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Statement of Principles

From Robert Skeels in his bid for School Board of Los Angeles Unified School District.

Robert is a long time fighter on causes from hunger to edcuation.

He deserves our support and we deserve and need Robert.

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Statement of Principles

posted Nov 2, 2012 8:52 PM by RD Skeels

I stand for:

  • Fully funded public schools with elected school boards
  • Small class sizes
  • Dual language immersion
  • Free voluntary reading and ample access to libraries
  • Project based learning and respect for vocational education
  • Culturally relevant curriculum, ethic studies, and liberation pedagogy
  • Arts, music, and literature
  • Schools encouraging community and parental collaboration
  • Professional, experienced educators with the right to collective bargaining

I vehemently oppose:

  • Privatization via charters and vouchers
  • Standardized tests being used for high stakes decisions
  • A singular focus on testing leading to a narrowing of curricula and elimination of electives
  • Segregation by race, class, and ethnicity
  • Discrimination against students with special needs or disabilities
  • Alternate teaching certifications that lead to inexperienced and unqualified instructors
  • Unproven methodologies and programs being imposed on districts
  • No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and Common Core State Standards
  • Profiteering in the name of “helping kids”

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About The Author

Dr. Danny Weil is a public interest attorney who has practiced for more than twenty years and has been published in a case of first impression in California. He is no longer active as a lawyer but has written seven books on education, has taught second grade in South Central LA, PS 122, taught K-1 migrant children in Santa Maria, California and Guadalupe, California, taught in the California Youth Authority to first and second degree murderers and taught for seventeen years at Allan Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, CA. in the philosophy department.Dr. Weil holds a BA in Political Economics and Philosophy, a multi-subject bilingual credential in education (he is fluent in Spanish) and has a PhD in Critical Thinking.He is a writer for the Truthout Intellectual Project.

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