I didn't meet Kathryn, But from these posts. she was a great Human being. Good, Loving. and Caring people are what we need more of. RIP Kathryn Ferguson
Thank you for your suggestion, tctw. I researched the Merriam-Webster entry for satire, as follows:
1) a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
2) trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
I see neither a literary work nor a trenchant wit in Danehy's essay. On the contrary, I read the piece as an angry humorless diatribe against three specific pet bte noirs - Pancho Villa, twerking, and texting while driving. There's no wit, irony or sarcasm here. Just hostility, approval of theft and violence and a mean spirited contempt for actions of which he disapproves. He's become a grumpy old curmudgeon in his dotage. His writing is clearly eons away from the irony and sarcasm that Jonathan Swift used to expose and discredit vice and folly.
I am so impressed with your perseverance in the face of all the graceless and crude remarks. I have to say, I deeply appreciate your presentation of the facts and read you faithfully, frequently tweeting your comments to my followers (few). As a former teacher, now retired and writing the stories of what it's like to teach with no budget, crap for pay and a constant barrage of slander, I like to keep focused on what the unbridled plunder of our neighborhood schools does to our kids' future.
Keep up the good fight!
NEW Mexico - a lot like the OLD one!
Where's the usual gang of idiots?
Such as the dude sticking his ugly mug into the photo face stand-in cutout of an outlaw, the douche that always starts his posts with "Tom wrote" and that loser that always calls Tom "Tammy"?
I guess today really is Good Friday.
Mary Magdalene wrote: "So you're advocating the kidnapping and beating of a fourteen year old girl..."
You really believe that he is advocating those things?
Don't read Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" because the top of your head will pop off.
You've lost your satire funnybone. You can find it over at www.merriam-webster.com
How disingenuous. What's happening here is the 8% are finally being offered what the 92% have always gotten: tax funded support for their educations, and you twist that around to make it sound as though the 8% are stealing something from the 92%.
Enrollment in privates is down because fewer people can afford them. Been inside any privates in Southern Arizona since 2008, David? Most are struggling financially and many would go out of business if not for the need-based scholarships they are able to offer because of tax credit programs, which enable a broader band of SES to attend than would otherwise be able to. If a diverse range of high functioning independent schools are strengthened because of ESAs, why is that necessarily a bad thing? The policy change won't decrease the per pupil funding in public district schools, and no one who doesn't want to transfer to the alternative sector will be forced to do so. Some who wouldn't have been able to afford it will now have the opportunity to access forms of education they would not have been able to access. Why is that bad?
Another question is: Can we really afford to let these alternative institutions go out of business, which is absolutely what would happen to many of them if tax-based subsidies disappeared? Many of them are what might be called "reservoirs of educational best practice" in a context where skill-and-drill / teach-to-the-test / boil-it-all-down-to-what-can-be-expressed-in-a-multiple-choice-corporate-produced-machine-graded format is increasingly taking over our public schools. What will we point to in the future as evidence that reading and writing and researching are the best ways to learn to read and write and research, not doing worksheets and taking multiple choice tests on how to read, how to write, and how to research? Sadly, worksheets and machine graded tests are what you find in too many public district school classrooms, even supposedly "college prep" programs where the AP monster is increasingly destroying students' ability to do anything but cram and regurgitate facts a corporation has selected for them to memorize. (Talked to any college professors about AP curricula, David? In my experience, they are not fans. I have yet to find one who believes they are anything resembling a college course, or even suitably prepare students for a college course, much less serve as a suitable "credit earned" replacement for a college course.)
If you believe in coercion, forced centralization, top-down administrative chains of command, bureaucratized and corporatized "education," standardization, one-size-must-be-made-to-fit-all, and children as widgets, and would like to see the few remaining havens from these attitudes and practices diminish or disappear, then by all means get rid of those nasty ESAs. If you'd like to see more than 8% of the population having access to better education -- and perhaps better educational methods spreading from an expanded and strengthened private sector back into the public district sector from which they have largely been banished, support the expansion of ESAs.
CW13, still projecting I see.
Pay no attention to the trolls. They, like Trump, are traitors. They're most likely being paid by Russia.
There is absolutely no evidence that the Republicans want to "dismantle" public education so enough of the Obama-Dem lies, thank you very much. The vouchers make it possible for poor students stuck in bad public schools to get what they think will be a better education elsewhere, so what is the objection to that?
Me too. I can't wait to access it for my grandchildren.
Why is it that you feel the need to shit on everything Wrong, Again?
You are, without any doubt, the most pathetic troll to ever infect the TW site. The hate and bullshit that lurks inside of you is off the charts.
You don't even have the common decency to show respect for those who can't defend themselves, such as the deceased.
You probably enjoy shitting all over disabled people also.
As a less-than-wealthy parent who, nevertheless, would like to send my kids to decent schools, please accept my thanks for making me aware of this program.
The data releases are very selective. I asked for data, fairly simple request, and was referred to the PIO. He was very cheerful and said my request was for good information, let me see if I can get it and call you back. Never heard a call back. I called again, asked for him personally, left a message, never heard a word. It probably was inconvenient data regarding teacher shortages, numbers, and certification requests, and temporary certifications. It was for Statewide bulk data not individual information. Not a call back ever. I found the numbers through other more difficult sources that certainly revealed the extent of the teacher shortage and the extent of the certification problems for international and out of state teachers. But Douglas's office either can't compile it, or found it inconvenient to give it out. Is data only selectively give out to support a predetermined agenda?
They should no have removed it. Graffiti that looks nice should be left alone. Let's encourage attractive graffiti.
Love me some him
What would you know about IQ?
Your IQ dips into the negatives.
It is not, and it will never be your decision, unless it's your child.
If your simple mind can't comprehend that, there is no hope for you.
But hey, it's alright, you lost hope years ago.
Quit making the personal business of others your own.
Then I'm correct ac, dc, you don't have the mental capacity to answer the question nor the intellectual integrity.
I'll repeat it for you.
How many of those children with beating hearts make it out alive?
I'll even give you the answer because obviously it's way past your IQ.
I answered your question.
It's NONE of your business when it comes to abortion. Unless it's your child.
It's between a woman and her doctor, sometimes the father in special circumstances.
What would you know about a beating heart anyways? Your heart obviously stopped frozen cold years ago.
Beat it and take your fake Christianity with you.
So you're advocating the kidnapping and beating of a fourteen year old girl ("catch her outside, beat her sorry ass,"), wishing for the theft of public property ("I've been hoping that a frat house at the UA would steal it and put it in their backyard,") and looking forward to the violent death of an Arizona State Senator and a young person ("I sincerely, really, really hope that while Lovas is out driving around and texting someday that he gets crashed into by a young driver who is doing the same thing.")
Happy Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Mr. Danehy.
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