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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

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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.

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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.


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

Horace Mann

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I am sick of all this.  I find myself googling; "States that do not have high stakes testing" to see if there is one sane place for children in the United States.  "Maybe we can move there," I say to myself.  "Maybe there, my children will learn and have fun and create and READ something just for themselves.  Maybe there they won't hook up the mule to the Reading Plus plow and plod through another session.  Maybe there they can hop on a reading thoroughbred and gallop through a "good book: one that they themselves have selected. Luscious novels for my fifteen year old daughter and fourteen year old son.  For those were my dreams for those little people entering public school kindergarten in Miami-Dade County.  How wonderful that their school was a bi-lingual school and even more wonderful that my son was a Spanish writing star student!   

How awful that now, both of my children heave sighs at assignments and test prep "packets."  They do not love reading.  They do not love, in general learning. 

I am, as I have already indicated, sick of all this.

But even I, as crystal clear as it is that this--and by "this" I mean the testing grind and the testing grind prep (it's an all year; every week reality) is madness and hurtful to children--may fold.  Even I may just turn a sad blind eye and send my children to school on test days (there are now so many of them) and have them sit in front of computer screens.  There is such force--at the school and district level--to just do it.  

I am perceived as a problem parent at my daughter's school.  Eyes inwardly roll, I am sure, when my name is seen as the email sender.  When I send an email to, say, my daughter's counselor, she copies her department chair and the principal in her reply.  The school, in my requests and solutions to my daughter's not being able to meet graduation and university requirements during the school day (she was forced to take an intensive reading class and not allowed to fulfill a graduation requirement, thus now having to take a course on FLVS or not take Chemistry) has made their communications with me about blocking ME and saying "no" to ME... The issue has become personal with them.  They are not helping my daughter in any way.  One of my suggestions--something already done creatively at many schools--was blocked simply because it is not my daughter's school's "policy."  Not district policy but school policy. This from a school board member's administrative assistant:  "In the end, Ms Werner, it is his [the principal's] school and he can do what he wants." 

And because of that related issue and the awful way I have been treated in emails--perhaps I will share them here--I am really worried that it is my daughter who will most feel their passive/aggressive wrath if I "opt [her} out..."

There is no doubt I as sick of all this.  Maybe we'll move to....Wyoming?  Texas? Where are children and their families safe from this testing madness?

 

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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.