Dear SBBC, PTA, ACLU, NAACP, State of FL DOE, CSC, 211, ESE, BTU and BAT’s –
Where’s the Granular Data on racial segregation within schools as well as between schools, who is doing what about suicides, homeless, hungry, bullied, abused? Is it a moral responsibility? Why?
School isn’t just about FILLING-IN THE RIGHT BOX on a TEST; ASK YOUR School Boards, PTA’s, Teacher’s Unions and City Leaders & Mayors to STOP NEW CHARTER SCHOOL OPENINGS until the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEIGHS-IN. The NAACP has asked for this in the following RESOLUTIONS. Isn’t it time to put an end to INEQUALITY & SEGREGATION? School shouldn’t be just about FILLING-IN THE RIGHT BOX on a TEST; School is about fairness and equality and exposure to different people and experiences and none of this happens in SEGREGATED schools – I attended Deerfield Beach H.S. for 4 years and did not have ONE SINGLE BLACK STUDENT in any of my classes for 4 years and the school was, incredibly, fully one-half black. As I said when on the diversity committee, we need granular data and our own staff said it was TOTALLY doable but for someone to ask them to do it – and Dr. Pope simply sat there when asked to specifically do just that – this is her job as she see’s it, to deflect and keep us busy wasting our time with her on silly useless powerless because of her and Mr. Runcie committee’s – So there we sat and we all looked at Dr. Pope and although Superintendent Mr. Runcie was not there, he might as well have been since his is the final word on the matter and that word is, by all appearance’s not only “no” but “hell no.”
School Board of Broward County, PTA’s, Teacher’s Union, City mayors and leaders – Ask for a moratorium on NEW Charter Applications and stop the Hemorrhaging, please. This would not affect current Charter schools.
QUESTION; I don’t believe charter schools are all negative, they are a challenge for public schools to improve performance and some have great standing and history. My children have attended Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science in Hollywood for 3 years now and we are very pleased.
RESPONSE; Public schools aren’t bad either – But NO Public school would DARE have young girls and their parents sign an agreement that if she ever gets pregnant that she will leave school as an outcast pariah. Can you imagine a young woman having to deal not only with pregnancy but the loss of support of every classmate she’s ever known her whole life that she’s attended school with since first grade possibly? I wonder how many black and Hispanic students are in your children’s classes – and more, I wonder about the schools those black and Hispanic children attend when not attending your child’s school – they and your children will all graduate someday hopefully and they will all be sharing the same world, shoulder to shoulder, side by side into the future – why shouldn’t they share the same classrooms too? Who benefits from a two-tier class-based education structure which is the inevitable outcome of our current course – children have ZERO protections and why should ANYONE’s tax dollars support such a HORRID situation where a century of protections for kids are swept away in the blink of an eye?
Look at this photo I’ve sent of a BROWARD document passed out at a district presentation to the DIVERSITY Committee of Broward Schools – It shows the APPEALS process for kids and parents – Note the box that says CHARTERS has NO LINES GOING IN OR OUT – THIS is why New Charter Requests must be put on Hold Now – in my opinion. Yours?
WOW! Great Read! WOW!
Follow the MONEY: Worldwide spending on tobacco products > $300 billion/year – Settlement to avoid bankruptcy, a paltry $200 billion spread out over 25 years. Spending on preventable diseases in CA alone exceeds $20 billion per year.
Kathleen Oropeza, Sun Sentinel; “Sadly, this is about money and power, not what’s best for our children. It’s a move to set traditional district public schools apart from so-called “public for-profit charter schools.” States spend $800 billion on public education annually, $19 billion in Florida. Ever since the unsecured loan/credit default fiasco of 2008, privatizers have been drooling over that evergreen pile of taxpayer cash spent on public schools. They don’t see this money as a shared community investment in our children. It’s just a glorious pot of gold ripe for private profit, not a public asset that belongs to us.
Every hedge fund has a charter school “investment” opportunity sector. Wealthy foreigners can buy citizenship for themselves and their families in exchange for investing in charter-school development. The problem is that this money transfer isn’t happening fast enough, meaning the public-school systems aren’t dissolving as planned.
It’s not for lack of trying. Politicians, whipped by lobbyists, have done their best to ratchet up the misery. In Florida they’ve defunded public schools by $4 billion, used high-stakes tests to harm teachers and hurt kids, diverted billions to fund vouchers for private religious schools and aggressively given public-school tax dollars to for-profit charter schools that often fail. Predictably, vendors, former bureaucrats, politicians and lobbyists have grown rich from the enterprise.”
Follow the Dollars to see Why Grades Keep Falling in Schools
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Dear SBBC, PTA, ACLU, NAACP, State of FL DOE, CSC, 211, ESE, BTU and BAT’s –
What are OUR obligations to homeless hungry (and bullied) children in our communities, if any? Is there a MORAL obligation that we can all agree to, or no? If it is a moral obligation, then why is it a moral obligation, exactly? Does it matter if the reasons people see it as a moral obligation matter, as long as we all agree? Is there a way of looking at our obligation, or lack of obligation, to homeless hungry children that is universal and we can all agree on? Any ideas anyone? It is the hottest part of summer, now is the time to proffer aid if any aid is coming for many moms and kids in our district; RIGHT NOW, OK?
What do you think of the following;
WE ALL ONE is the raison d’etre for seeing to it we meet our MINIMUM obligations to feed and house babies, yes?
FYI – those were babies in the two strollers I picked up last week on my way to speak to the school board about homelessness, I still have the stroller in my truck – this is NOT OK, OK? Period. Why is it not OK? It is not OK because WE ALL ONE, OK? If you have a better reason or way to communicate the need of feeding and housing babies, I’m all ears, but I think for just three words it will be hard to do a better job of communicating why this HAS to be fixed NOW – I don’t think three can be beat, tied maybe – do you have three words that can convey a “why” as effectively to the question of “why feed and house homeless babies?” I’m all ears.
Does any of this make sense to you? We ALL One? If you are ALL stuck in the same place – a solution may be for everyone to consider the possibility that in all the incomprehensibly HUGE universe end to end from smallest microbe in the biggest ocean on the farthest planet to each of us ourselves there MAY well be but just ONE SINGLE CONSCIOUSNESS – it is provably as possible as that every consciousness is “separate” as we currently “see” things.
There are many ways to envision this “thought-experiment” but the easiest I think is to imagine consciousness a little like electricity that moves atom to atom down a copper wire, picture a conscious awareness “popping” into an a bug, it inhabits the brain and see’s and feels all that a but feels because in that incomprehensibly brief and fast moment that the consciousness pops into the bug, it is the bug – and then it “pops” and flows like an electron in a wire to the next bug, or to you or I and for a trillionth-trillionth-trillionth of a second this same singular consciousness would be you, or I. Other analogies abound, the child toy of suspended ball bearings enables one to pull one back and let it “ploink” and bash into its brethren also suspended in a linear line to “pop” the farthest suspended by string ball-bearing in the line while those in-between hardly move, as if by magic.
Another way to conceptualize it is as a multi-dimensional effect where one can move in space and time both perhaps and from our perspective “pop” from one place and time to another just as a 2-D person would see an intersecting 3-D object like a ball as it intersects their world enlarge and shrink against all the laws of conservation of mass and energy as if coming and appearing from nowhere aka; the popular book on the subject of just such a hypothetical 2-d person in the story “Flatlander.” This “we (are) all one consciousness” discussion is a “thought-experiment” I’m asking you to perform and it has a purpose – to enable you and us to “see” new colors, colors we currently have trouble seeing, OK? If you think on it with “mindfulness” in the context of the issues we are seeking to address (homelessness) I believe you will find that you will, through exertion of your will alone, find yourself seeing new “colors” on this issue – and by seeing new colors in this issue I happen to have an excellent explanation by way of an AMAZING fact just learned of by me the other day so my writings of it are rough currently, I apologize, but adequate I hope;
On Being and Seeing Blue;
The word “BLUE” is mentioned how many times in the Bible would you guess? “RED” is mentioned over a hundred times in the Illiad, “blue” fewer than ten, and in the Bible, not once, and the same goes for early writings and cultures in China, India, it simply didn’t seem to be seen by early peoples, how can this be? “Blue” is missing from all of man’s earliest texts. The Hinda(?) in Namibia(?) were filmed by an ethologist as they tried to identify blue or point to a color that wasn’t red, yellow or green on a screen and the confusion on their faces is palpable (the video is publicly available, will include link when find).
Anecdotal evidence indicates that children don’t see the sky as being blue as much as see it as the absence of color at first, and then when pressed will respond “white.” The color blue is exceedingly rare in nature and the writers of our earliest texts may never have seen it (blue eyes were in short supply back then) and hence had no dire need for a word for it – red ochre was the first technologically manufactured colorant used by early peoples around the world, the color blue is almost impossible to make, which is why it was rarely seen while the colors green and yellow became words a bit later on our timeline and were mentioned about ten times each, for example, in the Illiad by Homer.
We ALL One Consciousness means vegetarianism makes a lot MORE sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means the death penalty makes a lot LESS sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means homeless and hungry children makes a lot LESS sense, OK?
WE ALL ONE Consciousness means NO MORE HOMELESS CHILDREN, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means that abortion makes a lot LESS sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means that a woman’s right to choose makes a lot MORE sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means corporal punishment makes a lot LESS sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means that “ERRORS are opportunities to TEACH, not PUNISH” makes a lot MORE sense, OK?
We ALL One Consciousness means “Why a gun?” not “No guns,” OK?
So when I speak of WE ALL ONE, I mean to say we may very well be ALL ONE CONSCIOUSNESS, universe-wide, end-to end and from the beginning to the end of time, should it ever end (hope not).
This more detailed an explanation of “we are all one” than one typically hears I believe and describes one possible meaning of our all being one and thus is “horse of a different color” from one simply saying the cutesy statement, as did our good founding father Benjamin Franklin when he put identical words onto the very first U.S. coin with the motto “We Are One.” We may indeed all be one, and to a degree Ben could hardly have imagined, or did imagine just this I wonder? 😉