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It seems like each president tries to "improve" education by doing more of the same. They call their "changes" by a new name, but it's more of the same. These "improvements" come from Democrats and Republicans. =P
You have only yourself to blame if you are not educated in this day and age! There are so many free resources on the internet for autodidacts. I'm thinking of hippocampus.org or openculture.com or Khan Academy, which is adding subjects and content almost every day! Bill Gates uses Khan Academy with his own children. It's free and it's available to anyone with internet access.
Learning is free. You know what's not free? The testing giant that is Pearson. While teachers were being laid off and Blue Ribbon schools were being shut down, Texas found a way to pay Pearson at least 91 million dollars in ONE YEAR.
Ok. I'm so mad; I'm going to go make a sign.
State and Federal government need to get out of the school business. Locally elected school boards should be the top dogs!!!
We have a republican Governor who is content to let Texas rank 47th out of 50 states in education. He gutted the educatation budget of the state to balance his budget, but refused to accept Race to the Top funds because he didn't want to spend the funds on education.
We have a local State Representative, a republican, who authored a bill that deregulated college tuition, making it much harder for folks to achieve a college degree.
We have a school board who lets the superintendent tell them how things are going to be and who fooled some folks into thinking that two new schools--that turned into four--would make kids want to be in school AND learn.
We have a Crossroads Commission on Education, commissioned by that same republican State Rep, whose only purpose seemed to be to jack with the the University of Houston System and hasn't met in months or done anything of worth YET.
We have a State Board of Education that is elected by the citizens. Eleven of the 15 members are republican and we can thank them for the standardized testing.
I'm sorry, but I can't figure out where Johnson and Carter fit in.
Not only can kids not vote, their parents appear to be either unable to appreciate or indifferent to the abysmal parody of an education their children are getting.
“The Democrats need as many intellectual runts as they can get.” As do Republicans, Independents, etc. Without the intellectual runts, the politicians would not be able to govern by proxy (alas, the lobbyists govern the politicians who govern this country) This is only possible because the “intellectual runts” far outnumber those who intelligently question their party’s actions, rather than kneeling before the almighty political party of their choice and daring anyone to dispute their party is the best that’s ever been, no dissent tolerated regardless of whether facts support the subject.
Wasn’t it Mrs. Bush who was to take the educational fiasco in hand and then embraced the deficiencies to the point of their becoming even more deficient? The “No Child Left Behind…” seems to have left whole bunches of kids behind and many teachers teaching to the test rather than to the kids.
No one party is totally guilty of messing up the educational system and they should all (political parties) hang their heads in shame. The solution to balance the budget by robbing the educational funding, even though there is supposedly a law in place to prohibit such tomfoolery, is an egregious act. You can’t fix a problem that nobody really seriously wants to fix. There's no super profitability factor in education AND Kids can’t vote!!!!