Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Rhee’s Tenure Under Federal Investigation

Feb 28, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments

Michelle Rhee, the publicity hound, education reformer and savior, finds herself in even more trouble than previously known to the public. Education reporters and advocates knip at her heels but receive no real response to questions pertaining to the cheating scandal during her time as Chancellor of Schools in Washington D.C. Maybe the federal government will get some real answers.

Since last summer, the Office of the Inspector General in Mr. Duncan’s department has been investigating whether Washington school officials cheated to raise test scores during Ms. Rhee’s tenure.

Rhee embarked upon a nationwide effort to reform schools with a new organization called StudentsFirst, since she left D.C. She proclaimed she would raise $1 billion dollars for the kids while she charges $50,000 per speech plus perks.

The New York Times article linked above aims to raise questions about Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s public appearances with Rhee. They quote Richard Hyde, the lead in investigating a cheating scandal in Atlanta that ensnared 178 teachers and principals.

“I’m shocked that the secretary of education would be fraternizing with someone who could potentially be the target of the investigation,” he said. “The appearance of a conflict of interest is troubling because it can cause the public to lose faith in the investigation.”

Hyde specifically says Rhee could be a target in the ongoing investigation. And she should be.

The Atlanta and Washington situations are similar in several ways. Ms. Rhee and Beverly Hall, the former Atlanta superintendent, both relied on fear to motivate, relentlessly driving their work forces. Dr. Hall told principals that if scores didn’t go up enough in three years, they’d be fired. Ms. Rhee bragged about how hard she pushed. “We want educators to feel the pressure,” she said.

Fear drives people to do things they would otherwise not do. This idea of testing and more testing in schools leaves teachers handcuffed and reliant upon students performance on a random day. Some smart kids do not test well. Nerves, fear, or just a bad day in general can cause one to fail.

I once purposely answered questions wrong on a state run test. The result does not matter for the student, only the teacher. I did not like the teacher and showed through the state testing.

The cheating in D.C. schools needs to be fully investigated and Rhee’s fear driven, performance bonus bull shit methodolgy needs to be held to account.

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