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Exactly why i only buy foreign cars. Plus most of them are assembled in U.S. now too.
Great video; thanks for posting it.
For about the last five years, I have been telling people that, if they want to see the future of the country, look at Detroit.
However, its total collapse came even faster than I thought it would.
There is no bias or one sided opinions on this at all. Great link!!!! :O
Hope that you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
Lover: I hope you and your family the very best Thanksgiving of all time.
About seven years ago, I began following “General Watch,” a blog that belongs to Jim Dollinger, a Buick dealership owner. Even then, he was predicting that GM would declare bankruptcy because they were in the benefits business, not the car business, and because the costs would soon be unsustainable. He also examined other costs that the unions had demanded and to which the manufacturers agreed. Those costs had to be built into every car, and the higher prices thus drove buyers to foreign manufacturers.
All of which reminds me of a radio interview that I heard a few days ago.
Gov. Scott Walker was describing the changes that Wisconsin had taken in managing the costs of education. I haven’t checked this out yet, but he claims that they have cut costs and that the students are learning more.
There is absolutely ZERO proof that “school choice” is a better option. There is a lot of proof that it is the opposite. In a school choice system, there will always be winners and losers. Those winners and losers will be children.
I talk to charter school parents and former teachers constantly. Teachers are being replaced three or four times a year in ONE classroom. There’s so much instability, it is hurting the children greatly. I have links where it is so bad in some states, parents are opting out and returning to traditional public schools.
Has anyone paid any attention at all to Jeb Bush’s Florida? It has been nothing but a disaster in education.
School choice is doing some things, though. It has been much more successful than unions in making a few people RICH.
well we buy Ford’s… then on education…. we need to do it like the Chinese government does… you are tested.. if you are good enough then you go on with your education… if not then you are given test to see what you can do in the different trades or work fields….this is what we should be doing here… everyone learns a trade…..it is a win for all people…it goes back to our old ways… you started out at the bottom and worked your way up to a Master Craftsman….it might take 30 years to do….We need people to do all types of work…. Car repair, fishing, farming, Sales, building, Service industry, and professional trade.
Even before Detroit declared bankruptcy, the thought occurred to me that we now know how long it takes for a civilization to disintegrate and its buildings become ruins.
Speaking of master craftsman, one claim that appears to be fact is that, when given classes that are as similar as possible, the single determining factor in the students’ success is the ability of the teacher.
Stated simply, the better the teacher, the better the students become.
All students, of course, are either limited or enabled by genetics or environment, but the gifted teachers can still make a great difference.
We also have to remember that a gifted teacher can help a student to overcome his environment. It doesn’t always work, but it has.
We also have to remember that darn few teachers were in the talented and gifted classes themselves when they were school children.
A couple of weeks ago, you paid me a great compliment about the kind of teacher I was.
I don’t know how effective I was academically; as I indicated, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with some truly great teachers.
One thing I will share, though, that still shakes me to this day.
I had either seven or eight students tell me that, if it had not been for me simply being in the classroom, they would have committed suicide that year.
I could tell they were serious, and it affects me now, even as I type these words.
The children had given no sign whatsoever during the year that their lives were a crushing burden, and I am usually adept in detecting body language and verbal cues.
That I had had that kind of effect on some children is something that I will never forget.
This is the most asinine logic that reformers and those as crabby support. This Lancaster student scored perfect. So, Bill Gates, Rhee, politicians, etc want the “best” teachers to be “rewarded”. So, in my eyes, teachers deserve the credit for this young man’s success,,, NOT the community nor the parents. And as such, any teacher that had contact with this child through the primary grades deserves to paid substantially more than every other teacher there. Well, according to their logic, anyway.
It’s dumb. It’s ridiculous. It’s BS. It’s also anti-American.
Lover makes some interesting points. When in school, I was one of the high fliers in the lower income areas of town,,, going to schools as South. Several of the “gifted” students were friends of mine through a variety of ways,,, even at the elementary level.
The point that “gifted” students don’t always go into the profession is debatable, but here is my perception: ALL of the “gifted” kids,,, almost all of them when I was a kid at LCS,,, hailed from Sanderson ES or maybe Medill. Their parents drove “nice” cars and lived on the outskirts. They drove Hondas. lol. They had nice clothes. They talked about fancy vacations. They talked about computer software. We didn’t have computers. We lived in crumbling houses in the city. This was in the 80s and 90s.
Do all of those “gifted” kids need to thank their teachers for their success? Of course not. That’s asinine. But that is crabby’s support and “school choice”,,, more or less. Further reward the privileged.
Oh,,, and act as if teachers have the hand of God. They don’t anymore or less than anyone else. Stop scapegoating teachers.
Hmmmm. Regarding Restaurant Lover’s suicide story – I call bullshit. 7 or 8? Which? You strike me as a person I wouldn’t confide anything to.
If Lover did stop some children from suicide, it is certainly commendable. However, suicide is just what children are doing under this new reform movement. Even Japan and other countries that the USA wants to emulate in terms of education is now backing off of so much testing and returning to traditional forms that made the USA public schools so strong!!!
But let’s get those lazy union thugs accountable!
Crabby: here’s a good one.
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