…is the worst threat to the United States, next to Obama, of course.
The cookie cutter mentality of the left is certainly leading to the downfall of America as a free nation.
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Tags: Dennis Prager, Economics, Free Market, Walter Williams
…a little education for you on the free market.
This is an interview that Dennis Prager did with Walter Williams.
Obama doesn’t get this, most liberals don’t. Yeah, I know, racist.
Tags: Axis of Idiots, Comrade Obama, Democrats, Economics, Elections have Consequences, Liberalism is a mental disorder, Obama, Politics, Romney
…can relate it to you. I’m sure the liberals will cry foul, or that’s racist, but she’s black, so you can’t go there.
Stolen from Vilmar’s place.
Tags: Axis of Idiots, Democrats, Education, Teacher's Unions, Teachers, Unions, Unions Suck
…of public sector unions.
It’s disgusting to me that PSUs get away with the bullshit that they get away with. The teacher’s unions always screaming “it’s for the children,” when in reality it is for them. It is their greed and their pensions that need to be padded by the public through taxation. These unions have a monopoly that must be broken up in order to bring sanity to the fiscal problems that most cities have these days.
They don’t want to have standards imposed on them that would threaten their tenure. Accountability for their crappy education skills are constantly being fought tooth and nail. Just look at the graduation rates across the country. Chicago has a 40% dropout rate. And they want more money for that shit? Pathetic.
Charter schools are a way to put a stop to the monopoly of teacher’s unions. The schools are better and the kids get a better education. It’s a fact.
Take Chicago, please.
Here’s an excellent article that goes in depth on this issue.
How to Stymie the Teachers Unions
by Richard A. Epstein
Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.
n September 18, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated a settlement with the City after going on strike for seven days. At issue in the dispute were critical issues like teacher salaries, working conditions, and teacher evaluations. As is typical in these situations, neither side held all the high cards. The two parties had to agree to compromises that patched up the current difficulties without implementing any sensible long-term reforms.
The wage piece of the deal is likely to add about $74 million per year over the next four years to a municipal budget that is already deeply in the red. The extra dollars that go into wages will be taken out of other budgets, rendering classrooms and other facilities less suitable than before. The moderately stiffer standards for teacher evaluation, both before and after tenure, may make marginal improvements in teaching performance, but none that will be significant in the short term. The overall dismal performance of the Chicago public school system, with its 60 percent graduation rate, will remain more or less what it has been.
The recent news affirms that public education in Chicago and other major cities needs to be fundamentally overhauled. The first item on the reform list should be the collective bargaining system, which has taken over public education for the last fifty or so years. Collective bargaining has its roots in the private sector, where it received a huge boost from the passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.
Tags: Axis of Idiots, Democrats, Economics, Economy, Idiots, Liberal, Liberalism is a mental disorder, Politics, Stupid People, Teacher, Teacher's Unions, Unions, Unions Suck
…more appropriately, unions suck.
It’s pretty pathetic when the teachers make more money than anyone else, yet they demand more money in a recession any damn way.
And since nobody’s buying their bullshit about it being “for the children,” their contracts didn’t turn out the way they wanted.
$.73 of every $1.00 goes into their retirement system. I don’t buy their bullshit for one second.
What a racket!
This comes from IBD.
Public Employee Unions: In a city with double-digit unemployment, teachers who can’t be fired and who make more than double what their students’ parents make, have gone on strike. Anyone for school choice?
Public sector unions reared their burdensome and inefficient head Monday when some 25,000 unionized Chicago Public School teachers went on strike, unhappy with a salary the parents of their students can only envy, leaving 350,000 students and their overtaxed parents struggling in the educational lurch.
The Chicago Teachers Union walked away from a contract offer that amounted to a 16% raise over four years for the average teacher when factoring other increases, an offer made despite the fact that the system faces a $700 million dollar deficit at the end of the school year.
John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute notes Chicago’s unemployment rate is just under 11% and that the average Chicagoan makes just $30,203 compared with the average teacher’s salary of $71,000, even before benefits are included. And unlike parents who go to work each day to be judged on their productivity and who fear each day might be their last, dismissing a bad teacher is harder than spinning straw into gold.
Tags: Axis of Idiots, Comrade Obama, Democrats, Education, Idiots, Liberal, Liberalism is a mental disorder, Neo-Marxist, Obama, Politics
…are not exactly two words that go well together in America.
This is a pathetic state that our education system is in. It’s no wonder that America’s youth are a bunch of morons. There are so many disruptions and BS going on in classrooms, it’s a wonder that anyone in inner cities graduates.
The majority of discipline problems are coming from black students, and the government is going to fix it if it kills this country. Please note that black students are disciplined at a much higher rate than other students. There’s a reason for it, and it isn’t racist. It’s actually the fault of their culture. The violence at home makes them think that it is the appropriate way to deal with issues outside the home. Many are coming from one parent homes which exacerbates the problem.
The regulations imposed on school authorities pretty much hamstrings them by not allowing them to punish infractions when they happen. Instead, the teachers have to keep track of all the incidents and maybe, eventually, they might be able to get the unruly student out of the classroom. Of course the damage has already been done, the other students didn’t learn anything, other than they can get away with a lot before anything will happen.
During the Bush Administration the idea was to go away from this type of regulatory stupidity, but they didn’t get rid of the law, they just didn’t do anything about it. Enter the Democrats and Obama, and now it’s all they can do to make this a racial issue.
So, this breads more bad behavior. It’s proven that if children can get away with bad behavior, bad behavior will escalate, eventually infecting the whole of the class.
Here’s a long, but excellent article that discusses the issue.
Heather Mac Donald
The Obama administration undermines classroom order in pursuit of phantom racism.
In March 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that his department was “going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.” The secretary was speaking on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when state troopers savagely beat and teargassed peaceful voting-rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. Duncan fleetingly acknowledged the racial progress that the nation had made since that shameful era, but he was soon back in the 1960s: “Skeptics sometimes tell me, ‘Slow down.’ They say our agenda to pursue equal opportunity is too ambitious. To them, I simply repeat what Martin Luther King said many years ago: ‘We can’t wait.’ I repeat what President Lyndon Johnson said after Bloody Sunday, when he told a joint session of Congress: ‘We have already waited a hundred years and more—and the time for waiting is gone.’ ”
President Johnson was calling on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in order to end the South’s century-long obstruction of black suffrage. What was the pervasive racial injustice that led Duncan to present himself as a modern-day Johnson? Black elementary and high school students are disciplined at a higher rate than whites are. To Duncan, that disparity can mean only one thing: schools are discriminating.
And so the Departments of Education and Justice have launched a campaign against disproportionate minority discipline rates, which show up in virtually every school district with significant numbers of black and Hispanic students. The possibility that students’ behavior, not educators’ racism, drives those rates lies outside the Obama administration’s conceptual universe. But the country will pay a high price for the feds’ blindness, as the cascade of red tape and lawsuits emanating from Washington will depress student achievement and enrich advocates and attorneys for years to come.