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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review January 20, 2010/ 5 Shevat 5770

Connecting the Educational Dots

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Many New Yorkers, especially those of the minority persuasion, are reportedly furious with the current political machinations surrounding public school education. In short, teachers' union strong-arming of state legislators makes it likely that lawmakers will block the expansion of charter schools, which will also undermine New York's bid to obtain $700 million in federal education funds. So, who's to blame?


Sure, the teachers' union is a self-interested, kids-be-damned enterprise. But last time I checked, the reason for any union's existence is to promote and protect the interests of its members. With respect to education, this means parents and their children will never be priority number one. The absolute best they can hope for is "second place," as in after we unionists get what we want, then we'll talk about what you want.


Perhaps many New Yorkers don't understand this because they've been educated by those very same union teachers in the same under-performing schools that have been under-performing for five decades.


As for the Democratically-controlled state legislature, they're even less interested in what parents and students want. On the other hand, their motivations are as crystal clear as those of the teachers' union. Democratic politicians want campaign contributions, and nobody floats their political boats better than the teachers' union.


No doubt having legislators who are essentially sock puppets for union interests gets many New Yorkers upset, but again, a substandard education may inhibit some of these angry folks from discerning the ultimate culprit in this fiasco.


So let's, as they say, "connect the dots."


The culprits are you, New Yorkers—with a big accent on the very same inner-city minorities who complain the loudest about the dismal state of public schools in their neighborhoods. New Yorkers consistently vote for Democrats, sometimes by overwhelming margins. Democrats have sold their collective souls to the teacher's union lock, stock, and campaign-contribution barrel.


Ergo, when the teacher's union says, "jump" to state legislators, their unvarying response is, "how high?" Or, in this particular case, when the union says, "we don't need no stinkin' charter schools out-performing our unionized hellholes," the legislators say, "don't worry, mighty union, the fix is in the bag."

Letter from JWR publisher


How out of it are some New Yorkers? Exhibit A would be Rev. A.R. Bernard, likely a very nice man, but, as they say, "part of the problem." In a story published by the NY Post, the Reverend claimed his parishioners "won't be fooled by 'reforms' that reduce their children's (educational) opportunities."


If they aren't, sir, it would be a historical first—because when election day rolls around next November, this is one American willing to be the farm those same parishioners will mindlessly cast their ballots—just as they've always done—for the very same Democrat politicians screwing their children, just as they've always done in order to suck up to the unions.


And then, as sure as the sun rises in the east, those parishioners, along will a ton of other clueless New Yorkers, will be back out complaining next year. And the year after that, and so on.


To quote Shakespeare, "the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves." Sadly, a lot of kids "educated" in New York will never learn about Shakespeare.

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Previously:


01/19/10:
The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

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