Tuesday, July 12, 2011

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: The U.S.A., our war eras, and who we are.

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: The U.S.A., our war eras, and who we are.

The U.S.A., our war eras, and who we are.

This remarkable table, reflecting our nation's priorities, was created from war era dates defined by the American Legion. The American Legion is “...the nation’s largest veterans service organization...

"Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership

Military members currently on active duty, who are serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, are invited to be members of The American Legion.
  • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
  • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
  • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)


The table covers 1917 to 2011 (the past 85 years). The last declared war was World War II.


Red cells indicate wars. Blue cells indicate peacetime.

School Tech Connect: Camouflage in the Title

School Tech Connect: Camouflage in the Title

Camouflage in the Title

Jim Crown, speaking prior to Jonah Edelman...

"What happened in Illinois is a story of straightforward very rudimentary political activism. It could apply to things other than education.”


This week, I'm going to try to unpack Crown's preamble to Jonah Edelman's subsequent lucid "view to a kill" speech, but I think it's important to realize that there are a few things going on here.

1. This isn't solely about public education policy. This is how they're going to kill off everything they view as an "entitlement" for non-wealthy people.

2. The strategy will work across a range of issues: create a lot of momentum around a narrative, buy off key

Urban, Low SES & Black Male – The single story of African-American & Latino kids in US schools. « Happy Teacher LA

Urban, Low SES & Black Male – The single story of African-American & Latino kids in US schools. « Happy Teacher LA

Urban, Low SES & Black Male – The single story of African-American & Latino kids in US schools.

I teach in a school in a part of town that many people call “urban”. I teach in class setting that many people call “special education”. Most people don’t know these things about me. They just know I am a teacher. They often assume that it is in suburbia and that my students are typical i.e. general education students. The reason being is that most of the time I talk about my students as individuals. I talk about the fun things my students do, the things we learned, how I rode my bicycle to school, and other random teacher anecdote type things.

When I tell most lay people (non teachers) where I teach in a neighborhood in southern Los Angeles, people often gasp and make an interesting comment.

I have heard variations of, “It must be challenging,” or “Is it dangerous?” or just, “Wow!!!”

When I tell them I teach special education they say, “That is so nice of you to do that.”

These are the reasons that I never start off my conversation about the children that I teach with the neighborhood they live in or their ability levels. I know the single story story that has been told. I know that “urban” is just code for black and poor or Latino and poor. I know once most people hear “abc” neighborhood or “def” syndrome their

L.A. officials unexpectedly move to shut down charters implicated in cheating - latimes.com

L.A. officials unexpectedly move to shut down charters implicated in cheating - latimes.com

L.A. officials unexpectedly move to shut down charters implicated in cheating

In an unexpected action, Los Angeles school officials Tuesday voted against renewing the operating agreements of two charter schools involved in a cheating scandal last year. The decision could lead to a shutdown of all six schools run by the Crescendo organization.

The vote by the Los Angeles Board of Education was based on the revelation at Tuesday’s meeting that a principal implicated in the cheating scandal had been hired by the outside organization brought in to manage the Crescendo schools. L.A. Unified officials had explicitly directed that no former Crescendo principals could work either for Crescendo or for the Celerity charter organization, the outside group that was brought in.

“This was beyond not following the agreement we had,” said L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. “I would use the word 'directly lied to.' "

Celerity Chief Executive Vielka McFarlane said that she hired the principal, Sheryl Lee, before agreeing to

If you sit at the table with dogs, don’t complain when you get up with fleas. « Fred Klonsky's blog

If you sit at the table with dogs, don’t complain when you get up with fleas. « Fred Klonsky's blog

If you sit at the table with dogs, don’t complain when you get up with fleas.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Education Association, and the Chicago Teachers Union, regarding the comments by Stand for Children’s CEO, Jonah Edelman, recorded at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

For more information on this story, go to: http://bit.ly/nsijKz July 12, 2011 -

We were disappointed to hear the views of Stand for Children’s leader and his own assessment of his organization’s involvement in Illinois politics. We heard a lot from Jonah Edelman about power in politics, power over unions and management power over teachers. Sadly, we didn’t hear anything in that hour-long session about improving education. Frankly, Edelman was never actively engaged in that collaborative process. By falsely claiming to have manipulated people engaged in

Jersey Jazzman: My Commenters Rock

Jersey Jazzman: My Commenters Rock

My Commenters Rock

Seriously, they do:
Duke, as usual you hit the nail on the head--and squarely. Having spent over 16 years working in the "real" world, i.e. the private sector/corporate America, before returning to my first and beloved profession (teaching), I was hit with culture shock. At first I found it a bit dismaying, and then just "weird" that a 22 year old "kid" was doing exactly the same job I was doing. Maybe not quite as well (hehe), but the same job with the same responsibilities and expectations. And I, with over 20 years more professional, teaching/training, business, and life experience, was only making about $7,000 more (that was the "dismaying" part, since my 16 years in corporate America only earned me one additional step on the pay scale).

I could not think of ANY job in the private sector in which someone with over 20 years more

Kimble's Corner: Transcript of First Ever Twitter Town Hall

Kimble's Corner: Transcript of First Ever Twitter Town Hall

Transcript of First Ever Twitter Town Hall

Here is the log of our historic first ever Twitter Town Hall. To make sense of it, read it from the bottom going up.
  1. Jack Kimble RepJackKimble
    Goodnight. Stay free America!! #Idontknowjack
    5 minutes ago via TweetDeck

  2. Dirk Thunderstone DirkThunderstne
    Goodnight America. This has been Congressman Kimble and Fox Action 15's Dirk Thunderstone#Idontknowjack
    5 minutes ago via web

  3. Jack Kimble RepJackKimble
    Thank you Dirk, Twitterers, I am sure we will have a transcript of this town hall up on our campaign site#Idontknowjack
    6 minutes ago via TweetDeck
  4. Dirk Thunderstone DirkThunderstne
    OK thank you for your time Congressman. #Idontknowjack
    7 minutes ago via web

  5. Jack Kimble RepJackKimble

Diane Ravitch: Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate - CBS News

Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate - CBS News

Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate

By
Mark Strassmann

(CBS News)
The Atlanta public schools are embroiled in a massive cheating scandal. It's a situation that's rippling far beyond the city's borders, because the alleged cheating involved the same sort of standardized tests used all over the country.
Most surprising is that it's not students who are accused, but 178 principals and teachers. Fifty-six schools were investigated, and cheating was found in 44, or nearly 80 percent, as CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports.
It's a scathing report: A decade of systemic cheating in Atlanta's school system by the adults.





Diane RavitchAtl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate - CBS News

Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate - CBS News

Atl. cheating scandal renews school reform debate

By
Mark Strassmann
(CBS News)

The Atlanta public schools are embroiled in a massive cheating scandal. It's a situation that's rippling far beyond the city's borders, because the alleged cheating involved the same sort of standardized tests used all over the country.

Most surprising is that it's not students who are accused, but 178 principals and teachers. Fifty-six schools were investigated, and cheating was found in 44, or nearly 80 percent, as CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports.

It's a scathing report: A decade of systemic cheating in Atlanta's school system by the adults.

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