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…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.

…and the teachers unions in particular are ruining the children of this country. The kids these days can’t read, or write, or do math at a proficient enough level to keep up with the rest of the world, yet these douche bags in the unions want more and more money for an inferior product. Getting unions the hell out of businesses and schools can only lead to good things. We need more states to adopt the right-to-work laws that stop unions from taking funds and giving it to Democrats and their lobbyist cronies. Until the Democrats are cut off from their source of funding and the unions are likewise cut off from Democrats giving them handouts, this country cannot recover from the economic crisis that we are in.

Just look at California. The unions run this state, in particular, the teachers unions. When they tell their Democrat lapdogs to jump, they expect them to ask how high, and for how long.

Now in Michigan, the legislature has passed right-to-work legislation and the governor is expected to sign it.

Guess who’s suffering because of the unions? It’s the children.

School Districts Closed Because Of Excessive Teacher Absences Over Right-to-Work
Students suffer because ‘several hundred’ teachers call in sick to attend right-to-work protest in Lansing
By Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup

At least 26,000 children will miss school today because their teachers called in sick or took a vacation day to protest proposed right-to-work legislation, which is expected to pass today.

Warren Consolidated Schools, Taylor School District and Fitzgerald Public Schools are confirmed to be closed. It is also suggested that schools in Detroit and St. Johns may be missing a significant number of teachers.

“We’ve had an excessive number of teachers call in,” Warren district spokesperson Robert Freehan said Monday afternoon. “We’re concerned about the safety and security of the students, so we’re treating it as a snow day.”

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So whenever you hear these douche bags spewing their bullshit about “it’s for the children” when they want more money, you might want to look at the evidence against that. It’s our there in plain sight.

In Detroit, only 7% of students in 8th grade are proficient in reading. How is it that teachers unions that get so much money still can’t teach children how to read? They’re even worse at math. If America is to sustain itself, we have to stop turning our children into morons through public education reform, starting with getting rid of unions and firing incompetent teachers.

Only 7% of Detroit Public-School 8th Graders Proficient in Reading
By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com) – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

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I have a great idea! Let’s give these douche bags more money so they can screw up our kids’ lives and help America become the laughing stock of the world. NOT!

As for California, take a look at this gem, I reblogged this earlier, pay attention people.

“Social Justice” called, and it wants your children. Now.
Posted on December 5, 2012 by justturnright

The problems with our country’s Public Education system are myriad: the schools themselves are often not safe, and far too often fail to provide even a merely passable education. But I’ve said many times prior that Public Schools are no longer seeking to educate our children, but rather to inculcate them. Just think of the videos you’ve seen where kids are singing praise to Obama (or his policies), as just two examples out of thousands.

Public School Education is now explicitly driven by the Progressive Agenda. Whether we’re discussing sex-ed, or marginalizing religion, or freedom of speech: it’s all Left wing values that are being communicated.

Proof? You want more proof? Okay, you asked for it…

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And in our unions and liberals suck file, I give you this gem.
But I repeat myself…

Originally posted on Two Heads are Better Than One:

The problems with our country’s Public Education system are myriad: the schools themselves are often not safe, and far too often fail to provide even a merely passable education. But I’ve said many times prior that Public Schools are no longer seeking to educate our children, but rather to inculcate them. Just think of the videos you’ve seen where kids are singing praise to Obama (or his policies), as just two examples out of thousands.

Public School Education is now explicitly driven by the Progressive Agenda. Whether we’re discussing sex-ed, or marginalizing religion, or freedom of speech: it’s all Left wing values that are being communicated.

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Proof? You want more proof? Okay, you asked for it…

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…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.

…an a little more advanced look at economics, but it’s a good read.

This is a little more advanced than econ 101, so I gave it a higher number.

This article discusses the rationality of planned economic order (socialism) vs the market process (free-market) and their means of using resources efficiently.

Interesting read.

Economics and the Calculation Problem
By Alex Salter

Can a rationally planned economic order outperform the market process as a means of using resources efficiently?  This is the central question behind one of the most important debates in the history of economic thought. Its answer has profound implications for the material well-being of societies.

By the early 1900s economists were in broad agreement on the free-exchange system’s effectiveness in bringing about an efficient use of resources. Despite this, the system did not want for enemies. Marx and his disciples disparagingly called it “the capitalist mode of production,” though the word “capitalist” actually derived from free-market critics of mercantilism. Dissidents accused the system of leading to socially detrimental outcomes in the form of market power wielded by large businesses and recurring cycles of boom and bust. Critics maintained that these shortcomings were the inevitable result of an “anarchic” system of production. However, if the means of production were brought under rational control, these deficiencies could be avoided. Combined with expert management, state socialism—the system characterized in theory by collective ownership of the means of production—would result in increased material abundance and a more socially just distribution of wealth.

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…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.

…for the masses.
Good video that shows Obama’s failure in six minutes.

…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.

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…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.

Chicago Teachers Union Makes War On Kids And Parents

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.

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…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.

Undisciplined
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.

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