This should be read and understood by all Americans Democrats, Republicans, Independents, EVERYONE!!!
To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature,
It is now official....Stop taking care of yourselves and start taking care of the citizens. You think you helping by giving us our own money back that you took in taxes. Your not fooling anybody. Political parties, Democrats and Republicans alike, are taking care of themselves first and us last. Who do you think you are fooling?
The U.S. Post Service was established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they are still poor.
Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before.. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??
Over the years I’ve watched our government, universities, and educational bureaucracies put out test after test with the idea to improve the standing of American students. Well let me tell you, it’s not working!
Educational bureaucracies keep dumbing down the tests so that the student’s scores look better and better for all of the people who are involved in education. Therefore, they can nod and say, “Look we are doing such a good job teaching.” Well, my response to that is phooey. They are not doing a good job.
Education needs a total overhaul in this country starting by giving power back to the classroom teacher and less power to the bureaucratic wonks working in Michigan and Washington D.C. Educrats only seem to be interested in making more work for the teachers and creating more forms for teachers to fill out. So there is less and less learning time between the teacher and the student. Let teachers teach their subjects the way they want to teach it. And even let them fail a kid when that kid is screwing up.
Let teachers teach and then we’ll find out whether a teacher is good or bad.
If teachers are doing a good job then give them a raise and when they fail fire them.
So if you want to play the test and mark game then let everybody have a shot at marking one another. Therefore, maybe we should think not only of giving marks to the students, but to school administrators and the educational bureaucrats in Michigan and Washington, And while we are at it we might even want to give grades to the parents. Yes, parents. How about that?
Please, let’s all wake up to the absurdity of all of these silly tests that are only being given to prove that some PhD has found a topic for their PhD dissertation. By the way PhD stands for Piled higher and Deeper.
Wake up America! American Education is failing!
Camille Paglia is a columnist for Salon Magazine who voted for Obama. Here is a paragraph that she wrote on health care reform. Take a read.
As for the actual content of the House healthcare bill, horrors! Where to begin? That there are serious deficiencies and injustices in the U.S. healthcare system has been obvious for decades. To bring the poor and vulnerable into the fold has been a high ideal and an urgent goal for most Democrats. But this rigid, intrusive and grotesquely expensive bill is a nightmare. Holy Hygeia, why can't my fellow Democrats see that the creation of another huge, inefficient federal bureaucracy would slow and disrupt the delivery of basic healthcare and subject us all to a labyrinthine mass of incompetent, unaccountable petty dictators? Massively expanding the number of healthcare consumers without making due provision for the production of more healthcare providers means that we're hurtling toward a staggering logjam of de facto rationing. Steel yourself for the deafening screams from the careerist professional class of limousine liberals when they get stranded for hours in the jammed, jostling anterooms of doctors' offices. They'll probably try to hire Caribbean nannies as ringers to do the waiting for them.
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."
Dearest Administrators, Teachers, and Media,
How do we teach our students to be critical thinkers and lifelong learners if as educators we only present one side of a controversial issue? On Monday, November 17, 2009, Fordson High School students were asked to write a letter to their state rep addressing funding cuts. They were instructed to “…[draft] a letter to our state legislators and Governor Granholm asking them to restore public funding”. They were also provided envelopes to send them in and addresses of their state representatives.
Students were not asked to analyze the current funding crisis, propose funding solutions, or identify and refute an opposing viewpoint- all of which is required on the Michigan Merit Exam Essay. Our students’ inability to recognize an opposing viewpoint is one of our greatest challenges. Instead of encouraging higher level critical thinking, our students were instructed to take only one position and write a 5 paragraph essay on only that viewpoint. We are directed to teach numeracy yet not a single budget figure was provided for analysis. Furthermore, the prewriting persuasive writing planner asking students to identify an opposing viewpoint would have simply confused the students because opposing or alternate viewpoints were not even mentioned in the prompt.
Contrary to popular opinion, many of our students will end up being Republicans who favor minimal government intervention and are fiscal as well as social conservatives. After completing budget and ideology tests, many of our students’ identify as a Republican or Centrist, not as a Democrat. Some students might be in favor of a voucher system so they could more easily afford tuition at any local private school. This is an increasingly popular thought in light of Fordson’s regressive Adequate Yearly Progress Status. Others may demand the state government to fix the budget crisis by any means necessary, especially after witnessing budget mayhem at the Federal level.
Some students who identify as Independents are usually in favor of a very responsive government, one that fixes fiscal problems as they arise instead of after they are created. They are in favor of an arbitrary approach, one that circumvents bipartisan gridlock.
Fordson High School will never accomplish the goals of creating lifetime learners and critical thinkers through manipulative, one-sided, liberal biased activities. Pushing personal and political agendas may be popular, but as a preferred method of instruction, it is definitely not right. Widespread lack of voter participation is due to a lack of information and choice. By not providing relevant information and encouraging opposing and divergent thought, our school system severely hurts future voter participation through one sided politically biased activities.
- A Concerned Fordson Teacher
From Matt S. 11/21/09
Russ, my neighbor mentioned you blog to me and I had to write to thank you. One of my favorite memories of Dearborn High School is walking into the office to speak to an administrator about some now forgotten issue. Seeing all the administrators scramper to hide in their offices. God forbid they should have to talk with a parent. Then hearing this big booming voice "Welcome to Dearborn High School how are you today?" My twin boys (class of 2006)were not your students (our loss) and my girls got to DHS after you retired (class of 2010 and 2012)but you greeted me like an old friend and made me feel welcome. Thank you!
The AARP got a financial windfall in return for its support of the healthcare bill. Over the past decade, the AARP has morphed from an advocacy group to an insurance company (through its subsidiary company). It is one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, a high-cost, privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. But President Bush-43 passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized, lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. Under Medicare Advantage, the elderly get all the extra coverage they need plus coordinated, well-managed care, usually by the same physician. So more than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.