Monday March 10, 2014
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Don, Thanks for posting this piece. I am still shaking my head ! These are the people that are running our programs? What a depth of ignorance !
Tom, Your story noted that he passed into the U.S. "Illegally". Since he is a native -born citizen, how can that be? "Guess what I am wondering?" I don't know. I am wondering what the fuss is about .As a citizen he has the right to go where he pleases and meet with his mother or not as he chooses. Let him be and bless his wandering heart :)
Tom, Plato/Aristotle hypothesized that what we think of as reality is just a shadow- a poor representation of Reality. I have enough problems dealing with what I think of as reality, so you go right ahead and call the year what you wish. I wish you a happy something-or-other :)
Mr. Aleshire, Most readers of the Roundup have ascertained that you have soci0-political preferences that can be described as "liberal". Again, most of us take it in stride and adjust to an author's biases or prejudices. Of late, however, you have been pushing the limit of our tolerance and I wish that you would do a bit of self-examination. Your final remarks about "political games" belittles those who disagree with your views and is too disrespectful."Know thyself " before you write things based on your viewpoints, or tag then as such.
The following topic has been whirling around in my head for more than a short time. Events of late have made the topic more pertinent. The Obama regime lately has been "outed" for making many " legislative" decisions. He and his administration have arbitrarily changed the Obamacare law by postponing implementation of sections. The Constitution gives the power to make law to Congress. Period. The job of the President and his staff is to carry out (execute) the laws faithfully. Second, the administration has now hired La LA-land stars to convince the populace that Obamacare is a good thing and the populace should sign. Third, the administration has boldly lied to we citizens about events several times, Libya being a good example, and has done so with impunity to this point in time. I add the signs and become anxious because these are signs of an authoritarian regime. They say what is politically advantageous and then lie if necessary; they attempt to sell the populace on what the administration deems appropriate; they stifle the press by limiting access; they rely on charisma to charm voters, etc. How many of us have taken a wide view of the status of events and are chilled because the tactics being used by the Administration are reminiscent of what former dictators have used?
I have only a token or two to add to this discussion. First, is it really worth all of the fuss and expense that we now devote to those who smoke a joint? Second, I saw a news report two days ago that stated that the "Mob" is already moving into Colorado in order to try to corner the MJ trade. Hmmm. Shades of Prohibition?
Tom, Boy! Your concept would take many, many changes in the laws regarding special districts (which is what school districts are) or at least the laws governing educational districts and schools in general. I will have to ponder things. Lets see, where is my pondering cushion??
Tom, The only people who have normal access to budget numbers, aside from employees, are members of the Board. Part of the responsibility of the Board involves acting as fiduciary overseers for the public that elected them. Where I worked any member of the Board could ask that any item on the Consent Agenda, which included most budget matters, could be removed and placed as an single item. Thus, sunlight was applied when the item was discussed in an open meeting of the Board. Even if that process is not used here, the Board remains the overseer of matters including the budget. Where were the members of the Board when spending decisions were made regarding selling of District property? Short- and long-term upkeep of District property?
Tom, I think that the justice system and the penal system in the U.S. is and has long been a mess. Yesterday I saw a report of a teacher sentenced to 30 years in prison for having had sex with a student. You can guess that I have strong feelings about her behavior but a sentence of 30 years? How is that relative or proportional or sensible? One more example: a person steals my car and is apprehended . The trial could cost over $100,000. The cost of keeping a person in prison has been estimated to be over $30,000 a year. The stolen auto might have cost $20,000 and what types of workable programs exist in prisons that are designed to "rehabilitate" the thief? I must confess that I do not know what the answer(s) are unless we change much of our culture, so I remain perplexed and unsatisfied.
Tom, Test resultscan not be raised year after year unless the test is changed or the scores re-normed. You are correct. My usual response is : see what happens when one mixes politics and public education ! The entire No Child Left Behind and many other state programs are based on the assumption that a" politician" understands education. Unlikely. A "politician" understands (?) that education is a topic that generates interest and possible support, so the politician will mouth and write platitudes to get votes. Most all of the programs are unsound, unfunded, unscientific, and unworkable. Could a "politician" come up with a program that really improves public education? Possibly, but first that person would have to be working with the mindset of a "public servant" and not as a "politician". How likely is that?
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