Fuggedaboutit: Keeping My Eyes on Eric Adams and David Banks

Here are some words in Spanish that people should know. Para mi es una travesía. Click here. Bloomberg made major cuts and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez protested in Upper Manhattan.

If you just read the New York Post, you could easily draw the wrong conclusions about what is going on right now, now that students have walked out of school at a time the Mayor Eric Adams says that the schools are safe and that the city has the tools to keep things safe.

There was an article praising the accomplishments of David Banks going back to the days of when Bill Gates was pushing for smaller schools. The author of that article is from the Manhattan Institute where I first noticed that Jay Greene did not have his thinking cap on when he wrote about the G.E.D. and Bill Gates paid for that work. In another article in the New York Post where Adams agreed that students can be absent from school if teachers agree.

The latter point about if teachers agree is something that I never experienced before 2000 and I have no idea if such a policy has existed up to now. I know about medically excused absences, but other absences probably were excusable for religious reasons, etc. At the very least, there could have been more development of if teachers agree. The Adams administration is young, very young, but there should have been an element of anticipation of problems that students have highlighted.

At this point in time, mathematically speaking the charter schools are making regular schools more dangerous (using fractions to illustrate where the students getting into trouble increase as a fraction). But who goes by science or math anymore? Years ago I had a conversation with the Manhattan Institute’s Michael Sahm and pointed out that the real test of the charter schools would be (would have been) to take over an entire school and achieve similar results there. You have never seen the Manhattan Institute bring that up since. It was too controversial to release to the pubic for that institute.

And people ought to know that I was probably the person that convinced Diane Ravitch to change her position of 20 percent of teacher rating for student progress which the United Federation of Teachers had negotiated. She mentioned her new position at an opt out meeting in the Tilles Center of the Performing Arts in Nassau County and was I delighted. I walked out of that meeting into the parking lot with Zephyr Teachout, professor and former candidate for governor.

The students who spoke out and walked out didn’t feel that things were right for them and their loved ones, people who had comorbidities. And those students were right to do what they did, but the messaging by the mayor along with his partner in education are not exactly right (at least to me). And my readers know how much I have written about the spread of COVID-19. And I knew that people were putting their guard down in New York City months ago as one of my former students told me about conditions in Little Italy as people were giving that signal there. Getting the booster shot for me never represented the freedom to choose what must have afflicted much of New York.

Below is the original book cover of my work that has been in transition. I could have shelved it after the Election Campaign of 2016, but I made two new decisions. The first one was to change the title, which I did. And the second decision was to provide new content of my articles in Jewish Business News in Israel and change the title. The first title in Israel was Trump Belongs in Hebron, Not in America and that was four years ago. I saw things coming that came to be.

I see the mistakes and like an umpire standing near home plate during a  baseball game, I call the play and I say “you’re out” to things that are happening. With that said, a man I know in Brooklyn who I cancelled a few years ago has told people that in life you can’t get to second base unless you reach first base. That comment was not actually about baseball since he was highlighting the importance of earning a G.E.D. Much of the work we did together was in Rikers Correctional Facility and I spoke about his own efforts wherever I went including important meetings in the Dominican Republic.

Eric Adams, for the record, just stated on camera that 80 percent of the men and women locked up in Rikers do not have a high school diploma (or GED) and that 66 percent have dyslexia. Where is his plan of action right now? Fuggedaboutit “you’re out at home plate.” I had to start this way. A staff member of Brooklyn’s District Attorney also told last year that “we are not in the business of helping people with their GED” as I proposed providing information for the communities in need in Brooklyn before Adams was elected to his new position.

With that said and knowing that the city is not as safe as the schools are, change is important. That does not mean change one chancellor for another. And with that said I know and now you know that New York State is and has been one of the worst states in the nation for high school equivalency and people in our government must finally wake up. The people in power have not done a good job! And the new title of my book is I Accuse but in French. The old title symbolically had something to do with my birthday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The new title came from my youth and learning of the hate and discrimination against Jews in France and Germany at different times in history.

I just participated in a Zoom last night with CEC 32 in Brooklyn where I told the participants that this is all about community and not just the schools. I was a parent involvement partner in District 27 in Queens for years and I wanted all schools to provide instruction through FACEBOOK lives and other forms of technology as early as 2015. I also suggested annexes of elite schools to powerful people in New York City after the graduation of the daughter of my parent involvement partner in Far Rockaway. I also told the people last night that a deputy commissioner in Albany several years ago told me that when the Common Core tests were first given that the students did not even know the basics (75 percent of the first tests was basic information).

Fuggedaboutit: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Educational Solutions

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This new book exposes problems that the United States has not properly faced for decades. This is a fresh look at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie, and others who are in power or who have been in power in American cities and states. The lessons learned here can be applied to other countries to make communities more educated and more safe. Ev …more. The more included mistakes made by Michael Bloomberg and former Chancellor Joel Klein when they ran the schools.

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This new book exposes problems that the United States has not properly faced for decades. This is a fresh look at Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie, and others who are in power or who have been in power in American cities and states. The lessons learned here can be applied to other countries to make communities more educated and more safe. Ev …more

The more included mistakes made by Michael Bloomberg and former Chancellor Joel Klein when they ran the schools.

As far as the attendance at school and the walkouts, I feel that that Adams’ messaging (original messaging) still diminishes the plight of those students who we all hope get remote learning during this pandemic. In college I saw the short film Village in the Vaucluse (an area of France) and thinking how it takes a village to raise a child (which was mentioned in the CEC 32 Zoom and tells us about the shortcomings of people who just don’t know enough. France was at war until 1945 and school was not even possible. The teachers in the Vaucluse had to go out to the homes to bring the students back and it was not easy. National exams were to be given again and that was extremely important to that centralized ministry of education and the students had to pass the exams. And guess what! There were no charter schools.

May I add that decades later, the Catholic schools were the charter schools of New York City as students from everywhere entered because their parents chose not to send them to neighborhood schools. Bishop Molloy in Kew Gardens had a graduation rate and college entrance rate of close to 100 percent at that time. Drugs were consuming city youth before that and after that and after that and after that.

And those students are suffering mentally as they wish most of all to protect their loves ones. Is there really some middle ground in between what some media gave US in 2020 which was “the cure is worse than the problem” leading to excessive deaths and “it is better to be safe than sorry.” This is the battle of anecdotes versus the science. And we have seen breakdowns in the thousands in the air diminishing the safety of passengers and yes I know without being told that those breakdowns are tiny, but I don’t want that happening to me or to others. Just in the last week there have been a few published incidents and a plane that was not allowed into Tonga which has successfully prevented COVID-19, a plane bringing relief but where someone tested positive.

My own experiences with students have been diverse, but they were not victorious repeatedly in my last year because of the insensitivity of the administration as those students presented to me legitimate grievances that impacted on their lives. This happened in Adams own borough of Brooklyn in Bedford Stuyvesant. Students who were highly qualified by practice test scores were being held back by artificially inflated scores and by a guidance counselor that required improved attendance at school. And students who had already taken the test were held back by either people who knew that those people could not be denied or just by their own insufficient knowledge. A stalemate in this situation would be totally unacceptable as remote learning in New York City’s schools is being negotiated.

In my own quest for safety in the classroom, I can additionally cite my experience in the Astoria Housing where it appeared that asbestos was protruding from the ceiling of the classroom. I called the main office and I was told that there had been a report that the classroom was free of asbestos. Within a week or so after that call, it was determined that there was asbestos in the classroom. A word to the wise is badly needed now. Help the children!

Eric Adams is now in the hot seat across the city. I have heard from one Brooklynite that he is doing a better job than DeBlasio and that was mentioned without evidence. And that person felt the schools should be open at a moment when his own family was struck by COVID-19. And that family does not attend nor ever attended a public school. Govern well, I say, in spite of public opinion and polls.

Look what I wrote after the primaries in New York City over a month ago.

NYC Still in Deep Trouble After the Primaries

It’s very, very troubling to me to watch the political developments in New York City where the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” should have guided the people in power a long time ago. My efforts have resulted in ten of thousands of people earning their GED diplomas in […]

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Do you think that one major newspaper in New York City would have picked up the information? Do you think that Eric Adams would have come forward along with David Banks to make even a statement? And you can read about Trish James and others in the article here.

Fuggedaboutit it says on a sign near the Verrazano Bridge linking Staten Island with Brooklyn. Who cares about all this stuff? When Mayor Adams spoke about his people in low paying jobs without really being clear, I thought back to the late, great Hector Gesualdo of ASPIRA who I met with in his office along with his staff. I told him that I had been in the “rubber room” and I showed him evidence of just how students were being held back by the administration. We ended that meeting and he told me that he wanted my help. Hector was on the mayor’s commission. He didn’t get the funding he was expecting, but we continued to collaborate until his death. I miss him! I have been around since the fight for bilingual education which was finally achieved in court (and that takes a long time) when a judge demanded bilingual instruction in the Aspira Consent Decree in New York City.

Boricua (Ha!), Morena (Ha!), Dominicano (Ha!), Colombiano (Ha!)

Boricua (Ha!), Morena (Ha!), Cubano (Ha!), Mexicano (Ha!)

(Who’s this? Da-ddy Yan-kee!)

Oye mi canto

Hector and I attended the BMI Awards where Nore, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, La India, Juan Luis Guerra, and others were there. He wanted to meet Juan Luis Guerra and I was able to make the connections. The relationship produced two GED Roundtables that woke up the city, a city that went back to sleep (that was 2006 or fifteen years ago).

The article by Ray Domanico in The New York Post, a member of the Manhattan Institute is the best that The New York Post can do right now and that is to boost David Banks without telling the whole story of the Bloomberg years. I wrote an article when the G.E.D. testing system collapsed except for the State University where testing continued. In coordination with Dr. Patricia Mooney of G.E.D. testing, I would have been able to help the city of New York to continue testing as long as the $20 was paid to the test proctors. I explored avenues in New York City without success and one avenue was that Michael Bloomberg would donate $1 million toward that effort. Nada-nothing happened!

The article whitewashes lots of mistakes including, the “credit recovery” scheme that was taking place in city schools. The hostile nature of the Bloomberg years toward teachers and teacher firings which was never achieved should never be forgotten. The same intensity could have been applied to police in those days and wasn’t. Domanico’s research does not even highlight the great need to help when it was known that high schools in the Bronx were graduating 10 percent of its students and massive numbers of youth were leaving school with no diploma at all and very little hope. And that’s what you get from the editors of The New York Post. All of this helped to build a city that had rotten apples at the bottom of the barrel.

As all these things were going on, Joel Klein could have insured greater success in New York City by providing the knowledge that Geoffrey Canada finally obtained to get his students in the Harlem Children’s Zone to pass their state tests. Neighborhood schools failed far too often and much of that blame should be placed on Bloomberg-Klein because the knowledge was there. Klein didn’t have that knowledge and he had other priorities. Just read his book as I did. And I knew that after I retired because as a G.E.D. teacher I knew what was needed.

The New York Post never writes about education the way that I write. David Banks is qualified for the position, but was he the best choice? Eric Adams chose a man who fits The New York Post mode. There is a new city council (lots of new people) and this is a new day. It will take ideas that should have been implemented a long time ago to make New York City safer. And when I helped put together a G.E.D. meeting on the senate side for the education department, I found out after taking documents home that not one single person in Rikers had passed the G.E.D. in a year. I called Governor Paterson’s office to report that. Will that even create a spark of interest in the eyes of Mayor Eric Adams?

I want the city council and newly elected members of the state legislature who are from New York City to keep an eye on Eric Adams and David Banks. If I can do it, they have a responsibility to do it. And they must do so in accordance with all the history that I have provided among expertise. Accountability has been lost in the past as people in power chose not to fight for their constituents who had never even finished high school. The Eric Adams statement made before he won the election and took office does not necessarily make him a leader. I can only hope that he had or has more in mind than just those words. And don’t expect me to guarantee the people of New York City that important changes will take place since the Department of Education of New York State determines the funding and the testing.

Fuggedaboutit! Nobody listens to me! And do you know? Do you know? That as I became known in Suffolk County, New York as the teacher of the Consulate of El Salvador that I went into Rockland County by phone and in person. I connected with the Dominican community there through Ramon Soto, publisher of El Sol de New York, but I also collaborated with the Konbit Neg Lakay where my short meeting with its executive director paid off immediately. Based on the materials that I gave him and other suggestions, instead of just doing what BOCES set him up to do, which was G.E.D. testing in English with some instruction in Creole (Kreyòl). I produced a tiny revolution by providing him with the French G.E.D. Official Practice Test and he quickly sent about a dozen students to take and pass the G.E.D., opening up seats quickly to new students in need,

And there is more, much more. News from the Haitian Diaspora Forum years later, but nobody listens to me. Click and see! And one more thing. Click and see!