For hundreds of years the white people of the world oppressed and exploited Asia, AgreementAfrica and South America. Western Europe and the United States built empires on the backs and blood of Asians and Africans.

Indians speak English and enjoy afternoon tea. Philippinoes speak Spanish. Africans speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French. In Central and South America they got Portuguese and Spanish.

They all got a new religion to civilize them. Queen Victoria owned IMG_0318Kenya, and she gave Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Germans who owned Tanganyika because they did not own a mountain.

Later, Europe and America did not have oil, so they annexed the Middle East.

Well, the world is changing. The Africans are moving north to every country in Europe. They have very little left in their countries. They are going where the riches are. Africans speak every European language and know their customs. They want jobs, education, health care and equality.

Options-Decisions-ChoicesThe Central and South Americans are moving north to the big bad US of A against all odds especially the language barrier. More power to them. North is where the goods are!

And then we have the kidnapped Africans in the US, better known as slaves. Unfortunately, they can’t move north or south. This is their homeland, just as it is the homeland of their former owners – slave owners that is.

The white imperialists / colonialists who oppressed and exploited three continents for hundreds of years are now facing a dilemma. the journeyThe black, brown, pink, green, red, yellow people of the southern world want their piece of the pie. It is pay back time.

The white people are fighting to the death. They are good at stealing but not at sharing.

Well, at least imperialism / colonialism are over. We still have oppression, exploitation and apartheid left in the white world and in America we can add the confederate flag.

 

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Clarion Review

EDUCATION

The Other Side of Teaching

Evelyn Uddin-Khan

978-1-4990-7794-0

 This is a deep, stinging indictment of the education system from a teacher’s point of view.law-books-4

 The Other Side of Teaching, by Evelyn Uddin-Khan, is an emotional look at the trenches of education from a veteran teacher.

Uddin-Khan has a doctorate in comparative and international education, lending her book a broad perspective and deep insight, but the heart of her understanding is intensely personal.

The book examines teaching conditions, internal and external politics, and the shifting balance of power in education. The first two parts of the book share stories from her teaching experience. The third part discusses policy desksproblems specifically, but her experience is critical to her insights. The fourth part gives the author’s view of the positives of the teaching profession, such as the students themselves and friendships with other teachers.

It’s clear through her sincerity and intensity that Uddin-Khan loves teaching and students. But the depth of her love makes her hurt deeper. After years of service, being essentially demoted made her feel like a commodity to the school system—a system that she already felt didn’t give teachers their due respect. Her pain and anger are quite smudge-chalk-girlsunderstandable, but at times they overshadow the ideas she wants to present.

Her discussion of policy and problems with the system is best suited for those who have a relatively good grasp of the education system: She begins, “It is obvious that education policy in its present form is excluding the majority of poor and middle-income children from receiving the education they deserve.” For some teachers, parents, and concerned citizens, Uddin-Khan’s ire will fuel desire for change.mind

But those unfamiliar with the day-to-day realities of the teaching profession will find her experience eye-opening and even shocking (such as how verbal and physical abuse from students goes unaddressed by administration and parents), prompting the question, “It can’t possibly be that bad, right?”—a question that Uddin-Khan hopes will encourage people to take a deeper look at education.

school busThe cover and back panel copy don’t fully show how personal and emotional the book is. They set a more academic expectation that may make Uddin-Khan’s earnest and sometimes angry voice jarring. The Other Side of Teaching is an inside look at the education system through one teacher’s tell-all point of view.

Melissa Wuske

 

According to recent reports, homicides and other Crossman co2 air pistolcrimes are on the rise on American soil. We Americans utilize our 2nd Amendment Rights to bear arms and proudly use them as well.

Now there are eight states that have laws that permit people to carry concealed weapons. How many people would carry guns and use common sense and restraint or muscles and use their guns?

Something is wrong in this country when city after IMG_5595city is reporting a rise in homicides. For example, in NYC homicides went up 15% this year, Chicago 18%, and Atlanta 48%.

We are very worried about terrorists attacking us on American soil. In the meantime, Homeland Security has not noticed that American terrorists are doing a fine job of killing and terrorizing us while they are busy looking for Muslim Terrorists.

The weapons and homicide war in America – is it civil war or domestic terrorism? H13-22 NecrosisThe irony is this situation is that when Americans kill Americans, it is homicide. When Americans kill Muslims in their homes – as in North Carolina – it is self-defense. However, when a Muslim kills some one it is terrorism.

There are probably more guns out there than Americans. Anyone can own one, two, three guns or any number they can buy or steal. In Phoenix the gun holders were advised to carry their guns to a protest at a mosque.

P1020449One wonders who, the President, Homeland Security, Congress, Supreme Court, law enforcement, FBI, NSA, CIA, et al, is keeping an eye on this situation and do something before we have a real civil war on our hands.

The government can call it civil war, domestic terrorism, or an increase in homicide. The fact is, America is loaded up to its ears with lots of guns and are killing Americans with them. And while DSCN7910Americans are killing each other, Homeland Security is out there spreading Islamophobia, entrapping young Muslim men, and searching for Muslim terrorists.

There is just too much crime and violence in this country – and not by Muslims.

Wake up Homeland Security. Clean up America of American terrorists.

 

 

The Other Side of Teaching

Evelyn Uddin-Khan

Xlibris, 424 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781499077940

(Reviewed: April 2015)

Not long ago, teachers commanded respect from students, parents and society in general. stick-boy-and-girlToday, though, they are often punching bags for those same groups, blamed for America’s failing education system.

Evelyn Uddin-Khan knows that system and says the fault lies not with the classroom educators, but with those who are pointing fingers.

schoolroomUddin-Khan, who has a doctoral degree in comparative and international education, spent more than 20 years teaching in New York’s public school system. For 18 years, she writes, she was a well-respected and dedicated professional. But then her job changed; she was “excessed” — education-speak for being reassigned. No longer needed as an ESL teacher, Uddin-Khan was made a substitute teacher. Her three years in that position is the basis for The Other Side of Teaching.

For most of her book, Uddin-Khan details the chaos that she suffered through daily. Violent, disobedient and indifferent students and unresponsive and disconnected parents were just part of the problem.mind Worse, in her view, were school administrators and politicians, whose decisions were most often motivated by expediency or greed. She claims that administrators ordered grades inflated and problem students promoted or graduated, all in an effort to bring up schools’ test scores.

No Child Left Behind legislation, she maintains, merely moves these poorly-educated students to the next level, making them somebody else’s problem.

booksTo her credit, Uddin-Khan does offer some specific remedies, from getting cops out of the classrooms to separating politics from education to investing money in schools.

Overall, this is a narrative that will certainly give readers a different view of education.

Also available in hardcover and ebook.

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Two days ago the Supreme Court decided that women can wear hijab to sell clothes in A & F. One is not sure what kind of victory this is for women; after all covering one’s head is not covering one’s intelligence. Furthermore, any high school dropout could sell clothes or hamburgers at any store.

Some Muslim women wear hijab to cover their heads. Some Jewish women wear wigs to cover their heads. Christian Nuns cover their heads as part of their habits. Why this fuss over hijabs?women

Women are underpaid. For the same education, experience and position they make 25% less than men.

Girls and women are sold into prostitution and slavery. These are lucrative businesses. The fair skinned females are more likely to be sold into prostitution, while the dark skinned ones have a good chance of entering the slave trade. Either “profession” is a crime against women. Who does the selling?

Women are raped by men and the abused women are criminalized by society while the men laugh all the way to the next victim.

Women are unequal to men. That is indisputable. The question is: why? Was Eve inferior to Adam? IMG_0491What makes women less human than men? Women are just as good as men at any given profession. Men are physically stronger, women are psychologically stronger. So what makes men superior to women?

Perhaps no one can give a satisfactory answer to this question. However, one can give a good guess as to who is responsible.

For thousands of years men wrote laws that govern women’s lives. Men wrote those laws menin their favour which make them superior and women inferior. Men wrote religious and secular laws that gave them power over women and society. Men wrote biased and prejudiced laws and enforced them by physical strength.

Men are still writing the laws, but it is time to give women equal pay, stop selling them into prostitution and slavery, and stop treating them as unequal, second class citizens.

IMG_0620Oh! And forget the hijab, wigs, and habits. Women may cover their heads, but the majority of them have proven that they are more intelligent, more resilient, and more moral than men.

May the Supreme Court continue to be sensible.

 

 

The story of Panama is an admirable one.DSC03525-B

A visitor to Panama is quite impressed with the visible signs of prosperity. Panama City boasts sky-scrapers, luxury condos, seventy banks, malls peddling designer clothes and accessories, and new construction everywhere.

AgreementIn 1999 the Americans returned the Panama Canal to Panama and the Canal brings in an annual income of at least 4 billion dollar which is great for the local economy.

Like any other country in the world (including the US) the leaders and politicians in Panama are crooks, thieves and corrupt. They steal as much as they can and then face prison or exile.

On the other hand, a visitor driving around Panama is quite shocked, when without warning, she stumbles into Colon. Colon is the slum of all slums.help

At ten o’clock on a Monday morning children in need or a bath and clean clothes are playing in the streets instead of being in school. Men are sitting on the side-walks and in the parks playing cards or entertaining themselves instead of being at work.

They live in shacks boarded up with bits and pieces of cardboard, zinc sheets or plywood. IMG_2682They have no money for water and electricity, so the government allows them to “steal” these necessities. The illegal water pipes and electric wires are visible from the streets for anyone to see. How and where they get food is anyone’s guess? Clothes? Health care?

These are the two Panamas. Visitors are usually driven around Colon, not through Colon.IMG_0318 For example, on the Atlantic side of Panama, steamship passengers are driven around Colon but not through the slums of Colon.

The residents of this slum in Panama are BLACK.

Next – the reason this slum exist!

Here is a “crisis” in education that gets very IMG_1234little media or administrative attention because teachers are non-entities who provide fodder for the teacher bashing tongues.

Teachers are abused by politicians, administrators, parents and students among others. During the day, school buildings are like day-jails for teachers. BreaktimeThey arrive in the morning and any administrator, parent or student can dish out the torment.

Politicians first: On the way to work, any teacher brave enough to listen to the news or read the newspapers will find the governor evaluating them and other elected officials berating , chastising them for the low standard of American education. Every ill, every wrong in education is the teachers’ fault. These half-wit, ignorant politicians who can’t teach a class to save their lives, who presume to write failing education policies and develop unrealistic standards with Pearson’s help turn around and blame teachers. Go get a life politicians and let teachers write policy and develop standards.

desksAdministrators abuse teachers. When they like teachers, those teachers can do no wrong. Tenure is assured; they become master teachers, highly effective ratings, and funds to match their superlative skills. When administrators hate teachers, God help them and tenure is their paycheck. Grade fixing – highly prevalent in schools – is also abuse. When teachers refuse to pass 95% of students with grades in the 85-99 percentiles, they are bad teachers.

mindParents want their kids to pass with high grades, but take no responsibility for their attendance, homework, or sleeping in class. However, they have no problems showing up in school, insulting the teacher and blaming her for the child’s failure. A brief meeting between the parent and the AP would result in a passing / higher grade for ignorant little Andy.

sZVNBOmcStudents abuse teachers daily. They steal teachers’ stuff. They mock and curse teachers. They cheat on tests. Students have “deans” in schools to protect them and parents at home to defend them. They are taught at an early age not to take responsibility for their education and by extension their future. They learn the blame game early in life.

Teacher abuse is real. It is in the governor’s office; it is in every politician’s office; school administrators have given teacher abuse an art form; and parents and students know how to play the grade fixing games.balloon-boy

Who can remember a favorite governor, or a favorite doctor, or a favorite police officer, or a favorite school administrator? But almost everyone can remember a favorite teacher!

 

 

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