintaining bragging rights.
Whole Child Reform
Whole Child Reform
Saturday, August 5, 2017
THE GREATEST CHALLENGE TO EDUCATORS IN THIS DECADE IS TO PREPARE CHILDREN TO RISE ABOVE THE CONFIRMATION BIAS AND EMBRACE CRITICAL THINKING
The confirmation bias impacts our thinking in everything from daily living to the politicians for whom we vote. It diminishes the thought process by having us stop short of critical thinking forcing us to believe everything we hear, regardless of its validity. It is time to teach the whole child to rise above this bias and think deeply about all issues.
Teachers, educators, parents, have you had enough? We have been marching and chanting for almost ten years and nothing has happened. It is time to take charge of your classroom and your school. Between the pages of my upcoming book is a step by step guideline designed to subvert the school in the best interest of children.
Now is the time to take back the school from the Monsters, Ogres and Agenda Driven Politicians and give it to the teachers, parents and students where it belongs.