May 23, 2012


By Profesor Martin Danenberg "El Quijote del GED"

Bravo to Heather Mac Donald for writing her article Stop & Frisk Facts: It's all about crime-not race. She shows how serious the problem is in communities in New York City. African-American and Hispanic shooters account for 98 percent of the shooters. But that is not the entire picture and there are solutions.
A quick look at a new school in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Take a look at this. Here are five of seven reviews of a new high school in that town. You will shortly read about the mayor. The reviews were published late in the school year or in the summer and those are good times to make a pretty complete assessment after giving the school a chance. We can see that there were lots of problems that were not corrected by the small administration as well as some good comments. This is not part of the Stop and Frisk section, but it sets up something you will read about later on.
This school is new and did have some issues at first. But it seems to have work those bugs out. The teachers are excellent and really care. My son really likes this high school..
Posted by a parent on 07/26/11
as a parent i have noticed how much happier my student has been after transferring from lehi granted it may be because she has lots more friends but she enjoys all her teachers and is challenged yet getting good grades due to the help of the teachers i would recommend this school to anyone!
Posted by a parent on 06/15/11

This schools leadership and direction is a joke. The challenges in academic work is well below par. My daughter is not challenged rarely has to do homework.
Posted by a parent on 04/30/11
Horrible administration. The school is an overall bad atmosphere, and I would not recommend sending your child here.
Posted by a parent on 05/11/10
School lacks leadership. whenever we have had a problem (which is alot) the principal is never in. School lacks control of its students and if i had to ever put another child through this school i would refuse.
Posted by a parent on 03/19/10

Here is a very educated woman working with the Manhattan Institute. This is a group that is still far from the greatness of the people who worked with the Manhattan Project, where there were geniuses. Bravo to Heather Mac Donald for writing her article Stop & Frisk Facts: It's all about crime-not race. She shows how serious the problem is in communities in New York City. African-American and Hispanic shooters account for 98 percent of the shooters. Blacks are 53 percent and Whites are 9 percent of all stop subjects. "The per- capita shooting rate is 81 times higher in Brownsville than it is in nearby Bay Ridge, " she tells us. She gives some descriptive details about its effect on lives in that community. She works with the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank that impacts strongly on government officials, including Mayor Cory Booker of Newark.

Her article could have been written in Nazi Germany as well back in the day. No I am not accusing her of any racism. I am just referring to the climate of thought. By the way, even New York City's police beat up Jews back in the day. Read the Holocaust Chronicles. I really appreciated her article. Why? Two things stand out. Those statistics just like GED statistics are real and show what is ailing parts of America. And two for lack of a great solution. Yes she used all that space (4 columns of a half page eliminating the picture of police at a crime scene) in the newspaper and really came up with no solution, except to keep doing what the mayor wants to do. Yes with so much information and the picture, nada.
I picked up the New York Post just after publishing my article on Stop and Frisk. The Post and the Manhattan Institute are blocking the progress of education, even as they support education. Their ideas about governance are way off because conservative thinking is just like a limited warranty that we hate but we have to deal with. That limited warranty helps some people in some limited way, it is conservative. And very often it needs to knocked out because the product is a lemon. If a conservative is a liberal who gets mugged, then a liberal is a conservative who gets mugged. Of course there are limits to this thought, because the spending goes into public safety. Not enough has been done to help the schools and we need a national debate, not just an article here or a small change there.
There is a Republican running for Congress in Utah. She is an African-American and a Mormon and she believes that the main issue is economic and not racial. The money in Utah when taxes go up, goes into public safety, not elsewhere. I just talked the other day to a Salvadoran woman in Puerto Rico who lives in the Dominican Republic helping people for the Mormons. She knows my work pretty well and she knows that I can help people. So why do I get blocked from helping people? I get blocked because people either do not want to help, make their own trademark grow, and for many other reasons but the best one. To help our nation!
The woman running for Congress is Mia Love. Please see her interview on the internet.
When the Nazis were destroying the Jews during the Holocaust, the United States did little or nothing to help. Yes we have to help people. Government and its people need to change and change has to come faster. This is what has been wrong with urban communities and some rural communities for decades. Education has always been the key. The amazing rise of the Jewish people was fueled by education, not low gasoline prices and job creation. The destruction of Jews was fueled by the elimination of the Jew through legislation and hatred, hatred and legislation. It was social and economic. It was religious as well. Jews were hung in animal slaughter houses in the Jewish traditional way and slaughtered by Nazis, their possessions taken from them in a redistribution of wealth. Black people were hung the American way (and some Jews as well) in America. Hate and legislation are hurting local communities and our nation.
The following is important because government really has to do the right things. Republicans and Democrats fail us. Why? Remember how manufacturers made cars that just could not last long. It was due to the design and materials. We paid for it with throw away consumerism. Today things have gotten better, but not so fast. Conservatives and liberals do not do the right things. The answer must be elsewhere. But where? Mia Love is next. She may be good for her community. Now she wants to go to Congress. I am deeply concerned about that. I feel a disconnect with this candidate.
Here is some information on Mia Love. Her parents came from the "socialist" island country of Haiti. Mmmm...sounds a bit like "communist" Cuba? This is obviously a political message to its readers, the Republican message. I have been with Haitians from all over the world in the Haitian Diaspora Forum in Washington, D. C. Was Mia Love there? I guess she was with her family and working out in the gym. Do you think that there is a big disconnect between Mia Love and the Black people. I am not religious but I choose to remain Jewish. The other day in a reentry task force meeting in Nassau County, I spoke with an orthodox rabbi about my Jewish roots and there was great joy in doing it. She talks about local control of government and she is a Republican. Jackie Robinson was a Republican, as well and his ability to compete is legendary. Well so is mine! What is missing from the formula for all is love, not Love. How is Mia Love going to spread the love to people all over Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Haiti? Is it going to be done by balancing the budget? This is what Governor Perry did in Texas and it helped produce the biggest gap between African-American and White students since 1986. I am not attacking the state of Utah, but Mia Love who loves Utah for its breathtaking views and life just happened to move into a state that has always been a good GED state since I started reading GED statistics. See the stats later on.

Here is something positive about the Mormons and Hurricane Katrina. In Utah, Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. has announced that the state will provide temporary housing for 1,000 people left homeless by Katrina. At the request of state officials, the Church will assist with feeding the evacuees, who are expected to arrive in Salt Lake City over the weekend.
Since its earliest years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has organized to assist its members to provide for the physical, spiritual, social and emotional welfare of themselves and others. The Church’s emergency response efforts and other humanitarian services are provided in accordance with Christian principles of caring and concern for others.
Some quick research of internet turned this up. Jews have protested Mormon practices of baptizing Holocaust dead, but this is even better material about the LDS Church. OTHER CHRISTIAN SECTS

Sectarian groups were considered politically dangerous because of their adventist, millennial, and international tendencies. Some were banned by the Nazi government and most were subject to constant surveillance by the secret police. The sects were an easier target for the government than the major churches. Nazi policy varied by sect. Some, such as Jehovah's Witnesses (banned in Prussia in 1933) were persecuted and many adherents were incarcerated in concentration camps. Others, such as New Apostolics, Christian Scientists (banned in 1941), and Seventh Day Adventists, experienced intermittent harassment. Finally, some groups, such as the Mormons, were ignored or even viewed with some favor. Virtually all Christian sects were at some point accused of harboring Marxists or other "enemies of Germany."

Millions of Americans know the story of the German Jewish teenager who hid for more than two years in an Amsterdam attic until she and her family were discovered by the Nazis and sent to the death camps. Anne Frank's heartbreaking diary is required reading in schools throughout the United States.
What was not known, until a few years ago, is that before they went into hiding, the Franks requested permission to immigrate to the United States but were turned away. Anne's mother, Edith, wrote to a friend in 1939, "I believe that all Germany's Jews are looking around the world, but can find nowhere to go."
Immigration to the U.S. was determined by quotas that had been set up in the 1920s to reduce the number of "undesirable" immigrants -- particularly Jews and Italians. Even those quotas were almost never filled because the Roosevelt administration imposed bureaucratic obstacles designed to disqualify visa applicants. As a result, during the Holocaust, only 10 percent of the quotas from Axis-controlled European countries were utilized -- and nearly 190,000 quota places went unused.
Most Americans opposed more immigration. Fear of foreigners and the difficulties of the Great Depression hardened many hearts. But there were exceptions. One was the most famous and influential Mormon in America, Sen. William H. King, Democrat of Utah.
In early 1939, refugee advocates in Congress proposed legislation to admit 20,000 German Jewish refugee children outside the quota system. One of the children who theoretically could have qualified to come to the U.S. under the bill was Anne Frank. Senator King supported the bill, although that meant defying most of his Democratic colleagues, as well as President Roosevelt.
Laura Delano Houghteling, a cousin of FDR and wife of the U.S. commissioner of immigration, typified opposition to the bill when she remarked that "Twenty thousand charming children would all too soon grow up into 20,000 ugly adults." Unfortunately, the Houghtelings' sentiment carried the day. The legislation was buried.

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See the information about GED here. Utah 1991 3,718 diplomas, Utah 2001 7,119 diplomas. Alabama 1991,8,022 diplomas , Alabama 2001 10,950. Mississippi 1991 6,053 diplomas, Mississippi 2001 7,254 diplomas. Louisiana 1991 7,305 diplomas, Louisiana 9,697 diplomas. Let us also throw in New York because I love New York, not Utah. Just kidding! New York 1991 32,668 diplomas, New York 2001 39,692 diplomas. You can see that Utah's improvement was 91.5 percent. For my friends in New Jersey the improvement was only 1 percent in a decade. Alabama 36.5 percent. Mississippi 19.8 percent. Louisiana (pre Katrina) 32.7 percent. New York 21.5 percent. This is all part of how individualism helps some and never impacts on the masses of people. The only states that had a higher percentage of improvement were Illinois, Montana, and Wisconsin. Washington state was close to Utah.
In 2009, Utah had 5,675 diplomas, Alabama 8,713 diplomas, Mississippi 7,760 diplomas, Louisiana 7.961 diplomas, and New York 27, 815 diplomas. Even though Utah has slipped back since 2001, it still ranks well above the other states mentioned in its GED outreach to people.
There is no GED testing center in Saratoga Springs, Utah, but there are various GED tutors that I found on the internet who charge and many of them charge a very fair price, even only $15 an hour. There are certainly other move effective ways to handle the GED tutoring for the community, but, fairness to Saratoga Springs and its elected officials and community groups, I really cannot say much else. If there was a need to help hundreds of people, I would say that the town should ask the state administrator to open a testing center. Newark opened a testing center in which slightly more than a hundred people would be tested in a year. Saratoga Springs could do the same thing. I also noted on the internet that the population varies between 6,000 to 18,000. I am not sure why. Sarah Palin was mayor of a small town and I was never impressed with her. GED diplomas did drop when she was governor. The dropout rate is very small in the high school and the GED testing center is about 20 miles away and there is a bus that can take people there. This is a growing community but it is not one of those communities where immigrants are moving to and causing the town to grow overnight.

My late father worked hard and he never collected a day of unemployment in his life, at least not when he told me that back around 1970. We had family members who collected welfare or social services, but in my family it was not a problem. We understood! In other families it was a problem. The intensity of Mia Love is amazing. Her father had a great impact on her. My father pushed a pushcart through the streets of Brooklyn to Queens, even in the snow, in his youth. We never opposed welfare, but nobody liked people defrauding the welfare system and finally there was reform. Sure we get things from our parents and we go well beyond that at times. I would love to see Haitians finally get educated and I would love to know more about Mia Love's vision. At this moment, I am not impressed and I fear that she may be out of touch with the nation's needs. There have been lots of children of immigrants just like her and her dad, but many or most of them chose a different way of helping people.

In November 2011, Mia Love filed to run for Utah’s newly formed 4th Congressional District based on her demonstrated leadership on conservative principles. She credits her parents with providing the foundation for her ideals. After many years of living in the unstable, regime-torn socialist island country of Haiti, her parents immigrated legally to the United States with $10 in their pockets in hopes of achieving the American Dream.
Mia was born in Brooklyn, New York and eventually moved to Connecticut. Mia recalls both parents working hard to earn a living, her father at times taking on second jobs cleaning toilets to pay for school for their three children. On the day of Mia’s college orientation, her father said something to her that would become the ethos for her life:
“Mia, your mother and I never took a handout.
You will not be a burden to society. You will give back.”
Mia graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts. She found faith. Then she found Jason. And then she found herself in Utah ready to give back. Mia served two terms on the city council of Saratoga Springs, one of Utah’s fastest growing cities. As City Councilwoman and eventually Mayor, Mia led the city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade. Under her leadership, the city was able to successfully navigate the drastic transition from agricultural fields to a booming residential community. When the citizen growth necessitated fire and police services, Mia fought to make sure the city’s first ever residential tax implementation would only pay for those essential services, and she structured it in such a way that the tax decreased as a percentage of property value.

GED for all those people who have not graduated from high school.
Title 1 Parent Involvement initiatives in many or most of the 5,000 poorest performing schools. Give children the know how that helped mold Mia Love and do it without closing schools or opening charter schools.
Charter schools should accept the children of the formerly incarcerated men and women to help family life and put those children on the road to college.
Provide Hispanic adults with the resources to learn English, finally, all over our nation. Also, put them on the road to learn Italian, French, and Portuguese.

Martin Danenberg

Profesor Martin Danenberg May 23, 2012 12:54 PM