No magic fix for public education

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

● Sadly in this country when race is an element of a tale, truth is nearly impossible to know. The account most often has one or more missing elements, false links or suppositions — as was the case with USDA official Shirley Sherrod. In a political year, when some individual or group with a partisan agenda makes racially incendiary accusations or invites those suppositions, be wary. Be real wary.

● Savannah police Chief Willie Lovett’s needed everywhere. “This isn’t an art gallery, it’s a police department,” said he of tattooed officers, ordering them to hide their body-doodling under clothing, bandages or makeup. Tattoos are ways of saying “I had nothing better to do” and, “I don’t expect ever to be anywhere that it’ll matter.”

● “I am a very, very race-conscious person. I will never ever try to lead you to believe that I am race-neutral. I see color. I appreciate color. I celebrate color and I love color.” DeKalb County school board member Eugene Walker, discussing race-based contracting and a subsequent decision to pay an extra $1 million to get a firm headed by a black female. DeKalb’s $5.79 million in legal expenses is higher than the combined total of school systems in Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton counties.

● In the DeKalb school board’s race-based law firm decision, one voice deserves commendation. It is that of board member Pamela Speaks, a black female, who refused to be bullied when other board members pushed her to vote race. “We attempted to save the taxpayers $1 million,” she said. “We have those on the board suggest we ignore that fact just so we can have an African-American attorney. I would like them to defend that to taxpayers.” That opportunity comes in November. Walker and others who voted agenda over pocketbooks — Jay Cunningham, Jim Redovian, Zepora Roberts and Sarah Copelin-Wood — are all on the ballot.

● When my band of right-wingers takes over, we’ll require neutral parties — retired judges, for example, or business executives — to assemble lists of firms competent to perform the work to be purchased. After that, the sole basis for contracting will be lowest bid. And we’ll make it a criminal offense for politicians and bureaucrats to write contract proposals to favor a preferred provider.

● On public corruption, our worst fear is that we let it go until we become the Illinois of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich — though he’ll probably beat the federal rap. On public excess, our worst fear is that we become California and, worse still, its city of Bell near Los Angeles, where the chief administrative officer is paid $787,637 per year, entitling him to a public pension of as much as $30 million. The police chief makes $457,000 and part-time councilmen almost $100,000. Residents are outraged.

● President Barack Obama signs a financial reform bill that’ll create lots of new jobs for bureaucrats and regulators. It is the solution for the financial meltdown that the $862 billion stimulus bill was for economic recovery and the health care cram-down was for the cost of medical care.

● Most distressing consequence of this year’s political races in Georgia is that we’ll lurch in some new direction in public education. We are on the right course as the “State falls further behind” headline this week suggested. We “fall further behind” in the sense that curriculum is being standardized and student performance standards are being gradually edged up. Yes, 67 percent of high schools didn’t make annual yearly progress this year, compared with 53 percent last, but that’s to be expected any year standards are raised. As long as politicians think that in fixing public education they’re smarter than their predecessors, we’re sunk. There’s no magic fix. And money is not the problem.

66 comments Add your comment

Lawrence

July 22nd, 2010
7:51 pm

Good Blog. I agree with you on each one.

jmiles

July 22nd, 2010
8:00 pm

Lawyers control their profession, doctors control their profession. Only in education are the true professionals, teachers, all but ignored, while politicans, administrators, parents, and consultants stagger on. making the situation ever more confused and troubled.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 22nd, 2010
8:12 pm

“Racism” as epithet, is a weapon of mass destruction, indiscriminate in the selection of victims.

I’m with Chief Willie. My witty younger son always averred his intent to get a tattoo of a billy goat grazing his naval hair.

DeKalb County voters deserve the morons they elect.

Heck’s Bell, California, Jim, the politicians and the bureaucrats are supposed to be neutral in their decision-making. The problem, stated by Juvenal, is ancient – Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Where there is public money, money that does not belong to anyone in particular, there you will find the thieves. The solution, of course, is the libertarian ideal – no money to corrupt.

Re the financial reform bill, we can all agree that this economy is entirely too strong and that we need more layers of constraints to tamp it down. You wonder what they are thinking.

On education, we can rely on the old solution, government monopoly, to keep the standards at their current elevated levels.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 22nd, 2010
8:17 pm

Pall Mall can’t spall. At 8:12 my note about my witty Naval son should have referenced his navel hair.

Rafe Hollister

July 22nd, 2010
8:52 pm

Jim: Gov’t can’t afford to be in the Education business anymore and they have not been successful at it either. They need to give each student a voucher that he can use to purchase education from private or contract firms. We can lease all these humogous high schools and othe school property to private firms that want to get into business educating children. Schools can then be rated by private rating services, like electric appliances, UL rated or let Consumer Reports do it. Bid the ratings out and make money on that as well. Colleges can protect themselves by requiring SAT scores as the primary admission requirement. Solves so many problems. Would require some transition period, but Barry is good at withdrawl dates.

barking frog

July 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm

it appears no one here has a good education, unless they attended a
private school. this explains a lot.

Gator Nation

July 22nd, 2010
10:38 pm

Mr. Wooten,

That you cannot bring yourself to say/admit that both Fox News and the original blogger of the story about the USDA official were not only wrong but completely unethical undermines you credibility. If this situation were flipped and CNN and a leftist blog had presented such a dastardly deed, you would lambaste them. Your inability to be consistent is cowardly and unfortunately a symptom of what is wrong with America.

By the way, your last bullet isn’t bad. But money in education is a tricky thing. Just like it is in life. Money won’t make one happy, but the lack of money will assure one of a very tough struggle, just like the lack of money in public education will mean that important programs that produce concrete results will not be implemented.

Gator Nation

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 pm

By the way folks…..show me the evidence that private schools are better than public. Private schools don’t have to be measured, evaluated or live up to any standards. For the most part they don’t publish their test scores or any assessment data on their students. One major advantage they have is the ability to kick a student out of school without due process. Lets give that tool to the public schools as well.

WAW

July 22nd, 2010
11:19 pm

I’m with Gator Nation! Can anybody say, “these twerps need to be ACORNed”! Ms Sherrod would own FOX News if I were on a jury. Right wingers are the only ones we need to be wary of.

Howard

July 22nd, 2010
11:27 pm

Jim…when Democrats smell a massive defeat, they bring up the race card. It’s not going to work this time…people are absolutely fed up with this crap and are going to let Herr Obama and his thugs and racists and incompetents know it. I still think Hillary is poised like a cat…if the Dems lose big and things continue to worsen, whcih they will under Obama…who is the most incomptent person into whichever room he goes…and jump in and run again. The Dem hierarchy will force Obama to do an LBJ “I will not run if asked” speech and voila, there she is.

One Voice

July 23rd, 2010
1:17 am

Unbelievable. For the first time ever, I am actually in agreement with Jim “I fell off the turnip truck 55 years ago” Wooten in most of his points (except, of course on the administration’s legislative triumphs, which history will prove to be, well, historically beneficial to the nation). Jim’s senility must somehow be bringing him back to reality. Is that possible?

David

July 23rd, 2010
2:39 am

show me the evidence that private schools are better than public.

One could probably poll a large sampling of college graduates and reach and reach the conclusion.
There are still many students that overcome the public school shortcomings, but if as a parent you are investing in a private school, you will likely be more involved to make sure your spawn is not wasting your money.
Also if a private school depend on your repeat business to stay in business, they will have to produce. Keeping a parents wallet open is far more incentive than any govt oversight or regulation.

Streetracer

July 23rd, 2010
6:18 am

As for public education, seems to me that the two most important factors for success are:
1) Student work ethic
2) Parental involvement

Throwing money at school systems does nothing to address these issues.

Road Scholar

July 23rd, 2010
6:26 am

“Sadly in this country when race is an element of a tale, truth is nearly impossible to know. ”

For the people who think and research issues, the truth can be found. For those who mindlessly listen to others on how/what to think, the truth doesn’t matter.

As for the dekalb School Board, the truth is known, and low bidder of qualified firms should have been selected. Also, where was the contract/spending oversight on the school and county legal fees? Overbudget? Why? And where were the approved supplemental contracts? (Isn’t it funny that Jim could find the truth on this issue based on race!)

Jim , will you only pick judges you agree with?

As for education, we will never gain in competency until the parents get involved and give the kids some discipline.

Streetracer

July 23rd, 2010
7:01 am

Road Scholar:

Depends on how you define “discipline”. If you mean the discipline to finish what you start, you are correct. If you mean “behavior”, it will take care of itself when students learn that they have to actually earn what they get.

DeKalb County Hostage

July 23rd, 2010
7:40 am

Please don’t paint all DeKalb county residents with the same brush folks! The county is designed in such a way that the cash cows are large enough (in numbers) to fill the coffers, but small enough to never be able to muster enough votes to have a voice. The great sucking sound you always hear in our county is that of the masses appropriating the bulk of the tax money, and the following silence is the response of the county to our wishes and pleas.

Chief Wompum

July 23rd, 2010
7:54 am

Perhaps Big Chief That Do Nothing In WhiteHouse print much big more wompum for teaching of little indians. Uggg!

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 23rd, 2010
7:56 am

Dear Gator and WAW, as typical leftists you fail to allow facts to interfere with your prejudices. Ms. Sherrod resigned before the story ever aired on Fox News.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

Contextomy?

Everyone is choosing the great state of Georgia to come out of the ‘racist’ closet. First there was USDA Rural Development State Director, Shirley Sherrod: “The first time I was faced with having to help a white farmer save his farm, he, he took a long time talking but, he was trying to show me he was superior to me. I know what he was doing. But he had come to me for help. What he didn’t know while he was taking all that time trying to show me he was superior to me. Was, I was trying to decide how much help I was gone give him. I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farm land, and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So, I didn’t give him the full force of what I could do…”

Then the time was right for Editorial Page Editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Jim Wooten to come out. After he retired, he realized the powers that be could not touch him. So he boldly said in no uncertain terms that he is a racist. Jim Wooten wrote, “I am a very, very race-conscious person. I will never ever try to lead you to believe that I am race-neutral. I see color…”

Finally, as USDA’s Shirley Sherrod used the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet to come out, The President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, has chosen the national convention for disabled American Veterans as his venue. He will speak at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta on Monday, August 2, 2010. But everyone is not welcome. “No one told me…I was sort of shocked,” said Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, one of the Obama administration’s biggest supporters in Congress…They [White House officials] usually inform us,” said Lewis. “It was unreal.”It was unreal, said Lewis.

JacobLocke

July 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

Here’s a fix for education. How about voters actually educate themselves on the issues before voting in three of the worst possible gubernatorial candidates this state has ever seen! Oh, nevermind, that’s just not the American way …

http://whyamericanssuck.blogspot.com/2010/07/6-likely-voters.html

Real American

July 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Teab@ggers are funny.

JMak

July 23rd, 2010
8:54 am

I agree. Teachers are not respected nor treated as professionals by administrators. They blow smoke up our rears by “thanking us for all we do”, but in reality we are just a commodity.

Jeff

July 23rd, 2010
8:58 am

“When my band of right-wingers takes over, we’ll require neutral parties — retired judges, for example, or business executives — to assemble lists of firms competent to perform the work to be purchased. After that, the sole basis for contracting will be lowest bid. And we’ll make it a criminal offense for politicians and bureaucrats to write contract proposals to favor a preferred provider.”

Mr. Wooten, you have obviously never had to run a business, public or otherwise.

Will

July 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

Jim:

As a long time supporter of vouchers for parents to abandon public education, I am certain you must be terribly disappointed with the primary results.

Eric Johnson is the most identifiable politician relating to vouchers and made this the cornerstone of his campaign. Many believe that the primary was actually a referendum on vouchers.

I believe the fact that Johnson only received two of every ten votes cast in the primary most likely accurately reflects the support of voters and should put to rest the notion of abandoning public education in Georgia.

Handel and Deal danced around this subject and will continue to do so but I am confident that vouchers will never see the light of day in any meaningful legislative manner as long a Handel, Deal or Barnes is our governor.

Mid-South Philosopher

July 23rd, 2010
9:43 am

Good morning, Jim,

There are lousy liberals, putrid progressives, and silly socialists. Then, there are the good liberals.

There are lousy conservatives, putrid radicals, and racist reactionaries. Then, there are the good conservatives.

Too bad, we don’t have more of the “good” from both camps in positions of policy-making!

Gator Nation

July 23rd, 2010
11:02 am

@ David

You provided no evidence or data. You have your beliefs, but they are not rooted in facts. Visit a couple of public schools before you make your assumptions. Here are my answers to your suppositions:

1) One could probably poll a large sampling of college graduates and reach and reach the conclusion.
The vast majority of college graduates both came from public high schools and attend public universities.
2) There are still many students that overcome the public school shortcomings, but if as a parent you are investing in a private school, you will likely be more involved to make sure your spawn is not wasting your money.
Many many public school parents are involved in the children’s education. Spending money on your kid and being involved with their life are two different things.
3) Also if a private school depend on your repeat business to stay in business, they will have to produce. Keeping a parents wallet open is far more incentive than any govt oversight or regulation.
Your right….private schools do depend on making sure the parent is happy and have no vested interest in the accurately reporting on the students true academic performance. Make mommy happy=make money. What a great system.

By the way, wanna make a bet who has a higher percentage of illegal or presciption drug use and abuse, private school students vs. public school students?

RJ

July 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

Actually in the case of education, money is the problem. You pay a teacher 30k, you’re going to get exactly what you pay for. If you want an improvement in education, the teaching profession needs to become more than what 30k can buy. 30k is what I made at my part time job in high school and less than my college internship.

RJ

July 23rd, 2010
11:22 am

Gator Nation,

“Also if a private school depend on your repeat business to stay in business, they will have to produce.”

Unfortunately, we’re not dealing with production in the form of something you can see. How is a parent really going to know if their kid is making progress during their first grade year? You don’t know how well education works until the kid competes with kids from other countries once they hit the work force. It’s not like paying a plumber to fix your water heater and then the water always being cold.

Nads

July 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

Who gives a rat’s ass whether law enforcement has visible tattoos or not?

How does ink impair a public servant’s ability to serve and protect? What a complete waste of time and misuse of authority.

Chief Wompum

July 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Big Chief Wompum say body paint for War good. Body paint for silly pale face reason like tattoo bad. Tattoo show pale face with little or no moral…he bad man, lazy man and Big Chief Wompum rename tattoo man to Man Who Lazy and Shiftless and Doo Doo on self. How!

The Cynical White Boy

July 23rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Gonna be REAL interesting to see certain democrat candidates do a deft little dance when Comrade Obama descends upon Atlanta.

What will guys like Jim Marshall and Ken Hodges do? Appease the black power brokers by paying homage to Comrade Obama (and lose independent voters)? Or attempt to keep independent voters by snubbing the Chosen One (and lose the black power elite f.k.a. Georgia Democratic Party?)

Port O'John

July 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Hey Ragnar, check this out from Fox News:

“The Agriculture Department announced Monday, shortly after FoxNews.com published its initial report on the video, that Sherrod had resigned…”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/19/clip-shows-usda-official-admitting-withheld-help-white-farmer/

If Fox News says it, it must be true. So who exactly is ignoring the facts here?

We won't be fooled again

July 23rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Every time I clean the clocks of the right wingers, my posts are scrubbed. If you can’t stand the heat Kyle Wingfield and Jim Wooten, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN !!!
Just because I post 100’s of lies told by your party since Reagan doesn’t mean my comments should be erased. The truth hurts doesn’t it?
Watergate, Iran Contra, selling cocaine to illegally fund missile sales to IRAN, supplying Saddam Hussein with WMDs, nerve gas and missiles used to bomb Kurds and sink an American navy ship,
2 trillion dollars missing from the Dept of Defense announced the day before 9/11. What a way to keep that one off the headlines! 10 trillion dollars of debt piled on by Bush and republicans in last 10 years.2 unfunded wars and their costs hidden until Obama put them on the books for all to see. How do you know a republican is lying? His/her mouth is moving and/or their fingers on the keyboard are moving.

We won't be fooled again

July 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

We had the most anemic job growth since WWII for the 8 years Bush was in office. Yet we had record tax cuts for the wealthy, which turned the record surpluses Bush inherited from Clinton into record deficits. All that unfunded spending + deregulation of banks led to the financial DISASTER Obama inherited from Bush. We all are suffering from those actions now. We won’t be fooled again !

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 23rd, 2010
11:09 pm

Former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod said, “we’ve gotta get beyond this black versus white issue and move to a place where we can all work together,” she said. “I was hoping we had gotten beyond a lot of that stuff. But this is telling me that it just got swept under the rug and we have not dealt with it.”

That is an inaccurate portrayal of what is taking place in our country. The issue is not about black versus white. The issue is about black versus black and white versus white. It’s just like it was prior to mandatory integration in the South, 1970. The average black person did not want to participate in mandatory integration. But a few politically connected black people did. And on the other hand, the average white person wanted no part of forced integration. But a few politically connected white people did.

Before we think about proceeding any further, the first thing we should do is understand the problem.

Lee

July 24th, 2010
8:16 am

So, Shirley Sherrod admits to being a vindictive, racist, incompetent government bureaucrat and the politically correct lemmings come out of the woodwork to defend her??? Not mentioned in all the hoopla is the fact that she was probably promoted to increasing levels of incompetence due to affirmative action.

Let’s see, a mouthy, racist, affimative action black woman or a bankrupt white farmer. Give me the bankrupt farmer anyday.

Big DiDi

July 24th, 2010
9:10 am

inner-city crime has taken over any disipline or policing the school system.. Give it up and homeschool ..
Let the thugs do their drugs ..

Casual Observer

July 24th, 2010
9:31 am

We won’t be fooled again

Your words: “10 trillion dollars of debt piled on by Bush and republicans in last 10 years.2 unfunded wars and their costs hidden until Obama put them on the books for all to see. How do you know a republican is lying? His/her mouth is moving and/or their fingers on the keyboard are moving.”

Can you possibly be that uninformed? The President does not determine spending, that is the job of the Congress and Congress has been under the control of Democrats.

ALSO, the debt did not increase $10 Trillion while Bush was President, the total now is $13+ Trillion with more being added since 1/20/09 than under any administration in history (whether for 4 years or eight years) – all by a Democrat in the WH and a Congress controlled by Democrats.

Democrat=Liberal=Liar=We Won’t be fooled again

Casual Observer

July 24th, 2010
9:41 am

We won’t be…

Again, your words: “All that unfunded spending + deregulation of banks led to the financial DISASTER Obama inherited from Bush. We all are suffering from those actions now. ”

You need to stop genuflecting at the feet of Keith Olberman.

Barney Frank a Democrat, Chris Dodd also a Democrat, Maxine Waters also a Democrat and the other Dems in Congress pushed the relaxation of lending rules and forced banks to loan to those who did not qualify, refused Republican efforts to increase oversight at Fannie and Freddie and generally destroyed the housing and lending industries in the process.

These same Democrats have failed to pursue prosecution of Franklin Rines and his cohorts in government but will attack any from the private sector at any opportunity. How else do you explain the prosecutions of the Worldcom, Tyco and Enron executives (who all deserved prosecution) but not those like Raines who openly took millions of taxpayer dollars by “cooking the books”?

Typical Liberal Claptrap from We won’t be fooled again!

Big DiDi

July 25th, 2010
8:30 am

PANTS ON THE GROUND…….

I-85

July 25th, 2010
8:36 am

Less eduacation is good. Greed is better and having a long day in the cotton fields is best. I am right. Have you ever seen some of those old time movies with all the singin after a long day in in the sun. Happy days are days of yore when everyone knew their place. I know what I am talking about. Dooly Wilson in Casablanca was a happy guy.

david wayne osedach

July 25th, 2010
11:17 am

Unfortunately the funding cuts for public education mean larger classes. And less attention for each individual student.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Someone in the conservative community should ‘tell’ Andrew Breitbart to discontinue defending the Tea Party and white people in general from the racist attacks of the NAACP; and racist attacks by those influenced by them. He is causing the integrationist African American leaders and their minions in the media to turn to the 1960s Martin Luther King Jr recordings. The recordings are used to inject white people with Anesthetic propofol to put them at rest. And in their minds, it seems to work.

But if the Martin Luther King Jr tapes are not successful, the integrationist African leaders in the media will use the 1963 Fannie Lou Hamer tape. In the recording, Fannie Lou Hamer will tell you how she was arrested in Winona Mississippi and taken to the county jail. Two black prisoners were ordered by authorities to beat her. Even under assault, she had the presence of mind to pull her dress down. But they would pull it up again and continue the beating.

After getting a dose of that, Andrew Breitbart may already have second thoughts about defending the Tea Party and white people in general against the racist attacks by the NAACP and those influenced by them. But if he does not continue, the integrationist African American leaders and their minions in the media will drive America headlong into the Grand Canyon. Take a good look at the condition of African Americans.

We shall overcome—-we shall overcome—-we shall overcome—- some day. Oh oh oh deep in my heart—– I do believe—– we shall overcome some day.

Black and white together—–black and white together—–black and white together—– some day. Oh oh oh deep in my heart—– I do believe—–we shall overcome some day.

Breitbart please!

Big DiDi

July 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

Dr. Stan has PANTS ON THE GROUND!!!

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 25th, 2010
11:18 pm

You noticed I didn’t sing the God is on our side verse in the song. That was intentional. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia is exactly what happened to African Americans. After being absent from the churches in Galatia for years, the Apostle Paul learned people had given up the spirit and returned to the carnal…

Integrationist African American leaders have bewitched African Americans too. They have convinced them via integration to depart from the spirit i.e. love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.

They have turned to the carnal, i.e. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling. They which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

My good friend, if you or your people choose to follow teachings of the integrationist African American leaders, you and your people will find your pants on the ground too.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 25th, 2010
11:21 pm

I’ve got to get to bed. There is a long day ahead. I will talk to everyone tomorrow; God willing.

The White Devils You Say!

July 26th, 2010
1:21 pm

I just read this column, and most of it is on target. However, we do know how to start. The educational system has gone through too many changes in the name of ‘reform’ or ‘improvement.’ In fact, what we got is the opposite. I have been teaching for years. I now teach at what was rated as the BEST high school in the state of Georgia, but we did not make AYP – an arbitrary and rather archane THING. I really don’t have the vocabulary to describe what this monster is. We can start by returning to the traditional school year. Students learn better when they are on a schedule which is interrupted as little as possible. That is not only a fact, but it is COMMON SENSE. We can also return to the quarter system (12 week grading periods) for high school. A fifteen year old can comprehend only so much as far as the passage of time goes.

The White Devils You Say!

July 26th, 2010
1:26 pm

I am now continuing. If you remember the SLOW passage of time when you were a teenager, you will understand of what I am speaking. We can also stop all of this ’standardized’ testing. It means so little. We can move more toward a European system where we test three or four times, not CONSTANTLY. We can also stop teating inner city students the same as tudents on an Indian Reservation in Montana. In other words, the federal government needs to get out of education. Education policy and reform on the federal level is a myth and it amounts to political opium – something that makes you feel real good when you do it, but it has desastrous long-term effects. We also need to eleminated most extra-curricular activities in schools. Sports and drama and music programs belong outside of school. These should be private matters.

The White Devil You Say!

July 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

Continuing again. I normally don’t like to model on Europe as so much of what they have done has been desastrous. However, their primary and secondary school systems (outside of the UK) work very well. Poor students do participate in sports, music and other artistic activities, but these are done OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. Most western European nations have voucher programs as well. This allows for COMPETITION.

We must also remember that although I think that this model is pretty good, I still want individual states and communities to make the decisions. We are NOT Europe. This is a HUGE country with over 300 million people and 50 states which are quite diverse – Texas is actually bigger than France, geographically. And France is the biggest nation in Europe! Reform will not be easy, but it also cannot be top down. We need to tell the feds to go to Hell before any real progress can be made!

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

July 26th, 2010
2:11 pm

We no longer need diversity or affirmative action. Educated integrationist African American leaders and other adults should have put an economic system in place for their children that would encourage other groups to reach out to them for diversity etc.

That was not the plan of the elitist Whites, Jews, and African Americans. The doctrine of integration forbids integrationist leaders from empowering African Americans with institutions capable of meeting their basic needs, food, clothing, shelter, employment, and education etc.