Saturday, May 17, 2014

Louisiana Educator: John White Translated

Louisiana Educator: John White Translated:



John White Translated


Everything John White tells us in print or in person has a definite purpose. But often you need to translate "White speak" to get his true intent or meaning. Let me translate just a few paragraphs from a recent White memo to local education leaders:

White states: "Our state's educators, families, and children have accepted the great challenge of raising expectations for learning in our schools. Louisiana's children are just as smart and capable as any in America, and together we have committed to educating them to a standard as high as anywhere in our country."
Translation: "I don't really care if many families have not acceptedthe challenge of raising expectations for learning, I intend to blame local educators if the students do not all perform to the level I have dictated. Furthermore, I have no idea weather or not Louisiana's children are just as smart and capable as any in America, but by stating this assumption, it allows me to punish educators if our students do not perform as well as students in other states."

White states: "As you know, the state has long committed that Louisiana will not unfairly humiliate educators, denigrate schools, or punish students as we make this transition. You can find a summary of the state's transition policies here, including policies regarding 4th grade promotion and the Transitional 9th grade, an important opportunity to address immediately the learning needs of struggling students."

Translation: "As I have demonstrated many times before, it is my policy to humiliate impoverished school communities by imposing an unfair school grading policy that only tells us the level of poverty 
Louisiana Educator: John White Translated:

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