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Steve Breen

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  1. ivison.bedard

    ivison.bedard said, 1 day ago

    And don’t forget the Gov’t subsidized Crore System.

  2. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    All students (not just minorities) get cheated by having ineffective teachers. This seems, more, like a way of blaming the poor performance of a group of students on something other then the real problem i.e. Ineffective parents that don’t teach their children the fundamentals at home like Discipline, Work Ethic, Respect for Authority, Values, etc.

    I come from a family of Educators who are all recognized for their good work and exceptional teaching skills. They see poor performers in their midst (like any professions) and do what they can to encourage them to do better like we do to our co-workers who are slacking.

  3. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Can’t even spell “core”? Kids from dysfunctional family settings are the ones who need the extra help since it is unlikely the family will fix itself. If you can save the kids, they won’t become the next generation dysfunctional families.Schools in low income areas typically are very poorly funded by the state compared to more affluent communities. In general the US educational system is falling behind other developed countries. Core curriculum was an attempt to improve the situation by providing a uniform curriculum across all schools. It may not be the right approach since it has met with a lot of resistance but we do have to do something to improve our education system.

  4. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 1 day ago

    Well, Ted……I guess we could simply spend more money on it. Isn’t that always the liberal answer.

  5. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, 1 day ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well, we COULD spend a little money examining where the failings of the education system lie and then do our best as a society to address those shortcomings. Or we could take Mephistopheles’ suggestion of blaming the victims, attack their parents, and then, considering the problem defined and solved, move on and continue to ignore it.


    Much cheaper that way.

  6. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Ted – I agree that the core curriculum was an attempt to provide uniform standards across the country and it has met with unfair criticism from the right because they don’t like their children being taught about Evolution, Astronomy, Earth Science or anything else that would cause them to question their parent’s Religious assertions.

    I also agree that kids coming from a dysfunctional family setting are more likely to need help. But those communities won’t help themselves and expect my neighbors and me to open up our wallets and pay more to fix their self inflicted problems. We don’t create that money out of thin air. The money that goes to help their communities gets taken out of MY community and that’s where I say we have paid enough. Chicago schools have the highest cost per student and yet they continue to perform poorly because the local communities don’t put in enough effort.

    Next – I don’t know about where you come from but in my area it is primarily Property tax that pays for local schools (Not general state income). We like it that way because we have more local control about how the funds are spent. If we allowed the state to manage those funds it would all get sent to the inner cities and squandered on Waste, Fraud, and Corruption.

    I don’t know anyone who wants to see kids get a second rate education. But those inner city schools are kinda like third world countries living under warlords. We want to help them and we will WHEN they start cleaning up their own house first. How many times do I have to read in the paper about inner city parents complaining that the discipline is too harsh on their children rather then supporting their schools’ administration. How many times do I have to drive home, late from a meeting only to see teenage boys playing Basketball at 11:30pm on a school night. We have communities in Illinois complaining because the state can no longer afford to pay for daycare for the children of teenage moms who still want to pursue a diploma.

    Why do I never here you and your progressive colleagues challenging these communities to hold themselves to a higher standard? I only hear you holding the rest of us up for our precious tax dollars.

  7. ChevJames007

    ChevJames007 said, 1 day ago

    OK . . . you’ve got minority—and white kids—whose parents don’t have a book or magazine in the house, where there is NO emphasis on learning or achieving success, where there is drug abuse and no father anywhere around—so tell me again it’s the teachers’ fault that these kids don’t give a flip about learning!

  8. jeff cartwright

    jeff cartwright GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    what % of primary school teachers are white middle age fat guys stereotyping should produce a young women which I assume are the most common K -6 teachers. The change in our culture and the crash of our school system can be timed to the break in two parent households across all lines

  9. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, 1 day ago

    I can tell you from personal experience that a kid who is sufficiently motivated will learn even in spite of bad teachers… they’ll just learn at their own pace and in subjects that interest them.

  10. vfwiffo

    vfwiffo said, 1 day ago

    Ineffective teachers are all about unions. Teacher’s unions tend to get awfully cranky when any kind of accountability is suggested, and since a lot of minority students are concentrated in blue cities, they own enough politicians to usually get their way.

  11. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Hiram – Or we could follow your lead and tell the kids and parents, alike, that it’s not their fault that they are failing. It’s the fault of a bad teachers, bad administrators and insufficient funds.

    My kids have and do attend a rural school district that is, by no means, wealthy but it has good, hardworking teachers, administrators and parents that want the children to do well and MOST do. Not every kid thrives though so by your assertion we should label all of those teachers, parents, and administrators lazy and stupid.

    The truth of the matter is; there are plenty of kids that will not succeed in school no matter how much money we spend on the school district because they have: Lazy parents, a poor attitude towards education, substance abuse issues, etc. But just like Ted – You would chalk that up to Not Enough money.

  12. WiseOrator

    WiseOrator said, 1 day ago

    @Tax Man

    Cutting funding for education certainly hasn’t fixed the problem!

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 1 day ago

    @Mephistopheles

    “The truth of the matter is; there are plenty of kids that will not succeed in school no matter how much money we spend on the school district because they have: Lazy parents, a poor attitude towards education, substance abuse issues, etc.”

    And what is your solution to this problem? Because we can’t just ignore it and hope it’ll go away.

  14. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 1 day ago

    @Tax Man

    “Well, Ted……I guess we could simply spend more money on it. Isn’t that always the liberal answer.”

    Democrats want to throw more money at schools. Republicans want to throw more money at prisons.

  15. WiseOrator

    WiseOrator said, 1 day ago

    @vfwiffo

    " Teacher’s unions tend to get awfully cranky when any kind of accountability is suggested,…"
    NOT TRUE! And if you cared about being honest you’d know that your comment is not true. What teachers and teachers’ union get cranky about is the near solely Republican attack on teachers regarding failing students, the almost constant complaints from the Right regarding the costs to educate students at all and the holding teachers accountable for the performance of the students while ignoring every other factor that contributes to or detracts from the students’ abilities to achieve the partisan “correct” results.

    Do you think it is right for a P.E. or Arts or Music teacher’s job security or salary to be tied to the schools’ students’ performance on the standardized tests in reading and math? Subjects that those teachers have zero influence on?
    When your sole interest is in demonizing those you don’t agree with, don’t be surprised when they don’t feel any obligation to negotiate with you.

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