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  • Norma J F Harrison
    There are substantive reasons for limited community support.  Free education - what people did before organized education - taught each other, always;  -
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      There are substantive reasons for limited community support.  Free education - what people did before 'organized' education - taught each other, always;  - yes, not the complex, in depth-ish teaching that goes on to some or another degree today - free education, like so much of our lives, has become a commodity.  That it is in some form given by the state doesn't mean it's not a commodity.  Consider its function, for one.  Consider too that the workers who do it are badly paid.  That union does not get wholehearted community support has to be seen as a result of the inability of the present system to let people get what they need and like out of school.
      I'd support the state - us - giving us education, if it just did.  That'd be institutionalisation of what used to go on, people learning and teaching together throughout their lives.
      What it does today is a very alienating formation that is not supported en masse.
      So, efforts to regain control of our education are not enthusiastically participated in by our communities.
      Indoctrination is not education.  Conditioning people to accept service to brutal systems, especially using age segregation as though it's a given way to 'educate' creates the rejections. 
      Norma 

      ________________________________

      From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...>
      To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:26:30 AM
      Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

      The standard from which you quote only addresses how the teachers should conduct themselves not as to whether a protest is unprofessional.  As a teacher I have found that any and all moments are "teachable moments", some are serendipitous and others are created.  Disrespect is in attitude not in action; if one choses to take an action as disrespect, that is his/her baggage, that is, if the action was made with good faith and good intentions.

      Your argument is the same made by U.C. Berkeley  concerning the walk-outs in October, November, and March.  They maintain that any protest that disrupts "business as usual" is inappropriate.  Maybe for people wanting to maintain the status quo, but for people wanting justice and equality, this is the more powerful tool.

      As too "stealing spotlights", this could prove to be an opportunity for students who learned not only the data needed for their major but also how this information pertains to the society of which they are a part, to use their schooling as a citizen of our nation by making cogent statements pro or con to what Arnie Duncan has brought to their campus.

      Eduardo
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      From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@...> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 9:39:36 AM
      Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

      To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
      Teaching Profession.
      Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments
      for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
      students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
      for themselves and one another."

      It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in........

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    • Norma J F Harrison
      ...no sacred rituals!!!  Those are for the good things - of which there are too few as to condition exemption from scrutiny , from evaluation of their harm to
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        ...no sacred rituals!!!  Those are for the good things - of which there are too few as to condition exemption from scrutiny , from evaluation of their harm to the people , of almost all of them.  In fact, I can't think of any, in almost all our systems, that would.
        Norma

        From: Eduardo Martinez ezedmartin@... To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

        It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be spoiling the ceremony.  I can't think of any better venue than one in which Duncan is present.  Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker at a graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to the detriment of education.

        Eduardo
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        From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
         
        No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist.  It may only serve privatization supporters' .....

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      • Eduardo Martinez
        The amount of yellow journalistic phrases in your response makes it difficult to be succinct in responding. To begin with, the first sentence implies that a
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          The amount of "yellow journalistic" phrases in your response makes it difficult to be succinct in responding. To begin with, the first sentence implies that a graduation ceremony is equal to a Raider's game and therefore a venue where people don't want to think or.... (who knows what your reason for your conclusion might be).

          This followed by your "ad hominem abusive" in which you have community teachers casting aspersions on K-12 teachers, which has nothing to do with the topic at hand, makes the projected motivation of selfishness more biting. As you apparently don't understand, these protests are not selfish acts, but quite the contrary. They are attempts to make public education viable as educators know first hand by stopping policies that are destroying any attempts to teach.

          Much of what you say about public perception has credence, but that is no reason to hold back on acting on one's beliefs. At the beginning of the civil rights movement, public perception saw the activists as trouble makers and out to destroy decorum. This fight for public education is no less important. If we truly want to educate our children, we must use every opportunity to create dialog about the meaning and purpose of education and how to achieve the teaching of our children.

          Eduardo

          One more note: Unions are dead, at least compared to what they used to be. All this fervor against the power of unions and what they do is pablum created by the media and the influence of the Business Round Table who have shaped most of the current educational policies. At this point many teachers feel they are fighting both the unions and the administrations. In some cases, the teachers have been able to unite to form a union that represents them and not institutional interests.

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          From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...>
          To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:54:18 AM
          Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)



          Having just attended a graduation ceremony that sounded more like a Raider's game, it leaves no doubt that this protest will only serve to harden views that need softening.

          Talk to a community college teacher. They feel as though they do in two years what should have been done it the previous twelve. Like it or not, the public holds teacher unions culpable for the dismal state of American learning. The sight of the "perpetrators" selfishly fouling a celebration of redemption will not win more friends, more like the opposite.

          This is another example of union short sightedness with regard to public perception. Over the years, the public watches the teacher unions preserve folks that have no business in the classroom. It doesn't matter if the administrators screwed up, all parents see is a year of lost opportunity, and they blame the union.

          What sells privatization is hope of escaping the nightmare of public schooling. Our current state is completely unacceptable. Anything that appears to support the status quo, and this protest does, will be seen as reactionary. Public sector unions must accept the challenge of our times, to make better use of existing resources and assure the public that workers serve the interests of all.

          Todd Groves

          --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@...> wrote:
          >
          > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
          > Teaching Profession.
          > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments
          > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
          > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
          > for themselves and one another."
          >
          > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
          > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
          > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
          > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
          > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is, in
          > fact, about them.
          >
          > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
          > stealing the spotlight from a student.
          >
          > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has more
          > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the ceremony.
          >
          > Michael Gerhardt
          >
          > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...>wrote:
          >
          > >
          > >
          > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY" are
          > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know there
          > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it is
          > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those might
          > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well within
          > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
          > >
          > > Eduardo
          > >
          > > ________________________________
          > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
          > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
          > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
          > >
          > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
          > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
          > > (Corrected Location)
          > >
          > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than the
          > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The ONLY
          > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
          > >
          > > Michael Gerhardt
          > >
          > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...<crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
          > > wrote:
          > >
          > > >
          > > >
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer over
          > > the
          > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama the
          > > shill
          > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all governments
          > > to
          > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
          > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
          > > carrying
          > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears some
          > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to blame
          > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
          > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
          > > Puerto
          > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
          > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
          > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike of
          > > > students, staff and educators.
          > > >
          > > > Charles Rachlis
          > > >
          > > > ________________________________
          > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
          > > 40yahoo.com>>
          > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
          > > 40yahoogroups.com>
          > >
          > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
          > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
          > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
          > > 25
          > > > (Corrected Location)
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
          > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
          > > which
          > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker at
          > > a
          > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to the
          > > > detriment of education.
          > > >
          > > > Eduardo
          > > >
          > > > ________________________________
          > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@... <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
          > > 40yahoo.com>>
          > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
          > > 40yahoogroups.com>
          > >
          > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
          > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY
          > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
          > > (Corrected
          > > > Location)
          > > >
          > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a
          > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is
          > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It may
          > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
          > > > indifferent to student achievement.
          > > >
          > > > Todd Groves
          > > >
          > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
          > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
          > >
          > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@> wrote:
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
          > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@>
          > > > > To: oaklandteachers@; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@;
          > > > aide_education@yahoogroups.com <aide_education%40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
          > > 40yahoogroups.com>
          > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
          > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE
          > > > DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
          > > > > >
          > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@>
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT
          > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
          > > > > >
          > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
          > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
          > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
          > > > 280)
          > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
          > > > > >
          > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
          > > > > >Founded January 2009
          > > > > >San Francisco, California
          > > > > >www.UPWA.info
          > > > > >>Press Release
          > > > > >
          > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
          > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education Arne
          > > > Duncan's participation at Foothill Community Colleges' graduation
          > > ceremonies
          > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
          > > Foothill
          > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former chief
          > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
          > > located
          > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
          > > 280)
          > > > > >
          > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the Obama
          > > > Administrations' privatization of Public Education policies; policies
          > > which
          > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who is
          > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in Chicago,
          > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
          > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools and
          > > the
          > > > weakening of the public teacher's union. The UPWA feels it is ironic and
          > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is allowing a
          > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
          > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public Education in
          > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not halted by
          > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
          > > > > >
          > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
          > > > architect of the Obama Administrations' "Race to the Top" education
          > > policy.
          > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United States,
          > > that
          > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
          > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations' "A Nation at Risk"
          > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the expansion
          > > of
          > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
          > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher unions,
          > > thus
          > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost of
          > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist, internationalist,
          > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
          > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
          > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided a
          > > > "win-dow of opportunity" to intensify this assault.
          > > > > >
          > > > > >The intent of Obama's education policy was made clear in a statement
          > > he
          > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
          > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were responsible
          > > > for "failing" standardized test scores. In what could be considered
          > > Obama's
          > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: "…if a school continues to fail its students
          > > year
          > > > after year after year, if it doesn't show signs of improve-ment, then
          > > > there's got to be a sense of accountability,…" Just like Reagan opened
          > > the
          > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
          > > 1981,
          > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
          > > > > >
          > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
          > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
          > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
          > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in California.
          > > The
          > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide coalition
          > > and
          > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the economic/budget
          > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the recipients
          > > of
          > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of public
          > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes of
          > > the
          > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization's political
          > > > alternative agenda.
          > > > > >
          > > > > >www.upwa.info
          > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
          > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
          > > > education system in New Orleans,"
          > > >
          > > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
          > > >
          > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
          > > > > >
          > > >
          > > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
          > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam Man-Hustling
          > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
          > > >
          > > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
          > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
          > > Murder?
          > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
          > > >
          > > beatinghttp://www.wbbm780.com/Hundreds-at-meeting-with-schools-chief-on-teen-s--/5342757
          > > > > >http://www.gregpalast.com/obamas-way-to-go-brownie-moment/#more-2171
          > > > > >
          > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
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        • Eduardo Martinez
          I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
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            I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings, but must act as my conscience compels me to act.

            Eduardo



            ________________________________
            From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@...>
            To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
            Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

            If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the accomplishments
            of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
            and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.

            I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.

            Michael Gerhardt

            Trying to make the event about anything other than the students
            On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...>wrote:

            >
            >
            > The standard from which you quote only addresses how the teachers should
            > conduct themselves not as to whether a protest is unprofessional. As a
            > teacher I have found that any and all moments are "teachable moments", some
            > are serendipitous and others are created. Disrespect is in attitude not in
            > action; if one choses to take an action as disrespect, that is his/her
            > baggage, that is, if the action was made with good faith and good
            > intentions.
            >
            > Your argument is the same made by U.C. Berkeley concerning the walk-outs in
            > October, November, and March. They maintain that any protest that disrupts
            > "business as usual" is inappropriate. Maybe for people wanting to maintain
            > the status quo, but for people wanting justice and equality, this is the
            > more powerful tool.
            >
            > As too "stealing spotlights", this could prove to be an opportunity for
            > students who learned not only the data needed for their major but also how
            > this information pertains to the society of which they are a part, to use
            > their schooling as a citizen of our nation by making cogent statements pro
            > or con to what Arnie Duncan has brought to their campus.
            >
            >
            > Eduardo
            >
            > ________________________________
            > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
            > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
            > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 9:39:36 AM
            >
            > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
            > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
            > (Corrected Location)
            >
            > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
            > Teaching Profession.
            > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective
            > Environments
            > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
            > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
            > for themselves and one another."
            >
            > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
            > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
            > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
            > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
            > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is, in
            > fact, about them.
            >
            > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
            > stealing the spotlight from a student.
            >
            > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has more
            > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the ceremony.
            >
            > Michael Gerhardt
            >
            > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...<ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>
            > >wrote:
            >
            > >
            > >
            > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY" are
            > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know
            > there
            > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it is
            > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those
            > might
            > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well
            > within
            > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
            > >
            > > Eduardo
            > >
            > > ________________________________
            > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com><mwgerhardt%
            > 40gmail.com>>
            >
            > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            > 40yahoogroups.com>
            > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
            > >
            > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
            > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
            > 25
            > > (Corrected Location)
            > >
            > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than
            > the
            > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The ONLY
            > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
            > >
            > > Michael Gerhardt
            > >
            > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...<crachlis%40yahoo.com>
            > <crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
            >
            > > wrote:
            > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer over
            > > the
            > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama the
            > > shill
            > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all governments
            > > to
            > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
            > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
            > > carrying
            > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears
            > some
            > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to
            > blame
            > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
            > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
            > > Puerto
            > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
            > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
            > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike
            > of
            > > > students, staff and educators.
            > > >
            > > > Charles Rachlis
            > > >
            > > > ________________________________
            > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
            > 40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
            > > 40yahoo.com>>
            > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            >
            > > 40yahoogroups.com>
            > >
            > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
            > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
            > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL
            > COLLEGE---JUNE
            > > 25
            > > > (Corrected Location)
            > > >
            > > >
            > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
            > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
            > > which
            > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker
            > at
            > > a
            > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to
            > the
            > > > detriment of education.
            > > >
            > > > Eduardo
            > > >
            > > > ________________________________
            > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@... <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
            > 40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
            > > 40yahoo.com>>
            > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            >
            > > 40yahoogroups.com>
            > >
            > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
            > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
            > SECRETARY
            > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
            > > (Corrected
            > > > Location)
            > > >
            > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a
            > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is
            > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It
            > may
            > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
            > > > indifferent to student achievement.
            > > >
            > > > Todd Groves
            > > >
            > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
            >
            > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
            > >
            > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
            > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@...>
            > > > > To: oaklandteachers@...; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@...;
            > > > aide_education@yahoogroups.com <aide_education%40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
            > 40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
            > > 40yahoogroups.com>
            > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
            > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
            > ARNE
            > > > DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
            > > > > >
            > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@...>
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT
            > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
            > > > > >
            > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
            > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
            > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
            > > > 280)
            > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
            > > > > >
            > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
            > > > > >Founded January 2009
            > > > > >San Francisco, California
            > > > > >www.UPWA.info
            > > > > >>Press Release
            > > > > >
            > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
            > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education Arne
            > > > Duncan’s participation at Foothill Community Colleges’ graduation
            > > ceremonies
            > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
            > > Foothill
            > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former
            > chief
            > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
            > > located
            > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
            > > 280)
            > > > > >
            > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the
            > Obama
            > > > Administrations’ privatization of Public Education policies; policies
            > > which
            > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who is
            > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in Chicago,
            > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
            > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools and
            > > the
            > > > weakening of the public teacher’s union. The UPWA feels it is ironic
            > and
            > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is allowing
            > a
            > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
            > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public Education
            > in
            > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not halted
            > by
            > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
            > > > > >
            > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
            > > > architect of the Obama Administrations’ “Race to the Top” education
            > > policy.
            > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United States,
            > > that
            > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
            > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations’ “A Nation at
            > Risk”
            > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the expansion
            > > of
            > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
            > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher unions,
            > > thus
            > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost of
            > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist,
            > internationalist,
            > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
            > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
            > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided a
            > > > “win-dow of opportunity” to intensify this assault.
            > > > > >
            > > > > >The intent of Obama’s education policy was made clear in a statement
            > > he
            > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
            > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were
            > responsible
            > > > for “failing” standardized test scores. In what could be considered
            > > Obama’s
            > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: “…if a school continues to fail its students
            > > year
            > > > after year after year, if it doesn’t show signs of improve-ment, then
            > > > there’s got to be a sense of accountability,…” Just like Reagan opened
            > > the
            > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
            > > 1981,
            > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
            > > > > >
            > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
            > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
            > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
            > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in California.
            > > The
            > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide coalition
            > > and
            > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the
            > economic/budget
            > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the
            > recipients
            > > of
            > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of public
            > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes of
            > > the
            > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization’s political
            > > > alternative agenda.
            > > > > >
            > > > > >www.upwa.info
            > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
            > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
            > > > education system in New Orleans,"
            > > >
            > >
            > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
            > > >
            > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
            > > > > >
            > > >
            > >
            > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
            > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam Man-Hustling
            > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
            > > >
            > >
            > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
            > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
            > > Murder?
            > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
            > > >
            > >
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            > > > > >
            > http://www.gregpalast.com/obamas-way-to-go-brownie-moment/#more-2171
            > > > > >
            > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
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          • Charles Rachlis
            What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always easy to
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              What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor power.
              Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan, Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the way of our youth getting an education.

              If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.

              We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
              Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we share the planet with.

              Charles Rachlis



              ________________________________
              From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...>
              To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM
              Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)


              I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings, but must act as my conscience compels me to act.

              Eduardo

              ________________________________
              From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@...>
              To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
              Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

              If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the accomplishments
              of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
              and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.

              I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.

              Michael Gerhardt

              Trying to make the event about anything other than the students
              On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...>wrote:

              >
              >
              > The standard from which you quote only addresses how the teachers should
              > conduct themselves not as to whether a protest is unprofessional. As a
              > teacher I have found that any and all moments are "teachable moments", some
              > are serendipitous and others are created. Disrespect is in attitude not in
              > action; if one choses to take an action as disrespect, that is his/her
              > baggage, that is, if the action was made with good faith and good
              > intentions.
              >
              > Your argument is the same made by U.C. Berkeley concerning the walk-outs in
              > October, November, and March. They maintain that any protest that disrupts
              > "business as usual" is inappropriate. Maybe for people wanting to maintain
              > the status quo, but for people wanting justice and equality, this is the
              > more powerful tool.
              >
              > As too "stealing spotlights", this could prove to be an opportunity for
              > students who learned not only the data needed for their major but also how
              > this information pertains to the society of which they are a part, to use
              > their schooling as a citizen of our nation by making cogent statements pro
              > or con to what Arnie Duncan has brought to their campus.
              >
              >
              > Eduardo
              >
              > ________________________________
              > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
              > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
              > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 9:39:36 AM
              >
              > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
              > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
              > (Corrected Location)
              >
              > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
              > Teaching Profession.
              > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective
              > Environments
              > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
              > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
              > for themselves and one another."
              >
              > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
              > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
              > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
              > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
              > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is, in
              > fact, about them.
              >
              > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
              > stealing the spotlight from a student.
              >
              > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has more
              > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the ceremony.
              >
              > Michael Gerhardt
              >
              > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...<ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>
              > >wrote:
              >
              > >
              > >
              > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY" are
              > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know
              > there
              > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it is
              > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those
              > might
              > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well
              > within
              > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
              > >
              > > Eduardo
              > >
              > > ________________________________
              > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com><mwgerhardt%
              > 40gmail.com>>
              >
              > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              > 40yahoogroups.com>
              > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
              > >
              > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
              > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
              > 25
              > > (Corrected Location)
              > >
              > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than
              > the
              > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The ONLY
              > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
              > >
              > > Michael Gerhardt
              > >
              > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...<crachlis%40yahoo.com>
              > <crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
              >
              > > wrote:
              > >
              > > >
              > > >
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer over
              > > the
              > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama the
              > > shill
              > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all governments
              > > to
              > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
              > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
              > > carrying
              > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears
              > some
              > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to
              > blame
              > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
              > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
              > > Puerto
              > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
              > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
              > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike
              > of
              > > > students, staff and educators.
              > > >
              > > > Charles Rachlis
              > > >
              > > > ________________________________
              > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
              > 40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
              > > 40yahoo.com>>
              > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              >
              > > 40yahoogroups.com>
              > >
              > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
              > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
              > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL
              > COLLEGE---JUNE
              > > 25
              > > > (Corrected Location)
              > > >
              > > >
              > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
              > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
              > > which
              > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker
              > at
              > > a
              > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to
              > the
              > > > detriment of education.
              > > >
              > > > Eduardo
              > > >
              > > > ________________________________
              > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@... <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
              > 40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
              > > 40yahoo.com>>
              > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              >
              > > 40yahoogroups.com>
              > >
              > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
              > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
              > SECRETARY
              > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
              > > (Corrected
              > > > Location)
              > > >
              > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a
              > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is
              > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It
              > may
              > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
              > > > indifferent to student achievement.
              > > >
              > > > Todd Groves
              > > >
              > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
              >
              > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
              > >
              > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
              > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@...>
              > > > > To: oaklandteachers@...; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@...;
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              > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
              > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
              > ARNE
              > > > DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
              > > > > >
              > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@...>
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT
              > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
              > > > > >
              > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
              > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
              > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
              > > > 280)
              > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
              > > > > >
              > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
              > > > > >Founded January 2009
              > > > > >San Francisco, California
              > > > > >www.UPWA.info
              > > > > >>Press Release
              > > > > >
              > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
              > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education Arne
              > > > Duncan’s participation at Foothill Community Colleges’ graduation
              > > ceremonies
              > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
              > > Foothill
              > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former
              > chief
              > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
              > > located
              > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
              > > 280)
              > > > > >
              > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the
              > Obama
              > > > Administrations’ privatization of Public Education policies; policies
              > > which
              > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who is
              > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in Chicago,
              > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
              > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools and
              > > the
              > > > weakening of the public teacher’s union. The UPWA feels it is ironic
              > and
              > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is allowing
              > a
              > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
              > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public Education
              > in
              > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not halted
              > by
              > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
              > > > architect of the Obama Administrations’ “Race to the Top” education
              > > policy.
              > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United States,
              > > that
              > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
              > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations’ “A Nation at
              > Risk”
              > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the expansion
              > > of
              > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
              > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher unions,
              > > thus
              > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost of
              > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist,
              > internationalist,
              > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
              > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
              > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided a
              > > > “win-dow of opportunity” to intensify this assault.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >The intent of Obama’s education policy was made clear in a statement
              > > he
              > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
              > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were
              > responsible
              > > > for “failing” standardized test scores. In what could be considered
              > > Obama’s
              > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: “…if a school continues to fail its students
              > > year
              > > > after year after year, if it doesn’t show signs of improve-ment, then
              > > > there’s got to be a sense of accountability,…” Just like Reagan opened
              > > the
              > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
              > > 1981,
              > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
              > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
              > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
              > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in California.
              > > The
              > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide coalition
              > > and
              > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the
              > economic/budget
              > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the
              > recipients
              > > of
              > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of public
              > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes of
              > > the
              > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization’s political
              > > > alternative agenda.
              > > > > >
              > > > > >www.upwa.info
              > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
              > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
              > > > education system in New Orleans,"
              > > >
              > >
              > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
              > > >
              > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
              > > > > >
              > > >
              > >
              > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
              > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam Man-Hustling
              > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
              > > >
              > >
              > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
              > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
              > > Murder?
              > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
              > > >
              > >
              > beatinghttp://www.wbbm780.com/Hundreds-at-meeting-with-schools-chief-on-teen-s--/5342757
              > > > > >
              > http://www.gregpalast.com/obamas-way-to-go-brownie-moment/#more-2171
              > > > > >
              > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
              > > > > >
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              Lump us together all you want... The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I remember posting in), I have not said anything about
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                Lump us together all you want...
                The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I
                remember posting in), I have not said anything about the politics of
                education or capitalism.
                My problem with the issue at hand has nothing to do with politics. It has
                everything to do with taking a day that is meant to celebrate graduates and
                trying to turn it into something else. Is Duncan doing it? Maybe, I have
                not heard his speech. Because he is there, is it okay to make further
                distraction away from the graduates? No. Sometimes it is better to let a
                fool make a fool of himself than try to compete with him.

                Michael Gerhardt



                On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:

                >
                >
                > What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming
                > the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always
                > easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government
                > refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor
                > power.
                > Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it
                > is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan,
                > Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the
                > way of our youth getting an education.
                >
                > If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they
                > would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school
                > board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These
                > thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing
                > civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a
                > world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to
                > maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a
                > criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame
                > the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.
                >
                > We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate
                > loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California
                > who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would
                > point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You
                > can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line
                > is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they
                > no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this
                > so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you
                > bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up
                > manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian
                > production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite
                > really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private
                > schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
                > Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an
                > education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in
                > its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we
                > share the planet with.
                >
                > Charles Rachlis
                >
                > ________________________________
                > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>>
                > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM
                >
                > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                > (Corrected Location)
                >
                > I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to
                > it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
                > accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this
                > event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings,
                > but must act as my conscience compels me to act.
                >
                > Eduardo
                >
                > ________________________________
                > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
                > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                > (Corrected Location)
                >
                > If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the
                > accomplishments
                > of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
                > and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.
                >
                > I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.
                >
                > Michael Gerhardt
                >
                > Trying to make the event about anything other than the students
                > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...<ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>
                > >wrote:
                >
                > >
                > >
                > > The standard from which you quote only addresses how the teachers should
                > > conduct themselves not as to whether a protest is unprofessional. As a
                > > teacher I have found that any and all moments are "teachable moments",
                > some
                > > are serendipitous and others are created. Disrespect is in attitude not
                > in
                > > action; if one choses to take an action as disrespect, that is his/her
                > > baggage, that is, if the action was made with good faith and good
                > > intentions.
                > >
                > > Your argument is the same made by U.C. Berkeley concerning the walk-outs
                > in
                > > October, November, and March. They maintain that any protest that
                > disrupts
                > > "business as usual" is inappropriate. Maybe for people wanting to
                > maintain
                > > the status quo, but for people wanting justice and equality, this is the
                > > more powerful tool.
                > >
                > > As too "stealing spotlights", this could prove to be an opportunity for
                > > students who learned not only the data needed for their major but also
                > how
                > > this information pertains to the society of which they are a part, to use
                > > their schooling as a citizen of our nation by making cogent statements
                > pro
                > > or con to what Arnie Duncan has brought to their campus.
                > >
                > >
                > > Eduardo
                > >
                > > ________________________________
                > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com><mwgerhardt%
                > 40gmail.com>>
                > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > 40yahoogroups.com>
                > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 9:39:36 AM
                > >
                > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
                > 25
                > > (Corrected Location)
                > >
                > > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
                > > Teaching Profession.
                > > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective
                > > Environments
                > > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which
                > all
                > > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume
                > responsibility
                > > for themselves and one another."
                > >
                > > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
                > > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
                > > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
                > > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
                > > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is,
                > in
                > > fact, about them.
                > >
                > > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
                > > stealing the spotlight from a student.
                > >
                > > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has
                > more
                > > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the
                > ceremony.
                > >
                > > Michael Gerhardt
                > >
                > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...<ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>
                > <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>
                > > >wrote:
                > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY"
                > are
                > > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know
                > > there
                > > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it
                > is
                > > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those
                > > might
                > > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well
                > > within
                > > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
                > > >
                > > > Eduardo
                > > >
                > > > ________________________________
                > > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com><mwgerhardt%
                > 40gmail.com><mwgerhardt%
                > > 40gmail.com>>
                > >
                > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                > > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
                > > >
                > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL
                > COLLEGE---JUNE
                > > 25
                > > > (Corrected Location)
                > > >
                > > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than
                > > the
                > > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The
                > ONLY
                > > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
                > > >
                > > > Michael Gerhardt
                > > >
                > > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...<crachlis%40yahoo.com>
                > <crachlis%40yahoo.com>
                > > <crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
                > >
                > > > wrote:
                > > >
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer
                > over
                > > > the
                > > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama
                > the
                > > > shill
                > > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all
                > governments
                > > > to
                > > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
                > > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
                > > > carrying
                > > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears
                > > some
                > > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to
                > > blame
                > > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
                > > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
                > > > Puerto
                > > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
                > > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
                > > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike
                > > of
                > > > > students, staff and educators.
                > > > >
                > > > > Charles Rachlis
                > > > >
                > > > > ________________________________
                > > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...<ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
                > 40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
                > > 40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
                > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > >
                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                > > >
                > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
                > > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL
                > > COLLEGE---JUNE
                > > > 25
                > > > > (Corrected Location)
                > > > >
                > > > >
                > > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
                > > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
                > > > which
                > > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker
                > > at
                > > > a
                > > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to
                > > the
                > > > > detriment of education.
                > > > >
                > > > > Eduardo
                > > > >
                > > > > ________________________________
                > > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@... <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
                > 40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
                > > 40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
                > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > >
                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                > > >
                > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
                > > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                > > SECRETARY
                > > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN���S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                > > > (Corrected
                > > > > Location)
                > > > >
                > > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling
                > a
                > > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This
                > is
                > > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It
                > > may
                > > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
                > > > > indifferent to student achievement.
                > > > >
                > > > > Todd Groves
                > > > >
                > > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > > 40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                > >
                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
                > > >
                > > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
                > > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@...>
                > > > > > To: oaklandteachers@...; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@...;
                > > > > aide_education@yahoogroups.com <aide_education%40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
                > 40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
                > > 40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                > > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
                > > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION
                > > ARNE
                > > > > DUNCAN�S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@...>
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN�S SPEECH AT
                > > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
                > > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
                > > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and
                > Interstate
                > > > > 280)
                > > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
                > > > > > >Founded January 2009
                > > > > > >San Francisco, California
                > > > > > >www.UPWA.info
                > > > > > >>Press Release
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
                > > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education
                > Arne
                > > > > Duncan�s participation at Foothill Community Colleges� graduation
                > > > ceremonies
                > > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
                > > > Foothill
                > > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former
                > > chief
                > > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
                > > > located
                > > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and
                > Interstate
                > > > 280)
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the
                > > Obama
                > > > > Administrations� privatization of Public Education policies; policies
                > > > which
                > > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who
                > is
                > > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in
                > Chicago,
                > > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
                > > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools
                > and
                > > > the
                > > > > weakening of the public teacher�s union. The UPWA feels it is ironic
                > > and
                > > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is
                > allowing
                > > a
                > > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
                > > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public
                > Education
                > > in
                > > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not
                > halted
                > > by
                > > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
                > > > > architect of the Obama Administrations� �Race to the Top� education
                > > > policy.
                > > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United
                > States,
                > > > that
                > > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
                > > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations� �A Nation at
                > > Risk�
                > > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the
                > expansion
                > > > of
                > > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
                > > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher
                > unions,
                > > > thus
                > > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost
                > of
                > > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist,
                > > internationalist,
                > > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
                > > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
                > > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided
                > a
                > > > > �win-dow of opportunity� to intensify this assault.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >The intent of Obama�s education policy was made clear in a
                > statement
                > > > he
                > > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
                > > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were
                > > responsible
                > > > > for �failing� standardized test scores. In what could be considered
                > > > Obama�s
                > > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: ��if a school continues to fail its students
                > > > year
                > > > > after year after year, if it doesn�t show signs of improve-ment, then
                > > > > there�s got to be a sense of accountability,�� Just like Reagan
                > opened
                > > > the
                > > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
                > > > 1981,
                > > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
                > > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
                > > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
                > > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in
                > California.
                > > > The
                > > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide
                > coalition
                > > > and
                > > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the
                > > economic/budget
                > > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the
                > > recipients
                > > > of
                > > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of
                > public
                > > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes
                > of
                > > > the
                > > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization�s
                > political
                > > > > alternative agenda.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >www.upwa.info
                > > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
                > > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
                > > > > education system in New Orleans,"
                > > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
                > > > >
                > > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
                > > > > > >
                > > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
                > > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam
                > Man-Hustling
                > > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
                > > > >
                > > >
                > >
                > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
                > > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
                > > > Murder?
                > > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
                > > > >
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                > > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
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              • Norma J F Harrison
                You don t have a choice whether your action or inaction is political or not.  It is.  All of it is.  Buying toilet paper, sitting on a bench - all you or I
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                  You don't have a choice whether your action or inaction is political or not.  It is.  All of it is.  Buying toilet paper, sitting on a bench - all you or I do is relative to the political system in which we live.  (Our Owners separate political social economic - but they're not separate --- they're a wholly trinity.  the one is the other is the other is one....  Consider bread - social   economic   certainly political... - all one.)
                  Norma

                  ________________________________
                  From: Michael Gerhardt mwgerhardt@...: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 6:52:03 PM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                  Lump us together all you want...
                  The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I
                  remember posting in), I have not said anything about the politics of
                  education or capitalism.
                  My problem with the issue at hand has nothing to do with politics.  It has
                  everything to do with taking a day that is meant to celebrate graduates and
                  trying to turn it into something else.  Is Duncan doing it?  Maybe, I have
                  not heard his speech.  Because he is there, is it okay to make further
                  distraction away from the graduates?  No.  Sometimes it is better to let a
                  fool make a fool of himself than try to compete with him.

                  Michael Gerhardt



                  On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:

                  >
                  >
                  > What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming
                  > the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always
                  > easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government
                  > refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor
                  > power.
                  > Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it
                  > is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan,
                  > Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the
                  > way of our youth getting an education.
                  >
                  > If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they
                  > would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school
                  > board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These
                  > thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing
                  > civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a
                  > world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to
                  > maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a
                  > criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame
                  > the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.
                  >
                  > We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate
                  > loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California
                  > who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would
                  > point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You
                  > can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line
                  > is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they
                  > no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this
                  > so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you
                  > bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up
                  > manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian
                  > production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite
                  > really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private
                  > schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
                  > Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an
                  > education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in
                  > its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we
                  > share the planet with.
                  >
                  > Charles Rachlis
                  >
                  > ________________________________
                  > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>>
                  > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM
                  >
                  > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                  > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                  > (Corrected Location)
                  >
                  > I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to
                  > it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
                  > accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this
                  > event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings,
                  > but must act as my conscience compels me to act.
                  >
                  > Eduardo
                  >
                  > ________________________________
                  > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                  > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                  > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
                  > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                  > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                  > (Corrected Location)
                  >
                  > If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the
                  > accomplishments
                  > of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
                  > and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.
                  >
                  > I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.
                  >
                  > Michael Gerhardt
                  >
                  > Trying to make the event about anything other than the students.......

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                • Norma J F Harrison
                  Yes, our Owners have been very effective in destroying our unity, our strength, our unions - with our help, of course.  We must get workers power - rebuild
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                    Yes, our Owners have been very effective in destroying our unity, our strength, our unions - with our help, of course.  We must get workers' power - rebuild and build our force, unions.  Worker power rests in unification of us, employed or not, regardless of our age, of our work site. 
                    Norma

                    ________________________________
                    From: Eduardo Martinez ezedmartin@... To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:06:26 PM
                    Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                    The amount of "yellow journalistic" phrases in your response makes it difficult to be succinct in responding.  To begin with, the first sentence implies that a graduation ceremony is equal to a Raider's game and therefore a venue where people don't want to think or.... (who knows what your reason for your conclusion might be).

                    This followed by your "ad hominem abusive" in which you have community teachers casting aspersions on K-12 teachers, which has nothing to do with the topic at hand, makes the projected motivation of selfishness more biting.  As you apparently don't understand, these protests are not selfish acts, but quite the contrary.  They are attempts to make public education viable as educators know first hand by stopping policies that are destroying any attempts to teach. 

                    Much of what you say about public perception has credence, but that is no reason to hold back on acting on one's beliefs.  At the beginning of the civil rights movement, public perception saw the activists as trouble makers and out to destroy decorum.  This fight for public education is no less important.  If we truly want to educate our children, we must use every opportunity to create dialog about the meaning and purpose of education and how to achieve the teaching of our children.

                    Eduardo

                    One more note:  Unions are dead, at least compared to what they used to be.  All this fervor against the power of unions and what they do is pablum created by the media and the influence of the Business Round Table who have shaped most of the current educational policies.  At this point many teachers feel they are fighting both the unions and the administrations.  In some cases, the teachers have been able to unite to form a union that represents them and not institutional interests.
                    ________________________________
                    From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:54:18 AM
                    Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location) 

                    Having just attended a graduation ceremony that sounded more like a Raider's game, it leaves no doubt that this protest will only serve to harden views that need softening.
                    Talk to a community college teacher. They feel as though they do in two years what should have been done it the previous twelve. Like it or not, the public holds teacher unions culpable for the dismal state of American learning. The sight of the "perpetrators" selfishly fouling a celebration of redemption will not win more friends, more like the opposite.

                    This is another example of union short sightedness with regard to public perception. Over the years, the public watches the teacher unions preserve folks that have no business in the classroom. It doesn't matter if the administrators screwed up, all parents see is a year of lost opportunity, and they blame the union.

                    What sells privatization is hope of escaping the nightmare of public schooling. Our current state is completely unacceptable. Anything that appears to support the status quo, and this protest does, will be seen as reactionary. Public sector unions must accept the challenge of our times, to make better use of existing resources and assure the public that workers serve the interests of all.

                    Todd Groves

                    --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the> Teaching Profession.> Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments...........

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                  • Charles Rachlis
                    So one might say that sitting by and saying nothing while Arne Duncan the school destroyer shows up is political acquiescence. This is what MG suggests
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                      So one might say that sitting by and saying nothing while Arne Duncan the school destroyer shows up is political acquiescence. This is what MG suggests ultimately his suggestion is to politically support the program of Duncan/Obama which he hides being his Pollyanna cry not to upset the kids day lets not forget the kids year has been screwed up by this clown cutting funding creating the race for the slop and providing no future, no jobs and no educational resources for the next generation. Get real MG graduation protests are an old American tradition, read any of the speeches given at graduations by the likes of Kurt Vonegart or EL Doctorow. MG's attitude is kind of like Bush saying don't take pictures of the war dead as they arrive at Dover. Where ever thieves like Duncan and Obama show up they need to be exposed. THE KING HAS NO CLOTHS...now all it takes is a little kid to point it out.

                      Charles R



                      ________________________________
                      From: Norma J F Harrison <normaha@...>
                      To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 12:07:56 AM
                      Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)


                      You don't have a choice whether your action or inaction is political or not. It is. All of it is. Buying toilet paper, sitting on a bench - all you or I do is relative to the political system in which we live. (Our Owners separate political social economic - but they're not separate --- they're a wholly trinity. the one is the other is the other is one.... Consider bread - social economic certainly political... - all one.)
                      Norma

                      ________________________________
                      From: Michael Gerhardt mwgerhardt@...: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 6:52:03 PM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                      Lump us together all you want...
                      The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I
                      remember posting in), I have not said anything about the politics of
                      education or capitalism.
                      My problem with the issue at hand has nothing to do with politics. It has
                      everything to do with taking a day that is meant to celebrate graduates and
                      trying to turn it into something else. Is Duncan doing it? Maybe, I have
                      not heard his speech. Because he is there, is it okay to make further
                      distraction away from the graduates? No. Sometimes it is better to let a
                      fool make a fool of himself than try to compete with him.

                      Michael Gerhardt

                      On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:

                      >
                      >
                      > What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming
                      > the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always
                      > easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government
                      > refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor
                      > power.
                      > Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it
                      > is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan,
                      > Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the
                      > way of our youth getting an education.
                      >
                      > If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they
                      > would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school
                      > board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These
                      > thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing
                      > civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a
                      > world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to
                      > maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a
                      > criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame
                      > the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.
                      >
                      > We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate
                      > loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California
                      > who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would
                      > point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You
                      > can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line
                      > is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they
                      > no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this
                      > so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you
                      > bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up
                      > manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian
                      > production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite
                      > really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private
                      > schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
                      > Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an
                      > education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in
                      > its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we
                      > share the planet with.
                      >
                      > Charles Rachlis
                      >
                      > ________________________________
                      > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>>
                      > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                      > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM
                      >
                      > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                      > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                      > (Corrected Location)
                      >
                      > I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to
                      > it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
                      > accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this
                      > event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings,
                      > but must act as my conscience compels me to act.
                      >
                      > Eduardo
                      >
                      > ________________________________
                      > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                      > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                      > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
                      > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                      > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                      > (Corrected Location)
                      >
                      > If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the
                      > accomplishments
                      > of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
                      > and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.
                      >
                      > I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.
                      >
                      > Michael Gerhardt
                      >
                      > Trying to make the event about anything other than the students.......

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                    • Todd Groves
                      Don t shoot the messenger! I believe teachers often get scapegoated for broader problems, but lose public support in situation s like these. While not as
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                        Don't shoot the messenger! I believe teachers often get scapegoated for broader problems, but lose public support in situation's like these. While not as inappropriate as Fred Phelps's protests, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Phelps , the venue chosen will alienate many people.

                        I have no doubt that your motivations are student-centered, but it won't be portrayed that way. The ultimate goal of public action is to clearly communicate your message and win public support. This might do the opposite.

                        Todd Groves

                        --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
                        >
                        > The amount of "yellow journalistic" phrases in your response makes it difficult to be succinct in responding. To begin with, the first sentence implies that a graduation ceremony is equal to a Raider's game and therefore a venue where people don't want to think or.... (who knows what your reason for your conclusion might be).
                        >
                        > This followed by your "ad hominem abusive" in which you have community teachers casting aspersions on K-12 teachers, which has nothing to do with the topic at hand, makes the projected motivation of selfishness more biting. As you apparently don't understand, these protests are not selfish acts, but quite the contrary. They are attempts to make public education viable as educators know first hand by stopping policies that are destroying any attempts to teach.
                        >
                        > Much of what you say about public perception has credence, but that is no reason to hold back on acting on one's beliefs. At the beginning of the civil rights movement, public perception saw the activists as trouble makers and out to destroy decorum. This fight for public education is no less important. If we truly want to educate our children, we must use every opportunity to create dialog about the meaning and purpose of education and how to achieve the teaching of our children.
                        >
                        > Eduardo
                        >
                        > One more note: Unions are dead, at least compared to what they used to be. All this fervor against the power of unions and what they do is pablum created by the media and the influence of the Business Round Table who have shaped most of the current educational policies. At this point many teachers feel they are fighting both the unions and the administrations. In some cases, the teachers have been able to unite to form a union that represents them and not institutional interests.
                        >
                        > ________________________________
                        > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...>
                        > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                        > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:54:18 AM
                        > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > Having just attended a graduation ceremony that sounded more like a Raider's game, it leaves no doubt that this protest will only serve to harden views that need softening.
                        >
                        > Talk to a community college teacher. They feel as though they do in two years what should have been done it the previous twelve. Like it or not, the public holds teacher unions culpable for the dismal state of American learning. The sight of the "perpetrators" selfishly fouling a celebration of redemption will not win more friends, more like the opposite.
                        >
                        > This is another example of union short sightedness with regard to public perception. Over the years, the public watches the teacher unions preserve folks that have no business in the classroom. It doesn't matter if the administrators screwed up, all parents see is a year of lost opportunity, and they blame the union.
                        >
                        > What sells privatization is hope of escaping the nightmare of public schooling. Our current state is completely unacceptable. Anything that appears to support the status quo, and this protest does, will be seen as reactionary. Public sector unions must accept the challenge of our times, to make better use of existing resources and assure the public that workers serve the interests of all.
                        >
                        > Todd Groves
                        >
                        > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@> wrote:
                        > >
                        > > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
                        > > Teaching Profession.
                        > > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments
                        > > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
                        > > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
                        > > for themselves and one another."
                        > >
                        > > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
                        > > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
                        > > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
                        > > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
                        > > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is, in
                        > > fact, about them.
                        > >
                        > > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
                        > > stealing the spotlight from a student.
                        > >
                        > > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has more
                        > > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the ceremony.
                        > >
                        > > Michael Gerhardt
                        > >
                        > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@>wrote:
                        > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY" are
                        > > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know there
                        > > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it is
                        > > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those might
                        > > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well within
                        > > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
                        > > >
                        > > > Eduardo
                        > > >
                        > > > ________________________________
                        > > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@ <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                        > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                        > > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
                        > > >
                        > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                        > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                        > > > (Corrected Location)
                        > > >
                        > > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than the
                        > > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The ONLY
                        > > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
                        > > >
                        > > > Michael Gerhardt
                        > > >
                        > > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@<crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
                        > > > wrote:
                        > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer over
                        > > > the
                        > > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama the
                        > > > shill
                        > > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all governments
                        > > > to
                        > > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
                        > > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
                        > > > carrying
                        > > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears some
                        > > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to blame
                        > > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
                        > > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
                        > > > Puerto
                        > > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
                        > > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
                        > > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike of
                        > > > > students, staff and educators.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Charles Rachlis
                        > > > >
                        > > > > ________________________________
                        > > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@ <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
                        > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                        > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                        > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                        > > >
                        > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
                        > > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                        > > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
                        > > > 25
                        > > > > (Corrected Location)
                        > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
                        > > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
                        > > > which
                        > > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker at
                        > > > a
                        > > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to the
                        > > > > detriment of education.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Eduardo
                        > > > >
                        > > > > ________________________________
                        > > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@ <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
                        > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                        > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                        > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                        > > >
                        > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
                        > > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY
                        > > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                        > > > (Corrected
                        > > > > Location)
                        > > > >
                        > > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a
                        > > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is
                        > > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It may
                        > > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
                        > > > > indifferent to student achievement.
                        > > > >
                        > > > > Todd Groves
                        > > > >
                        > > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                        > > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
                        > > >
                        > > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@> wrote:
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
                        > > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@>
                        > > > > > To: oaklandteachers@; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@;
                        > > > > aide_education@yahoogroups.com <aide_education%40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
                        > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                        > > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
                        > > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE
                        > > > > DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > >
                        > > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@>
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT
                        > > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
                        > > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
                        > > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
                        > > > > 280)
                        > > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
                        > > > > > >Founded January 2009
                        > > > > > >San Francisco, California
                        > > > > > >www.UPWA.info
                        > > > > > >>Press Release
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
                        > > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education Arne
                        > > > > Duncan's participation at Foothill Community Colleges' graduation
                        > > > ceremonies
                        > > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
                        > > > Foothill
                        > > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former chief
                        > > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
                        > > > located
                        > > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
                        > > > 280)
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the Obama
                        > > > > Administrations' privatization of Public Education policies; policies
                        > > > which
                        > > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who is
                        > > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in Chicago,
                        > > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
                        > > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools and
                        > > > the
                        > > > > weakening of the public teacher's union. The UPWA feels it is ironic and
                        > > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is allowing a
                        > > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
                        > > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public Education in
                        > > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not halted by
                        > > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
                        > > > > architect of the Obama Administrations' "Race to the Top" education
                        > > > policy.
                        > > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United States,
                        > > > that
                        > > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
                        > > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations' "A Nation at Risk"
                        > > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the expansion
                        > > > of
                        > > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
                        > > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher unions,
                        > > > thus
                        > > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost of
                        > > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist, internationalist,
                        > > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
                        > > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
                        > > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided a
                        > > > > "win-dow of opportunity" to intensify this assault.
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >The intent of Obama's education policy was made clear in a statement
                        > > > he
                        > > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
                        > > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were responsible
                        > > > > for "failing" standardized test scores. In what could be considered
                        > > > Obama's
                        > > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: "…if a school continues to fail its students
                        > > > year
                        > > > > after year after year, if it doesn't show signs of improve-ment, then
                        > > > > there's got to be a sense of accountability,…" Just like Reagan opened
                        > > > the
                        > > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
                        > > > 1981,
                        > > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
                        > > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
                        > > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
                        > > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in California.
                        > > > The
                        > > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide coalition
                        > > > and
                        > > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the economic/budget
                        > > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the recipients
                        > > > of
                        > > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of public
                        > > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes of
                        > > > the
                        > > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization's political
                        > > > > alternative agenda.
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >www.upwa.info
                        > > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
                        > > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
                        > > > > education system in New Orleans,"
                        > > > >
                        > > > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
                        > > > >
                        > > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > >
                        > > > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
                        > > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam Man-Hustling
                        > > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
                        > > > >
                        > > > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
                        > > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
                        > > > Murder?
                        > > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
                        > > > >
                        > > > beatinghttp://www.wbbm780.com/Hundreds-at-meeting-with-schools-chief-on-teen-s--/5342757
                        > > > > > >http://www.gregpalast.com/obamas-way-to-go-brownie-moment/#more-2171
                        > > > > > >
                        > > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
                        > > > > > >
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                      • Norma J F Harrison
                        hmmm   Rachlis sounds angry.... hmmm  Go ahead, say it ....  we shouldn t be angry - ALL THE TIME!  getting slapped in the face - humiliated, - yeah
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                          hmmm   Rachlis sounds angry.... hmmm  Go ahead, say it ....  we shouldn't be angry - ALL THE TIME!  getting slapped in the face - humiliated, - yeah that's not starved, bombed, tortured in a prison, ...  Feel as though you're on your knees....  an alright position for some religionists - hardly for struggle. 
                          It's also appropriate to keep in mind that graduates will not be eligible to work and get paid - so the relevance of the years spent submitting - both by teachers as well as by students - to the insults that are the customary relationships in our society - these are the 'politics' - the social and economic - factors of our lives.
                          A technician came by my place today, to see if the static on my phone line could be repaired.  The worker was lovely and appropriately skilled.  He asked for my cooperation - those follow up calls from over-lings - supervisors - asking for a performance review from us - called customers (no longer people) - to avoid having to be sat down and talked to - the way we talk to aberrantly behaving students - so insulting - if not by you, just by the system - which talks to you the teacher that way too! ....  putting up with the constant assault against our every moment in life!   QUIT TAKING IT!!!   (no complete sentences here - screw them - complete sentences - RAGE!)
                          Norma

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                          From: Charles Rachlis crachlis@... To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 6:55:29 AM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                          So one might say that sitting by and saying nothing while Arne Duncan the school destroyer shows up is political acquiescence.  This is what MG suggests ultimately his suggestion is to politically support the program of Duncan/Obama which he hides being his Pollyanna cry not to upset the kids day lets not forget the kids year has been screwed up by this clown cutting funding creating the race for the slop and providing no future, no jobs and no educational resources for the next generation.  Get real MG  graduation protests are an old American tradition,  read any of the speeches given at graduations by the likes of Kurt Vonnegut or EL Doctorow.  MG's attitude is  kind of like Bush saying don't take pictures of the war dead as they arrive at Dover.    Where ever thieves like Duncan and Obama show up they need to be exposed.  THE KING HAS NO CLOTHeS...now all it takes is a little kid to point it out.

                          Charles R
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                          From: Norma J F Harrison <normaha@...> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 12:07:56 AM
                          Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location) 
                          You don't have a choice whether your action or inaction is political or not.  It is.  All of it is.  Buying toilet paper, sitting on a bench - all you or I do is relative to the political system in which we live.  (Our Owners separate political social economic - but they're not separate --- they're a wholly trinity.  the one is the other is the other is one....  Consider bread - social  economic  certainly political... - all one.)
                          Norma________________________________
                          From: Michael Gerhardt mwgerhardt@...: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 6:52:03 PM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                          Lump us together all you want...
                          The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I
                          remember posting in), I have not said anything about the politics of
                          education or capitalism.
                          My problem with the issue at hand has nothing to do with politics.  It has
                          everything to do with taking a day that is meant to celebrate graduates and
                          trying to turn it into something else.  Is Duncan doing it?  Maybe, I have
                          not heard his speech.  Because he is there, is it okay to make further
                          distraction away from the graduates?  No.  Sometimes it is better to let a
                          fool make a fool of himself than try to compete with him.

                          Michael Gerhardt

                          On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:

                          >>> What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming
                          > the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always
                          > easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government
                          > refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor
                          > power.
                          > Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it
                          > is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan,
                          > Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the
                          > way of our youth getting an education.
                          >
                          > If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they
                          > would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school
                          > board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These
                          > thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing
                          > civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a
                          > world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to
                          > maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a
                          > criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame
                          > the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.
                          >
                          > We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate
                          > loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California
                          > who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would
                          > point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You
                          > can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line
                          > is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they
                          > no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this
                          > so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you
                          > bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up
                          > manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian
                          > production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite
                          > really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private
                          > schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
                          > Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an
                          > education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in
                          > its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we
                          > share the planet with.
                          >
                          > Charles Rachlis>
                          > ________________________________
                          > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>>> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com> > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM>
                          > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST> SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                          > (Corrected Location)
                          >
                          > I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to
                          > it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
                          > accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this
                          > event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings,
                          > but must act as my conscience compels me to act.
                          >
                          > Eduardo
                          >> ________________________________
                          > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>> To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>> Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM> Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST> SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                          > (Corrected Location)
                          >
                          > If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the> accomplishments
                          > of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
                          > and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.
                          >> I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.>
                          > Michael Gerhardt>
                          > Trying to make the event about anything other than the students.......

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                        • brewmaster6348
                          Good luck with that. Michael Gerhardt
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                            Good luck with that. <shrug>

                            Michael Gerhardt

                            --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > So one might say that sitting by and saying nothing while Arne Duncan the school destroyer shows up is political acquiescence. This is what MG suggests ultimately his suggestion is to politically support the program of Duncan/Obama which he hides being his Pollyanna cry not to upset the kids day lets not forget the kids year has been screwed up by this clown cutting funding creating the race for the slop and providing no future, no jobs and no educational resources for the next generation. Get real MG graduation protests are an old American tradition, read any of the speeches given at graduations by the likes of Kurt Vonegart or EL Doctorow. MG's attitude is kind of like Bush saying don't take pictures of the war dead as they arrive at Dover. Where ever thieves like Duncan and Obama show up they need to be exposed. THE KING HAS NO CLOTHS...now all it takes is a little kid to point it out.
                            >
                            > Charles R
                            >
                            >
                            >
                            > ________________________________
                            > From: Norma J F Harrison <normaha@...>
                            > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                            > Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 12:07:56 AM
                            > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                            >
                            >
                            > You don't have a choice whether your action or inaction is political or not. It is. All of it is. Buying toilet paper, sitting on a bench - all you or I do is relative to the political system in which we live. (Our Owners separate political social economic - but they're not separate --- they're a wholly trinity. the one is the other is the other is one.... Consider bread - social economic certainly political... - all one.)
                            > Norma
                            >
                            > ________________________________
                            > From: Michael Gerhardt mwgerhardt@...: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 6:52:03 PM Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                            >
                            > Lump us together all you want...
                            > The fact is that in this thread (or any other on this news group that I
                            > remember posting in), I have not said anything about the politics of
                            > education or capitalism.
                            > My problem with the issue at hand has nothing to do with politics. It has
                            > everything to do with taking a day that is meant to celebrate graduates and
                            > trying to turn it into something else. Is Duncan doing it? Maybe, I have
                            > not heard his speech. Because he is there, is it okay to make further
                            > distraction away from the graduates? No. Sometimes it is better to let a
                            > fool make a fool of himself than try to compete with him.
                            >
                            > Michael Gerhardt
                            >
                            > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > >
                            > >
                            > > What I find disheartening, distasteful and counter productive is blaming
                            > > the teachers and the teachers unions for a systemic problem. It is always
                            > > easy to blame the workers for the collapse of a system which the government
                            > > refuses to fund and which is constructed to reproduce commodified labor
                            > > power.
                            > > Michael and Todd can put the blame on the workers but we understand that it
                            > > is capitalism which is non functional and that the enforcers like Duncan,
                            > > Obama, Harter and Ramsey are the enemy of working people and stand in the
                            > > way of our youth getting an education.
                            > >
                            > > If Obama or any of his predecessors wanted public education to thrive they
                            > > would have put their own kids in public education, shown up at the school
                            > > board meeting and public schools would be turned around in a minute. These
                            > > thugs find billions for their criminal enterprises around the world killing
                            > > civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan with drones flown safely from half a
                            > > world away (Iraq & Afghanistan $1 Trillion so far). They have billions to
                            > > maintain a prison industrial complex which is dependent on maintaining a
                            > > criminal underclass. But when it comes to education for our kids they blame
                            > > the teachers for fighting for decent wages and benefits.
                            > >
                            > > We don't hear these critics of the teachers cry out about the corporate
                            > > loopholes written into the tax code or the 2,000 super rich in California
                            > > who paid no taxes last year. If they thought money could help they would
                            > > point to the revenue issue. But Obviously money is not the sole answer . You
                            > > can throw billions down an abyss and it will never hit bottom. Bottom line
                            > > is public education is no longer in the interest of the ruling class so they
                            > > no longer want to fund it. The punditry can't call their bosses out for this
                            > > so they blame the teachers. If it were profitable educate every kid well you
                            > > bet JP Morgan Chase etc would do the job. But now that they have closed up
                            > > manufacturing in the US and have resigned themselves to putting proletarian
                            > > production overseas and turning this into a service economy only the elite
                            > > really need an education. And where do the elite come from? The private
                            > > schools where parents can shell out 20k per year for K-12.
                            > > Working people don't need an education to keep capitalism going. We need an
                            > > education to take capitalism apart and build a rational planned economy in
                            > > its place based on meeting the needs of people and the other species we
                            > > share the planet with.
                            > >
                            > > Charles Rachlis
                            > >
                            > > ________________________________
                            > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@... <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com>>
                            > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                            > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 3:17:19 PM
                            > >
                            > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                            > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                            > > (Corrected Location)
                            > >
                            > > I am not saying what you have gleaned from our correspondence, but close to
                            > > it. I am saying that having Arie Duncan speak at a celebration of the
                            > > accomplishments of students is a mockery by a government official using this
                            > > event as a political pedestal and that is not okay. I respect your feelings,
                            > > but must act as my conscience compels me to act.
                            > >
                            > > Eduardo
                            > >
                            > > ________________________________
                            > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@... <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                            > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                            > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:52:53 AM
                            > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                            > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                            > > (Corrected Location)
                            > >
                            > > If you are truly saying that disrupting a celebration of the
                            > > accomplishments
                            > > of students by a teacher in order to stand on a political pedestal is okay
                            > > and can be used as a teachable moment...well then...good luck with that.
                            > >
                            > > I find it disheartening, distasteful, and counterproductive.
                            > >
                            > > Michael Gerhardt
                            > >
                            > > Trying to make the event about anything other than the students.......
                            >
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                          • Norma J F Harrison
                            or .... give it up and let them keep getting away with it ________________________________ From: brewmaster6348 To:
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                              or .... give it up and let them keep getting away with it




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                              From: brewmaster6348 <mwgerhardt@...>
                              To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 4:54:58 PM
                              Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)

                              Good luck with that. <shrug>

                              Michael Gerhardt

                              --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > So one might say that sitting by and saying nothing while Arne Duncan the school destroyer shows up is political acquiescence.  This is what MG suggests ultimately his suggestion is to politically support the program of Duncan/Obama which he hides being ........

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                            • Eduardo Martinez
                              Didn t mean to shoot the messenger, I was shooting at the message. I guess my aim is not too sharp. ________________________________ From: Todd Groves
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                                Didn't mean to shoot the messenger, I was shooting at the message. I guess my aim is not too sharp.



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                                From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...>
                                To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                                Sent: Tue, June 22, 2010 10:47:19 AM
                                Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)


                                Don't shoot the messenger! I believe teachers often get scapegoated for broader problems, but lose public support in situation's like these. While not as inappropriate as Fred Phelps's protests, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Phelps , the venue chosen will alienate many people.

                                I have no doubt that your motivations are student-centered, but it won't be portrayed that way. The ultimate goal of public action is to clearly communicate your message and win public support. This might do the opposite.

                                Todd Groves

                                --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@...> wrote:
                                >
                                > The amount of "yellow journalistic" phrases in your response makes it difficult to be succinct in responding. To begin with, the first sentence implies that a graduation ceremony is equal to a Raider's game and therefore a venue where people don't want to think or.... (who knows what your reason for your conclusion might be).
                                >
                                > This followed by your "ad hominem abusive" in which you have community teachers casting aspersions on K-12 teachers, which has nothing to do with the topic at hand, makes the projected motivation of selfishness more biting. As you apparently don't understand, these protests are not selfish acts, but quite the contrary. They are attempts to make public education viable as educators know first hand by stopping policies that are destroying any attempts to teach.
                                >
                                > Much of what you say about public perception has credence, but that is no reason to hold back on acting on one's beliefs. At the beginning of the civil rights movement, public perception saw the activists as trouble makers and out to destroy decorum. This fight for public education is no less important. If we truly want to educate our children, we must use every opportunity to create dialog about the meaning and purpose of education and how to achieve the teaching of our children.
                                >
                                > Eduardo
                                >
                                > One more note: Unions are dead, at least compared to what they used to be. All this fervor against the power of unions and what they do is pablum created by the media and the influence of the Business Round Table who have shaped most of the current educational policies. At this point many teachers feel they are fighting both the unions and the administrations. In some cases, the teachers have been able to unite to form a union that represents them and not institutional interests.
                                >
                                > ________________________________
                                > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@...>
                                > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
                                > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 11:54:18 AM
                                > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                                >
                                >
                                >
                                > Having just attended a graduation ceremony that sounded more like a Raider's game, it leaves no doubt that this protest will only serve to harden views that need softening.
                                >
                                > Talk to a community college teacher. They feel as though they do in two years what should have been done it the previous twelve. Like it or not, the public holds teacher unions culpable for the dismal state of American learning. The sight of the "perpetrators" selfishly fouling a celebration of redemption will not win more friends, more like the opposite.
                                >
                                > This is another example of union short sightedness with regard to public perception. Over the years, the public watches the teacher unions preserve folks that have no business in the classroom. It doesn't matter if the administrators screwed up, all parents see is a year of lost opportunity, and they blame the union.
                                >
                                > What sells privatization is hope of escaping the nightmare of public schooling. Our current state is completely unacceptable. Anything that appears to support the status quo, and this protest does, will be seen as reactionary. Public sector unions must accept the challenge of our times, to make better use of existing resources and assure the public that workers serve the interests of all.
                                >
                                > Todd Groves
                                >
                                > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@> wrote:
                                > >
                                > > To answer your question, I'll point to the California Standards for the
                                > > Teaching Profession.
                                > > Included in the Standard for Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments
                                > > for Students is, "Teachers maintain safe learning environments in which all
                                > > students are treated fairly and respectfully as they assume responsibility
                                > > for themselves and one another."
                                > >
                                > > It seems to me that a graduation ceremony is the quintessential moment in
                                > > which students are assuming responsibility for themselves. To make that
                                > > ceremony about anything else other than the students' accomplishment, is
                                > > truly disrespectful to them. A graduation ceremony is not a "teachable
                                > > moment." Graduate speakers may make it as such because the ceremony is, in
                                > > fact, about them.
                                > >
                                > > Will it make some people think? Maybe, but at the cost of a teacher
                                > > stealing the spotlight from a student.
                                > >
                                > > So my usage of "ONLY" is perhaps overstating it. My issue with it has more
                                > > to do with professionalism of the teacher and the decorum of the ceremony.
                                > >
                                > > Michael Gerhardt
                                > >
                                > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@>wrote:
                                > >
                                > > >
                                > > >
                                > > > I appreciate your opinion, but most statements that contain an "ONLY" are
                                > > > wrong and especially when they refer to controversial issues. I know there
                                > > > will be some who will see this protest as tacky and some will think it is
                                > > > contrary to the ideals of the profession. I only ask what ideas those might
                                > > > be. To create situations in which people are forced to think is well within
                                > > > the professional values of educators. I ask again, "What ideas?"
                                > > >
                                > > > Eduardo
                                > > >
                                > > > ________________________________
                                > > > From: Michael Gerhardt <mwgerhardt@ <mwgerhardt%40gmail.com>>
                                > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com>
                                > > > Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 7:30:27 AM
                                > > >
                                > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                                > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                                > > > (Corrected Location)
                                > > >
                                > > > For an educator to make a graduation ceremony about anything other than the
                                > > > graduates is tacky and contrary to the ideals of the profession. The ONLY
                                > > > outcome from such an act would be to make teachers look bad.
                                > > >
                                > > > Michael Gerhardt
                                > > >
                                > > > On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM, Charles Rachlis <crachlis@<crachlis%40yahoo.com>>
                                > > > wrote:
                                > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Thank you to Eduardo for organizing to expose those who administer over
                                > > > the
                                > > > > destruction of public education. Exposing Duncan is exposing Obama the
                                > > > shill
                                > > > > of Wall Street which is now in the process of directing all governments
                                > > > to
                                > > > > attack students, workers and those who rely upon government services.
                                > > > > Duncan, Obama as well as our governor and all our politicians are
                                > > > carrying
                                > > > > out what Warren Buffet calls a class war on the poor. But it appears some
                                > > > > want us to be quiet about it and take it lying down. Others seek to blame
                                > > > > the locality. But those who look internationally see that this is a
                                > > > > generalized attack on education. We should learn from the students in
                                > > > Puerto
                                > > > > Rico who shut down their university for over a month before winning
                                > > > > concessions from the government. To salvage public education from the
                                > > > > butchers Duncan/Obama we need a nation wide indefinite general strike of
                                > > > > students, staff and educators.
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Charles Rachlis
                                > > > >
                                > > > > ________________________________
                                > > > > From: Eduardo Martinez <ezedmartin@ <ezedmartin%40yahoo.com><ezedmartin%
                                > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                                > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                                > > >
                                > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 10:16:38 PM
                                > > > > Subject: Re: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST
                                > > > > SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE
                                > > > 25
                                > > > > (Corrected Location)
                                > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > > It will not be the protesters but the presence of Duncan who will be
                                > > > > spoiling the ceremony. I can't think of any better venue than one in
                                > > > which
                                > > > > Duncan is present. Anyone who thinks Duncan is an appropriate speaker at
                                > > > a
                                > > > > graduation needs to be made aware of the policies he is promoting to the
                                > > > > detriment of education.
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Eduardo
                                > > > >
                                > > > > ________________________________
                                > > > > From: Todd Groves <tag1022@ <tag1022%40yahoo.com> <tag1022%
                                > > > 40yahoo.com>>
                                > > > > To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                                > > >
                                > > > > Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 1:22:30 PM
                                > > > > Subject: [wccusdtalk] Re: Fw: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY
                                > > > > OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN’S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                                > > > (Corrected
                                > > > > Location)
                                > > > >
                                > > > > No matter how people feel about Duncan, the site of teachers spoiling a
                                > > > > graduation ceremony won't win them many points with the public. This is
                                > > > > misguided and counter productive. Surely better venues must exist. It may
                                > > > > only serve privatization supporters' message that teachers unions are
                                > > > > indifferent to student achievement.
                                > > > >
                                > > > > Todd Groves
                                > > > >
                                > > > > --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com <wccusdtalk%40yahoogroups.com><wccusdtalk%
                                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>, Eduardo
                                > > >
                                > > > > Martinez <ezedmartin@> wrote:
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > ----- Forwarded Message ----
                                > > > > > From: Jonah Minkoff-Zern <jzern1@>
                                > > > > > To: oaklandteachers@; educatorsandcommunity-announcements@;
                                > > > > aide_education@yahoogroups.com <aide_education%40yahoogroups.com><aide_education%
                                > > > 40yahoogroups.com>
                                > > > > > Sent: Sat, June 19, 2010 11:27:57 AM
                                > > > > > Subject: [BetterSchools] A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE
                                > > > > DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25 (Corrected Location)
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > >
                                > > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >From: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@>
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >A CALL TO PROTEST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN'S SPEECH AT
                                > > > > FOOTHILL COLLEGE---JUNE 25
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >STOP (AND REVERSE) THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!!!
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >Protest Picket of Privatizer Arne Duncan
                                > > > > > >Friday June 25th, 5:00 PM in the Library Quad at Foothill College
                                > > > > > >12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
                                > > > > 280)
                                > > > > > >http://www.foothill.edu/news/maps.php
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >United Public Workers for Action
                                > > > > > >Founded January 2009
                                > > > > > >San Francisco, California
                                > > > > > >www.UPWA.info
                                > > > > > >>Press Release
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >The United Public Workers for Action will carry out demonstrations
                                > > > > protesting the appearance of United States Secretary of Education Arne
                                > > > > Duncan's participation at Foothill Community Colleges' graduation
                                > > > ceremonies
                                > > > > on June 25. Duncan will deliver the keynote address. The action at
                                > > > Foothill
                                > > > > College, Friday, June 25, will begin at 5 pm. Duncan is the former chief
                                > > > > executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools. Foothill College is
                                > > > located
                                > > > > at 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills (El Monte Road and Interstate
                                > > > 280)
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >The intent of the UPWA actions is to show public outrage at the Obama
                                > > > > Administrations' privatization of Public Education policies; policies
                                > > > which
                                > > > > are severely impacting state and local Public Education. Duncan, who is
                                > > > > credited with raising test scores and educational standards in Chicago,
                                > > > > actually facilitated the further privatization of Public Education in
                                > > > > Chicago. This was achieved through the expansion of charter schools and
                                > > > the
                                > > > > weakening of the public teacher's union. The UPWA feels it is ironic and
                                > > > > tragic that the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is allowing a
                                > > > > certified enemy of Public Education to give the keynote addresses at
                                > > > > Foothill College and DeAnza College, at a moment when Public Education in
                                > > > > California is facing a historic attack; an attack, which if not halted by
                                > > > > public response, will destroy Public Education.
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >Since becoming Secretary of Education, Duncan has been the chief
                                > > > > architect of the Obama Administrations' "Race to the Top" education
                                > > > policy.
                                > > > > Presented as a means to improve Public Education in the United States,
                                > > > that
                                > > > > policy is the continuation of the three decade-long assault on Public
                                > > > > Education which began with the Reagan Administrations' "A Nation at Risk"
                                > > > > policy. The intent of that policy has been to: 1) promote the expansion
                                > > > of
                                > > > > privately-managed charter schools; 2) deepen the access to public
                                > > > > educational resources for corporate-interests; 3) smash teacher unions,
                                > > > thus
                                > > > > weakening the political power of those unions, and cutting the cost of
                                > > > > teachers; and, 4) eliminate multicultural, revisionist, internationalist,
                                > > > > and critical perspectives from the school curricula.
                                > > > > > >>The 2008 collapse of the financial system, amplified by chronic
                                > > > > over-lapping federal, state and local budgetary crises, has provided a
                                > > > > "win-dow of opportunity" to intensify this assault.
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >The intent of Obama's education policy was made clear in a statement
                                > > > he
                                > > > > made, in February, 2010, after the Central Falls, Rhode Island school
                                > > > > district fired 93 unionized teachers, alleging that they were responsible
                                > > > > for "failing" standardized test scores. In what could be considered
                                > > > Obama's
                                > > > > PATCO Moment, he stated: "…if a school continues to fail its students
                                > > > year
                                > > > > after year after year, if it doesn't show signs of improve-ment, then
                                > > > > there's got to be a sense of accountability,…" Just like Reagan opened
                                > > > the
                                > > > > door for the attack on unions when he fired 13,000 air controllers in
                                > > > 1981,
                                > > > > unionized teachers now are increasingly vulnerable.
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >UPWA BACKGROUND AND CONTACT INFORMATION: The UPWA is an organizing
                                > > > > committee and network, formed in 2009 by San Francisco Bay Area union
                                > > > > members and activists committed to bring public workers in the state
                                > > > > together to challenge the current economic/budget crisis in California.
                                > > > The
                                > > > > objective of the organizers is to develop a unified-statewide coalition
                                > > > and
                                > > > > present an alter- native political agenda to confront the economic/budget
                                > > > > crisis in California in the defense of public workers and the recipients
                                > > > of
                                > > > > public services. To inform public workers and the recipients of public
                                > > > > services the UPWA will provide educational forums on the root causes of
                                > > > the
                                > > > > crisis and its political implications, and the organization's political
                                > > > > alternative agenda.
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >www.upwa.info
                                > > > > > >Other endorsements to follow
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >Education Secretary and PrivatizerDuncan apologizes for Katrina
                                > > > > comments-Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the
                                > > > > education system in New Orleans,"
                                > > > >
                                > > > http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2010020201661.html
                                > > > >
                                > > > > > >BACK TO BASICS: Arne Duncan's School Reform Plan: Fire Everyone
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > >
                                > > > http://www.ednews.org/articles/back-to-basics-arne-duncans-school-reform-plan-fire-everyone.html
                                > > > > > >Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan's As Flim-Flam Man-Hustling
                                > > > > Education Privatization While Destroying Public
                                > > > >
                                > > > Educationhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/28/AR2009122802368.html?hpid=topnews
                                > > > > > >Obama's & Duncan's Privatization Scheme Responsible For Chicago
                                > > > Murder?
                                > > > > Hundreds at meeting with schools chief on teen's fatal
                                > > > >
                                > > > beatinghttp://www.wbbm780.com/Hundreds-at-meeting-with-schools-chief-on-teen-s--/5342757
                                > > > > > >http://www.gregpalast.com/obamas-way-to-go-brownie-moment/#more-2171
                                > > > > > >
                                > > > > > >Obama's "Way-to-Go, Brownie!" Moment?
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