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I wonder if the woman realizes that she has made the thin ice of Muslims in America even thinner, public-opinion-wise. Even in the egalitarian countries of Europe, Muslims have worn out their welcome and are starting to see restrictions on their comings and goings.
And not just Muslim women. The city council of Austin, Texas yesterday voted that no public facility with restrooms with single toilets can post Men and Women signs on the restroom doors. Evidently that's offensive to people with gender issues. Those politicians have clearly have far too much time on their hands.
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Build Better Teachers

Stuart95 Wrote: Aug 29, 2014 10:22 AM
The basic problem is that teachers have limited employment opportunities, and they know it. Most have to choose between a well-funded public school and a poorly funded private school, i.e. a choice between a stifling bureaucracy where merit is often ignored, and low pay. If a reasonable amount of public funding were diverted to schools run by organizations whose success depended on the success of its students, then we'd suddenly have a thriving market in which good teachers would be able to compete for better jobs. And better-qualified people would enter the teaching profession. As long as the public school system continues to be operated like a collective-farm monopoly with ever-growing goals not related to education, we can only expect more of the same.
I find this example of political correctness/overreaction at least as offensive as the Muslim woman found the word "bacon"; where is my redress? Does a Muslim woman have more right to be offended than I do?
My theory: Parents have been drawing away from involvement in the schools as the administration and teachers have become more insulated from parents. It's hard enough to get something to change if you live in a well-to-do school district; parents of children going to rotten inner-city school have likely learned that they shouldn't waste their time seeking improvements. The only solution is opening public education to the free market, for instance with vouchers. You can bet that the people running voucher schools will pay attention to parents, lest they lose a customer.
My theory: Parents have been drawing away from involvement in the schools as the administration and teachers have become more insulated from parents. It's hard enough to get something to change if you live in a well-to-do school district; parents of children going to rotten inner-city school have likely learned that they shouldn't waste their time seeking improvements. The only solution is opening public education to the free market, for instance with vouchers. You can bet that the people running voucher schools will pay attention to parents, lest they lose a customer.
My theory: Parents have been drawing away from involvement in the schools as the administration and teachers have become more insulated from parents. It's hard enough to get something to change if you live in a well-to-do school district; parents of children going to rotten inner-city school have likely learned that they shouldn't waste their time seeking improvements. The only solution is opening public education to the free market, for instance with vouchers. You can bet that the people running voucher schools will pay attention to parents, lest they lose a customer.
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Blacks Must Confront Reality

Stuart95 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 8:10 PM
You can't say that this situation would not have entertainment value. I'd love to see Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Wasserman-Schultz, Axlerod, etc. and their flying-monkey MSM stooges talk their way out of their foolishness. And the inevitable backlash would cause suffering among the Hispanics.
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Blacks Must Confront Reality

Stuart95 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 8:06 PM
Disagree. Coming from a poor or negligent family does not mean that you cannot go to a school whose owners are not extremely concerned with whether or not you can read and write. Today, you go to the government school to which you are assigned and hope for the best. If you fail,and if you are a black male you probably will, no one is held responsible for your failure - you're just another statistic. Schools in a competitive market would enforce discipline and figure out how to maximize all of their voucher-bearing students' educations, lest you withdraw your voucher.
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Blacks Must Confront Reality

Stuart95 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 6:29 PM
I do not blame all of the black-society ills on white people, but point out that white people - i.e. Congressmen and their political handlers - are in the best position to take steps to restore a better playing field for blacks, particularly young blacks. Fix the schools, reduce employment barriers (such as the minimum wage), and slowly eliminate the aspects of the welfare system that encourage self-destructive behaviors. This is not all that difficult, but may require some statesmanship - if there is still such a thing - to pull off.
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Blacks Must Confront Reality

Stuart95 Wrote: Aug 27, 2014 2:22 PM
Republicans can find many people who understand how to package information effectively for different audiences, even for stupid people. True, Williams and Sowell will never be mainstream (to their credit), but their stories - they have facts, which can be used against Democrats like a silver cross against vampires - can be packaged to jar the mainstream mind. An easy place to start is public education; Jindal has shown that black parents can be recruited to the cause rather easily. Take a lesson; make a plan; execute the plan. Any middle manager at Procter & Gamble could probably do it.
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