I received this in an email from Bill O’ Reilly. There is so much truth in what Bill says.
Getting Schooled In Wisconsin
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Here’s a lesson that is both ironic and sad at the same time. According to the U.S. Department of Education, two-thirds of the eight graders in Wisconsin cannot read proficiently. But assuming the kids are skilled enough to watch TV, they can now see their teachers demonstrating to keep their generous union benefits. So, while things do not seem to be going well in the classroom, any thought of holding teachers somewhat responsible is cause for a protest march.
As a former high school teacher, it pains me to criticize those trying to educate American children. You will never become rich doing that and the job can be maddening. Today, many children are the victims of a permissive society that often refuses to hold kids responsible for their actions. Cowardly parents make excuses for the failure of their kids rather than finding a solution to their poor academic performance. Instead of preparing their children for rigorous academic challenges, derelict parents sit it out.
But teachers are supposed to overcome apathetic parenting and at least give the kids a fighting chance to succeed. That is a challenge that’s supposed to be met.
As I’ve written before, in my eight grade class at St. Brigid’s School on Long Island there were 60 students and one nun in the classroom. All of them could read proficiently and, believe me, some of the parents were not exactly Ozzie and Harriet if you understand what I’m saying. The nun brooked no nonsense. She forced us to learn.
But that was then.
In ten years starting in 1998, Wisconsin doubled the amount of money spent on each public school student to more than $10,000 per pupil, per year. And test scores went down! Doing the math, the equation seems to be that money is not the key to knowledge.
The teachers in Wisconsin should be compensated to the best of the state’s ability. But the educational gravy train is off the tracks. There’s no more money. The taxpayer is tapped out.
So, in the future, if you want to teach kids you’ll have to take less to do it. That may not be fair but that’s the lesson that Wisconsin is teaching us. The writing is very clear on the blackboard: No more public money is on the way.
I left teaching because I understood the limitations of the job. I knew at a young age that my income would be restricted and that my life would be fairly predictable.
Selfishly, I wanted more.
But I respect those who devote their lives to teaching immensely. I want them to have as much as the market will bear.
Sadly, that point has now been reached.
There is a man who like to ask controversial questions on Yahoo Answers and then add his comments. Here is one of his latest:
Why was Obama in Madison right before the civil unrest began?
Our president and his administrative officials were in Madison for 2 weeks planning and orchestrating this current round of civil unrest in Madison, and his chronies have spread it to other states.
Madison, do not forget, was where Obama took part in the founding of ACORN.
Those protests are not peaceful. They have destroyed ongoing talks and shouted down their victims, they threaten people and present their massive outsider numbers to intimidate the forces of the rule of law. They ignore every rule of law in place with respect to how they treat the capitol, they are damaging the building and abusing its staff, and most of them are not even from Wisconsin. There are doctors handing out fake sick passes on the sidewalks. Most of the vehicles I saw were from other states, as were the majority of the buses.
Obama was there 2 weeks before and left several of his staffers behind to continue the planning stages for this revolt.
It is NOT a peaceful protest.
There is a lot more going on behind the scenes than we are told about by the mainstream media. Between the rioting here in America and the rioting around the world, our position is becoming more precarious. It is my hope that people will wake up and ask the tough questions that very few people seem to be asking.