Monday, February 13, 2017

SacBee Looks At DeVos Opposition

The Sacramento Bee has, as I read it, a fairly polite criticism of the opposition by Democrats to Betsy DeVos' nomination to Secretary of Education.


At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, surprised he got it published in the bee.

I can't believe how blind some people are to cause and effect, since the start of federally run education, America has gone from number one in the world to a conservative number 16, despite spending more money on education than any other country. Personally I think giving kids a chance, especially those who want to be educated and aren't just going to school because they're forced to, the ability to spend their parents tax money to go to a school that provides them a better education is a good thing. Along with rewarding teachers that do a good job and punish the ones that do not, the same could be said with police officers. These people are supposed to be professions, and like any other profession, if you don't do your job right you should be fired. End of story.


At 8:33 AM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Is that a comment from the slimeball blog outfit The Humboldt Consequencesessential?

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's incorrect that the US spends the most per student on public education. That's a for-profit privatization talking point that is a flat out lie. It's even been repeated by Bush, although I don't know if he was aware he was repeating a lie, so I won't say he was technically lying. Among free developed countries we rank 5th.

However, that statistic is largely meaningless because it's not a measure of the money spent on student instruction. America leads the free developed world in child poverty. If you add low income families into the equation, half of all Americans are low income or living in poverty.

We spend a tremendous amount of money on free/reduced breakfast and lunch meals in schools, and in some places, even dinner. We also spend a tremendous amount on school security that most other countries simply don't have as a significant expense. We also employ more school psychologists and therapists and an array of special need instructors that other countries don't because these negatives trend with poverty (learning disabilities, severe emotional issues, physical/mental/sexual abuse, drug abuse, neglect, malnutrition, etc.). These issues are much more prevalent in America.

At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and you may very well find the governments of other free developed nations spending public money (maybe even a lot more money than in America because they also have much stronger social safety nets) on psychologist and therapists and food programs and all of that, but it's just not classified as school expenditures. It's another way statistics are used to mislead in the war against public education.

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He hit the nail on that one. Reports say the union spents over 90% of dues for lobbying for more control. Time to break up that crime ring, I agree.
Yet, Betsy loves her common core. Nothing will change for the kids not so bright futures. Or will it?
That's where Congressman Massie steps in to save the day. He submitted a one liner Bill ending the DOE & it's cc agenda in one fell swoop. Go Thomas!


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