- Nov 5, 2003
- Reaction score
- Within My Means
Although the NCLB bill is being assailed as a failure, why doesn't anyone point to a failing school system LONG before Bush got into office? Why can't anyone agree that Bill Clinton, who's home state of Arkansas was almost LAST in the country in education while he was Governor? Why doesn't anyone point out the fact that social promotion in our schools has lead to an upcoming generation with less education and skill than any other before? Why doesn't anyone point to rising test scores almost across all regions, and even among all races, over the last 2 years?The Doctor said:Kerry may not have pledged to be an "outsider", but he has pledged to be a "uniter". Bush started out trying to do what he did here in Texas - reaching out to Democrats. The long time Democrat Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock actually campaigned for W's re-election as Gov. "No Child Left Behind" was more or less written by Ted Kennedy. He gave Daschle everything he wanted in the Farm Bill. If I have a complaint about the President, it's that he has spent too much money on the domestic side.
I seriously doubt John Kerry would make even a fraction of the effort W has in reaching out to the other party.
WHY IS NO ONE PLACING ANY BLAME ON A FAILURE OF TEACHERS TO TEACH AND PARENTS TO PARENT?!
Just like healthcare, where does it say in the constitution that my government MUST educate me, and if it DOES say that, then why do I have to pay a dime for college? We try to provide an education in our society because education is a cornerstone to the foundation of future success, and this is the reasoning by NCLB - holding the schools accountable, or else they are closed and the children are given education options through vouchers! I don't see any harm at all in allowing competeion between schools to actually DO THEIR JOBS! It shouldn't be, but that's what the education system has come to. I still think we could solve 90% of the funding problems for our schools by trimming the administrative positions just by 1/2 and increase teacher pay, retain the teachers who perform and send the ineffective tenure-trackers packing to Burger King.
Why should I pay for substandard education when I WON'T pay for substandard food, housing, or medical care? Why shouldn't I have the right of taking the $3,000 PER CHILD/PER YEAR currently being spent in the public school system and shop around for a school that will perform for a little bit more and be accountble to ME instead of anyone else?
This is an issue very near to my heart, Doc, and I'll wrestle with anyone who wants on the issue!