Friday, December 21, 2007

7 things about Me because its all about ME!!!

I have been tagged by 17 really 15 years because you truly don't know enough about me and need to know 7 more things, which is a okay because I love to talk about me. So much so that my husband bought me a shirt that states "Its all about me" The funny thing is and you will see in the 7 things all about me, that it is not all about me after all, Maybe its just in my head.

The rules are as follows:Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.- Share 7 random and or weird things about yourself.- Tag 7 random (or not) people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I am not going to tag anyone because I think I was the last one to be tagged boo hoo always the last. Wow even before coffee the sarcasm is glowing.

Ready, I know you are

1. I was taught in a supply closet back in the 70's at P.S. 13 in Elmhurst. I was more interested at looking at the books on the shelf then actually paying attention to the lesson. It was a pull out for reading, I needed math. I was in the class for some time before I complained to my mother who had me taken out of it. Oooh I was an activist back then too.

2. I am an artist, or at least I like to think so. I have my own art in frames and used to have an online catalog.

3. I am a big vegetable eater and like 17 more years mostly organic. Organic milk, eggs etc are a staple in my house.

4. I lived in Philadelphia for a while, my oldest son was born down the block from Independence Hall, the weekend of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of Constitution.

5. I am an early riser. I love to get up early listen to the bird chirps and not hear anything else but the birds.

6. I love the feel of your feet in the sand, and if I could live on the beach it would be Fire Island.

7. I home schooled my youngest child and taught him how to read before he entered kindergarten. All because he is a December baby and I wanted him to have a leg up.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

My 7 year old the comedian

Today was wee ones First Reconciliation. His first crack at confession. At seven he truly has not committed any sins that I am aware of tee hee. We are sitting in church him all in his dress clothes, and me. The other sons had to work and so did the husband because I am stoopid as I pronounced it to them and mixed up the dates. I thought it was Sunday and made them all take off tomorrow, and if it wasn't for the fact that I was speaking to another parent yesterday I would have went at one o'clock tomorrow and would have been all alone.
So we are sitting in the pew and my son is playing with his tie, he tied it up in one big knot to which I laughed because he was proud of himself and me I thought it was the funniest thing I saw.
Then he is doing his prayers but he is all over the pew. He is newly 7 just a few weeks into it so he still can not sit still.
Now it is time to confess all your transgressions and the ushers are calling up a few children at a time. My son (unlike me because I would never say anything) is saying wow so and so is taking so long that is because he is so bad. I told him listen buddy you are far from an angel so just wait your turn. Then he said did you see how fast he was? That is because he is just so good.
Then he is getting impatient and saying hey when is it going to be my turn. I told him to be quiet and wait he had his whole life to confess to sins. So now he is truly impatient and says to me, I swear he did. Pull my finger. I said shhh be quiet. He said come on pull my finger. I said would you behave already. He said louder now come on pull my finger you know you want to. So to quiet him down I pulled his finger where he let out the loudest play fart that the people in front of me turned around looked at us and started laughing. To which I apologized and said what he has a 2o year old brother. At that point the usher ran up to us and said his name and asked him if he would like to confess to Monsignor. To which I said oohhh you're in trouble you have the big cheese. To which the people in front of me turned around again and looked at me but with the face geez do you need to encourage him. I said for goodness sakes lighten up he is 7 not a big sinner......yet.

No Power to the People and the Press

My mother always said about me is I let things linger in my head and then I attack. I was called Pit Bull by a good friend for how I can hold on to something and not let go. It can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing depending on if you are with me or against me.
I was also told I march to my own drummer and ironically so was my youngest son by his teacher this year. I rather march to my own drum than be a sheep baaaaaaaaaa. Which brings me to the whole point of this post.
Jim Liebman said at the District 26 CDEC meeting that the DOE does not control the press, they wish they did but alas they don't.
So if the DOE does not control the press, how come there are always a spin on the true stories of what is happening in the educational system in New York City?
Advocates have called for small class size, with backup of studies that it works. My son was a study he had the chance of a small class size for one year when it was proven that his first grade class of 36 were at a disadvantage and by the end of the year 1/3 of the class could not read. It had nothing to do with the teacher. It had everything to do with the class size. Which the DOE always touts wouldn't you rather have a qualified teacher than a small class size. Well........... we DID have a qualified teacher. In fact when my younger guy was in the first grade I so much wanted her to be his teacher only because I respect her and know what a fantastic educator she is. Not to say that the teacher he has was not in the same league because she is, she just has a different approach.
So everytime there is a discussion on smaller class size that has to be outlined by the administration but has yet to be done. Something about not enough significant data (liar liar pants on fire), there is an article in a newspaper about how small class size does not work.
You know I would like to see what would happen if that $30,000 a year you pay to send your child to Horace Mann would play if the class size was 36.
The DOE constantly does whatever the hell they want and they don't do it legally. Well in their heads it is legal but there is a protocol to follow and they don't follow it. Why well lets see. They took the power away from the Districts. They gave us back the districts but our Superintendent's are not in the districts where they belong. They are in other districts overseeing what is going on there. Huh? What the hell is that all about. Oh I know it takes the power away from us and gives it to the Mayor, and the Chancellor. Policies are put through without any input from CDEC's. They just push through the Policy and if a CDEC asks questions the answers are well that is just the way it is. And then another Press Spin is given. I guess to shut up the powerless parents. Now the SLT's have been the new target. Each and every time it is questioned and an article is written in a newspaper the very next day there is another article from a friend of the Mayor or a flunky at the DOE stating that is not true and we are doing blank and blank and blank and it is working with some overpriced PowerPoint Presentation to hammer in the facts. A DOE fact is not an actual fact it is a DOE fact. Confused good because that is the point.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Jim Liebman runs for his life

Jim Liebman ran from a group of parents who wanted to speak with him. He must have had a good reason for running. Probably scared he would learn something. His only job is to spin his web of deceit in behalf of the DOE, not to listen to the concerns of parents. It is not like we know what we are talking about anyway after all we are not educators. Oh wait either is he. To run away from parents who only wanted to hand him signatures from a petition (from Time out From Testing no less) on the further testing of our children is reprehensible. To blame it on a colleague that you thought who would be taking the signatures for you is cowardly. They were signatures not a subpoena. Running away from parents who sat for hours and listened to you speak is a disgrace. A few weeks ago I heard you say that you do listen to parents concerns. Is that while you are running away?
Parents are being ignored by this administration and yesterday's demonstration by Liebman just proves it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A new reason for cell phones for our children

AT& T has announced today that they will be getting out of the payphone business. The announced that they will be phasing out payphones by the end of next year.

The reason is that more and more people whether rich or poor have access to cell phones and the pay phone business is no longer lucrative.

So now our children really will have no way to contact us without the use of a cellphone. Not that it matters to Bloomberg and Klein.

By the way Joel can you put your blackberry down for a moment and read this.