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H.E.A.R.T.S. 20 Years of Service in Kern Country PDF Print E-mail
Written by Susan Graham   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 22:47

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Family Resource Center and Family Empowerment Center was started in 1990.  The Kern Infant Council received a grant to start a support group for families of children with special needs from birth to 36 months of age.  Special thanks go to Dian Schneider, Jani Pittman, Donna Hayes, Jane Warren, Michelle Getches, Sandi Link, Mike Clark, Debbie Oftedal, Wilma Sweeney, Darlene Jehnsen, and Mike Thompson for laying the groundwork for our agency's birth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 22:57
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Notes from the Classroom PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cody Bema   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 21:56

I am a teacher of English in one of the most illustrious schools in the Kern High School District. During my three year stint at this particular institution of learning, I have encountered three realities in education: 1.) the role of the teacher is to be a healer of social maladies injected into the students’ collective psyche-the elixir at our disposal is the blending of critical thought and passionate discourse; 2.) the true products of the educational experience must be new and thus revolutionary and must not maintain the socio-political status quo; and 3.) all hope in education lies with the students and not with the teachers, administrators, and board members, as the latter seems to usually be manipulated by some sort of extrinsic motivator, specifically the acquisition or retaining of power.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 22:35
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Business and Public Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Louis Wildman   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 21:41

Historically, business and public education haven’t got along.   The capitalist rules of business justify inequality; public education promotes political equality.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 21:53
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A shockingly bad performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Hicks   
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 05:35

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

 


Governor Schwarzenegger:

 


Perhaps like most people, I make an effort to vote and stay up to speed on important issues, but rarely am I compelled strongly enough to write a letter. This is one of those occasions.


 

A couple of weeks ago I attended the hearing in Bakersfield called by Senator Florez, regarding PG&E. At that hearing, the representatives of PG&E and the CPUC turned in one of the most pathetic performances I have ever seen by any organization—large or small, public or private. I’m a parent, and so have been to many a school recital, where the foibles and miscues are numerous, yet endearing. I’m also a person who has spent most of their career in large organizations, so I know what utter unpreparedness for a meeting looks like, and what meaningless corporate pap sounds like. All these experiences did not prepare me for what I witnessed at the hearing. It was that bad.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 17:46
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Can we ever attain a balanced curriculum? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Louis Wildman   
Monday, 05 October 2009 04:07

At the start of this school year I spoke with a friend of mine who teaches in a local elementary school.   I had just returned from Africa, and I offered to share my pictures with his class.   He said his class couldn’t take time for that, even though they were studying Africa.   He said he must follow a script, and spending an hour talking about what I saw in Kenya this past summer, wouldn’t fit.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2009 04:27
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