"...the percentage of K-12 students that go on to attend college has actually INCREASED over the last 10 years." According to the article, however, "...more and more high school graduates are not equipped for college," requiring them to take (and pay for) remediation courses. So, the increase in college enrollment over the last ten years does not reflect an improvement in K-12 education.
Stacy, whom do you quote when you place the phrase, "racist teabaggers," between quotes? I place them between quotation marks because I am quoting you. You appear to be quoting from the article, however, Jim Hightower does not use this phrase. You are putting words into his mouth then blaming him as if he had actually said those absurd things.
Spiro Agnew is long gone, but not quite yet forgotten. Those "nattering nabobs of negativism" were opponents American involvement in Vietnam, who ultimately turned out to be correct. Spiro Agnew ultimately resigned the office of Vice President in disgrace after it was revealed he had taken bribes when he was the Governor of Maryland.
Is that really the best analogy for driving home the point of this column? Perhaps!
Just about all of the big movies of the 40s were also performed on the radio by the starring actors, often introduced by the movies' directors. If a movie turned into a hit it was performed again using other actors in the lead roles. The radio plays never ran more than an hour, so material was always cut. There was more than one version of The Maltese Falcon broadcast over the airwaves, including a version that runs only 30 minutes long.
Since you are capable of posting messages here, UCanSeeClearlyNow, why don't you just tell us what is on your mind, instead of whining and blaming The Independent.
Let's back up for a moment, TejonTech. The subject is how to improve public schools.
You wrote, "...educate parents how to parent, how to offer a stable and healthy family system." Your proposed solution would entail hiring more teachers, social workers, and administrators; raising taxes to fund the effort; worst of all, empowering the government to define for private citizens what makes for a "stable and healthy family system." Perhaps the most absurd aspect of your solution is that it will take parents who often must work two jobs to make ends meet away from their children so they can be lectured on how they ought to spend more time with their children.
I wrote that raising the minimum wage would be a much simpler solution to the problem of giving parents more quality time to spend with their children, but you object that some shadowy person, or force, or entity whom you never identify "never intended" for minimum wage jobs to support families.
Raising the minimum wage would be a much more practical solution for working families struggling with poverty.
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