Archive | January 2014

A Shot to the Heart

Every time I hear of another school shooting my heart seizes as another child is harmed.  “Was it someone I know?” as I hear the news.  “Was it in my state? “Was it in my town?”  “Was it in my child’s school?”

I sit here in tears at that last thought.  The stark reality these days is that, well, it really could be in my child’s school.  It could be in my school, your school, your own children’s schools.

When are we going to stop and take a look to see what we are doing to these babies??? These children that should grow up laughing, feeling the joy of learning, wanting to explore the unknown.

Instead, we are forcing them to learn a mandated curriculum with mandated questions, and mandated answers.  there is no room for exploration.  there is no room for creativity.  there is no room for joy.

Is it any wonder that the greatest increase that we see in public shootings is happening within our public schools???

Where else would a troubled youth go to express the emotional turmoil that is being felt, with such a violent response, except to the one place that is causing so much hurt.

I hurt at the thought that our schools are causing this much pain.  This is not what education was ever supposed to be about.

Where is the nurturing, the support, the understanding and the help?  Where is the love?

Teachers don’t have time for that anymore.  Teachers are pushed to rush through an almost impossible curriculum that reaches and stretches a child beyond the the very cognitive limits that the brain can handle.  Adults barely have the emotional tools to handle such stress.  How can we expect our children to handle it?

There will be no surprises when the data is analyzed and the facts are checked.  The ever increasing exposure to inappropriate and incorrectly valued learning will be what destroys our children in the end.

A shot to the heart…and who’s to blame????

Please, I beg of you, stop the tears.  Stop the hurt.  Allow our children to have a chance to learn in an environment with a little less fear.  Allow our children to  the chance to grow up, to raise children of their own, to live without the fear that someday their child may fall victim to these acts of violence.

Please, I beg of you, just let us teach. child


Newark’s War Zone

You would think after reading the title of this post, that I was referring to the crime rate in the City of Newark.  Well, yes I am.  But not in the way that you think.

What I have been told about this week is crime that is worse than the street crime that plague’s all different areas of our country.  I am talking about the crime of a person with authority abusing that authority in such a manner that one cannot help but to wonder how she is being allowed to get away with it.

It all started in the beginning of December, I started hearing rumors about Chris Cerf, New Jersey Commissioner of Education possibly resigning soon.  This week the rumors have increased.

 Fast forward to this week…
Cami Anderson was with Christie at the SOTS address.  Is she being considered for the position?  Three theories.  1) Yes, to continue strong-arm educational reform policy   2) Yes, to make the real candidate acceptable to the people because she is a monster     3)  To allow Christie to come in and “save Newark”.
Some recent history…
Right before the holidays Newark announced their One Newark Enrollment Plan.  Paving the way for charter schools to infiltrate the district and create segregation within Newark.
Parents started having meetings, petitions were created, neighborhood canvassing has been done to keep the communities informed…
Last week, the Superintendent of Newark City Schools, Cami Anderson had a meeting with one of the 9th grade classes.  She did not allow parents, staff or administration to come into the room.  The cops were called on 4 elderly woman by the assistant vice-principal, Tiffany Hardrick.  This person will possibly be facing an investigation stemming from her previous employment from a school district in Louisiana.
Last night I get a message that a community meeting at Ivy Hill School was cancelled by Cami Anderson.  When she was asked why…her response was. “Because I can”
Then I get messages that the president of the PTA was banned from the building and there are false accusations of him pushing the assistant Superintendent.
This morning I find out that four principles are suspended pending an investigation because they spoke out about the school closings at a community meeting at a church the other night.
Additionally, another principal has been suspended because she voiced her support of the PTA president.
This woman needs to be exposed as another extension of Christie’s top-down bullying tactics.  If it was not for Christie’s bullying manner the people that work for him would not feel that they would be allowed to get away with these behaviors.  It has even been theorized that #bridgegate may also have ties to Fort Lee’s recent opposition to school reforms.
To further show how deep crime runs in the city of Newark,,, Cami Anderson was once an executive director of Teach for America, a tool that is being used to assist the movement to privatize education.
I have this information direct from teachers in the district as well as one of the union leaders.  These teachers are terrified to speak out now for fear of losing their jobs.

As a society, we must ask ourselves one important question.  What type of society have we become where such behavior is condoned?  Or yet, even applauded???  How can a person be allowed to wreak so much havoc on other people’s lives?  Who is she to say that it is in the city’s best interest?  Where are the people that should really be standing and protesting this direct attack upon these communities??? Why is there little media coverage of this?


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