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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 3 years ago

    Better cut the school budget then. Trump needs to re-gild the casino.

  2. ODon

    ODon said, almost 3 years ago

    No that’s just the nonsensical ranting of Ima Simpleton.

  3. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    and @ODon: Or perhaps just someone who reads a newspaper about, for instance, the dilemma about the school in CA that was trying to accommodate the trans-gender students with washroom facilities and education classes for “the straights”. Know what you’re talking about before you snark. If you check with a current newspaper you’ll notice a few changes from ’62. Signed: A ’68 Grad.

  4. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 3 years ago

    I had a guidance counselor. I also took a driver’s ed class. Both have been cut from my high school to pay for lower taxes on the rich. It was a bad trade.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 3 years ago

    Except for Supervisors and certain other “executive” positions in the larger school systems, qualified and involved teachers and guidance counselors are in short supply. The best ones are spending their own money trying to provide tools their students need to do classwork and homework, not to mention items for arts or music classes. When not being accused by uninvolved, often overpaid superiors who sit in offices far from struggling classrooms, they are defending themselves from parents who, either from being overworked themselves, uneducated, or lazy, believe it is the teacher’s job to motivate and encourage students to do homework and study even when not in the classroom. Teachers are supposed to provide direction, it is the parent who is the true teacher, the one who MUST inspire their child to want to learn, to see the benefits of learning, and if necessary, to fear the consequence of an adult life without the sufficient tools of education. Guidance counselors are even more hamstrung by what they can say or do even when students willingly and actively seek them out for help. Once again, without resources from above, or help from parents, the child is going to be left to the influences of their peers, their neighborhood, and the media culture that promotes sexuality, drinking, violence, and greed. A culture that says if you are polite and hardworking you’re a fool, and if you are aggressive and self serving, you’re cool.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    A modern variant of Socialism is Statist Capitalism. In this variant the means of production are left in private hands, but all or most of the production decisions are made by government. Some recent examples:
    The Obama administration pushing the Volt into production then heavily subsidizing it even as nobody bought that vehicle.
    Masses of government regulation on… well, everything.
    Ethanol subsidies. Solar and Wind subsidies.
    Each time the government subsidizes or regulates something they are controlling to some degree the production of goods and services in the market place. Now, some regulation simply places across the board requirements on an industry such as food safety standards.
    Where it becomes Statist Capitalism is when regulations or subsidies start picking winners and losers in the market or drive certain outcomes in favor of other potential outcomes. Setting a government energy policy for that entire industry is Statist Capitalism. Setting the size of soft drink cups is Statist Capitalism.
    In the end Statist Capitalism is just Socialism without the government confiscating the means of production. Instead, the government confiscates the decision making on what to produce and how.

  7. pirate227

    pirate227 said, almost 3 years ago

    I already knew what I was going to do so, I never had much need for a guidance counselor.

  8. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    TTM, you do realize that the vast majority of oil and gas “subisdies” are not directed towards start ups or expansion of those industries but to government desired research, clean up of pre-existing pollution, and other things government wants these industries to do but wouldn’t do on their own?
    On the other hand, Obama’s energy strategy has been to direct huge subsidies to solar and wind start ups many of which have gone bankrupt, and towards related “Green” initiatives that nobody would do because they are economically unprofitable without continious and heavy government subsidy.
    The difference is that in the first case the government is getting established profitable corporations to do stuff that the government needs doing but otherwise would not be undertaken while in the second case you have an administration handing out money wholesale to questionable and unprofitable enterprises on the hope and prayer that someday they might become otherwise.

  9. swilkins

    swilkins GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    FYI: In Philadelphia, there were big school budget cuts last fall and counselors were among the hardest hit. Signe

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Hmm, I also graduated in ’62 and my guidance councilor was excellent, and my track/cross country coach, also excellent at that and helping kids “grow”.

    My son’s “councilors” (2) were worthless “right wing nut jobs”, who ruined any kid who had any creativity, originality, or intelligence. They set out to punish any kid who didn’t tow THEIR line, without deviation. Yes, things have changed, and NCLB hasn’t helped the education community a bit.

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