Praise for The MACE Manifesto!


Praise for

The MACE Manifesto

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are true friends of public school teachers, and I know that when they write or speak on public education, everyone needs to take note.  Every educator, young and old, and all politicians – legislators, school board members, and even superintendents – need to read The MACE Manifesto!” – The Honorable Darryl W. Jordan, Georgia State Representative

“A gripping, riveting read.” – Attorney Preston Haliburton

“John and Norreese are politically incorrect but are absolutely correct on public education!” – The Honorable Sandra G. Scott, Georgia State Representative

“As a former PTA President at a public elementary school, a public middle school, and a public high school, I appreciate the fact that The MACE Manifesto addresses the need for discipline in our public schools.” – Michael Robinson

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are dealing with the unpleasant realities of today’s public schools – and, as a teacher, I can vouch for this!” – Dr. Jose Helena

“As a classroom educator, my life was changed by Dr. Trotter and MACE – and now we have The MACE Manifesto, the tour-de-force on public education!” – James (Gunny) Yawn

“Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes have been fighting for teachers for years, and as a son of two Georgia school teachers and as a Vice Chairman of a Georgia public school board, I know the importance of the message of The MACE Manifesto!” – Attorney J. Anderson Ramay

“The MACE Manifesto is the inconvenient truth about what goes on in our public schools – and especially in our urban schools.  I know.  I spent my whole career as a teacher in the Birmingham and Atlanta schools.” – Charles Melton

“From my educator’s perspective, The MACE Manifesto is the Bible on public education!” – Bo T. Oates

“As a former teacher and a former school board member, I am excited that a book finally tells it like it is on public education.” – Linda Crummy

“This ain’t chicken soup!” – J. B. Stanley

“Each page is RADIOACTIVE!” – Benjamin Barnes

“The unvarnished and sad truth about public education today.” – R. L. Moore

“I spent my career as a teacher and an administrator in two urban schools systems, and Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes are right on target in The MACE Manifesto.” – Mark Harris

“As a former teacher and a current administrator, I know the importance of good teaching conditions, and this is what The MACE Manifesto is all about.” – Lee Carter

“Yes, we are going to endorse our own book.  It is an impressive manifesto.  We’re not falsely modest.  In this educational treatise, you will gain many insights about how American Public Education operates.  You will learn about how newly appointed superintendents come to town with ropes around their necks, barely escaping the last school system alive but the search firm pimps put cheap perfume on them, recycle them, and sell these educational sluts to other unsuspecting school boards.

“You will learn how the publishing and software industries (most notably Pearson out of London, England and Bill Gates of Microsoft) are driving the American Public Education agenda with an indoctrinating, watered-down, dim-witted, drivel-type, homogenized, and nationalized curriculum called Common Core which is aligned with the values of UNESCO and not necessarily with the values of the local community.

“We show you how the standardized tests have become the false gods of American Public Education and how three essential elements for learning are completely ignored by the ‘school deformers’ – discipline, aptitude, and motivation.

“We deal with subjects that others either don’t know shit about or have parakeet balls and are afraid to broach.

“You will understand that trying to find a school administrator who supports teachers to the hilt and demands that students behave in the classroom is like trying to capture dinosaur farts and bottling them for the Smithsonian.  They are just that rare!

“You get it all here…with panache and street cred.  Forget hollow platitudes.  We give it to you straight…right in the gut!” – Dr. John Trotter and Norreese Haynes

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About the Authors

About the Authors

     Dr. John Trotter’s educational training is in History (BA, summa cum laude, Columbus State University, 1976), Education (MA, EdD, University of Georgia, 1978, 1984) and Law (JD, Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, 2004). He worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in several Georgia school systems before working for six years with the Georgia Association of Educators/National Education Association. In 1995, Dr. Trotter was the principal founder of the Metro Association of Classroom Educators (MACE). He has three children, Marissa, Robert, and Matthew, and he spends a few months out of the year in Brazil with his wife, Luci, and his step son, Victor. He has written hundreds of articles on education, history, politics, and religion for the last 40 years, and he published a research article in a major refereed academic journal at 27 years of age (The Journal of Negro Education in the Winter Quarter of 1981), an article dealing with peer pressure perceptions of academically able black male adolescents. Dr. Trotter’s views and comments on various educational issues have appeared in newspapers and educational journals throughout the country, including his comments about U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s stated intention of reforming failing schools by getting rid of staff members. Education Week reporter Michele McNeil confronted Secretary Duncan about Dr. Trotter’s statement and wrote: Metro Association of Classroom Educators Chairman John Trotter was quoted as saying, in reference to proposed regulations by the Education Department for turning around the nation’s worst schools that call for firing staff: ‘He [Duncan] wants to replace everyone … except the ones who matter, the children … The problem starts with the students. What is Duncan going to do with some so-called students who act like miscreants each day?’ Those statements lit up the blogsphere [sic] and Twitter feeds” (September 3, 2009 issue).

Mr. Norreese Haynes worked for several years in the Clayton County School System in the Metro Atlanta area where his middle school basketball teams won several county-wide championships before he turned 30 years old. He coached a number of outstanding athletes, including D. J. Shockley who quarterbacked the University of Georgia to its last Southeastern Conference Football Championship. D. J. was named Co-Player of the Year with Jay Cutler in the Southeastern Conference. D. J. was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. Mr. Haynes also coached Josh Powell who earned an NBA World Championship ring while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Mr. Haynes also worked with some very popular pop artists in his music studio while they were students at Riverdale Middle School. One was Clifford (Tip) Harris (aka known as “T. I.,” the King of the South) and another was Ciara. The popular Mr. Haynes was elected to and served on the Clayton County Board of Education. He was the first person in his family to earn a college degree, earning an Associate’s degree from Clayton State University and a Bachelor’s degree in business from Phoenix University and is about to finish up his Master’s degree in business and management from Central Michigan University. He has two sons, Nick and Zyair.

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By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD

     If this book offends you, we are certainly not surprised. In fact, we intend to offend. This book is indeed politically incorrect and irreverent and offensive. We write so as not to be misunderstood, and we use the vernacular of the day. We use words like “shit,” “bullshit,” and “damn” on a few occasions, and once we even use the phrase “fucked up” just to make a point, viz., that the “F bomb” is used gratuitously in the classrooms and the hallways by students and is sometimes aimed, along with “bitch,” at the teachers themselves – and with impunity.

We do indeed describe the appointed superintendents who jump from one school board bed to the next and traipse all over the country for more money and power as “educational sluts.” This is descriptive. This is accurate. This is what they are…educational sluts. We describe the so-called search firms and attorneys who find, recommend, and placate these egomaniacs as “pimps.” They just pimp these sluts.

We describe the petty, insecure, mean-spirited, vindictive, and abusive administrators who are sycophants of these sluts as “bitches” – and we are including the female administrators too! The teachers know that they are bitches – and they regularly call them “bitches” behind their backs. There are, however, a few fortunate souls who actually have an “old school” principal who respects his/her teachers, has their backs, and supports them. These administrators are a dying breed. They don’t last long. If you have a caring and supportive principal, thank the good Lord and count your luck stars! The next principal who comes your way will more than likely be a “bitch.” The bitches actually think that the best way to run a school is to treat the teachers like dog shit.

Come to think of it…what is more offensive? Using the word “shit” in this book or treating the teachers like dog shit? Using the word “bitch” in this book or acting like a bitch when interacting with the teachers? Using the word “slut” or simply acting like a slut by jumping in and out of (school board) beds for the offer of more money, leaving behind their “babies,” as these pseudo-pious superintendents call the students? Actions are more offensive than words; words simply describe actions.

We offer this caveat. You have been warned. This manifesto is not for the faint-hearted. © Big Daddy Publishers, May 26, 2014.

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The MACE Thesis

The MACE Thesis

By Dr. John R. Alston Trotter and Norreese L. Haynes

     You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. Assuming that you can is rank stupidity and results in environmental chaos in the schools. The reason that so many of our public schools are chaotic and full of shit today is because legislators, policymakers, school board members, superintendents, educrats, and administrators actually and absurdly think that they can usher in “achievement” (if we deign to call increases on standardized test scores “achievement”) without respecting teachers and empowering them to do their jobs. They threaten, intimidate, and generally treat teachers like dog shit in their quests to increase “achievement.” This results in nothing more than a massive and wholesale systematic cheating on all grades – not just on the standardized tests – and the lowering of academic standards and rigor throughout the corpus of American Public Education. Demigods are put in positions of power, and they terrorize teachers on a daily basis, resulting in a large segment of the best and brightest leaving the teaching field. When the teaching field once again becomes a profession, then these creative and energetic souls who refuse to be treated like dog shit may return.

When you treat teachers like dog shit, public education will carry the stench of dog shit. Right now, sadly, public education is full of dog shit. Everywhere you step, you step in this mess. Those educational demigods who arrogantly traipse around public education seem to be immune from the smell. They are oblivious to this cankering shit that is all over their metaphorical shoes – the same shoes that trample upon the dignity and humanity of the classroom educators, creating this massive mess. By catering to the irate and irresponsible parents and by coddling their rude, defiant, and disruptive children, they have created horrid and unimaginative teaching conditions. They have ignored MACE’s Law of Learning: “You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.” This is how they have wittingly or unwittingly created chaos in our public schools and most especially in our urban public schools. © Big Daddy Publishers, May 23, 2014.

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Why You Came to MACE!

Why You Came To MACE!

By Dr. John R. Alston Trotter and Norreese L. Haynes

     You didn’t come to MACE because we give you a tote bag or do spelling bees for the children or sell you auto insurance at an alleged discount.  We don’t give out tote bags.  We have never put on a spelling bee contest for kids.  We don’t sell auto insurance.  Heck, we don’t even endorse any political candidates.  You vote like you want to vote.  We don’t care.  We don’t even agree in the MACE Office about political candidates or parties!  But, we do agree about this:  Teachers should be respected, esteemed, and supported by the administrators to do their jobs in the classroom.  We know that you cannot have good learning conditions until your first have good teaching conditions.  This is an inexorable law.  It can no more be set aside or ignored than the Law of Gravity.

You came to MACE because you are frustrated with how public school teachers are now blamed for all the ills in public education.  Students aren’t motivated to learn.  You are blamed.  Students are defiant and disruptive in the classroom.  You are blamed.  Parents are irate and irresponsible and frustrated with their own children’s lack of effort.  You are blamed.  In fact, you came to MACE because you are tired of being blamed by the angry and abusive administrators for the failure of the students who refuse to learn and who refuse to behave.  You are tired of being badgered and harassed by these angry, insecure, petty, ignorant, and abusive administrators.  We don’t blame you.  You came to the right organization. You came to MACE.

MACE simply exists to protect and empower classroom educators…one member at a time.  You came to MACE because you have heard of the reputation of MACE.  You have heard that MACE doesn’t play, that MACE kicks metaphorical ass, and that MACE tightens up the mean-ass and petty administrators. You have heard correctly.  You came to MACE because you know that better than any other organization in the State of Georgia, MACE is able to tighten up your angry and abusive administrator.  You know that there is not another union, organization, or association (or whatever you want to call it) for teachers in Georgia which is as effective as MACE in legally scaring the heck out of administrators who are already terrorizing you.  This is why you came to MACE. You came to MACE because you are tired of being tired and tired of being afraid and tired of being frustrated. You came to MACE because you want MACE to protect you, to empower you, and to scare the dog shit out of your abusive administrators. Welcome to MACE! © Big Daddy Publishers, 2014.

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Update on The MACE Manifesto.

By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD

     We started writing intensively on this book on July 1, 2002.  Thirty-three chapters were written 33 days in a row, though I personally had started developing chapters and writing notes as far back as the summer of 2011 while staying in Brazil.  In fact, the first name that I had in mind for this book was School Daze with essentially the same sub-title.  In fact, I printed an outline of the book at an internet café in Rio de Janeiro in January/February of 2011.  I initially was just going to expose 25 myths of American Public Education (APE).  Now “Exposing Myths” is just one part of the book.

     I concluded early on that my former student and now friend and associate, Norreese Haynes, had much to offer, and I enlisted his help on this mammoth and monumental project.  As we stand today, The MACE Manifesto ought to be about 500 pages or more (and this is with a larger format; otherwise, it might be 650 pages or more).  It is not a little booklet.  It is indeed a “manifesto,” outlining our declaration of ideas and beliefs about American Public Education.

     A lot of what you see on this website is content that has already been re-written and edited and expanded.  We have added other parts that you don’t see here.  I don’t go back to this website to update the postings.  The postings really were for “book storage,” as I call it.  The official document which has artwork and has had (I hope) typos removed is kept elsewhere, not here.  But, this rough draft gives you some idea of what is to come.  We think that The MACE Manifesto will be a bombshell and cause a lot of chatter.   You can say that you saw “the sausage” being made.   LOL!

     I hope that by the end of next week, we might be able to send the draft to the publisher, minus the 25 photos that will be in the middle of the book.  Those can be sent later.

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Two Important Conceptual Diagrams About Learning…

Tri-Lational Learning

Motivation to Learn Diagram

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