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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What Next?

After today's anticipated concession in Spartanburg, life begins again for Karen Floyd.

More than a few readers have commented on the fact that we have yet to follow through on our promised post-election "K-Flo" blog, which is true.

We'll be doing so, but there are a lot of mixed emotions on this one.

On the one hand, we're incredibly sad to see Karen lose. Jim Rex, for all his polish and sway, amounts to little more than a continuation of the failed "Tenenbaum Doctrine" of throwing more money and more government programs at our ever-worsening public schools.

On the other hand, Karen disappointed us, too. Sure, the vast majority of the blame for this shocking loss (as we will get into later) rests with bad advisors, misapplied support resources and a totally incompetent Republican Party, but the candidate isn't entirely exempt, either.

For now, though, we hope Karen will use today's concession in the closest statewide race in South Carolina history as a springboard, not a surrender.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Professional Educator said...

The population of our state is increasing, the number of students is increasing, and it is hard to find a school without a village of 'portable classrooms' on the property. For the life of me, I can not understand the LOGIC that we are going to provide BETTER education for ALL our students by: 1) cutting funds for public education and shunting voucher money to private schools, or 2) allowing parents to "pick" which public school to send their child to and have that money follow the student.
The free market is an effective way of distributing resources EFFICIENTLY. However, this does NOT mean EQUITABLY. Competition is a fabulous strategy for encouraging the development of a better product - but it does NOT necessarily improve the quality of the average product. In other words, in a competitive environment like the business market (or a voucher system), there are WINNERS and LOSERS. Is that what we want for our education system??? In a zero-sum game of available funds, good schools will be even more popular and will get more money. And poorer schools will get LESS MONEY and do worse. We would improve the quality of our best schools on the backs of the poorer schools.... this is not a sacrifice that an ethical society should permit. I don't want to pit children against one another in a competitive battle for education... We're not making widgets here... we are trying to educate ALL our children. The competitive model is very useful in many situations, but it is NOT THE BEST MODEL IN ALL SITUATIONS. If I hear "I'm a business person so I can solve this problem" one more time, I'll scream. Government and education are not businesses... they do not exist for the maximization of PROFIT. They exist for the maximization of the social GOOD, and that means equity is the primary goal, not market efficiencies.

9:11 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey prof ed...

Give it a rest. Your side won.

But I think I speak for many when I say we don't give a crap what u think. Your types have been failing our kids forever...and nothing will change now that Mr. Rex is in office. So shut up, and be useful...get a job writing welfars checks...as usual, our graduates will need them.

1:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think, for once, people need to accept the fact that it's not the educators who are failing our kids.. but the parents. I grew up in the South Carolina public school system and finished in the South Carolina public school system. I had the same opportunities any sector of the state can provide to any individual of differing race or class, no matter the arguments presented. What's wrong with our kids isn't what teachers lack and what inadequate funding can mean, it's the lack of discipline, encouragement, and support provided by parents. Too bad we can't choose who has kids in this state and who doesn't.

1:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the "competitive model" is used by countries around the world whose students are kicking our kid's asses. you educrats have had time to prove whether a monopolistic structure is the best model -- and have shown us convincingly that it is not. shut the f up.

2:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So shut up, and be useful...get a job writing welfars checks...as usual, our graduates will need them."

"shut the f up."

Pretty compelling arguments.

3:35 PM

 
Anonymous VA said...

School Choice advocates are showing their intelligence, Anon #2 can't even spell WELFARE and Anon #4, nice language. Nothing spells intelligent like obscenities.

3:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the argument, meat, which you conveniently ignore:

"the 'competitive model' is used by countries around the world whose students are kicking our kids' asses. you educrats have had time to prove whether a monopolistic structure is the best model -- and have shown us convincingly that it is not."

4:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, meat, I got the argument. And countries around the world are kicking our asses at many things, not just education. The US is slow on the uptake and South Carolina may be the slowest state. Your competitive model may very well work. Don't let the argument get lost in childish and crude commentary and language

5:52 PM

 
Anonymous Annie Savoy said...

The world is made for people who are not cursed with self awareness. And you, meat, are clearly one of these people. You are trying to bring the heat and you hit the f-ing bull. But, sadly, no free steak.

6:10 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last Anon, the countries that "kick our asses" for the most part only educate the students they feel are most likey to do well in certain fields. The "problem" with the U.S. is that we try to educate everybody through 12th grade. If the U.S. only took time and expenditure to educate the 'best and brightest' our scores would be just as high as any other country.

6:25 PM

 

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