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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Come on. What state needs an educated population, anyway?

  2. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    The GOP in Harrisburg is trying to cut education to the bone. On the other hand, they are giving all sorts of tax breaks to those who are using “fracking” for natural gas and destroying Pennsylvania’s beautiful rural environment as well as our water supplies in violation of Article I, Section 27 of Pennsylvania’s state constitution, which reads:
    The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.
    Tom Corrupt…err…Corbett is also trying to kill off several of PA’s biggest cash cows in order to serve steak to his rich buddies.

  3. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    The GOP in Harrisburg is also trying to sell off our kids’ educations to their rich buddies as well, in the guise of privately-run, for-profit “charter schools.”

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Do you honestly think that spending LESS money makes students smarter? Given a chance between well funded and poorly funded schools, conservatives ALWAYS choose well-funded schools for their own children.

  5. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 1 year ago

    More money is not the awnser in our schools, any country with better education than us has larger class rooms, China, Russia, England, Germany, China, India add your own I know I did not get them all.

    If you want better schools get rid of the bottom five percent and give the remaining teachers a raise or even better for the top quarter of the teachers.

    The idea that it is better to give the teachers time to learn their jobs only works for the first year at best. We should not be allowed to use children as guinea pigs while some clown gets his/her act together.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 1 year ago

    Anyone who tells you education isn’t important is a perfect example of how wrong they are.

  7. wbr

    wbr said, over 1 year ago

    USA is number 1 in $ per kid spending on ed k-12 and bottom 1/3 on results

  8. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 1 year ago

    Well, Washington DC spends THE MOST per student.
    That must mean that the Dems that control that city have the best performing schools.
    Right?
    I don’t think I need to tell you how they rank…..

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @braindead08

    What the Cons want is only private schools. Educated their way with their teachers.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Spending more money on the right things can educate them. Like books that are modern and not from the 1970’s. Better pay for teachers, have all the supplies needed. Things like that.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @jack75287

    At the top of the heap are Japan and Finland, not Russia, China, England, Germany or India. Certainly not the USA either.

  12. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    “At the top of the heap are Japan and Finland, not Russia, China, England, Germany or India. Certainly not the USA either.”

    China, Russia & India do well at educating a small number of students from well connected, elite families. Kinda like the U.S.

    One of the things that gets ignored in the discussion of how much the U.S. spends on education, is the fact that only 70% is actually public funds. 30% is from parents & private sources.

  13. Karen Loveridge

    Karen Loveridge GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @jack75287

    Even an excellent teacher who knows their job needs training when curriculum changes are dictated by the state or federal government. Too often legislation is passed or programs are adopted and the teachers are expected to incorporate those changes with no clear explanation about exactly how they are to be translated into the classroom. It isn’t just the bottom 5% of teachers who say there is a problem.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    So many funny conclusions. One poster says DC school results are the result of Democrats being in charge. To that, I say, what about Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi? They are controlled by Republicans, and are constantly swapping places with each other between #48 and #50. Can we really pin this on a political party?

    Might this happen to be at least partly due to the fact, as Ms. Loveridge posited, that curricula and criteria are dictated by politicians who have never worked in any capacity in any school system?

    In VA, we have Standards of Learning tests. (Abbreviated SOL…..would be funny if it wasn’t serious.) Starting around February, all traditional teaching stops, and rote memorization becomes the order of the day. Because we not only grade students, we grade schools in a standardized way.

    Standardized testing is foolish. This does not help kids want to learn, and that’s the first step needed. Also, I was fortunate enough to get through High School with honors, and almost never opened a textbook. (College was a wake-up call…..) Albert Einstein was expelled from school, and was not expected to make anything of himself. I defy anyone to say I’m smarter than Mr. Einstein, but maybe this helps to prove that finding a way to reach kids is different from standardized testing?

  15. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 1 year ago

    @braindead08

    “What state needs an educated population, anyway?”

    Certainly not one that wants the GOP in charge.

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