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  • just a conservative girl 6:50 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    As the Chicago Teachers Strike – Students React 




    Heaven help us all.  

    • SignPainterGuy 7:12 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

      TEECHERS MUST HAV THE RITE TO STRYKE ! Expectifying them to be held accountable for their students` grades is asking entirely too much ! Even if Obama DID sign the law that establishes this requirement, this is just plain unfair !

      I heard today (missed the location) that since merit pay was out of the question, an up-front payment of $4,000. was given to teachers who were told, “Now, if your students do not improve their grades, you have to pay the money back !” The teachers performed well and the students` grades did too !

      The teachers weren`t impressed with the promise of money in the future for improvements (they get raises anyway, regardless of performance, and cannot be fired for any reason), but the fear of having to pay money back was an effective motivator ! Fascinating !

    • Ednar 8:47 PM on 09/10/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The ANT
      > AND THE
      > This one is a little different …..
      > Two Different Versions ….
      > Two Different Morals
      > The ant works
      > hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
      > The grasshopper
      > thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
      > Come winter, the ant is warm
      > and well fed.
      > The grasshopper has
      > no food or shelter, so he
      > dies out in the cold.
      > Be responsible for yourself!
      > MODERN
      > VERSION
      > The ant works hard
      > in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
      > and laying up supplies for the winter.
      > The grasshopper thinks the ant
      > is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
      > Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
      > calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be
      > allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
      > CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN,
      > and ABC show up to
      > provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper
      > next to a video of the ant
      > in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
      > America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
      > How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper
      > is allowed to suffer so?
      > Kermit the Frog appears
      > on Oprah
      > with the grasshopper
      > and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not EasyBeing Green…’
      > ACORN stages
      > a demonstration in front of the ant’s
      > house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.
      > Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright
      > has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake,
      > while he damns the ants.
      > President Obama condems the ant
      > and blames
      > President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the
      > Pope
      > for the grasshopper’s
      > plight.
      > Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid
      > exclaim in an interview with Larry
      > King that the ant has
      > gotten rich off the back of the
      > grasshopper,
      > and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
      > Finally, the EEOC drafts
      > the Economic Equity &
      > Anti-Grasshopper Act
      > retroactive to the beginning of
      > the summer.
      > The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number
      > of green bugs and,
      > having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government GreenCzar
      > and given to the grasshopper.
      > The story ends as we see the grasshopper
      > and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
      > crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
      > The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
      > The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken
      > over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
      > The entire Nation collapses
      > bringing the rest
      > of the free world with it.
      > Be careful how you vote in 2012.
      > I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant
      > not a grasshopper!
      > Make sure that you pass
      > this on to other ants.
      > Don’t bother sending
      > it on to any grasshoppers
      > because they wouldn’t
      > understand it, anyway

  • just a conservative girl 2:25 PM on 07/03/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Joe Biden Edition Part 3 

    “You chose to be teachers because you know every child is entitled to do as well as they can”

    Vice President Biden speaking to educators today at the annual convention of the NEA.  It is too bad that NEA doesn’t agree with his sentiment.  Remember this?

    Or how about this:

    “I will begin to care about the quality of children’s education in this country when they start paying union dues.”

    Albert Shanker, former president of American Federation of Teachers.

    I don’t understand why the rank and file teacher who does want nothing more than to give the kids a quality education allow themselves to be represented by these people.

    • SignPainterGuy 3:05 PM on 07/03/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The main purposes of any labor union is to maintain the union-members` jobs, keep money flowing to union leadership and political candidates / parties, and maintain an adversarial atmosphere between management and employees !

  • just a conservative girl 7:39 AM on 01/05/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conservatives, gender, , science, teacher unions   

    And They Say Conservatives are Anti-Science 

    I have heard many times that conservatives are anti-science.  This is an accusation thrown around mainly in the concept of global warming or climate change, whatever it is being called today.  We are told that the science is “settled”.  Well, that really isn’t true.  There are scientists who say that it isn’t man-made.  So I would say that it isn’t settled.  I don’t automatically dismiss the idea of it, but I think that before we spend boatloads of money we should be sure.  

    I have also been told that homosexuality is a genetic thing.  Sorry, but there is no proof that it is.  It may very well be, but at this point there is no “gay” gene.  From what I have read, the scientific community seems to believe that there are a variety of factors that goes into homosexuality.  

    When all of the work being done to understand causes is put together, the question about what causes homosexuality seems best answered as follows. 

    First, science does not have a firm answer that everyone in the field of science let alone everyone else can agree on. The origins of homosexuality are still not clearly understood by scientists.
    Most researchers agree that homosexuality is multi-causal and complex; many factors contribute to the development of same-sex attraction. Most researchers, including Dr. Dean Hamer, the “gay gene” researcher who is himself a gay man, agree that homosexuality is due to a combination of social, biological, and psychological factors. Dr. Hamer has said, “Genes are hardware…the data of life’s experiences are processed through the sexual software into the circuits of identity. I suspect the sexual software is a mixture of both genes and environment, in much the same way the software of a computer is a mixture of what’s installed at the factory and what’s added by the user (P. Copeland and D. Hammer (1994) The Science of Desire. New York: Simon and Schuster.)”

     So there seems to be choice involved in it.  So I would like to know why teachers in California have decided that they are going to liberate children of gender.  Liberate you from your gender?  Gender isn’t a choice.  It is biological.  This is abusive to young children. They are trying to teach them that biology doesn’t matter.  The goal according to the union is that children should feel liberated from stereotypes.  So do we dress our little boys in skirts to send them to school?  Where exactly is this going to lead?  This is the slippery slope of liberalism.  We take young children who are in the process of figuring out who they are and where they belong in the world, and we confuse them more than they already are.  We get them questioning who they are and the values that they are being taught at home by their parents, who by the way should be teaching those values.  

    Gender is never choice.  It is biological.  There are hormones that are different between males and females, our body parts are different, we have different functions when it comes to reproduction.  Teaching children that is basic science.  Gender is not in your head.  It isn’t a state of mind.  You have a penis or you don’t.  Even if you decide to have surgery to “change” your gender, it cannot be done without changing your hormones.  Which says that it is biological.  It further proves that it is science.  

    We are blurring the lines between males and females and what is the end game here?  It wasn’t all that long ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness.  That all changed when people started to “normalize” it.  While some may think that I am going a bridge too far with this comparison but I truly believe this is just another step in trying to normalize pedophilia the same way that they normalized homosexuality.  

    If you are the parent of young children in the public school system in California you need to stand up to this nonsense.  The school system has no right to “liberate” your child of their God-given gender.  This is just one more way that the far left is interfering with the parent child relationship and pushing an agenda that is detrimental to the core family unit in this country.  It must be stopped.  

    The only real cure to this is to get a movement going to get more conservatives involved in the school systems, the unions, and the school boards.  We should be teaching our children how to think critically, not that their gender is a state of mind.  

    • sahelanthropus 1:00 PM on 01/05/2012 Permalink | Reply

      One should be careful about using the mere fact of disagreement as a basis for decrying something as not settled. Scientists, even experts in their field, can be wrong about things. The mere existence of controversy doesn’t mean that the disagreement is valid. Of course, the existence of consensus doesn’t make an opinion valid either. Whilst what the majority of experts think is a useful tool when one doesn’t have the time to fully analyse a subject, at the end of the day the arguments should be taken on merit and not the number of people behind them.

      And one should be careful about concluding homosexuality is a choice based on the fact it isn’t genetic. It isn’t a dichotomy, where a behaviour is one or the other. The brain is perfectly capable of forging connections, resulting in behaviours, based upon non-genetic stimulus without the consent of the owner. Take favourite food as an analogy. The desire to eat stems from a hunger, which has a genetic basis. How one likes to satiate this might be influenced by social factors – a country which has a taboo against pork won’t contain many bacon lovers. There might also be psychological factors; the aforementioned brain connections being forged due to experiences etc. Thus liking bacon isn’t a genetic trait, yet at no point did an individual choose to like bacon.

      Gender is biological and trying to alter that is ultimately folly. However, one must be careful that when one teaches or acts upon such biological differences one is acting upon true differences and not mere stereotypes. Treating girls differently because of their biology is all well and good, teaching them to become secretaries…not so much. Avoiding that is, I think, what California’s aim was whilst it is laudable they seem to have taken it to an degree.

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