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2013-03-02 11:32:24 PM  
I don't know why breakfast is served at public schools. If the family is poor enough to get subsidized lunch they also get SNAP. Feed them at home.

The school is for learning, not for feeding, or therapy. The parents have abrogated their responsibilities to the state.

I don't blame the guy, a private school would snap up a good teacher like this in a second.
 
2013-03-03 12:33:31 AM  
It's sad, but it's true.
 
2013-03-03 02:42:13 AM  

feckingmorons: I don't know why breakfast is served at public schools. If the family is poor enough to get subsidized lunch they also get SNAP. Feed them at home.

The school is for learning, not for feeding, or therapy. The parents have abrogated their responsibilities to the state.

I don't blame the guy, a private school would snap up a good teacher like this in a second.


Because it works.

serving breakfast in the cafeteria for poor kids works. It gets results. that's the only reason we need.
 
2013-03-03 07:26:10 AM  

Asa Phelps: feckingmorons: I don't know why breakfast is served at public schools. If the family is poor enough to get subsidized lunch they also get SNAP. Feed them at home.

The school is for learning, not for feeding, or therapy. The parents have abrogated their responsibilities to the state.

I don't blame the guy, a private school would snap up a good teacher like this in a second.

Because it works.

serving breakfast in the cafeteria for poor kids works. It gets results. that's the only reason we need.


...and, just because a parent has SNAP, it doesn't mean that they bother to serve the kid some breakfast.  Or any food, for that matter.  People with the "Easy answers" for teachers tend to have never taught before in their lives.  An example: one kid that went to my school when I was student teaching had a mother who would lock him out of the house during what she called her "business hours," from 12 to 4ish.  He would come to school on the weekends and play on the playground, then walk back.  During this time, he couldn't eat, and if it were raining, he would have to just sit on the porch for four hours.  Eventually, the teachers got the local librarian to open up the library for a few hours during that time so he could at least sit and read.
 
2013-03-03 07:33:15 AM  
If someone from the East Coast   has a speech impediment, how can they tell?  I'm serious.
 
2013-03-03 07:56:04 AM  

feckingmorons: I don't know why breakfast is served at public schools. If the family is poor enough to get subsidized lunch they also get SNAP. Feed them at home.

The school is for learning, not for feeding, or therapy. The parents have abrogated their responsibilities to the state.

I don't blame the guy, a private school would snap up a good teacher like this in a second.


What a cute little boiling down of reality, a nice little over-simplification.

Schools spend more time with kids in their waking day than most parents get to. For example, (I'm not in the US, btw) my son spends 9 hours of his day at school, i see him 1 hour in the morning, 2.5 hours in the afternoon. That's twice the time spent with teachers and his fellow students than i get to see him. Now, luckily enough, I can afford to live in the inner city, so my family have negligible commute time and we can all eat breakfast before we all head off to work/school/daycare but if i was deep suburb there's no way i could manage that.

Kids aren't robots. They don't just go to sit, stfu and learn. They go there to learn life skills, life knowledge and to interact with fellow humans. That includes reading from textbooks, sitting in classes and eating meals. I think this was the very point of this dudes video, and i think it completely went over your head.
 
2013-03-03 08:10:52 AM  
I wouldn't say this applies to ALL schools, but apparently many.

My children go to public schools in Pittsburgh and the only complaints I have are 1) lunch is too rushed.  If my son buys lunch he barely has time to wait in line, get the food, sit and eat it before having to return to class.  Many times he tells us he simply didn't have time to finish lunch.  And 2) because one kid in the school has some sort of allergy, they have banned all candy/cake/cupcakes/cookies/valentines day/halloween/christmas treats.

Granted our children don't need junk daily but when its your birthday, you don't want to take in carrot sticks (as suggested)
 
2013-03-03 08:18:11 AM  

Shirley Ujest: If someone from the East Coast   has a speech impediment, how can they tell?  I'm serious.


It's easy. They start to sound like they are from the west coast.
 
2013-03-03 08:57:56 AM  

feckingmorons: I don't know why breakfast is served at public schools. If the family is poor enough to get subsidized lunch they also get SNAP. Feed them at home.

The school is for learning, not for feeding, or therapy. The parents have abrogated their responsibilities to the state.

I don't blame the guy, a private school would snap up a good teacher like this in a second.


Like a lot of problems is this country you can explain the problem pretty easy.  People suck.  You can give them everything and they will still suck.  Unfortunately, those sucky people also have a great impact on other peoples lives.  Now the answer to that problem, well thats a hell of a lot more complex.
 
2013-03-03 09:28:23 AM  
He has a point that serving breakfast in the classroom DURING class is detrimental to learning. It's a distraction and if students are chowing down they're not paying attention to their work.

But he's dead wrong about their "need" to "talk and socialize" during lunch.

We were never offered breakfast at school - ever. We got to school, went to class and started learning. During elementary school we did have recess, but I don't think it was ever cancelled for everyone. If individual students misbehaved they had to miss recess while the well-behaved students enjoyed recess.

If they were a bigger behavior problem there were remedies ranging anywhere from being sent to the principal to outright expulsion.

That needs to be an option today. The delinquents will just drag the rest of the class down. I don't remember expulsion ever actually having to be used in elementary school, but it was an option.

He also has a valid complaint about not being allowed to tutor students after school especially since it was on his own time and met the approval of both the principal and their parents. That's total bullshiat and hopefully will draw enough attention that the superintendent who prohibited it will be fired.

If he's making $70,000 a year, how much is that worthless superintendent making? $150,000? Complete waste of money and part of the reason why education is so expensive.
 
2013-03-03 09:29:56 AM  

Shirley Ujest: If someone from the East Coast   has a speech impediment, how can they tell?  I'm serious.


They pronounce the Letter  "R" correctly.
They don't add the letter "R" to the end of words that don't have and "R" on the end.


Fark Vodylan.
 
2013-03-03 09:59:54 AM  
While holding a STEM workshop for middle school science and math teachers, I discovered that their students were given approximately one hour EVERY OTHER WEEK to learn any application-based science/technology that didn't directly affiliate with their standardized tests.

This is happening all over the country.


/something will give.
//eventually, if not soon.
 
2013-03-03 10:17:08 AM  
Expected real issues, like unions and stalemates.  This dude is whining about the fun factor.  It's important, sure.  But he's essentially quitting because he cannot be an artiste'.

In my area?  The teacher's union bargained half-days each Wednesday.  School let's out of Wednesdays at 11;30 pm rather than 2:00 pm.  Right before lunch.

So this new half-day cut the school assistedlunch funding by 20%.  Once the bean counters realized this, they reworked lunch back into the half-day.  All said, the kids get 2 hours of raw classroom time on these half-days.  The rest is padded with morning snack, morning lunch, recess, and homeroom stuff.

Parents start scheduling dentist and doctor's appointments on Wednesdays (hell, why not?).  Attendance dips drastically just for Wednesdays.  Attendance is a large metric for funding which is now being cut.  The principal panics and sends out a stern that Wednesdays are just as important as any other day.

TADA!  This is the real deal, where the only solution is to start over.
 
2013-03-03 10:17:14 AM  
i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-03 10:23:22 AM  
Everybody's job blows in some form or another.  Many of our schools are not great because many parents abdicated their responsibilities in raising their children.

Many teacher's complaints stem from thinking they are the surrogate parents, rather than instructors.  Some kids cannot be high achievers because of their crappy home life, and while that may sad, it is not the responsibility of teachers to internalize all that sadness and get pissed.  Go to work, teach, go home.

Or quit and let cheaper teachers take your place.
 
2013-03-03 10:38:59 AM  
Your government at work.  Isn't having schools run by paper-pushing bureaucrats better than having them run by teachers?

Take the same model and expand it to healthcare.... welcome to Obamacare, Where doctors take a back seat to the same type of folks who drove this guy out.

Of course, the media calls people who have a problem with layers of needless bureacracy  "against education" or "against good health care."   The language used is insidious and purposely combative in order to squash any disent.
 
2013-03-03 10:47:19 AM  
So this whiny douche bag was the problem?

I can see that.
 
2013-03-03 11:17:01 AM  
TR;DW
 
2013-03-03 11:39:49 AM  
Guy: I want to announce my resignation!

World: We don't care. Just go away.

Guy: All right then...I will read my DECLARATION OF RESIGNATION at the meeting for all of the community!!

World: No thanks. Why don't you just go ahead and just go?

Guy: OK...you have forced my hand! I WILL READ MY DECLARATION ON CAMERA AND POST IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO HEAR!!!!!!

World: Does anyone have any ideas for lunch?
 
2013-03-03 11:48:27 AM  

yesanded: Guy: I want to announce my resignation!

World: We don't care. Just go away.

Guy: All right then...I will read my DECLARATION OF RESIGNATION at the meeting for all of the community!!

World: No thanks. Why don't you just go ahead and just go?

Guy: OK...you have forced my hand! I WILL READ MY DECLARATION ON CAMERA AND POST IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO HEAR!!!!!!

World: Does anyone have any ideas for lunch?


World: (30 years later):  I don't understand why these kids are so stupid?

Guy:  Because you...
1. Coddled them when they weren't in school.
2. Ignored them when they were.
Go fark yourselves.  I'll be dead and will be looking down from whatever afterlife awaits me laughing my ass off when you expect this generation to take care of you in your old age.
 
2013-03-03 12:29:49 PM  
The key section of this guy's letter was when he said he was tutoring his students after school for free - the parents and the school principal approved of it - and the school administration told him he had to stop because it wasn't allowed under the handbook.

It's exhibit #38,408 on why the education system sucks in this country.
 
2013-03-03 12:30:18 PM  
The level of bureaucracy is nuts.

States approve the textbooks and standards.  School districts set schedules, curriculum and pacing guides telling the teachers what, when and how to teach.  School districts and schools decide what kids and how many go in each room.  When the kids don't do well, the teacher is labeled incompetent.

Run the math on how much it costs and we should be able to make a lot of changes.  California is one of the worst funded states for education.  The states spends about $8,300 per student.  I have 35 kids per class throughout the day and I get about $60,000 plus benefits.  35x$8,300=$290,500.   That means that about $200,000 is going to "support" me.

There is a massive hole we continue to pour money down to fund bureaucracy and not education.
 
2013-03-03 12:34:27 PM  

jsfrancis: The level of bureaucracy is nuts.

States approve the textbooks and standards.  School districts set schedules, curriculum and pacing guides telling the teachers what, when and how to teach.  School districts and schools decide what kids and how many go in each room.  When the kids don't do well, the teacher is labeled incompetent.

Run the math on how much it costs and we should be able to make a lot of changes.  California is one of the worst funded states for education.  The states spends about $8,300 per student.  I have 35 kids per class throughout the day and I get about $60,000 plus benefits.  35x$8,300=$290,500.   That means that about $200,000 is going to "support" me.

There is a massive hole we continue to pour money down to fund bureaucracy and not education.


You sound violently anti-government.  You better watch it around these parts.... Most Farkers don't take kindly to the likes of you.
 
2013-03-03 01:30:42 PM  
until society learns that education and health care can not be run as "for profit business" models, we are screwed.  Education and health care are two areas where operating at a lose only helps society as a whole.

Get rid of "no child left behind", standardized testing to allocate funding to schools and stop treating kids as cash cows for the school system.  Teach those that want to learn, toss the trouble makers out.  Not every student will be college bound. Stop telling them that.  hell, my best friend is a master electrician and he makes more a year than me. he has a GED but the man can do just about anything with his hands and some tools.

/i've said it before on Fark, sorry for repeating.
 
2013-03-03 02:10:21 PM  

buntz: I wouldn't say this applies to ALL schools, but apparently many.

My children go to public schools in Pittsburgh and the only complaints I have are 1) lunch is too rushed.  If my son buys lunch he barely has time to wait in line, get the food, sit and eat it before having to return to class.  Many times he tells us he simply didn't have time to finish lunch.  And 2) because one kid in the school has some sort of allergy, they have banned all candy/cake/cupcakes/cookies/valentines day/halloween/christmas treats.

Granted our children don't need junk daily but when its your birthday, you don't want to take in carrot sticks (as suggested)


I remember it used to be a requirement to bring in snacks on your birthday at school
 
2013-03-03 02:11:54 PM  
When people wonder why kids out of college can't get jobs, it's because they don't know anything.  They graduate high school barely knowing how to wipe their own ass.  Then they go to college and drink copious amounts of alcohol for 4 years.  During this time, the professors can't flunk the whole class, so profoundly mediocre work gets passing grades.  After all that, they're "ready" for the workforce with practically zero marketable skills.
 
2013-03-03 02:28:59 PM  

jsfrancis: The level of bureaucracy is nuts.

States approve the textbooks and standards.  School districts set schedules, curriculum and pacing guides telling the teachers what, when and how to teach.  School districts and schools decide what kids and how many go in each room.  When the kids don't do well, the teacher is labeled incompetent.

Run the math on how much it costs and we should be able to make a lot of changes.  California is one of the worst funded states for education.  The states spends about $8,300 per student.  I have 35 kids per class throughout the day and I get about $60,000 plus benefits.  35x$8,300=$290,500.   That means that about $200,000 is going to "support" me.

There is a massive hole we continue to pour money down to fund bureaucracy and not education.


In the district I work in, I really have no complaints about most of the teachers.  There will always be the bad ones, but the majority are fine, they care and try.  But the administration is an out and out good ol' boy network.  The maintenance and transportation director ($106,000 per year) is the superintendents son, who doesn't do a damn thing all day long.  Buildings are falling apart, one elementary school only has one working electrical socket per classroom.  The HVAC person ($85,000 per year) in the district is the son of the secretary of the superintendent.  It's common for a classroom to go without AC for more than a week if the AC goes out, and as a bonus, he's not even a certified HVAC tech.  Another admin workers husband has the roofing contract for the district to the tune of $2 million, yet we have leaky roofs in several buildings.  On and on and on,  can't get rid of em.  Any conflicts of interest are waived by the Board cause everyone is buddy buddy.

/I don't have a solution for this shiat
//Just venting
///Three's
 
2013-03-03 02:45:38 PM  

toetag: Not every student will be college bound. Stop telling them that.


So much this.  We've raised a generation of Americans that think vocational trades are for those that need drool buckets, and it's just not the case.  We're reaching a dangerous point where there's a shortage of master tradesmen, and the experience vacuum will hurt across the board.

College degrees are also reaching the point where they're worthless except to prove you're a mindless drone who will believe what those above you without hesitation.
 
2013-03-03 03:17:06 PM  

CrissX: jsfrancis: The level of bureaucracy is nuts.

States approve the textbooks and standards.  School districts set schedules, curriculum and pacing guides telling the teachers what, when and how to teach.  School districts and schools decide what kids and how many go in each room.  When the kids don't do well, the teacher is labeled incompetent.

Run the math on how much it costs and we should be able to make a lot of changes.  California is one of the worst funded states for education.  The states spends about $8,300 per student.  I have 35 kids per class throughout the day and I get about $60,000 plus benefits.  35x$8,300=$290,500.   That means that about $200,000 is going to "support" me.

There is a massive hole we continue to pour money down to fund bureaucracy and not education.

In the district I work in, I really have no complaints about most of the teachers.  There will always be the bad ones, but the majority are fine, they care and try.  But the administration is an out and out good ol' boy network.  The maintenance and transportation director ($106,000 per year) is the superintendents son, who doesn't do a damn thing all day long.  Buildings are falling apart, one elementary school only has one working electrical socket per classroom.  The HVAC person ($85,000 per year) in the district is the son of the secretary of the superintendent.  It's common for a classroom to go without AC for more than a week if the AC goes out, and as a bonus, he's not even a certified HVAC tech.  Another admin workers husband has the roofing contract for the district to the tune of $2 million, yet we have leaky roofs in several buildings.  On and on and on,  can't get rid of em.  Any conflicts of interest are waived by the Board cause everyone is buddy buddy.

/I don't have a solution for this shiat
//Just venting
///Three's


My mother was a teacher for years in the public school system in rural Maryland... I've heard these things for a long a time.  Too bad that the vast majority of folks in the teachers unions label you as "anti-education" when you bring these things up.  They don't want to hear it.  10 years ago I went off in a thread that the Federal education system, with the help of the NEA and the Dept. of Education were nothing more than a jobs program.  I was lambasted as a kook, anti-children, etc...

Same thing holds true to this day.  I live in Baltimore, and I've preached for years that the single best thing that could happen to improve the life of children in this city would be for the Pinderhughes building to disappear.  (The Pinderhuges building is the home to Baltimore City schools... hundreds of people who NEVER EVEN SEE children work there.  Many making 6 figures.  Last year, one bureacrat had a new bathroom installed in his office... at the cost of over $250,000.

These people are the lowest of the low.  Every time I drive by that building I hold my nose.
 
2013-03-03 03:31:29 PM  
  My father is a painter for the school board. He makes $30 an hour. My mother is a teacher. She makes less. That's the problem right there.
 
2013-03-03 04:00:40 PM  

ambassador_ahab: When people wonder why kids out of college can't get jobs, it's because they don't know anything.  They graduate high school barely knowing how to wipe their own ass.  Then they go to college and drink copious amounts of alcohol for 4 years.  During this time, the professors can't flunk the whole class, so profoundly mediocre work gets passing grades.  After all that, they're "ready" for the workforce with practically zero marketable skills.


This should tickle you, then.  Our local high school has an Honor Society chapter.  A good number of students that applied to get in had been busted for plagiarizing or cheating on tests.  When this was pointed out to the administration, they demanded that the teacher provide evidence--which they aren't allowed to keep, via school policy--to remove the students' application.  Of the applicants, all but one of them got in, and the other one is still remitting payment.  Of all of them, about a quarter of them are known to have cheated at one point in time by their teachers, but are now  Honor Society members.
 
2013-03-03 04:24:24 PM  

Shirley Ujest: If someone from the East Coast   has a speech impediment, how can they tell?  I'm serious.


dammit to hell, my brother says i sound just like Bugs Bunny with a New York accent.
 
2013-03-03 04:50:51 PM  
The problem is boring self-righteous teachers?
 
2013-03-03 05:03:01 PM  
We need to genetically modify humans to be sterile until they can prove worthy enough to activate the ability to produce semen and eggs.
 
2013-03-03 05:18:58 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: had been busted for plagiarizing or cheating on tests.


See, they don't even know how to cheat properly!!

At least in my day, we knew how to cheat and not get caught.
 
2013-03-03 05:33:12 PM  

skylabdown: Your government at work.  Isn't having schools run by paper-pushing bureaucrats better than having them run by teachers?

Take the same model and expand it to healthcare.... welcome to Obamacare, Where doctors take a back seat to the same type of folks who drove this guy out.

Of course, the media calls people who have a problem with layers of needless bureacracy  "against education" or "against good health care."   The language used is insidious and purposely combative in order to squash any disent.


I read that in Grandpa Simpson's voice.
 
2013-03-03 05:39:39 PM  

yesanded: Guy: I want to announce my resignation!

World: We don't care. Just go away.

Guy: All right then...I will read my DECLARATION OF RESIGNATION at the meeting for all of the community!!

World: No thanks. Why don't you just go ahead and just go?

Guy: OK...you have forced my hand! I WILL READ MY DECLARATION ON CAMERA AND POST IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO HEAR!!!!!!

World: Does anyone have any ideas for lunch?


I was thinking tacos, but I eat those like all the time because they're so easy to pick up.  I'm sort of sick of pizza and burgers, and I only really like getting pho when it's freezing outside.  Guess it'll have to be tacos, or maybe a quesadilla.
 
2013-03-03 06:29:30 PM  

ambassador_ahab: whizbangthedirtfarmer: had been busted for plagiarizing or cheating on tests.

See, they don't even know how to cheat properly!!

At least in my day, we knew how to cheat and not get caught.


Hell, I teach college, and most of the students who get caught simply cut and paste from the first few Google hits.  One student had copied an entire Wikipedia entry, complete with photos.

\then they say stuff like "I don't know what happened"
\\or "these were just my notes"
\\\or "What?  It's not my fault!  Someone else wrote the paper for me!"
 
2013-03-03 07:02:03 PM  

HotWingAgenda: yesanded: Guy: I want to announce my resignation!

World: We don't care. Just go away.

Guy: All right then...I will read my DECLARATION OF RESIGNATION at the meeting for all of the community!!

World: No thanks. Why don't you just go ahead and just go?

Guy: OK...you have forced my hand! I WILL READ MY DECLARATION ON CAMERA AND POST IT FOR ALL THE WORLD TO HEAR!!!!!!

World: Does anyone have any ideas for lunch?

I was thinking tacos, but I eat those like all the time because they're so easy to pick up.  I'm sort of sick of pizza and burgers, and I only really like getting pho when it's freezing outside.  Guess it'll have to be tacos, or maybe a quesadilla.


Gyros.
 
2013-03-03 07:35:00 PM  
I did not find his dialect to be outside spec.


.
 
2013-03-03 08:30:49 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Hell, I teach college, and most of the students who get caught simply cut and paste from the first few Google hits. One student had copied an entire Wikipedia entry, complete with photos.


Jesus, this would have never even come close to acceptable when I was in undergrad.  Hell, we had some classes where you get those bluebooks to write in and a few hours and that's it.
 
2013-03-03 10:33:07 PM  

ModernLuddite: skylabdown: Your government at work.  Isn't having schools run by paper-pushing bureaucrats better than having them run by teachers?

Take the same model and expand it to healthcare.... welcome to Obamacare, Where doctors take a back seat to the same type of folks who drove this guy out.

Of course, the media calls people who have a problem with layers of needless bureacracy  "against education" or "against good health care."   The language used is insidious and purposely combative in order to squash any disent.

I read that in Grandpa Simpson's voice.


Read it in any voice you'd like.  It's the truth.

BTW, are you seriously trying to counter my completely accurate point by using a Simpsons reference?  That's gold.
 
2013-03-03 10:36:02 PM  
No libs will strongly support this guy's viewpoint because it runs counter to the group think they've become used to.
 
2013-03-03 10:56:04 PM  

snuff3r: They go there to learn life skills, life knowledge and to interact with fellow humans. That includes reading from textbooks, sitting in classes and eating meals. I think this was the very point of this dudes video, and i think it completely went over your head.


I guess you missed the part where he said they don't eat breakfast in the cafeteria but in the class room. I guess you missed the parts where he said teaching kids to pass a test takes up all the time he has, no fun things, no field trips, and most of the kids are social misfits because their parents are too stupid to be parents.

I think that was the point of the video.

This country is doomed because these parents, and millions and millions of other people rely on the government to be 'parents' to all of them. Sure, there are some very good teachers like this guy, and good social workers, and community health workers, and many other people who will help these people make it through their day, but convincing any of them to do something for themselves and not rely on the government for everything.... good luck with that.
 
2013-03-03 11:01:26 PM  

RaceBoatDriver: Expected real issues, like unions and stalemates.  This dude is whining about the fun factor.  It's important, sure.  But he's essentially quitting because he cannot be an artiste'.

In my area?  The teacher's union bargained half-days each Wednesday.  School let's out of Wednesdays at 11;30 pm rather than 2:00 pm.  Right before lunch.

So this new half-day cut the school assistedlunch funding by 20%.  Once the bean counters realized this, they reworked lunch back into the half-day.  All said, the kids get 2 hours of raw classroom time on these half-days.  The rest is padded with morning snack, morning lunch, recess, and homeroom stuff.

Parents start scheduling dentist and doctor's appointments on Wednesdays (hell, why not?).  Attendance dips drastically just for Wednesdays.  Attendance is a large metric for funding which is now being cut.  The principal panics and sends out a stern that Wednesdays are just as important as any other day.

TADA!  This is the real deal, where the only solution is to start over.


So do away with Federal funding of schools. It is really just taking money from you to pay a hundred thousand people to give you your money back after they tell you how to spend it. Let the local school board collect all the tax money for schools and let them spend it as they see fit.

That solves the teaching to the test problem, that solves the half day problem, that solves the lunch problem. Fund and run things locally. We don't need the Federal Department of Education.
 
2013-03-03 11:15:41 PM  

feckingmorons: RaceBoatDriver: Expected real issues, like unions and stalemates.  This dude is whining about the fun factor.  It's important, sure.  But he's essentially quitting because he cannot be an artiste'.

In my area?  The teacher's union bargained half-days each Wednesday.  School let's out of Wednesdays at 11;30 pm rather than 2:00 pm.  Right before lunch.

So this new half-day cut the school assistedlunch funding by 20%.  Once the bean counters realized this, they reworked lunch back into the half-day.  All said, the kids get 2 hours of raw classroom time on these half-days.  The rest is padded with morning snack, morning lunch, recess, and homeroom stuff.

Parents start scheduling dentist and doctor's appointments on Wednesdays (hell, why not?).  Attendance dips drastically just for Wednesdays.  Attendance is a large metric for funding which is now being cut.  The principal panics and sends out a stern that Wednesdays are just as important as any other day.

TADA!  This is the real deal, where the only solution is to start over.

So do away with Federal funding of schools. It is really just taking money from you to pay a hundred thousand people to give you your money back after they tell you how to spend it. Let the local school board collect all the tax money for schools and let them spend it as they see fit.

That solves the teaching to the test problem, that solves the half day problem, that solves the lunch problem. Fund and run things locally. We don't need the Federal Department of Education.


You are obviously a tea-bagging troll nazi.  Please leave Fark immediately because the thoughts you are having are dangerous and shouldn't be spread around......
 
2013-03-03 11:38:01 PM  
Schools have become a self perpetuation engine for administration, that is the problem.
 
2013-03-03 11:40:07 PM  
It's the damn Republicans messing it up again!!!  They basically own Rhode Island!!!!
 
2013-03-03 11:54:06 PM  

cabbyman: It's the damn Republicans messing it up again!!!  They basically own Rhode Island!!!!


I think you have it confused with Chicago.
 
2013-03-04 04:37:16 AM  
Drama teacher.
 
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