Thousands protest at Texas Capitol in opposition to education cuts
As I watch and read about the huge protests (led mostly by UNIONS) in the different states that are dealing with massive budget deficits I have this ‘thought’ that keeps running through my head related to the *education* focus. The ‘thought’ is how many of these teachers teach mathematics? How many of these ‘students’ have studied mathematics and passed the grade? How many of these protesters have ever lived within THEIR means, not using CREDIT to live on? How many of them have ever reached into their wallets and find it EMPTY? Finding it EMPTY, do they go into the stores they want things from and DEMAND that they be GIVEN what they want even though they have no money to pay for it?
Our entire *education* system has been riddled with make believe for so long. Remember the “New Math” and how 2 plus 2 can equal 5 or even 3 if you want it to?? We long back let REAL EDUCATION go by the way side and soon it consumed the minds of all those teaching and being taught – the focus became SOCIAL rather than LOGIC. EMOTION over REALITY. I’m OK, You’re OK – There are no losers – everyone is a winner (Hmmm… maybe that is why Charlie Sheen is WINNING???) Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, Civics, Penmanship, gave way to condom applications and kids have two mommies or two daddy’s – and sports RULES over intelligence.
When the so called education system stopped teaching the basics of education to obtain a job that PRODUCES something of value and not passing those who didn’t learn the lessons of that grade level – going instead to passing everyone so no one would be embarrassed or have hurt feelings – real LEARNING (education) ceased to be for the majority of kids…. taught by the teachers who learned to draw a paycheck for not producing graduates who could get a job beyond janitorial or fry cook. I ask you WHY are there all those classes to bring a high school *graduate* up to speed to get into college? If they had been taught in high school they wouldn’t need those remedial classes to get into college courses.
The elimination of corrective discipline led to the tantrums to get ones way. Parents ceased to be PARENTS and became Buddies with their kids. No one was the GROWN UP – they all turned into KIDS – DEMANDING EVERYTHING and government was the PARENT.
Take a good look at the demands and the actions of those in Wisconsin and in the other protest areas. It is ALL DEMANDS and THREATS. Just who among those protesters is saying they have been overeating – over indulging – producing little of any consequence for decades and NOW, NOW, the pantry is not only EMPTY – it is filled with IOU’s that must be paid before any ‘food’ can be purchased to restock that Budget Pantry.
How many parents are stepping forward and saying they are going to homeschool their children? How many of the TAX FEEDERS are voluntarily saying they need to step back and demand less and produce a better outcome for what they do? The drop out and failure rate is unacceptable for the money that has been spent for those who work in what is called the EDUCATION INDUSTRY.
On the local (Dallas/Ft. Worth) TV news I have seen kids who are collecting pennies and sending them to Austin. PENNIES!!! I have heard of a young boy, 13 yrs old?? not sure, who is speaking out demanding that the legislature give the money to the schools – I see groups of kids telling how much their teachers mean to them… it is ALL EMOTION – FEELINGS – NO REASON.. NO LOGIC….. Absolutely NO understanding that they can’t wave a magic wand and the funding appears. This nation is BANKRUPT!! That is why I mentioned above the teaching and learning of MATH. When you keep SUBTRACTING from the base amount you end up with a NEGATIVE FIGURE. When there is NO way to refill the pot you can’t keep drawing substance from it. Why should teachers, administrators or any other TAX FUNDED employee be above the guy/gal who works in the Private Sector? It is the Private Sector that feeds the Tax funded Money pot. The Private Sector has been off shored to foreign countries and taxed into a state of BANKRUPTCY.
That POT O GOLD at the End of the Rainbow is a fairy tale but these teachers and those they are teaching believe it to be true – that is why they keep demanding as they are. They have little if any connection to REALITY.
If you happen to talk to one of the protesters – ask them WHERE the legislature is supposed to get the money to meet their demands. Ask them if they LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS or if they live on Credit and what are they going to do when their credit card is denied? They must be awakened to the fact that the government credit card has had a LOCK placed on it as there is no collateral to cover the overdrafts.
Then stand back for when they fall down on the ground and begin their temper tantrum – because that has always worked in the past and they still think it will work. They have never been taught to REASON – to THINK – to add or subtract with absolutes. They only know how to DEMAND and to throw tantrums to get their way.
March 13, 2011
Link to article, which inspired the author’s comments, above: Thousands protest at Texas Capitol in opposition to education cuts.
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Jackie Juntti (Granny) is a daily reader and frequent contributor to the Federal Observer. She can be reached for comment at firstname.lastname@example.org.