Thank you Jeff. Take a look at this note I recived from an old student of mine. He is a teacher now somewher in Michigan CHECK out the Video . WOW. WOW. Russ,
As I was surfing youtube.com I came across a video that struck a chord with me. As a former teacher you may be interested in it to. The following is a link to the video.
Hope you are doing well. Jeff.W...
You may not remember me, and Im sure you get emails like this all the time, I was a student of yours at DHS, class of 1985. because of your tufflove type of teaching, you changed my direction in life, I got my self back into my studies, and am the first Patti male to finish school, I am a Detroit Police Officer and have been for over 22 years, I am also the first Patti to finish with a College Degree. I have received many awards along my path as a officer, but because of you have always wanted to be a teacher,, life kinda got going, and as things go I trudged along, I was a member of the swat team, and a sniper with the Dept,, I then moved to the Narcotics unit where I worked for over 11 years. I have been shot 5 times, stabbed once, and received many injurys along the way,, but loved my job,, a few years ago my wife begged me to give up the Narcotics assignment, and asked me to start a family, she stood by me thru the good and bad,,, most bad and full of worry for her, I am now a Instructor for the Fire Arms Training Unit, and the father of a 3 year old baby girl. I teach Fatal Force, when to shoot, and not shoot, along with all firearms qualification for the dept, I am now a lead instructor in the unit. Today a Officer whom I was partner with for many years was in my class, and on break asked me how I can stand teaching these classes day in and day out,,, and if I miss working the street, I do very much, but I told him that I also love teaching, and I have wanted to do so for many years, and I told him how you touched me so many years ago, and without your influence, Im not sure where I would have ended up in this life. I feel I have helped many young Officers make the right decisions in life and death times, and have had these young Officers tell me so and thank me, and I feel I have you to thank for that, and now I want to thank you too. I hope all is well with you, and think you are a great teacher, I am lucky to have had your classes. thanks again. Michael Patti.
Dear Governor Snyder,
In these tough economic times, schools are hurting. And yes, everyone in Michigan is hurting right now financially, but why aren't we protecting schools? Schools are the one place on Earth that people look to "fix" what is wrong with society by educating our youth and preparing them to take on the issues that society has created.
One solution I believe we must do is take a look at our corrections system in Michigan. We rank nationally at the top in the number of people we incarcerate. We also spend the most money per prisoner annually than any other state in the union. Now, I like to be at the top of lists, but this is one ranking that I don't believe Michigan wants to be on top of.
Consider the life of a Michigan prisoner. They get three square meals a day. Access to free health care. Internet. Cable television. Access to a library. A weight room. Computer lab. They can earn a degree. A roof over their heads. Clothing. Everything we just listed we DO NOT provide to our school children.
make my school a prison
This is why I'm proposing to you the following. The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 per prisoner, yet we are struggling to provide schools with $7,000 per student. I guess we need to treat our students like they are prisoners, with equal funding. Please give my students three meals a day. Please give my children access to free health care. Please provide my school district Internet access and computers. Please put books in my library. Please give my students a weight room so we can be big and strong. We provide all of these things to prisoners because they have constitutional rights. What about the rights of youth, our future?!
Please provide for my students in my school district the same way we provide for a prisoner. It's the least we can do to prepare our students for the future...by giving our schools the resources necessary to keep our students OUT of prison.
Ithaca Public Schools
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time.. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes, a principle which if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be deprived the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake up, homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.
I wish we could get this out to everyone!!!
I'm doing my part. Please do yours.
A CALIFORNIA PRINCIPAL'S OPENING MESSAGE TO STUDENTS
To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than to teach young people.
I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers, and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow, or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian, or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships.
The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American. This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans.
If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial, or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity-, race- and non-American-nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values -- E Pluribus Unum -- "from many, one." And this school will be guided by America 's values.
That includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions -- not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism -- an unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry, and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic or racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am not interested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America's citizens for more than 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English-language skills, I will have been remiss in my duty to ensure that you are prepared to compete successfully in the American job market. We will learn other languages here -- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English. But if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for a meal at a nice restaurant than they do for church or school. These people have their priorities backwards. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property -- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak without using the "F-word," you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission plus epithets such as the "N-word," even when used by one black student to address another, or "bitch," even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few of your age to distinguish instinctively between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school self-esteem will be attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until the state of California decided otherwise a generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom-wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual, or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates from this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately lucky -- to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.
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So you say that you like to support education! Good for you. I’m going to give you a chance to see something terrific. I don’t know if you know about the kids over at Dearborn High, Edsel High, and Fordson High who attend the video production program over at Dearborn High under the direction of Kurt Doelle, but they are going to have a special showing of "Internal Affairs", "Stealing Graduation", and "True Story: a short animation" for two days at the Guido Theatre this coming Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00.
You’re going to be amazed. You’re going to say, “…kids can’t do that!” First of all the studio that they have is incredible. It’s developed thanks to a 2 million dollar donation by Michael Berry and some other citizens who have knocked themselves out to give our kids the very best production studio in the country. And of course the productions that they do are amazing. They look just like Hollywood productions.
So… the show goes on at seven and you can get tickets at the door. Take your family to see this. It will be worth your while. The kids in the video production are youngsters. They are only fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen years old and they produce productions that will knock your socks off.
So check it out. There are three productions that they have done. They have a big screen there and they have it in full color and sound. I think that you are really going to like what is going down at WDHS Video. You can find out more at www.wdhsvideo.org.
Alberta and I will be there and we are inviting some of our friends. We hope that you will come and see this show too.
Come on you are big supporters of the school. You support football, basketball, and soccer. Please, come out and support the arts.