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An example of the incredible nonsense in our school systems!

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  • Started 9 years ago by Deane Johnson
  • Latest reply from NoParty

  1. Deane Johnson
    Member

    Omaha schools are short of money just like most of the others.

    How about spending $130,000 of money they don't have on something they don't need.

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20110710/NEWS01/707109937

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 12:59 PM #
  2. duxrule
    Member

    It actually sounds like a good exercise to me. Bravo to the Omaha School Board, which voted unanimously (11-0, 1 abstention) to move ahead with this.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:04 PM #
  3. RadioBuggie
    Member

    What an absolute waste; ONLY in Omaha...

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:04 PM #
  4. outsider
    Member

    ONLY in Omaha? Not by a long shot.

    Apparently you didn't read the entire article.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:08 PM #
  5. edselehr
    Member

    1) Cultural proficiency is part of the Nebraska teacher standards.
    2) The federal stimulus money they spent was earmarked for teacher training only.
    3) The book was purchased from Corwin Publishing, based in Thousand Oaks CA. They have 40 employees.

    Sounds like the Omaha School Board is doing the job they are mandated to do by purchasing these materials, and that the stimulus money is being directed into the American economy. Win/win.

    So what's the problem?

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:27 PM #
  6. Deane Johnson
    Member

    First problem is they shouldn't have gotten any stimulus money. That money is being put on the government's Visa card.

    The money was for teacher training. If it was to be spent for anything it should have been spent on academic training.

    This is nothing but liberal bull shit. That's the problem.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:33 PM #
  7. missing_kskd
    Member

    Seriously. It's good all around, but for those "English is the official language, or get off my lawn types"

    Having some expectations set on cultural differences is a very good thing.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:34 PM #
  8. Deane Johnson
    Member

    I'm certainly already culturally versatile. I have Hispanics doing my yard maintenance.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:42 PM #
  9. kennewickman
    Member

    Omaha isnt the only place...believe me...Nothing wrong with good ole' Omaha.

    The School district I work for doesnt spend such money on a course for an entire staff like this on this particular subject , however. Not that I am aware of anyway..as I am not a Teacher. The Teachers get a lot of this kind of stuff...but that is to be expected , as they have actual 'contact time ' with students and their parents to some degree.

    This is probably overkill to include such a program for Maintenance and Grounds workers, Custodians and the like. For teachers and administrators...maybe ..depending upon how involved it all is, the costs of it all of course and if it is combined with their normal duties and curriculum requirments.

    Here about 12 years ago we ALL recieved these posters from the Washington State Superintendant of Public Instruction in Olympia. The posters were funded under the Single Parent/Displaced Homemaker And Sex-Equity provisions of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act.

    Having said that mouthful...These posters were FIRST distributed out here to the Maintenance staff...probably because we are the district ' Potty mouths" or so they percieve..with specific instructions to post these things in ALL Shops and offices ..of course they showed up at the Vocational school and in places where " THOSE BLUE COLLAR PEOPLE " reside in our district..even in some classrooms ...THE poster said..............

    DEGRADING.. Ethnic, Racial, Sexist or Homophobic REMARKS NOT ACCEPTABLE HERE. ( This was all inside a red circle with the straight STOP bar inside it )...and below all this it said " Get the Equity Edge "...

    Well we all guffawed this ...hung them up all over the place and laughed our butts off everytime someone murmered outloud one of the 'banned ' Thought crimes courtesy of our State Superintendant. With tounge in cheek accusations of ' you're a homphobe " ..and " that was a sexist remark" after someone told a dirty joke...

    For a couple of years we had a laugh over it...now those posters are so much wallpaper hanging around with brown dust all over them.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:43 PM #
  10. edselehr
    Member

    "First problem is they shouldn't have gotten any stimulus money. That money is being put on the government's Visa card."

    That's not the Omaha S.B.'s fault. They'd be fools to not take and use the money in some fashion, especially considering how tight the funding is for public schools lately.

    "If it was to be spent for anything it should have been spent on academic training."

    What schools get blasted on (Thanks, No Child Left Behind!) is failures, drop-outs and kids who score poorly on state tests. As the article stated, blacks and minorities consistently dominate these low-achieving categories. So since the white kids are getting the material and passing the tests, it's not because the teachers don't have enough academic knowledge. Teachers need to learn about and understand minority cultures so as to adjust their approach to teaching in such as way as to get those kids to connect to the material. And, perhaps, some of these teachers bring some latent prejudice to their teaching that subtly disadvantages minority students, so addressing these issues should help as well.

    The kind of cultural training they are doing is exactly targeted to help the lowest achieving kids. Because the statistics people like you cite regularly as evidence of public school failure will not begin to change until the public schools begin to teach to every student equally.

    If the Omaha S.D. was a business they would be doing the same thing to increase their test scores, so I'm wondering how this is such a liberal thing.

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - 01:47 PM #