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Can We Discuss More Often About Toxic Masculinity?

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Let’s Grab Some Popcorn!

Watching Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump is like a set of movies in order or perhaps a sequence. Cutting 9.2 Billion dollars for Education is a big insult to the American people. LBTQA and Black students including Deaf students are America’s future students that should not be demoralized and oppressed!

Removing IDEA From Department of Education: Are We Being Setting Up For Failure?

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Human Right to Education “Key 3”. Christian Avendaño Cendales.

Hours after the Department of Education has nominated the person who is in charge as secretary, Betsy DeVos has created a huge mess at this hour. Ignorance, human rights violation, even segregation–propelled by economic expansion and justified by dirty money has informed us the Deaf community what the Department of Education is today.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] has been removed from Department of Education’s website that was supposed to ignite networking through healthy channels and promote human rights; yet, it is not the same anymore.

Betsy DeVos, and those ignorant people who voted for DeVos need access to a history that is honest what Deaf people and people with disabilities has been going through hardships.  What do we mean by history? Let’s shall find out and go from there. Maybe then it would be easier for them, and the rest of us, to make history that is progressive and inclusive.

In this way, DeVos creates room to remove Deaf people to doubt their current mentality. This doubt serves as the foundation on which she builds the rest of her arguments, citing that IDEA is not important–“up to the states” and shows prejudice is forcefully pointed out. Her debate urges the Department of Education to stay with the status quo. Given this logic, the oppressors against human rights movements are equal to those in removing IDEA off the face of the country’s fundamental human rights.

From there, DeVos outlines the logic behind equality and ignorance. Her debate holds that, while Deaf people and people with disabilities are not actually equal, they should be considered to be wiped out.

As a supporter of IDEA myself because I was one of them, we need to recognize the essence of DeVos’s work stands as a call to remove IDEA from the website to adjust hypocrisy at finest hour. Do we even realize what DeVos has downplayed xenophobic as well? The Department of Education needs to boycott DeVos for the sake of humanity.

-JT

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Strained Leadership in Education

Gallaudet University: How to Get Our Educational Rights Back

 

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With Betsy DeVos confirmed as secretary for Department of Education today, the majority of Republicans who voted for DeVos are really stupider than stupid. Gallaudet University is under the watch of Department of Education. All the employees and students might possibly face the changes in the future. Can students stage a walkout or engage in other forms of protest at Gallaudet? Yes, they can express their own political opinions peacefully. The students should not be attacked because they are entitled to have educational rights–as in human rights.

An educational right is a superb condition because higher learning has evolved through times of oppression and opportunity. Gallaudet University was supposed to be about intellectual life of Deaf people since 1864. We all remember about 1988 and 2006 protest at Gallaudet that we shall trust tomorrow and as for today, we need to remember that there is always a room for making new meanings, it is very important to remember that! 1988 Deaf President Now (DPN) was all about civil movement.

Betsy DeVos is totally unaware of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] and Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] that raises a huge problem even at Gallaudet University. She is all about–simple and obvious: divide and conquer. She is now the spokesperson to destroy the educational life of Deaf people’s intellectual life. None of her educational leadership shows a great deal of damages. Deaf people will be suffering from not getting enough educational rights. After all, that is why ADA was one of many reasons created in 1990 because of DPN.

After seeing all the Republicans who voted for DeVos, one senator has surprised me–John McCain from Arizona. He was on the Board of Trustees (BoT) at Gallaudet University. He was supposed to be fierce leader in supporting education and…Higher learning for Deaf students. Apparently, it looks like it not anymore now. Is this why he resigned from BoT because of 2006 protest that he could not handle the truth? Senator McCain took $50,000 donation from Betsy DeVos was all about money—he does not care about people but money.

In next few years, the Department of Education–the ability to make even more difficult for future students to tell stories about it emotionally that will pass on to other generation of future students at Gallaudet. It is very much an emotional memory as much as anything else. I’m really surprised that Senator McCain would not join the resistance and block Betsy DeVos to run the department. What a shame!

What kind of power dynamics of education means to you? Why do you think education is important today and tomorrow? What are your reasons to embrace education for everyone’s sake? What is the present situation about the future education at Gallaudet University? What are the concerns of not getting enough education?

-JT

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Deaf Access Justice: Today is Not Good Day

Resistance Is Good!

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After receiving an e-mail from an Executive Director for Our Revolution Team an hour ago, they stated,

“Last week, you made over 10,000 calls and logged 40,000 minutes on the phones asking Senators to use the full 30 hours of debate time in opposition to Trump’s unqualified cabinet nominees–and they listened. Right now, Senate Democrats are holding the floor for 24 hours and all through the night to oppose Betsy DeVos’s confirmation to Secretary of Education. The vote count in the Senate currently stands at a 50/50 tie. Not only is DeVos shockingly unqualified–her record of gutting funding from public schools and colluding with for-profit charter school CEOs risks the future of public education….”

We must continue to resist! We know that how the resistance works. In public education schools, bookstores, libraries, homes, any public places that are resisting Betsy DeVos–that is because resistance takes place in the passive voice. This is the time we need to talk about DeVos–the worst unqualified cabinet nominee in the history–never in our life-time that we all would see something like this.

Resistance helps clear a space to relate the truth about DeVos’s lack of experience so we might better understand the present and navigate the future. As one means to support public education, it gives us the chance to continue to resist that have been forgotten, hidden, distorted, or mislaid. Again, the very notion of resistance is necessary for us not to allow DeVos to take the top position.

The purpose of resistance we all need to understand that we are doing is healthy. With no experience and ignorance what DeVos bring on the table, her wealth even her wealth friends that created helped bankroll its political power status to shut down public education in America is not accepted.

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In fact, one of the things we all need to admire the idea of resistance is its embrace for change. It teaches us to look to the work we can do on ourselves–repair, maintain, build and grow so we can better deal with change that is certain to come. A book, The Servant Leader Within: A Transformative Path written by Robert Greenleaf:

In education, servant-leadership has lead to new pedagogy, new learning, and new organizations devoted to its practice. In all its applications, servant-leadership achieves what is apparently impossible: bringing transformative experiences to the realm of the ordinary, to the everyday events that, cumulatively, define our lives and shape our experiences.”

Will Betsy DeVos ever understand the servant-leadership style? That is why DeVos is not qualified to take the top position in the Department of Education. We must continue to resist! That is why resistance is GOOD!

-JT

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Keep Resisting!

Do Not Allow Betsy DeVos to Defund Education

Sec.of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Needs to Be Evicted

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Experiencing without public education, I would not be the same. When I first learned about Betsy DeVos’s nomination as Secretary of Education in Trump’s cabinet, I do not support her education philosophy. The most painful thing what DeVos had violated the rights of children with disabilities.

I write to let you know that I am a Deaf citizen, I was very thankful for public education, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) may not be perfect, but I learned and survived through practical applications of the public education, and learn the historical and contemporary socialized thought processes. The dynamics of public education require the skills necessary for comprehending diversity-related issues ad content; identifying and consciously constructing ideology; and sign language and written English in a higher education.

All of which comprise the tools exemplified by the practice and study of appreciation what public education is about. The public education is also understood as necessary for social transformation because it easily bypasses the usual order of perception. DeVos encourages the opposite of intensification of building stronger public education in their classrooms by practicing on education oppression of every kind, charting and making images of the public education to put all the power in DeVos’s hands to hold the highest privilege.

Public education or schools are the chain of justice and no one can take away from us. Not even DeVos. The experience I had learned through public education gave me an academic freedom I care the most. Public education do not need criticism. For DeVos to criticize public schools is big no-no.

Also, for Betsy DeVos to understand that she may be fearful of outside influence that she does not believe that IDEA showed enough success. A website says:

Tim Kaine: But I’m asking you a should question. Whether they are not we’ll, get into that later. Should all schools that receive taxpayer funding be required to meet the requirements of the individuals with Disabilities in education?

Betsy DeVos: I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states.

Tim Kaine: So states, some states might be good to kids with disabilities and other states might not be so good and then what? People could just move around the country if they don’t like other kids been treated?

Betsy DeVos: I think that’s an issue that’s best left to the states.

Tim Kaine: What about the federal requirement? It’s a federal law the individuals with Disabilities Education Act? Let’s limit the federal funding. If schools receive federal funding should they be required to follow federal law?

I was thankful for IDEA.

My interest is in coming the phobia term to describe a type of fear that exists only for Betsy DeVos; Yes, it has yet to be found in a reference book or medical paper but it has to be confirmed by the medical profession. So I began to think of the name of a phobia that best describe it.

Dikephobia (fear of justice)

Eleutherophobia (fear of freedom)

Enosiophobia (fear of criticism)

Epistemophobia (fear of knowledge)

Xenophobia (fear of outside influence)

DeVos thinks it is OK to be normal to show fear has been a prototype elsewhere as well. It also shows that DeVos failed her insightful education of the material and her thoughtful perception of written materials and it is important to people with disabilities, Deaf people and myself. It shows the ignorance of DeVos’s compassion. Many Deaf people got MA’s, MS’s and Ph.Ds because of their contribution and time through public schools they received during their young lives. No one can take that away.

With Betsy DeVos taking the helm by being the Secretary of Education, we will rekindle ourselves to protect public education and schools at all cost. We need to become highly sophisticated in our language. DeVos need to learn and listen from all the people, educators, alumni and alumnus of public education that we will continue our higher learning among future students.

We do not need DeVos’s nomination to be performed even within the Deaf community. It has yet to stop marketing itself and treating Deaf people as its consumers. It should develop and share much needed higher education characteristics including the following:

A commitment to protect the academic use of public education; A commitment to intellectual excellence and responsiveness in public schools; A commitment to a teaching and learning environment in public education;

DeVos must be responsible for not being truth and her credentials shows community accountability to fail the accomplishments and the value of public education’s philosophy.

Please do not give Betsy DeVos the green light to run the education department when she does not have any experience and shows the most visible phobia towards public education or schools. When it is OK for her to say: “I think that is a matter that’s best left to the states” in the matter of federal funding for IDEA is not good at all. We must remain to keep our educational rights.

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-JT

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