Man of The Decade
His Holiness The Dali Lama
China's Thugs guard the Olympic Flame
China has shown the world it's true colors with the thugs it sent to guard the Olympic Flame. The thugs roughed up people in Paris and London. China's government by it's actions has shown that it continues to be belligerent and anti human rights. Free Tibet should be a phrase on the lips of all free people.
THE FIASCO OF NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
A better title of this program should be no state funding for a federally mandated initiative. The widely criticized program of the Bush administration is a failure and a flawed program.
New York City and State have bought in to this program at the expense of teachers, parents and children. It has become 'teach to the test" and that is a recipe for failure. The Language Arts classroom teacher has become a bookkeeper. They are buried in paper work to insure that bureaucrats keep their meaningless jobs. They, the bureaucrats, must cover their backsides and have scape goats, the teachers. But you can't blame all the teachers all off the time.
We often hear that Japan, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore etc, are out scoring our kids in standardized test. This sets off the warning bells and becomes the cause-celeb for politicians, especially those running for office who bemoan the educational system and say they have the answer, vote for me. It is all nonsense. The United States is not a homogeneous country. In those countries there are national traits and philosophies that everyone shares and teachers are looked up too and people see education as a priority in their lives and the life of the nation, it as a duty or obligation to learn and progress and the teacher plays a major part in that success. My experience teaching in Japan was a case in point.
America is quite the opposite. In our schools we take in everyone. Students that come to our schools from immigrant parents are not coming from those countries with outstanding educational systems, quite the contrary they are coming from countries that are often in chaos, third world, or with less than a stellar educational system. We get the poor, the unwashed, the uneducated, the underprivileged, the lowest of the low. They have a great need of socialization, of jobs, health care, family counseling, hygiene, and so much more and education comes in low down on the totem pole. They are illiterate in there own language, they speak little or no English, live in homes where no English is spoken and are required to take the standardized English test after being in the country one year. They often live in the poorer areas where violence is the norm where daily survival becomes critical. Teachers deal with these problems everyday. There is no way we can ever match a Singapore, Japan, Ireland, or any homogeneous country in standardized test scores. We need a system that address the needs of these people and need to stop trying to match countries that would not even consider taking in the people we do. It is time to face the truth and focus on the real problems in education. If we don't we will just produce more drop outs. The children that get held over repeatedly will eventually age out. Social promotion does not work either what is needed is a realistic approach to education and through examination of the needs and then a plan to address these unique needs that the American school system faces.
Bread and Circuses
John McCain whom I feel is an honest man and patriotic American is more out of touch with reality than ever. Now he is talking tax cuts, withholding the gas tax for the summer to stimulate the economy and staying in Iraq for a hundred years. Where will the money come from? It will mean more borrowing from China and elsewhere. It has to be paid back some time, who will pay it?
He wants to give tax break so people can travel in the summer, take vacations while millions lose their homes. Lets start addressing the real problems, the deficit, the war, the mortgage crisis. This is what people are really concerned about.
Throw the people a bone, give them something to keep them quiet, pacify the mob and get their vote then take care of the fat cats at the top.
We Salute and Honor Our Fallen Heroes (The real cost of the war)
We pay a dear price for a war we did not need to fight. Bush's legacy is the lives of these young people and I think that history will judge him harshly.
Army Spc. Jason C. Kazarick
April 07, 2008
30, of Oakmont, Pa.; assigned to the 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany; died April 7 in Baghdad when enemy forces attacked using a rocket propelled grenade. Also killed was Sgt. Michael T. Lilly.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis L. Griffin
April 03, 2008
28, of Dover, Del.; assigned to the 377th Security Forces Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.; died April 3 near Baghdad of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.
Army Capt. Ulises Burgos-Cruz
April 06, 2008
29, of Puerto Rico; assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died April 6 in Balad, Iraq, when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Spc. Matthew T. Morris.