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(WMTW Portland)   Tea Party-friendly education group ranks Louisiana and Florida schools highest in the country, counts to potato   ( divider line
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7456 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Jan 2013 at 4:48 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-07 04:06:15 PM  
13 votes:
They've placed more than 88% of their graduates at Clem's Refrigerator and Exotic Dance College. Go Frosted Tassels!!
2013-01-07 04:52:31 PM  
7 votes:
We should really consider leaving those children behind.
2013-01-07 04:59:06 PM  
5 votes:
The schools were ranked based on students' ability to erect and set fire to a wooden cross.
2013-01-07 04:54:50 PM  
4 votes:
Not often you see "tea party" and "education" in the same sentence without an "opposed to" or "completely lacks" thrown in.
2013-01-07 01:19:24 PM  
4 votes:
Maybe it is time to reconsider allowing secession.
2013-01-07 05:36:02 PM  
3 votes:
Taught Enough Already
2013-01-07 05:27:37 PM  
3 votes:
2013-01-07 05:06:26 PM  
3 votes:
As a product of Louisiana public schools I can, in fact, only count to 'tater.
2013-01-07 05:02:08 PM  
3 votes:
What the hell do I care? I already got learned up.

/8th grade was good enough for granpappy, it's good enough for me.
2013-01-07 03:55:00 PM  
3 votes:
I don't doubt they are the highest, if I had to survive that educational system I'd be baked out of my gourd.
2013-01-07 03:42:55 PM  
3 votes:

FlashHarry: didn't louisiana just tell the creationists to fark off recently?

The Orleans Parish School Board did.  Which was great, and all, but public schools in New Orleans already excel in kids not learning anything, so adding creationism to the heap isn't as big a deal as it sounds.
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2013-01-07 02:24:53 PM  
3 votes:
Louisiana was the highest rated.  I'll bet Mainers really envy Louisiana's education system.
2013-01-07 04:59:12 PM  
2 votes:
"Tea Party-friendly education group" seems as odd a phrase as "logical creationists and flat-earth society members."
2013-01-07 04:54:39 PM  
2 votes:
/obligatory bump for my friends in the Tea Party. I could care less what a card carrying democrat will ever think of me. Flame on biatches.
2013-01-07 01:09:04 PM  
2 votes:
any group that has florida ranked near the top in education is totally suspect.
2013-01-07 06:52:40 PM  
1 vote:

Persnickety: mgshamster: ongbok: mgshamster: ongbok: I find it funny that NH gets a GPA of .77 for elevating teaching in this system and LA gets a GPA of 3.77 even though LA is 47 in math and 49 in reading and NH is ranked 6th in both. This tells me that NH is doing more to elevate teaching than LA. Or if you want to compare LA to a state with a comparable sized population look at IL. IL ranked 27 in both reading and math and only received a 1.36.

That's because this evaluation isn't about student performance.  It's about spending less money and creating greater competition.

/At least, that's from what I can tell so far.

So to hell with student performance, lets not try to emulate the places that are doing good, lets just spend less and create more competition (whatever that means in teaching).

I think it's an idea similar to the voucher system.  If the school your child is at is bad, you should be able to take your child out of that school and put them in another school that is good. Doing this, I am told, will create competition amongst the local schools to create the best school, because schools want the most children they can get (because each child comes with the tax money to teach him/her, and the schools want that money).  I'm not sure how this system accounts for space available, the quality of teachers, or the infrastructure of getting the kids to the school of the parent's choice, nor what it will do in areas that don't have more than one school, but it will work, I am told.

Well, we've already tried a version of this at the collegiate level. Everyone can get a student loan and take that loan to whatever institute calling itself a college that they want. In response, instead of more Harvards and CalTechs magicially popping up due to competition, we've seen a much greater number of a new beast appear: the for profit college, e.g. ITT, Univ of Phoenix, Devry, etc. Also, college costs have increased greater than the rate of inflation for 40+ years.

Are you implying that the American University College Technical Institute isn't as good as Harvard? Because I will put my $250,000 degree in IT up against any Harvard grad's any day of the week. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to the drive-through, my shift manager is giving me the evil eye.
2013-01-07 05:31:34 PM  
1 vote:

groppet: Alabama schools come in 3rd?

They're ranked second, behind Notre Dame.

/oops, wrong thread

//so sorry
2013-01-07 05:24:01 PM  
1 vote:
2013-01-07 05:19:44 PM  
1 vote:
Actually, coming from Louisiana's public school system to Texas...

I'm more surprised Texas is rated higher than Louisiana in these studies most of the time. There are some God awful schools here in Houston. -Worse than many in Louisiana (and I know quite a lot about the state of Louisiana's education system, I went to a magnet school for the entire state of Louisiana with people from all over the state).

That also being said, I've worked with 4.0 GPA engineers from Berkeley that were as dumb as a rock, and a Chemist from Harvard, who while intelligent, seemed to know less about Chemistry than I did (took 4 years of Chemistry because I thought it was cool while pursuing my CS degree).

Of course the running joke in Louisiana about the education system goes something like this...

"The governor of Louisiana was asked by reporters what he thought about Louisiana coming in 49th in the country for education...To which he replied... 'Thank God for Arkansas.'"
2013-01-07 05:16:52 PM  
1 vote:

Wook: /obligatory bump for my friends in the Tea Party. I could care less what a card carrying democrat will ever think of me. Flame on biatches.


/unless your Fark is way different than mine.  In which case, oops.
2013-01-07 05:16:38 PM  
1 vote:

There are three primary categories:
1) Elevate Teaching
2) Empower Parents
3) Spend Wisely & Govern Well

Plus an "Overall" category that combines the scores to give the map above.

Suspiciously missing: student academic achievement
2013-01-07 05:06:49 PM  
1 vote:

Stone Meadow: AirForceVet: FTA: The California-based nonprofit...

Gotdammitsomuch, what is it about my favorite state that attracts so many crazies?

/not really wondering...this place is an equal opportunity attractor
"Be careful, California! You're supposed to be the crazy state, the out there, the wild ones, you know?"

Mission accomplished.
2013-01-07 05:02:26 PM  
1 vote:

Wook: /obligatory bump for my friends in the Tea Party. I could care less what a card carrying democrat will ever think of me. Flame on biatches.

Thus displaying how Teaducation has benefited you. If you "could" care less, then you care more than you should. The proper usage is "couldn't care less", thereby signifying that you have no regard for what others think of you.
2013-01-07 05:00:29 PM  
1 vote:
Are these the same group of people who thought Romney would win by a landslide?

/went there
//they deserve every bit of it
2013-01-07 04:57:42 PM  
1 vote:


2013-01-07 04:55:49 PM  
1 vote:
The amount of derp from the Tea Party is farking astounding.
2013-01-07 04:53:21 PM  
1 vote:
Yes, we should all strive to be like Florida where crooked real estate type are able to run their own Charter School.
2013-01-07 04:50:07 PM  
1 vote:
Alabama schools come in 3rd?
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