Let’s Put Education Ahead of Incarceration

How can people like the Koch’s, Devos and Waltons claim to be so in love with America and show such disdain for its children? Betsy is undetered by facts showing vouchers have not improved education. Charles blames our nation’s teachers for results on tests that are skewed by influences (poverty, violence, hunger, etc..) beyond their control. Sam believes a teacher with five weeks training can outperform a teacher with five years of practice (I call it them “Wal-Mart Specials”) Their efforts are demonizing public education because creativity does not show up in tests where rote memory rules. These pseudo intellectuals are looking to take the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) out of our engines so we can compete with countries on a scale that does not matter in the part of the world we live in. American does no longer leads the world in education. We lead the world in incarceration (per capita) and we lead the world in defense spending (more spent than the #2 through #25 combined). We are in no position to be abandoning our children under the guise of “reform. … Continue reading

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Gallup Poll Flawed by Poisoned Sample

A Gallup poll recently released by CBS gives the appearance that public schools lag behind all other institutions of learning. However, 75% of the respondents to the poll do not have children in any school. “Of the 1,012 surveyed, 236 said they were parents of a child who will be attending school in grades K through 12 this school year.” No doubt most of the responders’ opinions are influenced by the millions of dollars spent by special interest groups, mainly the operators of Charter/Cyber Charter Schools themselves to imply their schools are the pinnacle of the education pyramid.   The EMO’s and Charter/Cyber Charter owners spend millions of dollars (a fraction of their profits) each year advertising and lobbying for the support of those who have no stake in public education (now). The respondents to the Gallup study are not looking ahead to the day when they will have to be providing all kinds of welfare benefits (or incarceration) to the students who attend low performing schools. Here are some other sources of research to help you balance your take on the … Continue reading

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