Pause for the Cause

When I “launched” this blog in mid-April I had no clue what to expect.  Probably the biggest reason being that at age 72 I am more than baffled by the world of hand-held electronics and what is called “social media.”

I do not text or tweet.  I have a Facebook page because the good ladies, and former high school classmates, planning our last reunion in 2011 insisted that I “just had to have one.”  But I don’t look at it, don’t understand what all the fuss is about, and hit delete every time my computer says someone wants to be my friend.  All I do with my cell phone is talk on it.  I don’t take pictures or movies with it and don’t have an app that turns on the TV before I get home or whatever.

My reason for blogging is to simply take the opportunity to give folks in Alabama a better understanding of what is going on, largely out of sight, with public educati0n.  For reasons I do not understand, our media has shown little interest in doing the research and digging out the numbers that connect many of the dots between what our legislature is doing with public education and the influence of outside groups and money.  I think it is a story worth telling.

I have written a great deal about the Alabama Accountability Act, even to the point some probably ask, “Why does he continue to beat that dead horse?”

And I will continue to do so for the simple reason that AAA is a much, much larger story than most realize.  It is not a story about an isolated piece of legislation that should be taken for only what it does.  Instead, it was the first shot in a war in this state intent on harming public education, and consequently, the more than 730,000 child who attend public schools.  AAA was not the war–it was just a battle.

Judging from the stats I review each day about the blog posts that are being read most often, most of the readers who stop by are VERY interested in this topic as well.  And I find it very interesting that many of those who send me emails of concern are retired educators who are dismayed at what they see happening in schools across the state.  As well as in the attitudes of our legislative policy makers.

The first week this little site was up and running, a grand total of 61 “hits” came its way.  But I am happy to report that in the week that ends today (June 21) more than 2,300 “hits” have been recorded.  My sincerest thanks to everyone who has visited and to those who have spread the word about the blog on Facebook and twitter.  (As I said above, I have no clue what they do, but I appreciate it.)

I encourage you to give me feedback.  What topics do you want to know about?  I have no crystal ball, just intuition.  And I would like to know if you think I’m on the right track, or am totally missing what you consider to be important.

Thanks for dropping by.  Thanks for telling others.  Hope to hear from you.


3 Responses to Pause for the Cause

  1. I visited a couple of weeks ago with my brother and family. His wife is a former school board member in the largest county land wise but smallest county population wise in Florida. We talked until the early hours of a new day on education. She lamented her frustration on moving forward with various restrictions and concern for the future of education in her state. As I shared the implementation of AAA we both shook our heads. Perhaps it is a control mindset but few are encouraged or taught the importance of connecting the dots. Continue to be amazed at the number of people that state “we put way too much money in our schools and they get worse and worse”. Educating the public is a major problem in this state. Everyone is affected on some level yet the masses do not rise up.

  2. You are absolutely on the right track! Keep up the excellent work. Ultimately, it has to make a difference. It is not picked up by media because most of the papers at owned by the “conservatives” and they have too many other scandalous deeds to cover.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, research and insight into the politics of Alabama Education. It is a baffling study.

    We have lost, for all practical purposes, this State’s investigative reporters.

    You are filling that void and providing fact based examinations of Alabama’s Politics as they play out in Alabama Education.

    I am stunned by the lack of apparent interest by today’s Educators, Parents, AEA, and the local Board of Educations.

    Education in Alabama has been badly damaged in recent session, if their track record continues it will be decimated in the next session, yet few voters are speaking out.

    It is my hope that your blog will continue to grow, will continue reach new ears, and will continue to fill the void left as local News Organizations continue moving away from investigative reporting.

    Thanks again for your time and insight. Ultimately it is up to voters to react and act. Hopefully we can all share your news to help inform them.

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