Teachers, budget and the Arab summer
2+2=5 (in Chicago maybe)
The teachers of Chicago are of course striking because they were offered a package that did not give them the raise they wanted and more interesting to me they did not want the provision in there contract which stated they would be evaluated based on the progress of the children they teach. When I worked as a printing pressman for 30 years I was judged almost daily on my qualifications to hold that position. They way I was judged was the work I produced. If a client was unhappy with my work and it occurred a number of times I would no longer have that job. Why should not a teacher be held to these same standards. If enough students did not pass that class they were teaching should not that teacher also loose there position?
Yes I know there are many variables when it comes to school age children. Most importantly is there home life supportive of the school work, or is the student present everyday and mentally capable enough to do the work and so on. But when you have over 40% of all eighth grade students not being able to pass a standard reading test, I would say there is a bigger problem than the student or his parents.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record they are at it again. This time very quietly and with by-partisan support. Our government is ignoring the fact that we are broke and doing nothing more than printing money to pay our bills, and are about to pass another six month extension of the budget. Both the democrats and republicans do not want a knock down drag out fight over the budget when it is so close to the November elections. They know that would mean the candidates for president would have to take a stand on budget cuts and tax increases, which would definitely hurt there chance to get elected. Personally I think I would support a man running for President who stepped up and said we needed to cut the budget across the board and at the same time have a tax increase.
Because he would have proved
to be the only man in Washington with a backbone.
Arab summer over?
I can still hear the praise from Obama and the secretary of state when the revolution was over in Egypt and then again in Libya. It was a step forward for the common man and the change in power in each of those countries was an example of democracy at work, they said. Well I think when obama was praising the people of Egypt and Libya and apologizing for the way many Americans see the radicals who live by the religion of Islam is wrong. I think based on the actions over the past week the president should have a press conference and admit that what he said was wrong. Today there are demonstrations and rioting at over 20 embassies, maybe it is time to just say enough and leave those countries. Since we believe in freedom of choice and the people of these countries do not want us there, then fine we leave and take the billions of dollars in support we give them each year with us. Who knows maybe we could use that money for something like, I don’t know, maybe lowering our national debt? Besides the Islamics that rioted in those countries then killed a United States ambassador and others have no idea what the words democracy and freedom mean. They should be told that the video they (say) they are protesting is protected by that very freedom. Someone should tell them freedom is always allowing the other side the right to have a voice.
Oh and I think that the president and secretary of state
apologizing for the video is the wrong way to handle this situation.
The United States was (again) attacked on 9/11
Americans were killed
there is only one acceptable response and its not an apology