Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

Kilroy summoned to University of Oxford

Invitation to attend the 24th International Childhood Education Symposium, Oxford, England
  Sent By:
Oxford International Conference on Childhood Education and Issues   On:Apr 04/02/15 2:40 PM
To: kilroywashere@comcast.net
Reply to: coordinator@oxfordroundtable.com

We would like to invite you to attend the 24th Annual International Conference on Childhood Education and Issues during the dates of July 19 – July 22, 2015 at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Harris Manchester College is one of the thirty-eight colleges that form the University of Oxford and was founded in 1786. We are pleased to invite you to become a member of this Round Table. Membership is limited to approximately thirty-five (35) interdisciplinary scholars who have a particular interest in this subject. 

You are invited and encouraged to make a presentation and to provide a paper on a relevant aspect of the topic, however your participation as a member of the Round Table is not contingent upon presenting and you can serve on a panel or as a discussion leader. Papers presented at the Round Table may be subsequently submitted for publication in the Forum, a journal of the Oxford Round Table. Papers considered for publication in the Forum are evaluated by peer reviewers as to technical and substantive quality and for potential to make a significant contribution to new knowledge in the field.  

Should you accept this invitation you will be joined on the programme by Hugh Benjamin (MEd in Drama and Education, Newcastle University, D.Phil, York University) is former Deputy Director of Stantonbury School Campus in Milton Keynes.  Most recently he has been involved in the national initiatives concerning the introduction of Vocational Diplomas and the Specialist Schools movement. He has been involved in educational consultancy work in Poland, Czech. Republic, Belgium and India. Dr. Benjamin returns to the Oxford Round Table for his fourteenth year. 

Members of the Oxford Round Table have access to an array of academic, cultural and social resources, including the Oxford Union Debating Society, colleges and halls of Oxford dating back to 1204, museums, theatres, bookstores, college chapels, river boating, literary pubs, political clubs and may, on recommendation, become official readers of the venerable Bodleian Library of the University, founded by Duke Humphrey circa 1440 and refounded by Sir Thomas Bodley 1602. A free afternoon and evening will be available on Tuesday for independent travel to London (one hour south of Oxford), Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Cambridge or many of the other cultural sights in England.

I would love to attend but my job is very demanding! Over the years of blogging and being involved is education issues I’ve engaged many people. But if I were to go, I’d surely bring my good friend John Young along. John and I have been guests of a few University of Delaware grad-student classroom engagements. Yea, image that! Kilroy engaging the minds of PhD students. Only if we could drag Publius along for the ride! Don’t let old Publius fool you! He’s been trained quite well in the art of baiting others. Publius has been one of Kilroy’s prized students! 

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Markell’s agenda undermine Christina’s referendum

Christina to ask for smaller tax increase Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The Christina School District will again ask voters to increase property taxes to fund growing costs, but this time is asking for an increase about half the size of a previous request that voters resoundingly rejected.

The district also will reduce its spending by $1.8 million. It’s going to be a tough one folks! Markell already sabotage Christina School District calling for merging parts of Christina with Red Clay. Many of us know that merger is at best three years away. But others are dreaming if the think it is going to happen sooner. With Markell’s efforts to undermined Christina who didn’t plan hardball with his Priority School Plans it’s doubtful Christina will be successful. HOWEVER, parent needs to listen up! Without this referendum deep cuts will be a reality. Those Christina parents living outside Wilmington need to step-up like Red Clay’s parents and community did. 

On Feb. 24, voters crushed two larger tax proposals by a margin of almost three to one. District officials said the smaller of those two proposals would have covered the districts’ growing costs for student enrollment and things like transportation and utilities

There goes the News Journal again pushing Markell’s blade in deeper! “voters crushed”. As far as transportation cost going up, the fact is the state aka Markell cut transportation funding to our public schools! Yep and the growing student enrollment does have a financial impact.

Because voters rejected that proposal, the district has to make cuts along with a more modest increase, school board president Fred Polaski said.

“What we’re asking for is the bare minimum we need to maintain the quality of education we provide to our students,”

Polaski said. I hear you Fred and support you but Publius is poised to strike at your statement.

Many school leaders say this is especially problematic for districts because Delaware hasn’t had a property tax re-assessment since the 1980s.

And we won’t see it anytime soon with a major election coming 2016 and with call for merging schools district. Rasing property taxes as privateers are clawing at public school funding isn’t a good idea. Also, there is pressures on the district to back-fill The Smarter Balanced Assessment and Markell’s Common Core Standards with local funding.  I do urge the Christina community to vote yes for this referendum.

New Journal bias to Markell trumps the voice of parents re: testing opt-out

Parent group protests standardized testing  Matthew Albright, The News Journal

About 20 parents protested in front of Legislative Hall in Dover on Wednesday afternoon about how the state is using standardized tests.

Not to mention key legislators, teachers and even school board members 

“We need to stop fooling ourselves that standardized testing is the answer the educational problems we face,” said Kevin Ohlandt, a Dover parent who has tried to organize parents to opt-out.

The group represented a small but vocal number of parents who have told their districts that their students will not take the state standardized test.

“who tried to organize parents to opt-out” He did a pretty good job to the point there is legislation on the table to support parents rights. Also, what about the national opt-out movement! What about Markell reactions whereas he wants to reduce testing all but his prized Smarter Balanced Assessment tied to Wall Street profiteers! No mention Kevin is an organized respected Delaware blogger called Exceptional Delaware.  

They worry that students are spending too much time preparing for and taking tests when they should be learning, that the tests place too much stress on kids, and that teachers and schools are being unfairly judged based only on test scores.

Because of those concerns, they have decided to “opt their kids out.”

They worry about THEIR children. They worry about teaching to the test! 

State officials have tried to discourage parents from doing so, saying state law requires kids to take the test and doesn’t provide a way to exempt them except for rare cases. They say test scores provide invaluable information to help improve schools.

But some parents, backed by the state Parent Teacher Association and the Delaware State Education Association union, say they have a right to pull their kids from the tests if they choose.

DE DOE tries to tell parent the law says parents “must” ensure their child takes the test. The News Journal can’t cite any law saying parents can’t opt-out and are specifically required by law to make sure their child is test.

 Back to the Kevin has tried  to organize parents! Well lookie here! The calvery (PTA) has joined the fight after Kevin sounded the alarm.

Rep. John Kowalko, a frequent and vocal critic of Gov. Jack Markell and the Department of Education, agrees parents already have that right, but has sponsored legislation that would explicitly allow opting out.

And the News Journal is a vocal supporter of Jack Markell and skews information!

“How many of you think parents have a sacrosanct right to protect themselves from government intrusion?” Kowalko asked the parents. “We have the government intruding in public education to the disdain of teachers.”

Rep. Earl Jaques, chair of the House Education Committee, said Kowalko’s bill will be heard at an April 22 committee meeting and urged any parents who have opinions on opting out to attend and speak.

“It’s the only thing we have on the agenda right now,” said Jaques, who personally opposes opt-outs. “I expect we’re going to have a lot of public debate, and I encourage that.”

Earl Jacques is nothing more than a Markell puppet and is clueless to the depths of the issues. You can be he won’t let H.B. 50 Jimmy Olsen neglected to mention out of committee and if does big Pete won’t let to the house floor for a vote by the people’s representatives.