Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. Adrian Snare

    Adrian Snare said, 5 months ago

    Criticism without an idea, a solution is worthless.
    I’ll admit, I do not know why Little John cannot read..
    I do know , as a man, than we cannot be forced…
    I think that I favor “standardized testing” …
    But, to simply teach to pass is NOT good.
    If we cannot or will not learn from the more advanced nations, then we should have, in this area, more states rights…..then we can learn what works, what does not – from each other…

  2. eepatt

    eepatt said, 5 months ago

    @Adrian Snare

    The main factor in educational acheivement is average family income— not money spent per student, not educational background of teachers, not newness of schools, not reading “method”—it is family income. That is THE correlation with educational success. Correlation is not causation, but childhood poverty has been rising steadily since Ronnie Raygun’s administration. The real questions are how can we decrease poverty and how can we lessen its effects? Not with expensive testing, not by taking resources away from the schools that need it most, not by hiring expensive consultants, and certainly NOT by privatization of the public education process. A lot of people and corporations are trying to make money from this problem and we should be a little skeptical of that.

  3. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 5 months ago

    Privatizing almost anything will improve it. When people have a choice, they go for the best results at the most reasonable cost. That is how the marketplace works.

    Remember when there was no choice in telephone service and you got a black, rotary dial phone.

  4. Jeff Kiser

    Jeff Kiser GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Fact is that students in Charter Schools do better than students in public schools, that includes students who start with the same base rate of knowledge and same levels in reading and math. The most powerful political entity by far is the teachers unions in California, when the state democrats wanted to put forward a bill to remove pensions from felony child molesters due to the recent spate of molesters in elementary schools, the union stopped them. It was good legislation, but the union squashed it, after all it could possibly hurt a certain percentage of their membership…. California leadership is in the pocket of this group, and testing simply puts pressure on teachers and education to change how things are done, but unions work well in an environment of fraud, waste and inefficiency. I know, I teach in an inner city school and I am a union member.

  5. me9970

    me9970 said, 5 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    You make some really good points but the one thing I didn’t see is accountability. If the problem firms or people were held accountable and persecuted to the full extent, it might help. Then you have to fight the unions because they’ll defend Satan if he or she was a member. Here we had a firefighter charged with arson, was fired from the department, and was found mentally incompetent. The union fought back for 7 years and just won a jury verdict reinstating the firefighter and awarded all the back pay that totaled over $300,000.00. I’m still shocked by the audacity of the verdict.

  6. me9970

    me9970 said, 5 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    I only have my area to go by on these subjects but the charter schools here have to apply for funding though the school district. If they decide not to fund the charter school the tuition goes up and people pay more and again only the wealthier can go. It to me is unfair for the less wealthy but it is also protectionism from the school district because they don’t want the pressure from being out performed by the charter system.

  7. Overtaxed

    Overtaxed GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    If throwing more money at private schools and unaccountable teachers backed up by unions with standardized, but severely dumbed down testing is such a good idea, then the big city socialist run public schools should be cranking out Einsteins. Instead, the end result is an even worse education. Meanwhile the few students able to go to alternative choices of education, be it home schooled, charter schools, church run schools, or private sector schools are the best educated. The socialist solution, which is completely insane, is to throw more money at the problem, guaranteeing more votes and money for the socialist elites while the poor suffer even more. The real solution is to do away with the Department of Education and return control of the public schools back to the local population. Let the parents decide how their children to be educated. The worst case is some of them will make wise choices and others will make poor choices. Which is an improvement over the current socialist system that forces all parents to send their children to the failing public schools with the current failing results. As for paying for education, if you can afford to have children, then you should be responsible enough and have the financial means to take care of them. Which shows another problem with socialists. They believe the provider class taxpayers are responsible for the children of the irresponsible recipient class, another form of welfare.

  8. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    The number 1 factor in how well a kid does in education is parents. Parental involvement. And until Government stops trying to be mommy and daddy for our own good, no amount of money taxed from you or me will help those kids.

  9. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, 5 months ago

    Libs never seem to grasp that pouring money into a hopelessly deficient educational system will not make things better. It simply flushes the taxpayer dollars down a sewer and the kids remain ignorant and unprepared for the real world…but then, libs have always refused to live in the real world anyway so this comes as no big surprise.

  10. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, 5 months ago

    @Harleyquinn

    For once (and every once in awhile) I have to agree with you here. But, is it the parents fault that for the last 30 years or so (no not just in this current administration, or even just the last) the average middle class family in this country has been economically going down hill. This means that both parents have to work (and then sometimes at multiple jobs) just to keep a roof over the kids heads, food in their bellies, and clothes on their backs. Just when do these parents actually have the time (as one worker families in the past had the time) to even begin to work at helping the teachers properly teach their children? The answer is that obviously they do not have the time. And what little time they do have they are usually far too tired from working multiple jobs to do any good anyway!


    This also explains the disparity between the wealthy with their kids better education, and the middle class with their lack of education for their kids. The wealthy have the funds to either: (1) Have the time themselves to see to it that their children get the best education possible, or (2) Have the funds to hire others (tutors, or even full teachers) to do this work for them.


    And teachers unions have absolutely nothing to do with this base situation, one way or the other.


    And like most complicated problem areas this is not true of all people either, just the majority. For instance: My own grand children that live with me and their parents, have the advantage of being in home school with myself as their learning coach. And as a former relatively well educated aerospace worker that is now retired, I have both the time and the ability to see to it that they are actually getting a far better education then they could possibly have in a regular classroom environment. In fact, I work just as hard at this “job” as I ever did while fully employed!! As a relatively mild and compassionate liberal I would like to see all children have the same advantage. So, if you know of any actually constructive ideas to have this happen, then please feel free to express them. And, if you try not to blame moderate liberals for this, then I will not even blame any conservatives either, Deal?

  11. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 5 months ago

    @TheTrustedMechanic

    So you learned to be a mechanic from some government agency and then never worked in the private sector where the unskilled soon get fired or go out of business.Why does the government use private contractors?They don’t want to pay for training someone to do what they want done.
    We can see what a great job the government did on the Obamacare website after 3 years to work on it and $650 million.No one in the government was smart enough to hire some one that knew what they were doing because none of them knew either.

  12. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @Robert Landers

    . And what little time they do have they are usually far too tired from working multiple jobs to do any good anyway!"
    And who in the last 5 years has been killing off full time jobs?

  13. Harleyquinn

    Harleyquinn GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    @Robert Landers

    This also explains the disparity between the wealthy with their kids better education, and the middle class with their lack of education for their kids. "
    Only half right. You forgot to factor in absent Fathers and the mommy government who wants to supplement it. Just look at who voted for what in Virginia and you might get an idea
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/05/women-mcauliffe-victory_n_4222645.html
    YES IT IS HARD! I am a full time dad who works 30+ a week married to a teacher who works 40, 50 + a week. But when you have two you make time for what is important. I applaud you in home schooling. Nut by doing so you have the best solution. Time with the kids. And no I will not stop knocking loony libs for wanting to be the Mommy or Daddy to these kids! It is this mindset that has destroyed the traditional family! You don’t need a man, here is welfare! Just look at Obamacare! Do you know under Obamacare it will be cheaper for two to get divorced! REALLY! Two making 35,000 will get better benefits than one family unit making 70,000.

  14. denis1112

    denis1112 said, 5 months ago

    I see you don’t know anything about Common Core either.Its a rewrite of history.Like teaching that the people who actually threw the tea into Boston Harbor in 1773 were terrorists.

  15. cubefarmer

    cubefarmer said, 5 months ago

    “As usual your comment is nothing but partisan vitriol and contains all of the intelligence and facts of same.”

    Coming from you that’s gotta take troll hypocrite of the week.

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