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Query : Who do you believe is capable of deciding what ALL children should be taught?
Query : Why should people, whose tax money is PAYING FOR the school and its teachers have ZERO say in what is taught?
I don't want the general public having any kind of influence in my kids' educations without my say-so.
I suppose b.d. , that might be a difference between the u.k. and the u.s.: we do think we are capable of deciding. As long as all the information is available... On 911 our operators told everyone to remain calm and stay at there desks till 'help' arrived. Some people went to the roof, which was a big mistake because the helicopters are never coming to any roof, (unless you're the President, or Donald Trump).All that heat, the wind, the smoke. It's way too risky. If only they'd known, they might've..
The survivors... well, you see? That's how you survive. They used their own feelings of self-interest and made a choice. They weren't experts, didn't have every detail, but as it turned out, they had enough: the building is on fire and get the hell out; which was counter to what they were being told by the 'experts': stay in your seats.
As as far as school choice, we see that collectivist idea that the whole should be held back to accommodate or counter the deficiencies of the low median as ... repugnant. That's like riding the building down. We know it's a farce, propping up the wealthy because for them, those rules don't apply. Freedom of choice...
How many other parents feel the same way? And about important issues, not "flat Earth" theories!
Common core was a hot issue a couple years ago. Parents and teachers, both, were against it. But "experts" had pushed that agenda. Is it really in the best interest of future generations to push the agenda of a single educator, a so-called expert? Or should parents have the right, and the means, to fight poor choices when the "experts" make them?
Or are you saying that those judged to be experts are infallible? Completely incapable of making even the smallest mistakes?
You are part of the general population. We all are. That includes doctors, physicists, criminologists, astronomers, enviromentalists, and many others who care, just as deeply, about our children receiving quality education.
I think the biggest problem with the educational system, and how it got so bad, is LACK of parental involvement. Too many busy, two income families have relied on "experts" to choose what is taught without parents keeping an eye on the selections.
Parents are not corporations. Only a small portion of the population rises to CEO or other high level positions. Those in the lower ranks don't care about the corporate goals. They aren't really going to push such agendas in school systems.
Politicians, on the other hand, are frequently influenced by lobbyists. And politicians have already been given the power to influence education. Giving power to the people will reduce the political influence, or at least has the potential to do so.
I am offended by the implication that because I chose a field other than education that I'm irresponsible or in some other way incapable of making an important and positive influence on the public school system.
And the only way to have complete say-so over what your child is taught is to do all the teaching yourself! But homeschooling is another debate altogether.
Out of respect for the wife's concern, this Wednesday I'm letting the doc wire me up with an external monitor. I know it'll be a PITA though. All I ever wanted was a natural life, which allows for a meteor strike or the like. It better not get in the way of me illustrating my book though, or out the window it goes ;-) I'm hell bent on finishing this illustration project.
It might surprise you, but most of the twenty-somethings I've talked with all think global warming is largely man-made. Most have serious concerns about this world and the future of humans. They are not crackpots treating everything as disposable.
Just once I'd like to hear an honest answer - as "we don't give a shit about science, this is about money."
I did notice on the news that the White House lawn had mega water sprinklers going on. Never saw those "shower works" before. And Trump AKA "Mr.-" as Michael Moore refers to him, has seawalls built around all of his golf courses.
Yep. About :greedy_dollars:. In the end he will be generous and give us a penny for our plots. OK, I'm off to bed now. :sleeping: