Fusion Politics

Thinking through all the action back home in the CCSD, I continue to reflect on the apt and stirring message of Rev William Barber the various times I have seen him speak, and his theory of “fusion politics,” most recently at the NPE conference three years ago in Raleigh:

http://bit.ly/2wUjZde

“Fusion Politics” according to Rev Barber: all races working together, the only way real and lasting change ever happens in the US.

See also: https://wapo.st/2xAz8k3

Barber is the living legacy of MLK and Thurgood Marshall and his message includes the most important fact we all live with one way or another:

“Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever begin to live together.”
Justice Thurgood Marshall, dissent in Milliken v. Bradley.

http://bit.ly/2tqz9k9

Thinking through all the action back home in the CCSD, I continue to reflect on the apt and stirring message of Rev William Barber the various times I have seen him speak, and his theory of “fusion politics,” most recently at the NPE conference three years ago in Raleigh: http://bit.ly/2wUjZde "Fusion Politics" according to Rev … Continue reading Fusion Politics

Respect and Fulfillment

Education friends, CCSD friends:

Of the many issues I care about in public education, including effective and thriving integrated schools and community engagement and support of our schools, none is more critical than that our teachers are respected and fulfilled in their profession. And that is why I share this piece about a recent poll and what it says about the state of our schools and the teachers teaching in them:

http://bit.ly/2Ssgml0

I should add that my perspective is strengthened by the fact that my oldest daughter is about to graduate from college and go to grad school for a career in early childhood education. I have been saying for a while that I hope that by the time she gets out, teaching is still a profession worth pursuing. Of course it is but current policies at all levels seem to be undermining teacher efficacy at all turns.

Surely we can do better, and parents demanding better is part of that equation IMHO. Next school board meeting: January 10, 2019, 6 PM District Office off Broad.

Education friends, CCSD friends: Of the many issues I care about in public education, including effective and thriving integrated schools and community engagement and support of our schools, none is more critical than that our teachers are respected and fulfilled in their profession. And that is why I share this piece about a recent poll … Continue reading Respect and Fulfillment

Good morning comrades, from Bertis

Warning: dude blogging in his PJs at his childrens’ house…
File under: the joys of insomnia,🕰. Part 1940-ish; long-post alert; 1/2 joking (well maybe a little less than half)

#ThugMovesWontWork #useitorloseit:

(And now for your listening pleasure and as you enjoy your first cup of кофе (kofe) or чай (“chay”):

http://bit.ly/DamnWorldsReallyǝpısdnuʍop

I know this might sound nuts but I remember back when the Internet first affected the music business, the Napster area in the late 1990s. Some wag somewhere said they had the perfect solution to combating music piracy: “just turn off the Internet.” I used think it was a pretty good “joke“ I still sometimes throw it in to some of my occasional presentations about “the future the music” etc etc (I mean, you can’t turn off the Internet haha and it usually gets some laughs)

I hope this latest crazytown stuff James Mattis resignation is just the usual conventional wisdom that a crusty old conservative general got tired of being “the adult in the room” and quit in protest of the prevailing ideology on the White House and Fox News, etc.

But to be honest I am less worried about the immediate effects on various geopolitical hotspots (and yes I am worried about those of course, we all should be) and really hope that this hysterical sounding theory that this POTUS turns out to really be a puppet of Russia 🇷🇺 —and that they really are calling some of the tunes in Washington…. I hope that is is incorrect. I really hope so because, etc.(hey I’m glad people who want to live “off the grid” can do that. I just hope we all continue to have that choice– and me, I would like to stay on the grid please! Haha still, right⁉️

I told you this was going to sound crazy, and maybe it is and I am. I just hope this blind loyalty to this POTUS on the part of the Republicans in DC is, as commonly believed, merely a product of tribalism and thus their total devotion only to the R party is stopping them from doing anything that might mean the Democrats could win anything (but see midterms thank God)— I hope that that is the real explanation. Maybe that’s all it is. And obviously we all hope so. Heck, I am old enough to remember back when it was us lefty Democrats were the commie pinkos and “soft on crime” and the Republicans were the ones who hated Russia and were all about the “rule of law.” ☪️

I told you this would sound crazy and maybe I am and it is.
But one musical note: as I was getting my usual “suggested soundtrack for this one,” “Red Army Blues” by the Waterboys, I could not seem to pull up any of the many “fan fiction” user-generated videos on Google-owned YouTube– there were several created over the years and they each included graphic and gripping footage of “back in the day” Mother Russia, the wars, the gulags, all that historial stuff.

Here’s the error message I keep getting:

“(❗️) Potentially inappropriate video. To view this video, please confirm you are old enough by entering your birth date.”

I am not going to keep looking but if anybody finds a Waterboys “Red Army Blues” video with that sad old country footage please post in the comments.

In the meantime, there does seem to be multiple working links to this one, which packs some of the same punch but with still photographs and other static images:

bit.ly/DamnWorldsReallyǝpısdnuʍop

If you see something, say something– I guess that seems like pretty good advice, for now, in this mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world.

Red Army Blues
The Waterboys

“When I left my home and my family
My mother said to me
“Son, it’s not how many Germans you kill that counts
It’s how many people you set free!”
So I packed my bags
Brushed my cap
Walked out into the world
Seventeen years old
Never kissed a girl
Took the train to Voronezh
That was as far as it would go
Changed my sacks for a uniform
Bit my lip against the snow
I prayed for mother Russia
In the summer of ’43
And as we drove the Germans back
I really believed
That God was listening to me
We howled into Berlin
Tore the smoking buildings down
Raised the red flag high
Burnt the reichstag brown
I saw my first American
And he looked a lot like me
He had the same kinda farmer’s face
Said he’d come from some place called Hazzard, Tennessee
Then the war was over
My discharge papers came
Me and twenty hundred others
Went to Stettiner for the train
Kiev! said the commissar
From there your own way home
But I never got to Kiev
We never came by home
Train went north to the Taiga
We were stripped and marched in file
Up the great Siberian road
For miles and miles and miles and miles
Dressed in stripes and tatters
In a gulag left to die
All because Comrade Stalin was scared that
We’d become too westernized!
Used to love my country
Used to be so young
Used to believe that life was
The best song ever sung
I would have died for my country
In 1945
But now only one thing remains
But now only one thing remains
But now only one thing remains
But now only one thing remains
The brute will to survive”

I told you this was going to be a long post and might sound crazy . . . but me, I say long live the American experiment and the ideas of America.

And apologies to whomever wants to unfriend me– please feel free!

I told you this long post might sound crazy.

Some good news: as of this morning, Google search, (might be time to change that one0, the Twitster, bitly, YouTube mostly (except for those pesky old Russia real films), ʇxǝʇdıןɟ, Siri, authINcorrect– all that jazz is working! So that’s good– ʞuɐɥʇ God for small favors!

And the next video YouTube videos just served up are a little peppier and more fun:

bit.ly/WholeMoonLive85
“I saw the crescent , you saw the whole of the moon 🌜🌛

bit.ly/ThisIsTheSeaOriginal
“That was the river, thus is the sea”

(BTW the songs for this post were from the Waterboys’ mid-80s masterpieces “Pagan Place” and “This Is The Sea”)

God bless America, no really❗️‼️❗️

The End.

PS from an early comment below re the unsuccessful YouTube search: the one I remember specifically that had actual footage from long ago, grainy and home movie quality. And obviously, to be clear from my musings, I of course hope there is a mundane explanation that just proves the old adage “the Internet is always a little bit broken”

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COMMUNITY Schools are What Work

Athens/CCSD friends: a couple of days ago I posted a long list of local organizations that do great community schools work inviting people to mention ones in the comments that I would inevitably omit or forget– so many people did. Somehow my UPDATE ended up as a DELETE and damn, the thing has disappeared.

So this is the original list:

Family Connection/Communities in Schools
U-Lead Athens
Young Designers Program
Georgia College Advising Corps
Clarke County Mentoring Program
Athens Tutorial Program
Food2Kids: a project of the Food Bank
Athens Land Trust, including West Broad Market Garden, Young Urban Farmers, Young Urban Builders
Books For Keeps
Bethel Reading Group
Junior League
AthFest Educates
Foundation for Excellence
Chess and Community
Dunta Robinson Foundation
College Factory
Project Rewire (an initiative of Chess and Community, the
Dunta Robinson Foundation and College Factory)
Georgia Conflict Center,
Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement,
Athens public library,
Athens Peer Court
Interfaith Hospitality Network
Children First
Boys and Girls Club
Athens YMCA
Experience UGA
Camp DIVE
Camp Amped of Nuci’s Space
Athens Made
Four Athens
Local school Governance Teams (LSGTs) at each school

And here are the new ones culled from the comments thanks to my friends doing some of this good work as employees, volunteers.board member, supporters

Girls Rock Athens
PAL Physical Activity Learning Program
Prevent Child Abuse Athens’ Healthy Families Program
Athens Area Homeless Shelter
Economic Justice Coalition
USGBC Georgia’s High Performance Healthy Schools program
Strong Girls Serve
Early Head Start and Head Start
Community Connection – 211
Partners for a Prosperous Athens
CASA
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Catholic Social Services
Athens Housing Authority
Athens Park and Rec
UUFA’s PARES –w– Alps Road Elementary
YMCO Summer Girls Club
Red Clay Writing Camp
Awesome Clubhouse @ La Escuelita (forgot how to spell it SJ)
The Hatch
She Speaks Academy
Project SAFE
The Cottage
Casa di Amistad

Community schools are what work– and we have such potential in our district for that approach that is getting real results around the country

Athens/CCSD friends: a couple of days ago I posted a long list of local organizations that do great community schools work inviting people to mention ones in the comments that I would inevitably omit or forget-- so many people did. Somehow my UPDATE ended up as a DELETE and damn, the thing has disappeared. So … Continue reading COMMUNITY Schools are What Work

Teachers are Not the Problem with Clarke County Schools

Several years ago, a wise principal told me, “You know, the real problem is that teachers have less and less control over what goes on in their classroom, but more and more responsibility for the results.” (“Results,” of course, meant standardized test score results.) That was right about the time I started noticing how many good teachers our local schools were losing—the kind of teachers every parent hopes their kids will have, the kind of teachers we had when we were kids ourselves.

 

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Several years ago, a wise principal told me, “You know, the real problem is that teachers have less and less control over what goes on in their classroom, but more and more responsibility for the results.” (“Results,” of course, meant standardized test score results.) That was right about the time I started noticing how many … Continue reading Teachers are Not the Problem with Clarke County Schools