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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Very Quick Thoughts While Heading Into My Day

So, the Nuggets have lost the first two games of their playoff series. Yeah, gee, didn’t see that one coming, did I?

Luckily, the sting has been taken off by the fact that the Avalanche have won both of their games--one with an intense domination and the other with a whole lot of work.

“Bush Threatens Veto of Bloated War-Funds Bill.” Mr. Veto is makin’ threats. Ooo, scary.

Ernie Chambers has the wrong solution to a set of very real problems. He is the driving force behind Omaha’s move toward re-segregating schools. I agree with at least part of his core complaint: that parents have too little say over the way money is spent to educate their children. I disagree with his remedy: essentially codifying the de facto segregation that exists because of income distribution through school districts and cities.

Sen. Chambers is right to be angry about the bloat, the inefficiency, and the lack of community involvement; although, having a closer insight on schools than I’ve ever had before, has convinced me that the biggest problem failing schools face is one of parental apathy or downright hostility to their children’s schools and education. Simply shifting the and demanding more equality in spending isn’t going to fix the cultural problems that lead to failing schools even if he does achieve his goal of reducing the bureaucracy. I imagine the schools will just fail in new and imaginitive ways.

I, of course, have all of the solutions; I’m just keeping them to myself because I hate sharing. I’m an only child, you know.

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That is the thing that school vouchers can help with.  The good schools can tie in their enrollment with a contract between parent and school.  When their only choice is a public school that they by law have to send their kids to, is not there a not totally undeserved feeling of helplessness.  Some parents will never give a shit, and their kids will always be behind the curve, and they have to go to school too.  There has to be a school these poor kids can while away these teen years at too, and it will suck.  The perfect gets in the way of the better.

on Apr 27 2006 @ 09:53 AM

I don’t know what they do in Omaha, but my experience is that if parents want another option they will play the school system the best they can. This may include registering their child’s residence as a relative’s address. I don’t think vouchers will get any more parents involved than already are. Here in Philly the Home and School Associations (similar to PTA) can influence how the school performs.
Having gone to a segregated school by law, I wonder what are they thinking? One problem I had coming from a segregated school system is that I did not know how to compete when I went into the world.

on Apr 27 2006 @ 12:23 PM

Well, the Nuggets took game three, but they’re not looking too good right now in Game 4.  They’re going to have the stigma of losing in the playoffs to the Clippers.

on Apr 29 2006 @ 08:59 PM

Darned Nuggets.

They should have done so much better--and one of my co-workers is going to be mighty cranky on Monday.

on Apr 29 2006 @ 10:17 PM
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