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John Trotter’s Political Elixir can be Purchased from Amazon or from Big Daddy Publishers

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“I finished Political Elixir today.  I loved it!  Very intriguing and informative with colorful characters.  Great writing!!” — Stefan Burkhalter.
`’This is a damn good novel.” — J. B. Stanley.
“I couldn’t put it down!” — Norreese Haynes.
“I promise you.  You will love it!  I loved it.” — Michael Vanyo.
“This novel is a page-turner!” — Sharlene Gipson.
“This masterpiece of story-telling is destined to be a number one political novel for any time period, location, or culture.  It ought to be in the library of anyone interested in politics and culture.” — James (Gunny) Yawn.

     Political Elixir is John Trotter’s poignant story of politics told within the textured fabric of the American South as woven by threads of race, sex, class, power, hate, love, hope, and redemption.  Trotter’s story is deftly crafted with the nuanced images which can only be created by a literary artist who has experienced such scenes up close.

This contemporary political novel is rooted in Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; Salvador, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Washington, D. C.  Southerners are uniquely concerned about roots – where you are from and where happenings took place.  Southerners are more place-bound than any other Americans.  Southerners want to know your background and who your parents are.  That is why this story is such a Southern story.

This is the story of how class, race, sex, hate, power, love, hope, and redemption are interwoven in life.  The backdrop of the story is two near octogenarian white men who are enormously wealthy and fathered two sons by two Negro maids who worked in their respective homes.  These two men, who were close friends since their glory days at Ole Miss University and the University of Georgia Law School, are scions of huge family wealth.  One knew from the beginning that he had sired “a little colored boy.”  The other found out very suddenly many years later.  Both men have big dreams for their mixed-race sons, their African American sons.

This is the story of how all of their lives intersected and formed a powerful bond.  A story of redemption, born of mistrust and doubt.  The near aborted relationships remained intact, though sometimes dangling by the proverbial threads.  The bonds of family prevail.

Johnny Rhodes, Unlikely Hero. We Remember Him.

by John Rhodes Alston Trotter, EdD, JD

Johnny Rhodes, my Daddy’s best friend while growing up in the East Highland/St. Elmo area of Columbus and all the way through high school (J. V. H. S., of course), died in the Battle of the Bulge in January of 1945.  This was the last great Nazi offensive, repelled by, I think, the U. S. Third Army under General George Patton.  Johnny Rhodes was quite a character, and I have his portrait in the Daniel D. Trotter Conference Room beside my father’s portrait at the MACE Office.  He rode a motorcycle up and down the halls of Jordan High.  He wore his leather boots and his leather jacket (he had these on in the J Club photo that I also have in my office).  (The J Club was the lettermen’s club.)  My mother says that the girls loved Johnny Rhodes!  He was like their Fonz at Jordan High!  But, of all of my father’s close friends, the United States military would not accept Johnny until he had a hernia operation.

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Private John A. Rhodes is the young man in the U. S. Army uniform above my forehead in the photo above.  My father, Daniel D. Trotter, Sr., was in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  A Japanese kamikaze plane crashed into my father’s ship, killing most of the sailors.  My father survived but his very best friend died in the Battle of the Bulge.

Johnny Rhodes had the surgery and was accepted into the U. S. Army.  He stayed in the brig quite a bit at Fort Benning, however.  He liked to go AWOL a lot!  He would show up at my Mother’s house on Lawyer’s Lane in Columbus, wanting my grandmother to fix him a breakfast.  She did.  She too loved Johnny Rhodes!  Johnny would kid my mother by saying:  “Trotter’s going to get killed and I’m gonna come home and marry you!”  Of all of my father’s very close friends at Jordan High, only Johnny did not come home.  Daddy told me that one of their mutual friends says that he saw Johnny get off the ship in Belgium in handcuffs.  I presume that he went straight from the brig at Fort Benning to the European theatre of the war.  He was killed fighting the Nazi surge in January of 1945.  His remains are in the Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus.  The flag that was draped over his coffin is with me, as well as his Bible given to him by his mother in 1934.  I also have his $25 War Bonds certificate (composed of 25 cents stamps).  His grandparents (who raised him) sent them to my parents when I was born and was named after him.

Miss Green, who taught at Jordan High for probably over 40 years (she was there when my father was a student and when I was a student) almost never forgave my father for naming me after his best buddy, Johnny Rhodes.  Johnny kept up so much mess in her English class.  Daddy ended up teaching/coaching and being assistant principal at Jordan in the 1950s and 1960s.  My mother says that she doesn’t think that Johnny ever got out of Freshman English, but he sure did entertain the girls in the class.  Miss Green would take him out into the halls, and when they came back into the room, he would be dusting off his hands, as if to say, “I took care of Miss Green.”

Johnny Rhodes, unlikely hero.  We remember him.  Rest in peace.






Another Superintendent Clown? Indeed, What in the Heck is Going on in Rockdale County?

From reading different posts on the internet, it appears that Superintendent Richard Autry has stepped into some deep do do in his short tenure in Rockdale County.  Since when are teachers found “guilty” when they are assaulted and attacked by a student(s)?  We hear that the teacher was even hurt.  Yet, the school system wants the teacher to accept a five-day suspension in this matter.  Animal Farm?  The prisoners are now running the prisons, heh?  Perhaps school systems and school boards should take the sage advice of former Clayton County Board of Education member, Norreese Haynes.  He consistently called for the removal of the “thugs” from the Clayton County School System.  His famous quote was and is, “Order is the first law of the Universe.”  Mr. Richard Autry, Rockdale County schools need more order.  And, quite frankly, the teacher needs an apology…from you, sir.

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Will Rockdale County’s Richard Autry nominated to the Superintendent Clowns of America?

For more reading on this story, follow the link below.

Hey Superintendent Richard Autry, What in the Hell is Going Out in Rockdale County?

West Georgia Businessman, Mike Lee, Has Been Focus of Several Recent Pickets

West Georgia Businessman, Mike Lee, Has Been Focus of Several Recent Pickets

Mike Lee, a Carrollton resident who principally conducts his storage business and house-flipping business in Douglasville, has been the subject and focus of several recent pickets in Douglasville and Carrollton. Mr. Lee was also taken to Magistrate Court in Carrollton by J. B. Stanley who contends that Mike Lee stiffed him of a return on his investment in Lee’s real estate transaction. “I invested $20,000.00 in one of Mr. Lee’s real estate transactions in February of 2015. I wired the money to his attorney. Our explicit agreement was that when Mr. Lee sold the house that he was flipping after renovations that I would get my $20,000.00 back plus a two thousand dollar return on my investment,” Stanley contends. Apparently Lee sold the house in July, and Stanley apparently got back neither his original investment nor the ten percent return on the investment. Eventually, Stanley took Lee to court on “theft by conversion,” and the very public pickets began.

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Mr. Lee apparently is active in Midway Baptist Church in Carroll County and serves on the West Georgia Technical College Board of Directors. Two of the pickets were staged in front of the corporate office of West Georgia Technical College on the town square in Carrollton. This got the attention of the West Georgia Tech administrators, including President Steve Daniel. The administrators were urging the picketers to try to resolve the matters privately. One of the picket signs called upon Midway Baptist Church and West Georgia Technical College to “help” with the money. A red picket sign stated, “Seeing Red Over $22,000.00!” Mr. Stanley’s pink sign read, “Give Me Back My Money!” A yellow sign asked, “Mike Lee, Where’s the Money?” A green sign bluntly stated, “Mike Lee, Give Back the Money!”

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Mr. Lee and his wife are apparently active in the Carrollton High School Cheerleaders Booster Club where their daughter is a cheerleader and was the football homecoming queen.

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Mr. Stanley stated to The Georgia Citizen that the Magistrate Court Judge asked both parties to attend mediation. Mr. Stanley stated that after the mediation and the second picket that Mr. Lee offered to pay $15,000.00. “I refused that amount because I want all of my money back.” Asked if there will be any more pickets, Mr. Stanley stated, “Definitely. One is planned for the Carrollton High School graduation. Trust me. This won’t be a Trojan Horse,” he stated in obvious reference to the Carrollton High School mascot.

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Mr. Stanley states that Mr. Lee has acknowledged to him and his attorney that he owes the money. “How does this man think that he can just cheat someone out of $22,000.00 and get by with it?” Stanley rhetorically asked.

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The Georgia Citizen attempted to contract Mr. Lee at his place of business in Douglas County, but he was not available for comment. His secretary stated that Mr. Lee would be out of town until next week. Should Mr. Lee want to comment on whether or not he pilfered $22,000.00, The Georgia Citizen will certainly provide him space to do so.

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It’s Official! Vickie Warren of Murray County, William A. Hunter of Polk County, Randy Rodgers of Montgomery County, and Mychele Rhodes of McDuffie County are the Latest Georgia School Superintendents Inducted into the Superintendent Clowns of America!

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 Damn Good Clown!

1. Crawford Lewis (formerly of DeKalb County, Georgia but now criminally indicted).  Crawford Lewis‘s trial is coming up very soon.  Among other felonious charges, Mr. Lewis is facing RICO charges.  Oh, did we mention that the Crawford Lewis Administration tried to ban Dr. John Trotter of MACE from the DeKalb County premises?  It all stared when Ronald (RonRamsey (a State Senator, no less!) shut down a grievance of a teacher who was being represented by Dr. Trotter when it appeared that much discussion and evidence about “systematic cheating” was about to emerge in the hearing.  Now you that Dr. Trotter was not going to take this sitting down!  [Crawford Lewis was indicted and awaits trial.]

2. Edmond Heatley (the beleaguered superintendent of Clayton County, Georgia).  Believe it or not, this superintendent clown is actually about to be offered a job by the Berkeley United School District in California.  The people of Clayton County are jumping for joy to be getting rid of this clown!  The Gypsy nature of these “national” superintendents only point to the depths that public education in the U. S. has sunk.  Stay turned for a forthcoming book from Dr. John Trotter and Norreese Haynes entitled The MACE Manifesto:  A Declaration of What is Really Wrong With Public Education wherein they discuss what they call “educational sluts” — those superintendents who just jump from one school board bed to the next, depending on what they are paid.  [Edmond Heatley abruptly resigned his job in Clayton County, GA apparently thinking that he was going to become the superintendent of Berkeley, CA.  But, Dr. Trotter was quoted frequently in the Berkeley and San Francisco newspapers.  He did not get the job.]

3. Jerry Bell (Hart County, Georgia).  Jerry Bell flubbed up royalty in trying to get rid of one of his good, experienced teachers in Hart County.  First of all, he gave the teacher insufficient notice in the charge letter.  In other word, Mr. Bell did not go by due process as outlined in the Georgia Statutory CodeDr. John Trotter with MACE outlined this to Mr. Bell, the school board members, the Hart County school board lawyers (Harben, Hartley and Hawkins), and to the media.  Mr. Bell, in his apparent stubbon way, continued to forge ahead.  His recommendation to non-renew the teachers contract was not upheld by a majority of the school board members, and the teacher still has a teaching job.  Vivian Morgan, the reporter with the Hartwell Sun newspaper, stated that Mrs. Tressa Blackwell‘s MACE attorney, Mr. Lowell Chatham, “was phenominal.”  [Jerry Bell, we understand, just secured a superintendent’s job in his home of Haralson County, GA.]

4. Romain Dallemand (Bibb County, Georgia). Romain Dallemand still sits atop the Bibb County Board of Education, but some new blood is coming on the school board in January.  New school board member and Macon attorney Jason Downey is bound to ask some pertinent questions of Dallemand.  The MACE Strike Force appeared downtown Macon on historic Mulberry Street in front of the Bibb County Courthouse to protest against Dallemand and his “Macon Nightmare.”  This picket was carried in the media, including extensive coverage on Macon’s NBC 41 television news.  With Edmond Heatley apparently headed back to California, Dallemand may be sitting with Hart County‘s Jerry Bell at the top of those superintendents in Georgia who are the most clownish in their roles as superintendents.  [MACE picketed Dallemand two times in downtown Macon and both pickets were televised on local TV.  He was forced out in Macon and sued the school board, but the suit was dismissed by the judge.]

5. Beverly Hall (the disgraced former superintendent of Atlanta City, Georgia).  What can we say about Beverly Hall?  According to the New York Times, she oversaw the greatest cheating scandal in the history of American schools.  But, what has happened to her?  Has her certificate been yanked…like the teachers’?  Has she faced any criminal or civil sanctions?  It does indeed seem like the big guys and gals seem to get off scot free, doesn’t it?  MACE never bought into Beverly Hall‘s snake oil showMACE fought her every step of the way!   [Beverly Hall was indicted but before she could stand trial, she succumbed to cancer.]

6. Luvenia Jackson, the interim superintendent of Clayton County Schools in Georgia was brought out of retirement.  She has been demonstrating lately that her administration does not understand the importance to go by the Georgia Law for Certified Employee Complaints (O. C. G. A. 20-2-989.5 et seq.).  Former superintendent Edmond Heatley wanted to routinely violate this law as well.  The MACE teachers union effectively took on Heatley for this and many other issues.  Both superintendents were perhaps looking for “advice” from education attorney, Glenn Brock.  One of MACE‘s picket signs yesterday stated, “Luvenia, Quit Listening to ‘Legal Pimps’ and Obey the Law!”  Apparently, Ms. Jackson had the top security personnel in the school system to come and try to remove the MACE picketers from the public forum.  We have a feeling that she (and others superintendents in Georgia) will be receiving a lesson on the First Amendment and Free Speech from MACE‘s Chairman of the Board, Dr. John Trotter.

7. Mychele Rhodes of McDuffie County (Georgia) School System.  See separate article about Ms. Rhodes on this site.

8. Vickie Reed of Murray County (Georgia) School System heads up one of, if not, the most dysfunctional school system in Georgia.  The horrors of this systems makes one recall the movie “Deliverance.”

9. Randy Rodgers of Montgomery County (Georgia) School System is a weak superintendent who, like Vicki Reed and Mychele Rhodes, seems to have no qualm suspending the Teacher of the Year, Brad Lord, because a coach on staff, the husband of the principal (nepotism, anyone?), apparently confronted this teacher because he and the principal/wife had strong disagreements in a meeting over the TKES evaluation.  So, what does Superintendent Randy Rodgers do?  He suspends Mr. Lord, who was apparently the one invited by the husband/coach to meet him in a local park at 3:45 that afternoon to settle the matter.  Rodgers, Reed, and Rhodes (3R) of Montgomery, Murray, and McDuffie (3M) just nonchalantly ignore the mandates of the Georgia Statutory Code (OCGA 20-2-940[g]) when it comes to suspending a teacher.

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Montgomery County (GA) Superintendent, Randy Rodgers

10. William A. Hunter, erstwhile superintendent of Brantley and McIntosh Counties (we think forced out in both counties), but now of Polk County.  Trouble seems to have followed Mr. Hunter from McIntosh County when he arrived on the scene in Polk County.  This former Arkansas banker seems to have his detractors in Polk County, as we recently received this characterization of his administration in Polk County:

“Nepotism, favoritism, retaliation, bullying, no-bid contracts, hiring without posting jobs, fraternization, Apple/PSD conflict of interest, God knows what else. Not to mention that he was FIRED from his last two jobs. Mass exodus of good, long time teachers. Culture of fear and intimidation.”

We are sure that Mr. Hunter would say that he and the school boards “mutually agreed” to his resignations.  As in all cases, we welcome the comments of any of the superintendents highlighted on this blog.

Note:  The above article first appeared in 

Comments on this article and all articles on this blog are always welcome.  On this particular article, The Georgia Citizen welcomes comments from the superintendents highlighted here.

Mychele Rhodes is Described as “Superintendent Clown” for Apparently Trying to Get Rid of STAR Teacher

Editor’s Note:  This article is a re-print from

By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD

     I never cease to be amazed at today’s goofball superintendents and principals of schools.  I recently saw on Facebook that a senseless principal told a child with Downs Syndrome that he could not wear the letter jacket that his mother had made him for participating on one of the non-varsity teams at the school.  He was so proud of his homemade letter jacket, but this principal, who apparently doesn’t have enough sense to pour piss out of a boot, told him that he could not wear it because he was not a member of a varsity team at the school.  Should this principal be taken out and horse-whipped?  Would that do him any good?

     A few years back, we picketed a principal at A. Phillip Randolph Elementary School in Fulton County because he apparently recommended his Teacher of the Year for the non-renewal of his teaching contract.  People were very upset.  How can a principal be without principles so much that he or she would recommend the non-renewal of the Teacher of the Year?  Did this teacher make the principal nervous?  Was this teacher reluctant to kiss administrative ass?  How can this happen?

    Now the word is in that the Superintendent of Schools in McDuffie County, the home of perhaps Georgia’s most famed racist of the past, U. S. Senator Tom Watson, is in the throes of either recommending to the school board the termination or non-renewal of the contract of the popular STAR Teacher at Thomson High School.  We write about such silliness and pettiness and petulance in our book, The MACE Manifesto:  The Politically Incorrect, Irreverent, and Scatological Examination of What is Wrong with American Public Education (Big Daddy Publishers, LLC, 2014, 615 pages).  These kinds of actions take place all over the country these days mainly because non-leaders are put into positions of “leadership.”

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Mychele Rhodes, Superintendent Clown of McDuffie County

     Today, the people who are often put into leadership roles are really tight-ass and controlling bureaucrats.  In the old days, many of the coaches were promoted up the leadership/administrative ladder.  And, quite frankly, it most of the times worked out well.  They were firm on student discipline, supported the teachers when it came to discipline, and they didn’t snoopervise the teachers, thinking that they had all of the answers.  They certainly didn’t worry about such non-sense as “teaching rubrics.”  These crazy “rubrics” are insulting.  To put creative teachers on a “rubrics” mandate is like putting them on training wheels.   These older principals certainly didn’t worry about such nonsense as forcing good teachers to act like robots, telling them how to teach and threatening their jobs for simply being creative in teaching their students. Professionals don’t need training wheels.

Teachers need to freed up to be creative.  Freed up to teach.  Stifling and suffocating them in straightjackets is ridiculous.  Making them use cookie-cutter methods is unconscionable.  It’s like a coach who has never played basketball telling a Michael Jordan or a Larry Bird or a Pete Maravich what to do with the round ball each time they get their hands on it.  Teachers are professionals who should be respected and allowed to use their professional knowledge, judgment, and wisdom with the students who are in their care.  They don’t briefcase-toting, tight-ass bureaucrats telling them each move to make.  They need these educrats and snoopervisors to get the heck out of their classrooms and let them teach.

     Now back to the STAR Teacher in McDuffie County:  We hear that he was verbally bullied and berated in a meeting today for about two hours.  Apparently, Superintendent Mychele Rhodes told him that she didn’t think that he should be allowed to teach in McDuffie County anymore.  I am thinking that the situation may go beyond just teaching the “rubrics” and other such silliness.  I think that the administration may be upset that the STAR Teacher is openly and vocally a Christian believer and that he has talked to the administration at Thomson High about the terrible disciplinary conditions which apparently exist at the school.  The administrators these days don’t want to hear about this.  They prefer to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to discipline. Also, it often appears to be “open season” on vocal Christians in public schools these days, both the students who want to bring their Bibles to schools or teachers who want to share their faith outside the classroom. If, however, this teacher were Muslim, perhaps the administration would handle him with kid gloves and make special arrangements for pork not to be served at all in the cafeteria.

     For several years, from what I hear, this school system has been hemorrhaging top teachers, including multiple Teachers of the Year and other STAR Teachers, some of whom are moving to safer or better schools and others of whom are leaving the profession entirely. What is going on in McDuffie County that is causing these successful and award-winning teachers to leave the system?

This superintendent-clown in McDuffie County seems to want to snoopervise the STAR Teacher for no substantive reason. Is this done in other school systems? She is apparently saying that she is concerned about this popular teacher’s “rubrics” and the number of his writing assignments. What?! She needs to worry about abiding by the Georgia Statute (O. C. G. A. 20-2-940[g]) that does not allow a Georgia superintendent to suspend a teacher from the classroom for more than ten days – and certainly not without the teacher being granted all of his substantive due process rights and having any “charge[s]” given to him by the seventh day. This superintendent, who is the Executive Secretary of the elected McDuffie County Board of Education, has left this school board in a breach of the law. This school board, via its appointed superintendent, has egregiously and flagrantly violated this Georgia Statute. No excuse whatsoever. Yes, she needs to worry about abiding by the law, not about pettiness. This STAR Teacher has been left dangling in the wind, with his reputation being besmirched because he first of all was apparently just sent home without any explanation of any “charge[s].” Not until after three weeks was he brought in and told about his “rubrics” and other such silliness. His reputation could not help but be ruined by such sloppy and sinister and nefarious actions of the Superintendent’s Office of McDuffie County. Rhodes Must Go! She either does not know the Georgia Law or does not give a rat’s behind about it. Mr. Norreese Haynes and I went to McDuffie County a couple of weeks ago and informed the administration there about the law. It apparently went over like water off a duck’s back. Next time, we will bring a crew and hit the sidewalks. I wonder if the good People of McDuffie County respect the Supreme Court’s holdings about Category One Free Speech fora? Parks and sidewalks. Ole Tom Watson might not have respected the humanity of all of God’s creation in older times, but I think that a new day has dawned in McDuffie County and the good People of McDuffie County will not put up with shabby treatment when they are informed about it. The way this STAR Teacher has been treated in McDuffie County could make some people draw the conclusion that he had robbed the McDuffie County Regions Bank. He has still to this day been kept in a “Teacher’s Gulag” or a metaphorical “penalty box.” What has been his “crime”? Caring for the kids and teaching creatively? Good grief. Rhodes Must Go!

This STAR Teacher is not a one-year wonder.  He is no fluke.  He was chosen by the students and parents of McDuffie County as the WalMart Teacher of the Year in both 2006 and 2009.  (This Teacher of the Year program has apparently been discontinued.  Otherwise, he may have won this award several more times.)  This is in a county of perhaps 250 t0 300 teachers.  He has also been named an “Honor Educator” twice in the last five years.  Only students who graduate with distinction are given the opportunity to choose one teacher who has most impacted them.  This year marks the second time this teacher has received this honor.  “STAR Teacher,” “Teacher of the Year,” and “Honor Educator” and yet Mychele Rhodes is apparently trying to can him.  So, does she not want superb teachers positively impacting on the children of McDuffie County?  Or, is this superintendent clown all about control?  What is it?

MACE has gotten in late on this case in McDuffie County but is monitoring it closely.  I think that I will recommend Mychele Rhodes to the august body of The Superintendent Clowns of America.  Yes, this I will do.  And I think that I have some pull with that group. This superintendent clown in McDuffie County appears to be out of control. © GTSO, 2015.

Pickle Deal’s “Education Plan”

Pickle Deal’s “Education Plan”

By John Rhodes Alston Trotter, EdD, JD and Norreese Lamar Haynes, BSBM

     It is painfully obvious that Governor Nathan Deal doesn’t know his ass from deep centerfield when it comes to public education.  His so-called “education plan” should be pickled but never used.  It is also painfully obvious that a junior staffer must have banged together his so-called “education plan” that is outlined on the Governor’s website.  Three of the first five points are the same worn-out global dribble that was spouted by Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Clinton in Goals 2000 before the hellish and ineffective No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top programs were mistakenly ushered in under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  None of the former global goals were realized, and the latter two programs just wreaked havoc among a profession that formerly was collegial and nurturing within its nature and in its scope.

These punitive so-called “education reform” programs which punish the so-call “failing schools” rather than analyzing what is causing this systematic failure of low performance have been dismal flops, and yet Governor Deal is jumping on the band wagon of threatening to engage in educational deconstructionism, not because there is any clear evidence that charter schools drawing from the same student population significantly increases achievement (they don’t) nor because there is any history of such (there is not, not even in Milwaukee or Baltimore which were the early adopters of such).  Quite frankly, the so-called “plan” that Governor Deal has on his official website was obviously handed over to a junior staffer to put together, and this junior staffer apparently doesn’t know the difference between pronouns “that” and “who” (“Increase the percentage of teachers and administrators that are considered effective[.]”  Emphasis added).  The half-baked call for more students to take a “STEM” curriculum is simply another educational fad which will short-change our students in the humanities, history, civics, arts, music, and physical education.

There is not a scintilla of seminal thought in the Governor’s so-called “education plan.”  Just a quick perusal of The MACE Manifesto: The Politically Incorrect, Irreverent, and Scatological Examination of What is Wrong with American Public Education (Trotter & Haynes, Big Daddy Publishers, 2014, 615 pages) will show just how silly and shallow and wrong the Governor’s so-called “education plan” is.  The above book points out that “you cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions,” and yet Governor Deal is using his so-called education plan to issue a not-so-veiled threat to Georgia’s teachers.  He starts out with the wrong premise, viz., that students are not learning because teachers are not teaching.  As The MACE Manifesto points out, teachers can teach students but teachers cannot “learn” the students just like physician can treat their patients but they cannot “heal” their patients, and the attorneys can defend their clients but their cannot “acquit” them.

The Governor falls into the same trap of trying to treat today’s educational problems as technical breakdowns (the teacher is not effectively teaching mentality) rather than motivational breakdowns. The MACE Manifesto explodes this notion in a rather long and informative chapter, “On Learning and MACE’s DAM Theory of Learning.” This chapter goes into great detail about how three essential elements are required to be in place before effective learning can take place and virtually every so-called “reform” effort ignores these essential elements, including Governor Deal’s:  (1) Discipline, (2) Aptitude, and (3) Motivation.  Not all students will learn the same amount of information at the same pace because there are varying degrees of discipline, aptitude, and motivation within each student at each school.  It is obvious that these concepts are foreign to the junior staffer(s) who apparently pulled together the Governor’s so-called “education plan.”  To actually implement any form of pay plan that is tied to the performance of a teacher’s students to a standardized test is educationally stupid and unconscionable.  A system of “merit pay” or ‘value-added evaluations” do not work simply because students are not inanimate chunks of cookie dough floating innocently and harmlessly down a conveyor belt. The MACE Manifesto has another an explosive and lengthy chapter on “merit pay” (“Merit Pay for Teachers: More Bullshit from Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and Arne Duncan,” Chapter 35).

The Governor’s stated plan to turn over “failing schools” to outside groups which will come in with their hyped-up charter school “opportunities” looks more like a plan to give financial “opportunities” to his supporters to feed on the public  trough.  This stated desire to turn over our schools to these businesses reminds me much of another chapter in The MACE Manifesto: “The Gates of Hell have Prevailed against the Local Control of Public Education! Rants and Fulminations against Bill Gates, an Anti-christ of American Public Education!” This unfettered rush to undermine and destroy the local control of public education is unconscionable and reprehensible.  Doesn’t it seem likely that if nearly all so-called “failing schools” come from schools with students from the same socio-economic-cultural milieu that the problem does not reside with ineffective teaching but with endemic problems beyond a sophomoric attempt to blame the problem on teachers?  Why not, as The MACE Manifesto calls for, free up the teachers from ridiculous and rigid mandates so that they can be creative with these unmotivated students, hopefully inspiring these unmotivated students to become learners?  After all, if the Governor turns over these schools to private businesses, he is not going to strap these new “educators” in straightjackets of the likes of the draconian and counter-productive TKES.  If these new schools of “choice” or “charter” or whatever you want to call them are so wonderful without the rigid, inflexible, and suffocating mandates and rules, then why not free up all of the public schools in Georgia with a fresh wind of freedom and creativity?  What is good for the goose is certainly good for the gander.

Governor Nathan Deal is not a friend of public education in Georgia. He wants to privatize education in Georgia. Nathan Deal is dangerous. Governor ISIS wants to decapitate public education in Georgia. © JRAT, 2015.

The MACE Manifesto. Part III.

The MACE Manifesto: A Summary.

The MACE Manifesto: The Politically Incorrect, Irreverent, and Scatological Examination of What’s Wrong with American Public Education is a gonzoistic examination of what is wrong with the institution known as American Public Education.  In this Gonzo style of writing, Dr. John Trotter and Mr. Norreese Haynes make no high-minded pretenses of being objective but give colorful and compelling explanations of what are the real problems of public education, not what the so-called “school reformers” think are the problems.  Trotter and Haynes bewail the teaching conditions in America’s public schools and especially in the urban schools.  They often cite the MACE Mantra: “You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.”

Trotter and Haynes contend that the so-call school reform efforts are misplaced, misguided, and cause much more harm than good.  These efforts start, according to Trotter and Haynes, from a false premise, viz., that the teaching corps is the problem with our public schools.  They, however, write that the number one problem in the public schools today is that power has been taken away from the teachers.  They contend that teachers have been denuded of power and influence over student discipline and the curriculum that they teach in their classrooms. Trotter and Haynes state that teachers need to be put back on their thrones in their classrooms and that school administrators should get the heck out of the classrooms and quit “snoopervising” the teachers.  Instead of micromanaging teachers, good teachers should simply be hired and allowed to have the freedom in the classroom to be creative, and the administrators should back the teachers to the hilt when it comes dealing with rude, defiant, and disruptive students.  The authors contend that a loose net will catch any weak or incompetent teacher but a tight net will suffocate creative teachers and drive them out of the profession.

Besides defiant and disruptive students, Trotter and Haynes state that the other major problems in public education are the irate and irresponsible parents; angry, petty, and abusive administrators; systematic cheating on standardized tests as well as on regular tests and assignments; and the treating of most lack of learning as technical breakdowns instead of motivational breakdowns.  They rant against the standardized tests which they say have become the curricula as well as “the false gods of public education.”  They also bewail the inordinate, onerous, and inane paperwork and meetings that encumber the teachers on a daily basis.

Trotter and Haynes explain that when it comes to mega changes like the pushing of Common Core Standards throughout the nation’s schools (which through the backdoor becomes the national curriculum), it really is “all about the money.”  They see the push for Common Core by Bill and Melinda Gates and Pearson Education as the attempt to take over the American schools by nationalizing and homogenizing the curriculum.  But, Trotter and Haynes contend that “local control” of the curriculum is very important because each community is different with different needs.  Trotter and Haynes see U. S. Secretary Arne Duncan and the controversial Michelle Rhee as the “acolytes” doing much of the work for billionaires Bill Gates and Eli Broad, the latter two of whom they call “denizens” in public education.

The MACE Manifesto is organized in six major parts, though there are many sections that stand alone. The major parts of this book are (1) Expounding Theories (19 chapters); (2) Explaining Race (five chapters); Exhaling Rants (21 chapters); (4) Exposing Myths (five chapters and 25 myths); (5) Eviscerating Accreditation; and (6) Exhibiting Appendices (26 appendices).

This book had been described by attorney Preston Haliburton as “a gripping and riveting read” and by educator James Yawn as “the tour-de-force on public education.” © Big Daddy Publishers, 2014.

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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

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“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

JT and NH in Yellow Room

“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

What in the Hell is The MACE Manifesto?

     The MACE Manifesto is a gonzoistic explanation of what is really wrong with the institution known as American Public Education (APE) – with no holds barred.  In the parlance of professional wrestling, it may resemble a Texas Cage Match.  A gonzo style of writing is written in the first person, uses the vernacular, is loaded with details, and makes no high-minded and hypocritical claims of objectivity – and, quite frankly, doesn’t give a rat’s ass whom it might offend.  In fact, Trotter and Haynes state clearly that they intend to offend.

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     Trotter and Haynes bewail the teaching conditions in America’s public schools, especially in the urban schools.  Unlike the common and trite analyses of the so-called school reformers, Trotter and Haynes do not lay the blame of the ills of public education at the feet of the classroom educators but at the feet of the “numbskull” and “dumbass” politicians, policymakers, superintendents, and administrators.  They go a bit light on the elected school board members, describing them as too naïve to the games of the school system’s “sluts,” “pimps,” and “bitches” who, according to Trotter and Haynes, have razed any common sense in the school systems, causing the systems to become mental and moral wastelands.

Trotter and Haynes are not calling for more school “reformation” but for a complete return to the ways of the days which produced literate citizens who, upon graduating from high school, could write cogent paragraphs, deftly multiply and divide numbers in their heads at cash registers when buying something, know the difference between George Washington and the Revolutionary War and Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and generally were culturally literate.  The Cromwellian Revolution of School Reform of the last 30 years has resulted in the teachers being denuded and dethroned in their own classrooms.  The teachers need to be returned to power.  They need to be the kings and queens of their classrooms once again.  Order needs to be restored, and when order is returned to the classrooms, learning will take place.

Readily acknowledging that public education is on life-support, Trotter and Haynes assert that it is tragically sick largely because of the asinine rules and regulations that the State and Federal governments have intravenously administered to the collective school corpus.  The most recent invasive viruses injected into the collective school corpus in America have come about by the ideas pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and vulture philanthropists and denizens like Bill Gates and Eli Broad and their devoted acolytes, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and his sidekick and educational charlatan, Michelle Rhee.

Trotter and Haynes make a strong case for detoxifying public education in the United States with a series of metaphorical enemas.  “The real problem with public education is that the teachers have been stripped of their power and authority in the classroom – over both curriculum and classroom discipline,” they contend.  They often quote the MACE Mantra:  “You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions.

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     If you want to purchase The MACE Manifesto, you can write to Big Daddy Publishers, Post Office Box 71911, Newnan, GA 30271.  This manifesto is over 600 pages and has nearly 200 photos.  It should cost $60.00 but Big Daddy Publishers has agreed to sell this manifesto for only $30.00 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.  If you are a MACE Member, the book is just $15.00!

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     Big Daddy Publishers did what other publishers were probably too nervous to do…publish this manifesto with all of its edginess.  This manifesto will prove to be a “timeless classic” on public education and is indeed “a gripping, riveting read,” as Attorney Haliburton describes it.  Trotter and Haynes take on the richest person in the world, Bill Gates, who, along with his wife Melinda, is more responsible for pushing the Common Core Standards (as well as unlimited Charter Schools and Merit Pay Evaluations for teachers with their students’ test scores largely factoring into the teachers’ final evaluation) on the public schools nationwide, thus nationalizing and homogenizing this mushy and feckless curriculum and enabling his company, Microsoft, and other companies to reap financial dividends thereof.  Trotter and Haynes tear into Bill Gates and his Common Crap Curriculum perhaps like no one else in the country.  Literally, Gates has given millions upon millions to other unions and colleges of education throughout the country, effectively shutting down criticism from these organizations.

Trotter and Haynes took on other public figures and public officials, squarely calling a spade a spade.  They did not boringly and placidly measure their words.  “We told the truth about certain public officials and public figures and let the chips fall where they fell,” quipped Dr. Trotter.  “I had so many lies told on me when I was an elected official,” laughed Mr. Haynes, “that we thought that it was time that the truth be told, and truth is the absolute defense against libel.”

Trotter and Haynes outline eight plagues of American Public Education which pretty much sum up all the problems.  These plagues are: (1) Irate & Irresponsible Parents; (2) Defiant & Disruptive Students; (3) Angry & Abusive Administrators; (4) Deification of Standardized Tests; (5) School-Directed Systematic Cheating; (6) Common Crap Curriculum & Mushy Thinking; (7) Centralization & Homogenization of the Schools; and (8) Inordinate, Onerous, & Inane Paperwork.

 About MACE… 

        MACE was founded in 1995. The MACE Mantra has been from the beginning: You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. And, yes, MACE does devour administrators who abuse teachers. MACE does not allow administrators or supervisors to join, and if a teacher becomes an administrator or supervisor, this person can no longer remain a MACE Member. MACE is not mad at them. MACE just has to make sure that there is no conflict-of-interests. This is a major reason that the other unions are so ineffective. They have built-in-conflicts and don’t really know who they are representing. MACE protects and empowers Classroom Educators…one member at a time.


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