Paul, you answered your own question. I have said before that my district doesn't suffer 25% of the problems we see in other districts or that we discuss here. Why? Because we are conservative and so is our school board. However, you have to stay on your toes and monitor their every move. Students with less affluent parents do not fare as well. It would be easier with the finnish system for sure, across the board. Mainly, a school system that dotes on the aspirations of the students rather than one that uses them (and the teachers) for political purposes.
On Oct 4, 2012, at 10:20 AM, Paul Tanner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I keep asking such questions as this question and conservatives keep > running away from them: > > First: The most conservative school districts in the country > (districts in which the vast majority of voters are so conservative > they always vote into power and keep voting into power even the most > conservative people at every level of government including those like > Michele Bachmann) always have refused to privatize their own public > school systems, even though they could because of their absolute power > as being such a large voting majority. (That means that that so-called > mafia has no power to stop it if that vast majority wanted to actually > do it.) > > So, here's the question: > > If such privatization is such a great idea, then why haven't they done > it when all this time they have had the absolute power to do it if > they wanted to? > > If you think that the answer is too obvious, then here's the followup question: > > Why haven't they wanted to? > > On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 1:36 AM, Haim <email@example.com> wrote: >> Jerry P. Becker Posted: Oct 3, 2012 7:01 PM >> >> **************************** >> From Diane Ravitch's Blog [A site to discuss better education for all], Tuesday, October 2, 2012. See >> http://dianeravitch.net/2012/10/02/michelle-rhees-plan-to-destroy-public-education/ >> **************************** >> Michelle Rhee's Plan to Destroy Public Education >> >> Michelle Rhee is is a one-person PAC. She is raising hundreds of millions of dollars from rightwing billionaires and foundations and corporations to subsidize her program. >> >> What is her program? Destroy teachers' unions; eliminate tenure and seniority; privatize public education. Having failed to transform the public schools of the District of Columbia, she now wants to privatize public education everywhere. >> **************************** >> >> It is a commentary on our age that an article like this could be written by one scholar and published by another. It is an echo from a past that, I thought, had faded away. It seems I am mistaken. >> >> Louis XIV is famously reputed to have said, "L'etat, c'est moi." Whether or not he actually said those words, in the Age of Kings he might as well have said them because that was both the the general view and the harsh reality. And, the further east one went, the truer it was. >> >> This idea, that the individual embodied the state or the institution or the corporation, echoes into our age, at least in the customs of the U.S. Navy. So, for example, when Admiral Nimitz was about to walk into a room, the officers would be called to attention with the announcement, "Pacific Fleet Arriving", and in would walk Chester Nimitz, the embodiment of that force. >> >> It is this history and this tradition that comes to mind with the title of the essay, "Michelle Rhee's Plan to Destroy Public Education", and we read that her plan is to destroy the teachers' unions. This article tells us everything we need to know about the mentality of the Education Mafia. They think they are sovereign. They think they are public education in just the same way Louis XIV thought he was France. >> >> This is what they think. What do you think about this arrogance? >> >> Haim >> No representation without taxation.