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healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:03am PT
And the nuts just keep falling from wingnut heaven.
dirtbag

climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:07am PT
Newsflash, BW.

You lost.

Boo-fookin-hoo.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:22am PT
charter schools are PUBLIC schools, moron...oh, and charter schools actually work because they do not have to follow all the ridiculous rules that hamper teachers/administrators at regular schools

i am paid by the county, not the state and especially not the fed...some state involvement in public schooling makes sense but i believe education should be LOCAL...the state should help poorer districts, but i work in the riches county IN THE NATION and there's nobody in richmond or even dc who knows a damn thing about what actually happens in schools...there is not ONE single employee at the "dept of education" who is responsible for teaching a single student; it's a bloated bureaucracy that wastes millions...in addition to having more money, my district also has some of the best students (due to demographics) but spend a few weeks in a school, and you'll be appalled by the wasted money (i.e. stacks of brand new textbooks that NOBODY uses because they're so poorly written but that the county continues to buy--whenever the publisher releases a new version) and the incompetence of some of the teachers who can't be fired because of tenure or administrators who are promoted to get them out of the schools

if i were in the military, you'd praise me for being a "whistleblower", but because education is such a beloved liberal clusterfark, you'd rather ignore the waste and corruption

jghedge

climber
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:41am PT
"i am paid by the county, not the state and especially not the fed"

Where does the county get its money from?
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Jan 9, 2013 - 07:51am PT
[quote] but i believe education should be LOCAL... /quote]

Sure ya do - much easier to create programmed whack jobs, like you, if there is no standard of education - you can literally teach any damn paranoid, religious, nutter stuff ya want - raise perfect little right wing tools who bend over in the face of Corporate power.
I feel sorry for any student you are teaching - what a nightmare - if that is not an argument against private charters than i don't know what is..

This is actually a huge part of the right wings attacks on teachers unions and education in general. Mark Levin talks about this stuff a lot.

Oh - and people are still using vouchers from The State to go to these alternative nightmares.
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:07am PT
i am paid by the county, not the state and especially not the fed.

My wife works for a charter school - perhaps her job is similar to yours.

Her paychecks come from the county, but the county receives a lot of funds for education from the state. I don't know exactly how much, but I do know California's budget problems have impacted the school in a big way. It may be different in VA, but I suspect that VA schools also get funding from the state. It is also likely that eliminating federal education funds would impact her school, but I admit I don't know specifically how the money flows from the federal government down to local programs.

But federal funding of education is a almost a non-issue. The Department of Education is about 5% of the federal budget. Even if we eliminated all of it, it would not begin to balance the budget. I do agree that much of the money spent on education at the federal level is not productive, but dwelling on the DoE is just a distraction and a Republican red herring.

We could cut 10% of the defense budget or 100% of the education budget and see the same reduction in spending. It is arguable that nearly half of our defense spending is completely unnecessary and yields no benefits. The choice, and priorities, should be a no brainier.

[...] but because education is such a beloved liberal clusterfark, you'd rather ignore the waste and corruption

I'd rather focus on the waste and corruption where the problem is an order of magnitude bigger.

But military spending is such a beloved conservative clusterfark that it blinds many people to basic math.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:07am PT
That nice little gun thread we had just got deleted.

NORTON... what did you do?


only the OP or the Admin can delete an entire thread
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:36am PT
charter schools are PUBLIC schools,

Correct.


and charter schools actually work because they do not have to follow all the ridiculous rules that hamper teachers/administrators at regular schools
Incorrect.


moron...oh,
Correct.


Two out of three. Not bad unless you are riding a tricycle.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 9, 2013 - 08:41am PT
Charter schools are to the school system are what Military contractors are to the military.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 09:15am PT
No more Gun Thread..OH !!! the humanity!!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 9, 2013 - 09:16am PT
Can we still have boobs?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 09:16am PT
I think we need to start getting back to the serious business

of Bashing Republicans more
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 09:16am PT
ST is a Liberal Institution...
Boob's are good, guns bad
It all makes sense now

Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 9, 2013 - 09:23am PT
Credit: Dr. F.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:21am PT
stacks of brand new textbooks that NOBODY uses because they're so poorly written but that the county continues to buy--whenever the publisher releases a new version)

But I thought you just made the argument that all the decisionmaking should be at the local level.

This appears to say that the local yokels are idiots.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:36am PT
We should do away with the Department of Education


If Alabama and Mississippi want to require education only through the fourth grade,
well then that is their right.

Because people at the local level know best.

I'm with the Libertarians on the Civil Right Bill of 1965, I would not have voted for it.

If a privately owned motel or diner wants to refuse service to blacks, that is their right.

I just don't like the way America is changing so fast.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:39am PT
Yeah Norton I agree. It is getting harder and harder to find those little jockeys on rich folks lawns anymore. Sheesh what gives.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jan 9, 2013 - 11:42am PT
stacks of brand new textbooks that NOBODY uses because they're so poorly written but that the county continues to buy--whenever the publisher releases a new version)

Maybe the textbooks shouldn't be written by private industry as they don't seem to do a good job of it. A funny argument from somebody trying to criticize government but looks like the problem is private industry screwing government.

Just like the military industrial complex is screwing us/government by lobbying to sell us trillion dollar weapons systems we don't need like the F35

Peace

Karl
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jan 9, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
i am paid by the county, not the state and especially not the fed.

 what a fool…. To think that because you work for a Charter you are somehow not in the American system… like the Charter is it's own little country not bogged down by all that sameness every American has had to deal with since the invention of the Department of Education…..

Hate to say it, but you are just as deep in it as any real Public School teacher is… only difference? You can't form a union if your boss decides to fire you without cause.


_ Breaking news - If you think a Charter is outside the US education system, imagine prior to the invention of the Charter School… they are doing it for the money… tax money…(tax money = state and federal funding) not just a bunch of wealthy parents who want to send their kids to your school.

so blow it out your ass fool




No more Gun Thread..OH !!! the humanity!!

 I hope it wasn't something I said
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 9, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
The products of "self esteem" curricula and the government educational system with the amplification of technology?


A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.

Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.

On Facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of “friends.” They can delete unflattering comments. They can block anyone who disagrees with them or pokes holes in their inflated self-esteem. They can choose to show the world only flattering, sexy or funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the way), “speak” in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they “like.”

We must beware of the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.

Using Twitter, young people can pretend they are worth “following,” as though they have real-life fans, when all that is really happening is the mutual fanning of false love and false fame.

Using computer games, our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, Formula 1 drivers, rock stars or sharpshooters. And while they can turn off their Wii and Xbox machines and remember they are really in dens and playrooms on side streets and in triple deckers around America, that is after their hearts have raced and heads have swelled with false pride for “being” something they are not.

On MTV and other networks, young people can see lives just like theirs portrayed on reality TV shows fueled by such incredible self-involvement and self-love that any of the “real-life” characters should really be in psychotherapy to have any chance at anything like a normal life.

These are the psychological drugs of the 21st Century and they are getting our sons and daughters very sick, indeed.

As if to keep up with the unreality of media and technology, in a dizzying paroxysm of self-aggrandizing hype, town sports leagues across the country hand out ribbons and trophies to losing teams, schools inflate grades, energy drinks in giant, colorful cans take over the soft drink market, and psychiatrists hand out Adderall like candy.

All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can’t control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can’t see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them, and—here no surprise—a stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate and then, inevitably, burst.

That’s really the unavoidable end, by the way. False pride can never be sustained. The bubble of narcissism is always at risk of bursting. That’s why young people are higher on drugs than ever, drunker than ever, smoking more, tattooed more, pierced more and having more and more and more sex, earlier and earlier and earlier, raising babies before they can do it well, because it makes them feel special, for a while. They’re doing anything to distract themselves from the fact that they feel empty inside and unworthy.

Distractions, however, are temporary, and the truth is eternal. Watch for an epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-loathing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface. I see it happening and, no doubt, many of you do, too.

We had better get a plan together to combat this greatest epidemic as it takes shape. Because it will dwarf the toll of any epidemic we have ever known. And it will be the hardest to defeat. Because, by the time we see the scope and destructiveness of this enemy clearly, we will also realize, as the saying goes, that it is us.

Dr. Keith Ablow



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