Diane Ravitch in Harper’s Magazine

Diane Ravitch expresses more in two sentences than most people can state in two chapters.

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In the October issue of Harper’s Magazine a cover story, “PBS Self-Destructs: and what it means to viewers like you” by Eugenia Williamson, describes the full history of the takeover of Public Broadcasting by the Koch Brothers, Bloomberg, the Gates Foundation and other billionaire owned and controlled corporations and their tax-free foundations.

Diane Ravitch was asked about the lack of even-handed news coverage regarding the so-called education reform movement, in particular PBS coverage of charter schools which are invested in by these same billionaires and their tax-free foundations. (Yes, these tax-free foundations all have hedge funds and investments that make enormous profits that stay within the foundations. The appointed or board elected officers and trustees are paid enormous amounts of money and other compensation.)

“‘We’ve had public schools since the 1820’s,’ Ravitch added, ‘and we’ve never had a moment in history where the U.S. Department of Education and the big philanthropists together wanted to replace our public education system with privately managed schools. It’s a whole new thing! And PBS doesn’t seem interested.'”

The article is an eye-opening historical overview and a brilliant presentation of the corporatization of America, especially its public news and information media, by a handful of billionaires.

Also, Diane Ravitch’s latest book, Reign of Error: the hoax of the privatization movement and the danger to America’s public schools, explains even more in well researched detail.

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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky: Proof that legislators exist who serve the needs of people (pro-education, pro-teacher, pro-senior issues, etc.)

During this period of shock and awe attacks by legislators who serve the interests of corporations and don’t give a damn about the needs of the people they were elected to serve, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) is actually doing things to support education, teachers, seniors, public health safety and more. We need to elect more legislators like Jan.

What has she done for us lately?

Jan continues to meet with the Skokie Organization of Retired Teachers (S.O.R.E.) and others who realize that members live on the income of their earned compensation, pensions. She has openly stated that cuts are unfair, unnecessary and are not the cause of the state’s or the nation’s financial problems.

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S.O.R.E. President Fred Klonsky, Rep. Schakowsky and Harriet Sheeley speak freely about the harsh realities of attacks on active and retired teachers, most of whom are women.

The fall issue of Ms. Magazine has an eye-opening article, Skin Deep: when personal-care products aren’t regulated, women’s health is put at risk by Heather White. (Pretty Poison: The UGLY side of personal-care products.) Since women’s health issues are also issues for their children, our entire society shares these same health risks. Triclosan, bisphenol A (BPA), mercury, and a whole list of carcinogens and hormone disruptors are yet to be effectively regulated in spite of being banned and/or highly restricted in other countries.

As the article points out: “Rep. Schakowsky introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (H.R. 1385), which would require full disclosure of ingredients used in cosmetics and pre-marketing safety assessment for cosmetic products.”

In this political climate where corporate toadies are often disguised as public servants, we need to find and support those people who run for office in order to serve the needs of us all. Jan Schakowsky is one of them – one of us.

Ms Magazine fall 14

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What do we do to our superb retired teachers? Lies, insults and slow starvation seem politically popular today.

As we mature, we realize how many people helped us and influenced our lives – people we often took for granted. Teachers are among them. How often have we asked ourselves, “I wonder whatever happened to Mrs. ——?”

Well, she knew she would never grow wealthy by teaching us, but she paid for her pension with every paycheck and followed all the demands required for her earned compensation. Deferred compensation guaranteed by the government itself.

She should be fine by now during her golden years. Or…

Unless some billionaire multinational investors in sleazy hedge funds pay some politicians to plunder the pensions while claiming to save teacher pension funds and the state from doom. Doom, death and destruction – unless we sacrifice the elderly who served us well.

Read Fred Klonsky HERE about: And with our public employee pensions and Social Security under attack across the country, including here in Illinois, there will be less older foodies and more older-foodless.”

But what if we prove that the horrendous cuts are not necessary and the “balanced books” are just as pack of lies?

Read the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability facts via Glen Brown HERE about one billionaire gubernatorial candidate named Bruce Rauner whose “Bring Back Blueprint: Jobs and Growth Agenda” is a pack of lies for anyone to see or analyze.

The Blueprint presents no data, plan, or policy proposal as to how to balance the budget.”

But, what would the state legislators say when presented with this reality?

They will say whatever the wealthy string-pullers put in their mouths.

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What can we do to stop the horrendous mistreatment and abuses inflicted upon those wonderful people who helped and influenced us as children? Cut their puppet strings. Throw the bums out. They are thieves and liars and deserve to be thrown out of office.

Refuse to victimize retired teachers. This is no way to treat those who served as the finest of public servants, our old teachers. Vote against those who add to the growing vilification and slow starvation of our retired teachers. They worked and paid for their earned compensation. Multinational investors and hedge fund managers must not be allowed to steal from and starve our aging and elderly teachers.

Vote the puppets out in every state.
(And organize today for next year’s elections.)

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Politics, Cancer, CCSS, Teachers, Children and Voting

The extremism masked as governmental reform is nearly beyond the realm of sanity. The simple propaganda of repeating something over and over again in TV ads to the voting public is overwhelming logic and sanity.

The governor’s race in Illinois is a perfect example of what is happening across America in every level of elective office and political campaign. Billionaire sociopath and gubernatorial candidate Bruce’s Rauner has his present wife, Diana, recite the usual anti-big-government blather followed by, “Bruce has no social agenda.”

(Yes, “has his wife recite” is the correct term. Neither believes in equal rights for women.)

What does Bruce Rauner promise to do? Close public schools, fire teachers, mandate expensive high stakes testing, deny earned compensation (pensions), reduce the minimum wage, shut down government and force a re-do of contracts, refuse equal rights for women, give taxpayer taxes as incentives even to corporations that pay no taxes… The list goes on.

No social agenda? NO social agenda???

The best lie is always based on truth. Illinois government desperately needs reform, and that is the truth.

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The rest is a series of beautifully, photographed and produced propaganda pieces paid for by billionaire boys’ club money. It is exactly what TV ads used to do for cigarette companies when they stated that doctors recommend such-and-such a brand of cigarettes. And just as destructive.

Who should you vote for when there is no viable and humane candidate to vote for? The lesser-of-two-evils? Even though the other candidate, Pat Quinn, has been doing very much the same thing while making his running mate, Paul Vallas, the one person in America who had done more harm to teachers, schools, children and the economies of several states than any other human being? Who should you choose?

Who is the lesser-of-two-evils when the only two sides on the ballot are taking money to follow the agenda of multinational corporate investors who don’t give a damn about you, our children, or our future as a leading, major country?

Which brand of cigarettes will you choose?

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Please give up smoking in the future and find those who promise clean air and anti-pollution laws. (Yes, this is a metaphor.)

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When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils.

When (A)=(B), neither is the lesser of two evils.

When (D)=(R), neither can claim to be a Democrat or a Republican.

(Who ever said you would never find a use for algebra?)

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When one has damaged public education, ignored the state Constitution, or broken contracts while the other promises to damage public education, ignore the state Constitution, and break contracts… Well, how does a voter choose between the lesser of two evils?

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is the (D), and billionaire Bruce Rauner is the (R).

Both are lining up money and political support by demonizing the other. FEAR. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID. – of the other guy.

Why be so afraid? Rauner says Quinn did all of those things as he himself promises prosperity and the strength to make tough choices.

Why be so afraid? Quinn says Rauner will do all of those things as he himself promises prosperity and the strength to make tough choices.

If, there is any doubt about how much harm either can cause, look at their choices for running mates. As Lieutenant Governor, a mere heartbeat or a federal jail cell away from taking over as governor, who was chosen?

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Paul Vallas (D), who has damaged or destroyed more schools, school systems, teacher pension systems, and the economies of more cities, counties, states and countries than any living candidate for any office, is Quinn’s choice. Read Schooling in the Ownership Society for details.

Evelyn Sanguinetti, the latest Sara Palin version of loyalty to cutting everything for the good of giving lots of tax money to billionaires,is Rauner’s choice. Sanguinetti

(Apologies to Sara Palin who had more experience in government than Sanguinetti. At least Palin didn’t slip on the ice and sue the City of Wasilla for not removing more snow and ice and then becoming a council member who cut city budgets for clearing snow and ice.) Read the Chicago Tribune article that explains at length Sanguinetti’s ice capades in Wheaton, IL and her short credentials.

What else do we all need to know about the fear mongering, the absence of truth and the lack of integrity of (D) and (R), the gubernatorial candidates in Illinois?

John Dillon gives many more details.

Glen Brown gives even more details.

Fred Klonsky gives his own unique perspective with a few summarized details.

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How can you vote for the lesser of two evils when they are both evil but no lesser?

*While voting for all of the other candidates and issues on the November ballot, who should I choose for Governor of Illinois?

a) Quinn

b) Rauner

c) Both a and b

d) Whichever one conveys more fear and loathing about the other

e) Spend time, organized energy and money on producing a better choice of candidate for the next election.

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Active and retired teachers, parents of students, all who use public services, and those who believe in the democratic process of elections need to organize as soon as possible to have viable candidates who work for the good of all. We used to call this public service, and it can be done again.

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Who will care for the public education of our children?

When immense wealth finances political parties, elections become a mockery, a mere puppet show, of the democratic process. When the voting process allows two, and only two, sides which are both financed by immense wealth, the game is merely that – a game.

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Illinois has two teams of servants who serve the demands of the super-wealthy members of The Billionaire Boys Club whose legal name is the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Propaganda

Billionaire extremist Bruce Rauner (R) and his Sanguinetti version of Sara Palin promise to destroy public services, especially everything and everyone connected to public education. Present Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who has already cut many public services including education, chose Paul Vallas as his running mate. Vallas has actually spent his adult lifetime destroying public services, especially everything and everyone connected to public education.

In Florida present Gov. Rick Scott (R) cut education funding. His opponent, ex-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (D) cut education funding when he was in office. Both claim to support public education funding.

Viable third party candidates were crippled or destroyed before and during the primaries by rules and regulations specifically designed to eliminate them. Many candidates were hamstrung by breaking the rules and regulations in blatant violation of laws and decency. Corporate stooges are well funded and unhampered by rules and regulations.

Therefore, in many specific elections, there is merely the illusion of choice.

In Connecticut the well qualified and capable third party candidate, Jonathan Pelto, and his running mate, Ebony Murphy, are in the process of being blocked by the same in-your-face political machine disruption of the fair election process.
(Jonathan Pelto just released this statement.
“The petitioning process was an eye opening one.  While requiring candidates to collect 7,500 signatures to qualify for a position on the gubernatorial ballot continues to seem like a reasonable number, the primitive and burdensome laws and archaic system clearly serves as an unfair barrier to those who believe our democratic system would be better served if voters had more choices when they go to vote.)

The rigged two-team game will have a winner, even if only 8% of people go to the voting booths. The winner can then have the false air of legitimacy in office.

Rather than go on and on with this list, what has and is happening in your state, county and city that mirrors this corruption-as-government process? Which specific elections near you are merely the illusion of choice?

There is one tried and true way to solve this problem. Today, start contacting friends and groups you know and trust. Organize and become active. Find or create a candidate for the next elections of whatever you feel is a worthwhile elected position to begin a turnaround process.

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By the way, there are not two sides to every argument. The news should not present both sides of an issue. That is not fair or balanced. Reality: “There are at least two side to every issue.” (Ask anyone who has more than two children standing next to a broken lamp.)

Redefining news and fair elections is propaganda. The propagandist and ideologue Ayn Rand redefined sides to an issue. “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.” She distorted Aesop’s original statement, “Every truth has two sides,” which is a truly deep philosophical thought.

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The same poo-poo in new bags.

When Common Core State Standards (tests, texts and all) are given new CCSS “aligned” coverings by the state, does it matter?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott played the “save us from big government control” game even as the newly branded state education standards, texts, programs, tests, grading, etc, remain Common Core “aligned.” The name was changed from FCAT to FSA. Same profiteers, same tax theft from public schools to profit international corporate education reform investors, same insane pressure on students, same failing schools scams – NEW Name. Same poo-poo in new bags.

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Scott posed as the statesman rescuer of school children from nasty old Obamaeducation as he continues CCSS. He is similar to a person calling himself a savior on the Titanic as he tosses one deck chair overboard prior to sinking.

“We believe schools that have English language learners should not be penalized (for two years). Unfortunately federal officials disagree,” Scott said.
- from Local10.com news

Huh? That’s all Scott is going to do to make a difference?

“Like the standards, the Florida Standards Assessment — which replaces last year’s FCAT 2.0 end-of-year standardized test — demands more from students…
In short, students’ test scores will get worse before they get better…
Further, the state is moving toward having nearly all FSA exams administered by computer by the 2017-18 school year, which is taxing financially to school districts that already struggle to keep up with technology demands.”
- from the Pensacola News Journal

Oh, fail more children, fail more schools, fire more teachers and charge local tax payers more. Now, THAT makes a difference! Even Scott’s Tea Party backers might have a problem with the tax part.

Will people keep putting up with this self-destructive, state mandated politico-demolition?

Not Florida’s Lee County School Board.

Florida’s Lee County became on Wednesday night the first school district in the state to vote to opt out of all state-mandated testing, including exams that are being designed to assess student knowledge of new state standards based on the Common Core.”
- from the Washington Post

Huh? “New” standards “based” on CCSS?

That is the same poo-poo in new bags.

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WHAT IS YOUR STATE CALLING ITS SAME POO-POO IN NEW BAGS?

Opt-Out individually or by school district.

Visit United Opt-Out HERE for guides and sample letters by state.

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Wow! Gates, PBS, Parents, Teachers, CCSS, etc. – Interactive Graphic Journalism

The most fascinating graphic journalism about the immense power and money behind Corporate Education Reform, CCSS, high stakes testing, media information control, etc. is created by Adam Bessie and his associates.

“One picture is worth a thousand words.”

Well, that was then, and this is now.

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Adam Bessie and illustrator Dan Carino have created a new level of graphic journalism published online at Truth-Out.org.

Bessie’s research journalism combined with the graphics of various artists combined with interactive links within the illustrations make incredible amounts of connections and interconnections possible for readers at all levels. Annotated editorial cartoons? Essays and comics? No, it’s much more than that.

View and read the illustration while moving your cursor across each graphic panel. A ton of information and related links are available for you to follow.

Look into whatever you want to know more about, or choose to leave it and go on to other things.

Incredibly, even more ideas are presented than mere words or graphics alone could present. As people read, these questions will probably pop into their minds at some point.

“But, isn’t Bill Gates just a philanthropist who gives his money away to good causes?”
“How is NPR involved?”
“What do you mean? He uses his own paid news sources as proof of his own claims? And he profits from public education tax dollars through his own tax-free foundation?”

Adam Bessie

View HERE to see “The Gates Foundation Education Reform Hype Machine and Bizarre Inequality Theory.”

Hey, Adam! Keep this stuff coming.

 

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The super wealthy can self-promote themselves for ALS while collecting and distributing student data, profiting from e-college, etc.

“Here’s another example of what happens when the very wealthy and the very self-loving gets involved in a grass roots movement to help. They can turn anything into some means to feel secure about their lofty positions and expose their deep seated psychological need to be recognized as better…
Sick little heads…
They keep Freud alive.”
John Dillon, retired teacher and blogger extraordinaire

Three billionaires. One, J. B. Pritzker, makes a video, starring himself, as a generous donor to ALS research. How much is the contribution? $26,000.

Let’s see…

$3,000,000,000

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$2,999,974,000

Hmm…

Contribution Rule #1: Never spend more on a video promoting your personal generosity than you contribute to the fund raising effort.

(How much was your personal income last year? Think of all the wonderful and sincere people across America who are giving so much to ALS research while having a little fun putting their videos on YouTube. Terrific! It’s infuriating that JB and his narcissistic, arrogant cohorts use this video for press-release promotions of themselves and their profiteering organizations. $26,000? His tax-free foundation spends more on a luncheon event. )

Pritzker, Mansueto, and Lefkofsky… It is a promotion for 1871, a group of businesses involved with his Pritzker Group Venture Capital.
Disclosure: 1871 was the year of the Great Chicago Fire which my great-grandmother barely survived in her new country with just the clothes on her back and the trauma of the experience.

1871, the group, celebrates the scorched earth crisis which allowed investors to profit from tragedy. (Read their own page.)

What Arne Duncan said about Hurricane Katrina (“The best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans.”) was a mere prelude to dismantling the public schools, firing qualified teachers and replacing them with highly profitable charter schools which hired poorly paid non-union teachers who were both legally state qualified and unqualified . These charters have miserably failed the remaining children in that city.

1871? Name your group after a deadly conflagration that was an economic boon for wealthy investors? Plan for a similar scorched earth policy for the people and property of one of the largest cities in America? Horrible!
(For some reason, JB doesn’t mention his also-a-billionaire sister, ex-school-closing Chicago Board of Education member and present U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. He doesn’t mention the other eleven members, all billionaires according to Forbes, of his family invested in this stuff while wearing the cloak of philanthropists. Nor does he mention his investments in charter schools that profit from public education dollars for every closed public school. Instead, J.B. laughs at Chicago people, young and old.)

- Read the Crain’s Chicago Business article and view J.B. Pritzker’s personal video HERE.

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What J.B. Pritzker says about bleeding Chicago citizens of millions of dollars is arrogant and disturbing at many levels. Listen carefully to his own words as he laughingly brags about his personal level of evil and his evil friends. This video is strange stuff.

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Dear Parents, Teachers cannot protect your children from well financed abusers.

I truly admire Peggy Robertson, and you should, too. Why?

As an active teacher she openly admits that it takes parents to stop the dismantling of public education by Corporate Education Reform multinational investors disguised as social reformers attempting to help children. High stakes testing of any brand name that complies with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) harms our children.

Peggy RobertsonHere is an excerpt from her “must read and share” article:
What is happening is evil, cruel and abusive. Refuse the tests and deny the corporations the profit, deny the district, state and federal government your child’s data (which they can share with corporations), deny the publishing companies the opportunity to create more common core products. Without the data, the profit ends and we have an opportunity to reclaim our public schools, our profession. We have an opportunity to do what is right for all children.”
Peggy Robertson

As a mom, Peggy sees students from the perspective of both sides of the desk and from the standpoint of a parent/teacher who wants wants the best from a teacher/parent. (You do the mind reversals involved with this!)

She is one of the founders and driving forces behind United Opt Out, the sole writer of the incredible Peg with Pen blog, and a driving force in the actual betterment of public schools.

As a loving parent/teacher she witnesses the actual harm and empathizes deeply with the entire abusive situation of high stakes testing.

As a human being she admits her limitations.

3rd gradeThis particular article simply must be shared from parent to parent to parent. Please don’t wait until the child you never thought would be harmed is harmed. Parents must help all children if they wish for others to help their own child.

Crush the multinational corporate and foundation investors before they crush your child. How? Refuse to keep financing them and their outwardly philanthropic foundations which are mere disguised greed sucking out obscene profits at the expense of your child.

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Personal Note: There is growing concern about the impact on the hardest working, most capable children suddenly labeled as “losers” by the rigged numbers generated by CCSS compliant tests even though all children are harmed by stress, labeling, etc. Children suffering from depression and threatening to give-up or to inflict self-harm is growing. Please do not wait until you are faced with tragedy.
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