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Saturday, November 5. 2022
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School Choice Is About To Revolutionize K-12 Education
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Oh no! Is Trump back?
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Derek Chauvin had nothing to do with George Floyd’s death. GF killed himself.
Biden AGAIN Falsely Claims He Used To Be A College Professor…
Biden was an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law from 1991-2008. More recently, he was Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania from 2017-2021.
College Students Turn More Liberal, OK Speech Death Penalty
In the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale University national student survey,
. . . . 48% are OK with the death penalty to punish those accused of hate speech.
School Choice Is About To Revolutionize K-12 Education
The biggest issue with so-called school choice is that the stipend for each student may not be enough for a quality school. What might happen, then, is that more well-to-do families would make up the difference, even while using public money for the majority of the fees.
The knock-on effect would be to undermine the consensus to fund public schools. The underclass would end up in underfunded public schools or second-rate private schools. This would further drive racial and class disparities as a type of systemic racism many pretend doesn't exist.
"School choice" has a history from when segregationist states resisted integration. The state provided parents "tuition grants" for private education, and whites sent their students to private "segregation academies."
University of Chicago Law School statement: From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School.
Oh No Trump is Back
"He has both said and, less often, done, a lot of stupid things. He now carries this legacy of mistakes behind him like a ball and chain."
Classic Rino or TDS. Trump has indeed been unfiltered in his politics and I love it and so don't 85 million of his voters. The author prefers to cite Democrat opinions of Trump as evidence that Trump said or did something wrong. IMHO the only things Trump did wrong was to not fire everyone in the swamp and get a special prosecutor appointed on day one. As for Trump's mean tweets, I miss them. It was like a breathe of fresh air in stagnant dirty politics.
Done. However, based on the existing comments, it's not clear it will lead to a fruitful discussion.
Does that mean they will point to your bullshit claim and laugh?
Considering that your first link reads like something out of the Bee, and states that it was corrected, but with no indication of what the correction was, I would say that he taught for four hours. The second link just says he had a title. So, he can claim he was a professor. However, considering his record with the truth, remember his first run for president, when he had to drop out for plagiarizing an entire speech, you can forgive us for being skeptical.
We don’t have quality schools now. Let all the funds follow the students. Bonus points for getting rid of the teachers Union.
Wait, I thought that is what the modern progressive wants: segregation. Separate dorm rooms; safe spaces with no white people; separate graduation events. I read about it all the time. Segregation now, segregation forever. Race based hiring and admission. Your preferred party does one thing very well: divide people.
Not fruitful as in acceptable discourse on the site is using an automatic weapon to represent erasing the political opposition, calls for target lists, and executions for treason.
B. Hammer: Considering that your first link reads like something out of the Bee, and states that it was corrected . . .
Oh, gee whiz. The second link alone debunks the claim. Here's a primary source: Before He Was Mr. President, He Was Professor Biden to His Widener Law Students.
B. Hammer: you can forgive us for being skeptical.
Healthy skepticism doesn't mean ignoring evidence that conflicts with your preconceptions, about which you should also exhibit some skepticism.
B. Hammer: We don’t have quality schools now.
Ignoring the problems with the proposal doesn't make those problems go away. If you really want some sort of school choice in order to instill competitive vigor, you have to address the problems inherent in the proposal.
School choice is the future for enlightened states who approve of financing vouchers for parent/student choice rather than the continual financing of static monopolies. They can even incorporate technical skills for those who do not want college and individual schools can even set up mentoring opportunities with business or labor organizations. Outcomes can be monitored to better measure knowledge and skills that are learned. The one size fits all public school is obsolete.
indyjonesouthere: The one size fits all public school is obsolete.
Perhaps, but we noted the problem with "school choice" above (#4).
If every student (public school-private school-parochial school-or tech school) gets the same amount, per student, in an educational voucher, then funding will not be a problem. States fund on a per pupil basis now and can carry that forward to the new voucher program. As competition spurs pricing competition, it is likely to leave more money available for students rather than funding ever more employees per student. Public education, K through university, has become bloated with employees.
" the site is using an automatic weapon to represent erasing the political opposition, calls for target lists, and executions for treason."
Not true. The site is quite moderate and honest. It does an excellent job of explaining the illegal methods that the corrupt Democrat party uses to use our courts to conduct "Lawfare" against the citizens. But that is of course why you don't like it; that it exposes the corrupt underbelly of the left.
By the way what would be wrong with executions for treason?
indyjonesouthere: If every student (public school-private school-parochial school-or tech school) gets the same amount, per student, in an educational voucher, then funding will not be a problem.
Let's say the per student stipend is $8000. Private schools might charge $9000 for a better quality education. Rich parents, who previously paid the full $9000, now get an $8000 subsidy. Well-to-do parents, who used public schools before, may pay the $1000 difference as new enrollees. The families remaining in public schools, increasingly poor and minority, would have less and less political influence, so public funds will tend to be reduced, further escalating the decline in public schools. The result is an exacerbation of systemic bias, something people like to pretend doesn't exist.
OneGuy: Not true. The site is quite moderate and honest.
Huh? Those were actual comments in the thread.
Considering that the wealthy parents pay a hell of a lot more in state taxes tends to negate any jealousy I would have toward that benefit. I know plenty of parents that send their kids to parochial schools which charge less than the state per pupil allowance. The next problem of the poor and minority is that they need to show up and they need to behave while in school just as everyone else is expected to do. The only systemic bias I see in the schools is the administration and teachers who promote all the latest garbage on race, sex, gay, tranny, earth day, and environmental propaganda. We don't want YOUR propaganda.
indyjonesouthere: Considering that the wealthy parents pay a hell of a lot more in state taxes tends to negate any jealousy I would have toward that benefit.
Why bother with vouchers. Just cut taxes and let everyone buy education for their own children. Let the free market work! Do you see a problem with that?
No. I don't. Thats how education functioned before the civil war. It was primarily operated by churches. No reason that wouldn't work now.
indyjonesouthere: No. I don't.
So, most of the poor would not be well educated, many not even literate. That would tend to entrench existing disparities, in other words, systemic bias. At least your position is clear.
The poor do not attend church?
What is funny about your comment is that a couple of decades back even Ted Kennedy made a critical comment on Massachusetts education. He acknowledged that the rate of literacy was higher before the civil war than at the current time.
Your solution is throwing more money at it. Thats been done and doesn't work. It needs competition and it needs the government out of the education decision making. Let the state fund the student and NOT the institution.
Even when Minnesota operated country schools there were always alternate ways to pay for school. Someone cut wood to heat the school over the winter. Some did maintenance on the school itself. The grounds were kept up. My mother and even my wife attended country school and my wife holds a BA degree.
Your systemic bias to education is that it MUST be government and it MUST be controlled.
indyjonesouthere: He acknowledged that the rate of literacy was higher before the civil war than at the current time.
That is not accurate. Taxpayer supported schools date to before the American Revolution, especially in New England. Even then, illiteracy in the United States was about 20% in 1870, with Black illiteracy at more than 75%. So, most of the poor would not be well educated, many not even literate. That would tend to entrench existing disparities, in other words, systemic bias.
Go argue with Ted... those were Teds words. I did say it was Massachusetts literacy if that helps you.
And what is the black literacy rate in blue city schools? What you avoid admitting is that a lot of the difference is CULTURE. They have to show up. Parents have to get them there. All the money in the world does not change that.
Eastern states may have had public schools prior to the civil war but even Minnesota only became a state in 1858. Nearly all schooling was through parochial schools.
The only systemic bias is that the failures readily show up in public schooling regardless of funding levels. We want out of government run schools and government run propaganda. More and more states are finding this out and it helps rid us of the monopoly teacher labor unions. Fund the student and skip the propagandists.
indyjonesouthere: Go argue with Ted... those were Teds words.
"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet." — Abraham Lincoln
indyjonesouthere: I did say it was Massachusetts literacy if that helps you.
Massachusetts has had publicly supported schools since the seventeenth century, so that wouldn't support your position.
In any case, you have yet to address the problem of the inevitable disparities in education due to poverty will be exacerbated by the ending of public education.
Don't believe everything that z quotes. indyjonesouthere
Massachusetts has had parochial school for longer so your monopoly public school position is unsupported. Don't forget the original settlers.
I addressed the disparities in education and the unequal outcomes... you simply don't like them.
There will be public paid education... just not public run propaganda operated as a monopoly. You simply cannot accept losing control of education. It has such great propaganda value.
How bad is the rise in mortality https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/the-funeral-business-is-booming-and/comments?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=reader2 So bad funeral companies are starting to worry.
I see that the commenters over at Weasel Zippers have completely ignored Zach's pointless drivel. I think they set a good example for us to follow.
indyjonesouthere: I addressed the disparities in education and the unequal outcomes... you simply don't like them.
You suggested equal educational opportunity doesn't matter. That is a comprehensible answer even if some might find it reprehensible.
Hard to argue successfully against facts (though many try anyway).
JustMe: How bad is the rise in mortality
It's not nearly as bad as excess deaths during 2020 and 2021. Most of the excess deaths are due to the lingering effects of the COVID pandemic. Much of the remainder is due to delayed screening and treatment. Globally, there is no correlation between excess deaths and vaccination.
Equal opportunity is just one of the factors in play. What's much more important is the neighborhood and familial cultural attitudes towards education, and you're not going to be fixing that no matter how much you throw into the schools.
If it could be fixed just by what's spent, we'd see a lot of cities doing a lot better on their educational achievements.
If the parents don't see a value to education, if their peers don't, then the unfortunate probability is very high that the student will just not bother. (And it's not like there's a real penalty for failure at the lower grades. Social promotion will ensure they stay with their friends, never to be embarrassed by failing a grade.)
It's going to take an absolutely exceptional student to ever get out of that crab bucket trap.
As the saying goes - you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
JLawson: Equal opportunity is just one of the factors in play.
The problem is partly due to decentralized funding in the United States. Consider good parents in a poor, minority area. The schools are underfunded. It's not equal opportunity.
JLawson: What's much more important is the neighborhood and familial cultural attitudes towards education, and you're not going to be fixing that no matter how much you throw into the schools.
That puts the blame on individual parents regardless of endemic circumstances. Then, because the system fails, people blame them. It's called systemic bias.
So if some antifa radical comments on a site intent on creating a false flag you are stupid enough to believe in it? Is that what you are telling us?
OneGuy: So if some antifa radical comments on a site intent on creating a false flag you are stupid enough to believe in it?
A commenter on this blog, in response to Daylight Saving Time of all things, just said, "We are not being governed, we're being ruled...it's time for the George 3rd response," which is a clear call for violent revolution. So, he must be an Antifa false flag, then?