Academia might be the culprit here

October 11, 2008

Or so David Thompson, esteemed brit, suggests.  He links this guy who has this to say:

Yet the truth of the matter is that the basic pedagogical and academic approaches of Ayers and Khalidi fit well within the academic mainstream. Ayers is, after all, a prestigious professor of education (hardly a field known for its intellectual diversity, as I have explored elsewhere). Khalidi was of such standing that Columbia hired him away from the U of C, and named him to chair its Middle East Studies Department. From that perch, he presided over a wildly biased anti-Israel curriculum, even as he informed readers of New York that students of Arab descent—and only such students—knew the “truth” about Middle Eastern affairs.

On the other hand, Anonymous has this to say re: the above linked article:

Obama didn’t know about Ayers being a terrorist, he never heard Rev. Wright’s racist comments in church and he had no idea about Rezko. But yet you want to trust his “honesty” and “experience” to run the country?

In a time of crisis in America, you suggest we should not focus on the candidate but on the academy and how they became so radical and homogeneous?

Unbelievable.

Me?  I say that Obama is too friendly with ACORN by half, and was a member of the New Party.  They stood for such wonderful things as…

The democratization of our banking and financial system – including popular election of those charged with public stewardship of our banking system, worker-owner control over their pension assets, community-controlled alternative financial institutions.

Nationalized banks, eh.  Before I watch that happen, the federal government must a) sort out (i.e. privatize) social security and medicare, and b) demonstrate the legal authority to monopolize the banking industry.  Training pigs to fly would also help.

A progressive tax system based on the ability to pay.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”  Where have I heard that before?  They carry on with other hippie/Marxist crap.  Feel free to mock.  Feel free to not vote for Obama.  Vote for McCain, vote for Bob Barr, vote for Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin, hell, vote for Chuck Norris.  While several of them might be more than slightly insane, none of them (except maybe McCain) have the snake-in-the-grass thing going on.  Better crazy and honest than a calculating liar, I say.

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Who needs standards? Standards suck.

September 27, 2008

The Department of Education in Pittsburg recently decided that 50% is now the minimum score teachers can give out.  Goodbye, 0’s for kids that don’t turn in their assignments or show up for tests.  Goodbye, grading schemes that make sense.  Goodbye, grades that accurately reflect performance.  Nobody likes you anyways.

The best part is, the DoE says it’s not a grade inflation scheme, even though the justification they give for this system is that it will raise students’ grades.  Hey, I have an idea… let’s give crack to elementary school kids so they won’t turn into crack addicts when they’re older!  BRILLIANT!!!