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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: 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.

 

Woke up early and wrote this:
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It's 0430 and already I'm fretting. I'm fretting mostly about public education. That topic eats into my joy. I'm tired, not just from being up at 0430, but also from that topic awakening me. I am tired of my governor, my state's legislators, and my Department and Board of Education. I'm tired of "big whiggie" people in my state taking advantage of children and their families under the pretense of "equity". Tired of the "big whiggies" making lots of money at the expense of vulnerable people.

Tired of testing.

I'm tired of being a test administrator. I'm tired of daily reading testing "You-May-Nots" and "If-You-Do's". Tired of watching children slumped in testing chairs in front of testing computers in testing labs. Tired of standing around day after day in those testing labs. "You," the state's 'You-May-Nots' seem to include for me: "may not do ANYTHING other than watch children be bored out of their minds. You most certainly MAY NOT look even once at 'The Test' on any computer screen at any time for any reason! WE WILL FIRE YOUR A@@ if you do...."

Tired of schools' resources being spent on even more computers so that schools' libraries, for example, can be turned into even more testing labs. 

As I said, I am tired.

I am tired of meeting with parents and children about "The Test." Tired of pretending the damn thing's important. Tired of using my "personal skills"--and by golly, I got me some after 26 years of being a flight attendant--to put smiles on almost all testing worried parents' faces. 

Tired of pulling out the lipstick and applying it to the testing pig. 

I'm so, so tired of children not graduating because of this test. This awful test. This test that eats up children and schools. Devours time and resources. Gobbles up futures and hopes and dreams. 

I'm tired of the Department of Education's intimidation. coercion, and fear mongering. "You BETTER put on the testing lipstick! We DARE you not to gussy up our standardized swine!"

Tired of "choice." I contend that if community based public schools were all that all children deserve, then parents would choose public schools "down the street" instead of charter schools "across town." 

Tired of: "Teach Like a Champion" by Doug Lemov. My district uses this book to "guide instruction." What a bunch of (as my father would say) "horses#@t"! Am I the only employee to have watched the accompanying CD? Am I the only one horrified to see the CD's robot children hopping up as a young teacher claps her hands and barks her orders?! Am I the only appalled person in my entire school district who will call out this dangerous nonsense? 

I've got, however, my own personal "You-May-Nots"and "If-You-Do's": You may not stay quiet about testing abuse. You may not abandon public education to a bunch of money grubbing bureaucrats. You may not.

You may not, for if you do...you won't much like yourself. For sure, you won't be able to sleep. 

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

Horace Mann

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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.