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  •  And of course, (25+ / 0-)

    only teach the history that the Texas State Textbook Commission says is accurate. Here in AZ they banned ethnic studies because, you know, we wouldn't want to give kids who live in majority-Hispanic districts a sense of pride in their heritage.

    Great diary. You're right, similar bills are being enacted nationwide. More restrictions on public schools, more handouts to the private education industry. Sheesh, if we can't do public schools as a public, what the heck can we do?

    The largest donor, by far, to wingnut AZ Senator Russell Pearce in his Nov. recall election is the private school industry.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 10:55:06 AM PDT

    •  I think the establishment of multiple levels (7+ / 0-)

      of micromanaging is part of the plan to kill public education. It's been done in many fields, from education to water and air quality, to food and drug safety. By passing so many laws and regulations, and micromanaging every aspect of operations, the Republicans have managed to make government through law and regulation seem to be the problem, and in some cases it is the problem.

      Laws and regulations have usually been passed only when necessary to address abuses. But when the regulatory process goes overboard, and begins to manage things that are not a problem, that's when regulation becomes ineffective. And I think that's just as it was planned, and what has been done by Republicans, under cover of blaming Democrats for being bleeding heart tree-hugging  liberals.

      When I worked for the Social Security Administration, during the Reagan administration, I was more than a little surprized that directives kept coming out from DC to get people on the Supplemental Security and Medicaid roles. If people were entitled then they needed to be in pay status. This directive was in the face of the Reagan administration public face of too many people on "welfare" and taking advantage of the system, and the meme that the creation of the nanny state was destroying the fabric of the country.

      If these programs were so awful, why were there directives to get people on the roles? Well, if you don't like lifeboats taking up space on the deck of the ship, then do what you have to to prove they are useless. Overload them till they sink.

      Education has been micromanaged to the point that is has become ineffective. This is I think mainly because the "solutions" like NCLB have been formulated as a solution that had no relation to the problem. But it has helped sink the lifeboat that education has been to countless numbers of citizens in changing their station in life for the better.

      •  Here's a recently declassified document (11+ / 0-)

        a Field Manual on Sabotage. http://www.gutenberg.org/...  [Warning: pdf document]
        Scroll down to page 32-36. I heard one teacher say that this seems like the tactics used in every faculty meeting she's attended. Keep in mind these are tactics for sabotaging something. It reads like a Republican playbook.

        (11) General Interference with Organizations and Production
        (a)
        Organizations and Conferences
        (1)
        Insist on doing everything through "channels." Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
        (2)
        Make "speeches." Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your "points" by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences. Never hesitate to make a few appropriate "patriotic" comments.
        (3)
        When possible, refer all matters to committees, for "further study and consideration." Attempt to make the committees as large as possible — never less than five.
        (4)
        Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
        (5)
        Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
        (6)
        Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
        (7)
        Advocate "caution." Be "reasonable" and urge your fellow-conferees to be "reasonable" and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.
        (8)
        Be worried about the propriety of any decision — raise the question of whether such action as is contemplated lies within the jurisdiction of the group or whether it might conflict with the policy of some higher echelon.
    •  my high school english teacher (5+ / 0-)

      was repeatedly harassed by the admins, because he had a sign denoting his classroom as a safe place for LGBT kids. This was a terrible high school...

      On my very first day, this history teacher took the time to talk about 9/11. Why? To be a bitch I assume. Basically ended up claiming all of shiia islam was evil. Boy I bet she didnt expect me to be in that class. Me, who actuallly lost a friend in that event. Me, whos relationship with my mother was on the verge of falling apart befoer i accidently ended up telling her of her friends demise (same event.) Somehow, our fights just seemed petty after that.

      To say the least, I was quite unhappy with her lies and propaganda. And I made this clear.

      I stopped going a month after that. then i dropped out and got accepted into college because im scary brilliant with science, so long as they thing im sciencing doesnt bleed. Had medical problems not shifted my plans, i wouldve totally just smashed every bit of the system they built up into useless dribble.

      And thats scary. I shouldnt be able to drop out of school because ym teachers are idiots. I shouldnt have idiot tteachers!

      The Reason why there are so many colors in this world...white, black, red, green, blue, yellow...is that they can be mixed to create an explosion of new color! Boom!

      by kamrom on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 05:01:24 AM PDT

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      •  Incase its not clear (3+ / 0-)

        the title and first sentence refer to one person, everything after that referrs to a different person.

        The Reason why there are so many colors in this world...white, black, red, green, blue, yellow...is that they can be mixed to create an explosion of new color! Boom!

        by kamrom on Sun Oct 30, 2011 at 05:02:26 AM PDT

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