Friday, August 20, 2010
Countdown With... (Update - VOTE!)
NASA would like you to vote for their Top 40, so go and vote for Rush!
Floodlit in the hazy distance the star of this unearthly show venting vapors, like the breath of a sleeping white dragon...All systems check, t minus nine...In fascination - with the eyes of the world we stare:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Rep. Melissa Bean IL8 sends in the thug
Labels: Melissa Bean
Friday, August 13, 2010
Please Be Upstanding
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
At stake: Teaching vs. teachers unions
A year or two ago, I received this e-mail. The writer was upset with me for arguing that school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not perform. As numerous educators have told me, union protections being what they are, dumping a teacher — even a bad one — is an almost impossible task.
My correspondent, a teacher, took issue with my desire to see that changed, noting that without those protections, she'd be at the mercy of some boss who decided one day to fire her.
In other words, she'd be just like the rest of us. The lady's detachment from the reality most workers live with struck me as a telling clue as to why our education system frequently fails to educate. When you can't get fired for doing bad work, what's your impetus for doing good? [Emphasis added.]
Diego adds: And in Higher Ed: "colleges and universities serve the people who work there more than the parents and taxpayers who pay for "higher education" or the students who so desperately need it."