Edukashun Problims in Amerukuh

Posted on August 8, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Who knew that a silly 1980s video would inspire a generation?

One of the more outrageous education stories of the summer has come from Louisiana, where it was recently revealed that female students at Delhi Charter School who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling.

But of course, there is no War on Women and certainly not one of a woman’s rights to contraception

Here in Maine, we have so many problems facing our educational system that it is difficult to nail them all down. First and foremost would be the difficulties with RSU systems that many communities are now trying to disband (RSUs 2 and 12, among others), are having troubles with huge budget shortfalls (RSU 19) or simply can’t get a budget agreed upon by voters (RSU 18).

Out of frustration with the status quo, some were able to successfully introduce the false argument in the past legislative session that charter schools could come in and save the day- but even those are now facing challenges of their own, as it was announced overnight that 2 virtual charter schools are having to pull their applications and start over next year.

As for school vouchers, we need look no further than again to Louisiana to see why this is a potentially dreadful idea:

1. Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out.

2. Dragons were totally real.

3. God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.

4. Africa needs religion.

5. Slave masters were nice guys.

6. The KKK was A-OK.

7. The Great Depression wasn’t as bad as the liberals made it sound.
8. SCOTUS enslaved fetuses.

9. The Red Scare isn’t over yet.

10. Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson were a couple of hacks.

11. Abstract algebra is too dang complicated.

12. Gay people “have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists.”

13. Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world’s richest nations.

14. Globalization is a precursor to rapture.

Remember, Governor LePage in his recent presser with Commissioner Bowen said:

“We’re looking at several models like Jeb Bush did in Florida and what other states are doing. I just recently had a discussion with Governor Jindal of Louisiana and some of the things that are working down there. And so we’re gathering the information so we can put together a program so we can assist school districts.”

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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