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The Education Blob

Persnickety19 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 3:46 PM
Love the old saying - "Those that can, do. Those that can't, TEACH."
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:50 PM
And them what can't teach teaches teachers. And them what can't teach terachers administrates.
Pat1392 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:56 PM
Where did you learn your English????
nametabs Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 5:41 PM
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:11 PM
And yet somehow, despite having to navigate a jungle of incompetents who can't "do," you were able to write that sentence. Now how did you learn to do that? Must have been divine inspiration, I guess.
Pamela166 Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:49 PM
Donkey's rear orifice of a troll, perhaps it IN SPITE OF the incompetents.
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 4:55 PM
Probably that, yeah. Probably there are just a bunch of conservative 5-year-olds learning to read purely out of spite for their incompetent kindergarten teachers. Thank you for that insight.
peaceman Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 5:16 PM
This type of reply is why you and others get very little respect for your opinions. The real issue for people not receiving a good education is not so much the institution but is more a reflection of our culture and an extreme lack of connection in families. You can add the onslaught of a media-driven culture that has stripped down and marginalized what serves as intellectual stimulus for being dumbed-down...your juvenile response is a prime example
jwilliams Wrote: Jul 04, 2012 6:32 PM
Are you calling me juvenile, or the poster who called me a donkey's rear orifice of a troll?
Rochesternative Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 11:07 PM
Let me address early education for a moment. Depending on the district philosophy, students in pre-k/ kindergarten may be getting a "learn through play" curriculum. The NACEYE organization claims to speak for the good of young children, but the advocate children not learning to read until 2nd or 3rd grade (when they are "developmentally ready") Beware of educators who use the phrase "developmentally appropriate" translated: Little kids can't learn content.
Since progressives want government to run health care, let's look at what government management did to K-12 education. While most every other service in life has gotten better and cheaper, American education remains stagnant.

Spending has tripled! Why no improvement? Because K-12 education is a virtual government monopoly -- and monopolies don't improve.

In every other sector of the economy, market competition forces providers to improve constantly. It's why most things get better -- often cheaper, too (except when government interferes, as in health care).

Politicians claim that education and health care are different -- too important to leave to market...