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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 11 months ago

    Ho-hum. Put taxes back where they were when Clinton left office. Cut the breaks to Romney’s ‘gifted’ crowd. Let the whingers whinge. Problem solved. Really.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 11 months ago

    As Thomas Friedman points out in today’s New York Times, there’s nothing wrong with our school systems.


    As long as we’re Korean.

  3. Mephistopholes

    Mephistopholes GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Michael – I read the article by Mr. Friedman and I didn’t get the same thing out of it that you did.

    He was acknowledging that many of our schools are failing but putting it on the backs of Parents that don’t hold their own kids/students to high standards.

    My wife is a teacher and by all accounts a Damn good one. She puts in the long hours and cares about her students. But even still, she has students who show up ready to nap and take up space. Those kids don’t care and they become a distraction for the kids that are there to learn.

    The parents of those kids are the real villiains in this story. They are the ones that are making schools worse for the families that do want their kids to get a good education.

    My kids (two of the three have been Valedictorians in their high school class and the third is only a High School Freshman) go to a small rural school that doesn’t have a lot of money for the extras. But the school does take the time to address discipline problems and keeps order which allows the serious students to apply themselves and succeed.

    We live close to a city with a failing school system that worries too much about how they will be perceived if they suspend or expel a minority student that is being disruptive. They would prefer to allow that student to continue to negatively impact the learning of the serious students instead. And that is why those schools fail. They receive more money per student but less support from parents per student.

    Fix the attitude towards education first. Then fix the schools.

  4. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, 11 months ago

    How about Pennsylvania governor Tom Corrupt…err….Corbett ducking out of a planned awards ceremony at a Philadelphia high school this past week?
    It would have been the pinnacle of irony, giving an award to a school after he cut education to the bone.
    I now live in blood-red Lebanon County, PA. I’ve lost track of all the people out here who say that they can’t stand “Tom Corporate.”
    Mickey Mouse could defeat “Tom Corbett Space Cadet” (the name of a 1950s TV show) this year!

  5. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 11 months ago

    @Mephistopholes

    Very well said.

  6. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 11 months ago

    @Mephistopholes

    replied to Michael wme : “I read the article by Mr. Friedman and I didn’t get the same thing out of it that you did”


    Correct me if I’m wrong but I understood Michael’s take on the article as that it suits the Koreans if American education remains at the level it is at, or worsens, as it gives Koreans a more competitive edge if Americans’ education is worse.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    Compared to the Fins, we are at the bottom. But then they are at the top which was a byproduct of them fixing their education system over a decade ago. Unfortunately we can’t do all of what they did. Our Conservatives would never allow it.
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    Funding should be based on need, not location. Funding is local—the rich have more than enough the lesser have lesser funding. A haphazard way of doing things.

  8. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @wmconelly

    Don’t exclude John “Move the Boat” Kerry!

  9. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    We have THE most expensive K-12 school system with the worst results. Common Core is a path to government funded illiteracy.

  10. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    As I understand the Korean education system, the smartest children are promoted to better schools. Thus the poorer students are condemned to menial labor jobs. They get filtered throughout the entire educational process and only the highest achievers get the best education. The Korean government gets more bang for their educational expenses by spending more money on only those that will do something with their education.

  11. wbr

    wbr said, 11 months ago

    dear wrench the USA spends more per student than any other nation /// we need to reintroduce skill training for those who are not academically inclined

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Robots do it without training however if they don’t add to the economy by spending money they are a one way street. One day we will find that either we pay people who aren’t working because of automation to keep our economy going or we go back to using humans in jobs and pay them well for it.

  13. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Single parent homes are a factor in a dysfunctional school system. Women should have to get a license to have a baby. Couples should be certified that they are competent to get along with each other and are committed to raising their children together.

  14. Fuzzy Thinker (I)

    Fuzzy Thinker (I) GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    People that think more money should go into schools should create a PAC and get voluntary contributions. Enough has been spent of ‘Other People’s Money’.

  15. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    Children who grow up on farms are highly undisciplined versus the rigors of the assembly line. Yes, they knew how to work hard, but they did it on their own time, they were far too easily distracted . They were constantly walking off the line because it was their nurture.


    You sure seem to be the “Know all to end all!”


    UNDISCIPLINED? The farming kids I grew up with in Wisconsin were the most disciplined, because of their family work ethic and the daily chores before school and after.


    You, really do not know with what you speak.

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