Florida Teacher to School Board: Why My Daughter Will Not Take the State Tests

High stakes, high cost, high risk!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Andy Goldstein addressed the school board of Palm Beach County, where he teaches, at a recent meeting:

Why My Wife and I Are Opting Out Our Daughter From Third-Grade High-Stakes Testing

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Good evening. My name is Andy Goldstein. I’m a teacher at Omni Middle School and the proud parent of an eight-year-old daughter who attends one of our public elementary schools.

It seems like it was just yesterday when my daughter entered kindergarten. At that time, I talked about her at our August School Board meeting in 2013.

I said that my hopes and dreams for my daughter were that she would develop a lifelong love for learning that would serve her well as she learned to construct a life that would serve her and serve others as well.

I told this board that my wife and I were not particularly interested in having her…

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Next Clinic is Sunday, August 31st!

This group is amazing!

communityglueworkshop

Come see us at Edgewater Workbench! CGposter_new

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Capitalism is Dead — Lew Rosenbaum

Googled ‘fascisolate’ and found this: ‘fasciculate’. I like Lew’s modernization off this archaic term that has a pertinent, immediately understandable meaning to a fascist system that isolates its victims. I quoted this verse onto Merriam Dictionary’s page under ‘fasciculate’ because I plan to make this an everyday word.

Chicago Labor & Arts Festival Blog

Capitalism is Dead 

Lew Rosenbaum

1.

Cicada time comes

In August heat, metallic

Raspy resonance

Rising and falling,

They call each other across

Neighborhoods, forests,

Screaming crescendos

Like the grinding of monumental gears

The autumn of industrial capitalism

Signaling but not aware that its winter is near

Cicadas are not aware of their end,

Killer wasps prey on adults and

Nymphs bury themselves in the soil

Or burrow in vain against the blacktop

In any case it is the end

Or at least a foreshadowing

And so it is with capitalism

For which spring will never come again.

2.

Bright summer day drive

On June Street, Los Angeles,

Gazing at mansions

Of rich, famous and

Powerful Angelenos

Secure behind gates

Counting their money

Planning their investments to

Take over the world

Sheridan and I, riding with the windows open

Almost as wide as our mouths

Before the luxuriant gardens, pillars…

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No Selfies, I

Camera

I capture time
In my camera
On a SIM card
For my future.

Sometimes I delete ugly or blurry memories.
Sometimes I never look at them.
Sometimes I Photoshop them
And recolor them as I want them to look.

I hardly ever print them;
I hide them in my camera.
When I look, I can’t see me behind the lens
Just light, color, darkness and other people.

As the invisible observer,
I do not play, laugh or cry.
My camera protects me
And lets me control life’s risks.

http://reallifemag.com/the-spy-is-a-camera/#like-16130

 

Rusty’s Life, Just Like Mental Illness Recovery

You don’t know what you’re missing until you’re there!

https://www.thedodo.com/dog-chained-up-for-a-decade-has-the-sweetest-reaction-to-being-set-fre-1282367546.html

 

 

This Labor Day, Let’s Commit to Wiping Out the Charity Model for All People With Disabilities in Our Lifetime

My favorite line, “Save us from the people who would save us.”

Tales From the Crip

The medical model of disability would keep us separated by diagnoses — different and disconnected — but the social model can bring us together — unique and united — through common concerns for our rights.
This Labor Day weekend has me feeling celebratory because there’s no Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon on the air for the first time in 49 years.
This is great. If you’ve got that particular diagnosis. If you don’t, you may still have a problem. If, say, you’re diagnosed with autism.
People with autism are still dealing with the same dynamic of destructive messages in the fundraising that purports to help them.
Criticizing how funds are raised generates a whole lot of anger if the critics are among those who are said to benefit from the efforts.  That’s why cross-disability solidarity, disability history, and telling our own stories are so important. The medical model of…

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Donald J Trump and the Speech Patterns of 14 Year Olds

I often wonder how much of our population is stunted in their 14-year-old mind frame!

Mind You

By Dr David Laing Dawson

When I was 16 I bought an LP of my favourite band with money earned at a Saturday job in a Sporting Goods store. I’m sure this purchase did not have a great impact on the music industry.

Today though, the taste and preferences of the 12 to 16 year old demographic does have impact on this industry, much to my chagrin.

George W. Bush tried to speak like an adult. He tried to use big words at times, and reasonable sentence structure. He tried even though he often made a mess of it, combining two words and inventing a third, missing the negative qualifiers and thus saying the opposite of what he meant, turning verbs into nouns, nouns into verbs.

Obama speaks as an adult, his considered words and good syntax presumably reflecting the manner in which he thinks.

The latter clause is an…

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