The Gross National Debt

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Some items of no partik'lar note


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Pork Brains is now over 100,000 views. BOOYAH!

Next step, TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

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Some people will deny empirical evidence even after you beat them to death with it.

Whatta ya do? No use in getting mad. Can't shoot 'em, at least in this country. Take over some third world and you can shoot people at will.

Or, become president of the United States and kill people with drone attacks.

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Every minute you are angry is 60 seconds when you could have been happy.

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Graduation is upon us. That sacred time of year when high school students around the nation prepare for the next phase of their life and most don't have a bleedin' clue what comes next. I certainly didn't.

I entered college with the idea of becoming a writer. Didn't know WTH I was doing. Lots of people will tell you I still don't have a freekin' clue what I'm doing.

They are probably correct.

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High School graduation requirements.

Because so many students are failing the Georgia High School Graduation test, it is being phased out. The new standard is students must pass the end of course test.

This immediately insures a sharp increase in the number of kids graduating, while also making sure the students leaving High School are no more prepared for the real world than they are now.

By putting the onus on individual teachers, the Georgia school system is making absolutely sure nearly 100 percent of High School seniors will meet Georgia's graduation requirements. Whether or not the students have actually learned what was taught is irrelevant.

Teachers will pass students. Period.

It doesn't matter if the student did well enough on the test or not. The teacher will assign a passing grade to the student. There will be no or extremely few failing grades.

Ergo, everyone graduates.

This may not be a written policy at Georgia's public schools, but it absolutely is the No. 1 unwritten mandate from on high. Teachers who let students actually earn their grades are fired because too many students fail.

School systems will deny this in public. Owning up to the reality of the situation is political and professional suicide.

The problem is: So long as teachers are not allowed to teach and bad teachers are protected by the system, our public schools will never achieve the kind of success our kids deserve.

But as I said above, you can beat some people to death with empirical evidence and they will still deny it.

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