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The Courage of Jada Williams: Fighting against the machine

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The reason I fight against the public school establishment and the money it takes to fund it is embodied perfectly in the recent harassment of Jada Williams, the 13-year-old girl who recently wrote an essay about Frederick Douglass and compared it to her own life. In Jada’s essay she stated, “How the teachers do not want children to exceed their levels. They want you to stay on certain levels. They don’t feel like they need to instruct you.” Jada is saying from the viewpoint of a student what many of us have always suspected, that teachers under union rule have become complacent and are more concerned about social reform of a progressive nature than actually teaching children anything. The story has touched off a national outraged after Jada won the Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York award, The Spirit of Freedom. Once she returned back to her school the teachers had passed her essay around and attempted to paint her as an angry child that needed help. Glenn Beck covered this issue recently on GBTV: Check it out.

The teachers using the classic Delphi Technique of building a consensus retaliated against Jada deliberately dropping her grades from “A’s” to “B’s” and attempted to use her mother against her by bringing the mother in to “counsel” that Jada was an “angry” child that needed help.

Well, all the behavior above is constant with many such stories and is exactly why public education is failing. Instead of the best of the best, such as Jada, being displayed as an example of excellence, she is instead harassed. People like Jada are frequently the targets of “bullying” in public education because the teachers subconsciously enjoy the behavior of bringing down those who show themselves as exceptional. After all, public education is not about teaching children to be the best. It is to teach them to be average, to not stick their neck up too high; otherwise it might get chopped off. Schools only use the talents of people like Jada to win tax levies in their districts, then once the money is won by the community children like Jada are tossed onto the scrap heep and abused until the school needs more money. You can see the actual reading of the essay here:

Lucky for Jada, she had a mother who stood behind her daughter and understood the game being played against her family and they fought back, which is how the story managed to break out into the national media. If not for this family fighting back and not just taking the bad behavior, this story would have been stuffed under the carpet forever.

This is certainly the case of the recent Modesto teacher who ran off with his 18-year-old student leaving his wife and kids. It was the mother of the girl who refused to take the manipulation lying down and took matters into her own hands with a Facebook campaign. If the mother hadn’t made a big deal about the matter, the school would have kept the teacher on the payroll and would have found a way to cover him. Because the mother unleashed a public outcry, the teacher had to resign from his comfy job so that he could move from a six figure salary into an apartment collecting unemployment. We’ll see how long that love lasts once the teacher’s wife takes everything he has and no school will hire the child molester leaving him to work in the private sector for 30-40% less money. My hat’s off to the mother for standing up for what’s right.

I can say that in my own district of Lakota I know of a family that experienced similar bad behavior on behalf of the teacher. The school rationalized that the sex was between “consenting” adults and circled their wagons to protect their own. The case ended up at the State Board of Education, yet nobody in the media covered it, and the school went into damage control because they were trying to paint a picture of excellence to the community so they could win a tax increase in a fall 2011 vote. It’s exactly the same behavior as what was leveled at Jada Williams. The staff and teachers treated the situation as though this particular family was the villains, because they threatened the sanctity of the education institution. You can review that case by CLICKING HERE.

What all these stories have in common is a lack of customer service. The public schools, (government schools) believe that the community exists to serve the employees. They have a similar attitude toward the public that one might find at the license bureau where the employees tend to treat the customers badly because they know the customers HAVE to use them if the customer wants to drive a car. The teachers believe that the parents need the school otherwise their child will be uneducated. So they treat the customer with little respect. However, Jada Williams is obviously smarter than those around her and the teachers know it. So they attempted to pull the mother into the scheme of things to put pressure on Jada to “fall in line.” Lucky for Jada, she has a good mom and knows that her daughter was being manipulated, that the grade changes from “A’s” to “B’s” were not because her daughter was performing badly, but because the teachers were punishing her daughter for criticizing the teaching profession.

The way to end this kind of tyranny is to call it out when you see it. Do not trust that the teachers have your child’s best interest in their minds. Do not assume such a thing. Hold their feet to the fire because they exist to serve you, the customer. They are in essence no different from a typical worker at a fast food restaurant. If you don’t like the way they make your hamburger, or if they get your order wrong, do you not routinely go back to the counter to have it corrected? And sometimes, you must do the same thing at the public school, because the employees are lazy and well protected by their syndicate union. The only thing that can protect your child is you the parent. If you trust the teaching union syndicate 100% of the time you are doing your child a disservice.

It took courage for Jada Williams to do what she did in her essay. And it took courage for her mother to stand by her side when the heat started to pour on. I wish with every cell in my body that every American were like Jada and her mother. If they were, I would have no need to write here, because I would know that people would do the right thing. But unfortunately Americans like these are few and until they are many, they will be held in high esteem and honored for their uniqueness, which is the actual tragedy. For a society to exceed, it needs many Jada’s. When they are few and far between, they can be ridiculed as being “different” then we have a democratic system that is ruled by the stupid, and that type of society will fail eventually.

It is that kind of society that we currently have, a rule by the stupid, because they rule in mass. This is why America was designed to be a Republic, so that the majority of fools built by public education could not run the country into the ground on the whims of mediocrity. But the smart among us cannot hold back the damn of foolishness forever. More Jada’s are needed! And more parents of such geniuses are needed to run the gauntlet of public education to protect their children from ineptitude and perpetual stagnation so that society can once again succeed.

Rich Hoffman
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