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Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

MadestMan Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 9:49 AM
Every first grader must be able to read and recognize 50 words or they repeat the grade. Any first grade teacher who can't pass 95% of the class that shows up 80% of the time needs a new occupation.
Pat1392 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:06 AM
Ever had a kid that just won't do anything?? The teacher does not decide what is to be taught --even though she/he may disagree with the selection--books and materials are not at the whim of every teacher. The administration decides. Everyone needs some skin in this game starting with the students. They are there to learn and it is up to the parents to make sure that their child does what he is supposed to do. Our kids are not able to write a simple paper. The administration decided long ago that traditional English, spelling and vocabulary programs cost too much. Basic math skills went out the window --now we are back to them. Cursive writing is next. The students need to show that they are progressing.
Pat1392 Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:09 AM
If you are in the 5th grade, your test scores need to show you are in the 5th before you go to 6th. I have seen too many kids refuse to test --the teacher gets the blame. The problems are profound, the reasons are many. Most teachers work very hard.
MadestMan Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:16 AM
Ever had any children? The kids want to learn and do learn everyday. Yes, it is up to the parents to assure that what the kids are learning is positive. It may send a message to parents if their kid repeats first grade.
John Bull Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:24 AM
Most teachers are childless...
Teachers should have children of their own to understand how to teach...

Most are godless, childless, drunken spinsters...
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Sep 17, 2012 10:38 AM
James Butler,
That is incredible.
How did you access this article from 1894?
Tell us how.
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...