Friday, February 26, 2016

ESA's And Dissenting Public Educators - Do You Talk To Your Students With That Mouth?


By Jenni White, Education Director, ROPE2.0

Though we've not spent time addressing it yet this session, the Education Savings Account bill (HB2949) authored by Nelson (et. al) has already made it's way through the House Education Committee where it passed by one single vote.

ROPE has always supported ESA's. We simply believe in the ability of parents to direct the education of their children and we'll continue to maintain that stance in the face of all the vitriolic nonsense public school proponents will dish out (I'll get to that in a second).

If you're unfamiliar with the function of ESA's, please see this short video


If you'd like even more information, please see the link to the bill above and look down on the website where this video is found for more specific answers to frequently asked questions about the program.

There is little reason for me to argue the merits of the bill, as the information above should suffice for those with legitimate interest in helping children get the education they need, so what I'd like to do is address the manner in which the public education community attacks the people who support this issue every year. 

I addressed some of the nonsense from last year in a blog, but just recently, Middle Ground (a subsidiary of Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs - OCPA)published an article outlining much of the truly disgusting stuff public education proponents are saying about those who support ESA's this year. I truly suggest you read it. There's a saying for people who use foul language, "Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?" Well, these are EDUCATORS using this kind of language - about those who support a program that is PROVEN to HELP children. Go figure. Consequently, I guess my question to them is, "You talk to your students with that mouth?"

Rob Miller (Jenks Middle School Principal, named Principal of the year in 2014) felt it necessary to take to his blog to vindicate himself after OCPA brought his behavior to light. "Sorry OCPA, We're Not Going Away" contains the following, 

"I just happen to be one of those people in the world that when I stumble upon a big steaming pile of festering crap I tend to say, "Hey look, there's a pile of sh*t." 

And why not? I mean, if you don't have any real set of specifics or facts to go on, hyperbole and emotion will suffice. I will have to say it takes talent to refer to excrement so many times in one sentence, though. I just have pause to wonder how this helps students?

He then goes on to assert, 

"The core message of his diatribe is that we, as professional educators, should check our first amendment rights at the door."

No, that's not the 'core message' of the OCPA article. No, the core message of the OCPA article is that, teachers/administrators used to be held to a very high standard of behavior inside the community. Teachers/administrators were revered; to be held in positions of esteem as those who molded the next generation for the good of the nation and mankind. Everyone is granted 1st Amendment protection - even public school teachers and administrators. 

Here's the rub - it's all in how you go about expressing those 1st Amendment rights, isn't it? If you can't state your opinion without vulgarities and personal ad hominem attacks, is what you have to say really worth hearing? Why should we listen if you can't communicate your thoughts/opinions/ideas in a reasonable way that promotes discussion, not relies on shock value and emotion to pull in the reader?

I honestly don't understand how a public employee - paid by tax dollars - who uses this kind of language in a public blog (how you comport yourself in private is entirely up to you) can be held as a pillar of the community. Is this the kind of comportment we want students emulating? I truly hope not.

Honestly, I think Principal Miller, and the other public school employees described in the Middle Ground blog, make an absolutely case-closed argument as to why ESA's are absolute necessity in Oklahoma, NOW. 

3 comments:

  1. Who's really destroying public education and harming every child their progressive (Marxist) policies affect?

    #1 Deborah Gist- Tulsa Public School District, OK
    •Held white-privilege trainings for staff and spent taxpayer funds designated for the academic education of ALL students in the Tulsa School District on unproven, unscientific white privilege programs and advocacy from Pacific Education Group to promote racism and hate against white children in the district and white people in society, while supporting the ideology of black supremacism and lawlessness of non-white children in the Tulsa Public School District. Google: PEG criticism of, Pacific Education Group criticism of, and Derrick Bell - to learn the truth behind the unaccountable, self-avowed experts and organizations teaching (indoctrinating) subjective opinion as objective fact and critical race theory (the father of white privilege) as a legitimate science or proven theory.
    •Gist calls all students (and staff) human capital, meaning the children and lowly employees in the Tulsa Public School district are nothing more than products for others, mainly big business and the lords of corruption, to exploit and profit from.)

    Do you think she's doing non-white students any favors by encouraging hate, bigotry, inequality, and feelings of entitlement and/or disregard for law and order in Tulsa and society in general? If progressive public educators, liberal media outlets, Marxist foundations and organizations that intentionally target minority communities, and radical factions within the federal government are constantly overloading children of color with the message that they are entitled to ignore and/or break the law, the rules, the basic foundations of civilized society (under the false premise that being civilized and respecting the rights, lives, and property of another person of ANY COLOR is a white person's oppressive privilege forced on non-white people) what do you predict the outcome for children of color will be?

    Increased run-ins with the law? Increased incarceration rates? Increased fatalities?

    EVERYTHING society is seeing happen to non-white children (non-white people in general).

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  2. #2 Robert Neu- Oklahoma City Public School District, OK
    •Cancels holidays and events that he personally considers to be white = oppressive related (Not just American-specific to the U.S., but white), regardless of any fact or proof or who it negatively affects.
    •Has instituted discriminatory discipline practices throughout the district that predominately only hold white children accountable for negative behavior. Black and Mexican students who make up the majority of the student body in nearly all of the schools in the district can not be held accountable for their actions (physical assault, verbal threats, cheating, theft, etc.) if the same number of white students haven't been disciplined for the same infraction- did I forget to mention, because of racial makeup of the student body in the district this is statistically unlikely, if not impossible.
    •District human resources sent out emails to all staff proclaiming the district's encouragement of crime and reckless lawlessness in the thinly disguised support of blanket amnesty and entitlements for illegal immigrants who have broken state and federal law. !Aiding and abetting illegal immigrants in this country is a federal crime, by the way!
    REALITY - More "AT RISK" labeled students equals more federal (tax payer) money for the district to exhort and fraudulently funnel into corporate and private pockets.
    •Also, calls students human capital, meaning the children in the OKCPS district are nothing more than products for others, mainly big business and the lords of corruption, to exploit and profit from.)
    •The Oklahoma Public School District under Mr. Neu's authority has now made it public that the district believes white teachers are incapable of teaching non-white students.

    Of course, being one of the Marxist tools largely responsible for the unconstitutional federal overreach in and corporatizing of education we see in Oklahoma, such irresponsible, unethical, harmful, and discriminatory practices by Mr. Neu aren't surprising in the least. A true wolf in sheep's clothing.

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  3. #3 Rick Cobb- Moore Public School District, OK
    •Another Marxist progressive educator who uses blogging to promote his pro-socialist, big government, elitist-controlled centralization ideologies. Rick Cobb uses his blog to spread propaganda, education falsehoods, and deliberate misinformation concerning the ramifications of the policies he's trying to coerce the public and educators under his authority into agreeing with. Mr. Cobb uses his blog as an online tool to verbally attack parents and other educators when he is confronted with the harm his anti-American, globalization, everything is multicultural inclusive but traditional culture in the U.S., everyone is equal, but white people policies cause. He publicly ridicules and belittles parents and other educators who ask about school accountability and the moral obligation of schools and educators to teach fact; not ideology, opinion, or rhetoric. He's an online master of ad hominem attacks against the person or their character to avoid answering questions and confronting the issues brought to his attention. This is the man that parents in the Moore school district are trusting to teach their children to think critically and become fair, educated, and honest young people able to succeed and COPE. Mr. Cobb and his online progressive disciples do NOT advocate fair and equal treatment of ALL people, only for the people they can exploit and use to forward the Marxist agenda that's being allowed to transform and destroy Oklahoma and the United States of America.
    •Mr. Cobb (along with Gist and Neu) demands the high school students in his district read the smut-filled, racially-charged, MODERN literature (promoted by Common Core - REPEALED & AGAINST STATE LAW IN OKLAHOMA) filled with graphic accountings of rape, incest, and beastiality written by agenda driven authors with a very one sided perspective instead of the traditional classics that taught and warned young people about the lies and dangers of Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, centralization, globalization, greed, and envy.

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