If you know me, you don’t call me during Jeopardy, Lost, 24, and Grey’s Anatomy. The same is true with CBS’s Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. Wynton Maralis’s trumpet fanfare that starts Sunday Morning is the ringtone on my cellphone. My friends (part Nerds, part roughnecks) say that if you ask a sister what channel is CNN, MSNBC, HGTV or the Travel Channel and she doesn’t know, move on to someone else. I bet she knows Lifetime Movie Network—the “what guys did wrong this time” channel.
We watch too much T.V. but some programming can be informative and uplifting. A kid being home-schooled in a remote location might receive a quality education from current channels if handled correctly. That’s it: create the Homeschool Network with four or five channels of the most effective teachers in the nation teaching the three Rs.—old school style and lunch is a Fried “Baloney” Sandwich. (Sorry, First Lady Obama).
My friend Karen Bogans and I were talking the other day and we wondered if there was a block in America where ten or so families created a home school in the community clubhouse and used the stay-at-home parents as teachers and the working parents taught classes relating to their careers before work, after work, during lunch or on their flex day. Retirees and military veterans could get a tax-break for sharing their vast knowledge. That idea seems voucher worthy and shovel-ready.
Sunday Morning’s story on people around the world and 60 Minutes’ Bloom Box segment are examples of what is right about T.V.
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Would someone explain the charter school concept to me? Are these schools publicly funded private schools? I am one moderate who would support a school voucher program with certain provisions so I am not hating on charter schools. My concerns have always been with cherry-picking the best students and families out of the failing school systems. Shoot, I could teach those good kids but if you want to be really impressive reach those “Stand By Me” students. The cute part about vouchers is that difficult kids’ parents would not have the remaining amount of the tuition so they would not sully those precious private corridors.
People make money in the city and drive into the suburban communities with their tax dollars everyday yet wonder what is wrong with the urban areas. When Marion Berry was mayor in D.C., he considered taxing them on the bridges. What was he smoking?
We must fix the inner cities and failing school systems but good kids shouldn’t be penalized in the meantime. In rural Georgia, teaching has always been an important path into the middle class but teaching unions can’t justify these horrible results. Something has got to give.
Are charter schools required to take a certain percentage of difficult learners? Retired military veterans (Navy Seals, Army Rangers, Black Ops) should start charter schools for the worst of the worst and when the weak parents comes to complain drop them for 50 pushups.
On the whole separation of church and state thing, the History Channel is tripping me out with all of the information about the Founding Fathers efforts to support this concept. Can charter schools function like Christian, Jewish or Muslim schools? We take this P.C. stuff to far at times. The local high school cheerleaders have always done the standard cheer, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, all the Rams are going to heaven…when we get there, they will say..the other team went the other way.” Can they say that or is the ACLU in route.
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State Senator Eric Johnson gets the backbone award from me because you pretty much know where he stands—whether you like his views or not.
From my brief blogging, it is clearly I like bridgebuilding and looking for common ground and I think Lt. Governor candidate Johnson will find a sizable number of African American voters with his pro-vouchers efforts.
My question concerns the ability of private schools to cherry-pick the best kids but I can say that public schools in many places are unacceptable because the students are not focused on learning. Good school, good teacher, scary classmates.
Noticed that Johnson is building a coalition of strong African American women (mothers) whom he has supported at pivotal political times:
Karen Bogans: Spelman graduate; considered run for Congress in Savannah against Rep. Barrows; Johnson was supportive.
Regina Thomas: ran for Congress in Savannah; Johnson was supportive.
Alisha Thomas Morgan: Spelman graduate; considered run for Congress; destined for the national political arena (in this writer’s opinion); Eric Johnson gets heat from the Cobb Co. GOP for donating to her campaign.
Mark my word, the Dem Team needs to revisit vouchers or it’s a wedge issue to separate African American parents and the Dems in the future.
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