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"I, the reader" am almost at a loss for words.What I'm seeing is an excess of thundering words (plus the phrase "we, the parents" eleven times) in an attempt to stir up some sort of misguided righteous indignation and a groundswell of...something.
"We are a school system in turmoil and yet to be stabilized." ROME, AND STABILIZATION, WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY.
"How can we expect our children to adjust if every year there are changes in administration and faculty?" SOMEHOW I DOUBT THAT A FIRST GRADER, OR EVEN A MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL AGED STUDENT, WOULD BE IRREPARABLY SCARRED AND MALADJUSTED FROM ADMINISTRATION SHUFFLING.
"We have allowed a scandal, CRCT Cheating, to tell us that our children were uneducable" HUH??
And the last two-thirds of the commentary were so rhetorical and stump-speechy that a train-wreck type of boredom, yet amazement, set in.
Couldn't sleep...had a nightmare that Carlton misspelled "majestic" and "trestle" (see "magestic" and "tressel")
Woke up...it came true.
Go Carlton Go!!! I'm with you on this.
People are so shallow and self-involved these days that they don't consider or probably even know about old-fashioned good manners. Perhaps they're afraid that it's a sign of weakness or subjugation to think about the feelings of others. "I have every right to talk however I want to in public...and you don't tell me how to act"...that kind of ready-to-fight, childish attitude.
In short, not an "evolved" person. A boor.
Continuing along the same lines...
"Albany...Love It For a Change"
"Albany...You Gotta Love It"
"Albany...Why Not Love It?"
"Don't Be a Hater"
“This facility can work here,” McAfee said. “Because of some not very good advice given by outsiders who didn’t understand the demographics or the people in this area, the RiverQuarium has been underfunded from the beginning.
I'm not getting something here...what would bad advice, not understanding, demographics, and people have to do with the underfunding?? Somehow it's a cart before the horse?? Would the opposites of those four "things" lead to a correct amount of funding??
I'm just feeling either a disconnect here or a poorly-worded philosophy/strategy on the part of Ms. McAfee.
BillyBob---I love "pointing that out" (your statement of "It's a cultural thing and throwing money at the problem won't fix the problem")
I guess I just get sick and tired of most people tiptoeing around the core, basic problem---children being raised up in sorry environments because their parents are sorry. And that's not racial---it's cultural/sociological in that it crosses racial/skin color lines.
Good teachers should be our heroes---they have to work with what they're given (the student, whether "good" or "bad"), and if they are a good person and a good teacher with their students' best interests at heart, they know they oftentimes fight an uphill battle, but they continue to try.
Rev. Knighton is certainly on the right track when he states:
"Realistically speaking, poverty and crime all stem from a lack of education...
...until we deal with the root cause of Albany’s problems"
Until children are raised in loving, caring households with parents who aren't acting like children themselves, seeking only shallow, materialistic, immediate gratifications...until children aren't around parents and other adults whose relationship life skills are about the size of an English pea...until children have "childhoods" instead of becoming jaded, world-wise adults at the age of eight after being exposed to the junk emanating from stupid TV "family" sitcoms, reality shows, and ridiculous sharing on Facebook of every breath they take...UNTIL life values change, the educational system, no matter how good or improved and important, will continue to fight an uphill battle.
You just can't tiptoe around the fact that many children today are growing up in hideous home environments---and a hideous home environment can be found in Doublegate as well as on Corn Avenue. Sure, poverty makes life harder, and poverty can certainly be a generational, repeating cyclical entity which is hard to pull out from, but rich folks can ignore and emotionally abuse their children too. All the wealth in the world won't nurture a child into a caring and decent adult.
Improving the school system?? Absolutely, hugely important!! But...the potential for a good life starts in the home.
Is he/she a "corpse" or a "corps"?
It's one thing to be effete, impudent, and/or a snob, but dead is dead.
My brain is telling me that it thinks it knows what the first letter of this restaurant's name is. Can we do a poll? :)
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