Sunday, May 20, 2018

ARNE DUNCAN CALLS FOR SCHOOL WALKOUT TO PROTEST FOR GUN DISARMAMENT




Arne Duncan's most recent call for a student walkout of schools to protest for disarming ALL AMERICANS, in violation of our Second Amendment, led me to this post. Our enemies would LOVE THAT!
I was deceived by Obama's polish and promises. I had started writing novels, my website, gardening and doing genealogy. I got out of politics, put my head in the sand, dug in my garden. Tried the Kumbaya thing. 
I voted for him twice. 
I had gotten my own children educated in a private Christian school. Surely I got to retire from those concerns. That belonged to my grandchildren's parents!
Then my precious oldest granddaughter started having trouble with what I call LUNATIC MATH. 
And I discovered Common Core and realized the deception. While my head was in the sand, radical things had happened in my profession. My children were not in education. They had not seen what I had seen. Studied what I had studied. Or experienced what I had. I had to speak out once more. Get involved. Our children and our country are now at risk. And through what should be our most trusted and respected institution. 
Education has now become a Trojan Horse. (How many of our school children understand that analogy now, do you think?)
Obama was merely following the Rules for Radicals established by fellow Chicagoan Saul Alinsky in applying his buddy Bill Ayers' goals for our country. He appointed Arne Duncan, a sociologist and former Superintendent of Chicago Schools, to implement this Radical Agenda. Through the millions spent with the Chicago Anenburg Project (run by Ayers and Obama) they managed to create a situation where only 1 student in 4 in Chicago schools can read. Violence runs rampant in the streets. 
And now Arne Duncan wants to mobilize those schools, now filled with soldiers of the Left, to disarm Americans. For what purpose? 
Ayers was elected Vice President for Curriculum Studies by the American Educational Research Association in 2008. Writer Sol Stern, a conservative opponent of liberal education policies, has criticized Ayers as having a virulent "hatred of America", and said, "Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer."
Stirring students to hatred and still longing for revolution, (and how better to win in undermining America than to disarm any opposition) Ayers and Dorn published Race Course against White Supremacy. They have been quite effective in mobilizing group guilt and self hatred of the groups they target. Just listen to the college students who have no knowledge of facts in history or reason in the argument, but can spout the rhetoric and march to the Pied Piper who calls them forth. 
Start with this on the Chicago Connection. 

Then read "Teachers as Liberators Produce Students as Revolutionaries" published in February of 2017 (also on my blog) as well as Radical Possibilities Your Children on my blog 11/17/17 a review of the book Radical Possibilities by Pat Ellis, a blatant expose of the inspiration for educators to make students into community activists and not educated citizens. Surely that couldn't happen in our schools! And yet Alabama hired as its Chief Academic officer Barbara Cooper who proclaimed THAT BOOK as her inspiration. And Alabama schools plummeted from 24th in Reading to 50th. 
Florida, don't think you are safe. Full Blown Common Core has infected these schools as well. 
Think, friends. California wants to make Presidents day National Workers Day. Will the rest of the nation be far behind?
God help us. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DOES THIS APOLOGY LETTER FROM BAY MED REALLY ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS?

 DOES THIS APOLOGY LETTER FROM BAY MED REALLY ADDRESS OUR CONCERNS?

I chronicled our hospital stay at Bay Med in Panama City, Florida in this post.
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2018/02/diary-of-hospital-stay-at-bay-medical.html

This is the response we got from Bay Medical Center.




Dear Ms. Jones,

Thank you for your letter of May 2, 2018.  

Our concerns regarding Bay Med cover many issues.

1. INFECTION ACQUIRED WITHIN THE HOSPITAL
The prevalence of life-threatening bacteria within the facility requires immediate attention. My husband acquired pseudomonas and staph during what should have been a relatively simple procedure (or so we were assured). Was the cause of the infection due to inserting a shunt that was contaminated or up to standards of protocol?
Or was it simply due to not providing a sterile environment in the Operating Room or lack of administration of proper antibiotics? 
I understand that hospital staffing is expensive, but I would suggest that training the janitorial staff, overseeing their work more carefully and providing them with the very best materials (Sterilize the mop heads, or perhaps provide disposable mopheads and wipe down cloths that do not go from one room to another might help cut down on hospital born infections.) Seek out janitorial staff that realize the importance of their job and pay them well. Cutting costs at this point may be the cause of so much cost later on. (Interestingly, on May 15, 2018, I was told by someone in administration that they have no control over Janitorial concerns because those are contracted out. I told them they needed to regain control, because they are responsible for the MERSA, PSEUDAMONUS AND STAPH INFECTIONS running rampant through the hospital. Dirty mop heads going from room to room cannot help but spread bacteria throughout the hospital!)

2.  NURSE CALL
While we were told that my husband (in with a brain infection acquired at Bay Med) was informed that the only way to call the nurse was through the remote, his caretakers (my daughter and myself) were not informed. The stationary NURSE CALL on the side of the bed was operative but no one came. That is an obvious concern because the remote frequently gets lost between the bed and the rails or within the folds of the covers, while the stationary remote could always be found in an emergency. When my husband was vomiting my daughter pressed the NURSE CALL over and over. Had he aspirated, we could have had a disaster. Has this issue been addressed?

3. ICU DIRECTOR 
The ICU Director and the nursing staff on the ICU floor owe me an apology for threatening to call security on me when I returned to a dirty room on the ICU FLOOR. That director (a nurse? not a doctor?) should have shown better management skills by KNOWING that my husband was going in for surgery and then DIRECTING the cleaning staff to thoroughly clean the room for his return. When I walked into that dirty room and left outraged that it had not been cleaned the staff should have immediately called the cleaning lady to address the issue without berating ME for my outrage and fear of consequences because it had not been done! Tim, the nurse at the desk, had no business threatening me, a wife in tears at their lack of concern for cleanliness when we are in the hospital because of negligent sanitation conditions. (The shunt contaminated with pseudomonas and staph was the cause of the infection!)

4.  BATHE YOUR PATIENTS
As it has been brought to my attention that the staff is strictly divided as to labor tasks, it would be helpful to put posters throughout the facility informing patients as to what task each color co-ordinated member of the staff actually is responsible for doing. 
a. BLUE OUTFIT (RN)    I discovered that the RNs, the blue clad nursing staff, hang meds. That is it. If you ask them to come out of the order of things (before the CNA has taken the BP or Temp) they cannot come in and take the BP and Temp and go ahead and hang the meds. 
b. RED OUTFIT   (CNA) Pushes the blood pressure machine and takes the temperature. Will sometimes bring ice if requested. No one offers juice or other fluids to the patient. No one takes the time to put a straw in a cup and offer it to the patient unless they are administering meds. THERE IS NO DAILY BATH OR SHEET CHANGING. If the patient is to be bathed, family had better come and do it. My mother, a nurse in WWII, saw bathing a patient as an important part of nursing care. How else are you to see bed sores or a rash as a consequence of a medication? We were the told that the cause of the rash on my husband's back was due to the detergent used in washing the sheets. How often do those rashes turn into bedsores?
The CNA desk was right opposite our door and I witnessed hours of cell phone operation and very little patient care. 

5. FEED YOUR PATIENTS
We did not realize it was necessary to order from the menu in order to receive a meal. Patients like my husband with brain issues would not have known that it was necessary to "order" a meal. We brought him food from outside. A dear friend, so thin she does not need to miss a meal, went two days with nothing to eat at Bay Med until her daughter came and addressed that issue! Educate caretakers that they can get a discount on their meals. 

6. CELL PHONE USE
Could the cell phone that nurses and doctors carry with them from room to room be a source of hospital contagion?

Have these issues been addressed? You write that the senior leadership was merely made aware of our concerns. That letter I am sure found its way into the round file by each "member of the senior leadership team." I just wonder if those entrenched in "senior leadership" should remain in "senior leadership" when this was THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. 

One of our major concerns was whether antibiotic prophylaxis was administered within 60 minutes before the incision for the insertion of the shunt. https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/hospital-safe-surgery-checklist.html

First critical point (period prior to administering anesthesia)Second critical point (period prior to skin incision)Third critical point (period of closure of incision and prior to patient leaving the operating room)
  • Verbal confirmation of patient identity
  • Mark surgical site
  • Check anesthesia machine/medication
  • Assessment of allergies, airway and aspiration risk
  • Confirm surgical team members and roles
  • Confirm patient identity, procedure and surgical incision site
  • Administration of antibiotic prophylaxis within 60 minutes before incision
  • Communication among surgical team members of anticipated critical events
  • Display of essential imaging as appropriate
  • Confirm the procedure
  • Complete count of surgical instruments and accessories
  • Identify key patient concerns for recovery and management of the patient

We are aware that the official protocol for this surgery calls for the administration of one antibiotic prior to the surgery and at least one afterwards. In looking at the records, we cannot help but wonder if that actually occurred. We are curious if a AIC = antibiotic-impregnated catheter was used for the surgery. 

We know pseudomonas and staph in the CATHETER was the cause of the infection. If the shunt was antibiotic impregnated, how did the bacteria get onto the catheter? 

As you can see, the shunt used for my husband's operation was a SPVA-2010. I assume that means it was produced in 2010. There is no notation as to whether it was an ANTIBIOTIC INFUSED CATHETER. Yet, as noted below in the new protocols, antibiotic infused shunts are recommended. Apparently this shunt was NOT ANTIBBIOTIC INFUSED. We do know that the shunt valve Polaris cost  $12,161.70.









We wonder 
1. Was this an Antibiotic Infused Catheter?
2.  Was the antibiotic administered pre-op?
3. Why did my husband have no hanging IV when he returned to the room after surgery. Was the antibiotic administered IV post op?
4. We remain curious as to why powerful antibiotics were charged and then the charge removed. 

It is important for those having surgery at Bay Med to know that every procedure is followed to eliminate contamination. 






Does the return of those meds to the pharmacy have anything to do with this 
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION HISTORY REPORT?


As you see above, under Cefepime the notes are:

  1. Late Medication not available
  2. Late: Clinical Decision
  3. Not given: Medical Contraindication
Does this mean he did not receive the antibiotics ordered?  When and where in the MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION HISTORY REPORT do you see the administration of antibiotics mentioned?

I am quite familiar with Cefepime as our daughter and I administered the infusions of Cefepime at home after my husband, because of the care given at Bay Med, pleaded to be let out of the hospital for home health care after his readmission with not only life threatening infection, but a subdural hematoma. 

We are also curious about the note regarding the administration of pain medications when he NEVER HAD ANY PAIN! Cecily and I were always asking him, do you hurt? He never had pain and refused pain meds because we both have a fear of addiction. 


We wonder why Hydrocodone and Morphine are listed as a Medication administered for a pain score of 8 when Joe never requested pain meds and always amazed Cecily and me when he denied having pain when queried. Remember, if I was not with Joe, Cecily was. We never left him alone. 


Dr. DeSilva's notes on the day after the surgery, upon his release, include the statement that he has no significant complaints of pain. 

We also wonder why the surgeon in charge of doing the abdominal aspect of my husband's surgery was not already in the operating room before the abdominal incisions were begun. Is this the usual procedure?


You will notice in the protocols earlier recognized even the opening of doors and the position the patient in the room are significant in infection control. SIGN ON OR DOOR RESTRICTING TRAFFIC. POSITION HEAD AWAY FROM THE MAIN OR DOOR.



The surgery occurred on February 8th. We went home on the 9th. On the 19th we returned with a subdural hematoma and a serious infection that nearly stole his life. 

Ms. Jones, you are the Director of Patient Experience and you are therefore the mediator between management and consumer, I would appreciate your answering specifically the issues listed above.

These are merely the concerns regarding the initial surgery that may have led to the later entry with infection with the issues chronicled in the post on 2/24/18. 
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2018/02/diary-of-hospital-stay-at-bay-medical.html

My husband and I would take some solace if this was a learning experience for the hospital to improve conditions for all.

Sincerely,
Sharman Ramsey 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

SOCIAL ENGINEERING, CO-OPERATIVE LEARNING, BRIDGES COLLAPSE AND PLANES FALL FROM THE SKY


Education became social engineering when GOALS 2000 banned SEQUENTIAL learning for  CO-OPERATIVE LEARNING. I challenged the University of Alabama College of Engineering then about what would happen when a group did a project and everyone got the same grade, but only one did the work. Yet, those individuals would graduate with a GPA that some might think indicated mastery of scientific principles. What mastery of cognitive knowledge do grades now indicate? 

We know Colleges of Education accept students with the lowest ACT and SAT scores and graduate them with the highest GPAs. What does that predict for what they are able to teach their students?

Are we seeing the fruits of SOCIAL ENGINEERING when bridges collapse and planes fall from the sky?







Look at this headline!
And now, according to the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Alabama has dropped from 26 to 51st in the nation in Reading and Math. 

When we call for a return to Traditional Education do you know what we mean? 



We know Progressive Education doesn’t work for academic preparation or we wouldn't keep having so many efforts to "fix it." So what IS the goal?

I thought I would try to explain what has happened with Math. First you have to
understand that there are competing philosophies of education at work here. 

TRADITIONAL versus PROGRESSIVE (WHOLE LANGUAGE)

SMALL TO WHOLE (constructionist) v WHOLE TO PART (deconstructionist) 

DIRECT INSTRUCTION versus INFERENTIAL LEARNING (guessing, estimating,
risk-taking) 


SAGE ON THE STAGE (TEACHER DIRECTED)




 versus GUIDE ON THE SIDE (FACILITATOR)

SEQUENTIAL INSTRUCTION


versus THEMATIC INSTRUCTION (taking a theme
like the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima 


Supposedly going from a Mile Wide and an Inch Deep to an Inch Wide and a Mile Deep. Traditional augument supports acquiring a broad chronological understanding to history, simple to complex understanding in Math, Biology and Science, and foundational understanding of writing and grammar.  Progressive method takes a topic and spin off with integrated curriculum (including sex ed).





INTEGRATING subjects like English,
History, Science, Mathematics and sex education)




PATRIOTISM/NATIONALISM



verus SOCIALJUSTICE/GLOBALISM



INDIVIDUAL (INDIVIDUALISM) EFFORT



vs. CO-OPERATIVE LEARNING (COMMUNALISM) 


You model attitudes and beliefs by modeling behavior.

CAPITALISM vs. SOCIALISM
 What they are now being taught




KNOWLEDGE BASED vs. SKILLS BASED

COGNITIVE (Testing measures empirical data on academic achievement) vs. ATTITUDINAL/AFFECTIVE (How do students feel about it?)

COMPUTER (tool) v COMPUTER (teacher, tester, change agent modifying attitudes
and beliefs)

HOMESCHOOL children mostly use traditional materials/methods, as do ABEKA and CLASSICAL schools  versus  PUBLIC SCHOOLS and many Catholic and private schools
that have bought into Common Core with its Progressive Agenda.

PHONICS (sounding out the words, then drill and repetition) 


versus Whole Language



Old Math (memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tables) v. 


NEW MATH

Goals 2000 and Common Core have institutionalized the Progressive methodology and its agenda in our schools. 

But, how can Math be converted to Social Justice? 

   

RADICAL MATH


Elitist Harvard graduates like Bill Gates (attended, dropped out to start Microsoft,
 awarded honorary degree)

... then you have William McCallum, PhD, said to be the lead writer of the Common 
Core State Standards in mathematics.


Dr. William McCallum, Harvard graduate, mentioned below in Chamber Foundation 
film, apparently replaced Dr. James Milgram (who refused to sign off on the COMMON CORE STANDARDS).
Seeing the influence of Harvard and Mathematics education along with the 
Paolo Freire cult, it is not difficult to see the direction McCallum would take in 
establishing “Standards” for Mathematics. 




EDUCATION IS POLITICS! Whole Language Catalog,  Ken and Yetta Goodman and Lois Bird,  1991. 


Though Freire has passed on, his imprint remains a part of the Harvard legacy. Not only do none of those developing Standards have a concept of what is developmentally appropriate, they have been indoctrinated into what they call deconstructionism or radical math, a part of liberation pedagogy a philosophy developed by defrocked Marxist priest PAOLO FREIRE who once led the Nicaragua liberation theology movement.

Kenneth Goodman, edited the influential Whole Language Catalog chock full of information on Progressive ideology and "heroes" like Freire. He also wrote his definitive work, "Reading a Psycholinguistic Guessing Game," in May of 1967. 


 Like Harvard, the University of Arizona has been influential in the Progressive Movement.  


And now we live with the consequences of the Progressive Movement in our schools. 







Social Justice Math Homework








Then Came Common Core







































Those "Assessments" will collect data on your child for sharing. Profitable?




When we call for a return to Traditional Education do you NOW know what we
mean? We know Progressive Education doesn’t work for academic preparation.


So what IS THEIR goal? 
Education




THE GENEALOGY OF COMMON CORE: BILL GATES/UNESCO/ROBERT MULLER//ALICE BAILEY/LUCIS TRUST 

THE CHICAGO CONNECTION TO COMMON CORE

TEACHERS AS LIBERATORS PRODUCE STUDENTS AS REVOLUTIONARIES: Whole Language Live On!

Revolutionary Pedagogy: Or, so you thought reading, writing and calculating were why you sent your child to school?

Radical Possibilities
A Tale of the Last Hope for Local Control

THE FOUR PERIOD DAY: 
STUDENTS AS GUINEA PIGS AND PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT FOR "INNOVATORS"
The Four Period Day: Students as Guinea Pigs and Professional advancement for "innovators"

The Tale of Last Hope for Local Control

DEMONIC ROOTS TO COMMON CORE? VISIT YOUR CHILD'S THERAPEUTIC CLASSROOM.

THE GENEALOGY OF COMMON CORE: BILL GATES/UNESCO/ROBERT MULLER//ALICE BAILEY/LUCIS TRUST 

THE CHICAGO CONNECTION TO COMMON CORE

does anybody really believe anymore? does anybody really care?https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/does-anybody-really-believe-anymore.html

Sounding the Alarm! Today's Therapeutic Classroom. What are you going to do about it?

Spalding Writing Road to Reading and John Winston of Parks Elementary Natchitoches, Louisiana
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/spalding-writing-road-to-reading-and.html

RETARDING AMERICA THE IMPRISONMENT OF POTENTIAL

NOTE FROM ROBERT SWEET OF THE NATIONAL RIGHT TO READ FOUNDATION

The DARE PROGRAM 20 years later.
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-dare-program-20-years-later-more.html

Merry Christmas! Meet Alliwishus, The Elf Mother Met at the Battle of the Bulge

My Mother. My hero who won a Battle Ribbon at the Battle of the Bulge. December 16, 1944. A SCRAPBOOK LOOK FROM JEAN BRONSON GILLIS BURSON.

LEONARD COHEN HALLELUJAH PROJECT AT BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND ESTABLISHMENT RELIGION, SECULAR HUMANISM, IN OUR SCHOOLS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/12/leonard-cohen-hallelujah-project-at-bay.html

WHY SHOULD CONSERVATIVES, CHRISTIANS AND THE THE FAITH COMMUNITY BE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS? SUBSCRIBE TO THE PANAMA CITY NEWS HERALD AND GET WASHINGTON POST FREE

PEACE EDUCATION? CONFLICT RESOLUTION? TEACHING TOLERANCE? COMMON CORE 

TRADITIONAL OR PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION. DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE? HAS POLITICS AFFECTED YOUR CHILD'S MATH EDUCATION?


RETARDING AMERICA THE IMPRISONMENT OF POTENTIAL

NOTE FROM ROBERT SWEET OF THE NATIONAL RIGHT TO READ FOUNDATION
DELPHI TECHNIQUE, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CONVINCED A GULLIBLE PUBLIC TO BUY INTO COMMON CORE

COMMON CORE: PORNOGRAPHY 101


MIDDLE SCHOOL AGENDA FOR SEXUAL ORIENTATION AS A PART OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION

BEHAVIOR MODELS ATTITUDES AND BELIEFS

CULTURE WAR AND COMMON CORE

MATH WARS. ONCE AGAIN INTO THE FRAY

COMMON CORE MATH

SOCIAL STUDIES AND COMMON CORE

TEACHERS AS LIBERATORS PRODUCE STUDENTS AS REVOLUTIONARIES: Whole Language Live On!

RADICAL POSSIBILITIES: YOUR CHILDREN 
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/radical-possibilities-your-children.html

Response to AL.Com article "Alabama Superintendent Proposal to Raise Academic Standards."
SECULAR HUMANISM IS NOW THE RELIGION OF OUR SCHOOLS

COMMON CORE: THE EMPEROR IS WEARING NO CLOTHES

COMMON CORE=PETRI DISH FOR RADICALS
https://sharmanbursonramsey.blogspot.com/2017/11/common-core-petri-dish-for-radicals.html

REVOLUTIONARY PEDAGOGY

Revolutionary Pedagogy: Or, so you thought reading, writing and calculating were why you sent your child to school?
EDUCATION TODAY:

Politics, Profits, Position, Power, and Prejudice published 1995

CAPSTONE EDUCATION (UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA) AND MY CONCERNS

CONFLICT RESOLUTION OR POLITICAL INDOCTRINATION?

DELPHI TECHNIQUE, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND THE EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT CONVINCED THE GULLIBLE NATION TO BUY INTO COMMON CORE

WHO DO WE HOLD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE FAILURE OF OUR SCHOOLS?

PUBLIC EDUCATION SHOULD EMPOWER PARENTS

CONSPIRACY THEORIES IN EDUCATION

THE CIVIL WAR IN EDUCATION 

SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TAKE A KNEE