By Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"
There were 176 charter schools rated by U.S. News and World Report. These were high schools. There was one school in the top 100 from Newark and one school from New York that made number 140. North Star Charter tested 79 percent of its students on the Advanced Placement and 50 percent passed. This sound a lot like GED statistics in New York, which has the worst passing rate in the nation on G.E.D. (except for Puerto Rico). Here is how Green Dot NY Charter performed. Green Dot tested 34 percent of its students and 27 percent passed. Do I have to say anymore? Okay there is one more thing. College readiness goes from 100 percent all the way down to 19.2 percent and that final entry is consistent with schools across the country, but college readiness can be even much lower than 19.2 percent for minority students entering college across our nation.
These are 5 of the top high schools in the nation in the top 20 schools and they are charter schools:
The top five charter schools and their position in the national ranking are BASIS Tucson, Arizona, 2; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 3; BASIS Scottsdale, Arizona, 5; Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, California, 11; International Studies Charter High School, Miami, Florida, 15.
We really have to ask ourselves in our communities why those top schools are doing so well and why so many schools are not doing so well. We hear so many people talking and writing about how much better charter schools are than neighborhood schools, but here U.S. News and World Report is giving us factual information that tells us that lots of charter schools are not performing well. I have written before and I will write again that we have to judge charter schools in a new way and I found out how. We shall see how long it takes Americans to wake up.
Even Sean Hannity was talking about how poorly our nation’s school are doing, but I am reasonably sure that he is misrepresenting the truth. And we can pass the blame on conservatives and liberals who really are too conservative make a difference. We know that every few years there is an improvement in our schools. The Board of Education was making progress before Michael Bloomberg declared the new Department of Education and its policies a great solution. He was not really telling the people the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but I am sure that things improved.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 07:53 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
LIMAC is the Long Island Minority Aids Coalition and I thank Jose Rios for inviting me to the event that took place in Jones Bones Theater (now Nikon Theater) in Nassau County. As I left my home for the event, I was still not sure what kind of event it was, but I knew that I was going to promote the Convoy of Hope which is talking about doing 30 community events next year. I found out as soon as I got there. Soon after arriving, I learned that Donnie Mc Clurkin was involved and he soon showed up. I wanted to tell him how I did some work with Herman Mendoza years ago, but since he could not speak due to surgery I was unable to talk to him as his staff limited his contact to people. I think it was an unfortunate moment, but life goes on. I was at Jones Beach, but my mind was on Staten Island and Ferguson, Missouri. The event was fine and the people attending the event were really nice to me. Meeting those people reminded me of the work that Herman Mendoza started back in those days. He called it “One Voice” and it included Wyclef Jean. Not everything was perfect at the event, but there was a feeling of “One Voice” at this event as I circulated talking to people.
I found people from Mt. Vernon and Paterson, New Jersey that discussed education with me. We can begin where we want. Governor Chris Christie was mentioned for destroying the schools there. This was caused by lack of funding and more. The charter schools were mentioned and a teacher from the South Bronx wants to invite me to her school and then into Mt. Vernon. The woman from Paterson used to live on the Lower East Side. She mentioned P.S. 97 where my brother attended for a brief time. She knows that the school district was one of the worst in the city back in those days. I lived and worked there. I told the teachers about going from the “Rubber Room” to helping the world. This was my kind of experience. I met people from international organizations there and we can all connect to help people anywhere in the world. My door is open to Donnie Mc Clurkin.
I spoke with the mother of a N.B.A. player this week and told her that athletic clinics should do much more for the children. We should encourage the children to learn foreign languages. Donnie Mc Clurkin and his church could do the same thing now. They have a G.E.D. class in the church and that will benefit adults who need jobs and access to college and more. We need to do more and the Cry For Help is about this effort to help. The N.B.A. and Donnie Mc Clurkin have to do much more because there are great solutions available to people. We have to put everyone right on the target and too often we are missing the target.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 09:03 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
Michelle Malkin wrote a powerful article in the New York Post dedicated to the police who have died in the line of duty. In the aftermath of the horrible events on American soil in Ferguson, Missouri, what really is needed are solutions to the problem. As a Jew who knows some history, I think of a rabbi being beaten by the police in New York in the early twentieth century. I also think about what the French perpetrated on Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Our nation is divided just as France was divided and the Malkin article not only shows the division, but also is an attempt to maintain the division. Malkin’s article is far from balanced as she recognizes that mistakes are made. The mistake she made, again, is not providing solutions…solutions…solutions. This is really typical of the New York Post as it continues to divide New Yorkers. We have to do more to remove incidents that have inflamed nations. Captain Alfred Dreyfus, Rodney King, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, and Michael Brown are names never to forget. I certainly do not want my name to surface for a similar reason. The Dreyfus case eventually led to the Holocaust in Europe. Yes there is a continuity of events that all Jews should think of when we read about the kind of violence that we are seeing in Ferguson. Yes we should try harder to understand the important role that Reverend Al Sharpton is trying to play right now and not just look at his unfortunate past. We should do what we can do to calm down the protestors and those people in Ferguson that are or who will be misguided, because we really can do things that can make America better. Yes every life counts and innocent police should never ever be victimized as well.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 12:36 PM
Por Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"
Un libro fantástico sobre el sexo escrito en una manera provocativa puede atraer mucha atención y un libro por una mujer famosa como Hillary Clinton puede ser igual. Dentro de un mes y pico hay cerca de un millón copias en circulación gracias a las compras. El libro Amazing Race for Kids es un libro en 5 idiomas que ayuda rápidamente a los niños y ellos pueden acelerar en uno o más de los idiomas dentro de días. Y el estudio de un Segundo idioma es una parte integral de la educación de los niños de los ricos. Todavía pocos niños dominicanos tienen esta oportunidad. Explicando esto en palabras diferentes, Danilo no puede proveer todo esto a un país y su pueblo. Pero los dominicanos pueden hacer mucho más por su familia. Puede ser una realidad. Es igual en El Salvador y todos los países del mundo. La Casa Blanca de Barack Obama no puede hacer lo que yo he mencionado. Faltan la visión los gobiernos y la gente encargarda no tiene ninguna idea cómo transformar los niños. Podemos botar de poder a ellos pero la competición no tiene el conocimiento tampoco. Los haitianos en la Quisqueya que aprenden español saben más que sus líderes. Y muchos de ellos hablan inglés también. Estos haitianos son prisioneros solamente de su pobreza pero tienen mucha más potencial de la dominicana típica. Un grupo de niños americanos en la Casa Blanca o un grupo en el Palacio Nacional en el distrito nacional en Santo Domingo que no aprende un segundo idioma está mal guiado por sus padres y sus líderes. Hay poder en aprender dice el programa de Pedro Martinez en Manoguayabo. O e palante que vamos por portugués, inglés, francés o italiano. Coma una pizza y aprenda italiano. Estudie portugués al comer bacalhau (bacalao). Prepare un pan francesa para sus niños con leche y con huevos al leer palabras similares como constitution, dimension y liberté en un libro. Y finalmente compre Ojalá Que Llueva Inglés (en El Campo o en la Ciudad…donde quiera) al pensar de la oportunidad de comer en un fast food americano (Mc Donald, Burger King, Wendys). Watsup con dominicanos? Se necesita más estudios para obtener trabajos mejores y vivir mejor e evitar la demencia o Alzheimer en la vida. Muchos de los jóvenes de la Universidad no lo entienden también. Ellos están contentos de hablar mucho con sus amigos sin entender esta moviliación importante.
En mi país hay un americano dan cohen, un hombre con una visión enorme de ayduar toda la familia. Hay ancianos que viven más o menos como vegetales. La música despierta a ellos y su programa ahora es viral, afectando miles y miles de ancianos en muchos estados. El progreso de su movimiento es el resultado de los jóvenes que compran un i-pod para sus abuelos. Se puede aprender mucho más de los esfuerzos de Dan Cohen en el sitio web www.musicandmemory.org. Estamos hablando de renovar vidas por música e idiomas en todos. Hay un video excelente que muestra un americano con 92 años y la animación de él al escuchar la música. Vamos a entrar en una relalidad diferente hoy juntos. Ahora hay más de 10,,000 donaciones de i-pod ayudando muchos ancianos. Hay acción ahora en vez de complacencia. Haga una promesa de tomar las acciones para mejorar su familia.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 09:34 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
The front page of Newsday said Unprotected Young mom killed by abusive ex-boyfriend after failure by Suffolk cops. She had called the Suffolk police again and again.
Suffolk County has mishandled a domestic violence case that has resulted in murder, the article spelled out. Police officers were named and dozens of people were interviewed in the case of Norma Santia Williams who was killed in 2011. This just happened and within the last couple of weeks I have done my best to bring about change. I contacted NALEO or the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and there are Hispanic elected officials on Long Island. I contacted a national organization against domestic violence in Washington, D.C. as well. I have to complete my efforts to promote change through the League of Sister Cities organization.
Right at this moment we know that the NYPD Housing Police has a new initiative in which police will do follow up visits to women who have been victimized by domestic violence. In Nassau County, New York, the county executive has started an animal shelter to protect victims of domestic violence while they find a safer place to live. We give thanks for these public safety initiatives, but what are the mayors and governors doing across the country. And what is the White House doing? We hope that they all cooperate to save lives and keep people away from almost certain imprisonment.
Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to hire part-time police officers who have retired. These officers, if hired or when hired, could be used to help domestic violence victims who are not living in city housing. This kind of initiative could be useful to the entire nation in saving lives. We should demand action and new initiatives from Suffolk, where the last time I called the police months ago someone told me no one wants to talk to me. Let the truth be told. I really think that we should hire more full time police and produce bigger changes that will make dangerous places safer across our nation.
Even in relation to New York City and Long Island, we should be asking how long the mayor has known about this new idea. Where did he get the idea from and when? Was this idea shared with Michael Bloomberg when he was the mayor? Basically I want to know if people in power are playing politics with the lives of people.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 07:35 AM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
Michelle Malkin seems to be right again. In her latest article in the New York Post (August 9, 2014) she says that students have to learn math, writing, and reading and she points out that state education codes must be maintained. She feels that social justice schools will be stacking the deck in favor of worldwide liberal causes and I guess she feels that this could destroy individualism. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. There is no anti-union terminology in her article, but the does mention wealth distribution and poverty among other items. Wow she did not mention unions. It’s quite possible that the schools mentioned, the John J. Duggan Middle School in Massachusetts, the Crescent Heights Social Justice Magnet in Los Angeles, and the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School (is that a union shop or not) in Massachusetts have all passed the state mandate for neutral values already. What concerns me much more and should concern the nation is this. Governor Rick Perry was on the radio yesterday telling the world that 35 percent of the jobs created in the nation during the recovery were in his state. I want everyone to focus on this. With all of the talk about STEM and all of the students in STEM classes,
Common Core and Jobs-
We hear and see massive amounts of attention paid to “the fact” that the U.S. has massive numbers of IT jobs that go unfulfilled. Yet there is evidence to the contrary supplied by our own government. Here is a U.S. Census Bureau Report from 2012:
Census Bureau Reports Majority of STEM College Graduates Do Not Work in STEM Occupations
“The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM occupations. … "STEM graduates have relatively low unemployment, however these graduates are not necessarily employed in STEM occupations," said Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist in the Census Bureau's Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch. According to new statistics from the 2012 American Community Survey, engineering and computer, math and statistics majors had the largest share of graduates going into a STEM field with about half employed in a STEM occupation. Science majors had fewer of their graduates employed in STEM. About 26 percent of physical science majors; 15 percent of biological, environmental and agricultural sciences majors; 10 percent of psychology majors; and 7 percent of social science majors were employed in STEM.”
We have to learn from history. When Bill Clinton ran against Ross Perot, it was Ross Perot who said that Bill Clinton had created only chicken plucking jobs in Arkansas. Ross Perot was a conservative who was condemning American job growth. We are still condemning American job growth. What has Rick Perry accomplished? Okay let us now rephrase the question. What has Texas accomplished? I want a full disclosure from that state showing all jobs and pay scales. I looked all over the internet for a Michelle Malkin article on Rick Perry and the job creation. I could not find it, but I guess that Michelle Malkin can explain it all. She has taken on Rick Perry over health issues, but she seems to be silent about job creation in
This is what I came up with later on about Texas.
Taking into consideration net growth of jobs what appeared to be a 49.9 percent increase in jobs in 2009 was actually a 29.2 or slightly lower percent net growth. This first figure was considered to be an “unfair” use of statistics because separate sources were used. A large state like Texas can easily account for 10 percent or more growth in many things. In unemployment Texas came in 24th in the nation which was slightly below the national average. Government jobs (in a Republican state) accounted for 27 percent of the employment growth up to July 2011, but only 5 percent was state government job growth. So 22 percent was based on areas that he really did not control. What you should know is that 9.5 percent of Texas make minimum wage or less when and the national figure is 6 percent. In 2008 only 5 percent of Texans were making at or below the minimum wage. Under George Bush as governor there were four years where that figure fell and did not rise. By 2010 the number had tripled from its low in 2006. In relation to health care in Texas, from 2008 to 2010 it had the highest rate in uninsured in the nation at 25 percent of its workers. The national average was 15.8 percent. The Kaiser Foundation indicated that Texas had the third lowest percentage of residents with employer-based insurance in 2009.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 07:34 AM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED” with Queen Makkada, Jose M. Rios, and Angel Martinez.
A quick word about Eva Moskowitz and Queen Makkada. Both Eva Moskowitz and Queen Makkada say that their schools must partner with parents. Queen Makkada does not have a lottery system for students because the students are in their neighborhood schools. Queen Makkada does not get paid a salary and Eva Moskowitz gets well over $300,000 a year. Queen works with about 300 parents that she has trained and about 85 percent of the children of these parents pass their state exams. Eva Moskowitz says that 82 percent passed math and 58 percent passed ELA exams. Eva Moskowitz says we cannot fix poverty if we do not fix education, but all over our nation urban areas are fighting poverty by fighting for a higher minimum wage and better salaries overall. Any differences in percentages may be due to better teaching to the test. Teaching to the test has to improve in school districts all over our nation. No Child Left Behind demanded 100 percent proficiency and anything less was considered a failing school. Diane Ravitch writes about this in The Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. She tells us that America’s schools are not failing and you can see indications of that in this article.
Essentially what Queen Makkada and Eva Moskowitz have done is similar. Queen did not take over a school that was closed down. The 300 parents come from various schools. The students at the Success Academies, too, come from various schools. Neither Queen Makkada nor Eva Moskowitz (I believe) has turned around a failing school. If the parents decide that their children should leave those ten schools and enter Success Academies in September, Queen Makkada would have to start all over and the Success Academies would reap the benefits. If Queen Makkada could accomplish all of this in Far Rockaway, can we not provide the same help to parents all over the city of New York, all over our nation, and all around the world? I believe we can and I am ready to proceed. I have no objection to charter schools, but charter schools really are not the answer to a huge problem and I do not consider Eva Moskowitz or Campbell Brown the Michael Jordans of education. For profit schools seem to be the answer, but I have just explained what is really needed and we can start in September to make a huge difference, even where there are no Success Academies. Move over Campbell Brown. Campbell Brown in on the board of Success Academies. The facts that Eva Moskowitz wrote about in her article in the New York Post are okay, but I ask that there be much more integrity in this great debate that is taking place. I know that I can provide that integrity. It is up to others to reach higher and give us the whole truth and that truth is that parents everywhere can make a great difference and teachers need to learn how to teach to the test.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 09:20 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
The truth must be told about the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Where have we gone wrong? Why are there huge demonstrations against Israelis, Jews, and the United States? Thirty years ago I picked up the pen, not the sword or gun, in an attempt to teach the world. Maybe right now is the moment to start teaching. Can we help people to understand, help the masses to understand?
Let’s look at it first from the point of view of Americans to see where we should go, where we must go. Before the American Civil-War there was Uncle Tom’s Cabin, portraying the cruelty of slavery. Banned in the South at that time, people found ways to read it. After the formation of Israel, Exodus was well read and made into a feature film. Great literary works educate people. The Palestinian people and their supporters need to be educated. Americans and others all over the world who are inclined to support the Palestinians should know the whole truth. There is a timeline to this truth and we could pick centuries before the formation of the Jewish State of Israel, the days of the pioneers in the twentieth century and the Balfour Declaration, or some other period of time. I chose 1929. Lots of Americans can identify very well with that important year because of the Stock Market Crash. Let us turn to Hebron to see what people must know. The Jewish leaders who spoke at the Rally in Support of Israel yesterday (July 28, 2014) and those non-Jewish Congressmen must know the truth as well to speak more strongly, to teach more strongly what really happened. You will see the roots of terrorism among people from Lifta and Romena in Palestine. Go back to the real start and learn about the atrocities because the truth will set you free.
The struggle is not just about military superiority. The Sacred Oath was written in the 21 st century, but it is based on another literary work called Tov Meod (Very Good in Hebrew) which was started in 1983. The slaughter of 50 Talmudic students in Hebron by Arabs and six terrible years of terrorist attacks against Jews are largely left out of the news. This period of atrocities was finally answered by Jews during the War for Independence. America’s Jewish leaders and supporters should know more. They should read The Sacred Oath so they can teach the world more effectively. The Sacred Oath is required reading for all students who want to know the roots of today’s terrorism.
Here it is. Maybe you are reading this for the first time, but you will never forget it as I have never forgotten it. Dozens of Jews were slaughtered more than a decade before the Holocaust. And the violence against Jews continued. There was terror in Palestine from 1929-1935. Jews turned a cheek in the hope of having peace. Read more and learn.
THE SACRED OATH
1 EXT. TOWN OF HEBRON - EARLY EVENING
The year is 1929. It is the end of the workday for the residents of Hebron, Palestine. White tents can be seen that are used by the settlers. At this hour, Jewish settlers are returning from the fields. Some are carrying buckets in order to get their ration of water. An infant is wasting water. His father stops to show his son not to waste water. Others can be seen washing themselves, having a drink, and having fun.
2 INT. HOUSE - SAME TIME
The pouring of water can be heard as it splashes into a metal basin. A woman is pouring water to be used for cooking.
3 INT. ANOTHER HOUSE - SAME TIME
Talmudic students are studying and praying.
4 EXT. HILL OVERLOOKING THE VILLAGE - SAME TIME
There is silence for several seconds. Arabs dressed in traditional garments and European clothing are mounted on horses at the top of the hill. Like vultures getting ready to attack their prey, they are holding various weapons. The leader looks over the others and gives a signal. The sound of horses’ hooves pounding against the hard earth is heard. The Arabs make their way toward the houses of the Jews. The horses are moving faster. The sound gets louder. The Arabs launch their attack on some Jews who are outside.
5 INT. HOUSE - SAME TIME
Arabs enter the house where the Talmudic students are and proceed to slaughter these helpless people. Their cries ring out.
6 INT. ANOTHER HOUSE - SAME TIME
A man and woman frantically try to hide their children. One child is a young girl, about eight years old. The other child is an infant, about six months. The young girl and her brother are being hidden behind a closet. The closet is pushed back toward the wall. The Arabs enter the house and kill the man and woman before the eyes of the young girl.
7 EXT. - SAME TIME
Arab blades slash through the evening air. Arabs chase after other Talmudic students who try to run away. Two more students cry out as they are being killed by Arabs. There are more cries of agony in the air.
Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
This is a story that should have been told a long time ago. Actually it was told, but just to a few. Now people in power can share its contents.
Revenge has replaced reason in the minds of people. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries spoke yesterday and said that Israel lives in a “very tough neighborhood.” All tough neighborhoods need more education. I have led a fourteen year campaign to help tough neighborhoods. My work is known in African-American and Hispanic communities in many communities across the United States and outside the United States. When Dominicans ask me why I help the Dominican Republic so much, I tell them because a Dominican dictator saved hundreds of Jews from their death during the Holocaust. An American president sent the Jews away from American shores and we must pay the Dominican Republic back for allowing Jews to settle in Sosúa or as many Dominicans say Sosúa-Puerto Plata. Read the Sacred Oath and spread the word.
While returning from the rally, an Israeli who is teacher told me that I just go to Hebron soon and talk about The Sacred Oath, but I want to give a talk first on Long Island so that I can quickly share this story with people all over the United States.
If you thought that I was done, I am not. I can remember people who were proud of President Ronald Reagan’s attack on Libya. I told them that it would not last and it did not and actually things did get must worse. Let us not forget that. I knew that education was the real key to success. It is never too late to learn and listen.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 02:22 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
Please see the last paragraph of this article.
I was thinking and thinking and thinking about Hempstead High
School. I was doing Google searches to find what I needed. I finally found the latest news. The Graduation!
Here is what I was reading. The graduation rate was expected to climb from about 38 percent to about 50 percent. This is what happened according to New York Newsday. First there were 224 seniors who were going to graduate (Principal Stroughn had revealed this at 1 P.M.), according to New York Newsday. A New York State audit of 2012-2013, the article mentioned, revealed that there were 222 graduates in 2013. That means that there were two more graduates. It is quite possible that the school population dropped significantly in one year and this resulted in a higher percentage of students graduating, but only 2 more graduates.
In fairness to Principal Stroughn, he felt that there could have been 280 graduates, which would have been spectacular. I am not going to say in fairness to him that he is not telling the truth. I can tell you that an all-Latino school in Queens went from about 25 graduates a year ago to more than 50 graduates this year, but take into consideration that the graduating class was much, much smaller and we easily cannot compare what happened.
There is more about Hempstead. It seems that there were 11 graduates from January this year, but we have no number for 2012-2013. It would be interesting to know the number and percentage of those students who graduated on time (take into account that some students could graduate early and January could be either early or late. Graduating students on time is important, but getting a diploma even later on helps those students and the community. English Language Learners often graduate later because they have to learn English well enough to pass what is needed. It would be appropriate to break a late graduating group into two groups. Those who were English Language Learners and those who were not and see the changes from one year to the next.
Another thing that I read about was Principal Stroughn’s desire to evening school. Did he have evening school or not? What was the result of sending students to evening school (if there was an evening school)?
I have tried to help Hempstead for many years. I went to a health or career fair there years ago. I have talked to Stroughn and written about him and I talked to STRONG and LTI. I tried to influence Mayor Hall, but I failed. I wish it had been Mayor Monte Hall because he would surely told me to “come on down.” Oh there are others, too, that should make this list. I have been to several Salvadoran festivals and met so many people. I have written about Hempstead and its past performance. Oh there are lots more people that I talked to including people who work for Ed Mangano. Keep following them and get the same results. This entire problem is really about a community and not about the Hempstead High School.
Take this final word of advice into account. It would be nice to know how many students at the end of the 2012-2013 school year were expected to graduate on time in 2014. Then Principal Stroughn took over and it would be great to see what number of them graduated on time (percentage as well). If there was a great number or percentage than existed at the end of 2012-2013, this would probably give partial credence to Principal Stoughn’s contention that he could had more graduates and possibly about 280. If the numbers or percentages are not there to substantiate the principal’s claim, we can easily reject what he said; however, nobody would know for sure. People are always talking about “high expectations” in relation to school. So what were the expectations and were they realized. We could also quickly assess what percentage or number of youth who were not expected to graduate on time and find out just why they are graduating. There was a rounding off scandal you know and there always could be more scandals created as staff members “fix” things. It is also possible, on the other hand that students could really make up for lost time by attending evening school or retest and catch up in the final year. We have a right to know what is going on in every school, not just the poorly performing schools like Hempstead.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 09:58 AM
Ya mi mejor amigo de educación de educación en la República Dominicano y en el mundo entero ha anunciado su candidatura para presidente en 2016. Espero lanazar una campaña "Pastores y Profesores con Leonel" y espero que Radio Visión Cristiana este conmigo. Necesito la colaboración del Papá Francis en el Vaticano. Ojalá Que Llueva Café y Educación en el campo debe ser el himno internacional de católicos en todos los países donde hablan español y claro hay muchos más países como Haiti donde los pobres no reciben una educación básica y los graduados de los colegios no son preparados para la Universidad. Cuento en el apoyo de Leonel Fernández Reyna. E palante que vamos por educación. Soy la voz principal de la equivalencia del high school y no importa si es el GED o el examen nuevo TASC o HI-SET. Gracias a mi gran amigo Ramón Soto de El Sol de New York tengo fama con Leonel Fernández y Ramon Soto me declaró "El Rey del GED" antes de recibir mi apodo "El Quijote del GED." Toda la comunidad latina puede mejorar rápidamente por las colaboraciones íntimas que tengo, incluso la mujer más poderosa de involucrar padres en la educación de sus niños. Mi gran socio Queen Makkada fue apuntado a los concilios de la nueva cancillera de educación de la ciudad de New York y el concilio de la esposa del Alcalde Bill de Blasio de New York. Podemos producir un milagro en la educación de los pobres ahora en la ciudad de New York y proveer un modelo a muchas ciudades y muchos países. Creo que podamos involucrar mucho más padres en la educación de sus niños (mejoramientos de 100 por ciento hasta 500 por ciento más en las escuelas peores). Es obvio que un porcentaje alto de graduados de los colegios y sus padres necesitan saber lo que los estudiantes faltan mucho antes de sus graduaciones en vez de fracasar en la universidad por la mala preparación causada por los colegios. Todos tienen que ser transparentes. Para reducir la pobreza en los Estados Unidos recomiendo que los politicos buscan más apoyo en sus oficinas y lo mismo en la República Dominicana por FEDOMU. Recomiendo un estudiante de educación inscrita en la universidad trabajando en las mismas oficinas de los politicos colaborando con la comunidad donde puede venir y discutiir educación con los constituyentes de los politicos. Los constituyentes necesitan ayuda y así podamos mejorar la condición de ellos y sus familias.
La Iglesia Católica puede hacer mucho más en contra la pobreza mundial y estas ideas y otras ideas de "El Quijote del GED" deben llegar en el Vaticano donde el Papá Francis I busca soluciones practicas a los problemas del mundo. Necesitamos unos Iluminatis de los Pobres.
Es mi intención de contribuir al progreso de dominicanos en la República Dominicana por 20,000 diplomas adicionales cada año por la equivalencia de la high school, hacer todo el páis bilingüe, mejorar la educación de todos que se gradúan por los colegios públicos y privados y hacer mucho más. El libro Ojalá Que Llueva Inglés es un requisito para todos los estudiantes de inglés en todas partes del mundo.
Se puede estudiar también portugués, italiano y francés con uno de sus libros. Los medicos dicen que el estudio de un segundo idioma es importante a las personas de tercer edad o los ancianos. Y porqué? Dice para evitar la demencia.
Ahora comienza un artículo por Benjamin Morillo en Santo Domingo.
Promueve Educación como instrumento de liberación. “Sólo la Educación libera al ser humano de la ignorancia y la miseria”
Danilo Medina, actual presidente República Dominicana.
Un hombre podrá pasear su cuerpo por todo el universo, pero si su mente está cautiva por la ignorancia, este hombre jamás será verdaderamente libre.
Es con esta premisa como razón que el Profesor Martin Danenberg viaja el mundo en su autoimpuesta labor de promoción de la educación, la cual le hace levantarse cada día y emprender su jornada con el definido propósito de hacer del mundo un lugar mejor, donde no exista la inequidad y donde todos y todas tengan las misma oportunidades educativas.
Esta labor lo ha acercado a presidentes, artistas, deportistas, instituciones laicas y religiosas, tales como el ex presidente de la Republica Dominicana, Dr. Leonel Fernández, el ex presidente Antonio Saca de El Salvador, La Iglesia Católica, Las Iglesias Evangélicas, entre otras instituciones y personalidades con quienes ha compartido su inquietud de promover una mejoría en la educación y potencializar los alcances de los diferentes sistemas y programas educativos, que buscan proveer a niños, jóvenes y adultos en todo el mundo, mejores condiciones de vida.
Esta admirable misión lo ha llevado a distintos lugares del planeta, donde participa en eventos, se reúne con los líderes que inciden en el campo de la educación y, mediante la exposición de sus ideas, está motivando de forma progresiva, un cambio en esta área del quehacer humano. “El Quijote del GED”. Como se le conoce al profesor Danenberg, reside en New York, donde promueve la educación con líderes comunicatorios, funcionarios estatales, dirigentes deportivos, figuras de la comunicación y todos aquellas personalidades quienes inciden de forma directa o indirecta en la vida de las comunidades latinas, así como de aquellas otras que están en condiciones de vulnerabilidad. Recientemente, el Profesor Danenberg estuvo en La República Dominicana donde dejó una estela de motivación y buena voluntad entre los diferentes actores que inciden en importantes sectores de de la comunidad, entre los que podemos citar la Pastoral Educativa Católica, con cuyo director, el Padre Pazos, se reunió, y quien calificó como trascendental su labor y le urgió a llevar sus ideas a las más altas instancias de la Iglesias, incluyendo al Papa Francisco, quien revoluciona en estos momentos todo el sistema de la fe, tomando como objetivo principal al ser humano. El padre Pazos instó al profesor Martin Danenberg a acercarse a las instituciones educativas que rige la iglesia, para que las mismas conozcan sobre las innovadoras ideas que él promueve en materia educativa y puedan así enriquecerse con la experiencia del viejo maestro. Expresó el sacerdote y educador que Latinoamérica necesita conocer las ideas del profesor Martin para incorporarlas a sus sistemas educativos y rescatar a millones de jóvenes que deambulan por las calles cada día más lejos de las oportunidades para mejorar sus vidas por carecer de una formación técnica y profesional. Además, su reunión con la Major League Baseball en la República Dominicana, quienes tienen una gran influencia en la juventud dominicana, pues el beisbol es el deporte rey en este país y una gran cantidad de jóvenes son acogidos en sus instalaciones para ser entrenados por esta institución, a través de su academia. En su reunión con el alto comisionado, el señor Rafael Pérez y su asistente, el Profesor externó su preocupación por el desarrollo educativo de los jóvenes que practican este deporte, pues la población tiene la percepción de que muchos de ellos abandonan la escuela para dedicarse a la práctica deportiva, y es sabido que muy pocos logran el sueño de convertirse en profesionales del beisbol por lo exigente que es esta disciplina. La inquietud fue compartida por la institución, quienes han creado una comisión que se encarga de la formación intelectual de los jóvenes deportistas y sirve de enlace entre las escuelas, la institución y la comunidad, con el objetivo de evitar la deserción escolar entre los jóvenes beisbolistas. Además, el profesor Martin Danenberg sostuvo encuentros con diferentes alcaldes del País y con la Federación de Municipios que preside en Alcalde Juan de Los Santos, quienes acogieron las propuestas educativas del profesor y pretenden incluir la enseñanza del Inglés como segundo idioma a sus miembros. Un encuentro importante y prometedor tuvo lugar en Santiago de los Caballeros con el Alcalde, el Dr. Gilberto Serulle, quien instó al Profesor Danenberg a formalizar acuerdos con FEDOMU para incentivar la educación, y muy especialmente, el aprendizaje del idioma inglés en todas las comunidades. De todos estos encuentros, se derivarán acciones e iniciativas que contribuirán de forma significativa con la educación en la República Dominicana. El profesor Martin Danenberg es, además, autor de varios libros de idiomas, entre los cuales se encuentran: “Ojalá que Llueva Inglés”, “The Amazing Race to Spanish”, entre otros. Estos recursos pueden ser encontrados en su página oficial, donde además se ofrece a los jóvenes la oportunidad de producir recursos para sustentar sus estudios mediante la venta de los mismos. Aquí les dejamos los links para que conozcan más de cerca al profesor Danenberg y a sus iniciativas educativas. http://www.amazingracebooks.com/ http://ahorre.com/ged/ Benjamín Morillo es comunicador y educador. Es autor de varios libros, entre los cuales se encuentra “Cómo Estudiar con Provecho”. Es editor y sub director de la Revista Mi País. email@example.com
Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"
Profesor Martin Danenberg 10:35 AM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
I can just see William F. Buckley, Jr. and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg squaring off in a debate about Carl Campanille’s article in this morning’s New York Post. The late great William F. Buckley had a style of his own and he was known for being very convincing in his day.
Where do we begin? With Buckley asking “How can P.S. 194, P.S. 180, IS 117, and Creston Academy be world class schools?” These are schools that were under former Chancellor Joel Klein and succeeded by former Chancellor Dennis Walcott, a former deputy mayor. I can see Bloomberg countering by saying the schools really are world class schools but the talent has left those neighborhoods and gone to the Success Academy IV. I can see Bloomberg looking directly at Buckley and saying it is like taking Robinson Canó from the Yankees and putting him on the Mariners. “It’s a business decision William,” and “the business of our nation is business.”
Buckley says “Is it really like what happened to the United States after the war with Germany in World War II? They took the best scientists in the world from Germany.” “Yes it is,” Bloomberg responds.
Buckley asks “Did this charter school teach all of those students from the beginning of their school days?” Bloomberg replies “I really do not know, but it really doesn’t matter who gets the credit for their education growth. The fact is Success Academy IV is a better school.”
Buckley asks “So what do we do now with those four world class schools that you have given to Harlem and the Bronx?” Bloomberg says “I’m planning a private meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio. He’s really a reasonable man and I will ask him to close down the schools and turn them over to Eva Moscowitz. She can teach those children better.”
This is just a script that I made up, but my readers should know that William F. Buckley would never have conducted an interview like this. Why? He was too intelligent. He would have been asking more probing questions to make his audience think and he would have known that there was something wrong with the reporting and that his questions would have revealed that. This would all lead to the conclusion that charter schools numbers are up because they have taken good minds away from public schools. Do they have a right to do this? Yes this is a free country and that can be done. Do reporters have the right to present articles the way they do? Yes they do. Should we have a better discussion or debate about this? Yes we should. That discussion or debate will come from all of us doing our part.
I know that Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina want to improve the parent involvement piece in schools. And let us say for argument sake that the parent involvement piece was good. We would conclude that something went wrong. So what is it? I do not know everything, but learn this. The teacher training or teacher development, which the New York State Education Department in schools knows is severely deficient on the common core exams, is definitely a big part of the problem. That my friends was not caused by Mayor de Blasio or by Chancellor Farina.
The article by Carl Campanille should have written to expose the Bloomberg-Klein-Walcott years and not the hot debate among the parties over co-location of schools.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 02:52 PM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"
Something is fishy and stinks in New York City. It stinks in the public and public charter schools and it seems to stink as well in the Catholic and private schools as well. First let me give you the good news because numbers do count. Forty more Hispanics made the elite schools over all. There was a decline of three students among blacks. The NY Post has not even been a great help to improve things. The report by Aaron Short that I read this morning did not provide a breakdown for the students mentioned just now, nor was information given about the seven blacks and twenty-one Hispanics who made Stuyvesant High School. Charter school parents should be asking themselves what is really going on each year and why their children are not making the grade. Why? People like Joel Klein and President Barack Obama are talking about “world class” schools. Massachusetts did great on its international exams, but it would great to know how many of their black and Hispanic students could pass the Stuyvesant entrance exams or even the elite school entrance exams. I hate to think about what would happen down south or even in Texas. I know there is an educational gap in Texas because I read reports. We saw the yellow tee-shirts in Albany and the first thing that I felt was that there should not have been a closing of the charter schools for a demonstration. It was uncomfortable walking into the lobby of the LOB concourse and it was a potentially dangerous situation to have so many people inside at that time. At least it was in my personal opinion. In addition I felt that it was probably a violation of Chancellor’s regulations. In addition we are learning more and more about the hardships of children including children with special needs that are being pushed aside. Do I think that the charter schools are doing a good job? Yes I do. But they were set up to perform well and the other neighborhood schools were not.
People are always using racial and ethnic statistics and the 5 percent black and 7 percent Hispanic passing rates or acceptance rates are well below the statistics for the overall population. That is really expected. Unfortunately, even people like Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor may not realize it. The world class-double world class students are from and have been coming from Asia for decades. We can take a look at Africans if we want and see how they are doing. Asian and White students went up in percentages. Maybe that is where the Charter schools performed better. Maybe? Let’s see the numbers. Now! We need people like Eva Moskowitz to come forward and tell us the entire truth. Joel Klein failed to do it under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I want a committee to look into things.
I wrote about this years ago and told my readers that we could double the amount of space for the elite schools and double the numbers of blacks and Hispanics immediately, but nobody listened. Now that I have much better connections at City Hall and the office of the Chancellor of New York City Schools, maybe and emphasize maybe we can do much more to help the students, their families, their schools, and their communities.
Blacks and Hispanics are forty-six percent of the test takers. Last year they were forty-three percent of the test takers.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 11:19 AM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
Get the youth on the streets back into high school now and help youth faster with the G.E.D. and other equivalencies. Two simple things to do. There may be four hundred thousand youth who are feeding the prison industrial complex in New York.
Governors are not addressing public safety correctly and should be advocating for schools to ask the students who have dropped out to return to school. See the letter written to Cami Anderson of Newark. Tell the governor that enough is enough. A common sense approach has never been in place. Everyone is to blame, but now there are answers to difficult problems. We can ask the schools to do more. We’ve done that with high stakes testing to be competitive in the world and we also need more new initiatives to make the streets safer.
I visited Newark and began to impact on people in government there as I addressed the public safety issue. But first here is something that I talked about on Long Island only a month ago. A Spanish speaking family was killed and there was no translation of the NYPD report and the family was not properly protected. On Long Island I was speaking to police about learning Spanish and that included getting firemen to learn Spanish. Lives can be saved and I want Mayor De Blasio to do something to promote the study of Spanish among the people who must protect people. Newark can wake up to this matter and do more right away. Paterson may not be too far behind.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 08:06 AM
By Profesor Martin Danenberg “El Quijote del GED”
Trial by ordeal used to be something like this. You were tied to a stake in water and you were expected to drown and if you did not drown you were innocent.
Your first experience with “grandfathering” in a school subject was probably in United States history and that lesson was probably about voting rights, discrimination, and states’ rights. New York state is “grandfathering” GED test scores for two years and I have been informed that people will take the entire TASC test as part of that “grandfathering.” I will repeat that the entire test has to be taken over. The Regents were comfortable with invoking states’ rights. I am not. States’ rights does not belong in GED testing or any other testing that affects our nation.
In one of my first conversations with a friend who teaches math in New York City, he did not quite understand just how bad this decision could be right away. Then he realized that a student who takes the entire test over just might fail the math because of the pressure of taking the entire TASC test. He agreed with me that the student who just has to pass math or one subject should skip the entire test and just be allowed to take the math or the subject needed in order to pass it and receive a diploma. This is not really “grandfathering” my readers. It is trial by ordeal. My friend also pointed out that there would be a great waste of time in proctoring the entire test. What should be done is this. Anyone who needs to take one of the parts should register with others who need to pass only one part and the entire group take the test together or that person should be allowed to take the test with regular test takers. The people who gave us this decision have failed in common core critical thinking. This bad decision needs to be taken care of immediately.
Profesor Martin Danenberg 08:24 PM