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We need socialized higher education

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What is the prohibitive factor slowing down progress? Besides greed.

Why do so few US citizens own their homes?

Why do we have widespread income inequality?

It all boils down to ease of access to higher education. Whether it is a skill trade such as welding and heavy equipment operation, or a professional such as being a doctor or lawyer, people need access to higher education.

A simple fix would be to socialize higher education. What the student pays would be based on their income and their parents income. For schools like Yale, Harvard, Brown, A&M,,, they would do a lottery system for applicants.

If a homeless person applies to Harvard and is drawn through the lottery, that person would attend school for free. That homeless person would be attending for free because the government would set the rates of the school.

No more profit drive higher education schools.

The patents registered to those schools would be licensed to students for free. This would ensure start-up companies have equal access to technology as already established companies.

Make professors and college workers federal employees. Their salary would be figured from the average income of their students. Professors would have a vested interested in how well the students are doing after they leave the school. If the students are not prepared for the real world, the professors pay will reflect that.

There would be no grants, no loans, no AA, no quotas,,, nothing but a balanced education for everyone.

No more rich parents buying their kids into the best colleges. Everyone will have a fair and equal access to higher education.

Without access to higher education the United States will continue to fall behind other first world nations.

For example, did you know more people in Romania, India, Russia and Poland own their homes than in the United States?

Romania leads the world in home ownership with 96.6%.

United States ranks 34th with only 65.2% owning their home.

SourceWikipedia List of countries by home ownership

Take a look at that list. More people in Bulgaria own their homes than in the United States. Somehow we are supposed to be a world leader? If we do not get more people into higher education, we are going to have the highest rate of homeless of any first world nation.

Our education system sucks.

A lot of it boils down to greed.

Should the rich subsidize the poor

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With free trade, and so many companies sending jobs overseas, should the rich subsidize the poor?

If a company can afford to pay its employees well, why shouldn’t said company be required to?  Should companies like walmart be required to pay a higher minimum wage then a mom and pop corner store?

Or roads are falling apart, but foxconn in china is hiring tens of thousands of employees.

Then there is the issue with companies like google setting up offices overseas to lower their tax burden.

If companies are going to exploit free trade and tax loopholes, shouldn’t they be required to give something back?

Apple makes a cool billion in profit, but yet a record number of people are on welfare.

Nobody sees an issue with that?

Is it better to provide welfare to a family where the parents have no life skills, or do we provide a path out of poverty through education?

Even if a path is provided, there is no guarantee the parents will go to school or get take the training.

My wife and I know a certain family, they have 3 young children, oldest is around 7 years old, the dad works, the mom sits at home. There is nothing wrong with staying home with small children. My wife stayed at home with our children.

When the youngest child starts school, the mom has no plans to get to college. Even though her schooling would be paid for by the government, I doubt she has the drive to further her education.

Who benefits the most from welfare

Who are the ones that benefit the most from welfare? The working poor who have 3, 4, 5,,, or more kids.

I have posted this before in various threads, my wife and I know a family that has received some kind of welfare for around 22 – 25 years, and has spanned 3 generations. The kids range in age from mid-20s to around 3 years old.

The grandmother received welfare when she was pregnant, the kids were on welfare their entire lives, and now the newborn grandchild is on welfare.

One of the kids got on social security disability as soon as she tuned 18 years old. And that is after being on welfare since she was born. For her entire life, the lady has received some kind of benefits from the state.

Shouldn’t the state require people who have been on welfare for over 10 years to get some kind of education or job skills?

But where is the money for job training going to come from?  The middle class?  We are already taxed to the limit – income tax, property tax, sales tax, taxes on cell phone bills, taxes on just about everything.

Teacher said I was a bad influence

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While I was in High School (Bridge City 1982 – 1986), I overheard a teacher telling another student to stay away from me.  The words I heard were, “stay away from him, he is a bad influence”.

If not wanting to jump through hoops for good grades is a bad influence, then so be it.

From the time I started elementary, to the time I graduated, I HATED school.  I absolutely hated how the school system intruded into my personal time when I was away from school (home work), I hated how teachers told the students to sit down and shut up, I hated math, I hated how school did not prepare me for the real world, and I hated how school teaches a poor work ethic.

My time is just that, “my time”.  What right does the school and the teachers have to treat students like pawns?  When students are out of school that is our time.  Give students a project, or any type of home work teaches a poor work ethic.  Do most people work for free?  Do most people take their work home with them, and not get paid?  What does homework teach students?  That they should work for free?

Lets get back to the teacher

If I saw that teacher in the grocery store (or anywhere else around town), I would probably kick him in the nuts.  I would kick him so hard, he would wish he was a eunuch.

This same teacher would show the class anti-abortion films.  It was his little way of pushing his religious beliefs on a bunch of teenage kids.

If anything, the teacher was a bad impression on the students he came into contact with.

Its because of mean teachers like that ass-hole I developed my distaste of school and teachers in general.  Have you ever met someone you just did not like?  Maybe a racist, or a child abuser, or a sex offender,,, that I how I feel about teachers.  Teachers (in general) are one step away from child abusers.  Not all teachers are child abusers, but a lot are.

How do teachers abuse children?  By taking their young developing minds and stomping on them until nothing remains.  The “sit down and shut up” attitude of the modern education system chokes the life of out developing minds.

Reforming Public Schools

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survivalistOver the past few decades there has been talk about how to reform our public school system. I am not an expert in schools, but I am able to form an opinion based on the available information. It is my opinion the public school system is past reform. We have allowed politics and greed to get in the way of teaching our children.

Lets start by being able to hire and fire teachers based on their job performance, just like the rest of the work force. Let me rephrase my post, how about we hire and fire teachers without unions tying the hands of the tax payers.

Get the unions out of the schools, and I bet job performance will improve.

When I was in 4th, maybe 5th grade, teacher hands out a bunch of papers, I complete the wrong paper first, teacher gets pissed off, brings me to office, gives me a paddling.

Screw her.

Teachers that don’t have any more patience then that need to be fired. Everyone in the class had a stack of papers, and I just happened to complete the wrong one first. I feel that she was nothing more then a bully.

So how do you measure a teachers performance? By just that, their performance. Being mean to children is not a job requirement.

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Our nations schools

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With the release of “Waiting for ‘Superman’ “, attention has once again turned to our failing education system. In case people did not know, our education system has been in trouble for a long, long, long time.

I finished high school in 1986 – There were some good teachers, mostly the older ones that taught because they wanted to, and not because they had to. I had a good 8th grade science teacher, and a good 12th grade english teacher, my drafting teacher was very cool, so was the woodshop teacher.

On the other hand, there were the teachers that either pushed some kind of social agenda (like my biology teacher showing anti-abortion films), and the ones that had some kind of chip on their shoulder – like the gym coach that threw a basketball at my face because I did not understand what he was saying. Or the teachers that took their frustrations out on the kids with a paddle.

I think it was my 4th grade teacher that handed out a couple of assignments, I did the wrong one first, so she took me to the office and paddled me. That was sometime around 1979, and to this day (September 28, 2010) I still do not understand “why” I received that paddling. If anything, I think the teacher was having a bad day, I made a mistake and did the wrong assignment, and she took her anger out on me – that was not fair. Sometimes I wish I remembered her name, so if I ever ran into her in around town I could tell her how much of a witch she is. But she would probably take it as a compliment. But on the other hand, I’am kinda glad I do not remember her name.

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