"We must do something about injustice."
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve
the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and during those
ripples builds a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression
Robert F. Kennedy
"I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty—to wit, the
white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized
it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom. ...
Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high
hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read."
Frederick Douglass, aged about 10, after hearing his master say teaching him to read
"would forever unfit him to be a slave."
From - Narrative of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
What was the administrator's power to enslave the teacher? We think it was using
terror to figuratively lobotomize our teachers so they would stop thinking. We propose
that the solution that worked for the slaves, will work for teachers -
It will unfit you to be an abused slave and bring you back to your calling that made
you want to be a teacher in the first place. We suggest you start with
BREAKING THE SILENCE, the revolutionary book by Joseph and Jo Blase. It will not
only help you see how this system insidiously controls your mind, but it will
help you see what we are doing to children by not being the adults and taking a
stand against abuse.
Together we can sweep down this wall of oppression
- READ. READ. READ. Read our web site. Read the teacher stories. Learn the politics
by going through the POLITICS section.
Come back as many times as it takes to get through it and read new information
each time. Our REFERENCES page will have
a continually growing list of books and links that will help give you insight and support
to stay in your power and not let fear drive your decision making. A critical mind
is the only protection againt propaganda, a speciality of this system. Learn about
your situation and about yourself and draw strength from this knowledge. Books and
our web site will empower you. Visits other sites that offer
support and knowledge to stay strong.
- Learn who your enemies are. As you read about the union and think beyond the hype,
you will see that they empower our administrators to abuse us. There is a lot of
information on this site explaining their priorities that do not add up to caring
about teacher abuse, and instead prove that they have a vested interest in its existence.
This information includes teacher testimonial about how they have let them down or
even sabotaged their cases. Become wise and you will regain the reins for your
- Contact teacher friends who have stories to tell, and encourage them to send
them in to us. The more we have, the more we have to be believed. Once believed,
the system will be forced to change. This is all too outrageous and it only can exist
in the darkness. Shine a light on it any way you can.
Purchase and wear our t-shirt
and give others the message that you are not going to
be terrorized by these people. The courage you need is in you, buried under the scars
of abuse that our school systems have so successfully created in you to keep you under
their tyrannical control. If your district objects to the t-shirt, ask them why. If
they have rules about all t-shirts, then wear them only to events where t-shirts are
acceptable. If they object due to the message, ask them why? If
they do not abuse teachers, why would they object to you being part of a group that wants
to eradicate teacher abuse? Their objection to your wearing it speaks for itself. Let us
know the name of the district that prohibits them.
- Get your friends to wear our t-shirts. Get the message out as well as start
breaking the silence. You will find many people who support ending teacher abuse once
the topic is public. You can help make it public, and help yourself at the same
- Use our services. Emotional support is very important and we find that family
members can only hear so much about this topic
before they stop listening. But other abused teachers welcome conversation about
teacher abuse as it helps them heal too. Contact us and we will provide you with
support buddies as well as give you support from our staff.
- Tell everyone about our web site, and encourge people interested in donating to a
worthy cause, to donate money to us. This might include businesses you frequent as well
as family members. Everyone has an interest in the future of our country. This is
important to everyone.
- Contact your former university or college and make sure at least their teacher education
department knows about teacher abuse, NAPTA, and our web site. Spread the word.
- Parents will benefit from all of the above. In addition, contact us for consultation
regarding specific problems with your children dealing with our schools. From us you will
get advice that is based on our professional knowledge, as well as our willingness to speak
truthfully about what you need to help your child, or reality. You will not get
from anyone oppressed by the terror, or lining their pockets with the failure of our
schools. We are the authentic teachers that care about and know how to help children. If
you have any doubt about the political climate of your school, contact us and we will
help your through the intentional obstacles in place with our candid, practical advice.
We will also match you up with a teacher informed in the particular area and grade
level of concern for a phone consultation.
- Turn to your religion and/or to spirituality to stay in the eye
of the hurricane throughout this abuse. Some things that happen in
this life cannot be explained. Teacher abuse seems impossible. Why
would the people who care so much about others be treated so
badly? The main reason it is happening is because it can. People
have choices between good and evil and there is more opportunity in
education for all the reasons we explain on the site. Wherever there
is opportunity, there will be greed. There are just some things that
can only be understood through spiritual avenues and if you haven't
developed it before, you need to now. We will have many book suggestions for spirituality.
Your religious leader can suggest books
AS WORKPLACE ABUSE ESCALATES
by Judith L. Wyatt.
DON'T WE WORKING PEOPLE CONFRONT IT COLLECTIVELY?
We are all in psychotic denial when due to speed up on the treadmill of daily
life we don't confront the assaults on our freedoms, and we don't admit how bad
work abuse is getting. Presently, as things get worse, we hang on tighter to
whatever we've been doing -- we do it harder, even though it isn't working,
rather than to stop, look at the situation and take action to prevent what's
1 in 10 New Yorkers Has PTSD
Trauma of Sept. 11 Lingers in Wide NYC Area
By Daniel DeNoon, WebMD Medical News,
Reviewed By Gary Vogin, MD, Aug. 6, 2002
-- More than one in 10 New York-area residents suffer lingering
stress and depression in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center,
new research shows.
After correcting for background levels, the study suggests that the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks resulted in an extra 532,240 cases of posttraumatic stress
disorder (PTSD) in the New York City metropolitan area. The study -- conducted
two months after the disaster -- appears in the Aug. 7 issue of The Journal of
the American Medical Association.
Many psychologists predicted that the trauma of watching the Sept. 11 events on
television would cause a wave of PTSD to sweep the nation. The study shows no
evidence of this, even though television watching was associated with a high
degree of distress.
"That is a piece of good news for the country as a whole, but we find an important
public-health problem for New York City," researcher William E. Schlenger, PhD,
tells WebMD. "There is a substantial PTSD problem well beyond the downtown area.
PTSD is quite high in all five boroughs of the city as well as in the suburbs
of New Jersey and Connecticut."
When you are directly in it, it can effect you. Have compassion for others too.
You may be directly in a situation that causes PTSD - teacher abuse. Do not
minimize its effects. Stay on top of your mental health by saying no to
teacher abuse. You may think you can live in an abusive situation without consequences,
but it has a way of seeping into your psyche unless you are proactive. That is why you
have to learn about it, address it,
and protect yourself by refusing to be a victim. Remember, even
if you are not being abused, watching colleagues while doing nothing
is an affront to you too. Also, the things you do
to play it safe, and the compromises you make to stay on the good side
of the abusers, slowly strangle your sense of power, making you a victim too.
BE A SURVIVOR.