September 17 is REFUSE THE TEST PARENT STRIKE in Delaware! Press Conference at 12:30pm!

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31 responses to “September 17 is REFUSE THE TEST PARENT STRIKE in Delaware! Press Conference at 12:30pm!

  1. lastDEconservative

    That’ll show ’em. Oh, wait, there will be nobody home in leg. hall. And don’t forget to tell the teeming masses that they must arrive early enough to fill out a permission slip to speak to the august body across the street. Before the opening gavel falls. That’ll show ’em.

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  2. Publius e decere

    What a courageous event. That protest will surely (not) show the public that results don’t matter.

    Take the test. And work, in parallel, to improve it.

    Publius

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  3. lastDEconservative and Publius e decere, your comments are neither funny or appreciated. You hide behind pseudonyms, and expect to be taken seriously! Really??? Come out of the shadows and declare yourselves. I know that I am new to the blogging arena, but I also know that any individual who is worth his salt will stand up publicly to defend his views. I myself value discussion of opinions and ideas, but I do have to question the motives of those who cannot bring themselves to post comments under their own names. Oh, but wait, maybe you are just following “marching orders”. That sounds about right. Why else would you feel the need to post in favor of DOE and the northern New Castle County school districts? Could we discuss this over a cup of coffee?

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  4. Linda, surely you don’t think ‘Kilroy’ is Kilroys real name?

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  5. Of course not, but I know who he is. It is no secret really. He has been at the forefront of fighting for our kids for decades. I actually think that everyone who works for what is right for kids knows his id and he is one of the good guys. He is a legend! Publius and lastDEconservative seem to be the ones wearing the black hats. Wear the hat if that is what you want, but do not pretend that you are trying to make a better life for our students!

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    • Publius e decere

      Take the test. And work, in parallel, to improve it. “mind the gap”

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    • Linda,
      I think you are placing the black hats on the wrong people. IMO, the issue is probably not that LDC and PED are strong DOE supporters. I certainly am not, but the fact is our educational agencies (districts included) and the legislators who pass PC laws to appease PC constituents created the current educational “Syndrome”. Getting mad that the blue governor’s DOE (20 year blue history) from a predominantly blue state, with a blue legislature is enacting and passing dysfunctional educational mandates that fail to address BASIC problems is kind of silly. The black hats belong to the voters who elect Bulworth candidates. The black hats belong to the Politicians who genuflect at the altar of “good intentions”, only to lead the black hatted voters down the path to “H$%L”.
      The PC world would like to portray those that are unwilling to continue to eat the apple of insanity as bad guys. You’ve made the accusation of “marching orders” to make an attempt of castigating adversarial opinions but you also have noted that you voted for the individuals currently in power. Perhaps your “marching orders” are more to blame. Truth be told, the PC world, which claims if we just allocated more resources (how much is anyone’s guess since it is a bottomless pit of other people’s money) to the PC endeavors of redistribution, then all would be right with the world. When everyone is “super”(read equal) then no one will be(the mission will be complete and utopia will have been attained).

      Finally as to the issue of anonymous pseudonyms, I’ll point out that I do not know kilroy, nor do I know LDC, PED or other anaonom0posters. That doesn’t diminish their points, especially when backed by facts. I have no interest in seeking these people out, I take what is posted as opinions on the matter in question. However, I have NO DOUBT whatsoever, that if my opinions are viewed unfavorably by some of the posters, there ARE individuals here who WOULD seek me out, to attempt to harm my family, my business, or my associates, simply because my opinion is in opposition to theirs. DE is small and if your feeling is you want your name in lights, so be it. I am a nobody with a sincere interest in addressing certain comments that run contrary to good education. Your comments of redistribution of resources away from achieving students to those students who refuse, or make little attempt to apply themselves, is part and parcel of why our educational institutions are shackled with mediocrity. You want to argue what is good and bad for education? Maybe recognizing the re-allocation of resources to students or schools with the least interest, is contrary to the greater good. That would be a good place to start. Instead we’re debating a test (which may be a bad test) but it is attempting to make an unaccountable educational system that isn’t improving, more accountable. Right church, wrong pew. Maybe a non “blue” Bulworth candidate would have gotten the right test instead the debacle we have. Who’s that black hatted individual in the mirror who voted to put Bulworth in office again?

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  6. Linda,
    I support your comment as I’ve taken unfriendly fire – so to speak –
    and support Kilroy for being a pathfinder.

    The Delaware (state-level) Quality Program serves as the “on-ramp”
    for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and since 1983
    has demonstrated that continuous improvement does indeed work.
    We deployed in Milford in 2000 and in 2007, Christina planned to apply.

    For Delaware Leaders, it’s not too late to begin; the 2016 Quality cycle
    will begin with the 2015 100th Baldrige Award recipient – Milestone!

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    • lastDEconservative

      Linda Calder, if that’s your real name, don’t ask our Mr. Quixote here how long the 2000 program lasted; don’t notice CSD ‘planned’ to apply and didn’t; don’t ask how many actual Baldridge activities are in place right now here in the People’s Republic. Not to diminish his denizenship, not in the least. We love him.

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  7. LOL I was pretty sure you would say you knew who Kilroy was Linda. I wrote that just to see your reply. 😀 I just find it funny that people don’t really have an issue with anyone posting anonymously if they personally know who the person is and/or if they agree with them.
    Anyway, why is a strike needed to refuse the test? Why don’t you just send a note to school with your kid saying they won’t be taking it?

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    • Publius e decere

      I agree. No “strike” needed. I guess some individuals just need attention.

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    • I guess some individuals probably don’t get they attention they really want so they get it under anonymous blog comments… 😉 But seriously, I know who Publius is, and I never take offense at anything he says! Parent Strike is a national coordinated event. Probably won’t mean a string of beans in good old Delaware, but hey, it’s fun! But this one WILL have a twist…

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    • lastDEconservative

      Our resident wanna-be firestarter, armed with a damp matchstick and a soggy newspaper for fuel, takes this swipe, “I know who Publius is, and I never take offense at anything he says!”

      The first part I doubt; the second makes the bursting veins and ragged vocal chords (so to speak) exhibited in the average response a lit-tle hard to explain.

      Mom: 2 snark points for the closing question! Huzzah!

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  8. M Ryder, I am still trying to process your comments. I do not know if “M Ryder” is your real name or not. But I think that the reason that it does not matter to me is that you are spelling out your position with reason and care. That does not mean that I agree with what you have said, but because of the calm way that you presented your points I felt compelled to try to understand them. As to Publius, Pencader Mom, and lastDEconservative, they come across as snarky and baiting. I have given this a lot of thought, and I do not to waste my time dealing with those who hide behind an alias in order to just try to rip apart and demean the efforts of others who do their best to shine a light on what goes on at DOE and with our district administrations. What I do want is to learn how I can help and support all of the students in DE. You seem to feel that additional resources should not be placed in schools that struggle to meet the needs of their students. Why these children are in the situation that they are in, is a discussion for another day. But they are in fact children in desperate need. The part of the issue that I feel competent to comment on is that I feel in my heart that reducing class sizes to no more than 15 students in the elementary grades (in our needy schools) along with a teaching assistant in every elementary classroom (maybe shared between two classrooms depending upon the academic schedules). Along with providing these additional resources to the schools with an undeniable need, would be to also require all children to be held to higher standard of behavior. We do not help our children to function in the real world by not expecting them to adhere to the very basic standards of behavior. I am a retired paraprofessional who worked with children in public schools for over 27 years. I was also our union president for many years. My personal policy was that as union president I insisted that the correct and due process was followed for all of our members. I never however advocated to continue to employ persons who did not meet the district’s standards but only that their rights were respected and the process dictated by our contract was followed. I think that I have gone off topic here in an attempt to clear up my position. Bottom line for me is that I know some children need much more in order to succeed. That is not a problem for me. But I think that I need to make it clear that those resources should not be taken from the other schools, but rather in cutting the district’s administrative staff to the bare bone. This includes not only district office administrators, coaches, and the other made up district positions, but the administrative staff in our regular and special schools. All of these positions have spiraled out of control. One final thought, I do not believe that this is a partisan issue but one of regaining control of our school districts by the community and parents. Thank you for hearing me out!

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    • Well said Linda! After a while, you expect what you think you will get w/Publius and last. Pencadermom is special though.

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    • I will admit that my comments on occasion have been coarse. In many cases my only justification is an extreme frustration with misplaced priorities and overly Utopian beliefs that our government (at any level) can effectively deal with problems created by the Utopia seekers. Our country and government should be working towards the greater good for the majority while protecting the rights of the minority. IMO we have a current system which has flipped the scales to support the minority while depleting resources necessary for the greater good. Our districts, either due to laws imposed on them or to protect their fiefdoms of educational/ financial control (DOE, Administrators, and the DSEA), have forced “engaged” parents and students to seek alternatives to obtain adequate education. Adding insult to injury, these engaged parents are labeled by some here at kilroy’s, stupid, selfish, elitist or racist for efforts to find appropriate education.

      In the case of Delaware, I do not agree that our problems are non partisan. Our districts are beholden to the winds that blow from the Feds, through the governor’s office, on down to the districts who blame parents who “choose” alternatives to the status quo. I do not agree that a district administration hired by a board with questionable competencies can effectively deal with politically created problems such as gerrymandered district borders and behavior guidelines instituted by Jea Street. These influences have neutered the ability to have “community” schools or have any semblance of behavioral control.

      My view is that there are many who view the educational funding system as a non-educational social services equalizer. Their interest is to balance the so called haves with the have nots through economic redistribution. The CSD district and posters here repeatedly berate those who won’t support referendums which, while “advertised” to help “all” students, invariably redirect the resources and never make it to the regular students. Our districts should be educational institutions not channels of financial redistribution. If increased social services are desired then the legislature and governor need to budget it. The local taxpayers seeking education for their children shouldn’t have to carry the financial burden AND then not get adequate education for their kids. But that is what we currently have.

      Very long-winded, my failing it is.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Dear Linda Calder, if that’s your real name, 😉
      Wow, how could you get me so wrong as to think I support DOE (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit typing that), and yet, get me so right with snarky and, what was it, baiting? At least, I should say, you are on the right track; it’s really more like pointing out the ridiculous with the ridiculous; singing a song and a’ ringing a bell.

      On the other hand, I thought (correctly, thank you) I had you reasonably pegged, then you hand us the union thug line on your resume! Thanks for that.

      But as for my MO, here’s an example, in reply to you. It’s the very fact of “feelings” and “heart” which you explicitly name, and “equity” which is implicit in your handwringing, manifestly amplified as only government can, that has brought us to the story state we find ourselves now. Your suggestion that the failings we see today are because “we” (meaning me, Pub, M (yeah, sorry, s/he is one of “us”), and our ilk haven’t had enough of our treasure confiscated for good, and inexplicably rail about having lost as much as we have (with no results to show for it) and therefore enough hasn’t been done (by government largely via union hands) is the song that liberalism/progressivism/socialism has sung for a hundred years. All that’s been accomplished is to lull the majority into a compliant, undiscerning slumber as the evil continues to grow. As is said of the stopped watch, you are right about one thing at least — it’s not partisan, and it is about regaining local control. When you step up and admit that that the unholy alliance between big and bigger government and their (yes, their) unions should the one of, if not, the first things to eliminate, well, your favorite latte is on me.

      Finally, I have to give a shout out to our denizen M. For the ignorant, selfish, unconcerned, heartless soul that s/he is*, s/he can sure swing an axe with a gentle hand. Huzzah. And Pmom? Whew! Love that girl, wait till you’ve been around long enough to see her rapier in real, sustained action!

      *You will either have to go back a few dozen posts to ‘get’ this, or hang around for a few dozen more. Welcome to our madness.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “I will admit that my comments on occasion have been coarse.”

      And always right on.

      Careful you don’t get too enamored with this smooth, sexy persona you’re toying with. 😉 And thanks for reminding us all of the adjectives we wear as a badge of honor — “stupid, selfish, elitist or racist … ” I do think I’m right to have recalled heartless as well.

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    • Publius e decere

      M Ryder nails it once again! Kudos. Carry on.

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    • Publius e decere

      And LDC, you nail it with humor. How can Kilroy Nation resist? 🙂

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  9. After reading the story today about the 13 school age animals it has become quite clear why the charter movement has such strong roots. Those ‘children’ or should I say animals were probably in school last week. Nice Monkees lunch box, number 2 pencils sharpened, notebooks neatly packed, taking copious notes. I think I’m going to hop on the LDC train, put the poor in labor camps… NO EDUCATION system in the world can fix what is wrong with Wilmington. Give those kids to RC (hell they may have already been in RC) or put them in a city district because it doesn’t matter…. No school system can fix it…

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  10. LOL thanks Last Del. I’m glad someone appreciates my spunk. 😀 and kevin, I’m special? wow, that just sounds so politically incorrect, what does it mean exactly?
    Linda, there are people on here who know who I am, so I guess that makes me not anonymous.
    So you are ok with anonymous people commenting as long as they either agree with you, and/or they are respectful.. to you.. in your opinion of what is respectful. Did I get that right?
    As far as the smarter balanced test.. I am more honest than I am proud so I have to admit that I am with Kavips on this one, I hate the test and opted one of my kids out of it (and the other I told suck it up and do your best,) .. I know my kids and I knew one would fail it, he had just taken the SAT days before, his esteem had taken enough beating and honestly, his school did better on their ‘rating’ for him not taking it.. it was an easy choice.. kids in his school were saying ‘just put any answer’, ‘this test doesn’t count’, ‘why are we taking this, it’s stupid/hard/bullshit/etc.’/. I hope no one trusts any results from this test.
    Break, why should we think that a school or teacher can or should fix it?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “So you are ok with anonymous people commenting as long as they either agree with you, and/or they are respectful.. to you.. in your opinion of what is respectful. Did I get that right?”

      Look down, Linda Calder, if indeed that is your real name, your shirt is torn, and you bear the mark of the rapier. Just a scratch, so you know it’s there, no bloodshed.

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    • Up until now (since I have been following) you haven’t really said anything to let people know your opinion and reasons for it. You shared this time about how you dealt with the test issue in your home. I don’t agree entirely with the choice that you made but we can disagree on many things and still have a conversation about what we believe is important and why we think so. I have strong opinions but I am not closed minded about learning what others want and why. If my reasoning is faulty I can change and learn.

      M Ryder, I am still trying to process your comments. I do not know if “M Ryder” is your real name or not. But I think that the reason that it does not matter to me is that you are spelling out your position with reason and care. That does not mean that I agree with what you have said, but because of the calm way that you presented your points I felt compelled to try to understand them.

      Based on your posting I don’t think you read my comment to M. Ryder so I re-posted it above.

      So the answer to your question was no you did not get it right.

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  11. Well pencader …this whole debate about schools, charters etc really centers on what do do about the city kids. Where do they go and how do suburban parents keep their kids away from these monsters. I assume you have been following the CSD losing part of the city to RC ? It seems like much of the debate is how the school system can educate them…the black eye education takes is largely due to thef act that they spend so much time and money on these a.holes.
    Public education at traditional schools is actually VERY successful if you factor out the kids who come from these shitty environments

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    • lastDEconservative

      There for a minute, Break, your practice at snark a la last was showing signs of improvement … then came the last line, betraying yourself as unable. “Public education at traditional schools is actually VERY successful if … ” . There is no phrase that can follow this setup which is true.

      Keep at it though. There are plenty openings in the workhouses, at least today.

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    • Well lots of kids from good families that go to traditional schools become very successful in college and beyond so yes traditional schools do very well…. Other than work camps you’ve offered no plausible solution for the lower class

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  12. Linda I’m just curious. You don’t agree with my decision on which of my kids, the one who took it or the one who didn’t?
    Break, I want nothing more than to figure out how to help city kids. There’s a kid in my neighborhood who is from Philly. His father died in prison, his mom has been in and out of prison, he wears a tee shirt with his cousins picture air brushed with the caption RIP painted beneath. He has seen and been through more violence than probably you and I put together. And yet he just started his junior year at Glasgow, he shows up for school, he has a part time job, he is respectful to me and others I see him talk to, I make him answer me and look me in the eye and be honest 🙂 and I will do everything and anything in my power to make sure he stays in school and out of trouble. He has a lot of people on his side who he knows are routing for him. But I think the real factor in his success (staying out of trouble) is simply his environment. He is living with his grandmom in the suburbs and not in the city. My God, I recently went to work with my husband in the city and I watched a drug deal go down. My husband told me that the same thing happened the next day and he saw a gun drawn. It is so scary. and we are old 😛 I can’t imagine how that must feel to a kid. It’s so sad and heartbreaking 😦

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