Big Daddy Publishers will be publishing a new chapter each day of July of The MACE Manifesto. The principal author is Founder and Chairman of the Metro Association of Classroom Educators (MACE), Dr. John R. Alston Trotter, and MACE‘s Executive Vice Chairman Norreese L. Haynes contributes heavily to this shocking educational tome. Trotter and Haynes issue what appears to be a very cogitated call for revolution, not clarification or obfuscation, in American Public Education (APE).
These leaders of MACE appear to have prescient insights into what is wrong with public education today. Trotter and Haynes certainly do not pull any punches when they lower the boom on what they call “an educational state analogous to Germany‘s Weimar Republic in the 1920s or, better yet, the Pretorian Government of South Africa during the days of apartheid.” They contend that the waste and ineffectiveness and inhumanity of the public educational system in the United States is “both mind-boggling and unconscionable.” Dr. Trotter states: “It appears that no one wants to acknowledge what is fundamentally and systematically wrong with the system. Everyone appears to be worried about being politically correct and polite. Mr. Haynes and I are concerned about neither. We simply tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.”
A witty, winsome, and wise tome written about the stuff that passes for public education, Dr. John Trotter and Mr. Norreese Haynes do a great service for Americans by exposing this sham and farce which poses as ”public education” but really serves as an Educational Industrial Complex which provides huge salaries for appointed superintendents whom they describe as “educational sluts” and for opportunistic businessmen who circle the road kill (viz., public education) like hungry buzzards. These buzzard-business tycoons are now driving, according to Trotter and Haynes, the curricula of the public schools and engineering the biggest heist of public funds for private use since the post-Civil War days when Jesse and Frank James saw that the banks are where the money was held and therefore drew the conclusion that they would start raiding the banks and not the poor Civil War widow down the street. Trotter and Haynes use many interesting metaphors and real life experiences with teachers to illustrate just what has been happening the last thirty years in American Public Education…or, as they say in “APE.”
John Trotter and Norreese Haynes say that this is a “politically incorrect, irreverent, and scatological examination of the bullshit that is involved in American Public Education (APE).” Indeed it is! They unabashedly delve into a scatological examination of the “bullshit,” sparing no feelings. They make no pretense of being gnostic and effete educators; yet, when you read the book, you know that they know their stuff and that they are intrepid enough to tell the truth and appear to be impervious to pain.