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Monday, May 24, 2010

Yeah But, Never did Anything Worthwhile

The photo to the left is for those of us who were trained in public school in the arts of critical thinking and keen observation.

In Texas, the State Board of Education voted to end nonfactual historical revisionism in the state's textbooks.  The Board also decided to eliminate much of the federally approved bias toward collectivism and social pandering and against free enterprise and American exceptionalism.

On the topic of education, the head of the illegally created federal Department of Education is calling for a $23b taxpayer funded bailout for the government union members of the nation's education collective.  This is in addition to the $46.7b in federal funding that is already allocated for fiscal year 2010.

The question begs to be asked as to why this group of Theftocrat supporters should avoid bearing the same degree of joblessness that affects the general public.  The loss of jobs among the nation's poorest performing educators could substantially improve education in the US.

The first improvement that could be made is to end tenure at all levels, from grade K through postsecondary education.  Perhaps local school boards should eliminate extracurricular activities altogether to lower expenses.  Greatly reducing after school programs could help also, as well as de-funding daycare facilities guised as summer schools.  Maybe we should also consider ending the Head Start program that provides cost free daycare for those entitlement hustlers whose primary function is producing TANF recipients.

The second scheme needing to get the ax is the jigsaw classroom with its mandated involuntary servitude and dumbed to the lowest level curriculum. Establishing competition between and among educators, creating strict accountability, and requiring that the bottom one-half of teachers, staff, and administrators re-apply for employment each school year could help to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially if the applicants pay the costs of their evaluations.

There is much that could be done to improve our educational products, drive down their costs, and make quality education more readily available and affordable for all citizens; however, that would necessitate applying capitalist principles to a group of subsidized collectivists, a politically unlikely prospect. Additionally, many of us would have to develop the discipline and character needed to keep one's greedy hands off of the public coffers, another unlikely prospect.

May your gods be with you.

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