Oh boy... You asked the question of the century! I think a whole bunch of people who have no idea what it's like to be on the other end of the desk in a classroom are making rules for those of us that do. And the rules ain't working. Longer school days, maybe. Year round school, maybe. Needed? Not at all. Think about it. The kids that do well, do well regardless. They have expectations for themselves. The kids that don't do well, don't do well regardless. They also have expectations for themselves. What has to change is the expectations. What I truly think should happen is that when you become a parent, you should be required to participate in your child's education. You should have to take classes (or go to parent meetings) at your child's school and you should have to prove that you are following the guidelines set by the school (or other source, haven't decided on this one yet). If you're not meeting the guidelines, it should be considered neglect. There should also be help if you are unable or unprepared to meet the guideline... sort of a social welfare program.
Merit pay for teachers is a big joke. Who would go into a school where the kids are consistently low? Being a "good" teacher doesn't make a lick of difference when the kids are worried about whether or not they are going to be able to eat dinner that night or whether or not they're going to get the crap beat out of them by a drunken parent.
I'm not saying the schools are perfect. A lot can be done to improve them, but the real work has to be done in the communities themselves before we see real results in schools. And test scores don't represent anything but socioeconomic status and/or learning style. I'd take a kid who can apply information and figure things out before I'd take a kid who can fill in a multiple choice bubble any day.
~Discuss if you feel so inclined~
the worlds running out of oil (fairly quickly, probably within my lifetime).
everyone who lives in any kind of industrial society (pretty much all of us) is gonna be majority screwed when this recourse runs out.
worldwide Peak oil is likely to be reached within the next few years (basically meaning that once we pass that theres going to be less and less available to us to utilize until it runs out completely.)
right down to our food supply (which for various reasons its production relies on oil by a stuppid amount).
i suppose the saddest thing here is that not many people have actually realized, even worse is that rather than invest in alternate technologies that can keep our man made environment stable the government is just chasing after the dwindling oil supplies.
this worries me.
theres a problem with the world, i think its down to a lack of hierarchy and a lack of respect.
there isnt even a common cause or a "greater good".
as much as i hate religions for all the divide they cause i admire the unity that they create.
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but i have been rather annoyed by the world in general, and the muppets who reside within it.
and i have had alot of time to think recently.
im not an anarchist, nor a communist, i am a capitalist but i think that those in charge should at least think about the rest of the world, and not just themselves.
these are just opinions. ignore, contest or review as you will.
I wasn't sure where to post this and it was too profound not to post SOMEWHERE.
It is perfectly fine to put down white people but racist to do it to anyone else. What a bunch of hatemongers.
Here;s the deal. I live in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. It is AT LEAST 107 degrees outside.
My neighbor leaves her dog out side for an hour or more everyday while she runs errands or goes wherever the heck she goes.
I was just out hanging laundry on my clothes line for maybe 5 minutes and I was ROASTING. I can see and hear her dog over there panting and whining.
Is this cruel or am I over-reacting?
I am mightily pissed at the US administration, as well as various Muslim and African and Latin American countries. The particular trigger for my ire is the wrangling over the UN AIDS package. Essentially, the package is intended to include distribution of condoms and needle exchanges, and makes mention of homosexual men, prostitutes and drug addicts as groups needing particular attention.
If Bush et al want to deny the existance of drugs, prostitution, gays and extra-marital sex, then whatever. It's their fantasy world. But when they start scuppering much needed aid because of it, then it gets dangerous. I'm sorry, but people take drugs, they share needles and transfer diseases. People exchange sexual favours for money, and end up having sex with a huge number of people - often without protection - increasing their risk of catching HIV. Vaginal intercourse has something around a 1 in 1000 chance of transferring HIV. Anal sex has a 1 in 20 chance. You can hardly deny, then, that men who have sex with men are more likely to get AIDS (originally called GRIDS - Gay Related Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome). And people have sex with people they are not married to.
It's not even as though this is a passing whim of society. These things have happened for hundreds and thousands of years (Egyptian prostitutes in the pharaoh times, male-male sex in ancient Greece, mistresses throughout the ages, drugs of some form in every society), and they aren't going to go away any time soon. We have to deal with the world as it comes. Yes, you can try to change it for the better, but occasionally you have to put ideology to one side and patch up the gaping wounds. This is one of those times.
Promoting abstinence isn't going to cut it. Suggesting people don't take drugs isn't going to work, because people won't stop taking drugs. People aren't going to stop having sex. The world's gay population isn't going to suddently say, "Oh, sorry, I was wrong all along. I am attracted to the opposite sex!". As long as people are willing to pay for sex, there are going to be people who, out of necessity or choice, will take their money and provide that sex.
Condoms and needle exchanges, on the other hand, targetted at prostitutes, gay men and drug users will make a difference. People aren't going to stop having sex, but they might put a little rubber thingy on. People aren't going to stop taking drugs, but they might use clean needles. We have to do what we can, and not bury our heads in the sand of ideology.