I – AMERICAN CREDO
TABACCO: Americans eat for our tongues, not our bodies. I know! In the last year and a half, I have gone from 263 pounds to 228 pounds. And I’m still dieting as any 5’7” 228 pounder should.
I overate because eating made me feel good – I am an American after all! Now I call family and friends on the phone and ask them what they are eating so I can vicariously enjoy their food while I mange on salad and soups.
Source: Apple Dictionary
The opposite of a Hedonist is an Ascetic – America doesn’t have many of those.
Source: Apple Dictionary
Hedonism is much more fun!
There is another quotation of which I am fond!
There are other applicable quotes and definitions, but I think you get the idea of what I’m going for. This is America’s “Hamarteia” (That’s how I learned to spell that Greek word).
Source: Apple Dictionary
II – WYANDANCH B.O.E.
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” – That Einstein quote explains the Wyandanch B.O.E. to a T!
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Board Trustees have NO NEW IDEAS of their own and are RESISTANT to NEW IDEAS from anyone else. That’s one of the 7 DEADLY SINS:
If our Army sent out 100 Infantrymen to fight the Enemy, and only 10 of those 100 returned alive, the Army would reassess and change its Protocols! But NOT the Wyandanch B.O.E. And if it changes anything, the change occurs where it will have the least effect or be instituted too late!
At the Wyandanch B.O.E., this is what passes for CURRICULUM:
In Pre-K and K, this might just be their Curriculum. But where is Curriculum for teens???
Where oh where has my Curriculum gone!
Oh where oh where can it be!
But if there’s one thing Trustees are good at, it’s
And when you Party with Taxpayers’ Money, it’s called what?
WHO: We all know the answer to that!
WHAT: A Retreat aka ‘Hotel Block Party’
When: Wed. thru Fri, August 28, 29 & 30th until 5pm daily!
Where: The Marriott or the Huntington Hilton Hotels on 110 depending upon which has the better Food. The Decision will be made at August 23rd Emergency Meeting, 10am.
Why: To hear a yet undecided major Speaker (that’s the EXCUSE). The REASON: Trustees like to Party, and Major Speakers are not interested in the inside of the Administration Building, catered by a nearby Italian Deli.
HOW: With $15,000.00 of your Money of course!
III – SPIN DOCTOR
Pless Dickerson, the Superintendent, has a ‘Plan’. That ‘Plan’ actually makes sense – if you willing to wait 13-15 years that is! Parents may be willing to wait that long, particularly if your child is 3-4 years old. But Pless Dickerson will be long gone come 2014 if he doesn’t expand his ‘Plan’ to EDUCATE STUDENTS TODAY! Pless Dickerson’s ‘Plan’ COMPLETELY IGNORES 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders this September!
That means we must wait about 15 years before we can graduate Seniors, who are BOTH EDUCATED AND PREPARED!
Pless’s Plan involves getting to the Students BEFORE they enter School. That sounds great, but I am not sure it is workable, and I KNOW it is FAR FROM COMPREHENSIVE. The ‘Plan’ depends heavily on PARENTS’ SUPPORT – that’s the same Parents, who don’t respond to School Requests, don’t Vote in May Elections, don’t express dissatisfaction with School Policies or do it once then disappear into the wallpaper, don’t return those SURVEYS, and don’t attend School Board Meetings. GOOD LUCK!
Pless’ Flunkies are pushing something called “COMMON CORE”, which NYS declares will solve New York’s Educational Dilemma. It involves thinking, decision-making and syllogistic reasoning. Hell, I thought that was what they were teaching. At least that’s what I and my Peers learned in the 1950s Public Schools. Did NYS forget how to teach COGITATION?
When Dr. Mary Jones started reading the text above and invited the Audience, Trustees and Administrators to make “elephant sounds” (which they did) that’s when I had enough, got up and walked out until Dr. Mary Jones was through insulting our intelligence – since I was the only one, who got up and walked out, I cannot testify as to the Intelligence of those Audience members, who did not!
I knew Madge Sinclair personally. She married Kunte Kinte (James Earl Jones) in ‘Roots’ and was on ‘Trapper John, MD’. She was Jamaican and very smart. So I don’t want to hear any crap about West Indians not being smart – that’s bullshit!
But Mary Jones, Dr. or no Dr., is a CERTIFIABLE IDIOT!
Incidentally, Dr. Jones, there is another group of animal organisms that is quite accomplished at mimicry – BABIES!
IV – TEACHERS’
Speaking with one of our illustrious Principals, we arrived at this conclusion. Wyandanch generally acquires experienced teachers, who fit into the following 2 basic categories:
I hope it’s not necessary for me to repeat that Einstein ‘Insanity’ quote from above. What we’ve been doing AIN’T WORKING! Therefore, it is time to TRY SOMETHING NEW!
1 – Teachers are interviewed by Pless Dickerson’s SECRETARY! She’s probably a very nice person, but NO SECRETARY is qualified to interview prospective Teachers – NONE!
2 – Solicitations for New Teachers are aimed at Experienced Teachers. Because Wyandanch is Wyandanch, we get those, who have FAILED ELSEWHERE. They are EXPERIENCED FAILURES! I repeat Einstein’s point about doing the same thing and expecting different results.
3 – If, by some quirk of fate, we acquire the services of competent and enthusiastic Teachers, the Wyandanch Experience crushes their enthusiasm! Eager Beaver ‘Newcomers’ are unceremoniously rebuked for “Trying to make the rest of us look bad!”
That’s why I named this section of my Post “Teachers’ Turnstile’. I could just as easily have called it ‘Teachers’ Merry-go-round” or “Einstein’s Insanity”.
Now, unlike Principal Hodge, who explains the Problems and his Wish List exquisitely but offers no Directions on how to achieve that List, I am going to offer possible SOLUTIONS to our Problems!
1 – I am an executive recruiter. I have 34-years experience placing candidates in jobs with Corporations, which pay me a FEE. I volunteer my experience FREE OF CHARGE to recruit, interview and recommend prospective Teachers for Wyandanch. You can’t find anyone to do this cheaper, and you won’t find anyone with better qualifications. And I am NOT a ‘secretary’!
2 – I would focus my recruiting of teachers on local Universities to obtain recent graduates with enthusiasm and potential instead of FAILURE EXPERIENCE. I do that in my own business when a position requiring a college grad with no actual business experience presents itself. So I already contact local Universities and Colleges.
3 – I would work closely with the head of the Teachers’ Union as well as the Principals and Superintendent to change the Educational Environment in Wyandanch Schools. The objective is to create a Teachers’ Staff that is younger, enthusiastic, unspoiled by failure elsewhere and hungry to teach, not just draw a paycheck!
Sounds like a ‘BUSINESS PLAN’ to me!
V – AUDIENCE
The Audience on August 21st, such as it was, got caught up in the Preaching and Encouraging done by Hodge, Mrs. Talbert (of all people), Pless and one or two others. But the MISDIRECTION & OBFUSCATION did not confuse or impress the Competent. I have spoken with two others today, who were at that Meeting, and both were highly critical of THAT FARCE!
But Rank & File observers had their ENDORPHINS MASSAGED! They felt good, so to them it was a very good meeting!
I already had respect for Gina Talbert’s intelligence before I heard her speak. And I have enormous respect for Principal Hodge. However, their Sermon-like, crowd pleasing Soliloquies notwithstanding, these were not the emissaries of Martin Luther King leading the 1963 Civil Rights Movement, these were Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice misleading us into the CAPITALISTS’ IRAQ WAR for PROFIT & PERSONAL GAIN! They sold Bush’s WAR, and Talbert and Hodge were selling PLESS’ PLAN!
Unfortunately, the Audience (small though it was) was taken in hook, line and sinker. This is understandable because most members of the Audience are graduates of Wyandanch Schools. Naïve persons are easy to SCAM!
To fairly judge others, you must be SKEPTICAL! And reading this Blog will not hurt your becoming a wise Skeptic!
Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.
Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!
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