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Special July 4th salute
to our Modern Minutemen!
N E W
SALUTE TO AMERICA'S MODERN MINUTEMEN
By Peyton Wolcott - July 4, 2006/1:00 a.m.

Presumably I'm not alone in my wrong assumption that most of our forebearers
were busy 230 years ago today running around the East Coast, the women
busily sewing  "Don't Tread On Me" and Old Glory flags and the men hoisting
their muskets to drive out the British.
Consider our
modern Minutemen
They've been active of late.
See complete alphabetical
listing below left with links.
Imagine my surprise to learn recently
(thank you, History Channel) that of
resident Colonists in 1776, a full half
were in a state of apathy, wanting
nothing to do with the conflict, and of the
other half, half of them wanted to stay
with the British monarchy and the other
half were in favor of revolution--only 25%
of the total population.

To celebrate the anniversary today of the
signing of the Declaration of
Independence, here's information on
several  brave souls who have been
willing to do what they can where they
stand to better pubic education.  

I call them our modern Minutemen
because they are made of the same
right stuff (thank you, Tom Wolfe) as our
country's original heroes.  These folks
have all made substantial contributions
for the betterment of our great nation's
schools.
Nancy Gadbois and Pat
Yezak's
(above) public
records searches helped
send
Bremond ISD supe
Kenneth Johnson
to prison
last week.  
Rene Amy's
alertness helped draw
attention to former
Pasadena
USD
volunteer John
Betances Whitaker,
who is
now in prison and will stand
trial for at least one murder.
The officer then swung his sword,
and said, "Lay down your arms,
you damned rebels, or you are
all dead men.   Fire!"
--Eyewitness account by Sylvanus
Wood of command by British officer
Major Pitcairn to American Captain
Parker & his Minutemen, so named
because they were ready to serve at a
minute's notice; Battle of Lexington
Green (1775).  (More at far right)
Dad David
Parker

(left)went to
jail last year
because he
wasn't willing
to allow
Lexington
public school
While I've never had a superintendent speak in such direct terms--no, let me
restate this:  While I've never had a superintendent use Major Pitcairn's exact
words (above right), I've certainly had supes speak to me with an intent which
appeared to be not entirely unrelated.  And this was when they deigned to
answer questions at all, leading us to another fellow who experienced difficulty
eliciting a response from those in charge.
officials to advocate a
homosexual lifestyle to his
young son and was then
barred from setting foot at the
son's school.
Doctors ignored warnings
Semmelweis was the pioneering physician who discovered that the
then-high rate of childbirth fever and consequent deaths could be
reduced to almost nil if doctors delivering babies would wash their
hands with a chlorine solution between births.   Problem was, the
doctors were proud of their blood-encrusted coats as a badge of
their profession and experience.  

While in no way is this comparing our scandal-ridden school
districts to European childbirth hospitals of the 1840's, Semmel-
weis's name has become synonymous with hard-headed
authorities who insist on continuing to do things their way, despite
being proven to be wrong.  Over and over on this website you see
examples of wrongdoing resulting from lax internal controls and
lack of accountability by parents and taxpayers.  Yet what supe have
any of us ever encountered who willingly increased internal controls
without external pressure being brought to bear?
Dad Jim Olsen on Bainbridge
Island
was barred from his
child's middle school,
because he and wife
Mary
Dombrowski
objected to the
district's rewriting World War II
history.
Ignaz
Semmelweis
This photo was a potent
symbol of wasteful
spending in Katy ISD
"The Semmelweis Reflex is the dismissing or rejecting out of hand
any information, automatically, without thought, inspection, or experiment.  The
phrase stems from a number of people's personal experiences with the
phenomena, and denotes the reactions of anyone who engages in such
behaviour."
(SOURCE--Wikipedia)
Mary McGarr helped defeat a
fluffy $261.5 million bond
issue, the first time in
Katy
ISD's
history, and Donna
Garner,
opponent of Texas'
current
TEKS standards, has
helped alert Texas and the
nation to the importance of
real standards long enough
to see her views vindicated
and accepted by the
State
Board of Education
last
month.   
Another guy who ignored the truth at his peril
Despite obvious signs of the Colonists' growing unrest,
Britain's King George III thought he'd rule this country forever.  

I've posted this image at right--how very arrogant he appears in
his ermine and royal silks--at the top right of each webpage as
a reminder that even though he was in charge when this
portrait was painted, authority which is not earned and borne
fairly does not last.
King George III
'Tear down this wall!'
When President Reagan stood in front of Berlin's
Brandenberg Gate in 1987 and told the Soviet
Union's then-General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
to tear down the Berlin Wall, who could have known
that it would actually happen.  Until that moment it
had seemed Communism would last forever.

Because my generation grew up with terrible
photographs on the evening news of Russian
guards shooting at people attempting to flee East
Germany through this very gate, those images
flooded through me as I stood at this very spot in
1997.  By then the only visible remnants of Soviet
domination other than bullet holes in the stone
columns were Russian vendors selling plastic
amber and trinkets from collapsible tables.  
Brian Camenker (photo
above/AP) has continued to
defy Massachusetts'
increasingly militant pro-gay
curriculum,
Jeff Lindsay has
continued to expose the
weaknesses and wrongness
in block scheduling, and

William Fitzhugh
has
continued to uplift all things
literary and historical in our
schools.
Brandenberg Gate
in Berlin, site of former
'Checkpoint Charlie'
Susan Bushart has
published a series of
community updates via email,
and continues to sift through
reams of public records in an
effort to bring accountability
and transparency to
Eanes
ISD.
 

Jimmy Kilpatrick continues
to publish
EducationNews.
org
on a daily basis, Jim
Fedako
continues to draw
attention to how things
education should be on a
local and national level,  and
Rose Cervin lost her board
seat then formed a new
accountability group,
ACCES$
Comal ISD.   
2006 Minutemen
(In alphabetical order)
Click on names for links to more information
Rene Amy - Pasadena, California
PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCHES (SOME RESULTING IN LAWSUITS)
INFORMATIONAL LISTSERVE
This is a remarkable group of
people, and each of them
deserves a big and heartfelt
"thank you" from America.

So, hats off, friends, and--
thank you!
Susan Bushart - Austin, Texas
PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCHES
INFORMATIONAL "COMMUNITY UPDATES"
Brian Camenker - Waltham, Massachusetts
PARENTAL NOTIFICATION & CURRICULUM ISSUES
PARENTS' RIGHTS
WEBSITE
Rose Cervin - San Antonio, Texas
FORMER TRUSTEE, COMAL ISD
PUBLIC RECORDS ADVOCATE
GROUP:  "ACCES$ COMAL ISD"
Mary Dombrowski & Capt. James Olsen -
Bainbridge Island, Washington
CURRICULUM ISSUES
PARENTAL RIGHTS
BARRED FROM CHILD'S SCHOOL
Jim Fedako - Lewis Center, Ohio
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
EDUCATION BLOG
William Fitzhugh - Concord, Massachusetts
LITERARY JOURNAL & PRIZES
HISTORY CLUB
WEBSITE
Nancy Gadbois & Pat Yezak - Bremond, Texas
PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCHES
SUPERINTENDENT IMPRISONED
Donna Garner - Hewitt, Texas
TEACHER
CURRICULUM ISSUES
PROLIFIC EDUCATION WRITER
Jimmy Kilpatrick - Houston, Texas
EDUCATION NEWS WEBSITE
SPECIAL ED ADVOCACY
Jeff Lindsay - Appleton, Wisconsin
BLOCK SCHEDULING EXPERT
WEBSITE
Mary McGarr - Katy, Texas
FORMER TEACHER
FORMER BOARD MEMBER
EDUCATION ACTIVIST

Rene Amy
Pasadena, California

Susan Bushart &
Dianna Pharr  
Austin, Texas

Brian Camenker
Waltham,
Massachusetts

Rose Cervin
San Antonio, Texas

Mary Dombrowski &
Jim Olsen
Bainbridge Island,
Washington

Jim Fedako
Lewis Center, Ohio

William Fitzhugh
Concord,
Massachusetts

Nancy Gadbois &
Pat Yezak
Bremond, Texas

Donna Garner
Hewitt, Texas

Jimmy Kilpatrick
Houston, Texas

Jeff Lindsay
Appleton, Wisconsin

Mary McGarr
Katy, Texas

David & Tonia
Parker
Lexington,
Massachusetts
David & Tonia Parker - Lexington, Massachusetts
PARENTAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
CURRICULUM ISSUES
WEBSITE

How we take back our children's education:
one person, one question, one school at a time.



Commentary

Edu-Conferences
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BOOK EXCERPTS:

Education, Inc.

How To File a Public
Records Request

How To Organize

Lax Oversight

Success Stories,
Kindred Spirits
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COMMENTARY
ARCHIVES
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SPECIAL REPORT -
TEXAS LEGE:  TEA
POWER GRAB
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About/In the News

AASA - American
Association of School
Administrators

ASA - Association of
School Administrators

CSD - Consolidated
School District

DOE - Department
of Education

ES - Elementary School

HS - High School

ISD -  Independent
School District

JHS - Junior High School

MS - Middle School

MSM - Mainstream media

NSBA - National School
Boards Association

NSPRA - National School
Public Relations Association

PS - Public School(s)

SBEC - State Board for
Educator Certification

SD - School District

Sup't - Superintendent

TAKS - Texas Assessment of
Knowledge & Skills

TASA - Texas Association of
School Administrators

TASB - Texas Association
of School Boards

TASBO - Texas Association
of  School Business Officials

TEA - Texas
Education Agency

TEKS - Texas Essential
Knowledge & Skills

USD - UnifiedUnited School
District
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Thank goodness I was
never sent to school; it
would have rubbed off
some of the originality.
– Beatrix Potter

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Everything that is really
great and inspiring is
created by the
individual who can
labor in freedom.
Albert Einstein

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Curiosity is one of the
most permanent and
certain characteristics
of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson

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To learn, you must
want to be taught.
– Proverbs 12:1

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We are faced with the
paradoxical fact that
education has
become one of the
chief obstacles to
intelligence and
freedom of thought.
– Bertrand A. Russell
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I have no special
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passionately curious.
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Twenty-three-year-old
Sylvanus Wood
was one of the Lexington
militia who answered the
call the morning of
April 19,1775. Several
years after the event he
committed his recollection
to paper in an affidavit
sworn before a Justice of
the Peace which was first
published in 1858
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"I, Sylvanus Wood, of
Woburn, in the county of
Middlesex, and
commonwealth of
Massachusetts, aged
seventy-four years, do testify
and say that on the morning
of the 19th of April, 1775, I
was an inhabitant of
Woburn, living with Deacon
Obadiah Kendall; that about
an hour before the break of
day on said morning, I heard
the Lexington bell ring, and
fearing there was difficulty
there, I immediately arose,
took my gun and, with
Robert Douglass, went in
haste to Lexington, which
was about three miles distant.

When I arrived there, I
inquired of Captain Parker,
the commander of the
Lexington company, what
was the news. Parker told me
he did not know what to
believe, for a man had
come up about half an hour
before and informed him
that the British troops were
not on the road. But while
we were talking, a
messenger came up and
told the captain that the
British troops were within
half a mile. Parker
immediately turned to his
drummer, William Diman,
and ordered him to beat to
arms, which was done.
Captain Parker then asked
me if I would parade with his
company. I told him I would.
Parker then asked me if the
young man with me would
parade. I spoke to Douglass,
and he said he would follow
the captain and me.

By this time many of the
company had gathered
around the captain at the
hearing of the drum, where
we stood, which was about
half way between the
meetinghouse and
Buckman's tavern. Parker
says to his men, 'Every man
of you, who is equipped,
follow me; and those of you
who are not equipped, go
into the meeting-house and
furnish yourselves from the
magazine, and immediately
join the company.' Parker
led those of us who were
equipped to the north end of
Lexington Common, near
the Bedford Road, and
formed us in single file. I was
stationed about in the centre
of the company. While we
were standing, I left my
place and went from one
end of the company to the
other and counted every
man who was paraded, and
the whole number was
thirty-eight, and no more.

Just as I had finished and
got back to my place, I
perceived the British troops
had arrived on the spot
between the meeting-house
and Bucknian's, near where
Captain Parker stood when
he first led off his men. The
British troops immediately
wheeled so as to cut off
those who had gone into the
meeting-house. The British
troops approached us rapidly
in platoons, with a general
officer on horseback at their
head. The officer came up
to within about two rods of
the centre of the company,
where I stood, the first
platoon being about three
rods distant. They there
halted. The officer then
swung his sword, and said,
"Lay down your arms, you
damned rebels, or you are
all dead men. Fire!" Some
guns were fired by the British
at us from the first platoon,
but no person was killed or
hurt, being probably
charged only with powder.

Just at this time, Captain
Parker ordered every man to
take care of himself. The
company immediately
dispersed; and while the
company was dispersing and
leaping over the wall, the
second platoon of the British
fired and killed some of our
men. There was not a gun
fired by anv of Captain
Parker's company, within my
knowledge. I was so situated
that I must have known it,
had any thing of the kind
taken place before a total
dispersion of our company. I
have been intimately
acquainted with the
inhabitants of Lexington,
and particularly with those of
Captain Parker's company,
and, with one exception, I
have never heard any of
them say or pretend that
there was any firing at the
British from Parker's
company, or any individual
in it until within a year or
two. One member of the
company told me, many
years since, that, after
Parker's company had
dispersed, and he was at
some distance, he gave
them 'the guts of his gun.'

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The question
is not how to
measure
excellence at
public schools
and education
agencies.

The question
is how to
measure
competence.

-- Dianna Pharr
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P.O. Box 9068
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F o c u s i n g
o n
accountability
f i r s t
The shout of our modern-day Minutemen
Parents and taxpayers have grown weary of an increasingly expensive and
failed public education system in this country grown as corrupt and
unaccountable as any Communistic hierarchy.   We stand outside the gates
and shout, "Tear down this wall!"

For some of us the solution is vouchers.  For others it's increased
accountability by superintendents and boards.  For others still it's parents
keeping their tax dollars at home.  There may be a solution out there that none
of us can yet imagine, just as Reagan couldn not imagine the toppling of
Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe.

However the solution comes about, and whatever form it takes, the end of our
corrupt and non-functioning public education monopoly is coming.  

History has shown us that tyrants do not long prevail.