Welcome to the 20-1-3

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  • It’s 2013, and even though it’s been thrown in our faces for the last three weeks, one of us will still write 1-3-12 on a check. It’ s just one of those things that can’t be avoided.   And speaking of writing checks and spending money, let’s not get reeled in on any more sales gimmicks.  We’ve had Black Friday, Cyber Monday,  Small Business Saturday,  Christmas sales, after-Christmas sales,  New Year’s sales, after-New Year’s sales … and probably after-Kwanzaa sales too.  Don’t let your shopping be led by promises of big bargains.  It’s too bad the things we really need never go on sale.  For once, I’d like to see an ad that says half-off on your power bill or an Early Bird prescription sale for the elderly.

    And don’t get me started about all the diets and promises to do everything from quitting smoking to reading the Bible more often that we pledge every first of the year.  If saying out loud or writing it down brings you closer to your goals, then keep at it.  Who am I to judge?  I guess making resolutions is a tradition, like cooking black eyed peas and greens on the first of the year for good luck and financial abundance, watching the Rose Parade, football games and trying to get it all in if you had to go back to work the next day.

    By the way, is it just me, or is going back to work on a Wednesday just plain wrong?

    I’m excited about the New Year and hoping it’s good for everyone.  My hopes for 2013 are pretty simple:  I hope Katt Williams realizes that Suge Knight is a poor choice for a life coach.  I hope not to ever be on an elevator ride alone with fired Chicago Bears’ coach Lovie Smith.  It’s not my fault!  I hope that the makers of fruit cakes and BlackBerry’s will figure out what they have in common. It’s time to stop making both.  And finally,  I hope nobody gets caught up and names their new born baby Django.

    Happy New Year, everybody!

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    1. Dear Tom

      Listening to your radio broadcast earlier this morning and I heard you talking about the Governor of New York requiring that teachers take a test comparable to the Bar Exam that is required for Attorneys.
      I retired from the US Army in 2006 and chose to go back to school in Secondary Education. After completing two years at LSU in Shreveport Louisiana, I was required to take and pass the first part of the PRAXIS Examination before they would let me enter into the Teacher’s Program, (TEPAR). Also, unlike most universities in Louisiana, I had to take and pass the second part of PRAXIS, (which tested me specifically on the subject area I chose to reveive a degree in). Now i am not sure how other states operate their Teacher Certification Program, but what I am sure of is that I could not have graduated from LSU in Shreveport with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education (6-12 grade) had I not have passed those required test. From what I understand of the whole NCLB Act that was passed under Former President George W. Bush, all teachers in every stated have to me labeled Highly Qualified to teach.
      As teachers, we all ready get the booty end of the stick when it comes to education.
      Let’s go back to placing the blame on where it should be. When are we as grown people going to stop, look around and hold parents accountable again. When are we, as grown black people, going to stop saying “I can’t do anything with my child” and take a stand and say, “Certain things are not acceptable when it come to you school work”, like many of our parents did.
      I teach High School students,in an all black area, and nothing sickens my heart more than to have my young black children that cannot read or even understand what they are reading. When did that get tobe my fault. I know it takes a village to raise a kid, but those parents of those kids need to wake up and realize that the responsiblitiy is ultimately on them to make sure homework is done and completed with success and understanding, that their child is in school every day and not just when they feel like it, that they come to school prepared with all of their materials, and not looking for handouts, and that they come to school with a mind to learn.
      I pray every monring when I walk into my classroom to let something I say get through to just one individual that day, and by the end of the day, I hope that I can see just one bright buld going off in one of my students head, or get one questions that will spark a fire in the rest of them. As teachers, Mr. Joyner, we cannot do this alone, but we are picked out to be picked on.
      It hurts me when my students say things like, Martin Luther the King freed the slaves, or Barack Obama signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and have no clue what the Civil War Amendments are. it hurts me when I try to dress the way I saw teachers whom I admired growing up dressed for success and I get parents who come in for conferences in pajamas and their robe with hair curlers, and then have the audacity to get ignorant with you because their child is failing and when you try to explain why “little Johnny ” is not passing your class, because “little Johnny” barely comes to school and when he comes he wants to sleep or disturb your class because he don’t want to work, and then the parent curses you out saying that you think you all this or that you just making your work too hard for “little johnny.”
      When I tell people that I am school teacher, the response is always the same, “Oh I feel so sorry for you dear.” Stop feeling sorry for me and help us by making sure that you help our child. Teach your child at home, make sure they get homework done, take time to actually hear them read and then makes sure they understand what they have read. Ask them to summarize it, ask them to make inferences and compare and contrast different stories.
      Thank you for what you do in education. Tell the governor to come and teach my class for a week and see if he have a change of heart.

    2. Tom you should also try to be less racist. Mabey foster unity for everyone. Howabout instead of the Black family you speak of often you promote Gods family. I still remember when you said that whites are more like grey back gorillas then you listed off everything you felt the similarities where.

      Would you like it if I said that to you or to anyone else for that matter?

      Treat others as you would want them to treat you.

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