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Dr. Ben Carson on America’s Education Challenge

soliton2 Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 8:07 AM
WHat's "funny"? Scholarships to able students and more teachers are two separate issues. Star is right on target.
Jay Wye Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 1:56 PM
scholarships are not "handouts",they are a hand UP.
Usually,if you don't perform(keep your GPA up to par),you don't get all the money.

blanket raises for teachers are handouts.
1960Republican Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 11:20 AM
What I said was, American students used to "...excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities,” because it is the right thing for them to be doing -- not waiting for a handout for doing it.
Snarkasterous1 Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 10:47 AM
Money as a reward for demonstrated performance and effort is not AT ALL the same as "more pay for all teachers, who, through union efforts, have evaded every effort to measure their actual performance, reward high performers, and improve or dismiss those unable to meet minimum standards."

DevinDenver Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 10:01 AM
Sorry, but your point, 1960 is quite wrong. "Money for education" is NOT money for education just as the $500 million in GOVERNMENT money is NOT the same as $500 million from customers. If the government GIVES a school system money just to give it money to operate, then the school system DEPENDS on that money - it becomes an entitlement. If private individuals (either through choosing to attend that school or through donations) give the school system money, then that school system has earned it. It is much easier for those individual dollars to be sent elsewhere when the individual decides the school is not meeting its responsibilities. The government almost NEVER cuts of the funding.
Miz Mak Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 8:52 AM
Actually, your point was hers as well. Read closer.
1960Republican Wrote: Oct 29, 2012 8:28 AM
sol -- money for education is money for education. Money for pencils and money for erasers are two separate things, too. Actually, my point was my last paragraph.

In the midst of the third presidential debate in Florida, which was supposedly about foreign policy, President Obama interjected a few words about American education.

The rationale was not unreasonable. A better educated America will be a better performing and more internationally competitive America.

“Let’s talk about what we need to compete….let’s take an example that we know is going to make a difference, and that’s our education policy,” said the president.

Unfortunately, as is so often the case with what we hear from politicians, what we hear sounds so logical, so compelling. If only it had anything to...