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EDU-FASCISTS
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
ALTHOUGH THE TERM "FASCIST" IS BANDIED ABOUT THE INTERNET INDISCRIMINATELY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE SHOE FITS. THE AMERICAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IS LARGELY FASCIST IN BOTH PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE. A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD WENT TO VOTERS TO APPROVE A SCHOOL SPENDING REFERENDUM OF APPROXIMATELY $100 MILLION. THE REFERENDUM WAS DEFEATED SOUNDLY (2 TO 1). THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE WAS IGNORED AND THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED TO CIRCUMVENT THE DEMOCRATIC WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND ENFORCE THEIR OWN BY FORMING A DUMMY CORPORATION TO BORROW THE MONEY (NOW $318 MILLION) AND STICK ITS PROPERTY OWNERS WITH A 40 MILL INCREASE. THIS SHOULD ANGER CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS ALIKE. GreenvilleOnline.com -Local News-School financing plans OK - (12/12/2006): "Chuck Saylors, chairman of the Greenville County school board, said he was pleased with the ruling. 'I think it's wonderful,' he said. 'I think all the school districts in South Carolina, irregardless of size, should have everything at their disposal to build schools that are adequate, safe and state of the art."
posted by Jack Mercer @ 12/12/2006 11:19:00 AM  
4 Comments:
  • At 12/12/2006 09:23:00 PM, Blogger wolnosc said…

    Hi Jack,
    that is very frightening. just like our wonderful MA MWRA charging us $1000 per annum for water and sewer and saying they know what's best for us. Thirty years ago I worked in the environmental field and money was available for states to do what was right for the environment. There wasn't a "pressing concern" back then to do anything. Especially with the future political aspirations of one Michael S. Dukakis.
    One teacher makes a great school system. A sparkling building does not. I graduated from an inner city dilapidated, outdated structure. We loved that edifice for what it stood for; the people within it that instilled maturity and the want for knowledge, the spirit of community, the diverse student body that challenged each others' ideals and prejudices, and yet came out of it with a spirit of cohesion and force to take on the future world.
    We had basic necessities. Books (old), chalkboards (old), chalk (fingertip length), paper and pencil, occassional heat, IMAGINATION AND INTELLIGENCE, and the dedication of our teachers and parents, and ourselves, that this was truly an important time in our lives.

     
  • At 12/13/2006 08:25:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi WSC!

    THRILLED to hear from you. Have been checking in often at the NL's for you, but things are a bit slow there for a while. Not much news after the election. :)

    In America we often think that money is the solution to everything. I went to school in a one building schoolhouse in the outback where two grades were in the same classroom being taught by the same teacher. We went to school barefoot, didn't have computers, and yet when I came back to the United States the same mathematics I was doing in my senior year in University was the same mathematics I had taken in the 8th grade in Australia.

    But what worries me about this is that these people who were duly elected were told shortly before this that they could not have the money (referendum) and to make good on the promises they made concerning the school district before more money was spent. This wasn't good enough for these people who betrayed the people and are now going to saddle a small county with $318 million in debt (the same was done in an adjoining county--it started at $400 million, but it has since risen to over $650 million and continues to climb as "unforseen construction costs" continue to be added to the bill) This is reprehensible.

    Take care,

    -Jack

     
  • At 12/13/2006 08:25:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi WSC!

    THRILLED to hear from you. Have been checking in often at the NL's for you, but things are a bit slow there for a while. Not much news after the election. :)

    In America we often think that money is the solution to everything. I went to school in a one building schoolhouse in the outback where two grades were in the same classroom being taught by the same teacher. We went to school barefoot, didn't have computers, and yet when I came back to the United States the same mathematics I was doing in my senior year in University was the same mathematics I had taken in the 8th grade in Australia.

    But what worries me about this is that these people who were duly elected were told shortly before this that they could not have the money (referendum) and to make good on the promises they made concerning the school district before more money was spent. This wasn't good enough for these people who betrayed the people and are now going to saddle a small county with $318 million in debt (the same was done in an adjoining county--it started at $400 million, but it has since risen to over $650 million and continues to climb as "unforseen construction costs" continue to be added to the bill) This is reprehensible.

    Take care,

    -Jack

     
  • At 12/15/2006 12:17:00 PM, Blogger wolnosc said…

    Hi Jack,
    the NL's must be doing their, dare I say it so politically uncorrect, christmas shopping (I left out the capitalization to show my atheism).
    It's very true about the proliferation of free-wheeling spending of public money with increasing taxes and fees for practically everything. The same has happened in my town. A school project estimated to cost 90 million with 75% state reimbursement has climbed to 135 million, and there's more to come.
    The Big Dig was estimated to cost 6 billion dollars. The cost escalated to 12 billion. What a lot of people were not told, or at least not loudly, was that the federal government guaranteed the 6 billion. the state picks up the tab on the overrun. Like you said, it is totally reprehensible.

     
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