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Chiquita is at the Table

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, April 11, 2016. Our noisy friend, Chiquita, is at the breakfast table with me this morning. She just dropped her kids off at school and was threatened with arrest! Needless to say, Chiquita is more than a little bit upset. In fact, she is wild! Please join us for breakfast, because Chiquita has a tale to tell. She is bringing spicy breakfast pizzas to the table. I will be preparing equally spicy Bloody Marys for all of us. We hope to see you soon.

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I'm Not a Criminal

Thank you all for joining and supporting me this morning. I know you may think it unusual, but I have two children who I want to see educated. They attend school just like your children, but the teachers and administrators may not realize that they are part of the class. My orders to them are quite simple. Make yourself as inconspicuous as possible and buckle down and learn. The school that my children attend is in Texas. The principal sent out word to the parents that they were no longer allowed to enter the school property to pick up or drop off their children. I learned about the new rule from my kids. The Branch Elementary School requires that children be picked up by car even if they live right next to the school. There is a pick up zone and parents have to wait in line forever trying to retrieve their kids. I usually hop a ride with an understanding human, and we wait in line together. You could grow old waiting in that line. Ostensibly, this new rule was supposed to increase safety. The Principal of the school initiated this practice. If a parent steps one foot on the property, they are threatened with arrest. In this case it is the principal who has usurped the role of the parent. I am totally offended by her and her implementation of the "no foot on the property rule." This bit of insanity is just the latest example of schools usurping parental roles. At the end of the day, if a parent wants to walk their child home, they are issued a Trespass Warning. If I weren't a Cicada I would have tons of these warning plastered all over my home. A word to the schools, "stick to teaching our kids, and leave the insanity at the door."

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And the Insanity Continues...

My sister, Juanita, lives in Tampa, Florida. Her children attend the Monroe Middle School. While sitting in Spanish class, they were handed a form and asked to fill it out answering the question, "How privileged are you?" I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of this movement about white privilege, bug privilege, money privilege and every other kind of "privilege" under the sun. My insect nieces were asked questions about race, sexual orientation, gender, disabilities and religion. My little niece, Barita, has ADHD. Her teacher told her it was a mental disability, and that she should fill out the form accordingly. This teacher took it upon herself to use this form in the name of diversity. I have to admit, that next to the notion of "privilege", I am getting pretty tired of "diversity", as well. A word to the schools, "stick to teaching our children, and leave the insanity at the door."

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Take Back the Schools

The instances of stupidity in the schools is boundless. The bottom line is that teachers should stick to the ABC's and leave their opinions, preferences and leanings at home. Teach our kids to read, write and think. Throw in opportunity for creativity and prepare them to go out into the world and prosper. Stop trying to run the show and take over the role of parenting. Work with parents to create an environment that is collaborative and sensible. Leave sex education out of the classroom. Forget about global warming seen only from the left's perspective. Don't get into the LGBT movement. Homosexuality is something to be discussed at home, not in gym class. Just teach our kids to be the best they can be. Get them enthusiastic about learning and you will have accomplished what you are charged with doing. Stop bossing parents around, treating them like trespassers into their children's lives. And parents, please become a force to be reckoned with. Your kids need you more than ever.

Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada and I'm hear to say

I wish the Progressives

Would just go away!

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Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Good morning Patti - There are a multitude of reasons why insane rules such as these keep cropping up in our schools.

The number one is parent apathy. To many parents schools are nothing but daycare places to park their children for the day. They could care less if their children are really learning anything or what they are learning. Their biggest gripe is a school closing for a snow day and they have to find somewhere else to drop off their children for the day.

They choose to just roll over and ignore everything pertaining to the school for fear their children would be expelled and they would have a problem finding a new school and parking place for their children.

A large group of parents protesting these type decisions would no doubt have some influence. They need to remember that even the school principal has a boss and they can escalate the issue as far up as they need to by following the chain of command.

They can also get public support by doing things like writing letters to the editor of the local newspaper.

It is possible the principal truly does have the safety of the children in mind when making rules such as this. But were other alternatives explored before this rule became law? Were any parents involved in the decision making process?

Many of our schools today resemble little prisons where the principal is the prison warden with total control of everything.


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Tom Whitworth 7 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Chiquita,

I am thankful that my children and for the most part their children are either adults or near adulthood. They made it through their share of lefty lunacy in tact for the most part.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

pop....It seems that in this particular case of the Principal's poor choice of policies & systems, it should only require a majority of parents & tax payers to join forces and call attention to the need for group discussion, collaboration & democratic assembly & voting procedure.

Why is your School Board not on this issue and/or searching for beneficial alternatives to the obviously unsuccessful student retrieval system?

The craziness spreads....insanity is becoming unavoidable. Paula


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

I was a teacher for eighteen years. Now I'm not. My career in the classroom ended one day with the principal calling me unprofessional because I wouldn't adhere to one of her ridiculous decrees. I tossed her the keys and walked out. Obviously I agree with you.


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RTalloni 7 months ago from the short journey

Sympathetic to your sentiments here, but parents are responsible for allowing this to happen in their children's lives. The principal of that local school should have parents complaining locally, countywide, regionally, statewide, and across the country about her decree. The parents of students in that school should be warning people across the country that this could happen to them. In this day and time, with today's social media opportunities, that principal should be hearing the opposition to her behavior loud and clear from every corner of the USA. The parents of those kids should band together locally and ask for that principals replacement to be installed immediately because she has control issues. She may say she is trying to solve a problem, or prevent one from developing, but what she is doing is setting parents up to be pliable for more edicts.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning, Mike,

It is interesting that you should refer to many of our schools as little prisons. When my girls were in high school, I got into a battle with the principal. My younger daughter was called out of gym by the guidance office because she was chosen to receive a prestigious award for excellence from the Governor. After the good news, she returned to the locker room to find it locked. She was not allowed to change for class and was given detention!!!! Stuff like this drives me out of my mind. I got into a huge screaming match with the idiot of a principal who relented and told me he was afraid of not backing up the teacher who made this awful call. He then went on to tell me that he was nothing more than a warden in a prison! You are one hundred percent on the mark. Parents are apathetic. We are graduating morons who then go on to college and become bigger morons. The worst part of this is that they go on to vote! See you at the Inn. I have loads of stories just like this to share.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

My kids are amazing as are my grands. Having said that I do worry about the crap they are being taught. Two of them slept over Saturday night and I gave them a lesson on the true nature of Socialism! They seemed to really get it. My little 7 year old said she didm't believe in all this free stuff, and she was sure that the people who supplied it would run out of money. I have high hopes for her! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning fp,

In the case in Texas, many of the parents said they were reluctant to start a whole deal because the Principal had the backing of the Board. If I were them, I would take on the Board. When my kids were in school, I fought like hell on their behalf, and they were A students who towed the line. Having said that, there still were many instances like the one I explained to Mike that took up a lot of my time! Parents have to be more involved. What they don't realize is that the Dept. Of Education would like to cut them out of the picture entirely. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I have no doubt that you were a fabulous teacher. Walking out was proof that you are the real deal Now if only our kids had more teachers like you and less administrators like the one you dealt with. See you at the Inn.


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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well pop....Like you, I was NEVER reluctant to "start a whole deal!" If we are not there for our children, it's quite clear they have NO ONE to protect them & their rights! And as responsible parents, our children are our business!! We really need to mention this??


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear fp,

I have to agree with Mike when he says that schools are babysitters for busy, disinterested parents. Of course there are many concerned parents, but our children deserve the protection that only a parent can provide.


taxlarry 7 months ago

This is the result of, the dumbing down of our country. That principle is stupid and the teacher is stupid. We have been raising stupid people for years. They vote, and look what they have done. I would suggest that the parent get over to the schools involved and raise hell and change the outrageous rules. Otherwise, stupidity will rule.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - You nailed it with your comment to fp. The Department of Education would much prefer that parents just stay the heck out of their indoctrination/brainwashing centers. How dare parents ask why their children can't read, write, or do simple math. That is just not what they teach anymore.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear taxlarry,

In my experience, few parents raise hell. They seem to be afraid of retaliation. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I believe the Dept. of Education should be disbanded. The sooner the better!


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Your right again. Our world educational ranking has fallen since the day they became involved. We now rank 14th overall but 29 countries beat us in math. That of course depends on which of many websites you may read.

You know that I believe the dumbing down of America has been intentional. Why else would we fall this far in so short a time.

But the unions also play a role by making it nearly impossible to fire a teacher who can't or wont teach. But that is off topic and a subject for yet another discussion.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I too believe this is intentional. The powers that be want compliant, obedient people. The last thing they want are intelligent citizens who are capable of smelling a rat. As for the unions, tenure is absurd. We still pay teachers who are banned from the classroom for hideous behavior. This is all too much to stomach.


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Patti - And yet the parents of school aged children whom give their children almost everything refuse to get involved with their education.

Parents in America should be outraged that our educational ranking continues to decline.


breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

Getting involved with their education requires time, patience and persistence. That, in many cases, is more than they have to give. Our kids are not being challenged enough. Everyone is a genius and everybody passes. What the hell is that!!!!


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maven101 7 months ago from Northern Arizona

Public schools are not only a 'gun-free zone', they are a 'freedom-free zone' - the domain of modern tyrants...Heinlein said, "The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire."... The teaching profession is especially attracted to 'those who want people to be controlled'.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning maven,

My grandson had a fifth grade teacher that spent 80 percent of her day reprimanding the entire class if even one student annoyed her. At the end of the week, there really wasn't much learning going on. Kids will succeed despite fools like this if they have a desire to learn and the ability to teach themselves. Those that don't become just another dumbed down American. See you at the Inn.


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maven101 7 months ago from Northern Arizona

Patti...I don't know if I have told you this before, but several years ago I visited my son in the SF Bay Area and went with him to watch my grandson play in a basketball game for 5th graders...He is enrolled in a highly touted Catholic school...While watching the game with my son I noticed there was no scoreboard...I asked him how do they keep score...He said there were no winners or losers, everybody wins..!

I asked him if he was comfortable with that and he said it was school policy and didn't consider it anything to be concerned with... After the game I asked one of the Nuns why there was no scoreboard...She said that it is a school's responsibility to insure a healthy self-esteem is developed and nurtured in students...I said how about survival in the real world ?...How can a child learn to win if they don't lose ?...She looked at me as if I were the village idiot...


Old Poolman profile image

Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

And there is the problem. Everybody gets a trophy regardless of how much or how little effort they put into the game.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear maven,

Your experience exemplifies what is wrong with our schools. When my girls were in school, the concept of demonstrated ability was in vogue. It worked like this. If the teacher determined that the child was a C student, and worked hard to consistently pull a C, the student was awarded an A. Why? Because he or she was working up to capacity. The moral to this story is that stupidity begets stupidity! See you at the Inn, maven.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

The one thing I am happy about is that my grands hate the idea of everyone getting a trophy! See you at the Inn.


maven101 profile image

maven101 7 months ago from Northern Arizona

You see the same thing in higher education...Faux PhD's in Urban Studies, Women's Issues, Diversity Education, and Human Environmental Conflict...

Who is John Galt and where has he (or she) been hiding...?


breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear maven,

Galt is in hiding, because this world would never understand or appreciate his qualities. He is way too rational for this bunch of lunatics.


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Misfit Chick 7 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

The problem is, so many people believe that this stuff is the result of a 'liberal agenda' - when it is the accululated result of whichever parties are in office, have propagated. Texas is a very conservative state with conservative politicians who supposedly have conservative values - so why is this still happening? Because the purpose is to keep the population deeply divided. Its ridiculous. They want us blaming each other, because chaos is the key to control. Neat.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Misfit Chick,

The federal government influences local school districts. Common Core is a perfect example. If the schools refuse to cooperate, they lose funding. It's best when the federal government stays out of the equation. As for instances like those described above, the problem is the dumbing down of America. Eventually, the children that have been taught to follow the crowd, grow up and become teachers and administrators. Common sense, by this time, is not a quality that is appreciated. When a child of six is suspended for eating a grilled cheese sandwich that ends up looking like a gun, it's time to get rid of the administrators!


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Misfit Chick 7 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

Uh huh - and where did 'Common Core' come from? It started with Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' crap and continues with this.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Wouldn't it be great if we could turn control back over to the states?

Then we could do some state by state, and school district to school district comparisons to determine which were doing it right and which were doing it wrong.

When a school is failing miserably their first cry is for "more money". In some cases "more money" might be the answer, but in others "more money" is not the problem. It is only by finding out why a school is failing that we can hope to make it better.

I have no idea how much schools are monitored by the Department of Education, and what they do besides "more money" to try to correct the problems.

Just saying it is not that difficult to solve problems once the real problem is really identified.


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

You know when the human body gets old, many of the systems that have worked OK for many years, start to fail. Pretty soon, you wonder how it ever worked. So apply that analogy to the US government, Federal, State, and Local. The systems seem to be failing more and more. Just when you think there is a recovery, another system goes on the blink.

Not that the education system has ever run even adequately, it ran a lot better when it was younger. However, the new paradigm excludes the parents, while the legal system holds the parents accountable for their child's actions. Parents cannot discipline their children, but if the child commits a crime, the court's say the parents were derelict.

Teachers become the faux parents, and the schools become the home away from home. Anything that a parent teaches their children is secondary to that taught by their school teachers.

The real problem is the school administration, and the kingdom that they rule while being funded by our tax dollars. The performance of public education is dismal and pathetic. Intelligent students can withstand the mental beatdown by the schools, but the average and less than average student is lucky to survive much less learn anything useful in over twelve years of the system.

That is why today, the millenniums appear to be lost, brainwashed, and think that the US is doing OK.

The left has unscrewed the wheels of the school bus, and the bus is running off the road.

Private education paid for by the same funds that go to the public should be a viable alternative. The private schools have to cater to the parents to survive, while the public schools can ignore, and discipline the parents. The latter is not education, it is the public servant being treated as the Master.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

God Morning misfit Chick,

Regardless of where it originated it's awful and it's still around despite strong opposition from parents and educators.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

We have a tendency in this nation to shoot from the hip, rather than take a good smart look at a problem. Clearly, there is a big problem in the way our children are being educated. We should look at the most successful systems and see what they are doing. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Good Morning brad,

You are right, of course. I've noticed that the schools in my area welcome the presence of parents in the school. The problem is that all the teachers and administrators want from the parents is free help with supplies in the classroom. Schools should be accountable to parents when it comes to what is being taught in the classroom. There are so many cases of teachers overstepping the bounds within the classroom and usurping parental control. That has to stop. The crazies are running the show. See you at the Inn. I'm bringing jelly donuts.


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

Thanks for the Jelly Donuts, it is amazing how they make swallowing life so much easier.


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WillStarr 7 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The answer is to ban government run schools, issue vouchers, and let the free market teach our kids.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

That would be the real solution to this problem WillStarr.


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WillStarr 7 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The man who thought it would be a great idea to have government-run indoctrination centers called 'free pubic schools' and force all children to attend was Karl Marx.


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Old Poolman 7 months ago from Rural Arizona

Didn't know that but it makes sense.


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WillStarr 7 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear brad,

Jelly donuts are the answer to anxiety!


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear Will,

We need to limit the government to only a few responsibilities. They are incapable of running to much at one time. See you at the Inn.


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

You are so right.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear brad,

I will bring dozens of them tonight!


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

It is going to be a rough night, maybe add some cheese danish, and bear claws.

lol


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear brad,

I am bringing tons of danish and jelly donuts and they are all for you! Thank you for choosing my answers. I am grateful and proud!


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bradmasterOCcal 7 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

You did all the work, and you should have those donuts as reward. OK, I will split them with you.

Thank you for your hubs.


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breakfastpop 7 months ago Author

Dear brad,

Thank you.....

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