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PART 1. Well our little homeroom popularity contest is over for the school board, and I think Rick Wagner’s point about the under votes is right on the money.
To me the main point is that we get the government we deserve, which is one reason I despise cutesy triangulation duopoly politics.
I would hasten to make it clear that I have nothing personal against any of the candidates, winners or losers. (Actually, I am acquainted with one of the winners, like and respect him although I didn’t vote for him.) My “beef” is with a system I view as intellectually corrupt, my opinion being based partly on such books as “The Closing of the American Mind,” by Allan David Bloom; “Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling,” “The Underground History of American Education,” and “Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling,” by school choice activist John Taylor Gatto.
I agree with MVEA President Darren Cook’s opinion that “our strategy was better.” I couldn’t disagree more with his assessment that the idea of the public education (“public education” is an oxymoron) system being broken is a “myth”.
One example of what I’m talking about is: now the election is over, so we can go right back to teaching kids the Warren Commission’s lie that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK, when he was on the second floor eating lunch and paraffin tests prove that he had not fired a rifle. Before he was murdered by LBJ man Jack Ruby, Oswald himself is reported to have said, “I’m a patsy, I didn’t shoot anybody.” The kids will not be taught the type of information contained in the likes of “Who Really Killed Kennedy?: 50 Years Later: Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination,” by Jerome R. Corsi and “The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ,” by Roger Stone. And although humans have enough raw brain power that by the time they graduate from high school kids could be taught what hedge fund managers know about how to keep their labor from being stolen by wannabe-clever manipulators, public school kids will not be taught that. They will not be taught how to be intellectually curious, self-owning and financially independent. They will be taught how to be good little obedient cogs in a neo-feudalistic globalist corporate fascist wheel. They will be taught how to make change in fast food stores for minimum wage.

PART 2. I would like to dispell once and for all the ridiculous propagandistic notion that public school teachers care any more about children or education than anybody else. They don’t. We all love God, mom, apple pie, old dogs, watermelon wine and children. So let’s knock off the cutesy rhetorical manipulations.
I believe local reformers lost because they weren’t sufficiently clear and convincing in their message as to exactly why reform is needed. “Children testing low” is too vague. The reform candidates did not bother to explain the mechanics (maybe they don’t understand them) as to exactly why school choice is far more beneficial to the real-life education of students than the teachers’-union-controlled status quo. And let’s don’t be naive here. Teachers unions are about benefiting teachers, NOT children. That’s not a slap at teacher, all unions are by definition designed and intended to benefit their memberships over other considerations. That’s just the mechanics of the beast, not an ad hominem condemnation.
As a former executive board member of a statewide blue-collar union, I can bear first hand testimony to the fact unions are a microcosm of corrupt government. They are governed by inherently evil and inevitably corrupting One-Ring politics just the same as the fear-mongering, cover-up-corruption national governments are. If unions were honest — they aren’t — organized labor could long ago have owned their own banks, hospitals, universities and libraries. They aren’t honest, so they don’t have those things. End of story.
The one demographic I would like to take a rhetorical “shot” at is the Economics-101-challenged simpletons who believe all of life’s problems can be solved by a big enough raise and the taxpayers being willing to shell out more bucks. They tend to be too ignorant to understand the suicidally destructive effect on all civilized human societies which a fraudulent criminal global debt-as-money oligarchy has. Of course all governments love to create money out of thin air because that gives them power over all other aspects of society, including buying political candidates and elections. The real-life problem with that is that China, Russia, India and others are tired of America’s dollar being the world reserve currency. A currency war has already begun which will reduce the United State to second-rate nation status. The kids aren’t being taught the truth about Economics-101, Politics-101 and Constitution-101, so they will suffer from the ignorance and manipulativeness of those who pretend to “care” about them most.
I believe the local reform candidates lost partly because they refuse to speak clearly to those issues. More’s the pity.

When I went to school, My parents taxes paid for almost everything from the bus ride to after school sports, art and music programs. If there were any additional fees,(lunch ticket money etc.) they were only a few dollars. The most expensive thing my parents paid out-of-pocket for were school pictures and my class rings.

Today, high fees are being charged to join most after school activities, bus service has been cut to unsafe levels, and many programs have been cut due to so called “Lack of Funding”

How did our tax dollars become so grossly mis-managed?

Quite frankly, I think the system needs to get their house in order before asking the taxpayers to dig deeper in their pockets.

John, head for anger management classes.  Obviously you know nothing about schools nor why a teachers association even exists.  To blurt out a teacher does not have a kids interest first is plain ignorance on your part!

To further think that a restaurant owner should be able to dictate a curriculum over trained professionals who spend hundreds of hours weighing the pros and cons of any certain curriculum is ludicrous.

Votes for people who have an understanding of education and what it entails is only prudent rather than follow the political or personal whims of lay people who think they are going to change the world.  As for the statement about education is broken he is exactly right.  There are thousands of people who get a great education in the public school systems, maybe you’re even one of them, who can attest that their experience was great.

Given the challenge of educating all who walk through the doors educators do a damn good job!  About time they quit taking a butt kicking from those who constantly criticize but never offer reasonable solutions.  Reform is not about salary schedules and curriculum .  It is about teaching techniques and technology and that takes money and training and equipment.  With some $30 million in cuts it doesn’t add up that much can change so wad up your losing ballot and add some positive solutions.  Start by visiting some schools!

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