My (half) year in review

13 will be the lucky number for DCSD!

Thirteen will be the lucky number for DCSD!

So, it’s the end of the year, and I am reflecting on all the BoE shenanigans that have transpired over the last twelve months. However, I’ve only had this blog up and running since July. But that is perfectly okay with me, because I only have the time, patience, and stomach to review 6 months anyway….

Top 3 Blog Posts of 2012
These are the posts that got the most hits, the #1 post received over 1,000 views.

1.  Dr Fagen Missed Communications 101

2.  August 21 Board Meeting: SPEAK says it best

3.  Wall Street, Meet Wilcox Street

Top 3 Blog Post Comments of 2012

1.  Not only the most comments, but also the most revealing, and most vomit-worthy from Director Doug:  August 21 Board Meeting

2.  Some comments from my anonymous friend, “Joy Gibson”: More Alec Fingerprints

3.  Wow, there’s “Joy Gibson” again being a thorn…haven’t heard from Joy lately. Where’d she go? Are You Paying Attention?

Now, let’s get ready for 2013! Happy New Year, everyone…

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Deep thoughts for the weekend…

As you take it easy this weekend and reflect on the craziness of DCSD, here are some quotes to make you think… or laugh:

The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the state is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools.
– Justice Felix Frankfurter, US Supreme Court, 1948

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
― Harry S. Truman

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
― Margaret Mead

When everyone is out to get you, paranoia is just good thinking.
-Dr. Johnny Fever, WKRP in Cincinnati

Paul Moore: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you’re the smartest person in the room.
Jane Craig: No. It’s awful.

– Broadcast News (great movie!)

Enjoy, feel free to re-quote, and have a great weekend!
~Trisha

 

What I’m Reading: “Revolt of the Rich”

The American Conservative | Revolt of the Rich

“…the rich disconnect themselves from the civic life of the nation and from any concern about its well being except as a place to extract loot.”


Here are some highlights for those of you with short attention spans (yes, you):

“Our plutocracy now lives like the British in colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it. If one can afford private security, public safety is of no concern; if one owns a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension—and viable public transportation doesn’t even show up on the radar screen. With private doctors on call and a chartered plane to get to the Mayo Clinic, why worry about Medicare?”

or

“The objective of the predatory super-rich and their political handmaidens is to discredit and destroy the traditional nation state and auction its resources to themselves. Those super-rich, in turn, aim to create a “tollbooth” economy, whereby more and more of our highways, bridges, libraries, parks, and beaches are possessed by private oligarchs who will extract a toll from the rest of us. Was this the vision of the Founders? Was this why they believed governments were instituted among men—that the very sinews of the state should be possessed by the wealthy in the same manner that kingdoms of the Old World were the personal property of the monarch?”

While the author does not talk specifically about public education, this gives a peek inside the mindset of people like the billionaire Koch brothers and their quest to privatize education.