Privatization at any cost is costing students—and Wisconsin’s future—a whole lot.
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Often there are several readings needed to drive home a point - and from various sources.
Other times, just one well written article says a great deal - and discusses our values, our need to turn off Dancing with the Stars and tune into critical issues that require critical thinking, our need to work together for the common good rather than be subservient to those with power of money and party,and so much more.
I think Mr. Giffey's article is one of those writings - a challenge to us all to consider once again what is happening to our democracy, our constitution, and our unwillingness to take off our blinders of hate and heated rhetoric simply echoed from a few sources who are so happy to be manipulating citizens into thinking "we" are the enemy.
And, of course, cause our brains to be put into idle or just give up and shut down.
If I don't have health care no one else should either! If I only make $8 per hour, so should everyone else! If I am miserable, so should everyone else! Bring all up to a higher standard of life and earning and more - not what they wish to happen!
Just repeat the party line - don't visit in a civil manner with my fellow citizens to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities - and no matter what, don't think for ourselves or challenge our leaders or media as to truth telling.
The life of a lemming is so uncomplicated - and maybe ignorance really is bliss? Certainly many of our present legislators seem to believe it and their legislative actions are proof positive!
-Steve Anderson | Eau Claire, WI | May 24, 2012
The advantage to privatizing schools would be limiting access to smart kids only which would certainly give a boost to overall test scores, wouldn't you agree?
Of course we'd have to figure out a way to pay for those schools and to reward the owners and stockholders with profits. With a dumbed down society, we could sneak in some fuzzy math assured no one would catch on.
If we can only control what people think, we can define who they are and how they behave. Cons don't want educated people. They just want people who are cons and who don't cause trouble. What better purpose than privatized schools?
When did Wisconsin become a fiefdom?
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, WI | May 24, 2012
Actually Pietr cons like me want educated people. Your liberal school system and society is putting out self absorbed children. You want shiny trains and wind mills? You need skilled labor like machinists to make them. The youngest guy I have is 35. He was the last one to be offered a apprenticeship 10 years ago. I have yet to get a kid from high school that has basic algebra knowledge. They have no problem solving skills what so ever because mommy and daddy have fixed every problem for them their whole lives. Mechanical skills are non existent as well. They aren't worth a living wage. They aren't even worth minimum wage. They should be paying me to teach them some thing more useful than playing video games, texting and keeping up with Facebook. That is if you can get them to show up to work.
-SW | Waukesha WI | May 24, 2012
sw. It would seem the republican scheme to defund public education (el-hi, colleges, tech schools) is working against your goal. Not ever kid will be an engineer or a machinist. We need to pump more into our schools so we can attract the best of teachers who can stir up the kids to be whatever they want to be, not what you want them to be. The industrial revolution brought on a new breed of worker, and I bet many were left in the dust spittin' and cussin' cuz they couldn't keep up. Technology is a revolution, too, sink or swim. Stubbornly refusing to enhance public education because you don't like what you see certainly isn't going to make the situation better. It's counterproductive.
-Maria Caliente | Middleton, Wisconsin | May 25, 2012