Sunday, August 20, 2006

they hate us for our freedom...

15 Comments:

Blogger Ronni said...

"Why" indeed! Shades of Kent State, although they seem to feel freer now that they have rubber bullets that are not lethal. I about spewed chunks when I saw them laughing about it!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

in George W Bush's country...
in Jeb Bush's state...

is this a great country or what?

6:55 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

This really makes me sick. Does it have to happen once a generation, or what?

7:03 PM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

once a generation....I hope we're that lucky...

7:07 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

I fear so. As long as the bulk of people remain unaware of history and civics, the lessons of the past will elude implementation. Honestly, I think that is why the government is trying to strangle education in this country. Educated people can see through the distractions and deceptions, can recognize the ulterior motives, and are less easily manipulated.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Yup. "No child left behind" really means "No child gets ahead."

7:13 PM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

I thought I was the only one thinking that. They're focusing so much on reading and math that they are taking children out of other classes (science, social studies, HISTORY, etc) to make sure they score on the tests. No score, no validation, then remedial courses or school closings. Give vouchers to go to private schools? Sure, take the money out of the public school systems so the poor and the middle class will get next to NO education and the priviledged will go to religious based private schools where they will become a part of the machine.

A society of service provders who have no aspiration or education who can provide labor for the "educated" (indoctrinated) elite.

Next step, soylent green.....

8:27 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

...brings all new meaning to "Tuesday Afternoon!"

8:33 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

The fact that I agree with you doesn't stop me from saying,

"Well, aren't you a little ray of sunshine!"

8:34 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Never mind "inclusion," which further brings down "scores." Only a certain percentage are to be allowed to take "modified" tests, setting the rest of the kids in "inclusion" up for failure.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

Welcome to the Endarkenment.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

When scores from special ed students (let's see, they're in special ed for a reason, right?) can keep a school from passing there is something SERIOUSLY flawed.

But don't get me started....

9:20 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

I hate to say it, and I know it's not politically correct, but there is a degree of "specialness" that does not belong in a public school. When a student needs not one but two adults following him around all day, one because he is "SpecEd," and one because he is prone to violence, he needs to be in some other educational arena. When a student can't speak and needs to have a diaper changed at middle school level, he doesn't belong in a public school. With apologies to those who are struggling to raise such children, I really don't see how they will benefit.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Mary K. Goddard said...

Totally agree...maybe things have changed since I was in school? When I was in school we had special schools for those who were not high functioning enough to be in with general population, and in the regular schools we had classes for those who were higher functioning and could get a basic education and, perhaps, go on to working later.

Not PC, yes, probably right. But what justice is really being served? I suppose, the families and parents of the challenging children who can't afford to, or don't wish to (behavioral disorders) take care of them properly so they send them to school.

Then again, when I was in school there were probably far fewer children with issues being born to drug addicts and bad parents, who needed special attention.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Same here. We had an occasional kid with polio, but that was about it. Of course we had those with ADHD, which hadn't been invented yet, so they were just brats.

"They" closed down all the "special" schools and determined that all kids would benefit from a public education, if only by exposure so that normal kids wouldn't be so prejudiced against them. Actually, nobody wanted to fund such schools amy more. Parents of such children heaved a huge sigh of relief, as you say, because of the finances.

7:44 AM  

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