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Bill Gates – Focus on Teaching

Bill Gates has said we need to focus on teaching and why is this news? We need to understand that recent attacks on teachers, firefighters and police officers are nothing more than a grand attempt to defund the Democratic party. How does the Democratic party get its money? One source is wealthy celebs like George Clooney. Another source is unions. How do you remove union money from politics? Well, there are lots of ways to do this. One way is to make the teaching profession undesirable. Over the last 15 to 20 years, conservatives have been relentless in attacking the teaching profession. No Child Left Behind, with its focus on testing, has been a bitter pill which has not helped students nor teachers. The other thing you can do is to try to shut money away from public schools. Republicans have done this with modest success. They have continually promoted the utopian beauty of charter schools. Charter schools accept public money, but for the most part they are not unionized. Finally, and most importantly, you try to pass laws which tell teachers whether they can or cannot join unions and what those unions can and cannot do with their money. All of this is in an effort to defund the Democratic Party.

Bill Gates is right. We do need to focus on teaching. We do need to focus on what’s going on in the classrooms. Our kids are falling behind. We need to find innovative thinking and bring that to the classroom. How can we better use computers and the Internet in the classroom? How can we help those students who are falling behind and at the same time continue to push those students who are getting ahead? Throwing money at the problem is not really a solution. Defunding and demoralizing teachers is also not a solution (well, that’s not really true, it is a solution, but it’s not one that’s going to help our schools, our teachers or our students.) So, we have to stop our war on teachers. We need to help them teach our kids. Only then can we focus on teaching.

By |2012-05-25T14:40:24-04:00May 23rd, 2012|Education|Comments Off on Bill Gates – Focus on Teaching

Interview with NOLA mayoral candidate James Perry

I had the great pleasure of speaking with New Orleans mayoral candidate James Perry. During our conversation, we discuss Obama, charter schools, education, Katrina, levees and more. This is a great interview of a magnificent candidate. You can find out more about James Perry.

Let me know what you think of Mr. Perry. Would you vote for him? Will he help New Orleans?

By |2012-05-08T11:08:11-04:00October 24th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Katrina, Podcasts|Comments Off on Interview with NOLA mayoral candidate James Perry

What's Going On: Evening News Round-up

  • A 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit just outside Los Angeles. There was no major damage or injuries reported.
  • Senator Barack Obama talked about immigration in front of an Asian American and Pacific Islander group.
  • Now, even the Washington Post is questioning Senator John McCain’s ad. Once they get into the act, you know that the ad stinks.
  • One of the saddest stories that I have seen in a while is this Extreme Makeover house in Atlanta. If you don’t know the story, I summarize. While this family was sent on vacation to Disneyland, this TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, destroys their home and builds a bigger, newer one on the same spot. The family was given enough money to pay the taxes on the home for decades. Since then, the family borrowed against the house and now can’t afford payments. The home will be auctioned on Tuesday as another foreclosure.
  • Senator John McCain’s health needs to become a serious topic of this campaign. We really didn’t see his records. Some selected reporters were able to peak at selected records. Now, McCain had another “spot” or lesion removed from his right cheek. We, the American people, should get a detailed history of his melanomas. How deep were they? How large were they? What are his chances for recurrence? None of these questions have really been answered.
  • David Brooks writes an interesting article on education in today’s New York Times. He discusses how America became an economic powerhouse as a result of investment in education. He then points out that we have been stagnant in this area since 1970. What he doesn’t mention is that his Republican party has done everything that they could think of to retard and destroy our public education system. The two best examples are No Child Left Behind, which has been great at dumbing down our students and teachers, and charter schools, which suck needed funds out of our public school system. I doubt if David Brooks will call out President Bush in his next article for Bush’s disasterous educational policies.
  • Finally, bombings in Iraq yesterday killed 61 people and wounded 238 people. In Pakistan, the U.S. bombed a suspected Al Qaeda training camp. Now, we are going on the offense. Where was this over the past four to five years?
By |2008-07-29T19:51:06-04:00July 29th, 2008|Al Qaeda, Bush Administration, Domestic Issues|5 Comments
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