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Look what I received in the mail yesterday! My very own personalized copy of “Lifting The Curtain” (The Disgrace We Call Urban High School Education).

Oh and let’s not forget my button. I told H that was for him! Hahaha!


The reason I am so excited is because I actually have a little piece of me in this book – check out page 39 when you get your very own copy in paperback or Kindle format. I’m also excited because I know it’s a wonderful book that every teacher and parent should have on their reading list as of yesterday!

You can check out Lifting The Curtain blog here and Lifting The Curtain Facebook page here. Don’t be afraid teachers because it’s all very tastefully done, keeping your name out of the limelight if you choose to follow along with the social media. My own piece of the book was done anonymously so as to keep H out of the discussion if it ever arises.


Let your voice be heard if you have any concern about todays education of your children – the leaders of tomorrow!



About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Congratulations for your contribution in the book! Your mother would be so proud!

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  2. Politicians are adept at seeming to spend tax dollars. In places that should benefit tax-payer.

    They use those dollars, to repay their investors. Those who gave to the election coffers, come first. Then those others they owe favour to or want favours from.

    The idea that these politicians wish a public education to produce qualified people. Over those who’ve gone to a private school, is quite laughable.

    Can a public education produce qualified people? Certainly, without doubt. Yet their road is usually more difficult.

    As those who have paid … usually parents. As those who have paid, nothing to do with smart or intelligent. As those who have paid, expect a better seat in the halls of learning.

    Meanwhile, the taxes raised for education, are spent more on administration than students, etc. Ever seen the vehicles that those who work for school boards drive? Like local governments, they are now fancier than ever before.

    In British Columbia, the average salary for teachers alone. Is around $100,000 p.a. I’ve seen the public record for my school district. Which means on a school with about 40 teachers. The public is spending around 5,000,000 on wages alone. For one school. Governments play the game of seeming to placate irate taxpayers. Yet soon settle. For they know where their support really comes from. Besides, they collect taxes back on those salaries.

    There are plenty of qualified teachers not working in the sector. Just waiting their chance.

    With a society than has less good paying jobs, over those low-wage variety. It’s not really surprising to read of these people who have gone through all that training and education to end up with one of those jobs.

    Whose fault is that? Society in general? Who do not get involved with electing the right people? Or maybe a society who despite the party. Attend the same schools and colleges? So that when it comes to elections. It comes down to a choice between frick or frack?

    The mandates may seem frustrating. It is part of what I’ve just described. Where laws and complications give us more administration and less actual doing.

    Who really paid, for those buttons? Cheers Jamie.


    • Actually, the author of the book probably paid for those buttons Jamie. Lol! My husband is a high school band director and you would be surprised at what he has to put up with administration wise and then also from parents and kids because it all goes downhill from there. I hope you get the chance to read the book. It was very enlightening. I had my day on page 39! ~Elle

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      • My sister is a school head teacher, in London. So I can understand some of those administration problems. I expect in Canada, much of the problem with public funding of health care. Stem from the same problems.

        At the risk of repeating myself. The politicians create the problems.

        For heavens above. Suppose we could get on without them? They spend tax dollars, like a drunk in a bar. Especially on themselves. Then get on a box, calling it “fiscal responsibility” and other highfalutin gibberish..



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