On Tuesday – 01/30/2018

Clickbait | The 50 worst school districts in the statePenn Live

Everything’s for sale!map of united states with random one hundred dollars bills background“If you donate to President Donald Trump’s campaign, your name will appear during a campaign-run livestream of his State of the Union address.”Snopes

“The annual State of the Union pageant is a hideous, dispiriting, ugly, monotonous, un-American, un-republican, anti-democratic, dreary, backward, monarchical, retch-inducing, depressing, shameful, crypto-imperial display of official self-aggrandizement and piteous toadying.” – Kevin Williamson’s jeremiad in 2014

Crime sprees | In other parts of the county tooLancaster Online

High school teacher steals student’s “student’s purse and using the teen’s Victoria’s Secret gift card. – Penn Live

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Where’s the outrage? Vietnam – all over again | “Watchdog Report Shows Gaps In Information About Afghanistan War”NPR

chief wahooGone | “Indians to stop using Wahoo logo starting in ’19”Major League Baseball

 

4 comments

  1. If Cola school district would double the the amount of money they spend, we could do as poorly as those below us. How the h does a district have 30,000 per student to spend (Wilkinsberg #1).

  2. OMG! The 50 worst school districts in Pennsylvania are indeed “worst.” Many of them are close to us: Columbia, York, Steelton, Harrisburg, Reading, to name a few. But it is to be expected in a state, and in a country that spends incredibly far more money on “defense, a.k.a., war, and other things deemed far more important than education. This isn’t rocket science, folks. We all must demand of our so-called leaders and ourselves to push for far better education for our childen.

  3. It’s not about money! Look at the per pupil spending of these 50 districts. You can buy failure for 30K per or for 10K. I suspect if we look at the most successful districts, spending would vary just about as widely.

    Better for the student if we would just invest 250K at birth and let them stay home. At age 20 they could then draw 30-40K income every year for life. That’s probably better than they would do by attending one of these failed districts. Then again, that’s one of the problems; we tend to measure success by income, sexual conquest, political power, and educational titles.

    And no, I don’t have the answers but I can tell there’s a problem and it’s not just money. By throwing money at the system, we can avoid talking about failed administrations, poor teachers, the sorry schools of education they graduated from, and, yes, failed parents.

    That’s enough from me. I don’t have the proper credentials so this is all just the ravings of an idiot anyway.

  4. Good comment. Another thing to consider is about money, or the lack thereof – poverty. Many kids in these school districts live in poverty. Their parents, often both, need to work low-paying jobs at hours the kids are home. The children don’t receive much guidance from their folks, who are almost likely to have been poorly educated. Poverty is one of the major issues in our state and country, yet we heard nothing about it last night in the president’s so-called State of the Union address.

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