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Why Stephen Colbert's Inaccurate Assessment of Education is no Laughing Matter

tmccafferty Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 10:19 AM
The total joke of it is that in most states 40-60% of all school funding goes directly to pay the pensions of those teachers at home in retirement and for their health care benefits. And each of those costs go up each year on a defined basis for their pensions and an uncapped basis on their benefits. And none of this addresses the fact that it most of those instances the funding taken does NOT make the pension and health care funds paying these costs whole. The State of Michigan is now $45 billion unfunded to this fund. No one can truly be taken seriously (in governement) about caring for the education of children until they stop the flow pof money out of the classroom and eliminate tenure. If you can't dismiss bad teachers then how
everyonesfacts4usall Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 11:18 AM
Thanks for the assertion on pensions.
Could you give a citation?
tmccafferty Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 10:25 AM
are we to assure that our kids have a chance to learn. Eliminate all the various layers of management including the Fedral Department of Education and leave the decisions to the principal of the school (carefully chosen and accountable to the local school board and the parents of the school) and the students and parents who are best able to evaluate good from bad. Means testing is a waste and is wrong. One size fits all is a failure. And just giving everyone A's is ridiculous. The measure of a good teacher is someone who can create interest and understanding in a topic that didn't previously exist. Maybe it means that a student will learn and understand at a B level instead of going through the motions for a C.
I like Stephen Colbert. His brand of humor is very funny, and he reminds us how important it is to sometimes laugh at our politicians.

But unfortunately, many Americans get their news from satire television and accept comedy as fact. Last week, Colbert had a segment that focused on the dismal academic results of the government education system.

His solution – albeit humorous – was to increase the number of kids who use various medications to cope with their challenges. He went on to say, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, that drugs are cheaper than increasing funding for government...