We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
I was a college professor for 10 years--Sciences (Geology, Physics) and Math. Here is a conversation I had with a student...Student, What can I do for extra credit to get a better grade. Me, there is no extra credit in this class. Student, but I need a better grade so you have to give me an extra credit assignment- all the other professors do. Me, did you read the syllabus? Student, Yes. Me, remember this sentence...THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT IN THIS CLASS. (and yes, it was in all caps) Student, that's not fair. I need a better grade. Me, maybe you should have thought about this in the first week of class. This entire conversation was the week after Thanksgiving when there were only two weeks left in the semester. The student went to the Dean to complain (he couldn't complain to the Department Chair because that was me). Believe it or not , the Dean backed me up.
The only solution afforded by the education industry is MORE MONEY. Egads, I've heard that for 50 years and NO amount of money ever impacted the learning curve one iota. What did change was the feds taking more and more control of all education, plopping down more regulations and thousands of people required to enforce them right between the teacher and the students -- forget the parent or community paying for the darn process. Progressives openly began using education to instill their politics of redistribution to the masses while increasing the power of their few.
You can't legislate people's morals much less their values. You can't legislate their desire to excel and willingness to put in the effort to do so. Get politics -- and that means UNIONS, too -- out of the classroom. It's never, never, never "for the children" much less the teachers who truly desire to teach individualism and relate the power to succeed to each of their students.