Testing doesn't teach people how to read.
This is interesting, Obama is personally responsible for fixing all the problems of the world, but conservatives gave George W. Bush a pass on that one.
Also, the Augusta Chronicle, by their hatred of Obama, has become irrelevant. This cartoon plays on the conservative myth that Obama is on vacation all the time even though he has taken fewer days off than his predecessors.
Way to go, Chronicle, spreading misinformation instead of real news.posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:51
At first I thought Towery was being funny, then I realized he is serious. He really had to stretch to connect these two events.
It is called false equivalence.posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:43
Firstly, this scholarship fund is a way to get taxpayers to subsidize private and religious education. Many individuals donate to a scholarship fund, then alert the private school so that their child can receive the scholarship. This is a common scam played by private schools, especially private religious schools.
Secondly, people can provide scholarships regardless of the tax break if they so desire.
Yes the program is popular, among those who send their children to private school. Not popular among those who send their children to public schools.
Klein implies that the only way to receive a satisfactory education is to leave public school and attend a private school. I believe he is among those who wish for the privatization of education.posted @ Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 11:47
"Millard Grimes seemed to long for the days of the past when the Democratic Party, the party of segregation and racism, dominated the Athens political landscape."
Really? Grimes implied nor said any such thing. Hass, like Hice, lives in a rarified world of right-wing Christian reality that borders on insanity. The last person who should be a representative to Congress is an ultra conservative Baptist preacher.posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 19:57
That's pretty funny! Mona Charon, apologist for the Republican Party, complaining about partisanship.posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 08:34
@TeeWee: And Ted Cruz could have worked for a budget and left his obsession with the ACA for another day, but he wanted to create some theater. You expect Obama to compromise on his principles, but not Ted Cruz? Regardless of your take on the shut down, voters blame the Republicans.posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 15:22
@TeeWee: Eric Cantor and Ted Cruz shut down the government. It was all in the news.posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:36
@Eastville: So, are the Hobby Lobby corporation and the Greene family one and the same? Or, are they separate from the corporation? They certainly enjoy the benefits of having their assets protected by the corporation. And, they participate in war and weapons manufacture through their taxes. Maybe they just have a moral issue with sex and nothing else.
Also, schools aren't getting worse year by year, that's just a right-wing talking point you picked up somewhere and never bothered to do any fact-checking on it.posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:34
One purpose of a corporation is to protect the assets of the owners and shareholders from liability. They want the protection provided by their non-human entity, yet they still want to pull the strings as if the corporation were a moral human being. This is hypocrisy and affords the people owning and running the corporation greater rights than an individual.posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 13:29
I guess Ole Cal figures that if hundreds of thousands of American troops and 10 years of war didn't fix Iraq we should just keep trying the same thing.
Cal Thomas is getting senile and those who agree with his opinion have, obviously, been watching to much Fox News. Hatred of our Black president is melting their mind.posted @ Friday, June 20, 2014 - 11:12
Tthe federal government, through the EPA, does have the power to regulate carbon emissions. It's called the "Commerce Clause," it's in the Constitution of the United States, and it supercedes state laws.posted @ Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 12:05
@theold33: Towery can say that he is faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
... and he would still be a liar. Matt Towery is far from being a nonpartisan media co.
Get a life!posted @ Friday, May 30, 2014 - 18:50
What would be interesting is if Purcell actually educated himself about a topic before he wrote about it, instead of making generalizations about Obama. Purcell fails to mention the effect the Bush tax cuts had on the housing bubble, when well-to-do people suddenly found themselves awash in cash.
Purcell is going to tell us about how Obama is messing up, again, then he tells us all about the mess up that began in 2002, which was before Obama was in office. Despite the fact that everything he writes about happened during the Bush administration he never says anything demeaning about Bush. He assumes Obama's intent is to replicate the housing bubble with the same lack of oversight as in previous years.
Also, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac problems stem from the financial crisis of 2007-08, not because they had backed too many bad loans.
Yes, a lot of people took mortgages they could not maintain, but then a lot of people lost their house because they lost their jobs, not because they were reckless. What about them?
Purcell writes, "Thanks to Obamacare and Obama’s massive expansion of government regulations, the economic recovery looks more like a train wreck." He is wrong again, Purcell can point to no evidence that regulations or government has expanded greater than any other president since WWII or that it is negatively affecting the economy, which has improved under Obama. If Purcell wants to write about train wrecks he should write about the legacy of the Bush administration and the loosening of regulations for the rich and connected.posted @ Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 08:09
Judging from the myriad permutations of "Christian" belief that come from parsing the Bible and infused with personal prejudice, there would be no end to it. What about polygamy and slavery? Both are condoned by the Bible.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 15:32
I think this might be the most complete recent assessment of charter schools.
Half perform the same as the traditional school, about a quarter perform worse and a quarter perform better. Research has shown that most students perform the same in a charter as they do in a regular school. Charter schools can finesse their student populations in ways that regular schools can't.
The Obama administration, like most politicians, are promoting charter schools because that is where the money is (Gates Foundation, the Walton and Davos families). People aren't awarding money to improve traditional public schools.
I would like for someone to research the data on school closings. Considering the fact that achievement is negatively impacted by poverty and dysfunctional family conditions it seems that the "bad" schools in need of closing are never located in wealthy, white neighborhoods.
You should read Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch. I just finished it.posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 09:33
Here is a start,
I read an article earlier today that had more hard data, but can't find it right now. However there are many stories about school closings in Chicago (54), Washington DC (15), and Philadelphia (40 in 2012 and 23 in 2013), where almost all of the closings are in black or hispanic neighborhoods and all are in poor areas of those cities. The closings are always attributed to low population.
My question is, when a school closes, where do the students go to get an education?posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 16:33
You have drunk the kool Aid.
I stand by my statement. Most schools closed nationwide have been schools in poor and minority neighborhoods. It might be a way to save money, but it is no way to improve education.
We constantly compare our scores to nations like Finland and Norway. They don't close schools and they don't fire teachers. However, they also don't have the rate of poverty that the US does.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 15:20
@cornish531: closing a school is a poor way to improve it.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:17
@The Eagle: the difficult to teach students require a lot more attention, and money, than do the motivated and easy to teach students. That's why.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:14
@nancy30683: DeBlasio isn't closing charter schools, he is closing the ones that aren't performing up to standard. That's a big difference.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 13:14
Republicans don't want teachers to have adequate pay, union representation, or pensions and they have been successful at accomplishing these goals through the move to public charter schools that have little oversight. Let's watch the nabobs in the Capitol kowtow to the charter school lobbyists when this bill comes forward. They intend to destroy public schools and force the teaching profession into the bottom rungs of the economy.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 16:00
I completely disagree with Ambrose, the military is no place to promote or celebrate a particular religion. I can bet that there were no displays celebrating Ramadan or Hanukkah.
Ambrose tells us about some isolated incidents and makes it seem as though they are common events. If he is correct in his observations, then this is a terrible country, indeed.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:37
Everybody can find obscure and rare incidences to prove their point. There is no war on Christmas, just hysterical and paranoid right-wing Christians.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:31
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more