Today's quote: “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.” Who said that? Frederick Douglass.
America--love it or leave it? Here are some complaints from those who've left. And some advice ("Love it or leave it" is a coward's slogan. That's what I think. I think a more honorable slogan is "Love it and stay," "Love it and get it right," "Love it and never shut up.") from one who returned.
Some awful stuff coming out of public schools this week: a teacher violently beating a 6th grader, a little girl told by her art teacher that her patriotic drawing of the U.S. flag was "offensive" and a third-grader given a week of detention for having a Jolly Rancher candy at lunch (breaking the state's "minimal nutrition" foods guidelines). All of these incidents come hard on the heels of the principal's punishment of the teens who wore patriotic t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Good lord, Happy Mother's Day. It's harder to be a parent these days when you can no longer trust your local public school staff to do the right thing by, for, or to your kids.
I agree with Bird Dog: "Speaking of santimonious cranks, White House: Stop Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Kids. Hey, Washington: Shut the heck up and leave us alone. You can eat what you want, and we will eat what we like: Philly Cheese Steaks, and barbecued short ribs with corn bread, and stuff like that. Bread Pudding for dessert, with a Port or a single malt on the side. Then a cigar." I have my own favorite menus (they don't include booze or cigars), but we agree, the government has no right to dictate what my family and I eat or don't eat.
UPDATE: "How about fixing our deportation system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?" And by the way, what's Michelle Obama's BMI?
Finally, the best comment I've read in a while (for being thought-provoking and reality-based):
I am a recently retired senior high school Social Studies teacher who spent 40 years in the classroom.
The complete seizure of public education by the loony [left] began in the schools of education at colleges and universities circa 25 years ago as the WW II generation retired from teaching and administrative positions.
Huge numbers of war babies and the first few birth years of the baby boom generation flooded into teaching in the 1960s and early 70s. I was one of them and as we retired we have been replaced by an ever increasingly female wave of younger teachers, a sizeable % of them of the Janet Reno Elena Kagan stripe.
In California usurpation of the teacher corp by the left has been accelerated by the state’s insanely overpriced housing costs. When I started teaching in 1966 I could buy a 1500 sq, ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in the middle-middle class suburb where I reside for three times my starting salary of $7400 (I had a master’s degree). Today that same house sells for 15X a fully credentialed teacher’s starting salary. As a result of salaries that failed to keep up with the cost of a middle class standard of living males who in 1966 were over 60% of senior high teachers have come to spurn teaching as an occupation that would preclude them from supporting a family and a middle class lifestyle.
Intellectually bright women have ditched teaching as well and turned to more remunerative fields such as law, medicine, dentistry, and business leaving only the easily indoctrinated academic dregs available for teaching jobs.
In the last ten years I was teaching I frequently had to field the question from students 'why are the young teachers so dumb?' The answer, one conservatives do not want to hear, is the low salaries relative to California’s & other high cost of living state’s housing prices.
The reality for the last 20 years is that a college graduate with a brain and a meaningful real major can earn much more in a field other than teaching. I never quit drumming into my son and nephews the financial folly of becoming a teacher.
The reality is that only the mentally limited and those with useless waste of time faux majors such as psychology, communications, and ethnic and gender studies have been going into teaching for the last two decades. Have you checked to see how many of the nation's "under 55" math/science, and even English classes are taught by majors or minors in those fields? Damned few I can assure you. The elementary and middle schools are complete disasters nationwide as per teacher quality. Research the falling scores of elementary & to a lesser degree middle schools teachers and candidates on the National Teacher’s Test.
The public at least in California with its sky-high cost of living and current salary level are getting what they pay for and it’s the clueless and easily indoctrinated.
Within 2 years of his graduation my civil engineer son was earning more per year than I was with a masters degree plus 70 semester units of graduate work and 40 years of experience.
About those much trumpeted $100,000 a year pensions for teachers are non- existent. Those retirement payoffs are going to retired educrats who are a part of the teachers' retirement system. I just received the annual report from the California Teachers Retirement System and learned the average retiree had 30+ years of service and for classroom teachers the average benefit was a bit over $3,600 a month.
I am a lifelong conservative republican voter and activist but when I hear conservatives go off on their ill-informed rants about teachers' high salaries and retirements I can understand why a majority of teachers who are competent and not moonbats are repulsed by conservatives and republicans.
I cleaned up the many typos in what was obviously a quickly and passionately written rant (by a baby-boomer, not an old-schooler who understands how to wield a hyphen). But talking substance: I would sure like to see conservatives talk to the nation about how more choice in school options could create a better and more remunerative and competitive market for the best teachers while better educating the students. I would also like to see conservatives better explain how the inflated cost of living in California or any other big-government/social welfare, high-regulation state drives out the best and subsidizes the worst--to the detriment of all.
Anybody in Washington with the hubris to think he or she can successfully centrally plan our educational system, let alone our economy, should be shown the door. Government should be nothing but a severely limited last resort, and none more so than the Federal government.
UPDATE: We need more of this.