Some statistics (i.e., gross disparities):
District 150: 29% white; 62.4% black; 2 Asian; and 5.9%Hispanic.
Washington Gifted: 72.3% white; 12.6 % black; 14.3% Asian and .09% Hispanic.
“I don’t recall the specific incident, but evidently at some point in time I did forward what seemed like a joke, but may have been offensive to some. As I said, I regret offending anyone and have taken measures to ask people sending private email to utilize my home email account.”
In an earlier press release Parker raised issues as to how/why the State's Attorney chooses his battles, implying that this is a personal vendetta that Kevin Lyons is waging. Parker also points to recent infractions by Mayor Ardis and others that have not been as closely scrutinized by the State's Attorney office.
Related article: Ardis may have broken law
State's Attorney Kevin Lyons
“Impunity is a factor in charging. These attempts to use your position for your personal thrust is very appealing, it’s very inviting, but wrong is wrong. “You’re elected to a position and it’s not enough to use your own personal persuasion, your own personal strength, you want to use the office that apparently you think you now own. The public owns it.”
"Already, the ACLU has blocked seniority-based layoffs in Los Angeles, and Mayor Bloomberg has called for a change of state [LIFO] law in New York.But here's what Duncan actually ended up saying, according to the new text distributed minutes before he spoke:
"My view is that we need to look hard at the impact of seniority rules on students, especially in low-achieving schools. The goal should always be to maintain the most effective workforce, regardless of years of experience . . .
"Last-in-first-out policies can disproportionately remove great newer teachers who take on tough educational challenges," the text read.
"With [federal stimulus] funds drying up, this is a front-burner issue across the country. My view is that we need to look hard at the impact of staffing rules and policies on students, especially in low-achieving schools.That's it.
"That means recruiting the best teachers and then making sure that our state laws, labor contracts and personnel practices support these teachers and keep them in their schools," he said.
While I never in a million years would have guessed that this many people would ever see my words, and I didn't even intend them to, I stand by what I wrote and think it's good that people are aware now. There are serious problems with our education system today--with the way that schools and school districts and students and parents take teachers who enter the education field full of life and hope and a desire to change the world and positively impact kids, and beat the life out of them and villainize them and blame them for everything--and those need to be brought to light. If this 'scandal' opens the door for that conversation, so be it. Source
Also in town...Dr. W. Patrick Dolan, a nationally recognized consultant on education reform. Mr. Dolan will be presenting at a forum alongside Bobby Darling. The presentation is entitled "Reforming Schools in Peoria". It is reported that the topic relates to efforts by Mr. Darling and Dr. Dolan to move into a new era of education unionism.
If Darling (as the elected leader of the Teacher's Union) enlisted Patrick Dolan - exactly who invited Randi Weingarten?
In addition, Imhotep has college partnerships with Arcadia University, Community College, Cornell University, Drexel University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Cheyney University, Lincoln University and Temple University.
Gloria Ladson-Billings, author of “The Dreamkeepers” and a leader in educating African-American children
“I think most people don’t really understand [culturally relevant teaching]. I think they don’t recognize that it is essentially not an attempt to have kids fit into an already unequal system. It’s really an attempt to help them develop the kind of critical skills that will allow them to challenge the system.”
"White teachers are perfectly capable of conducting culturally relevant teaching."
"As for Afrocentric schools, there’s nothing wrong with them so long as they do right by students. “People get all upset when [someone says] they’re going to [build] something Afrocentric,” she said. “[People] say, ‘Well where are they going to live, in an Afrocentric world?’ Well every major city in this country has a French lyceum where the wealthiest kids go to school.”
Molefi Asante, founder of the first doctoral program in African American studies at Temple University.
A major problem in education today is the educators, Asante said. “When you come out of a school of education, you know how to do time sheets and lesson plans. But in terms of actually dealing with children and grounding them in their cultural experiences and exciting them to go further and deeper and longer in their tradition, it is rare.”
Meanwhile, African American children “sit in the classrooms on the margins,” he said. “They are never given the subject position, and never seen as actors or agents or creators of knowledge. They’re always going to get somebody else’s knowledge.”
He said Afrocentricity works because it engenders self-worth. “What’s working are those Afrocentric schools that have deliberately, consciously decided that the way to educate African American children is to ground them in their cultural experiences so that they like not only themselves, but that they like African culture. The problem with black children is they hate Africa, and if you hate Africa you won’t learn. That is the fundamental dictum that seems to be the problem. They have negative attitudes toward their history, their culture, and their people.”
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Since all anonymity is lost, and I’m the “bad” guy, might as well say my piece on my own site. Sure, I received photos, yes I sent them to Gawker. It’s nothing that I haven’t said to Gawker, The Loop 21 or The Washington Post, whom apparently received an anonymous tip from someone that gave them my name. So no, I didn’t reach out to The Washington Post to “give” them my story. They were the first to find my name and the reporter actually was pretty easy going about it. Thank you Lonnae.
Sure, I’m the bad woman.
Some even say I enticed him into sending me photo. Excuse me for not realizing “Do you have something that doesn’t look like a JCPenney Ad” is considered enticing nowadays. Maybe I’ll use it more often. Maybe it’ll keep me off of Craigslist. Maybe it’ll yield me a financially & emotionally stable man. I mean anything is possible right?
"The only thing that I can do is just hope and pray that nothing - nothing - happens over there. And everything goes according to what Al wants it to be and that there are no problems."
I imagine teachers are tempted to talk crap sometimes in an effort to make it clear to the youngsters that they run the classroom. I'm curious, does that tactic usually work? In this video, it appears to have gone horribly wrong.
The video begins with what seems to be a teacher just breaking up the fight. As the antagonist begins to talk trash to the teacher, he doesn't realize that the old man can dish it with the best of them.
"I'm tired of your little fat a** around here running your mouth!"
"I'll bust yo' sh*t! Have your lip looking bigger than what it is!"
"That's what is wrong with ni***s now!"
"I know punks like you. I kick their behinds every day!"
"You're trying to showoff in front of the girls, but I'm about to showoff on you!"
After nearly three minutes of barbs exchanged, the young man is clearly annoyed and knows that he can't go after the teacher physically. So what does he do? He finds his original target that is now laughing at him and decides to fight him again. As that brawl begins to escalate, the teacher gets involved and tries to pull the students apart. But now, another student tries to jump in on the action and the teacher cracks him with a back slap. The melee continues to spill out of control while the camera man provides commentary. It's an ugly scene where no one envies the teacher's position. All he's trying to do is teach class.