Stupid in America XI : Perverse Incentives, Sick Results
Just in the last couple of weeks, the Willamette Week has challenged the immoral policies of the Portland Public School Board.
Meanwhile The Oregonian shocked it’s liberal readership on Sunday by admitting that the OEA Emperor has no clothes. It turns out the $1 billion that is about to flow into the Oregon public school system will end up mostly in the hands of the employees and tests results won’t likely change much. Shocking. The “O” is so out of touch they actually believe the teachers’ union has been in some sort of drought until recently. Yeah like Tiger Woods.
Even former Education Secretary Rod Paige admits the single greatest impediment to raising standards in public education is the teachers’ unions. Who knew?
VIDEO: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert gets it. Instead of raising the bar to meet No Child Left Behind standards, state’s are lowering the bar. Nice. “Soon proficiency will mean you move when poked with a stick.” –Stephen Colbert
Let’s end with a well-known joke within the homeschool community:
When my wife and I mention we are strongly considering homeschooling our children, we are without fail asked, “But what about socialization?” Fortunately, we found a way our kids can receive the same socialization that government schools provide. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I will personally corner my son in the bathroom, give him a wedgie and take his lunch money. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my wife will make sure to tease our children for not being in the “in” crowd, taking special care to poke fun at any physical abnormalities. Fridays will be “Fad and Peer Pressure Day.” We will all compete to see who has the coolest toys, the most expensive clothes, and the loudest, fastest, and most dangerous car. Every day, my wife and I will adhere to a routine of cursing and swearing in the hall and mentioning our weekend exploits with alcohol and immorality….And we have asked them to report us to the authorities in the event we mention faith, religion, or try to bring up morals and values.