Sunday, December 9, 2012




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Any parent or teacher can tell you that if you fail to timely, reasonably, and proportionally discipline a child, they will continue to act in an anti-social and disruptive manner that precludes the calm environment where learning and growth can take place. By logical extension, if people become adults without have learned how to respect others and the legal system that attempts to peacefully structure human interaction, then we are all in trouble. 

LAUSD is the most anti-intellectual environment I have ever experienced. What do I mean by 

Ed Notes Online: The Worm is Turning: Ravitch with Smiley and West

Ed Notes Online: The Worm is Turning: Ravitch with Smiley and West:

The Worm is Turning: Ravitch with Smiley and West

Must listen radio where 2 leading Black commentators spend a half hour with Diane. I remember Tavis Smiley maybe a year ago praising aspects of ed deform.

They talk about Chicago, Karen Lewis, the money to be made and the whitening of the teaching staff.

Tavis Smiley and Cornell West Radio show:

Cornell West to Diane Ravitch: “What force for good you’ve been in struggle for children of all colors”

Diane: “I’m happy to be on your side.”

If Obama Gives on Medicare Age, Let's Hold Another Election

Paul Buckeheit ruminates on a list of items real haters of government should focus on over at Nation of Change. His first item address Medicare and the proposal to raise the age from 65 to 67 which would actually cost more. Instead we should lower the medicare age down to the day you are born.

I reside with no less and expert, a woman who spent her entire working life working in the field of medical billing, 

One Teacher's Perspective: Dressing Up and Dressing Down Teachers

One Teacher's Perspective: Dressing Up and Dressing Down Teachers:

Dressing Up and Dressing Down Teachers

Much ado has been made about a proposed teacher dress code for my school district as non-teacher leaders formulate a new employee handbook to replace the expiring teacher contract.

A few weeks ago, school leaders unveiled a three-page draft of a proposed dress code for school employees to replace the current one-line (“wear appropriate dress”) policy. The proposed draft has been met with some push back from educators. The push back has been met with some push back. The teacher dissent is viewed as much ado about nothing by some school leaders. The dressing up of teachers is also a dressing down.

Undoubtedly, the employee handbook discussions distract all of us from the eightball of school reform. Nonetheless, between nothing and the eight ball is a worthwhile

Keep Families Together - Moms Rising Blog

MomsRising Blog:

Embracing Our American Values: A MomsRising Blog Carnival on Protecting Family Unity, Strengthening Communities and Ensuring a Thriving Economy with the Contributions of Immigrants

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
As we commemorate today’s anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, MomsRising is pleased to launch a blog carnival to further the national dialogue on the urgent need for making our immigration system humane and workable. With the participation of over 30 voices, ranging from members of [...]

Member Voices: Let’s Talk about Taxes

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
Well, you can’t swing a toothpaste-squeezing Elf-on-the-Shelf (Seriously? Making extra messes in my house is now a holiday tradition? Sigh.) around anywhere nowadays without hitting a politician who has something vehement to say about the rapidly approaching edge of the fiscal cliff, a fearsome collection of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect soon after the [...]

Immigration Reform is Critical for the Health of California and the Country

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
The landmark health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a tremendous starting point for improving the health of communities of color in California and across the country. But to truly achieve lasting progress in the fight against health disparities, we need comprehensive reform of our immigration policies. As advocates, we [...]

2013 Must be the Year to Keep Families Together

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
Photo: Gustavo Torres, president of Casa in Action and board member of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), center, and community advocates during a rally of immigrant rights in front of the White House after the November 2012 election. (Credit: CASA in Action). Immigration reform has been established as one of the most important issues [...]

Immigrant Integration Means Health, Dignity, and Justice for Immigrant Latinas and Communities

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
It is an understatement to say our current immigration policies and practices hinder, instead of promote, immigrant integration. Aggressive enforcement practices tear families apart and undermine the safety of our communities. Our government’s failure to establish a path to citizenship perpetuates labor exploitation, threatens families’ economic security, and undermines equality of opportunity. Yet in the [...]

When I Cast My Ballot on Election Day, I Voted for Human Rights

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
(Photo Credit: Amnesty International USA) As the challenges facing human rights progress are vast, it is crucially important to acknowledge victories that bring us closer to a world where human rights are a reality for all. The passage of the Maryland Dream Act manifested our belief that education is something that we value, and that [...]

Immigration Reform Picture Not Complete Unless It Includes the Face of Women

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
“Many people cross to seek riches, a truck, a new house, but mothers need to be with their children out of necessity. I am only crossing to see my daughter again, nothing more.” – Maria President Obama recently announced that immigration reform will be a top priority in his second term. As comprehensive immigration reform [...]

Immigrant Women Strengthen Our Economy — and Our Country

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
As a lifelong human rights activist, I’ve never been afraid of controversy. But saying that immigrant women are good for our economy—good for our country—isn’t controversial. It’s common sense. Immigrant women are job creators. They are innovators and entrepreneurs who strengthen our national economy. In fact, women run 40% of all immigrant-owned businesses in the [ ...]

American Dream Should Be Available for All Who Seek It

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
The immigrant experience is the foundation of America. In the preamble to the Constitution, we are told that we are forever moving toward a more perfect union. And the 40 million immigrants living in America today are a central part of making our union more perfect. The American Dream that is at the heart of [...]

Protecting Family Unity, Strengthening Communities and Ensuring a Thriving Economy with the Contributions of Immigrants

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 1 minute ago
Photo: LULAC hosted an immigration reform rally in 2006 to galvanize our community around this important issue. We look forward to coalitions to again gain momentum to finally achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform! There are more similarities between the everyday American family and the immigrant family than there are differences. The immigrant family works hard for [...]

We Need Immigration Reform to Keep Families Together

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
Every morning in this country, mothers and fathers focus on getting their children ready for school and then get to work themselves. But imagine having to do all this knowing that at any moment your family could be separated thanks to outdated immigration policies. This is the reality for nearly one in ten American families, [...]

A Hope for DREAM

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
Child advocates have fought for years against the deportation of promising undocumented students. A bill in Congress to recognize them has failed before, but new action on the Hill gives us hope. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act is a bill to protect from deportation undocumented students who have kept [...]

Immigrant Youth Vow to Fight for Their Parents, Families, and Citizenship

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
After Republicans reached an historic low among Latino voters in last month’s election, political analysts of all stripes began to say that the GOP should change its immigration plank and work with Democrats to enact reasonable and humane reform in Congress. They said the Democrats want it, and the Republicans need it. This is a [...]

Still Waiting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Civil and Human Rights Activists Organize to Fight Anti-Immigrant State Laws

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
There is renewed hope that comprehensive immigration reform will now be possible in Washington, D.C., following the November election that saw Latino and Asian American voters turning out in record numbers. The failure to pass comprehensive reform at the federal level has been a major disappointment made worse by states such as Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, [...]

South Asians Say It Loud: Fix the Immigration System Now

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
Like so many others in the United States, I am a product of the American immigration system. I was twelve when my mother and brother took a long plane ride from Kerala (India) to Kentucky to join my father. We had been separated for a year from him as he navigated the Immigration and Naturalization [...]

A Close Up of Gaby Pacheco, One of this Country’s Best Known DREAMers

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
Gaby Pacheco’s story will be featured in a collection of stories for young people by Lily Eskelsen and Alberto Garcia called “Rabble Rousers” about people who organize communities to fight for social justice. Gaby was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She doesn’t remember much of her city, but her family was close. She remembers her grandmother [...]

Keeping the Dream Alive

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
America’s immigration system is broken. Children are separated from their parents, husbands are separated from their wives, and businesses are suffering without efficient workers needed for economic stability. Immigrant families without a breadwinner are struggling to keep their heads above water. Our current archaic immigration policy is long-overdue for comprehensive reform that reflects our nation’s [...]

New Electoral Reality Makes Our Community a Target of a Different Kind

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
I wrote this piece for the Harvard Kennedy School newspaper, where I am a mid-career MPA student. Last year I took a break from community organizing after a heartbreaking loss of the DREAM Act in 2010. As I take this year to read and reflect, I can feel myself pulled back into the fight, especially [ ...]

Now is Our Chance to Help Keep Immigrant Families Together

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
What would you do if you found out your daughter had a life-threatening illness — and you had no way to pay for the treatment? Would you pack up everything, cross a border, and move to a new country, if it meant the chance to work and earn enough to save her life? I’m a [...]

United to Keep Our Families Together

Iva Ingar at MomsRising Blog - 3 minutes ago
Since the election the headlines have been all about immigration reform and the urgency for Congress to finally get serious about it. As someone who works on immigration policy, I’ve been excited about the momentum that is building. But more importantly, as an advocate for children and as a daughter of immigrants, I’ve been mostly [...]

New School Foods: Beyond Burgers and Fries

Kate Uslan at MomsRising Blog - 2 days ago
Jessica Johnson may be new to her position as the Food Service Director for Sycamore School District in Cincinnati but she is no novice when it comes to finding innovative ideas to keep her students and staff smiling. Since Johnson started her job just more than one year ago, she has had to work quickly [...]

Making Room at the Table: Addressing Differences in Diet During the Holidays

Jacqulyn Hamilton at MomsRising Blog - 3 days ago
What happens when one of us changes? There’s something about a person shifting eating habits that seems to scare the crap out of loved ones—especially during the holidays. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate and reconnect, the boding we do over food is rich with ritual and tradition. We look forward to getting together [...]

2% Milk and Fruit – this is a big deal!

Tracy Fox at MomsRising Blog - 3 days ago
So, as I was making my way to the kitchen in my office suite this morning I noticed a really nice fruit basket on the main island. I did not think much about it – I rent office space from a management company and they just finished a kitchen renovation, but given my profession (dietitian), [...]

Bringing Water Back to Schools

Manel Kappagoda at MomsRising Blog - 3 days ago
Have you checked out the water fountains at your kids’ school lately? See any like the ones you remember from your childhood? If so, are they in good working order? And how does the water taste? Sad to say, the prevalent drinking fountains of our youth are all but relics of the past. At many [... ]

Quinoa Salad

Vianney Rodriguez at MomsRising Blog - 3 days ago
Quinoa (KEEN-wa) was once called “the gold of the Incas,” or “mother grain.” The Inca tribe turned to this ancient grain to increase the stamina of their warriors and believed the grain to be sacred. I, like the Incas, also believe Quinoa packs a powerful punch. The punch our body needs, craves and deserves. Weeks [...]

Blog | Student Voice | Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow by Giving them a Voice Today

Blog | Student Voice | Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow by Giving them a Voice Today:

THE EDUBLOG Awards – Vote for as Best New Blog

admin at Student Voice - 7 hours ago
Please show your support for Student Voice by voting for us as the “Best New Blog 2012″ in the EduBlog Awards. Voting is open until 11:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December the 9th! Step 1: Go to Step 2: Select “New Blog” in the drop down menu Step 3: Scroll down [...]

Resolution for Youth Voices Reaches the Senate

admin at Student Voice - 3 days ago
Original Post: Yesterday, S.R. 608 was introduced to the Senate and has the potential to create a Presidential Youth Council. Policy is the part of system thinking that is often found most elusive. And in reality- it usually has the largest and quietest impact. The introduction of S.R. 608- a call for a Presidential Youth [...]

Youthists & Age Discrimination

admin at Student Voice - 4 days ago
The following post has been re posted from it’s original location:,b=facebook While attention is given to discrimination against people of different races, gender and sexual orientation, age discrimination remains a topic that few speak about. Feminists work for women’s rights, civil rights activists work for the advancements of racial minorities, and youthists work for the [...]

Students lead protest of Department of Education’s Inaction

admin at Student Voice - 6 days ago
The following article was originally written by By Sophie Gamez on November 30th, 2012 for The Columbia Daily Spectator and has been re posted by The original article can be found HERE. Stalling on the part of the New York City Department of Education could cost the city’s schools system $300 million in federal funding. Columbia students led a crowd [...]

NYU Local- The Online War Over NYU And Columbia’s SFER Campaign

admin at Student Voice - 6 days ago
The following article was originally written by By John Surico on November 16th, 2012 for NYU- Local, and has been re posted by Last week, we reported on the most recent campaign launched by the Students for Education Reform chapters at NYU and Columbia. It focuses on urging Mayor Bloomberg’s Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers [...]

Stephanie Rivera – Recap of Counter-Rally to Defend NYC Students and Teachers

admin at Student Voice - 6 days ago
On Thursday night, I had the great opportunity to defend NYC’s students and teachers with some incredible organizers from NYU and Columbia. The NYU and Columbia Students For Education Reform (SFER)‘s chapters organized a rally, “Get It Together: One Deal, $300 Million for NYC Students.” From SFER’s Facebook Event Description: Get It Together: One Deal, [...]

Special: Monday Webinar with Canada’s Student Voice Initiative

admin at Student Voice - 1 week ago
In conjunction with our regular Monday 8:30 pm EST #StuVoice Twitter chat, Student Voice will host a special webinar featuring student voice leaders from Canada’s Student Voice Initiative. Join us as Canadian student leaders share stories of how they have exercised their voice and learn of Canada’s unprecedented student voice culture. More about our special [...]

Organization Registration

admin at Student Voice - 1 week ago
Calling all youth-led advocacy groups. The past few months, the Student Voice movement has connected thousands of students nationwide. Through our #StuVoice Twitter Chats, webinars, conference calls, and more, we have experienced first-hand the wisdom of young people and the power they have when they unite. By functioning as a medium through which students can [...]

Student Voice discussion with Connected Learning

admin at Student Voice - 2 weeks ago
Join Student Voicers Jordan Howard, Nikila Kakarla, Adil Majid, Zak Malamed, and Allison Wu as they discuss: “With all the conversations and decisions surrounding education reform, what actions are being taken to include (and amplify) the student voice?” View original post and additional details on Connected Learning’s website:

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admin at Student Voice - 3 weeks ago
Please submit any additional student voice related articles to: 14 diffYear Old Student, Line Delile, Writes How Schools Are Killing Creativity I speak about education from an unflattering point of view — maybe because it is destroying our fascinating, curious minds. I don’t claim to be an expert in education. I am still a [...]

Organization Registration Month

admin at Student Voice - 3 weeks ago
Calling all youth-led advocacy groups. The past few months, the Student Voice movement has connected thousands of students nationwide. Through our #StuVoice Twitter Chats, webinars, conference calls, and more, we have experienced first-hand the wisdom of young people and the power they have when they unite. By functioning as a medium through which students can [...]

Ankur Singh, Standardized Testing Documentary

admin at Student Voice - 3 weeks ago
You know the one thing that probably bugged me most about school? It wasn’t the tests, inadequate teachers, lack of funds, or boring curriculum. It was the fact that in every single English class we were always told to never use the word “You” in an essay. And they never even said why we couldn’t [...]

Chloe Maxmin, Divest for Our Future

admin at Student Voice - 3 weeks ago
This is my new cause. Pressuring my university, Harvard, to divest from fossil fuels. The Harvard campaign is not alone though. Students from fifty universities around the US have joined the movement to Divest For Our Future. We are hitting the fossil fuel industry where they feel it the most: their bank accounts. Our communities, [...]

Adil Majid, Respect is a Two-Way Street

admin at Student Voice - 1 month ago
“What are the pros and cons of standardized testing?” It was a pretty controversial #StuVoice Twitter chat topic. The issue of standardized testing has created a deep divide between its proponents and opponents. Both sides passionately defend their stances; proponents advocate for an objective assessment of students and teachers, while opponents charge standardized testing as [...]

Rae Abbott, ‘Education’?

admin at Student Voice - 1 month ago
‘Education’? Let me paint you a picture. You’re sitting in class. The professor is giving a lecture, looking around expectantly for reactions (facial, at the least), and receiving none. She asks a question and the long, empty silence that follows is almost unbearable. You look around and find yourself swimming in a sea of laptop [...]

What’s Missing from the Ed Reform Conversation? Student Voices

admin at Student Voice - 1 month ago
At the conclusion of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel claimed, “we gave our students a seat at the table.” Throughout the strike, the CTU also claimed to be standing up for children. Yet as students missed days of valuable learning time, they had no voice or a seat at the table and [...]