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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

0_BAMANATION Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 6:33 AM
SCHOOL CHOICE .... NOT A CORRECT OPTION It is what is put into schools in terms of 'students' that counts... and not where they attend. When dysfunctionals damage their children to such extreme by 'culture' and do so for the first six years of a child's life the result is that most such young victims are lost... for a lifetime. The answers is neither school choice or preschool (where any benefit evaporates by 2nd grade) but instead is a concerted effort by this nation to stop dysfunctionals from bearing children. The solution must include the requirement that all prospective parents demonstrate their parenting skills via tests and be require to pass them. Once having done so they will receive a license to bear children.
JOHN1464 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 9:25 AM
Onation you will have a great career if this nation ever turns to a dictatorship or communism.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 6:50 AM
Nonsense.

It has frequently occurred that kids taken out of the horrible schools and put into a place where they are expected to meet high standards end up surprising everyone by meeting those standards and excelling instead of failing.
0_BAMANATION Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 7:04 AM
Not if they are from homes run by utter dysfunctionals. Their only escape from such an environment is having been born with an IQ above 100. Unfortunately, half of them are not. It is the majority of this element that later become marginally employable. They instead roam the streets looking for homes to break into when not dealing street drugs. This element is simply far too damaged by age 6 to in most cases ever be reversed. There are exceptions, of course, as one would expect. However, for the vast majority they are indeed lost.
absinthe48 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 8:18 AM
Whom we all want to rescue are the children born with promise but whose environment has placed them at a disadvantage. Genetic history is important, and the taxpayers support too many tree-swingers who will ultimately vote Democratic in order to get his/her welfare payments, but it is hard cheese on the bright ones. Unfortunately, the "educator" unions are organized in such a way that they support the stupid ones and persecute the bright ones.
curmudgeon10 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:02 AM
since 100 is set as the median iq, of course half are below 100. the problem is that a majority of our "underprivileged" behave as if they have an iq of 80, even if they actually have an iq higher than 100.
It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor.

Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents?

The answer, of course, is neither side.

Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city.

No one solely represents the interests of the kids.

It’s not to say that...