PART 2 of 2
March 8, 2010
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What's been done to America's children over the past half century is nothing short of criminal and only the overwhelming power of moms, dads and grand parents across this country will turn it around. The power lies in activism and voting out all career politicians in your state capitol who refuse to do what must be done to clean up our schools and give America's children a real education instead of dumbing them down.
Equally noxious are the teacher's unions. Now, before ya all send me lots of hate mail, my daughter teaches junior high at a private school. She still had to jump through all the hoops and pass the tests required by the state. I am proud she graduated Magna Cum Laude from college in the Sciences. She loves her students and is doing her best for them.
Myron Lieberman's outstanding book: The Teacher Unions: How They Sabotage Education Reform and Why is a must read. Lieberman was a high school teacher and then for years the chief negotiator of union contracts for schools districts in California, New York and other states. He's been a consultant for the NEA and AFT and a university professor.
Lieberman's book clearly and with facts lays out the major obstacle for education reform: the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). "The NEA and AFT are the most powerful organizations in American education today. With over three million members paying dues in excess of $1 BILLION a year, they help choose presidential candidates and make national education policy. With more than 6,000 full time officers and staff, these unions have more operatives than the Democrat and Republican parties combined."
They make national education policy? Education is the exclusive domain of the states of the Union. That means the state legislatures are supposed to make the laws pertaining to education. School districts work with the legislature to set the curriculum and environment for America's precious children to become educated, not indoctrinated. When the unconstitutional Federal Department of Education became a cabinet and the power of those unions grew, any notion of educating children was washed away by corruption and propaganda.
The NEA and FTA are rotten, corrupt, rancid operations that have NO place in public education for America's children. Be sure to pay special attention to the facts and numbers on beginning on page 80 of Liberman's book: Bipartisanship: Rhetoric and Reality.
On page 39 of Rabbi Shifrin's book, he talks about The California Exit Exam and lowering of standards to pass children through the system who are uneducated. I don't want to use the word stupid. Stupid belongs to the teachers, principles, politicians and King Makers who run the teachers unions who promote the lowering of standards. Lieberman goes into great detail about this in his book, pg 232: "Critics of unions have emphasized that the decline in scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test coincided substantially with the period of time in which tech bargaining became widespread." He goes on to cite several studies of scores and the arguments. This book is an excellent read in understanding the bigger picture.
How any teachers in this country could belong to any of those organizations is beyond me. Oh, yes, I know how teachers are threatened that if they don't, they will not work in the government's indoctrination centers. I've heard from them since I ran for Congress ('93-'94). Good, decent men and women who want to do nothing but teach to educate, are afraid of losing their jobs if they don't pay dues to these well greased machines destroying education. Teachers are not required to join a union to work, but the pressure is there; sometimes subtle, sometimes in your face.
A wonderful thing happened last month that sent shock waves through the union honchos: A Rhode Island school board voted 5-2 to -- gasp!!! fire the whole bunch at Central Falls High School. U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, cheered the firings. Whoa! That won't earn any political currency with the usurper's administration. The honcho of the state AFL-CIO got his panties so twisted, he almost choked to death while trying to shout the collective outrage:
“This is immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful,” said George Nee, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, to shouts and cheers from a crowd of more than 500 at Jenks Park. “What is happening here tonight is the wrong thing … and we're not going to put up with it.”
Really? Pray tell what does the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) have to do with holding teachers accountable for actually educating America's children? It's immoral, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful to fire incompetent teachers and administrators? 74 classroom teachers, plus reading specialists, guidance counselors, physical education teachers, the school psychologist, the principal and three assistant principals were all given their walking papers because the schools are not educating children. They are turning out dummies. THAT is what "more money for education" is being poured into with the muscle of teachers unions.
According to an excellent piece by Jennifer D. Jordan: "Even in a school system known for its academic troubles, the numbers at Philadelphia's Vaux High School are jaw-dropping: More than 90 percent of 11th-graders tested last year could not read or do math at grade level." Is this what you keep shoveling truckloads of money into?
In my opinion, unions should be scrutinized at another level:
The Communists planned to create not only a new way of life, but new human beings. They sought to achieve not only the reconstruction of social and cultural institutions, but reconstruction of human beings.
"In The Communist Manifesto, the founders of Communism, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, set forth “ten measures for a successful communist-socialist revolution.” These ten planks called for, among other things, the abolition of private property and the right of inheritance; a progressive income tax; government control of communication and transportation; government control of factories and production; and government ownership of the schools."
Communist Goals (1963). Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35. January 10, 1963
Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism
and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of
teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
William Z. Foster was an open communist who wrote, Toward Soviet America. He was the National Chairman of the Communist Party of the U.S. and Secretary-Treasurer of the Amalgamated Steel Workers' Association. The AFL played a key role back then (1901). Unionizing teachers was the natural 'progression' in The Program. But, that's for another column. Toward Soviet America is available free on line and truly a must read. You cannot defeat your enemy unless you understand them.
Yes, I am fully aware that too many of America's children come from the most deplorable home conditions imaginable. However, you have to run schools like a business: Failure is not tolerated and employees who don't perform are fired. Just like the private sector. Yes, parents must take a bigger role in making sure their children are ready to enter school, but it will take a decade to correct the moral meltdown (drugs, booze, porn, domestic abuse) destroying our nation. It has to be done one family at a time, not by mother government - state or federal. What's so insane is that children of members of these unions are getting dumbed down just like the rest of the kids.
The school board in Central Falls, Rhode Island has taken the first and long over due shot: Fire teachers who don't perform. Next, boot out career politicians who are bought by these unions and refuse to pass laws that no illegal aliens will be allowed into any schools in your state. They have no legal right to be here and they sure as heck have no legal right to the fruits of your labor to keep them in schools at any level. Illegal means illegal.
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Parents need to get get involved. I know things are very bad out in America for parents either out of work, looking for work or worried about getting laid off. But, our children are our most precious gift from God. We just can't let this dumbing down and indoctrination continue. Get the facts (the two excellent books above) and together, as a nation, we can turn this around. And be sure to get Rabbi Nachum Shifren's book: Kill Your Teacher - Corruption And Racism in Los Angeles City Schools. For part one click below.
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Hispanic Reading Room: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
2 - The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America -- Free on line. This amazing work by Charlotte Iserbyte gives America's parents the truth and it isn't pretty.
3 - Legislators tell school kids to celebrate homosexuality
How activism works:
Supporters of the recall accused the board of voting to spend more on administrative fees and less and less in the classroom. For example, the previous superintendent was earning more than $250,000 a year -- twice the state average.
"The recallers say they are energized by the arrogance of power by the school superintendent and what they see as his rubber-stamp school board; a waste of resources; inattention to the needs of parents and students. They argue that the district spends its money on unnecessary things, and would be better able to meet the well-recognized overcrowding problem if they were more focused on education rather than on bureaucracy-building. They raise some serious points.
"The official recall notice served to each board member says: "You are recklessly spending tens of millions of dollars on an administration building and over $100 million for a single high school next to a dump - while our schools are in dire need of repair and our students are crammed into substandard portable classrooms with non-functioning restrooms. Your reckless deficit spending has created a self-inflicted, multimillion-dollar budget crisis that puts our children at risk and resulted in massive program cutbacks - severely diminishing the quality of education."
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