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 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.

 

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"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

A Piece Full World.

Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating a school wide bullying prevention program!

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
--Gandhi
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"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement 
 
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 School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.


Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

 

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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann

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"Skin in the Game.."

A friend of mine, when he was building a movement, once said to a group of us who'd volunteered to help: "You gotta put a little skin in the game." It was a "yeah, yeah, yeah, volunteerism is great and everything, but I need more than your time, I need your money" kind of statement.

I "put up" and I haven't "shut up" since. He's doing good work. He needs my and others' support.

I got "skin" in a different game now. I got real skin covering real people. My kids' skin as they lumber into their public school buildings every morning; their sleepy eye lid skin covering their sleepy eyes; their calloused skin covering their typing and writing finger tips; their dimpled skin covering their "locked-into-the-sitting-position" buttocks (I'm not sure about that skin, I can only judge by my own and that skin for sure is dimpled...)

I don't want to "put up" the "skin" I have in the standardized testing game. I'm a parent. I want real choices for my children. I do not want to even sit at the table of this cheatin' game. It's played , it seems, in a smoke filled basement of high rollers with their fat political bellies popping out of their barely button shirts.

These are the kinds of men from whom I normally keep a distance. They're the "know it all" guys who don't know a thing about public education yet they make all the decisions. Or maybe they do know one thing: that there is a whole lot of money to be made from the skin of the backs of my children and so there they sit on the fat and most definitely dimpled skin of their dimpled derrieres and make decisions that skin the future right off of our children.

"Skinning the future right off of our children..."

"No diploma for YOU, 3.7 GPA tenth grade girl! You were not one of the 21% of students who passed the test!", the organizer of this stinky game might say. "What? You want to do WHAT?! You want to go to college and learn to care for children with special needs? You have the patience for THAT? Get a life, girl of potential; girl of enthusiasm; girl. We don't want your kind 'round these high school graduation parts.

No fourth grade for YOU, third grade boy who lives in a shelter!; Boy whose family made sacrifices none of my or my high-falutin' buddies' families will ever have to consider because we are rich, rich, rich! What? DON'T YOU DARE QUESTION WHY MY BOYS WENT TO THE $40,000/year PRIVATE SCHOOL! So what my children did not take any standardized test?! You make an issue of that, third grade boy, and I will make your school life as miserable as your personal life. Don't think I won't do it.
I already have...

No electives and career preparation classes for any of YOU, you level ones and twos! No physical activity either! Get off of your fat asses (well, continue to sit on them) and LEARN TO PASS THE TEST! What!? I don't care if you actually LEARN you say?! I and my buddies just want you to take the test you say?! Actually, you'r right, go ahead and don't learn! Just take the test over and over again.

Ka-ching!"

It's a velveteen nightmare. There they are the cigar smoking education big whigs. My president, my governor, my educational commissioner (she's a girl and good for her! She enjoys a stogie with the best of the men!), superintendents, principals--there they all are beckoning me to the table. "C'mon!" they call up from the basement, "Put some skin in the game!"

"I'll raise your rigor and double the accountability!" they gaily proclaim as they toss in a state's third grade students.

"I'll call your accountability for children and raise you accountability for teachers", they chortle as they "pony up" VAM formulas and teachers' careers.

They all look at me standing on the first of the basement's stairs? "Whatcha got? Just skin?! Well bring it on down here!"

Puff, puff.


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School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.