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No Freakin' Duh

If we spend all our time and money on the dumb ones, the smart ones are ignored." Eight years of Dubya slanting education to aid his demographic (idiots) yield results surprising only to educators and politicians. So we will have the best burger-jerkers in the world, but the next generation of technological marvels will be imported from India. My country, tis of thee...

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deckardcanine
Jun. 19th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Mm-hm.

As a public school graduate, I'd like to know your opinion on vouchers.
sleepyjohn00
Jun. 20th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
As a taxpayer, I see no reason to pay twice; the schools should be doing a decent job teaching everyone.

As a parent in one of the crappiest school districts in No.Cal., I saw what was done to my daughter in the name of 'public education', so when my son started school four years later, we paid to put him in private schools. It was worth it. I am enraged that there is money for gang intervention and pregnant highschoolers and useless computers in classrooms, but there isn't any money to waste on the smart kids, because they'll pick it up on their own anyway.

This soapbox is over an hour and a half long. Be very careful what you ask.
jordan179
Jun. 19th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
The policy of dumbing down education to help the slower students is at least three decades old -- it long predates Bush's Administration. Either Bush's Administration.
sleepyjohn00
Jun. 20th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I belong to the generation that first saw New Math, where it's more important to understand the process than to get the right answer. My kids saw New New Math, where it's more important to feel good about your answer than to have the right answer.

No, GW didn't start the decline, but he's sure pushing the load downhill as fast as he can.
leadsporkofdoom
Jun. 19th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
You know my stance on this but sleepyjohn chucking a shoe in rage is so freaking adorable I had to giggle. He has knees!!

I think me-nicole did that to me a couple times.
sleepyjohn00
Jun. 20th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
You probably deserved it.
oceansedge
Jun. 20th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
it does capture a certain je ne sais quoi

have you looked through the strip archives ... and some of the sleepyjohn's that didn't make it to LiveJournal?
http://www.feychild.com/stickfigure/d/20080615.html


Edited at 2008-06-20 08:36 am (UTC)
sleepyjohn00
Jun. 20th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
it does capture a certain je ne sais quoi

I hope it's a catch-and-release program. Last thing I need is to be up to my knees in quois.
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