Christina referendum NO voters are NOT cowards. #netDE #eduDE

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Wednesday, the Christina residents who chose to vote in the operating referendum, elected to reject our request for $0.37 per $100 assessed value. At first this made me sad, then mad, now I am in “fix what’s wrong” mode.

In my six years on the board we have allowed the state to demonize us and tell the world who they think we are. We have been the cowards. We have refused to stand up for ourselves with the conviction necessary to sell Christina’s successes and have refused to confront our own ineffective areas with viable solutions.

Contrary to some advice offered to me recently, defending yourself from a vicious, sustained policy attack is not doing nothing or not offering ideas. It’s actually the epitome of leadership, particularly when the policies are so poorly conceived, designed , and implemented that the HARM children.

Policies that disrupt schools, policies that deploy failed…

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25 responses to “Christina referendum NO voters are NOT cowards. #netDE #eduDE

  1. Pencadermom

    Finally some common sense thinking in all of this. I have a lot of respect for John Young.

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    • lastDEconservative

      His navel gazing missive has an underlying premise that is good, but he compromises himself with ‘the state is to blame’ and the most unfortunate asking of ‘why would the voters do this to the kids?’ (For the unable to discern, the voters won’t and *can’t* do anything to the kids, the CSD management can … and will they?). Done is done, let’s see what actually happens next and compare it to this “I am Phoenix” doctrine.

      And mom, did you click through? Our favorite (well, second favorite maybe) flame fan-er confessed to knee jerk-ism after being schooled by JY. A rare day.

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    • Yeah, yeah, yeah… get me for the ONE time I overreact to something. Geesh…

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Yeah, yeah, yeah… get me for the ONE time I overreact to something. Geesh…”

      Okay, that’s not bad. 😉

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  2. “We have been the cowards. We have refused to stand up for ourselves with the conviction necessary to sell Christina’s successes and have refused to confront our own ineffective areas with viable solutions.”

    I would not call fighting Curly the gutternator, cowardice. I would not call fighting Jea, I never met a school I didn’t want to sue, Street, cowardice. I would call these the dysfunctional nature of our current State and Federal administrations and the inappropriate hiring of superintendents who did not have the experience or district interest they should have. Votes matter and voting for Hope and Change does not replace pragmatism and practicality. “Hoping” to “snow” or”guilt” residents into doing the same thing over and over has now built a fortress of distrust followed by a an ever increasing interest to “opt out” of the districts’ dealings.
    Two very basic things need to happen:
    1. District academics need to mean something and grade appropriate benchmarks must be maintained. Failure of normal students to meet these benchmarks means Schools should not socially promote them. Students must be prepared to “learn” in school. Socially passing them does a disservice to the student and the future teachers who must try and bring them up to grade level. Don’t pass the benchmarks- Don’t go to the next grade. Group children by aptitude and tailor lessons appropriately.
    2. Behavior and safety must be made a priority for students and teachers. (And I’m not talking about punishing the student who brings a knife to cut a birthday cake) Criminal and antisocial student behavior cannot be the norm when teachers are trying to be educators to those who want to learn. Teachers are not Social service workers and normal students cannot learn in an asylum. A method to reform and or perform behavioral modification to disruptive students needs legislative, Social services and district action. The THEFT of educational opportunities by maladjusted, disruptive students cannot be the status quo and the district needs the ability to address behavior problems quickly and effectively.

    Do those two things and Schools become the facilities they are intended to be while providing residents/ children the education they are entitled to.

    Eliminating the overreaching political efforts to redistribute funds a from one group of students to another group would go a long way to reducing budgets, reducing staff and improving overall educational opportunities for a greater majority of our students.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Group children by aptitude and tailor lessons appropriately.”

      Wait; what just happened? Gee, I thought I was back at 1955 again for a minute. Of course M pokes the status quo in the eye here; the status quo that never met a child it couldn’t or wouldn’t hold back to the lowest level of the low, and indefinitely at that.

      At the risk of diminishing my M fan-boy/girl status, I need to take issue with “THEFT.” For the reason Break below admires the term, I get it, most everyone gets it. The point is well taken that the anchors are the reason the able and willing floaters are being swamped or capsized. But, THEFT implies that the dregs are coming in with intent and with capability of taking something from others. These are kids. Squishy though it may be, they are operating in an adult universe, unable to particularly take from others (aside from an occasional lunch money or answer to a multiple guess question). Nor are they free to diminish the world of the more capable among them.

      No, they don’t steal the “educational opportunities” (which I would call “schooling opportunities”) of others, they -take delivery- of the stolen goods which are handed to them on a golden platter by … all the teachers, so-called educators, their bosses and their bosses, the untouchable (and unwilling) elected in the legislature and the executive branch, their sycophantic appointees, the union thugs and myriad other rent seekers, the federal leviathan (whose very existence is extra constitutional), the elected inside the beltway, all the way up to and including the socialist in chief in the White House. While the controlling force – the parents – drifts around in a lullaby induced slumber, mostly trying to eke out a living that leaves them a few bucks after Marxell and Ocommie get theirs …

      We still good, M?

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    • LDC,
      Not a problem.
      Theft is the more strident description of what is the appeasement & maladjustment by districts, teachers, and even DOE, TO children/ parents who take education for granted and place little value on it. The adult “enablers” who might stem to redistribution tide have been neutered by the likes of Jea and social justice advocates. Taking delivery of a good or service provided by the generous public and stomping or throwing it away isn’t “theft”. But if you’re in a restaurant hoping to get served and the next table over IS served a meal at your expense and they throw it away, I’d bet you have some choice words to say. They “took” what could have been yours and didn’t even use or enjoy it. It is a waste and at some point you’re going to another restaurant that will serve you and give you you’re money’s worth. “Opt out” even.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “But if you’re in a restaurant hoping to get served and the next table over IS served a meal at your expense and they throw it away, I’d bet you have some choice words to say. They “took” what could have been yours and didn’t even use or enjoy it. ”

      Good one. Even the Kilroy denizens should understand this analogy !!! (should)

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  3. Ryder, you are partially correct. ‘Social promotion’ is a very slippery slope as traditional grade repeating is even less effective. The solution Will take some outside the box thinking because these kids are arriving to a school unprepared to learn and from place where learning and education don’t matter. It is a bigger social issue and the schools are left to clean up the slop.
    Your school climate point is accurate. CSD got themselves in trouble by not understanding ‘zero tolerance’, they took zero tolerance to mean zero brains or common sense. There is room for both. Second they blinked in a stand off with Jea and OCR. They took the OCR report and immediately took punishment off the table, they replaced a code of conduct with a 90 page manual that hints at how a kid should act. I really like your term of ‘theft’ of other kids education and will ‘steal’ that term for myself.

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  4. public school districts could develop a sustainable source of income but they dont see the forest through the trees

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  5. Such as?
    Bake sales? Start making sneakers in the US utilizing our child labor? Ok 1st graders one hour math, one hour reading and two hours of stitching shoes?

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  6. Last DE …I know that in your not so humble opinion nothing good happens in a public school but even in the worst of them some kids go on to great universities and become great successes.
    As for grouping kid by aptitude there is a little of it, certainly not enough. Engaged parents insist on Honors etc. but the powers that be changed all other courses to college prep, stupid. We should go Euro, one State test in 8th grade, pass go to a college prep or fail go to trade, service or general labor school. Socialist? Maybe? Effective? Sure thing! Also it keeps the riff raff out

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    • lastDEconservative

      Anybody else paying attention? I’ve been telling you more or less directly what the next Next Big Thing is gonna be, that the Edstablishment is set and ready to cast off the last Next Big Thing (which has survived longer than most of the Next Big Things and has reached the -visible- failure mode). Break lays it out pretty plainly. Guess s/he’s one of the insiders, tasked with the slow leak process (which has been test ballooned for about 2 years at least).

      When “We are going to “go Euro” ” comes out publicly from the elected, sooner than later, CC will look like, sorry, child’s play. Break only gives you a headline version of how bad it’s going to be.

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  7. Give me a break

    To Ryder and LDC can either of you offer a solution on the age old question what do you do with the anchors (your word), the ‘takers’, the underclass, the ones that don’t want an education? We all know the problem, you are critical of the current systems handling of them -with good reason. Is the solution to just give motivated kids a better place to learn? What do you do with this growing class of kids?
    It seems like the answer is ‘who cares as long as my kid doesn’t have to go to school with them and I don’t have to pay for them.”

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    • lastDEconservative

      Gmab,
      Are you also Break?

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … what do you do with the anchors (your word), the ‘takers’, the underclass, the ones that don’t want an education?”

      Well, let’s see. Do we round up everyone who’s not so inclined and force them to ride the train to NYC, -just because it’s there-? And thereby use more fuel to carry the excess weight? And by virtue of the same weight slow the train for those that DO want (*gasp* need) to be on it?

      There’s a much deeper and thoughtful, yet elegantly simple discernment behind that, but let’s start with something simple.

      And please, don’t start with trains v. gov’t schooling (not education). Speaking of elegant, this is a fabulous analogy: unproductive, perpetually protected unions; government monopoly; bad food 😉 ; creaky infrastructure; uncaring and equally incompetent management; red tape; political damage without consequence … gee, this really is a good analogy, thank you very much.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Just checking if ‘Gmab’ and ‘Break’ are one in the same as attempts at communication obliges one to know his audience. “Go Euro” proponents get my particular attention (read disdain).

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  8. One in the same..two different devices…
    Ok get rid of unions and dental plans (I know that dental care is a hot topic for you), take away evil government. All that is done …then what ? Physically what do they do? They get up in the morning and do what exactly? They go where? Be specific because as you point out the current structure can’t educate these people….so all red tape and govt intrusion is gone and millions of poor minority kids go where and do what?

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    • lastDEconservative

      😉 Irresistible!!

      First Collector: At this festive time of year, Mr. Scrooge, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
      Ebenezer: Are there no prisons?
      First Collector: Plenty of prisons.
      Ebenezer: And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?
      First Collector: They are. I wish I could say they were not.
      Ebenezer: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.
      First Collector: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to buy the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
      Ebenezer: Why?
      First Collector: Because it is at Christmastime that want is most keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. Now what can I put you down for?
      Ebenezer: Huh! Nothing!
      Second Collector: You wish to be anonymous?
      Ebenezer: [firmly, but calmly] I wish to be left alone. Since you ask me what I wish sir, that is my answer. I help to support the establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there.

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    • lastDEconservative

      I do believe the above exchange took place in your vaunted land of “Euro.”

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  9. So to don’t have a solution? Just bitch about it? You seem well read and bright and you don’t like the current system but offer no solution. Typical

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    • lastDEconservative

      Thanks for returning to your usual loathsome self so I can move on, further engagement being more futile than that past. Further attempts to light the darkness that prevents you from seeing obvious solutions will, no doubt, also be in vain and terribly derided. Good day!

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  10. Oh shit… You might be serious! But how much tax money would the prisons and workhouses take?

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  11. So we put them in workhouses… I like it!

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