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Robert Ariail

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    You could write Public Healthcare on that mailbox, with the same men at work.

  2. stormtrooper11116

    stormtrooper11116 said, over 2 years ago

    Think you’re missing his point……………….

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Too bad it isn’t one or the other the way it is portrayed here. It is about choice and competition. Public schools without competition and having no reason to be effective have ended up being bloated and inefficient. They are becoming more about being good on paper than producing anything.
    Forcing them to have competition and removing bureaucracy is the way to start to fix that. Vouchers are one method of doing that.

  4. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Clearly we need to improve our educational system. Other countries do a better job especially in the STEM subjects. Bloated school bureaucracy and teacher unions are failing to provide a world class education in this country. Not educating the poor means you will be stuck with another generation of poor.

  5. Larry

    Larry said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well put, Ted. Clearly something must be done.
    The lack of incentive, lack of education of our poor is appalling. Jesus said the poor will be with us always but that doesn’t have to be so.

  6. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well thought out post. Again.

  7. mshefler

    mshefler said, over 2 years ago

    How far over the top does it have to be before you recognize sarcasm?

  8. piobaire

    piobaire said, over 2 years ago

    @Ted Lind

    The teachers I know are all about doing the best they can for students with the resources they have. Almost all work many, many hours beyond contract, including nights and weekends. However, when teachers ask for raises, they are told, in effect, “No, you only work 35 hours a week. Oh, and you’re expected to do even more work next year.”

  9. piobaire

    piobaire said, over 2 years ago

    When I was a child, we were motivated to learn for a variety of reasons.
    First, out parents expected us to learn, to succeed. They read to us when we were toddlers, counted things, talked about colors and shapes, and taught us manners and proper behavior. Parents in those days respected what teachers were doing, and backed them up.
    Second, we knew that children who did not master the required skills were going to have to repeat a grade. Today children are promoted with their age group. This results in careless, unmotivated students at three or four reading levels in fifth grade classrooms.
    You see, it isn’t politically correct to tell children that they need to work hard. It’s part of the “everybody gets a trophy” and “everybody is wonderful” mentality. It must be somebody else’s fault if you are not doing well. When I was a kid, we had to work hard to get respect. We were taught to work hard to achieve. It is not so today.
    Next, it isn’t politically correct to tell parents to prepare their children for school, or to back teachers up. Nope. There are more of them, and they vote.
    It has become, however, politically correct (in some minds and political philosophies) to bash teachers and teacher unions. It’s part of a “all unions are bad, and we can pay people less if we bust the unions” mentality. Check out the information on educational and economic effects of teacher turn-over. (Please read more than the first sentence in the description.)
    No business could function well with that much job dissatisfaction and such high turnover. When the economy ever really gets going again, watch teachers leave the profession for respect, more money, and better working conditions.
    Public educators that I know don’t hate charter schools. They dislike seeing public money funneled to for-profit schools with questionable success rates and that treat their employees poorly. (Public educators pay taxes, too.) Public educators dislike being compared to schools that can pick and choose their students, when they can’t. Public educators don’t like being told that they are the source of all the problems in education, and that charter schools will solve the problems.
    Every single challenge and every single problem in schools today has one solution, as far as administrators and parents are concerned: Teachers must do more. Longer hours, more training, get more done in the same amount of time. This has been going on for decades, and the burdens are becoming crushing.
    Well, my lunch is over, and I have to go pick up my class. Yes, I am a teacher, and I am proud to be one, and proud to be a member of my teacher union.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    Alternative schools show better results because they can choose the students they accept. Who would choose behavior problems, children too hungry to pay attention, or those with special needs? Leave those for the public schools, and then blame the public schools for not achieving the same results.

    And look how well we’ve done by deregulating trucking (no more owner-operators), the airlines (down to just a couple and they are in and out of bankruptcy courts), and banking.

    So, what’s not to like with deregulating schools?

    Here’s an idea: for years, school systems have been told how to be run by people who have never taught a student. Are we surprised at the outcome?

    (And now, we have a health care system run by people who have never seen a patient. What could possibly go wrong?)

  11. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    In a one word reply:

  12. wbr

    wbr said, over 2 years ago

    why would anyone want to make urban students attend unacredited schools

  13. zippy06

    zippy06 said, over 2 years ago

    Whoa, some cartoonists are back from their vacation.

  14. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    That’s what the cons want. So they can teach kids about the flat earth that’s 6000 years old.

  15. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    How many articles or sources would you like? I am particularly conversant on the subject of “Critical Pedagogy” and “Social and Economic Justice” as applied to public education in a number of states.
    Would say 5 sources be sufficent?

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