The Toxic Culture of Education – a TedX Talk

Opt Out Orlando

Joshua Katz is a high school math teacher in Orange County, FL. In his seven years as a teacher, he has worked with 9th – 12th grade students in Algebra and Algebra 2. He has been his school’s Math Teacher of the Year twice and a four-time finalist for Teacher of the Year. He serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee, the Student Placement Committee, and the PTSA. Before working in secondary education, Josh spent eight years working in higher education as well as the non-profit world. He earned his BS in Math Education and his MA in Higher Education from the University of Central Florida. His current passion is exposing the contradictions in the current education reform and its impact on the economy.

Side note: I came to know of Joshua when I saw his TedX video on the Opt Out Orlando group page and realized that he teaches at my…

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What Should a 4 Year Old Know?

I love this- and would like to add for ‘academic achievement’ the number one predicator is if the parent went to college.

A Magical Childhood

What should a 4 year old know?

It’s back to school time and children all over are starting preschool.  Many parents are frantically searching the internet to find out if their little ones are “on track” and know everything they should.

I wrote this article about what a four-year-old should know many years ago but it continues to be the most popular page on the Magical Childhood site.  I don’t think a week has passed in the past eight or so years when I have not received a letter from a parent, grandparent or teacher about it.  Parents and principals especially have said they wish more parents realized these things.

So in honor of the new school year, I’m posting it here…

What should a 4 year old know?

I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough…

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Emotional connections

Thank you to everyone who purchased my Easter book, Jesus, the Brother of James and Jude.  I don’t claim to be an authority, but I did enjoy staging and writing in the ‘where was He?’ portions of Holy Week.

I am ready to consider other positions now that I am done marketing this seasonal book.  Teaching band for twenty five years, short and long term substitute teaching, have allowed me to have a unique skill set of performance, organization, motivation and enthusiasm.   It is so important to make an emotional connection with people, in order to accomplish trust for teaching, leading and motivating people.

If you have the same priorities, I would love the opportunity to sit down and discuss what is going on with your organization in Yavapai County, Arizona.

my resume as of April 10

Janine Kredell

Prescott Valley AZ 86314



Alma College B.M 1976, class rank 36- 233 with a GPA of 3.3671. Graduate school Michigan State and Central Michigan, 18 credit hours in educational administration: GPA at Central Michigan University.4.0 and at Michigan State 3.7.  History and social studies additional endorsement added by Alma College; at St. Clair Community College, Saginaw Valley State University, and Oakland University done on campus. Michigan and Arizona state educational tests passed with highest scores.

Relevant Experiences-

2012-2013-, Arizona Agriculture Equine Center, 7500 E Civic Center Prescott Valley

CJ Williams hired me, gave me an outstanding evaluation and left to work for the Department of Education in Maricopa County. Teaching the new employees the computer software, using PowerPoint to teach, showing the students the best way to retain information were some of the multi-tasking I volunteered to do, succeeding a using an entirely new teaching template.

2011-2012- PUSD- 146 S. Granite Street Prescott, AZ 86303

Three vocal music teachers in three years opened a vacancy at PUSD for me, the fourth in four years. I was employed by two of the best principals I have ever worked for, Jacob Magallanez and Harold Tenney. It was here that problem solving and planning were at the forefront of each day. Learning an entirely new software system was the first thing I had to do; documenting and allowing me to make contact with parents, following up on the day.  This was a position of verbal persuasion, event planning and  re-training people to accept an entirely different way of learning.

2008-2010 Arizona Scottsdale Christian Academy

My first teaching job in Arizona was voted one of the best schools in the nation, but has few teaching vacancies. I subbed in classrooms and did long term music leaves. SCA also had a different software program; these students are incredibly intelligent and teachers bring the A game every day. As a number one school; detail and documentation were demanded and of high importance. Looking for a full time job, I began subbing at Deer Valley Unified Schools in February of 2009, and worked there every day unless called by Scottsdale Christian Academy. Finding again, each school district has different software and the first priority is to learn it immediately: attendance, planning, documentation and following up with parents is necessary every day.

 We moved to Prescott in August of 2010 when my husband David became employed by a radio station, then became the marketing and advertising director at Tim’s Toyota Center.

2006-2008- Port Huron Area Schools 1925 Lapeer Street, Port Huron, MI 48060 Contacted in early August, 2006 by the Chippewa middle school band director to direct the bands during her maternity leave, I accepted the job and used all my skills to set up a  successful beginning band whose progress was months ahead of other bands in other schools. The computer department head of the entire Port Huron Area Schools taught free software classes to all teachers, and I took them all: Moodle, adobe, gradebooks and all the Office applications. Excelling in classes in 1995-97 where all  Office applications were first taught, I love and use software constantly.

 2001-2006 various retail employment After 25 years of teaching, I was offered and accepted a buyout. A husband who works as hard as I did, two sons, one with a disability, made it easy to decide to take a buyout for the teachers on the top end of the salary schedule.  I was soon making daily presentations on why to buy a Buick! I managed my husband’s political campaign, working on his campaign literature, doing outreach on the state level and problem solving with my political party.

1976-2001 Peck Community Schools 222 E. Lapeer St. Peck MI 48466 Teaching 5-12 music and 8th grade history for twenty-five years in a small, rural school, I learned to use my skill set at all times:planning, making decisions about what purchases needed to be made, fundraising, concerts, parades, competitions, teaching each and every student what skills they were lacking, but engaging the student for the much needed retention. Having the highest retention in the county allowed us to do than other schools; such as perform at the White House in Washington D.C.   If one can teach band, you can teach anything.  I knew their instrument, every day was detailed for every minute; planning and personal people skills helped me build the program, k-12 music.  




Listen to Mary Magdalene!

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”(NIV)


Now the disciples were all shaken.  Mary Magdalene had seen the Lord. They had never known her to tell an untruth, and her joy was unmistakable.  A stranger off the street would find Mary Magdalene’s story credible.  It was entirely true.

Mary left to find Mother Mary and the friends, and they walked all the streets of Jerusalem praising God and telling everyone that Jesus was alive.

They stopped at the woodshop of James and Jude who gave hugs to each and every friend and their Mother. They had no problem believing that Jesus was alive.  Mother Mary was like a young girl again, as she twirled and danced down the streets.


 The joy of the women was a living testimonial to the fact that Jesus had beaten death and was indeed alive.  Everyone in Jerusalem knew Mother Mary and her friends.  They clapped together and sang with happiness as they saw the women dancing and singing down the streets of Jerusalem.


Jesus thought that the women would certainly be able to convince the disciples that He was alive.  He saw that the women would not be enough to break the Lucifer curse he had put on the disciples on Thursday. He would need to make a couple of appearances and soon, so they could see He had indeed risen from the dead.



Why at this exact moment?

Why at this exact moment?

 This was the exact time when the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover dinner. The earth shook in a terrible earthquake.  The sun had been dark for hours.   People who had been dead for years got out of their graves and walked into the city.  The Roman centurion in charge said,” Surely this was a righteous man.” 


John the apostle, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome watched the Roman soldier break the legs of the others on the crosses, and then come over to pierce the side of Jesus, knowing he was dead.  The blood and water of Jesus gushed out of his body, which is impossible to happen to people after they have died. This fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “they will look on the one they have pierced.”


From a distance they also watched two members of the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secret followers of Jesus Christ, take down his body. They took it to the tomb nearby owned by Joseph and just recently cut in the stone.  He had seventy–five pounds of spices with him, wrapped the body in strips of linen, then in myrrh and aloes, and rolled the massive stone in front of the tomb.


John, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene walked back into Jerusalem slowly without saying a word, with tears silently running down their cheeks.  John had a house close to Mother Mary and said, “Come over tonight.

Mother Mary started to shake her head no, but Mary Magdalene said, “Go ahead, Mother Mary. It is what your son wanted you to do. I will take care of the donkeys and see you tomorrow.”


The tears started running down Mother Mary’s face, and John reached for her hand, and they walked the short distance to his house.  Mary Magdalene went and fed the donkeys, not knowing that John Mark had already fed them.  Being a young colt, it seemed Ezekiel had a bottomless stomach and he was perfectly fine with some extra oats.  Mother Mary was having the same feelings; only she felt it was a bottomless heart.  She had said to the apostle John, “How can this all be happening?   Did you see any of the disciples at all today?”



And for this sentence of truth, the Sanhedrin, the council of the temple, decided to put Jesus, the Savior of the World, to death. The man they had all just see put an ear back on a man’s head that night, raise Lazarus from the dead, and in their own temple watch Jesus heal the blind, the deaf, the lame; decided that such a healer and teacher of all people must die before the Passover.

Jesus looked at them and said, “And you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming on the clouds.”

 The old men of the Sanhedrin just started screaming, “You will die!”  They spit on him, and hit him with their fists. (NIV)


The Pharisees and the Sadducees could yell all they wanted, ‘you will die, ‘ but even the donkeys Hannah and Ezekiel knew that a religious temple council cannot actually execute a man.  Only the Roman governor had the power to put a criminal to death and his name was Pontius Pilate.


Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders of the Jews, would take Jesus to Pontius Pilate. They must tell a Roman that a Jew must die because he said he is the Christ, a person saying, I am the Christ, is not a crime worthy of death- yet the death of Jesus was the only punishment the Sanhedrin would accept.


Judas was also headed to the temple with his 30 pieces of silver.  Apparently he had heard that his little kiss was going to cost Jesus, his friend of three years, his life, and all of a sudden, the silver just didn’t seem that important.   He told the chief priest he had made a mistake and Caiaphas stood up and laughed at Judas.

Judas threw the silver that had been so important to him the night before, on the floor of temple, went out the door, out of the city, and took his own life. It was a gruesome death and fitting for the man who betrayed the Savior who would save all believers from our sins.  Later on when the priests heard that Judas was dead, they picked up the 30 pieces of silver and bought some land for a burial ground for unknown people; and buried the body of Judas there. It was called the Potter’s Field, and it yet another prophecy spoken in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament.


Mother Mary and friends got to the temple just as the guards were taking Jesus to the palace of Pontius Pilate.  As women, they had to stand in the back of the crowd, but there they could observe everyone. They heard Pontius Pilate ask Jesus,” Are you king of the Jews?”


Jesus replied,” Yes, it is as you say.”   Pontius Pilate listened as the chief priests went on and on and on with all sorts of accusations.   Jesus didn’t look at them and he didn’t even answer or look at them.   Pontius Pilate had never seen anyone who accused of a crime, facing the death penalty, behaving as if he had superiority over these people and he was the king.

Pontius Pilate heard that Jesus was from the province of Galilee. Therefore, Jesus should go to the King of Galilee, Herod; the man who beheaded and killed John the Baptist could take this problem off of Pilate’s hands. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and did not want to crucify him.


 Herod thought Jesus might do a miracle or even talk to him, to get out of being killed, he was mistaken.  Herod saw he was wasting his time, so he jokingly put kingly purple robe and a crown of thorns (which symbolizes sin) on him, and sent him back to Pontius Pilate. 


The wife of Pontius Pilate told her husband that she had had a terrifying dream about Jesus and the frightening consequences if Pilate put him to death. He listened to her, and he listened to Herod.  In the end, Pontius Pilate gave in to the chief priests.  He gave the command for the crucifixion to be carried out that very day.