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Re: “Who Just Said "The Market Mechanism Just Doesn't Work" In Education?

"parents have little or no financial exposure resulting from their choice"
No, they have far more at risk than simple money - their children. So I don't get the point.

Both charter and public school systems are poor. The basic foundation of applying assembly line mentality to education of children is so completely, 180 degrees backward in the modern world, that there is virtually zero value in any taxpayer funded schools of any kind except as a daycare service.

This is not to take one thing away from all the educated, hard-working teachers who strive every day to make it work; but school as designed today is so flawed, it probably does more harm than good except in cases where kids would otherwise spend the day without supervision or in abusive or dysfunctional homes.

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Posted by bslap on 12/17/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “A Breakdown And Explanation Of The TUSD Pay Raises

"Why a person who works with columns of numbers makes more than a person who teaches a classroom of children, or drives a bus full of children, is a mystery to me. "

This point of view is a mystery to me. The answer is because there are more available teachers and bus drivers than accountants. Want to make more money than a teacher? Go into accounting. Not saying it's fair or right: teachers should make enough to support themselves. They have a union to help with that.

Compensation is based on supply and demand, not arbitrary opinions of value. Teachers are wonderful, but who is to say teaching adds so much more value to society than accounting? The bean counters get no respect, but Accounting is necessary to the existence of all organizations. Double-entry book-keeping was one of the inventions that led to the establishment of modern trade and the subsequent Renaissance.

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Posted by bslap on 12/15/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Ladies And Gentleman, I Give You, Our Republican Legislators. (Or, Why Do They Love Tax Cuts More Than They Love Children?)

Paying for it is easy: repeal some of the corporate tax cuts passed since 2000 (when the voter mandate was passed).

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Posted by bslap on 12/10/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Gilbert Conservatives Gird Their Loins [With Chastity Belts] For Battle

Yeah Rick, facts about biology definitely shouldn't be taught in a biology class. (that's sarcasm)

I strongly disagree that reproductive health shouldn't be taught in school. They should be taught more. Treating these young adults like sheltered babies is counterproductive.
If the schools don't teach them, they will just get mostly wrong information from peers and off the internet. Parents of course will model (hopefully) and encourage the behavior they want to see from their children regarding contraception and sex, but teaching the biological facts in school is a no-brainer.

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Posted by bslap on 12/02/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

At least the "comprehensive reform" (which doubles immigration) hasn't passed. For illegals here for many, many years and with roots, obviously eventual amnesty is the answer. But not through the awful overpopulating wage-depressing mess that is "comprehensive reform".
Unfortunately the answer to a"securing the border" is not to vote Republican. Republicans have demonstrated that when given power, they'll just work for their big money donors which means more high immigration policies that will lead to U.S. overpopulation and continued depression of wages for U.S. workers, especially minorities.

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Posted by bslap on 12/01/2014 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Tomorrow Is the Big Immigration Day

It's a sad day. I thought Obama had better ethics. You simply can't make policy from the WH. Just because Congress can't reach a compromise, doesn't mean the President starts ignoring laws.

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Posted by bslap on 11/20/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Danehy

Was there a point to this?

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Posted by bslap on 11/17/2014 at 7:13 AM

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