Friday, January 31, 2014

Shut Up And Teach

I am getting sick and tired of the constant whining about Oklahoma's Superintendent of Education and her alleged tyrannical power over Oklahoma schools. This week a candidate for the superintendent's job put out a press release officially announcing her entering the race in which she said she wants to end the "tyrannical reign."  this could also be termed "reign of terror."

The latest attack from the whiner in chief, Jarod Mendenhall, superintendent of Broken Arrow Schools, is over a practice test to check the efficacy of the vendors testing systems. Last year Mendenhall and the various superintendents were whining and complaining after the testing systems failed miserably. So how does one test the workability of any system; with a practice run or test. In order to check these systems a wide sample is needed and the state dept. decided to make all schools participate. Mendenhall in a letter on the BA Schools website called it a “FAKE TEST.” No, Mr. Mendenhall, it is a real test of the system using real questions. Just because the answers do not count does not make it fake. The test is not of the students it is of the system.

As one listener to the program put it, “is a practice SAT exam a fake test?” No it is a practice test. Billions of dollars are made in practice courses and TESTS from LSAT to GRE and many more such tests. Why, if they do not count do young people pay good money to take those? I am in the insurance industry and have to take Continuing Education courses and exams every few years as do accountants, lawyers, doctors and on and on. Hmm, I wonder if teachers do as well? If not they should be required also. But I digress. In those professions we have many practice tests before we take the final one that counts. We do not consider those as FAKE.

I would think that the school administrations would be glad to have their students take these tests, not only to determine the efficacy of the system, but also to give an idea of what the students will be faced with in the end of year exams. Mendenhall and other superintendents should welcome and appreciate the opportunity for their students to have a practice run before the real exams in a few months.
Ultimately this is not about the tests at all. What it is really about is that the education establishment does not like the state superintendent. From day one they have worked against her. On day one there was a stink about her staffing, then went on to one thing after another.
I believe that true educators concerned about their students learning would not be deterred or bothered by any of these things. They would focus on teaching their students and let the rest take care of itself. How is it that the greatest minds the world has ever known thrived in one room school houses or under mere home schooling? I think that Mr Mendenhall and others like him may need a remedial course in what education is really about and how it is accomplished. Maybe then they will stop whining and complaining about things that have very little to do with actual classroom instruction and more to do with funding, administration and staffing. 
To borrow from Laura Ingraham “Shut Up and Teach!!”

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Real Reason Obama "Came Out"

Some time back I posted a blog post titled: "Lessons From Die Hard- Where's John McClain?" (July 18, 2009)

For those who do not have the time or patience to go back and read that, let me give a quick synopsis of that post.

In the very first Die Hard film you had what were believed to be terrorists take over the Nakatomi Bank building in LA.  They communicated that they were terrorist with the usual demands.  The FBI and other law enforcement bought into this and treated the matter as a terrorist event.  But, as Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friends."  These were no terrorists. they were in fact just high tech bank robbers.  The main character John McClain, played by Bruce Willis, was the only one who figured it out and stood in the way of the blatant robbery.

My point in that blog post was to ask the question; what if everyone is thinking Barrack Obama and his cohorts have some grand and sinister plan to destroy America, BUT, what if Obama and company are merely sophisticated bank robbers?

Let's say the United States is the Nakatomi Bank and while conservatives and even some on the far left are constantly scrutinizing the administration through biased eyes and acting with conditioned responses to what seems obvious,  what if the Obamas' and their friends and associates are just simply robbing us blind.

Think about it. Just this past week President Obama came out supporting "Gay Marriage."  Oh man, the "Right" is in an uproar and the "Left" is in a state of Nirvana over the social impact.  Obama is changing the fabric of American life, or so we are led to believe.  But what if that is just a smokescreen?

While all eyes were on the Gay Marriage stories another story comes to light. We learn that while JP Morgan Chase bank lost $2 Billion.  This seems unrelated and like no big deal compared to the implications of the "BIG Story," until we find that since taking office the Obama's have increased their personal wealth in 3 1/2 year from $1.5 million to $10 million. That is almost 600%.  And we learn quietly that the Obama's have $1 million invested with whom???? The same Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan Chase.  Hmmmm???!!

Am I the only one wondering how the Obama's increased their net work from $1.5million to $10 million in 3 years?  I do not think they sold that many books.  What have they invested in?  How many people do you know that increased their net worth 600% since 2009?  Is that not the period that saw our economy go south?

I also suspect that an investigation of those close to the administration, and the businesses that support them, would reveal that there are a lot of people having become rich in these past few years.

We need someone to wake up and see that the bank is being robbed.  We need to stop being played, think smarter and stop having the knee jerk conservative reaction to the obvious stimuli they are giving us.

I say, again, that we need a John McClain. Maybe Sarah Palin can be the one.  I can just picture her telling the President Yippy Kai Yay Mother %$#@*& (my spelling).  Or how about you?

You should at least ask your Congressman or Senator if they are paying attention and if they will stop the theft.