July 6th, 2012

Grading on a curve.

To continue a theme:

Western education has been invariably described as mechanical. That is, when we began to experiment with universal and compulsory enrollment, the idea was that schools were much like factories, and children's minds were much like widgets. Set up a system, provide inputs to that system, and you will get the expected outputs like clockwork. All contrary evidence is ignored, and as the system continues to fail in producing its expected outputs, one arbitrarily creates "standards" that are essentially circular arguments for its own efficacy.
Collapse )

Since chessdev is raggin' on crackers, I throw this out.

Valerie Hodges,
R-Clueless Piece of Church Furniture 

WATSON — Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s overhaul of the state’s educational system might mean taxpayer support of Muslim schools.
“I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” the District 64 Representative said Monday.
“I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school,” Hodges said.
Hodges mistakenly assumed that “religious” meant “Christian.”
HB976, now signed into law as Act 2, proposed, among other things, a voucher program allowing state educational funds to be used to send students to schools run by religious groups.

Collapse )

“Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges said. “We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana.”

Rest of the dumbo-gumbo here.

In my opinion, this is the type of leadership that can get a country in trouble. When one is so densely wrapped in one's religion (apparently, no matter which religion),one does not consider the broader blowback of one's agenda. This woman did not run for office to lead, she ran to further enriched the chances of her "one true" religion got the money that the abortionists won't.

That there is this trend of people living in the 21st century talking open bigotry based on ignorance of basic facts hopefully serves as a purge of idiocy. I wonder who put the money behind this ditz's campaign.

  • paft

Republican Flop Sweat

Mike Huckabee: I don’t want to say that it (the Supreme Court Upholding ACA) secures his defeat. I think it makes it more likely. Here’s the thing. People are worried about jobs and the economy. But every employer in America is going to say to his employees, ‘Folks, I’m not sure, if Obama is reelected, that I’m going to get to keep you. ‘Cause I’m going to have to spend a lot on money on Obamacare that I wasn’t anticipating, and if I’m going to do that, some of you aren’t going to be with us, come January. ..You decide. You want to keep your job, or keep Obama? Cause one of you has got to go. Either Obama goes, you stay, or Obama stays and you go. You decide. How do American workers decide when it’s put to them like that? So if I’m running a company, that’s the message I give to my employees.

(Link here. Heavy sigh. And once again, I'm unable to embed a video. Someone mentioned to me there is a way of using the old method of embedding. Could anyone provide me with some step by step instructions about how to access that option?)

Right you are Mr. Huckabee! And your employees will come away from the meeting with the intent of voting for Romney of their own free will because they’ll be convinced that Romney is the better man.

It will have nothing to do with the veiled threat implicit in a boss announcing the intention of laying off employees if the election doesn’t go the way that boss wants it.

Last week there was a thread on Free Republic in which a Freeper bragged about his plans for firing his liberal employees. Huckabee seems to be advocating a more "genteel" version of the same thing. Looks like Republicans high and low have taken a look at Romney and decided that raw intimidation is their only option.

Crossposted from Thoughtcrimes
  • ja_va

"Education bubble"?

There is a popular conservative motto which is repeated over and over again recently: "education is the next bubble, people have already said. Financing college is the new real estate, and we know how that works out."

It has been repeated so frequently that there seem to be a need to address it.

First, it is worth understanding why this has been raised as an issue. After George W. Bush ruined this countries finances, and created huge deficit by paying for two foreign wars and allowing economy to slide into the worse crisis since the Great Depression, it became evident that borrowing forever is not going to work and something needs to be done. Education seem to be an easy target (God forbid we cut military spending!). It is all too obvious that children of the wealthy will never have a need to borrow for college, so cutting financial support and student loans is a win-win game.

Collapse )