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Jurassic World

Jurassic World rakes in more crowds — and cash — than the original film, with a perfect blend of unadulterated entertainment and nostalgia

I’ve just returned from seeing Jurassic World and in spite of what the critics said I enjoyed every last suspenseful, screaming moment of it. Jurassic World is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise and is by far the best one yet.  It’s been 20 years since Professor Hammond’s dream of a theme park featuring  live genetically  enhanced dinosaurs has been realized  and the park is now open with 20,000 people a day on it waiting to see  dinosaurs that lived 50 million years ago.

Two young boys whose parents are divorcing are sent to the park where their mother’s sister, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the general manager while they work things out.  Meanwhile,  scientists  at the park have mixed DNA from several dinosaurs to create a new dinosaur that’s bigger, badder and scarier than other dinosaurs. Chris Pratt plays Owen a park animal trainer that has a fondness for Claire even though she is all business. Owen believes in communication with the dinosaurs and has a connection with four raptors. Pratt has been touted to play the next Indiana Jones and I can see why. He’d be perfect for the part. His character is courageous in the face of danger and trying to keep his wits about him when being chased by the new big dinosaur Indominus Rex.

There are plenty of suspenseful edge  of your seat moments to keep you occupied. Some critics said there was no characterization like in the first few and it is all CGI effects. Not true. I thought the rapport between the two brothers was excellent and very real as they acted like two brave, but really scared kids with the younger one looking up to the older one who was more  the in charge type while being equally scared on the inside. It was also interesting seeing the relationship between Owen and Claire grow  as they search for the brothers who have become lost  when attacked by some dinosaurs as they rode in the ”hamster Bubble”gyrosphere ride  and fighting off the huge new dinosaur on the loose draws them closer together.

The new dinosaur escapes and is highly intelligent and thus starts a wild chase to contain her. She is extremely vicious and is killing other dinosaurs for sport. The park originally made a male and female dinosaur and when Claire is asked what happened to the mate she responds,   ”She ate him.”

I thought the CGI special effects were nothing short of astounding. I’ve seen many dinosaur flicks over the years and you can always tell where reality meets special effects one way or another, but here the dinosaurs looked absolutely real and moved like real dinosaurs with no jerky motions that you can sometimes detect. An added attraction was in the theater where we were you could feel the theater vibrate when the big dinosaur walked. :)

So far Jurassic World holds the record for a summer opening and I’m sure they’ll be a fifth one down the road some time. Check out these exciting trailers from the film below and see Jurassic World either now or when it comes out on DVD. ;)

Jurassic World – Official Global Trailer (HD) – YouTube

Jurassic World – Trailer No. 1 (2015) – Movie | Moviefone

Jurassic World – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Is The Jefferson Memorial and American Flag Next?

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Jefferson Memorial

It started with Dylan Roof’s murder of nine people in a church. Since it was South Carolina attention was immediately drawn to the confederate flag that flew over the state house. Governor Nikki Haley agreed to take it down.

Rush Limbaugh mentioned that the liberals would be suggesting that the American flag be removed next. I blogged about it yesterday and now Louis Farrakhan is suggesting that the American flag be removed because it represents slavery.

Now some are arguing that the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. should be removed because Jefferson owned slaves.

CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield this week questioned whether the Jefferson Memorial should be taken down because Jefferson owned slaves. “There is a monument to him in the capital city of the United States. No one ever asks for that to come down,” Banfield said.

Fellow anchor Don Lemon responded by saying Jefferson represented “the entire United States, not just the South.” But he added: “There may come a day when we want to rethink Jefferson. I don’t know if we should do that.”

I agree with the blogger  Joseph Watson on the InfoWars site who compared taking down the Jefferson Memorial to the logic of Islamic State terrorists “who have spent the last year tearing down historical statues and monuments because they offend their radical belief system.”

If they want to remove the Jefferson Memorial does this mean we tear down Mount Vernon, Washington’s home in Va. because he owned slaves? Do we tear down  the Washington Monument?

At the University of Texas, Austin, a public statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, was reportedly vandalized this week with the words “Black Lives Matter” and “Bump the Chumps.” Another Davis statue at the Statehouse in Frankfort, Ky., has come under scrutiny, with some calling for the work of art to be taken down. 

Students at the university have started an online petition advocating removal of the statues, saying “it is impossible to reach the full potential of an inclusive and progressive learning institution while putting an idol of our darkest days on a pedestal.” Hey guys I hate to tell you this but has anyone told you that the reason we study history is not to repeat the past mistakes? A knowledge of the past is an aid to the future.

A Confederate monument in Charleston, S.C., was vandalized this week with the words “Black Lives Matter,” according to the Post and Courier newspaper. Black lives matter? Since 2012 6000 blacks have been killed by other blacks

This is really, really getting out of hand now. This is exactly what ISIS is doing in the Mid Eastern countries. Are we like them now?

Amazon nixes selling the rebel flag, but continuing to sell Nazi memorabilia, Walmart is selling Castro and Iranian flags,but not the rebel flag.

Black Panther leader Malik Shabaz is calling for “killing of all slave masters.” Dylan Roof said he wanted to start a race war and it looks like he is going to get his wish if this keeps up.

Speaking of Roof, I was perusing his manifesto to find out what makes this guy tick and  do what he did and thru all his rantings and ravings and madness he did make a few  valid points about slavery that isn’t  mentioned much. He mentioned how not all slaves were treated bad as we have been told and there were many instances where slaves cared for and loved their masters. There were also black slave owners too. Here is a passage from his manifesto: Only a fourth to a third of people in the South owned even one slave. Yet every White person is treated as if they had a slave owning ancestor. This applies to in the states where slavery never existed, as well as people whose families immigrated after slavery was abolished.

I have read hundreds of slaves narratives from my state. And almost all of them were positive. 

One sticks out in my mind where an old ex-slave recounted how the day his mistress died was one of the saddest days of his life. And in many of these narratives the slaves told of how their masters didn’t even allow whipping on his plantation.

 I remember hearing about that myself and in the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin (is that still available anymore?) they portray good slave owners and bad ones like Simon Legree. The term “Uncle Tom” used today comes from there referring to the black slave who was friends with his white master. Walt Disney’s movie “Song of the South” also depicts good slave owners who treated their slaves well. I understand that is not available in the U.S. anymore.

 But today people don’t look at things like that. All they see is black and white, rich and poor and what they can get and want everything handed to them. What a pity.

Time to remove Jefferson memorial too?

Hillary to Speak at Event Named After Slave Owners…

FARRAKHAN: ‘WE NEED TO PUT THE AMERICAN FLAG DOWN’…

NEW BLACK PANTHER: ‘FINISH THE MISSION, KILL SLAVE MASTERS’…

AMAZON nixes rebel flag, continues selling Nazi memorabilia…

Authors may need to change covers… 

APPLE Removes Civil War Games From App Store…

WALMART sells Castro, Iranian flags…

Many memorials to Confederates, other slave holders: What happens to them?

New Orleans mayor says time to tear down statue of Robert E. Lee…

Group demands removal of confederate site in Orlando…

Film critic calls for ‘GONE WITH THE WIND’ to be banished to museum…

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Becoming A Third World Nation. Is the U.S. Flag Next?

         

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My daddy served in the army/He lost his right eye/But he flew the flag of our country in our yard until the day that he died/he wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me to grow up and be happy in the land of  the free——Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.

The late, but great talk show host Bob Grant used to say ‘We’re slipping and sliding towards third worldism.” How right he was. Obama is seeing to that plan. Obama hates America and all that it stands for and is moving at a fast pace to remove all images of what she stands   for. He is all for the United Nations being the head of the New World Order or “globalism.”

Now after the South Carolina massacre the left jumped on the bandwagon to have the confederate flag taken down from the courthouse and everyone agreed. This is the first step. The next step will be to ban the American flag and possibly replace it with U.N. flag or maybe the Islamic flag God forbid. ISIS has said the ISISI flag will fly above the Whitehouse.  Some professors are already calling for the removal of the American  flag  because  they say it stands for racism. Young students are being brainwashed by these professors and desecrating the flag in public places.

A few years ago, South Mountain  H.S. students, took down the stars and stripes, and replaced it with the Mexican flag!!! a few months ago, students at a cal college, wanted American flags removed from campus!!! and  many liberal socialists students want the flag “banned”, because it reminds them of “exceptionalism”!!! Obama is of this mindset.

Recently talk show host Rush Limbaugh lamented that it is only a matter of time before the left goes after the removal of the American flag

As the push grows to remove Confederate flags from Southern states as well as retail stores such as Walmart and Sears nationwide, talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh is making a startling prediction.

“The next flag that will come under assault, and it will not be long, is the American flag,” Limbaugh said Tuesday on his national program. “It is gonna happen. We are trending that way.”

“It makes perfect sense,” he continued. “If you take a look at the timeline of progression of events, the speed and rapidity with which the left is conducting this assault on all of these American traditions and institutions, if you don’t think the American flag’s in their crosshairs down the road, you had better stop and reconsider.

“The American flag is what? It’s the symbol of America. The left doesn’t like this country very much and never has and it’s getting angrier and angrier about it seemingly every day. The American flag stands for the United States of America and as such, everything that’s wrong with it. And you wait, it isn’t gonna be long before the American flag is gonna cause chills, fear, scary thoughts … [because] it’s a symbol of hate.”

He called the effort an attempt by the left “to segregate and isolate the entire South and to sort of Alinsky it. You know, the ‘Rules for Radicals,’ you seek the target, you isolate it, you attack it, humiliate it.”

 “The 4th of July parade is uberpatriotism, and that is showing Dracula the cross.”

There are currently over100 languages spoken in this country. Immigrants coming here aren’t assimilating like the original immigrants,instead these new immigrants are coming here and expect us to cater to their language and cultures.

Obama recently appointed Ceceila Munoz as head of his domestic affairs council. Munoz was a former VP to the radical group La Raza,(the race). La Raza wants to reclaim the western States from Texas to Washington state as part of Mexico which they say originally belongs to them. At pro amnesty rallies La Raza flies the Mexican flag instead of the American flag. At a recent Whitehouse meeting on immigration policies Munoz stated that we should get as much of the brown races in here as possible and eventually when they all start reproducing the white race will eventually vanish. That is pure racism in itself and Obama has the nerve to say racism is in our DNA? The traitor in the Whitehouse is appointing fellow traitors in his cabinet. He even has Muslim Brotherhood members in his administration.

When Obama first got in office and he went overseas to Egypt they asked him if we were still a Christian nation. His response was that “we are a Christian Muslim, Jewish, Hindu nation.”

According to an article by Victor Mordechi writing in “Isreal Today” he said, “America has always been a Judeo-Christian nation, but demographically this is no longer true. While there are 250 million Christians  in the United States, the six million Jews are outnumbered by Muslims who now number 20 million (9 million Iranians who fled after the Shah, seven million Arabs, at least 3 million black muslims with the remainder being from Somalia and Yugoslavia.”

Since 2012 Obama has been overseeing 70-100,000 Muslims per year coming in here. A pastor in Haiti, Don Jones, said that when he visited  one of the orphanages there after the massive earthquake a  senior U. N. official told him that Obama told him the U.S. would be a Muslim country by the end of his second term. While this seems far- fetched it is in the realm of possibility given Obama’s father was Muslim, his stepfather was Muslim and he was brought up in Muslim schools in Kenya and like I mentioned he is putting Muslim Brotherhood members in his administration.

I was recently perusing the manifesto of Dylan Roof to find out what makes this guy tick .I always believe in studying the personality and writings of the actual culprit in situations like this rather than depending on the media which twists things around. I actually found a few things that made sense among his racist ramblings given the current atmosphere in the country now. One of which said:

“ I will say this though, I myself would have rather lived in 1940’s American than Nazi Germany, and no this is not ignorance speaking, it is just my opinion. So I don’t blame the veterans of any wars up until after Vietnam, because at least they had an America to be proud of and fight for.”

The title of Ann Coulter’s new book sums it up: Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole.

toby keith courtesy of the red white and blue – YouTube (slideshow done to Toby’s song)

Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) – YouTube (Toby performing live before our troops. Check it out.!)

Limbaugh makes startling prediction for U.S.

Limbaugh: American Flag is Next in Left’s Crosshairs

 

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

My Thoughts On The South Carolina Shootings

Obama and Hillary wasted no time and raced too soon to use this latest episode to denounce gun violence. More people are saved by guns in this country than are killed by them, but the media doesn’t report those statistics. This was a drugged up kid who did this. Why did his father give him a gun on his birthday when he’s been arrested twice before for hard core illegal drugs and he was on this anti-opiate drug that makes people go violent? Why didn’t anyone say anything when he told his friend he was planning this for six months.  Didn’t his mother suspect anything when he had all this white supremist and skinhead videos and literature in his room?  Yet people still say where were  the red flags whenever something like this happens. Well they were right there in front of you, but noone raised a finger or said anything. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Obama says this doesn’t happen in other countries but it does. Has he forgotten France so soon? Has he forgotten the mass beheadings in Iran so soon? Has he forgotten the mass killings by ISIS  so soon where they lined Iraqi soldiers up in a ditch and shot them all?? Ireland has had its’ share of mass killings also. Meanwhile more blacks have been killed by other blacks in the thousands, but the media only reports when one white person does a mass killing like in Newtown and Colorado and now here.

The left always calls for more gun control. Don’t they realize there are close to 100 gun control laws in effect now? The only next step would be to confisgate all guns and that’s exactly what Hitler did and we know what followed there. Besides, who really is responsible for anyone person carrying a gun. Surely it is impossible that it is them. (I say wryly)

Check out some of these comments below:

rtmsluci 18 hours ago

He reloaded FIVE times. Plenty of time for a good guy with a gun to stop this tragedy. Probably would have saved a  half dozen lives. But the morons on the left don’t understand that.

TaxSlaveToWelfare 18 hours ago

Saul Alinsky Communism 101 “Never let a Tragedy go to waste” Obama said nothing about the 14 Blacks that were killed yesterday in St Louis why? No Whites were involved and their wasn’t division opportunity for Communist Gun Control. 

Sick People will always get a weapon of some kind and kill someone nothing new. 

But never give up you Right to defend your family and Country form the Hitler’s, Muslim Terrorist and imported Drug gangs from Mexico. 

Chicago Obama’s home town has the strictest gun laws in the Country and one of the most Violent gun crimes deaths. Why? Criminals don’t obey laws.

raddison4x 18 hours ago

Here we go again…..the left will call for gun control when the truth is this was a mentally ill, crack head guy who was being medicated for drug addictions….. IF someone had a gun in the church they could have stopped him and this would be a different outcome.

BUT the left will focus on that it was a crime against blacks with a gun. Barry ran to the micro phone to talk about it. I don’t recall him talking about anything when the Muslim beheaded a co-worker and was trying to be-head another one when he was shot and killed because someone had a gun!

The president urged a broader response in emotional remarks on the deadly Charleston shooting Thursday.

‘This type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries’

 ANOTHER KILLER ON PSYCH DRUGS…

THE BIG LIST…

Something went off track for Dylann Roof… 

‘Quiet loner’… 

The racism of millennials…

Pastor Slain In Church Shooting Once Preached, ‘Sometimes You May Have To Die’… 

Top Ten Spree Killers That Were Taking Psychiatric Drugs – Downtrend

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Hillary:Yesterday’s Girl!!!!

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Hillary Clinton recently called the republicans “yesterday” and cited lyrics from the Beatles song “Yesterday”. Well the pendulum swings both ways. The Rolling Stones had a song called “Yesterday’s Papers” which said “Who wants yesterday’s papers? / Who wants yesterday’s girl?/ Nobody in the world.” Hillary is yesterday’s girl.

I also find it ironic that the two escaped cons escaped from the Clinton Correctional facility.  Isn’t that where Bill and Hillary are supposed to be? :D

 I saw this interesting comment recently:

 shmtnmusic 3 hours ago

Prison is where Hillary and Bill should be living. What a fraud. Complaining about the rich making so much money and living the same lifestyle she’s complaining about. Now that’s RICH. Only mindless sheeple can’t see the irony. Complaining about the rich hedge fund managers and then hugging her rich hedge fund manager son in law after her speech. Now that’s RICH. Holy crap this country is doomed from idiots voting.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

In Defense of Fox News

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Liberals love complaining and knocking Fox News calling it “Faux News” and other names and saying they lie all the time. Nothing can be further from the truth as you shall see here. I guess they are jealous because someone took away their monopoly of the liberal news media.

Prior to cable news shows all we had was Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings who were all liberals but we didn’t  know it at the time. We trusted them to be accurate  in  their  reporting. Then one day as I was listening to Bob Grant on the radio he had a caller that said to him, “Bob, besides you and Rush Limbaugh on the radio, on TV all we have is Brokaw, Jennings and Rather , Brokaw, Jennings and Rather, it goes on and on. There’s got to be someone else for the other side” To which Bob answered, “Well there isn’t and until we do have something this is all we got.”

Then came  CNN which I liked at first and it changed the news media and how we saw things on an international scale that we hadn’t seen before since they broadcast all around the world.  Then in 1992   at the annual convention of media outlets they voted that they didn’t have to be objective anymore and they could take sides. The shows were all liberals. On Sunday morning they would have their round table discussions which would feature four liberals and one conservative and they called it balance.

Around that time FOX News arrived bearing an outlet for conservatives. Their ratings immediately soared where they still are to this day much to liberals’ chagrin. Today Fox’s ratings are greater than CNN and MSNBC combined. Everyone of their shows average sat least two million viewers at any one  time  and more at night. The most MSNBC gets is 700,000. CNN recently got a new CEO and their ratings   plummeted.  FOX  has been NO.1 in the ratings for the last ten years now. In poll after poll it has been shown that people who watch FOX are better educated, better informed and more likely to vote than people who don’t watch Fox.  I’ve monitored these other stations and their reports and quality of their videos are inferior to Fox’s quality and reports.

Fox is also noted for its’ beautiful women with lots of brains. Liberals attack them too calling them ”trophy reporters” which I say is quite sexist coming from people who call others sexist. Are they saying just because a woman is beautiful she can’t be intelligent?  What a male chauvinist attitude coming from people who are supposed to be anti-chauvinist. Let‘s look at some of their resumes”

Sandra Smith has a degree from Harvard and a Master’s from Yale.

Kimberly Guilfoyle has a law degree and was chief prosecutor for San Francisco and Los Angeles. Guilfoyle graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994.

Greta Van Sustern graduated from Xavier High School in Appleton in 1972 and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1976, where she studied geography and economics. She later earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979 and prior to the start of her television work returned to Georgetown Law as an adjunct faculty member in addition to her full-time legal career. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Stetson Law School. Greta covered the O.J.Simpson trial for CNN before joining FOX and she recently got that marine out of that Mexican prison when all the other networks barely covered it. Obama refused to lift a finger to let him out when all he had to do was pick up the phone and call the Mexican President. 

Meghyn Kelley has her own show on FOX News and is currently the No.1 news anchor on FOX and almost on all of cable TV news. After high school, Kelley pursued an undergraduate degree in political science at Syracuse University,[2] and earned a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1995.

Dana Perino   graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.[2] While attending CSU-Pueblo, she was on the forensics team. She also worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate,[8] where she served as host of Capitol Journal, a weekly summary of Colorado politics, and produced Standoff, a weekly public affairs program. While at college, she also worked at KCCY-FM on the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Perino went on to obtain a masters degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).[10] During her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol. More recently she was press secretary for George W.Bush.

Andrea Tantaros graduated from Parkland High School in 1997. In 2001, Tantaros graduated from Lehigh University, where she majored in journalism and French and wrote political commentary for Lehigh’s college newspaper. Tantaros pursued graduate studies at the Sorbonne. She speaks three languages,Greek, French and English fluently.

The rest of these women’s resumes are far too extensive to list here,but you can check out their links below. So you can plainly see these women are more than just trophy reporters. Liberals  also complain that FOX News women are all blonde. A recent survey found there are 14 blondes and 12 brunettes and a few redheads too.

Besides as Austin Cunningham’s song about the women of Fox News says “Who can resist beauty with brains.” The same holds true for many of the male anchors and reporters too.

In my research I’ve noticed Fox goes into more detail than any of the other stations and shows you things the other stations don’t want you to see and censor from you. Sure FOX has their faults like all the stations do,but  they are far more accurate than other cable and network news shows and their shows like “Outnumbered” and  ‘The Kelley File” are more entertaining. I’ve also noticed the Fox reporters work harder than the other reporters on other stations. Other stations just have their reporters and anchors on at certain times. Fox has their reporters on at all different times during the day with some of the same reporters morning,noon and night. I often wonder “when do they sleep?” :D

Fox News Channel – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Kimberly Guilfoyle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Megyn Kelly – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Greta Van Susteren – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dana Perino – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andrea Tantaros – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look what’s happened to women of Fox News (I’ve listed this before, but listen to country singer Austin Cunningham’s great catchy,toe taping tribute to the Girls of Fox News.) :D

 CNN WOMEN VS FOX NEWS WOMEN – YouTube (I report you decide)

Top 20 Hottest Women of Fox News! – YouTube (WOW check them out like you’ve never seen them before and they are all brilliant too. Beauty with brains) :)

 Fox News Channel Anchors (FNC) – Male Anchors – Page 1

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Government Schools In Your House

 Recently a friend of mine was telling me her daughter was having a drink with a friend after work when after a while her friend had to excuse herself for a P.T.O. meeting.  When her daughter asked her why so late she responded, “Oh  we don’t go there anymore, they come to us.” WHAAAAT????

 This prompted me to do some research and what I found was while innocent and good intentioned on the outside was chilling in other aspects indeed. Apparently this has been going on for the last 15 years at least and is a law in15 states. The idea is to build better relationships with the families of the student and the school. St. Paul Minnesota  has such a plan and is a good example:

 The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers is a regional training site for the National Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project started in Sacramento, California over 15 years ago.  Today, the project has spread to over 15 states across the country.  More information can be found at www.pthvp.org.

SPFT provides training on how to conduct effective home visits, along with other strategies for building partnerships between parents and teachers.

In only three years our project has grown from 6 teachers trained visiting about 15 families, to a total of 500+ teachers trained today and over 500 families visited last year.  We have also begun to train outside of St. Paul.  We have trained two schools in Colombia Heights and one in Eau Clair, WI.  SPFT’s work has been noticed and featured in the Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, and the Twin City Daily Planet.  Last fall our work was featured on NBC’s Today Show during Education Nation.

 Visits with Parents

 Forge a strong partnership with parents by meeting them on their own turf.

 Sometimes it’s hard to get the help you need from parents in getting their children motivated and ready to learn—especially when the parents didn’t go to school themselves or had a bad time of it.

There are many approaches to enlisting parents’ support. The program outlined here was developed by parents and teachers working together in Sacramento, California, with strong support from the Sacramento City Teachers Association. It has been used in hundreds of schools in six states.

(Visit www.teachervisits.org for more.)

Before you start:

At least half of the faculty should want to do it.

Nobody should be forced to do it or punished for not doing it.

Everybody who does it should be paid.

Typically, there’s a three-hour training program before the home visits start.

Preparing for a visit:

Don’t visit only kids in trouble. That puts a stigma on getting a visit. Go see everybody, or if that’s not possible, be sure to include at least some students who are doing well.

When you call to set up a visit, offer alternative times—few parents will say no if you’re flexible. Most visits are in the afternoon or on weekends. If the parents are uncomfortable inviting you into their home, meet at a coffee shop, a library, or even a park.

Go with a partner—two teachers or a teacher and a support professional.

At the meeting:

  1. Have everyone explain his or her relationship to the student. Usually, the student is there.
  2. Getting to know you. Find out whether the parents have other children in school. What’s been their experience in schools up until now?
  3. Most important. The hopes and dreams conversation. Ask the parents about their dreams for their student, and share yours. You will probably discover you have much in common. “To stop and say why you do what you do—that can be very powerful for the teacher, not just the parent,” says Carrie Rose, who directs the Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project.
  4. Explain what you need from the parent, and ask what the parent would like you to do. (Often, parents ask how they can contact you.)

If possible, don’t come with papers and don’t take notes. Parents will feel you are evaluating them. If you must deliver information, like the bell schedule or graduation requirements, don’t pull out any paper for at least 20 minutes.

The typical meeting lasts 30 to 45 minutes.

 Then there are situations such as this that happened to one teacher:

 “When we started, home visits were not part of the culture, and some parents would not let us come to the home. One mom had a lot of problems, including drugs. She had had her kids taken away before. She reluctantly agreed to meet at a McDonald’s, but she would not open up.

“Her children had poor attendance, and we were trying to impress on her that she needed to get them to school on time. Her answers were curt. The whole meeting was over in 10 or 15 minutes.

While this program apparently seems successful, with today’s liberal establishment controlling the education dept. and with all the NSA spying on us there are other scenarios that can arise. For instance, a teacher wanders into a home and sees a gun rack and books by Dick Cheney and Ann Coulter. The teacher can report back to the supervisor that the family are  right wing extremists or a teacher wanders into a home with a cross on the wall and a bible on a table, the teacher can report back that the family is of the religious right. It can’t happen here you say? Well as soldier was just court martialed for having a bible on her desk. No, no, no it can’t happen here they say, but it does.

 Parent/Teacher Home Visit Project – Saint Paul Federation of Teachers

NEA – There’s No Place Like Home…Visits

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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