This week was the epitome of anti-climactic as the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Trustee Richard “Tricky Dick” Barrera hand-picked Superintendent successor,
“Lovey Dovey Lamont” Jackson was appointed to replace the prevous Tricky Dick hand picked SDUSD Superintendent…
The only shocking thing about this outcome is how much time and money was wasted on this “Superintendent Selection” scam. Since Marten officially left on May 13, 2021, there has been ten full months of expensive propaganda posturing, puting together fake selection committees and deploying town hall meetings with and without the candidates without a single question asked and answered directly by ANY of the candidates from ANY non-appointed SDUSD Stakeholder.without a prescreened, homogenized, wording manipulation by the SDUSD.
NOT ONE UNEDITED QUESTION FROM ANY INDEPENDENT (NON-APPOINTED), IDENTIFIED SDUSD STAKEHOLDER WAS ANSWERED BY ANY OF THE SDUSD SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATES IN THE PAST 10 MONTHS!!!
Questions sent to a SDUSD/Tricky Dick crony moderator for wording manipulation or from a “selection committee” filled with a group of hand picked SDUSD/Tricky Dick cronies does not qualify as REAL “Community” questions OR “Community” involvement. It proves that this was a pure Tricky Dick/SDUSD Scam.
To the massive detriment to the education of thousands of SDUSD Students, this corrupt 10 month scam to appoint grossly inadequate Lovey Dovey Lamont Jackson continues the diseased legacy of grossly incompetent and corrupt former SDUSD Superintendent Cindy “Typhoid” Marten and her personal mentor and professional partner Trustee Tricky Dick Barrera.
Today’s Sunday Reads article is about another individual that “Typhoid Marten” has unethically infected with her diseased legacy of corruption, current Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. Apparently the spouting of platitudes with ZERO verified transparency and fulfillment that we heard from Marten for over 7 years and during the 10 months sickeningly sweet, phony pronouncements with no action by Lovey Dovey Lamont Jackson, has also infected Cardona.
The featured EdSurge article below explains how the Cardona “Big Ideas” (just like the big ideas of Marten and Jackson over the last 8 years) are corruptly spewed with ZERO details and, most likely, ZERO REAL deployment.
We have featured the complete EdSurge article today in Sunday Reads with our synopsis and analysis and we strongly urge our readers to click on the title (in red) to read the full article for themselves.
With Few Details But Big Ideas, Sec. Cardona Pushes Total Reimagining of Education
By Emily Tate Mar 9, 2022
In the last two years, while schools experienced more disruption and strain than in almost any other time in recent memory, education leaders have been broadcasting one message, loud and clear and often: Education cannot go back to normal. This moment presents a chance to move forward, not go back. The upheaval of the pandemic can be an opportunity for positive change, if we let it.
As the weather warms and COVID cases plummet and classrooms return to full capacity, the moment of truth is near. And during a keynote panel at the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona made sure to drill home the message to the hundreds of educators seated before him.
“We’re closer to a reset in education than ever before. We’ve already been disrupted,” said Cardona, who worked as an educator and administrator in Connecticut before becoming Secretary in early 2021. “So why are we building it back the way it was when it didn’t work for everybody?”
He added: “I want to make sure that as we see now, masks off and things are starting to look normal, that we do not lose our sense of urgency around not only the gaps that existed before, but the gaps that were made worse. So we need to really double down.”
The Secretary was scant on details when it came to how to make this happen, leaving some educators to point out afterward that the message is likely to fall flat without clear plans for implementation. But he emphasized that any improvements or “reimagining” of education should involve putting students at the center and giving educators more agency and respect.
Students at the Center
Alongside a panel of three local students—a high school senior in Austin, as well as two college students—whose education experiences were upended by COVID-19, Cardona reminded the audience that they are in this field doing this work to serve students. Yet, too often, educators don’t ask students what they need or want from their schools.
Cardona recommended shifting this dynamic to give students more voice and to support them not only by teaching content but by providing them with the critical mental health resources and social-emotional connections that so many young people need.
“We need to make sure that we’re providing environments that meet their needs. ‘Cause when those needs are being met, [students’] ability—their bandwidth—for learning exponentially increases. So those days of structuring our schools where student voice was marginalized have to be behind us,” Cardona said. “How are students’ voices driving the improvement work of a school? I think that’s the question we have to ask as we move forward in education.”
The students on the panel were asked what they would change about education if they had Cardona’s job.
The high school student, Gesenia Alvarez from Travis High School, said she would “change the way teachers teach” so that it de-emphasizes rote memorization and encourages critical thinking.
The two college students both said they’d focus on making education more equitable, primarily by making it accessible and high-quality across the board.
“The system is broken,” said John Mark Wesley Hunter, a student at Austin Community College studying art and animation. “And so providing equal education for people so that they have equal opportunities, so that society isn’t shutting them out, I think is really important.”
Embedding Support for Educators
Cardona knows as well as anyone that to be able to support students, educators must also feel supported. But for the last two years—and even before—many have felt quite the opposite of that.
Educators “need a chance to breathe as well and be supported,” Cardona said, before seeming to take aim at state legislatures that have recently proposed a flurry of bills restricting what educators can say or teach in the classroom on subjects such as LGBTQ issues and racism. “We can start respecting our educators. We can start by honoring them and not passing legislation that undermines our educators and our education system. We need to make sure that we’re lifting up the profession.”
He mentioned giving teachers “a seat at the table” where decisions are made, as a way of bringing their voices in the fold and showing them that their expertise is truly valued and heard. He also acknowledged that educators have suffered and experienced trauma in the last two years, too, and that for them to be available to help students through their own trauma and challenges—including helping the more than 140,000 students who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19—educators’ needs must be addressed. “We need to make sure we’re embedding better supports for our educators,” he said.
Cardona ended the hour-long conversation by noting that fellow educators are expecting him to make positive changes to the field, and by telling the audience that he intends to.
“I spent over 20 years in my education career pointing fingers and saying, ‘The system is broken.’ Well, now I represent the system. So it’s on me,” he said. “I take this job very seriously as a father, as an educator, as a Latino, to do as much as I can do now, so that generations later don’t have to deal with some of the issues we have.”
DISTRICT DEEDS SYNOPSIS:
Reading through this article from EdSource brought on a strong reaction. We immediately thought of two words “infection” and “flashback”.
The headline “With Few Details But Big Ideas” could have been taken from the archives of many local media outlets regarding the big talk, no action “No Mercy” Marten era. We had a dousing of this same infection during the last 10 months and earlier from Lovey Dovey Lamont and had gotten used to him trying to get skin tight with the Marten brand of corruptly advancing his career on the backs of thousands of horribly educated SDUSD Students. As we said in Sunday Reads on January 27, 2022:
From crying on stage to randomly expressing unrequited love to all multiple times, proudly stating he is “unapologetic” multiple times and then finally proving he is actually “unapologetic” over his misdeeds with Marten and Foster by using a dead student to avoid sharing his position on Charter Schools, Temp Superintendent Jackson out did himself during the debate and earned himself a new nickname…Dr. Lamont “Lovey Dovey” Jackson
Here is the definitiion of “infect” from Dictionary.com:
As a psychophant, the infected Jackson fully embraced (in more ways than one) the “taint” and the moral corruption of Typhoid Marten. But the “infection” of Lovey Dovey Lamont by Typhoid Marten was “old news” and did not trigger any flashbacks while reviewing this article. Most past flashbacks regarding Marten and Jackson related to their SDUSD bylaw violating support of disgraced former Trustee Marne Foster and have long since receded.
What did trigger our SDUSD corruption flashbacks were the many empty pronouncements by Cardona. As we said in the introdution of this article:
The spouting of platitudes with ZERO verified fulfillment that we heard from Marten for over 7 years and during the 10 months sickeningly sweet, phony pronouncements with no action by Lovey Dovey Lamont Jackson has also infected Cardona.
Here is a definition of “flashback” by the American Pschological Association:
Marten’s infected SDUSD legacy has had many traumatic event flash points over the years for SDUSD Stakeholders including Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff, Familes and Taxpayers. It appears that traumatic infection has spread to Cardona.
Let’s go through the article briefly to identify the “triggers” through what was and was not said by Cardona.
First, what was not said:
- Multiple mentions of Teachers and Students, ONE mention of parents…DEAD Parents.
Searching through the article Parents were mentioned once, dead Parents that is:
Article quote: “He also acknowledged that educators have suffered and experienced trauma in the last two years, too, and that for them to be available to help students through their own trauma and challenges—including helping the more than 140,000 students who lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19″
FLASHBACK! Okay, we know that the national and local teacher union political support are critical to Cardona keeping his job and Students are the moneymaker for the Department of Education, but where do Parents fit in with Cardona?
Answer: The same place as they fit in with Marten and Jackson…absolutely nowhere and devastating to Parents and Guardians. Not even considered for a “seat at the table”.
With the Marten infection, Parents are good for photo ops and volunteering at schools to do grunt work but good for little else. Definitely a Marten flashback, definitely a sign Cardona has the Marten Virus.
- Using Students as props to spout propaganda favorable to the Public Education business and Union leadership.
Article quote: “Alongside a panel of three local students—a high school senior in Austin, as well as two college students—whose education experiences were upended by COVID-19“
The question asked by Cardona of the High School Student was:
“what they would change about education if they had Cardona’s job.”
Answer by student (with article writer bias included:
“change the way teachers teach” so that it de-emphasizes rote memorization and encourages critical thinking.
Response by Cardona: No Response
FLASHBACK! Just like Marten and Jackson, treat naive Students as brainless props and don’t answer when confronted with a tough question, especially one that might negatively impact their intimate relationship with the Teacher Union leadership. Definitely a Marten flashback, definitely a sign Cardona has the Marten Virus.
- Teachers come first, last and always, everyone else, especially parents and Students, come last.
Article quote: He mentioned giving teachers “a seat at the table” where decisions are made, as a way of bringing their voices in the fold and showing them that their expertise is truly valued and heard.
FLASHBACK! It is somewhat similar in the corrupt SDUSD except that in the SDUSD the SDEA Teachers Union doesn’t only sit at the table, they OWN the table and OWN who is allowed at the table. The SDEA OWNS the Board of Education, who they allow to sit at it. They don’t OWN parents and thereby don’t allow them at the table…period! Where is the advocacy from our elected Trustees and appointed Superintendent (Marten or Jackson) for a “seat at the table” for Parents, community and taxpayers? Nowhere to be found for over the last 8 years. Looks like Cardona is intimately on board with Marten for this issue and has been fully infected.
- Using personal background stories to create plausible deniability of educational malpractice against Students, Parents and Communities.
Article quote: “I take this job very seriously as a father, as an educator, as a Latino, to do as much as I can do now, so that generations later don’t have to deal with some of the issues we have.”
FLASHBACK! How many times do we need to hear about fatherhood/motherhood, marriages, race, religion and background to verify that a leader is somehow moral, ethical and will bever betray Stakeholders?
Answer: Anytime corrupt public servants can force us to listen. Being a Father/Mother, a particular race, religion or sex, and/or having government job does not mean that an appointee has any committment to moral and ethical leadership.
Look no further than “Typhoid” Marten, a Jewish, white mother and wife, who claimed “it depends” whether forced oral copulation between Kindergarten students is “a serious incident” and duped thousands of SDUSD familes and Students as young as 5 years old, with a horrible education over her 7+ year tenure and was rewarded by Cardona for doing so.
What matters is REAL ACTIONS AND COMMITMENT to honesty, transparency and accountability and inclusion of ALL Stakeholders.
Marten and infected sychophant Jackson HAVE NEVER delivered that while they were in charge and it is now becoming increasingly doubtful that Marten infected Cardona will deploy any actions or committment to moral and ethical leadership either.
Cardona is unfortunately turning out to be…
Just the same Typhoid Marten “Few Details But Big Ideas”.
Just another Typhoid Marten Infection casualty.
Just the same old Typhoid Marten story…Federal Government style.
“She doesn’t try to have dignity or refinement. She wants to affect men by what she says, not what she doesn’t say.”
― Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical
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