Jeff Stahler for April 29, 2018

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    Daeder  over 3 years ago

    Teachers are the most dangerous threat to “the way things currently run”. There’s nothing scarier than an educated public!

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    DD Wiz Premium Member over 3 years ago

    When they shoot the first graders or high school students (or anything in between), CONservatives yell, “Arm the teachers.”

    But when teachers align in unions for decent wages and working conditions (and adequate student funding so teachers don’t have to buy supplies out of their own meager salaries), suddenly no one is talking about giving them guns.

    This is the problem with the CONservatives’ “market god” of Mammon, who decrees that the hedge fund managers, Wall $treet bank$ters and billionaire CEO’s (who produce no actual wealth to the economy but collapsed our economy) are worth more than highly-educated teachers and who also decrees that it is better to leave millions of empty houses vacant while people sleep in the streets.
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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Teachers are underestimated and underpayed here in Italy too , and often they are bullying by the pupils and their parents . When I was a student (I’m 60) not hear a pin drop in the class-room , even with the substitute teachers . Mala tempora currunt

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    superposition  over 3 years ago

    A complex problem that requires more than the simple solutions that parents/politicians keep offering. Too many resources — (e.g.) text books, computing devices, etc — have been privatized and the emphasis is on the annual profit stream not the quality of education. Education (especially by rote memorization) to pass a standard test does not generate critical thinking. I used open source materials in my courses which were of better content quality and more up to date than the expensive materials from “academic” publishers.

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    As you’d expect, the conversation and Q&A at Harvard was very wide-ranging. The thing that stood out to me initially was Gates’s admission that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to improve K-12 education in the U.S.—which date back to the group’s founding in 2000—have not made much of an impact so far.

    “We haven’t seen a big difference even after 20 years, but we’ll keep going,” Gates said. There are political and funding challenges at the state level, he said, and also issues with teacher training and pay. All of that contributes to the huge disparity in educational opportunities for kids in the U.S.

    By comparison, Gates talked about his team’s successes in bringing down infant mortality rates in developing countries in Africa. “We did not expect to do that. We thought improving U.S. education would be easier than that,” he said.


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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member over 3 years ago

    I heard about the joke at the correspondents dinner. The teachers want the guns to sell for school supplies, LOL!

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    Diane Lee Premium Member over 3 years ago

    The first year I taught, to do the best job I could, I needed a lot of things that weren’t supplied by the district. It was about January when my husband asked"Dear, I don’t mean to complain, but do you have any idea when you might start breaking even on this job?"

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    Durak Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Not a joking matter.

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    Zen-of-Zinfandel  over 3 years ago

    Interesting quote: “The absence of competition is the problem. A free enterprise education system would eliminate the ability to trample one civil right by supporting an opposing civil right.”

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    Sadandconfused9  over 3 years ago

    Real Americans loathe military style assault weapons in the hands of civilians. That just shows common sense rather than fanatical adherence to the Twisted logic espoused by Wayne LaPierre while the foaming at the mouth in defense of flawed reasoning.

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    Haukki  over 3 years ago

    It’s not “fear and loathing of firearms.” It’s fear and loathing of so many pseudo"real Americans" who carry them. And by the way, Hoser: a term from when, after a game of ice hockey, the losing team had to hose down the ice. Thus, a ‘hoser’ is a ‘loser’.

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    Crabbyrino Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Last night @ WHC Dinner, comic Michelle said it was good to arm the teachers so they can sell the guns for school supplies.

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    Elle Finn  over 3 years ago

    All these teachers fighting for better wages and funding are from red states. I wonder how many of them voted for Trump.

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    Mr. Blawt  over 3 years ago

    Republicans don’t want to give teachers fair pay. They don’t want the voters educated. They want to sell more guns to help their portfolios

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    Zuhlamon Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Poor ‘hoser. Still thinks Obama, the U.N., Democrats, “liberals” – or anybody who’s not a "Republican – are coming after his guns.

    Now, what was it Dr. Leslie Winkle calls Dr. Sheldon Cooper…?

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    "It's the End of the World!!!" Premium Member over 3 years ago

    Now, I am a bit biased. My local teachers average $65,000 working 190 days a year. That’s far less than most M-F workers typically do. It’s a tough job, however most of the teachers around me are well paid.

    My issue with these walkouts is that you are protesting the pay YOU AGREED TO. Most teachers have a union or association that negotiates your wages for you. Good, that’s their job. You apparently voted for the contract (based upon a majority rule) so you are protesting your own agreement, your own vote, and the apparent lack of intestinal fortitude of your own local union’s bargaining ability.

    Why are you protesting at the state level? Most teachers are paid at the municipal or county level. You want more money, then protest there. Negotiate there. Demand there.

    And if you get more money from the state to fund you, then do not complain for a second that your taxes go up to fund it, or services are cut elsewhere to pay for it.

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