Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Within a very small percentage of African American families, I discovered that whatever aberrant behavior was committted
by the child, the child was not held at all responsible. Instead I was accused, by the parent, that I had to be the cause, because their child could do no wrong. It does not matter about the skin color or socio-economic class, whenever a child is NEVER held accountable for her or his actions by the parent, that speels trouble for whoever is teaching in a class with said child. NOT EVERY TEACHER in schools dominated by student bodies made up of people of color is prejudice against any particular racial group!
2. I suggest that that the author reads John McWhorter's controversial book LOSING THE RACE: SELF-SABOTAGE IN
BLACK AMERICA. His three themes regardng how a number of urban African American families maintain a life philosophy
that includes the cult of victimology, separatism and anti-intellectualism have more than just one grain of truth to them. I
would not ever have agreed to such scary themes if I had not experienced such examples at various times in my career.
Believe me, I do NOT see those themes as being the biggest problem with most of the students I have ever taught. No matter what shade of skin color, it has been my honest opinion that the majority of students whom I ever had the pleasure of working with were suffering from a far greater academic disability -- APATHY! All three schools had classes filled with wonderful, sweet kids. They all had some great individual qualities. Even my gang bangers were loveable, if you just took the time to get to know them a little. But being sweet, kind and well-bahaved is NOT enough! Students have to care about their education and be willing to WORK to improve their skills and knowledge level in any subject.
LAUSD is predominately an urban, Latin district whereby most of the kids tried quite a bit in elementary school, shut down in middle school and chose NOT to get their academic drive up to a sufficient level in order to graduate. The high school graduation rates in most urban schools in LAUSD are at about 50% and even worse in the inner city schools. I see the socio-economic and then cultural causes being the most obvious. It is sad, but let us be honest, middle class students tend to have parents who emphasize the importance of education MORE throughout their child's k-12 years and beyond. Urban, blue collar, less-educated parents (for a myriad of reasons) tend to emphasize the importance of education less, ESPECIALLY after the students matriculate out of the elementary level. Then you throw in the second language immigrant issue into the mix AND yeah, you are going to see a growing disparity in the state test scores and graduation rates.
Playing the race card does NOT work with me. ANY child can do well if they choose to which comes down to simply following most of the classroom rules, getting along with your peers and taking your school work seriously at school and at home. Most of the A students I ever taught were rarely the brightest kids in the class. Hell no! The top kids just cared more and worked more and thus received better grades! As for anyone playing the race card with me, yeah, I'm white, but anyone who knows me at all knows how much I loved my kids. And in 27 plus years of teaching at three LAUSD high schools, I bet that I had less than 20 white students. And for the record, I had a ton of African American kids who got As and Bs with me, especially at Jordan High.
I am ready to take on the Hall of Shame author and anyone else who wants to debate with me regarding what I have stated above. Statistics can be a great measurement to point out trends, etc. but they do NOT explain everything involved in her
"APARTHEID" skewed philosophy. I taught at Gardena High for two years and the school culture there was quite different than at Jordan or Banning High. From my experiences there I can state that there is definitely more than one cultural variable that was omitted that might also explain why the demographics at that honor assembly was not up to her liking. Reality can be a scary thing to face, but as academics we must be willing to challenge our own positions on any issue in order to grow.
Substitute teacher’s lesson plan found at King-Drew Medical Magnet in South Los Angeles (U.S. News & World Report, Silver Medal Winner for 2009): 1. Vocabulary 2. Rap to kill time Sitting in the sparsely filled auditorium of Gardena High School in Los Angeles at the beginning of an annual senior…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
What's suggested here in the comment directed to David Garcia is by nature a sort of fantasy outcome. However, in light of that, let's play the unenthusiastic devil's advocate for a moment. Forrester deserves the assessment given as it applies. But she's no worse than Warren Fletcher, Greg Solkovitz or David Lyell. Fletcher has proved to be an unrepentant and willing failure. Solkovitz is as corrupt as any liar could ever be. Lyell is a check sucking fraud and a weasel of the lowest order. This is your union leadership. In this, Forrester is nothing special. Just another parasite and useless one at that with no symbiotic saving graces. And as for the challenge to Mr. Garcia, I'm quite certain he would be more than willing to accept. How could he or anyone else do worse than Ms.Forrester?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
LAUSD CORRUPTION & UNION COMPLACENCY 101
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