Pachi Tamer comes to SPACE Gallery on December 8th, 2012


Pachi Tamer comes to SPACE Gallery on December 8th, 2012

Pachi Tamer is an on-fire creative that chooses to spend his free time embedded with the homeless across America and in other countries. To get to know them, to learn their dreams and to help them. One portrait at at time, One dollar at a time, he is doing real good. His non-profit, http://www.one-dollar-dreams.com takes one dollar donations (or more!) and uses that money to help the homeless.

On December 8th at SPACE GALLERY POMONA, Pachi will talk to an audience about his work, take questions, and the work will be on display for purchase. We will also have a “One-Dollar-Dreams” Kiosk available for folks to put donations into.

We also welcome some inspiring music.
Holly Vincent plays at 7PM and
Rough Church goes on at 8PM

This promises to be an inspiring night!

Gallery opens at 3PM, Pachi will speak at 5PM

DO NOT MISS IT!

Love, SPACE Gallery

Gallery: 909.623.1694
Gallery cell: 818.404.4100

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My Post secret Synchronicity


On New Year’s Day, (okay yesterday)... I woke up and decided to visualize my new goals and resolutions. I decided that before I got to the real  angst and torture from which all sacrifice must come,  I would flounder in my old habits just a little longer.   I proceeded to roll out of bed at 1PM, eat cereal for my breakfast / lunch / afternoon snack.  (one bowl accounted for all of those meals, but lord it was a large one).  I then lain in an extremely hot bath hoping to settle the granola that was without a doubt nefariously swimming in my breadbasket like paunch.

After enjoying my scalding dip (which lasted approximately an hour), I dried off and took a seat next to my husband at our local Mexican food eatery, “The Whole Enchilada.”  I consumed “Street tacos.”

It did, in fact, cross my mind that i just paid $10.00 for a plate of ‘street tacos’ not on the ‘STREET but ‘in THE ‘KITCHEN’ of a corporate restaurant.  I probably should’ve  mosied back down the boulevard and bought some those tacos for about $2.00!   Yes, I did get a tiny bowl of frijoles de la hoya with a ‘pift’ of cacique cheese floating in it, but even that didn’t make it a moderate economic gain.  After whooshing the corporate cloaked ‘street tacos’ down my gullet,  Steve and I decided we would see the latest Coen Brothers’ movie, “True Grit.”  but with an hour to kill before our flick,  we decided to first go to our local bookstore use it like a library (as usual.)  Usually we purchase a coffee and cookie reading books in their entirety and taking pictures of weird titles.  We’d wait until the movie started or they kicked us out.  Whatever came first.

I hung in Cultural studies / social issues because I can’t get enough controversy, stories of intervention and political unrest.  I must say that I do have a ‘highbrow literary fantasy’ so sometimes I break character and skulk over to the literary fiction looking for affecting coming of age tales with political overtones set in middle America.  Ahem Thomas Pynchon..Ahem…

Steve dallied in Tech, computing, cooking or building.  But I was hoping to find something different in my usual domain, running my finger along several spines, the  new P.J. O’Rourke, the new Amy Goodman, 

some blasted books blasting Obama, some social book applauding Oprah, what it feels like to be half black and half white, how it feels to be transgender.  Partisan stuff, union stuff, struggles of women with eating disorders and how to talk to your child if he’s in a gang.  I noticed some opinion stuff on Kabul and then… there I spotted it.  “PostSecrets.” Intrigued in general with ‘secrets,’ I opened the book.  “PostSecrets” is a book created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard.

The simple concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before.

Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.  I was intrigued to say the least.  I flipped through the book dazzled by the humor, the honesty and yes the sadness.

The sadness was striking and hard to digest at the same time since it was expressed with such artistic beauty.

Some of the revelations sworn to secrecy were familiar.  Yes, at times I do hate people who display some of the same traits that I do hate within myself.  But I read on.  I found people who felt ignored, unloved, bound and angry.  Some were flippant, using the platform / art piece / literary work as a context to simply goof on the idea of a secret through the use of exaggeration or minimalism.  There were ‘matter of fact secrets’ and then there were ones that we only have had inklings were occurring in some of our family friends and neighbors.

As I perused the expanse of artwork, now with Steve looking over my shoulder, I was turning the pages and found this!  It said, “I cheated on my husban with a woman and i’ll do it again.”  In a way I felt honored to be the unlikely and completely unexpected

recipient of one woman’s “secret.”  I felt sad that she (whomever she was), was obviously torn in her relationship, and that she was burdened with something she seemed to feel ashamed of.  I felt sorry for the unknowing party, the deceived, the husband.  This unknown woman had seen the book, gone into the bathroom which was only 10 steps from the end of the aisle where the section was located, and tore a sheet from the towel dispenser, authored her admission and left it for discovery.

I felt as though the sadness and beauty of this book had just reached out and touched me in reality, there on that shelf in that bookstore while killing time waiting for a Coen Brothers’ movie.

"I only ever played sports to feel like my father loved me."

THE REAL SANTA CLAUS is Mr. Chi City!


This is for real crazy cool. Watch Chi City do what almost nobody does. Warmed my cold little heart. If you want to comment feel free. The best YouTube I’ve seen to date. “Merry Christmas” and “Happy-whatever-floats-your-boat”, just be good to other people, that’s what’s up.

Peace
~Chrissylong TTWM

This is creativity outta control! Amazing artist and charitable human being. One day all ALS patients that were once artists or even endeavor to be, can use this program. It rocks that James Powderly featured the patient’s art in one or more of his intallations. My father (I called him “Dab” not ‘dad” but “Dab” but that’s a weird and esoteric story), passed from ALS and boy would he have liked one of thee pairs of glasses!

KILLING OFF SUBURBIA


Did you know that we are trying to solve some of our countries health and wellness issues by attacking the symptoms per se, and not the cause? Diabetes is a symptom, depression is a symptom, hatred and hate issues are symptoms of the health issues plaguing the United States. But symptoms of what? A really bad idea called ‘suburbia.’ The very structure of suburbia has given rise to our countries physical and mental aches and pains. These ‘aches and pains’ have given rise to a behemoth health care industry that is failing at fixing us and only adding to our health and wellness problems. Now the two are having an ilicit and co-dependant relationship. We need health care to fix our depression, diabetes, and obesity and yet we are becoming depressed with not having ‘access to care’ or the cost of the care and prescriptives being outlandish. How can we circumvent this circular and sick relationship?

Can it be that “building community” is the answer? I am talking about “building community in a convoluted way, I am putting forth the word, “Building community’ in a physical sense. do we need a new scheme for the structure of our communities? Well maybe this isn’t a panacea, but it it might be a foundation.

As we all know, It is with an interest of ‘seclusion, privacy’ and division that Suburban America is planned. But do we really connect diabetes with lack of community? (Sure it’s about blood sugar and other factors but it’s also about community, or lack of it. How about teen suicide rates as the lack of evidentiary social interaction? or how about just plain old obesity? It’s the brain-child of an ill planned practically non-ambulatory community AND the lack of evidentiary socialization.

In the 50’s an agenda was born out of racial fear and tension. That agenda was to medicate it. That prescription brought us the creation of Suburbia. Suburbia kept people confident that ‘only people of a certain race and income could live near you, and that as a group of people from “the neighborhood” could circumvent intrusion and protect ‘the neighborhood’ from hooligans, noise unwanted traffic and transient people, later even renters were excluded. When ‘outsiders who weren’t ‘quite up to muster’ intruded by buying in suburbia we heard the phrase, “There goes the neighborhood” no matter what income level that part of ‘suburbia’ it was. I remember it. I think I heard my parents say it from time to time, sometimes as a joke and sometimes in seriousness as they felt that their ‘standard of living’ might be threatened. Even as mixed racial latin Americans, the phoney promise of suburbia was at work whispering in people’s ears.

So suburbia brought us an exclusionary sense of faux reality. We preceived that there were lions at the gate and if we stuck together we could keep things right. As time passed, children grew and families moved in and out, civil rights were pressed and passed and some minds changed, suburbia relaxed a bit, and spread like wildfire, under the promise of “security from increasing crime.” When more neighborhoods were planned they were planned the same way. Away from freeways, away from any downtown, and in circles, or cul-du-sacs. Our people changed, the neighborhood structures did not.

It serves to reason that if you are ‘secluded’ to a degree anyway that you are ‘far away from something.’ In this case suburbanites were far from everything! The doctor, the florist, the butcher, the fruit and vegeteble stand , the barber, the tailor, the school, and the park, any restaurant, bar, or place of leisure or socialization.

In suburbia there is no town square. There is no ‘Our Town.” We get in our cars, burn gas, deplete the ozone layer, drive several miles to take children to school, pick them up, take them to appointments… and sit supine exhausting no calories, creating no dopamine or seratonin so easily made in the process of walking. We are static and secluded.

We do not greet people in the street, we do not happen upon old friends and acquaintances which probably actually have an intentional role (in the grand cosmic scheme of things), in keeping us not only physically, but also mentally healthy.

We can go for days without happening on a friend, but maybe we’ll ring one up and hear their voice. Nowadays we can look at their profile, see videos of them and communicate via print, which is a small but insufficient substitute in the matter. Dopamine and seratonin levels may rise for a bit. Until next week. Our children do not fare any better. We set up “play dates” for our kids, driving them to their classmates friends’ houses in their own suburbia sometimes miles away, only to confer with the other parent about time of pick up and food allergies to look out for. Some of us forge friendships in this scenario, but most suburbanites point to the social roadblock when asked why they didn’t stay and visit, ‘he or she is not from our neighborhood” or they invoke the mantra “well, I don’t know them that well’ If you are leaving your child in another family’s care to play, then a connection should be forged! We are no longer adept at cultivating casual friendships! Seclusion breeds atrophy! Social atrophy! Which leads to depression…you’re getting the picture.

What if we could walk with our child to their ‘play-dates’? And walk back home? If our communities were structured differently with a town square homes and domiciles surrounding, we would be able to! How much better would that be? what if we saw that family from time to time at that town square, civic center or at the vegetable vendor in the town center? How much better would that be? ….as opposed to forced and tenuous intermittent socialization not initiated by people whom haven’t happened on the idea of possibly being friends in the first place?

Our communities do not encourage exercise, they don’t encourage natural socialization. Our children are obese, they crave socialization, their bodies are wired to acquire this knowledge! so they join virtual worlds, sims, Facebook, MySpace, online gaming etc. . Evidential Exercise and Natural socialization are two of the major components in happiness, health and wellness! and most of America’s current suburban communities don’t afford us those ideals. In ‘Connected communities the din of hate and prospect of hate crime is squelched via the natural growth of tolerance, experienced as children grow up with a variation races and personalities. The sound of the absence of these cultural needs is deafening. But we are so used to the sound that we no longer hear it! We see the problems the absence of these ideals has created but we medicate ourselves and the symptoms.

Some of the ways we medicate the symptoms: We need more exercise, we are beginning to see signs of diabetes and have gone past the limit we said we’d never ‘get to’ with our weight. So…we buy a Wii and begin an exercise routine! Since we live so far from our outlying ‘places of business’, necessary shopping, and places of enjoyment and leisure outside the home, we drive to them. But we have to account for traffic. There are many more people trying to get to their places of business and necessary shopping too! So….plan to leave our suburban enclave hours ahead of time. Do we have time to do the exercise that we will view vicariously? Most of the time, no…we do not. Do we get depressed and give up trying? A lot of people do.

Can you blame suburbanites for not wanting to walk miles and miles to their first destination and then miles and miles to their second and so on? I don’t. I live in suburbia or in a semi-suburbia. Above an art colony. I am trying to get out, I am still encased. I drive to better planned communities and partake in their inclusiveness and happiness, because I know that my ‘enclave’ is not good for me or my children. Yes, I have to drive my children to school and pick them up because their schools are much too far to walk. So I am looking for a new (used) home in an older, more well-planned community in the interest in changing these very things for myself!

In traveling to Europe last year i found that people in most of the towns in Europe are happier and healthier. In France, Greece, Italy, Croatia, and Spain they know not the isolation, the inactivity and yes the possible depression associated with ‘seclusion’ ‘privacy’ and ‘exclusion’. They are more fit than Wii Americans! (pun intended). European crime rates are lower and the rates of suicide make ours look like somebody’s giving out kool-aid!. It just works and Americans experience these cultures, most want to live that way. America should re-think it’s idea of community. No more whining about diabetes, depression, hate crimes, childhood obesity, let’s get to work. Let’s re-think “community” beginning on structure and focus on teaching our children that this is the root of our health and wellness problems. Let’s ask them to consider making a difference, to build better communities.

We need more civil engineers, more city planners (good ones, not corrupt ones), eco-designers and builders. We need a heap of other people in ‘helping vocations’ that push the agenda of physical change in our communities forward. We won’t need more health care administrators, fat farm coaches, lap band program counselors, Chuck E. Cheese’s, fitness coaches, addiction / rehab houses or Mac Donald’s restaurants.

We will build and re-build ‘connected communities’ that can’t help but support each-other in good good health, physical and mental.

BREWERY ART WALK – Doin’ it their way…



By Matt Mason
April 19, 2010
From Los Angeles Metblog.

I went to my first Brewery Artwalk yesterday, and was truly inspired. Seeing the tremendous variety of artwork, and interacting with the artists where they live and work, was mind-blowing.

And what an environment it is. Billed as the world’s largest art colony, the Brewery arts complex (former home of the Eastside and later Pabst breweries and the Edison Power Plant) felt like it could have been in Oregon, or upstate New York, anywhere but within the city of Los Angeles. The studios in the one-story buildings each had front “yards,” with plants, lawn furniture, interesting trinkets, and even a hot tub or two. Inside, while some of the studios had distinct living and working spaces (often the living spaces were the lofts upstairs), others had a more seamless flow between the two. It was fascinating to see how different each space was, reflecting the personalities of the artists. Some of those artists, by the way, were painfully shy, and it must have been weird for them to have strangers tromping through their combined homes/work spaces.

As might be expected, the artwork ranged from painting to photographs to jewelry, mixed media, video, and more. However, we found the prices to be surprisingly high, up to at least $ 9,500 (why do art prices so frequently end in multiples of $ 500?) Much of this art was not priced to sell, in my opinion, and, according to our observations, sell it didn’t. We only saw one item sold, an attractive and reasonably priced ($120 or less) lamp. I began thinking about the whole art vs. commerce tension. I can understand how many of these items must have taken scores of hours of painstaking work, and that the artists would not want to part with their babies for less than a sum that reflected all of that hard work. And perhaps many of these artists are selling commissioned pieces beyond the gaze of art tourists such as myself. But it seems to me that some of these artists could use a bit of marketing assistance (especially for those artists or their assistants who hid in the corner when potential buyers came through their studio doors).

This artist had a terrific PEZ collection. 3 Elvises on the right.
Likewise, I was pleasantly surprised that admission to the Artwalk was free. They could easily have charged a modest admission price of, say, $5 to $8, and still have attracted thousands of people. Moreover, we really lucked out on parking, which some say can be difficult. We showed up at after 1:30 p.m., and the parking staffers (who were pleasant and efficient) opened up some non-spots right inside the entrance to the neighboring UPS parking lot for us, so basically we got the third spot in. That also made for a quick and easy exit, and a very low-stress afternoon overall. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Speaking of cheese, the only knock I would give the Artwalk is the food. Inside the complex, there were basically two choices — the crowded Barbara’s restaurant, or the crowded food tent that was heavily biased towards meat items such as grilled hot dogs/sausages and beef ribs (and I am in no way intending to recall a certain verrrry long comments thread here from a few months ago). Whether or not one tries to take into account the demographics of who attends the Artwalk, it seems to me that more food options would make sense, and dollars.

So maybe next April, or next October, I’ll be back with my own snacks. But I’ll definitely be back.

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Jodi Kurland (jodi) on April 20th, 2010 @ 6:12 am

I love the Brewery Artwalk and often go twice a year. We only made it for a short time last Fall and didn’t manage to go this past weekend. I’m bummed, but will hopefully get there for the next one.

NCLB: Our Children… Left Behind and basically handed to recruiters for the military? Be outraged!


NCLB is more than Under-funded and Under-planned, it’s Under-handed.

Here’s my list of nefarious things about NCLB and…WE CAN AND SHOULD PROTEST THIS first one ASAP!!!….

(at the end of this entire post..there is an amazing video on this subject, don’t forget to view it)…

#1 NCLB gives military recruiters the names, social security numbers  and addresses of your children!!!! (once they they become juniors in high school!!! – boys and girls alike).  You must opt-out of this process, but the problem is that neither of these two facts are publicized, so our kids sixteen and older are ripe targets for recruiters.  They are then allowed to call your homes, talk to your young adults (teens), and visit them on the school campus without your knowledge…unless of course you opt out.

Here’s the part of NCLB that puts this process in motion:

NCLB  Section 9528

  • Requires that school districts release the names, addresses and telephone numbers of juniors and seniors to military recruiters upon request unless an Opt-Out form is signed and returned.
  • In LAUSD the Opt-Out form must be returned to the local school by OCTOBER 27th, 2007.  All others check with your school district.

ASVAB – a way to get around the “Opt-Outs”

  • The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a voluntary military placement exam used as a general aptitude test for career options.
  • IT IS A MILITARY RECRUITING TOOL and was given in 75% of LAUSD schools in 2005.
  • Schools are guilt of violating family confidentiality by giving military recruiters access to private information gathered from students via the ASVAB testing information (including social security numbers)
  • Military recruiters use the ASVAB to ignore the Opt-Out process.
  • The ASVAB skirts parental rights by giving incomplete information to parents about it, and by releasing private information to military recruiters without parental consent.
  • The only way to ensure student privacy is to use other aptitude diagnostic tools instead of the military entrance exam.
  • It’s voluntary, don’t take the ASVAB.  If you choose to take it request Option 8 that means scores will not be released to military recruiters.

PENTAGON DATABASE

  • The Pentagon has been collecting a centralized data base without Congressional authorization of over 700 pieces of information on millions of youth between 16 to 25 years of age.

Act to Protect Your Privacy from Military Recruiters!!

You may be harassed at home by military recruiters because your name, address and phone number will be given to them by your school — unless you tell your school to not give out the information. To exercise your legal right to have this information kept private, you should notify your school office as soon as possible. Some school districts may provide their own forms for this, but they must obey your request no matter how you submit it. You can write your own letter or use the one below. (I was told at our school that they will not consider a handwritten note from a parent, that we MUST use one of the official forms.  Use a letter or form for each individual student and keep a copy. It is not required by law, but we recommend having a parent or guardian also sign.

Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (No Child Left Behind) mandates that school districts must provide
the contact information (names, addresses and telephone numbers) of juniors and seniors to the military upon request unless an Opt Out form
is signed and returned to the school.

Students must Opt Out every year.

here is the link to the paperwork that must be turned in to The Pentagon allowing you as a parent to “opt-out” your student from potential recruitment, which NCLB gives them the right to do.

ENGLISH:     http://www.militaryfreeschools.org/PDF/optout09.pdf

SPANISH:     http://www.militaryfreeschools.org/PDF/LAUSDoptout09sp.pdf

More information on NCLB in general:

#1 NCLB does not FIX anything!  It is making our students, teachers and administrators suffer.

NCLB has good intentions: It aims to improve teacher quality, provide school choice for families, and hold schools accountable for academic achievement. It does this last bit by measuring kids’ performance in grades 3-11 and in a very unfair and odd way.

Additionally, results must be reported in such a way that demographic groups are reported separately. This way, a school can’t make progress with some groups, while leaving others behind. This disaggregated data reveals the performance by ethnic identification, income level, and disability status. It has the capacity to shed light on the dark corners of discrimination that has been historically reinforced by our multi-tiered school system.
In fact it creates problems:

One the  biggest problems with NCLB is that it stipulates 100% compliance by the year 2014. That is to say that every group of students in every school is responsible for performing at grade level by then, and in every year between now and then, they are to make what is known as “adequate yearly progress,” commonly referred to as AYP. This means that they must meet the linear target between where they are now, and grade level proficiency. The thing is: every school, in every district, is being held to the same standard. They are all expected to reach that common standard by 2014.

It’s a great idea, but the supports necessary in order for schools to reach that performance level are not in place!  If a school has been performing at grade level all along, they’re golden. If a school is serving a community that has historically been underperforming, they are in big trouble, because every year that they haven’t made AYP-which increases proportionally the further they are from grade level performance to begin with-the greater the gains they must make each year.

So, if a school which has been lacking the resources and supports in order to demonstrate proficiency misses the AYP target one year, it must not only meet that target the following year, but also hit the next target on the linear path to proficiency, as if they had never gotten off track. This is nearly impossible. It’  The problems in a school not meeting AYP are always varied, complex,  and sometimes ethereal. And what happens if a school doesn’t make AYP by 2014? (I mean really, once you’ve missed it one or two years, the chances of catching up are quite slim.) Well, there is no plan for that. Your school gets redesigned- but the kids are the same, and so are all the unsolvedand unaddressed problems that made the school unsuccessful in the first place, are still there!

So what should be done?  While it is true that some data indicate some things that are useful, but testing is not the silver bullet, and we are killing our kids with it, and there is no excitement in the curriculum and no spark to interest the children in learning.  (What happened to the ‘wonder of learning?)  Isn’t it more important to plant the seeds of curiosity, organization and critical thinking?  This cannot be done with a mundane one size fits all curriculum where teachers have no ability to make their message maleable! and creative!   We need to provide low-performing school communities with the enrichment opportunities that are known to correlate with what are  thought to be the cause for later high academic achievement.   We need to make teaching a harder job to get, and a more attractive professional choice.

We need to recognize this as the keystone issue that it is: the fundamental reform of our schools is not the work only for teachers and administrators, this is a civil rights issue.  These are our children, we have a right to give our children a public education.  We pay our hard earned tax dollars into the state and federal coffers in order to fund a fair and just curriculum.  There are items here which should be an outrage.   This is a community development issue, and a global economy issue.  The fight to end NCLB requires the commitment of everyone in every sector in our society.  Let’s take our children’s education back.  Childhood is a journey, NOT A RACE!!!!

#2 NCLB is underfunded

This destructive program is imposed and enforced by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, which has made federal funding for public education contingent on the states holding teachers and schools accountable for “achievement” as measured by student performance on standardized math and reading tests, with the putative intention of narrowing and eventually (by 2014) totally eliminating the “achievement gap” between students in affluent suburban schools and students in innercity schools. The law stipulates punitive measures for schools that don’t measure up. These schools, invariably already cash and resource starved, must use some of their federal Title I funding to pay for private after-school tutoring programs

#3 NCLB is underplanned

#4 NCLB turns schools into starving wolves punishing chronically ill children as truants as their continued absence dilutes the AYP and state monies.  Schools are quick  to litigate against students’  parents until either the family leaves the school or  complies with inordinate and almost insurmountable compliance process in order to avoid truant status,  per the California state attendance rules and the definition of  “truancy.”

#5 NCLB turns kids in to wonderful test takers and strategizers!  Not critical thinkers!  (there are classes on ‘test taking strategies!)

#6 NCLB schools are indirectly encouraged to cease funding ART, MUSIC and even PHYSICAL EDUCATION, in order to reapportion funds to accounts that support raising test scores and providing  for remedial options for children who are not making progress toward the school’s goal.    Monies are thought to be better directed toward the goal of   Making AYP and hence getting closer to “100% proficiency,”  therefore they opt to take from art, music and P.E. in order to assure better test scores in the basics and make sure they don’t miss achievement of the AYP.    (Usually Physical education is not taken out of the curriculum but minimal benchmark changes  are made with less or lower cost equipment.)**

#7 NCLB slaps so much work on kids in order to ensure that they test high and contribute to the school’s AYP, that the stress is detrimental. We experienced 12-13 pages of homework every night, where my son (who was an “A” student at the time and still is), would work from after school, through dinner and even after bedtime in order to complete all of the tasks assigned to him. Sometimes sneaking a flashlight in his bed to finish his assignments.!  This was common with other students also.

#8 NCLB creates a “one size fits all” curriculum by grade, higher achievers must wait and do busy work while students slower to grasp concepts struggle to understand curriculum. Higher achievers are not challenged. On the flip-side “mentally challenged” or “special education” students are given the same curriculum as the standard students and mandated to reach the same goals!

#9 NCLB Makes teachers statisticians. There is no intuitive teaching aspect to working with children. There is no personal touch, in fact, teachers cannot even touch students. No pat on the back or handshake unless those occurrences are mandated by curriculum and are necessary to a learning module.  There is only speed-tests, test taking strategies and rubrics.  It is now well known that students can be classified by ‘learning style’ for example: tactile, verbal, viusal, and any combination therof. The problem is that even with this knowlege, there is very little flexibility in the NCLB curriculum that allows the teacher to reach individual students via these concepts.

#10 NCLB makes time ‘of the essence’ as each student must have scores that contribute to and help the school reach their AYP. (Adequate Yearly Progress), or they will become a liability to the school. Each school must achieve AYP every year and each and every student must be deemed 100% “proficient by 2014

#11 NCLB places a “monetary value” on a student’s capacity to attend school consistently.  (If a student’s cost to attendance ratio is skewed by illness, therefor necessary absence, the school will try to rid themselves of the ‘liability! . See my older post ! This is happening to me, (my son and my family)!!!