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WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY TEACHERíS UNION HIDING FROM?
NEALZ NUZE ^ | January 23, 2003 | Neal Boortz

Posted on 01/23/2003 7:41:08 AM PST by conservativecorner

This so laughable. Gotta love it.

Yesterday I told you about the New Jersey Education Association’s website. I first read about this situation in JamesTaranto’s WSJ column … and brought it to you.

The NJEA web site has some downloads for parents on how they could get involved with their child’s school. There were three different downloads available. One was labeled “A parent’s resource.” Another was labeled “Spanish version.” The third version of this download was labled “African-American version.”

The difference between the “parent’s resource” and “Spanish version” downloads were obvious. One was in English, one in Spanish. But what about the difference between the “parent’s resource” download and the “African-American” version? Well, here … I’ll let you read for yourself.

First … two paragraphs from the “parent’s resource” version:

Today, there is an increasing emphasis on individualized instruction--fitting the curriculum to the child. Teachers want to employ new methods and materials to give each child personal guidance.

When you assist teachers with growing paperwork, make instructional materials, or conduct a science experiment, you give them more time for planning activities, for trying new teaching strategies, and for working directly with children. As a parent volunteer, you allow them to be more effective teachers--and the school obtains your skills and services that might be unavailable due to financial limitations.

OK .. now the same two paragraphs from the “African-American” version:

Today, teachers want to use new methods and materials to give each child personal guidance.

When you assist teachers, you give them more time to work with children. You allow them to be more effective teachers.

You see the difference, don’t you? The “African-American” version is clearly dumbed-down. No other way to describe it. The NJEA decided that they had to dumb-down the language --- make it simpler – for black parents to be able to grasp it.

Well, shortly after Taranto’s “Best of the Web” column appeared in the WSJ the NJEA acted quickly to calm things down. They first changed their website to change the “African-American version” label to “Ethnically-diverse version.” Oh yeah, that certainly took care of things, didn’t it?

Evidently not. By this morning the NJEA website had dropped the third version altogether and only included the “parent’s resource version” and “Spanish version.” What’s more --- the NJEA is now using the language in the former “African-American version” for the “parent’s resource version.” In other words … they took the dumbed-down language they had prepared for black parents and are now submitting that language for all English-speaking parents. Draw your own conclusions.

OK .. There were a lot of e-mails this morning from folks who, for some reason or another, think I may be trying to pull one over on them. So, I have included two links for you to peruse. First, a link to a cached version of the web page as it existed at the beginning of the week:

http://216.239.33.100/search?q=cache:DiDSmzh-fV4C:www.njea.org/FamilyCircle/default.asp+Good+news+about+New+Jersey%27s+public+schools&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

Second, this is how that web page looks this morning. http://www.njea.org/FamilyCircle/

Enjoy! And remember --- these people are teaching your kids. If they dumb-down material for black parents, just what do you think they are doing for your children?


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1 posted on 01/23/2003 7:41:08 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: conservativecorner
Hate to say this, but regardless of ethnic origin, the language in the first "parent's resource" version is beyond the majority of parents. Their final move was likely the wisest, although probably for the wrong reason.
2 posted on 01/23/2003 7:43:20 AM PST by RonF
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To: RonF
Do you have any proof of that to back it up?

3 posted on 01/23/2003 7:45:59 AM PST by anobjectivist
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To: conservativecorner
Liberals are such racists!!! The fact that they simply assume that "African-Americans" (I prefer "Americans" to the hyphenated BS) are less intelligent as a function of their race is incredible. It does speak volumes about their (liberals) collective mindset.
4 posted on 01/23/2003 7:46:16 AM PST by Constitutional Patriot
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To: conservativecorner
Forget about the differences between the two messages -- just look at the content!

The NJEA is calling for parents to do, on a volunteer basis, some of the work that teachers are paid to do!!!

5 posted on 01/23/2003 7:46:20 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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6 posted on 01/23/2003 7:46:39 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Alberta's Child
Mmmm socialized education at its best, "for, the children, you know?"
7 posted on 01/23/2003 7:49:10 AM PST by anobjectivist
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To: conservativecorner
WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY TEACHER’S UNION HIDING FROM?

Let's see... accountability, parents' wishes regard sex education, those who want to know how union money is spent, government investigators, journalists... Wow, the list would be too long if I completed it!

8 posted on 01/23/2003 7:53:00 AM PST by yendu bwam
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To: anobjectivist
No - it's an opinion, although I probably should have labelled it as such. But as a Scouter, I've had the opportunity to communicate in both a written and oral fashion with groups of parents myself, and my opinion reflects my experience.
9 posted on 01/23/2003 7:56:36 AM PST by RonF
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To: conservativecorner
WHAT IS THE NEW JERSEY TEACHER’S UNION HIDING FROM?

Their own incompetence?

Just a thought.

Shalom.

10 posted on 01/23/2003 7:59:06 AM PST by ArGee (I did not come through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a serving-man... - Gandalf)
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To: Alberta's Child
I agree, they are asking parents to take over.
I love to help in the classroom, I hate to be told I have to or my child won't get a decent education.
11 posted on 01/23/2003 8:08:11 AM PST by netmilsmom (Partly cloudy because I'm a mom)
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To: anobjectivist
Sure, here's a cached version.

http://216.239.33.100/search?q=cache:DiDSmzh-fV4C:www.njea.org/FamilyCircle/default.asp+Good+news+about+New+Jersey%27s+public+schools&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

and now this mornings version:

http://www.njea.org/FamilyCircle/
12 posted on 01/23/2003 8:08:49 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: RonF
Hate to say this, but regardless of ethnic origin, the language in the first "parent's resource" version is beyond the majority of parents.

The first version is written in "Educationese". It is the language of the professional "educator" and is intended to sound impressive while preventing parents from figuring out what they are up to.

We made a big mistake when we let teaching morph from a trade to a profession in the '30s '40s and '50s.

There is really nothing special to know about how to teach that couldn't be taught in a 90 day Summer Short Course. After all, everyone has years of on the job training in what a good teacher does and what a bad one does.

Because they don't really have anything worthwhile to teach, Education Departments at colleges invent buzz words to sound important and spend their lives putting students through meaningless busy work.

By the time a teacher graduates, they have spent so long hearing reading and writing nonsense and double talk that they can no longer remember what a good teacher is or what they are supposed to do. Most are so befuddled they don't even know they are worthless.

So9

13 posted on 01/23/2003 8:09:15 AM PST by Servant of the Nine (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: conservativecorner
This is unfair! The officer of the Jersey Teachers' Union may have other important things on their minds. Officers of the DC Teachers UNion have just successfully looted about $2 million from that organization. The officers of the Jersey Union may well being doing the same to it.

So, before you belittle the officers of any teachers' union, you should at least, first have the courtesy to see how much time and effort the are spending on stealing everything they can.

This is Jersey, the home of "Raised from the Dead" Lautenberg, Prince Torrecelli and Gov. McGeevy (sp?)and the Sopranos. Let's let the union do what it knows best without having the right wing, normal media taking pot shots at hard working (it could be!!!) public servants!

14 posted on 01/23/2003 8:11:27 AM PST by Tacis
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To: Coleus
More of the same from the NJEA.
15 posted on 01/23/2003 8:12:52 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Servant of the Nine
Today, there is an increasing emphasis on individualized instruction--fitting the curriculum to the child. Teachers want to employ new methods and materials to give each child personal guidance.

One interesting take on this particular paragraph of "educationalese." Most of our society requires the individual tailor his or her responses to the group. There is room for individuality but not a lot of money spent fitting the environment to the individual. On the job you either shape up or ship out. You don't ask the boss to "employ new methods and materials to give you personal guidance."

They are claiming to offer something that the world never offers and, in so doing, teach children how to fail in the world. I think they make this claim because they really don't understand why their methods are failing so miserably and hope that "tailoring the process to the individual" will help. Not only don't I think it helps, I think it hurts.

Shalom.

16 posted on 01/23/2003 8:14:06 AM PST by ArGee (I did not come through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a serving-man... - Gandalf)
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17 posted on 01/23/2003 8:31:57 AM PST by goodnesswins ("You're either with us, or against us!")
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To: conservativecorner
Why is this story nowhere to be found over at DU?
18 posted on 01/23/2003 8:51:47 AM PST by Phantom Lord (No Remorse)
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To: conservativecorner
I am certain that most Black parents are smarter than the NJ Teacher's Union.
19 posted on 01/23/2003 9:30:58 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: mhking
Ping
20 posted on 01/23/2003 9:33:31 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: Constitutional Patriot
EVERYONE REMEMBER the NJEA endorsed TORRICELLI!

kind of explains a few things, doesn't it!

21 posted on 01/23/2003 9:49:55 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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To: Phantom Lord
Why is this story nowhere to be found over at DU?

Don't ask silly questions. Everyone knows they don't contemplate reality over there.

22 posted on 01/23/2003 9:50:39 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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LINKS:

In case the article moves -- here are the cached
version of the NJEA's webpage with the articles in question--
Google cached version

and how it looks NOW
http://www.njea.org/FamilyCircle/

GO figure...

The .PDF file for the african-american version *IS* still up on the google cache link. Duh! I swear they REALLY must think people are morons. If they happen to remove it now that their secret is out, I can post it on my website, just FREEPMAIL me. But get your copy from the horse's ... uh...mouth while it's still there!

23 posted on 01/23/2003 9:56:22 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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To: Eaker; JZoback; aruanan; Grampa Dave; Neil E. Wright; pimaarms; habs4ever; Ditter; shaggy eel; ...
PING for truth in education!
24 posted on 01/23/2003 9:57:27 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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To: Alberta's Child
I wonder when it will become mandatory for parents to do some of the work for free that teachers get paid to do.

You know, giving back to the school because your child is priviledged to go there, even if it is under compulsion.

NJEA is the pits. Anytime anyone (the legislature)makes a suggestion regarding education they decide that it's impossible for them to be expected to do it for one reason or another.

If you have to do the teacher's work, you might as well homeschool and keep property taxes down. It's easy to homeschool in this state.

25 posted on 01/23/2003 10:00:31 AM PST by ladylib
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To: goodnesswins
Hey, Whattsamattayu? How about Italian?
26 posted on 01/23/2003 10:10:25 AM PST by lds23
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To: lds23
Explain to me how they are "with us" and I'll put it up. (Sorry, I don't know.)
27 posted on 01/23/2003 10:27:15 AM PST by goodnesswins ("You're either with us, or against us!")
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To: goodnesswins
A quick one. But they've said this many times. It was even reiterated over the weekend (if I can find it, I'll post it).
28 posted on 01/23/2003 10:33:49 AM PST by lds23
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To: lds23
Well....Berlosconi says we HAVE to have UN endorsement though....so I don't think it should be included.
29 posted on 01/23/2003 10:42:34 AM PST by goodnesswins ("You're either with us, or against us!")
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To: Phantom Lord
Why is this story nowhere to be found over at DU?

They are still trying to figure out how to blame it on George Bush. It'll pop up once someone noodles out a linkage.

30 posted on 01/23/2003 10:44:37 AM PST by sphinx
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To: Eaker; JZoback; aruanan; Grampa Dave; Neil E. Wright; pimaarms; habs4ever; Ditter; shaggy eel; ...
There's a great section on that Nealznuze front page link about the difference between a liberal and a conservative too:

DEBATING THE WAR ON TERROR

My thanks to a listener who sent me this great illustration on how conservatives and liberals might react differently when faced with a threat of deadly violence:

Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner and is running at you while screaming obscenities. In your hand is a Glock .40 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer:
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that is inspiring him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative Answer:
BANG!

Texan's Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click... (sounds of clip being ejected and fresh clip installed)

Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids think?"

Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

Daughter: "Nice grouping Daddy!

31 posted on 01/23/2003 10:44:54 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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To: Constitutional Patriot
"Liberals are such racists!!! The fact that they simply assume that "African-Americans" (I prefer "Americans" to the hyphenated BS) are less intelligent as a function of their race is incredible. It does speak volumes about their (liberals) collective mindset."

Agreed. This is just one more opportunity for FOX news and conservative politicans to constantly beat that drum and demonstrate what the liberal cockroaches are really all about. It seems that nobody in a position with the media wants to take full advantage of this type of thing.

The time to eradicate the anti-American liberals is now. We could get a lot of milage out of things like this, if talk radio and FOX and some newspapers are relentless about reporting and commenting on this.

32 posted on 01/23/2003 10:51:10 AM PST by Paulie
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To: RonF
I thought the African-American version was better in that it left out a lot of verbose B.S and cut right to the chase.
33 posted on 01/23/2003 10:54:46 AM PST by dljordan
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To: Paulie
How do you guys know that the person who wrote this was a liberal? Do you think all teachers are liberals? I know that my kids' teachers aren't.
34 posted on 01/23/2003 10:57:55 AM PST by RonF
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To: conservativecorner
The NJEA is a virulent political virus of the worst magnitude - a left-wing, self-righteous, anti-American, anti-Constitutionalist cabal that is the intellectual and moral equivalent of the KKK and the American Communist Party.

Aside from that, they are pretty nice folks.
35 posted on 01/23/2003 10:59:03 AM PST by ZULU
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To: conservativecorner; anobjectivist
Scrap public education the teachers unions are at best an extortion gang and at worse a communist front organization. No wonder the general stupidity that prevails amongst the general population, education majors are statistically dumber than journalist. Its like a viscious cycle of stupidity one stupid generation of teachers educates, then the dumbest kids from that generation( excluding the really low gangbangers) teaches the nest one. It seems designed to get worse every generation.
36 posted on 01/23/2003 11:04:23 AM PST by weikel (Screw the dems im tired of the lesser evil Its the greens socialist and hardcore commies from now on)
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To: conservativecorner
This is too funny! Well, I guess RATS have to provide for the people they "created."
37 posted on 01/23/2003 11:15:25 AM PST by Libertina
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To: Terriergal
This is so cool conservativecorner broke it out here as a FR post.

Gotta luv it.

38 posted on 01/23/2003 11:47:31 AM PST by upchuck (This Tag Line free to good home. Needs a big back yard to romp and firm discipline.)
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To: upchuck
YEP! Thanks for the link!
39 posted on 01/23/2003 11:52:15 AM PST by Terriergal ("It's for the common good dontcha know!")
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To: RonF
How do you guys know that the person who wrote this was a liberal? Do you think all teachers are liberals?

I think it has something to do with the UNION part not fact that they might be or might have been a teacher. It is like if a person worked for the NRA--people might assume he is pro-gun.

40 posted on 01/23/2003 12:04:54 PM PST by On the Road to Serfdom
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To: RonF
That's totally ridiculous and incredibly insulting.
41 posted on 01/23/2003 5:20:34 PM PST by visualops (C'mon Freeple, lets get to 100%!)
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To: RonF; Constitutional Patriot; Paulie
It was republicans who did this!

NJ, No Founding Fathers? Too many Old, White Men, That's our new history Curriculum

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/618766/posts
42 posted on 02/08/2003 4:44:34 PM PST by Coleus (RU 486 Kills Babies)
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To: Allan
Bump
43 posted on 02/08/2003 4:45:10 PM PST by Allan
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To: Terriergal
YES!
44 posted on 03/15/2003 5:56:07 PM PST by MacDorcha
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