The first thing you should know is I have no children in school and that I am writing this because of a news article about a Washington state school district. It seems they have voted to give raises to the teachers in that district even though standardized test scores are down and the high school drop out rate is up. This made as little sense to me as the Denver school district that is actively seeking out undocumented aliens to teach in their schools.
Most adults understand that when you have a job and you do not produce you are walking the tightrope to unemployment. It is a given that you must preform the work you were hired for otherwise there will be consequences. I wonder if you also understand that there is, (besides our representatives in Washington), one occupation in this country that does not abide by this ‘truism’ and that is our school teachers. Their explicit purpose is to take our children and prepare them for life and possibly higher education and they are monumentally failing.
So I have to ask why when they are not doing their job is there a outcry across this nation to give these teachers a raise and spend more money on our schools? I would have said this is another example of when common sense is lacking but even the President is calling for more spending on education to correct it’s problems.
I do however understand that there are many factors involved in this decline in producing solid student graduates, and I feel that the teachers are only a part of the problem. Another of these factors is the lack of emphasis on basic curriculum, (reading, writing, math, history and science). Today these subjects have been watered down and the passing curve lowered.. “so no one will feel left out”? Also because the curriculum has been expanded to cover sex education, computer literacy and other subjects and there being a set number of hours in a teaching day some subjects will suffer by cutting back the time allotted them.
Computer literacy in my opinion is vital to the youth of today, but no subject even this one should take away from teaching the basics. And as far as sex education, where is it written that the government is responsible for teaching the nations children about using a condom? Sex education is the responsibility of the child’s parent not the school.
I believe it is not a single factor that is causing todays worsening educational system but a combination of them. From the parents not doing enough to ensure that homework and studies are completed and our schools addition of no-essential classes, (ie sex education) to having unqualified teachers teaching core subjects. If we add to that the fact that some students do not respect teachers and their authority or they do not understand the very reason they are in class to prepare them for life after graduation we have a system doomed to fail.
Maybe if we….
Make parents responsible that their children complete their homework.
Demand teacher responsibility for continuing poor student performance.
Require that school boards return to educational basics.
Return the passing grades to 1950′s standards…with no passing curve.
And make students repeat the grade for poor performance
learning that their actions have consequences
….then our children will be better prepared for their future.
…am I homophobic if I think being homosexual is your business
but forcing me to legally accept it is mine.
…am I a racist if I do not care what color, nationality or religion you are
as long as you obey the laws of the United States?
…am I an insurrectionist if I will not stand idly by
while people sweep aside the constitutional foundation of this nation?
Of course I am none of these things but if you listen to some of our representatives in Washington and the media you would think I am all of the above. If I speak out that I think my nations Attorney General is picking and choosing what laws to enforce or that our President is violating the law by his use of ‘executive orders’ than I am called a racist. If I believe that a bakery owner or photographer can refuse their service to gay couples getting married than I am called homophobic. And if I say when you enter this country by braking the law you should not have access to help from our government weather it be financial, health or education, I am again a racist.
Either I have fallen down the rabbit hole into an Alice in wonderland story or I am living in a “real” matrix. One where law and common sense only exist as a construct of what is deemed correct by the powers that be. Some say it is this way for every generation where the older generation think that the ‘good old days’ were better than what we have today. But I am saying it is not about the good old days but some new twisted reality, wherein living an immoral lifestyle and with total disregard for the law is the correct way of living. Where freedom of speech is only accepted when you agree with the those in power.
Enough is enough it is time to stand up for our beliefs and those that founded this nation.
Remember…’We the people’ have voted and passed new laws that reflect our views
only to have these laws overturned numerous times in different states by a single judge
so just maybe it is time for us to try something else?
Like a black bear rummaging for food I bang around my cabin muttering to myself that lately I never complete what I start to do. Occasionally going outside to fire off a few rounds at the squirrels that now call my cabin home. The squirrels in return run up trees and mockingly chatter back that I am interrupting their lunch, knowing that these days I can not hit anything as small as them.
What force is at work that first inspires me with ideas for postings as I write down bits and pieces but later when I sit in front of the computer my mind cannot connect those random inspired thoughts into a solid intelligent posting? I wonder at times if this is one of Dante’s circles of hell, to have the makings of good work but to not be able to finish it.
As you can see from the photo of my current desktop there are five postings in various stages of completion and no matter how long I stare at one the pieces of the puzzle it remains like my Rubik’s cube…unfinished. Last night I uploaded a completed posting called, ‘The cutting edge’, but when I went to edit it on WordPress I felt it was too insensitive to post and put it aside.
It was a parody on the liberal view of gun control where I used the recent stabbings in a Western Pennsylvania school. I had a state senator proposing a bill to outlaw knives across the state because of the violence caused by the stabbings. When I wrote it I did not think about the victims of the stabbings, but as I sat there editing it for publication for some reason I just could not hit that publish button.
Instead I ventured out to read some of your blogs and found the one that I re-posted. I was deeply touched by the first paragraph where the writer says that too often we focus on the seriousness of dealing with children with special needs. When in reality these children for the most part are happy with their lives and we should share in that with them.
Whether it was the hand of God or something else
I am glad I found and could share that posting with you.
For all of us who have or know of a child with special needs
this re-posting should bring you a knowing smile
I know a while back I berated writers posting numerous topics on their blogs when I wrote “blog postings that briefly touch on many subjects but other than to bring the facts to ones attention, they seem to lack….substance. I too have infrequently compounded my postings with several subjects but they have left me unsatisfied with the results.” There is however an inverse rule to this, that being when one’s mind is carrying multiple topics of note and cannot create a worthy posting for each…should one just let them pass unnoticed? I therefore ask your indulgence and submit the following:
In a speech at the beginning of the month the President spoke of “his legacy” being fulfilled. He said that as of the March 31st deadline 7, 041,000 people have enrolled in obama-care. I have to wonder if the people of America agree with him. Considering if you subtract from the population of the US 316,128,839 those already on Medicare and Medicaid. Then if you further subtract 7% (those listed ‘officially’ as unemployed from that figure we arrive at 15,409,018. Lastly subtract the 7,041,000 “enrolled” and we have 8,368,018 people new criminals, in violation of the new law. I wonder if those people or the ones that already had health care plans but lost them because they did not follow the obama-care guidelines would think his legacy was a good thing.
Today yet another US court said that “We the people” have no right to decide how we live. First it was a California court today it was one in Ohio that overturned a voter initiative. I was brought up to believe that when you have an election or vote and weather it is state or nation wide whatever the voters decide will become the law of the land. NOT SO because narrow minded people in robes can take that decision away from tens of thousands of voters… I do not believe any mention of this was in the constitution.
On a personal note…e-cigarettes. The New York Times has published an article equating e-cigarettes with regular cigarettes. Being a smoker and urged by my family to switch I have started to adjust to e-cigarettes. They contain only nicotine nothing else, there is absolutely no by products except water vapor. The Times made it sound like they were worse than regular cigarettes. I wonder if they will publish an article on the 20,000 poisonings caused by tooth paste in 2012?
….and lastly in a lighter vain floating on my desktop for more than a week is a note about the bulwark of American journalism CNN. Because there was so little actual news about the disappearance of flight 370 and with CNN running almost 24/7 coverage of ‘no news’ it was to be expected that sooner or later they would be scraping the bottom of the barrel for something to say… but even I who has enjoyed listening to Art Bell’s many unorthodox guests had to pause when a CNN news anchor suggested that a “black hole” swallowed flight 370…..
…..maybe we can get him to redirect it to the White House.
It was a terrible feeling of helplessness….the more you struggled the deeper you went
soon it would totally cover me…..
I had brought the boat ashore about a mile above our present location, right after we first saw the record size bull moose. After tracking it in and out of the shoreline we were finally getting very, very close. The only problem was as I lead the hunters near the shoreline I was too focused on the moose and not my surroundings and I was now waist deep in ‘Alaskan quicksand’ unable to get out. After one of the hunters threw me a few large tree branches,to keep me from sinking deeper, I told my assistant to hug the tree line with the hunters and get that moose.
Alaskan quicksand, aka glacial silt, builds up for decades and is just as deadly as any other quicksand. In some areas it will support your weight for hours only to have it instantly turn to a muddy soup swallowing anything on the surface……just like our present economy. Has anyone noticed that there has been absolutely no news about any continuing efforts to balance our budget or stop the buildup of the nations debt?
Of course this being an election year, both parties have unconsciously (?) agreed to a truce about laying blame for who is doing more damage to the economy. They want each of us to forget about that cliff we are heading to and focus on what great men they are. In January both parties agreed to raise the nations debt limit and with the stroke of that pen they figured we would all forget that every day we are spending money that we do not have.
I find it inconceivable that so few of us are concerned about what will happen in the future when our financial markers are called in to be paid. Each of us knows full well what happens if we do not pay the rent, mortgage or utility bills, the property gets repossessed, we are evicted or the utilities shut off. What do you think will happen when some of the less friendly nations turn in our treasury bonds for payment and we have no cash to pay for them?
It will be like the mud on that shoreline
only this time it will swallow up a once great nation
Those few that know me understand my dislike with spring and summer in Alaska. The picture postcard beauty that is unequivocally equated with this state, at this time of year is missing. Instead we have thousands of miles of dirty snow, barren trees and here and there trash that has fallen in the snow and disappeared during the winter. Soon the many driveways like ours will be ankle deep in mud and running water from the melting snow.
Welcome to Spring time in Alaska.
One would think this overabundance of ‘ugly’ would be enough to darken one’s spirit but then it would be if one never read a newspaper or turned on the radio. When you add the constant raping of our nations wealth by our elected representatives and their supporters in big business plus the fact that the media, (print, internet and TV), is no longer the watch dog of ‘we the people’ but publicity outlets for both parties you have a truly ‘ugly’ spring.
So when I find a solitary government representative acting to benefit the people he represents, it is like finding a beautiful flower in the barren wilderness and I must bring it to your attention. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, announced at his state of the state address, last week, that his state is one of the few that actually has a one billion dollar income surplus. I bring him to your attention more importantly because he wants to give part of that surplus back to the people of Wisconsin in Income tax cuts and property tax rebates. What is interesting to see is how the legislature is up in arms over his actions. They want to spend the surplus and do not want to give any part of that surplus back to the people.
It will be interesting to follow this news item
and see if the people of Wisconsin can win out over their elected representatives