not taught to, back then, the concept “teach to the test” did not exist. There was the curriculum, it got taught and you got tested to see how much you remembered (English & History/Social Studies), or learned (Math & the Sciences), or could learn in future. But I had to take PSAT & SAT and I was prepared.3 years Latin, learned how to parse sentences, read Chaucer, actually still have my Brit Lit text books (complete with 11 th grade doodles.) NY public & then PA boarding school (residence style) (actually – oldest private girls school in the country, founded 1700?s. My parents were snobs about education, they both had multiple college degrees. I was such a disappointment to them. I thought life was more fun than education. Took LSAT while in college #2, back in NY. Admitted to Cornell, didn’t go, still having too much fun.
And you know what all that did for me? I’m good at crossword puzzles, except the rivers in Europe, or constellations. Most of the rest of all that education I don’t even remember anymore. But I do remember the fun.
The soapbox is out -
Course back then, the focus was on academic subject matter, none of this social crap about how to get along with people, and the teachers didn’t have unions promoting their salaries or egos. Back then teachers were not above the system, they were part of the team.
Other big difference – the attitude - “learning is its own reward” was the mantra drilled into us. We appreciated learning, what we learned today helped us do better tomorrow. We were kept academically focused and occupied. Achieving meant something.
Seems like all society’s whole social structure has devolved into money rules, and the rich get ahead because they have access to better academic education.
Perhaps part of MCSD’s money problem is that the majority of the people who are rich in Monroe are old retired people, no kids in school. And the people with kids still in MCSD system are not rich.
OK, soapbox back under the sink.
Do you see the soul violations Sue’s stuffed-up college-degree parents inflicted on her, which Sue, in her conflicted state, compounded? By sharing that experience with me, thus with my readers, Sue opened herself to receive angelic help for that soul trauma.
Do you know anyone who did not suffer multiple soul violations growing up? I don’t know anyone who did not. With each soul violation, the feminine retreats further, until she detaches from a person altogether to save herself. Retrieval of the feminine is a process, and mostly it is not something human methods can achieve. Far better to head off soul violation before it happens.
Therefore, consider this article in The Key West Citizen this morning.
Little school that could goes high-tech
5-year-old charter academy uses Web to teach math, more
BY GWEN FILOSA
Tom Junker, who teaches sixth- and seventh-grade math and science at the only public school on Big Pine Key, painted his own classroom an odd shade of brown before students arrived a year ago. Like any small school — Big Pine Academy has 190 students in pre-K through seventh grade — teachers pitch in with things like painting. And Junker, a former petroleum and natural gas engineer turned schoolteacher, is a hands-on type of guy. He spray-painted his own white board with the kind of paint that turns any wall into an instant dry/erase board. The fancy, Internet-connected SMART board the district bought for Junker’s classroom hadn’t arrived yet. No problem. Junker’s hands-on, no-nonsense attitude also applies to the way he has recently embraced digital technology. With an $80 tablet and electronic pen hooked up to his laptop, Junker hand-writes math problem-solving for his students. With a simple webcam, he also makes instructional videos that the kids can watch online at home. It’s Junker teaching the math lessons, one by one. The idea came from YouTube, where it’s become commonplace to find such stuff. Video as a learning tool inspired the free online Kahn Academy website, a nonprofit formed in 2006 that now provides mini-tutorials on thousands of lessons. “I saw it and thought, ‘I want to make my own videos,’” said Junker the other day while grading tests with the electronic pen. “They know me, I’m their teacher; not ‘this guy.’” Junker also attended a professional development seminar Sigsbee Charter School hosted last year in Key West, where an expert explained the latest in classroom technology strategies. “He is looking at himself as a coach or a mentor, and they are taking over their own learning,” school Director Cathy Hoffman said of Junker. “They are taking more responsibility for their learning.” The brief videos free him up to spend more of the school day with his students, Junker says. “I’m getting to know them better than my own kids,” laughs Junker, a former school football coach who lives in Marathon with his wife, Leigh, and two small children. Located off U.S. 1, the brightly painted school building was, in the early 2000s, the Big Pine Neighborhood School, serving grades 1 to 3. Big Pine Academy has waiting lists for several grades, including third and fourth. In its five years of life, the charter school has grown from an enrollment of about 60 kids to today’s nearly 200. “We opened another kindergarten this year because we didn’t want to turn anybody away,” said Hoffman. “We have 36 kindergarten students.” The charter allows for up to eighth grade. Seventh grade is only in its second year. Big Pine has 14 seventh-graders and six sixth-graders. So Junker and teacher Jennifer Sullivan tag-team the subjects. She does all language arts and social studies, while Junker is the math, science and technology guy. Many of the sixth- and seventh-graders have gone to larger schools, some in other states. “It’s a little different than other schools,” said Kris Hamilton, 12, who has attended Big Pine for six years. “It’s a lot smaller and everybody knows everybody.” Courtney Maahs, 12, who started Big Pine Academy this year, having moved to the Keys from Melbourne, Fla., also enjoys the one-on-one time with her teachers. “I get a lot more attention here,” said Maahs. “I get straight A’s.” In a word, Junker says his teaching style is “engagement.” “The difference is the kid wants to do math,” he said. “When you get a kid who wants to do the work … .” Junker trails off, savoring the idea of a student excited about learning. Neatly dressed in cargo shorts, a polo shirt and black sneakers, Junker the other day reflected the Florida Keys’ office casual as each of his 12 students worked on their classroom laptops. Hamilton and his pal Jonathan Valencia were trying out a new website called Little Alchemy, which lets a user mix and match different things — sugar, a turkey — with the four basic elements. “I got a grenade,” Valencia says. Someone else has combined enough elements to create “Darth Vader.” The kids type quickly, running through the games with computer skills that seem natural. Junker’s students are well-versed in all things gaming. Several talked about waiting for “Halo 4? to come out, and the Oct. 30 release of Assassin’s “Creed 3.” The kids can work on math game websites where you have to do the problem to keep playing. In one game, robots will get you if you can’t keep up with the math times tables. The online games are just a piece of the digital lesson plan. “I know it’s a better way,” said Junker. “The kids are going to learn better this way.” When they switch classrooms, walking over to teacher Sullivan’s language arts class, they are assigned to create a Google website. A few struggle with the concept, let alone the steps needed to get their page up and running. “It’s simple; it’s just the end of the day,” Sullivan tells a visitor. Like Junker, Sullivan is a career-change schoolteacher, having worked for years as a journalist in New York for CBS News. But seated by the window, Jared McKiddie has created three Google websites in the time it’s taken the whole class to settle down and start the assignment. McKiddie shrugs when asked why he’s so quick with the web page creation. “I learned from watching my mom create her website for her business,” he said. A native of the Detroit area, McKiddie has lived in the Keys for four years. He likes school as much as the average 13-year-old will admit on the record. Having suffered from tuberculosis for years as a child, McKiddie is happy to be back in the school-day fold. “It’s a very good school,” he says, eyes fixed on his laptop screen.
Found Larry Murray standing with a universal female symbol on bigpinekey.com’s Coconut Telegraph yesterday – first out, right at the top of the comments.
I would again like to thank everyone who voted for me in my primary campaign for the School Board.We ran an aggressive campaign calling for change in how the School Board and the School District operates.I assume that that theme resonated with you and that is why you voted for me. In November, you will be faced with a choice between Capt. Ed Davidson and John Welsh.If change in the School Board is what you seek, there is no choice.Capt. Ed Davidson has been a longtime critic of School Board machinations and, if elected, will do his utmost to bring change.Conversely, John Welsh is just another retired principal much like Ron Martin and I do not believe that the School Board should become a retirement community for former school administrators. John Welsh represents a continuation of the status quo. Capt. Ed Davidson represents change and a different future.I strongly urge all of you to cast your ballot for Capt. Ed Davidson.~Larry Murray
I had many conversations and exchanged many emails with Larry before and after the August primary. I never heard him say one nice thing about Ed Davidson until about a week ago. Au contraire, Larry criticized Ed many times and there was venom in the criticism.
It is true, Ed attended school board meetings for ten years and was a constant critic of the school board and the school administration. It also is true, Ed continued that criticism at Audit & Finance Committee meetings after it was created by the school board to dupe the the public into believing the board was committed to reform. The dupe was revealed when the board consistently ignored the AFC. Larry Murray was on the AFC. Neither he nor Ed told the AFC it was sham. I did that. Neither Larry nor Ed told the school board the AFC was a sham. I did that.
Despite Larry and Ed’s efforts, I see no substantive change either of them brought in the school district, so I don’t see Ed bringing substantive change if he is elected to the school board. He is only one vote. He would need at least three other board members in his pocket to be consistently effective in getting his way, since he always could count on one of the three having different ideas and voting his own mind, instead of Ed’s mind.
I did not see Larry and Ed go to bat for the students against the FCAT, which wreaks havoc in students’ souls. Ed is content to let the carnage continue until such time as, if, the State of Florida discontinues use of the FCAT. I publicly clamored for elimination of the FCAT, and I explained what it was doing to students, and to teachers.
I did not see Larry and Ed clamor for the dismissal of weak or bad teachers, and to hell with what the teacher’s union had to say about that. I publicly clamored for that, while Ed consistently praised the teacher corps.
I did not see Larry and Ed clamor for local law enforcement to intervene in bullying and hazing cases, which were crimes, since the school district is impotent throughout to deal with same. I publicly clamored for the State Attorney and the Sheriff and the Key West Police Department to intervene in such cases, and put the offenders in jail where they belonged.
I did not see Larry and Ed go public with the news that the superintendent and school board had agreed to a collective bargaining agreement they had been warned by Larry and school district CFO Michael Kinneer they could not afford, until after I broke the news on my websites.
I did not see Larry and Ed clamor for seriously beefing up vocational training, when they well knew that most students will be a lot better off if they graduate from high school ready to go to work in a trade. I publicly clamored for a serious beefing up vocational training.
I did not see Larry and Ed criticize the school board and district for making going to college the school district’s mission, when Larry and Ed and the school board and administration and principals and teachers know most kids who go to college flunk out, quit, or graduate and are unable to find a job paying a living wage, much less allow them to repay their big student loans. I publicly criticized the school board and district for that.
I saw Ed clamor for a return to community schools, while I told each traditional school community to convert their school to a charter school, and become the master of their own fate.
What I saw Larry and Ed mostly focus on was the school’s financial and accounting practices. I did not see them express any concern for the students. I saw Ed join John Dick at a school board meeting, and tell school board member Duncan Matthewson that school wasn’t supposed to be fun; it was a job.
It looks to me that Larry and Ed view the students as cattle to be herded through the same chute into the robot cookie cutter one size-fits-all college prep curriculum. I publicly raised bloody hell about that soulless curriculum.
Larry Murray spoke seldom of John Welsh until maybe two weeks ago, when he started comparing John to School Board member Ron Martin, and banged them both as do-nothing bench warmers. John and Ron are retired career Keys school teachers and principals. Ron was principal of Coral Shores High School, John was principal of Key West. Each of them have forgotten more about teaching and disciplining K-16 school children, and working with and disciplining K-16 teachers, than Larry and Ed combined know.
Ron Martin alone, on the school board, told the board the school district needed a tax increase to fix the low teacher morale problem caused by the board before Ron took office approving a collective bargaining agreement the district could not afford.
Ed Davidson said several times during the campaign that the school board and district had screwed up the collective bargaining agreement, but his solution was for the board to apologize to the teachers, while he steadily held forth that he was against a tax increase. As did Larry Murray steadfastly hold forth against a tax increase.
It is no wonder to me that the teachers union contributed $500 to John Welsh’s campaign. I told the school board a tax increase was needed, and I told candidate form audiences a tax increase was needed, and I reported that on my websites. I am the only candidate in either school board race, who publicly clamored for a tax increase for school operations, to honor the collective bargaining agreement.
Here’s the deal, folks. You already have John Dick on the school board, who is as vicious about cost-cutting as he is as unsympathetic over what the FCAT and college prep curriculum are doing to students. If you want another John Dick on the school board, Ed Davidson is that candidate.
If you want on the school board someone who has forgotten more about teaching children and managing teachers than Ed Davidson or John Dick ever will learn, John Welsh is that candidate.
If you want someone on the school board who truly is about change, I am that man. In just my left little finger I represent more change than Larry Murray, Ed Davidson and John Dick combined ever dreamed.
If I were on the school board, people could get up each morning and go to goodmorningfloridakeys.com and get the bona fide latest school district and board scivvy and lampoon, instead of relying on The Key West Citizen, the Keynoter and US 1 Radio for the usually watered-down and/or politically-spun versions. Citizens would have plenty of ammo to use to pressure the school board. Compared to my school issues reporting, the reporting of The Citizen, the Keynoter and US 1 Radio would be night compared to day.
I would continue to explain what is awry with the American education model its the Florida Keys variation, and offer suggestions for positive change for the children, and I would include outside suggestions from teachers, parents, students, readers and the local news media, such as Gwen Filosa’s excellent article in The Key West Citizen today.
I would bring two lawsuits, as a dissenting school board member and Keys resident, on behalf of the school district and all Keys residents, to (1) get rid of the FCAT, and (2) to set aside the gift of Glynn Archer Elementary School to the City of Key West, so it could be used by the alternative and charter schools in Key West.
Note, I did not say I would win those lawsuits. Rather, I would bring and prosecute them to the best of my ability. How they ended up would be decided by the Florida courts, unless the defendants threw in the towel.
While Larry Murray wants to see the Glynn Archer gift set aside, Ed Davidson and John Welsh both stated at candidate forums that they are okay with it. I have consistently publicly opposed the gift of Glynn Archer to Key West.
Refrain: If you want someone on the school board who truly is about change, I am that man. In just my left little finger I represent more change than Larry Murray, Ed Davidson and John Dick combined ever dreamed
” Thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment with this regard their currents turn awry, ”
The full passage, which does not even provide the full context --
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?
To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.
To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and
moment With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
--Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia!
Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
To what was Shakespeare referring? To death, ” To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause: there’s the respect that makes calamity of so long life; ” Shakespeare was referring to procrastination vs. taking action. That was Hamlet’s trial and test, which you spun into God only knows what. On this particular aspect of death, every living, thinking person holds one of these three opinions: 1) The universe is itself self extant without need of a creator; And we are each the product of natural processes operated on by natural selection to bring about order from disorder. Therefore, we each are merely a complex arraignment of molecules and have no meaning or purpose. 2) The universe is created by a creator for a purpose. 3) It is impossible to know which, and therefore we must but plod along the best we can merely hoping for the best. While many refinements can be surmised and reasoned for either of the first two, there are no other possibilities than these three.
“a mishmash of Vedic scriptures flavored with a dash of native American folk religion and a little Wicca thrown in for seasoning all served up on a the platter of the Hebrew/Christian Bible…”
The third opinion leaves one befuddled with no possibility of figuring anything out. If one truly believes the first opinion, then one must realize that honesty, virtue and personal integrity are merely evolutionary adaptations which gave our species a reproductive advantage. Now that we have learned this, and progressed beyond hunter gatherer and rely upon technology instead, a wise human being can relieve himself of these primitive burdens. One who truly believes the first then must realize that all joy, satisfaction, and feelings of happiness exist in these seventy years only.Nothing persists after death and therefore personal gain, personal survival is to be valued above all else. Feelings otherwise that stir in our gut are merely primitive evolutionary left overs. Feelings that there is some virtue in living a good life or that there is some satisfaction in learning to accept suffering are merely primitive evolutionary left overs which serve little or no purpose in modern technological survival. Only the perception of virtue remains personally advantageous, simply because most humans are yet not wise enough to realize the futility of such. So long as that can be maintained, one can lead a truly fulfilling and profitable life. Such one should take every opportunity that presents its self to steal, cheat or lie which offers superior likelihood of avoiding discovery and high probability of personal gain, especially when trusted friends or family are the victims, since this further reduces the chance of discovery. On the other hand, the second opinion is that question which Shakespeare took seriously.What if there is a God and He has a purpose? –that these seventy years are merely a proving ground, a test, trials and sufferings, the law a school master, so that God’s children have an opportunity to learn. The Kingdom of God is like unto a very rich man who has many children.And when the time of learning (suffering) is ended, childish things will be put away and many of those children will have grown up learning little but to work in the factories while a few grew up learning well and come to lead the kingdom to great peace and prosperity. “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and the nations shall learn war no more.” But, the purpose of this email is not to investigate the implications of the gestation period of a God who is reproducing Himself. “Ye are gods, sons of the Most High, but ye shall die like mortal men.” The point of this email is however, something different: The modern education of even very smart people does yet not include systematic methods for evaluating sources of information for their value and differentiating synthesized inferences which can be made with confidence from those which can not. Because of this, when someone who is popular and carries some influence vomits metaphysical gobbledygook based upon a mishmash of Vedic scriptures flavored with a dash of native American folk religion and a little Wicca thrown in for seasoning all served up on a the platter of the Hebrew/Christian Bible, even smart people just give up even trying to make sense of it all. This angers me to see such confusion, such silly ideas thrown in among good people like a bomb thrown into a crowd of innocent bystanders. It looks to me that a great deal angers you, Jerry. It looks to me that you would like to have a much bigger audience. It looks to me that you strive to have a much bigger audience. I would be happy to be set free by my slavemasters, Jesus, Michael and Melchizedek, who took me through the mishmash so I would know something about it, what about it was okay, what was not, although I never read the Vedic writings. The point of throwing in a bomb is to dishevel people, break up some of the concrete, loosen them up, so the angels can work in them more easily. What do terms such as “soul level” or “feminine / masculine spirit” mean? Especially when the one using them claims that one can not understand anything by words alone, but only by experience; then proceeds to use words to explain. This impossibly confuses the important matters with which smart people, even Shakespeare, must deal to the point of causing them to throw their hands up believing the world is not understandable. It is you, Jerry, who do not understand what I write. Speak for yourself. Let other people speak for themselves. I write this email to give people hope that they can know what life is all about.It is not a secret, but it is a riddle. “When they were alone, the twelve asked of him. Rabbi, why do you always speak in riddles?The Lord Jesus answered.If I spoke plainly, they would all understand. As the prophet Isaiah explains, what good could come from that?” I do not speak in riddles. Unlike Jesus, I write most of it down, so it cannot be changed later, although it can be taken out of context, which you did with Shakespeare. You spend a lot of time and energy trying to persuade yourself and others that communication can only be done correctly by your definition of communication. As St. Augustine did, you have filled your mind with voluminous facts, which is an experience, but it does not evolve your soul. It is said that Augustine realized on his deathbed, and told those in attendance, all that he had uttered before was but straw in the wind.
P.S. While I mean you no harm, that email is not intended to be a friendly, social gibe.I intend to play the part of the school master in this regard and you should take your schooling.
In everything I have seen you send out to other people, you intended to play the part of the schoolmaster. You come across has having the answers to everything. I imagine Jim Hendrick’s prominent unnamed Keys psychologist friend, who, Jim wrote to me, said I present classical symptoms of schizophrenia, might say your writings present classical signs of bipolar disorder – manic/megalomania phase. I simply say you suffer from absence of the feminine, all else are but symptoms. There is nothing you can do to fix that. Jesus and my other slave masters can fix it, but whether they will is not known to me. What I know is the restoration of the feminine in me, still underway, which began 25 years ago, has been very difficult, and I cannot imagine anyone else wanting to experience it. Sloan
I don’t think you are schizophrenic. I just think that even you don’t understand what you mean by terms such as “soul level” and that you should refrain from confusing others before you harm others and yourself if you have not already done that. Jerry
I know what soul level means, Jerry, from experiencing it ongoing. I know what ego level means, it was all I used to experience. I have to be ever on guard about going back there, and when I slip up I receive correction from my spirit controllers. I don’t twist arms. Nobody has to read anything I write. People who read what I am told to write are ready for it at the level of soul, even if they are not ready at the level of ego. As I wrote earlier, the angels use me to jostle people, loosen them up, so it’s easier for the angels to work inside of them, try to help them. As long as I stay within my assignments, there is no soul harm to others or to me. Ego ouches are different from soul ouches. If I injure another person’s soul, which could just be by words, but also by physical force, or failure to act when action is called for, that injures their soul and my soul, and the karma is mine to experience. The when and how of the karma might be immediate, delayed, or long-delayed. I might not even connect the dots, unless the angels show the origin of the karma to me. I used to be a terrible procrastinator. It took the angels a while to get me over it. It took the angels while to get me over lots of stuff that was screwing my soul, which I was doing, or not doing, and/or letting other people do.
In the Gospels, Jesus purposefully rattled people’s egos, and it got him crucified. He didn’t really think he would reach their souls, but there were other people watching on and listening, whose souls might be reached, and sometimes were reached. Even so, being reached is just the first step. The ensuing journey is the day-to-day grind, as demonstrated in the Gospels by Jesus and those who followed him before and after he left them in the care of The Holy Spirit. Before he turned the disciples over to The Holy Spirit, Jesus told them that they could blaspheme him and they would be forgiven, but if they blasphemed The Holy Spirit, they would not be forgiven. That was his warning to them that The Holy Spirit was above him in the spiritual pecking order, and if they did to Her what they had done to him, they would seriously regret it. A rabbi, Jesus knew the Spirit of God in the Jewish scriptures was Shekinah, gender feminine. The disciples knew that, too. Alas, Christendom gave The Holy Spirit a sex-change operation, rendering the god of Christendom all male despite Genesis plainly saying human beings were made in God’s image, male and female alike were they made.