• You want the thugs of tomorrow, to stop being thugs; "compete, for their lives".

    "No one is offering real competition for the lives of our young people, that will fail in the education system." - john lara

    "Competition is doing what you (need) to do, not what you (want) to do; to win." - john lara

    Educators, school board members, and parents have been doing a mix of both; enough is enough. Our educational systems are run like Washington; those in charge tell you want you need, instead if meeting the need.

    For anyone complaining about increased spending on education, consider this. You will either be paying into education or prison system, your choice.

    September 30, 2009 at 3:27 p.m.

  • sandwichh...You must have gone to the same school I attended. Spring break??? You had to look forward to college for that. Certainly no air conditioning, but there WAS fan -- up front by the teachers desk. There was no need for permission slips from home for licks if you acted up in class. Each teacher took care of that him/herself. And when you got home, you didn't complain about getting licks because you knew your daddy wasn't going to go looking for a lawyer to sue the school, he was going looking for a belt! I don't remember very many kids having jobs during the school year. Summer jobs, yeah, but not during the school year -- your out of school time was for homework, of which there was an abundance.

    September 29, 2009 at 4:24 p.m.

  • I didn't say trust him.

    I say take a chinese approach to the "liberal mob"; give them what they want, just not how they wanted it.

    There is a reason much care is put into any agreements with China, they let you talk and write what ever you want; then they begin looking and creating loop holes.

    It just takes a sharp mind and diligence; to see the areas around the wording. Wealthly people have been doing it for years around the tax system, which is why they do not pay as much.

    Obama, nor his liberal agenda buddies are the problem; its lack of intelligent and meticulous effort on the part of a majority of conservatives towards his actions. Conservatives need a whole lot less grandoise leading from people like "Rush"; and more from common sense idividuals.

    Saying there is a problem, creating problems, or wishing for things to go back to the good old days will not bring about a responsible system of government.

    People have forgotten that two can play that game, "who said conservatives couldn't make their own cause for change". Not a change back to how things are done, but their own version of real common sense change.

    President Obama has made health care, education, and the enviroment his priority. Why can't conservative make creating a responsible tax code, balancing the budget, and promoting small business theirs.

    Alton, has something here.

    When you want to build a house you start with the foundation, in government that is taxes.

    September 29, 2009 at 3:04 p.m.

  • Let's see. Before college I don't remember going to school before labor day, always out before Memorial Day, spring break was for college students, two weeks for Christmas and New Years, and the US was one of the top educated country's.
    Of course, you had homework and if you didn't do it you were in dead doodoo. Keep messing up and you were OUT OF SCHOOL for a while. If the teacher said you were bad it was you who were getting chewed out not the teacher. You didn't stay out during school nights. Could it be society has changed and the new one just ain't working, should not have fixed something that was not broke.

    Alton, where is he going to get the money? From the same place he is getting all the other stuff from, and me. He already proved he lied about the $250,000 thing on any kind of taxes. You pay more, he gets the plane out.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:40 p.m.

  • I didn't vote, and my opinion has not changed about "Big ears"; but that does not change reality. America needs to prepare for the 2050's, not the 1950's; in a nutshell, "those days will never return but it doesn't have to be the end of the world".

    Personally, I believe we need to abolish both the Income and property tax. Instead, I support a consumer, luxary, vice, and crime tax.

    A consumer tax, provides proper incentive for the government, to ensure a stable economy. This would also create a steam-line tax system for average American citizens and reduce government involvement the lives of individual citizens.

    A luxary tax, transfer more of the tax burden to those that can afford to pay.

    A vice tax, promotes responsible behavior, reduces medical cost (hint), and reduces tax burden on citizens who live health lives.

    A crime tax, descourages crimminal behavior and siphons crimminal monetary resources; instead of it being the other way. Offender wages should be Garnished. Basically, crimminals pay for incarceration, police services, all expenses of justice and protection.

    Education should be paid from a percentage of all these sources. If students are properly educated, attend, and complete an advance degree in a field; they most likely will be high income earners, spending more money. Paying into the consumer tax and luxary tax.

    If they decide to engage in drinking and smoking, they pay into the vice tax to cover their increase medical expense.

    If they drop out, fail, or in anyway failt to be adepately educated to become a high income earner, and embrace crime; they pay into the crime tax.

    In all of these, education is the focus of what tax system young people will be paying into. The more successful in educating young people we are, against crime, vice; the less likely they will fall into that bracket.

    So both government and educators will have a clear goal as to what direction young people should be in. For those that don't get it, the luxary tax.

    Obviously, everyone can not be rich; but being not being rich should not be a punishment. "To whom much is given, much is required."

    My arguement is a Christian one, remember the story about the lady that gave one coin at church and the wealthy man that gave hundreds. Who earned the favor of Jesus Christ.

    For those that argue Chistianity has nothing to do with government, what are christians living for if not the kingdom of heaven.

    If is more than words to read, but a life to lead. If a politician be a Christian, then he will live as such, or he is not living a Christian life.

    God does not mence words, it's pretty plain.

    September 28, 2009 at 4:39 p.m.

  • You must consider where this President is coming from, and whom he is most dedicated to serving.

    This has much less to do with improving education than it has to do with providing government subsidized babysitting.

    There are many many after school supplemental and tutoring programs across the nation for kids who need it. Time and again, it has been proven that for those students that don't care, with parents who don't care, all the tutoring and after school and Saturday class supplementary programs have no material impact whatsoever on the acedemic progress of those students.

    In fact, it has more often been shown that removing these students from the general classroom has had a benefical effect on the other students. We need to come to grips with the reality that not all people are of equal intellect. Those who can't cut the education standards the modern world requires, need to be removed from the classroom after middle school and put into a trade school of sorts.

    It would be better for their self-esteem and would raise the bar on the lowest common denominator in the classroom.

    September 28, 2009 at 1:31 p.m.

  • Education starts at first and foremost in the home. The kids need positive leadership from their parents; they need encouragement a long with discipline lead by examples not handed a new video game setting in front of a TV hours on in, then expect the teachers to fill the role of parents. Put some required reading in front of them, get to know your kids find out what they like are want, take them to the library and show what their future might look like in a few years, just be a positive figure in their lives. The kids don’t need longer school hours, they just need guidance. President Obama is away off target here..

    September 28, 2009 at 11:53 a.m.

  • HOMEWORK !!! Every stinking problem doesn't need a stinking solution by the stinking federal government. When I was in school (a long time ago) we did homework an hour or two every night. And if you failed a test? Well, yes you lost some self esteem - life's a b!tch.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.

  • granny, try to remember that the President doesn't get everything he wants. None of this has been debated and when it does, all of these things will come up.
    Personally, I would have liked my kids in school the extra 2 hours to do their homework, while they had a teacher there to help them if they needed it. If the extra time was for that, I would agree with it, but if it was for extra class time that added more homework, then I think that is too much for the kids to handle.
    And, I feel like extra curricular activities are nice, but education should be a priority above that if our kids are to compete worldwide.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.

  • It has become obvious to me that President Obama has long term memory loss. If students stay in school for that length of time, when will the clubs meet, the competition squads, the football practice, the band practice, the debate club, the after school conferences with parents? When and how are the normal parents going to cook dinners and pick up the kids? At what time are the kids going to do their homework assignments that average 1 to 2 hours a night at the middle school level. Many kids keep the 7:30 to 5:00 schedule with extra curricular activities ranging from football to debate clubs. These same kids actually do their homework to and from events. When are children going to have the time to participate in what they want to do instead of what the government dictates they do? Or maybe that is the true agenda-control over the lives of our children. Children like to be able to pick a few things that they like to participate in just for the fun of it. President Obama needs to do some research on the suicide numbers in these countries before submitting these ideas.

    September 28, 2009 at 7:59 a.m.

  • Obama may be right about our children not spending enough time in the classroom. I'm sure the general population will be against any new taxes as well.

    I'm all for what he proposes but not at the expense of knocking the people on the head again with more taxation. I think the kids need to volunteer to spend more time learning. The ones who do learn what they are supposed to can be rewarded and those who prefer not to can suffer the loss of the ability to get a good job. Leave the choice with them and make the parent the deciding force in the course of action that will be taken.

    I think we need to show our kids more examples of how kids are learning in other countries and what the results are for them. Look at the student exchange programs. Follow a graduate and see what kind of life they end up in. Many third world students come here to earn degrees and then take that knowledge back home with them. Each one is a triumph for education but also a loss for America. We need more of our children to step up and give the rest of the world a run for the money by staying in school longer and learning as much as they possibly can. Parents need to stress it to their children far more forcefully that whithout an education the will never truly succeed.

    September 28, 2009 at 7:24 a.m.