Remind Me Again: Why Exactly Do We Need to Pour More Money Into the Pockets of “Educators”?

From NBC News:

Students in the United States made scant headway on recent global achievement exams and slipped deeper in the international rankings amid fast-growing competition abroad, according to test results released Tuesday.
American teens scored below the international average in math and roughly average in science and reading, compared against dozens of other countries that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which was administered last fall.
Vietnam, which had its students take part in the exam for the first time, had a higher average score in math and science than the United States. Students in Shanghai — China’s largest city with upwards of 20 million people — ranked best in the world, according to the test results. Students in East Asian countries and provinces came out on top, nabbing seven of the top 10 places across all three subjects.


Sure, because we don’t spend enough on education, right? Oh wait …from CBS News:

The United States spends more than other developed nations on its students’ education each year, with parents and private foundations picking up more of the costs, an international survey released Tuesday found.

Despite the spending, U.S. students still trail their rivals on international tests.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development — which groups the world’s most developed countries — writes in its annual report that brand-new and experienced teachers alike in the United States out-earn most of their counterparts around the globe. But U.S. salaries have not risen at the same pace as other nations.

The findings, part of a 440-page tome of statistics, put the United States’ spending on its young people in context.

The United States spent more than $11,000 per elementary student in 2010 and more than $12,000 per high school student. When researchers factored in the cost for programs after high school education such as college or vocational training, the United States spent $15,171 on each young person in the system — more than any other nation covered in the report.


I am so concerned now about making sure that retired “educators,” some of whom receive over $100,000 a year from their taxpayer-funded pensions, get cost of living increases that exceed the rate of inflation and Cadillac health insurance while those of us who pay for it struggle to make ends meet, get every penny they expect. “Fairness” demands nothing less, no?

How Many Dead Slaves Does It Take To Prove These Teachers Are Idiots?

This story is certainly an argument for paying teachers based on competence, not tenure. Note that it was the student teacher who noticed how bone-headed this proposed homework assignment is.

From NY1:

It was quite a homework assignment that a fourth grade teacher at P.S. 59 wanted to give her students last Thursday.

It consisted of a few math problems, but Aziza Harding, the student teacher who was asked to photocopy the worksheet, couldn’t believe a couple of the questions.

“I’m just like, ‘Wow, this is really inappropriate,’” she said.

Question 1 on the sheet, entitled “Slavery Word Problems Homework”, was written as a matter-of-fact subtraction problem. It asked:

“In a slave ship, there can be 3,799 slaves. One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 are dead. How many slaves are alive?”

The second question had multiple parts multiplication and addition. It said:

“One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)? Another slave got whipped nine times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month? How many times did the two slaves get whipped together in one month?

Keep in mind that not one, but two veteran, teachers thought this assignment was a good idea.

Barack Hussein Obama …mmm…mmm…mmm. Isn’t he the guy who has made clear at every opportunity that the only lost jobs that matter are those of public school teachers? Don’t we hear endlessly that we must throw more money into his “stimulus” ratholes, let those precious teachers might-GASP-be laid off? Screw the serfs who pay their salaries. If they get laid off, who cares?

More at Gawker and Slate.

Pre-Election Day Musings

How many of these people are teachers? Did they get fake doctor notes?

How many of the people attending that Obama rally this morning in Madison, WI are teachers, current or retired? With respect to the former, did they call in sick? Do they plan to use one of those fake doctor notes that they used during their recall agitating?

Is it my imagination, or is Bruce Springsteen turning into Bob Dylan?

Would it be possible to get some of what Barack Hussein Obama is taking so that I can escape reality for a while? Is there any other explanation for his claiming that his policies have worked?

Maybe Obama thinks that when they told us over the weekend to turn back our clocks, it meant that we can all pretend that it’s November 2008.


Ask Teri: Mike Madigan and His Democrat Cabal Try to Pull Another Fast One, The Proposed Illinois Constitutional Amendment

Recently, I received a note from one of our SL’s (Smart Listener), who is also a subscriber to the Teri O’Brien Show. It read:

Do you know anything about this proposed Amendment to the IL Constitution?  Do you know where I can find out the conservative view on it?  On the surface it looks like something I’d support.  But Mike Madigan sponsored it so that concerns me.  I just don’t see how something like this that appears to be fiscally conservative could get through in IL.  I don’t trust them!

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SL, your intelligence is showing, not only because you like the show, but because you view anything sponsored by current Illinois Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Illinois State Democrat Party Mike Madigan with suspicion. For readers who don’t know much about Mike Madigan, and why his involvement in any legislation raises a red flag, please check out this column from the Chicago Tribune’s always insightful John Kass. Mike Madigan runs the IL democrat party, and under its fine stewardship, this state his been run into the ground. It has $85 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and $8 billion in other unpaid bills. Businesses and productive citizens are fleeing the high taxes. Madigan accepts no responsibility for any of it. 

So what does the amendment say and what would it do? To put it simply, as the folks at BallotPedia state “If passed, the measure would require a three-fifths approval by the General Assembly, city councils, and school districts that wish to increase the pension benefits of their employees.” Here’s the text, from the official Illinois General Assembly website. It would take effect on January 9, 2013.

This amendment is exactly what I would expect from the sleazy pols who run this state, with Madigan at the top of the garbage heap. It is a cynical attempt to allow him to pretend that he and his party, which runs this state, are doing something about the fiscal mess, when in fact it would do nothing to fix the real problem; specifically, that Illinois has spent billions it doesn’t have and has borrowed billions to keep spending.

So, is it good idea to require supermajorities to increase spending even more? As we say about chicken soup, it couldn’t hurt, but as a practical matter, it’s not going to fix anything, and voters shouldn’t be fooled into thinking it will. Does that mean we should vote against it? In my opinion, no. In theory, it’s a good thing. Public employee unions oppose it because they oppose anything that makes it harder to spend more on public employee goodies. One thing we need to do is pass some actual pension legislation that will shore up the system by requiring bigger employee contributions, higher retirement ages, and reduction in the amounts paid to cronies to manage the pension funds. This amendment doesn’t touch any of those things. The Illinois Policy Institute calls it a “do nothing” amendment, and they are correct. I will probably vote in favor of it anyway because I don’t want to send a message to the clowns in Springfield that I’m not concerned about their profligate spending. I also understand those who say not to vote on it either way, precisely because it’s a ridiculous charade.

The real solution to Illinois’ fiscal woes is to get rid of one-party control, and for people to stop voting for the democrats who have destroyed this state.




Just How Ridiculous is The Chicago Public School Strike? The Numbers Don’t Lie

As you listen to representatives for the striking Chicago teachers whine about how unfairly they are being treated, consider these numbers from Fox Business Channel’s Varney & Company:

Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits.
The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year.
Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs.
Out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.
Just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading.
In 1987, 43% of incoming Chicago freshmen would drop out of high school without graduating.
2012: Chicago’s freshmen drop-out rate is 39.4%, the lowest it has ever been.
Only about 60% of Chicago high school students graduate compared with national average of 75%.

Source: Chicago Sun Times: 1987 teachers strike is an ugly lesson for Mayor Emanuel; 9/9/12
Source: Reuters: Chicago teachers, school officials resuming talks to avert strike; 9/9/12
Source: Chicago Public Schools System

Yes, that’s right, Chicago serfs. Even if you are lucky enough to have a job, you probably aren’t making $76,000 a year before benefits. Wait…God love ya…what am I talking about? You don’t have any benefits, so why even mention that.

Union Teachers Prepping the Next Generation to Pay Up: the Candy Tax

How much goes to public employee union members?

As I always say, you can’t make this stuff up. Or better yet, when you do think you’re making it up, you find out later that it is really happening.

On the 10/30/11 edition of the Teri O’Brien Show, I played Tim Slagle’s “Halloween” bit, in which he suggests the we use the holiday as what the libs like to call a “teachable moment.” It’s an opportunity to explain the concept of “take home candy,” as in “Sorry, kid, you don’t get to keep it all. You’ve got to pay your fair share.”

So, I’m with a group of acquaintances that I see every Monday, all women, several with kids of prime trick-or-treat age, and one of them mentions that at her child’s school, they have a “candy tax” after Halloween. She said that the children are supposed to bring 50% of their candy to school to share with the troops. The idea of sending excess Snickers bars and Reese’s Pieces to our brave defenders has been around for a while, through organizations like Operation Gratitude, Operation Sandbox and Soldiers’ Angels, as well as others. What a great idea I thought!  Teach kids about sharing, as well as the the sacrifice of the brave men and women of the U.S. military–what’s not to like? That’s what I thought until I learned that of the 50% of the surrendered sweets, only 20% actually was intended for the troops. The other 30% of the tax was to be paid to the teacher! As I seem to say every 5 minutes these days, I am NOT making this up!

So, Tim, you need to update that Halloween hunk. The privileged public employee union class is getting the next generation used to continuing the grand tradition that allows them to retire in their late 50‘s at 75% of their inflated salaries while suckers working in the private sector work until they drop dead to support them.

Now that’s scary.


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