Heh! Saw an interview with a visibly upset occupier. He said:
"I'm a recent college graduate with a boatload of debt and I can't find a
Interviewer: "What was your college major?"
Occupier: "I don't see how that's relevant."
I TOTALLY disagree:
It is still a "free market", with supply and demand in a wide open market
place. People may burn out in high pressure, high salary financial
industry, and decide they may be better off ("feeling-wise") as teacher.
That may give us a good teacher, like one I know. If the salary is too
low (see your next paragraph) the potentially very good teacher may opt
for another job. It is weighing a "calling" against a livelihood.
As I said, it is weighing a "calling" against a livelihood. But it isn't
really fair to reduce compensation by imposing new regulations AFTER the
teacher has been hired and contracted. And the latter has happened here
A majority of NJ teacher contracts are for 3 years. So, your statement
of "always" is, literally speaking, incorrect. In addition, the example
of my local school district is not unique. Their contract expired in
2010, and a new one was tentatively approved late in 2011. Sometimes it
takes longer, sometimes not. But that is a bit besides the point. Once
you embark on a career, it isn't always easy to switch. Example: It is
much easier to change careers if you get eased out and get left with a
handshake of an extra 6 month salary after having earned over 200K/yr.
When you're down to less than 50K/yr, and there is no handshake, it's not
The INDIVIDUAL contracts are from year to year. The general contract
about salaries, etc, that is negotiated with the union may or may not
last 3 years depending on awhole bunch of things. That is why over the
last few years the school systems always announce layoffs really early
and then hire them back depending on who quits or retires.
But other than CongressCritter and possibly some legislatures, what
other career doesn't entail the same concerns?
People thought cybersex was a safe alternative,
until patients started presenting with sexually
When you get tenure (which has both plusses and minuses) it would be
difficult to let go of a contract.
Firing and hiring back was what the Paterson NJ district did wholesale at
the end of the 2009-10 year. My son-in-law came away pretty good, but by
far not every teacher did.
Yep. I live in the largest school district in the country's largest (almost)
state. Less than half of the payroll is spent on teachers. Oh, you've got to
have people to drive the school busses, mop the halls, and, yes, print the
paychecks, but only HALF of a school district's payroll for teachers?
But that's not all the government's fault. School systems are truly places
were the insane are in charge of the asylum.
At one time Vermont had all school data online. They got smart and pulled it
after a few found out what was really happening. They had a student to
teacher ratio of 13:1, which is low but it didn't stop there. There was one
non-teaching teacher for every other one teaching. Also, an "aide" for every
other teacher and an administrator for every three (IIRC). Why are there
"teachers" who's job isn't to teach? Why a professional employee for every
six, or fewer, students? What can they show for it (not damned much)?
Some people view taxes as how to fund the government. Others view taxes as a
way to social justice, what ever that means at the moment.
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
The thing is, what legal, constitutional,
moral, etc. justification do you have for taxing some people at a higher
rate just because they have deep pockets? Why should one person pay
$0.50 of every dollar they earn while someone else only pays $0.15 of
every dollar they earn? No rational person can be in favor of anything
but a single flat tax on all income from all sources as being fair to
On Wed, 25 Jan 2012 23:40:17 +0000 (UTC),
firstname.lastname@example.orgNoOnSePsAtMar.org (Larry W) wrote:
"So brilliant, yet so corrupt, which, like a rotten mackerel by
moonlight, shines and stinks."
(John Randolph about Henry Clay)
When you get close enough to that "flat tax," you'll smell something.
He's already cut out exemptions for "poverty level" income.
That "poverty level" would quickly become a moving target.
Taxation ultimately gets decided by voters.
Got nothing to do with simple "pie in the sky" theories.
It's as complex as society itself.
Nothing wrong with tax code simplification if you can get by the
Who gets voted into office sets tax policy.
The rest lobby them for their self-interests, or pound sand.
Flat-taxers should vote for Ron Paul or Newt Gingrich, and Republican
congressmen who will support their agenda.
Simple as that.
If you win, you get a flat tax.
If you lose, you pound sand.
That's all assuming the politicians aren't lying to you.
BINGO!!!!!!! Just like most every other business does with employees
who do not perform. (By that I mean those trying to make a profit, and
not those sponsored or supported by a government.)
Of course then we have to define what "good
a) The teacher should obtain the necessary skills to motivate the
b) The student should be cycled into the "incorrigible" career path.
I agree you can't make a railroad locomotive out of wood, no matter the
skill of the craftsman. But you can change the builder's raw materials.
That is indeed what is happening in a nearby school district. Teachers
were fired en masse, and many were re-hired at different "schools".
"Schools" were closed and new "schools" and "academies" were opened (same
old buildings), and students and teachers were re-apportioned to warehouses
and teaching facilities (my words). I think they generated ways for kids
to move from warehouse to school, and vice versa. Hopefully the pregnancy
rates will "improve" ...
I've long believed that when BHO says "succeed" or "good teacher" that he
means different things than the rest of the people in the USA.
I'm agreeing with Rush Limbaugh, I want BHO goals to fail.
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
rid of the bad teachers. Of course then we have to define what "good
and bad" is but aside from the definitions, I think a teacher doing
his/her job shouldn't get rewarded but should keep their job instead.
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