Monday August 3, 2015
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Tom, I will aver that our public schools can use significant improvement in multiple areas. To point to the specific areas is not my intent at this time, but I would like to point to one of the reasons. In addition to budget constraints and fallacious reasoning on the part of politicians I will point directly to the general public and parents of students in public schools in particular. The egocentric nature of a number of lawsuits by parents has led to significant erosion of local and classroom control of curricula and behavior expectations. During my 30 years in public education I do not recall any good teachers calling for a weakening of standards of performance or behavior. I do recall parents pressuring Boards of Education and educators at administrative levels to restrain certain teachers who graded "too hard". I recall almost constant pressure to gear performance outcomes to national standards. I recall a number of judges who made case law that caused nearly ridiculous changes in the manner in which students are treated. Nowadays I would point to a recent case decision that states that a student may use male or female restrooms in accordance to what the student proclaims his/he sexual orientation to be. How much confusion and cost will that cause !
I think that my point can be seen. If excellent local Boards of Education, Superintendents , teachers and Administrators were free to educate children as research and experience dictates we would be on the right path. We could start by demanding that Payson School District examine the actions of School Board members and determine if the District goals and behaviors match high standards and expectations that are reasonable, ethical and based on accepted knowledge and research. The place to begin is at the top and then work to align all other components.
Tom, With the spirit of the day in mind, enjoy your family!
Dear Mr. Druce, I urge you to read the Constitution of the United States. It states that the members of the Senate give advice and consent in regard to certain appointments. A Senator is elected to that position to carry out designated and assigned duties but has no specific loyalties other than law and the U.S. Constitution. . Not to a state. Not to a political Party. A Senator is free to vote his/her conscience. To expect any other action is not backed by law, custom or the Constitution.
All that you wrote seems pretty much on point- sadly .We could go back to the Pillory :) but that will not solve the problems inherent in the prosecutorial system that too often is befuddled by silly rules instituted by silly politicians. The Jury system per se is a god-send in comparison to what exists in other countries.
Tom, You raise some interesting points. Some years back I read of a prison in Scandanavia (sorry, I don't recall which country) which has a fence around it but a gate that is left open most times. I do not recall if the prisoners were felons, minor offenders, or a mix. No violent offenders were there. The inmates lived in on or two person rooms. They worked in an on-site furniture factory and were paid a modest wage, of which one-half was sent to their family. The furniture was sold on the open market at what was deemed to be a fair market price. The prisoners were allowed weekend leave. If the inmate misbehaved, went AWOL, did not keep the proper hours for leave, he was transferred to a mainstream prison. This facility had very, very few AWOLS and very few problems. he inmates realized what a deal that they had. The prison made a profit on the furniture and the funds were used to offset the cost of prison overhead. I present the overview of another system in which the convict is treated as a valuable but errant person who has the means to reform himself. And what do we do .... ?
Our penal system works well - especially if our goal is to create more and better criminals.
Tom, I support removing the various philosophical reasons for opting out of vaccinations if the children want to enroll in public schools. It is a question of what is best for the general welfare. We know about "herd immunity" and we can see what happens when people are not immunized to diseases. However, I do have respect for individual rights when it does not imperil the general welfare. At this point in time the numbers of students who attend private schools or are home schooled are not at the "tipping point" of endangering the general welfare but that may soon change. As to immigrants: they may well import serious diseases and the question is what can we do about it. I suggest that those who want Green Cards be forced to take immunizations, possibly at public expense. The illegals???
Mr. Eby, Perhaps there are a few people who still hold a lantern and look for the truth. Your question might have several origens. One might be that you believe what you have read/heard about Benghazi. Another might be that you think questioning the politicos is a waste of time. Another might be that you are interested in the thinking of Mr. Garrett. In any case, your question is interesting.
Tom, It appears to me that there exists an attitude, ethic or morality that values political power/influence and personal power more than truth. On a wider scale "adjustable ethics" has replaced Judeo-Christian ethics. Sad it is, but those folks who fall into that category of people seem to reject the concept(s) involved in traditional American values in favor of situational values.
In its simplicity it is truly eloquent and thought provoking. The sentence(s) contain so very much of what I believe to be true. Additionally, I will ask the question : Why can Liberals not understand ?
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