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Jensen: Nebraska school officials want boy named 'Hunter' to change his name

By Rick Jensen

Liberals believe in creating institutions to solve problems.

Conservatives believe the individual is better at solving problems.

A 3 year-old deaf boy in Lincoln, Nebraska is being bullied by public school officials to change his name because the hand sign for Hunter Spanjer looks like a weapon. The Grand Island school district has a policy that forbids kids bringing to school "any instrument ... that looks like a weapon." They can't change the sign, because it's the official hand sign for his name, registered through S.E.E., Sign Exact English.

Pressure from the National Association of the Deaf and the public has compelled the district into allowing the deaf boy to keep his name. Sadly, there is no humility or sense of shame from district authorities.

The fight for the individual succeeded. The institution proved to be a gargantuan failure, and neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

An 8 year-old Baltimore student tries to chew his Pop-Tart into the shape of mountain. It looks more like a gun, so he says, "bang bang." Anne Arundel County authorities declare this to be an "inappropriate" use of his imagination and so they suspended him from school.

Neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

Kicking children out of school for harmlessly exercising creativity is what passes for education in a world where parents and teachers feel they have no influence on their local schools.

Just a few weeks ago, a seven-year-old Virginia boy was suspended for pretending a pencil was a gun at his Suffolk school. His father and neighbors were furious. Then the story went away. But not the education. What did the boy learn? He learned that admitting to doing something he didn't know was bad behavior will get you the maximum punishment. He learned that apologizing for doing something that he didn't know was bad behavior will get you the maximum punishment. He also learned that teachers and principals do not want to teach children that pencils can be dangerous. They want to teach you that using your imagination to pretend any object is a gun is punishable with exile from society. He learned that they use so-called "zero tolerance" laws to cold-heartedly deny children an education in favor of capitulation to the politically popular reaction of the day.

Neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

A second-grade teacher was suspended without pay in April, charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon for showing his students the proper ways to use tools. According to Washington Irving Elementary School officials, these deadly weapons included wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers. They were kept in a secured toolbox out of the children's reach.

Perhaps the Washington Irving Elementary School principal should hold an assembly during which she could deliver a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating how children should call police if they ever find an unattended wrench.

Sadly, neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

These institutional "solutions" to violence in schools are an obvious failure to everyone except the principals and superintendents who are delightfully relieved of their responsibilities to educate and consider the context of each student's behavior.

In this utopian liberal world, all carbon-based life forms are equally subservient to the draconian laws bequeathed from the holy sanctuaries of their state legislatures.

It's time to show zero tolerance for these small-minded, short-sighted bureaucrats infesting your public schools.

In the real world, we parents need to exercise our rights and duty by protesting, lobbying and forcing the firings or resignations of principals and superintendents (not teachers) around the country who use these zero tolerance laws as a weapon against imagination and an excuse for avoiding the difficult job of actually getting to know each student and properly guiding and directing them toward learning.

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© Copyright 2013 Rick Jensen, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Rick Jensen is Delaware's Award-Winning Conservative Talk Show Host on 1150AM WDEL and 93.7FM HD3, Streaming live on WDEL.Com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter@JensenVoiceover.

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  1. gafisherComment by gafisher
    June 7, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    Parents who homeschool never have those problems.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:54 am

      It is the best way to go and they learn better without all the trash they have to put up in our government public schools from both teachers and students. There are many home schooling opportunities that are free.

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    • paulberer445Comment by paulberer445
      June 7, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

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    • pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
      June 7, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Agreed, gafisher. Parochial and private schools also tend to have much more common sense if you can afford them. I can’t imagine sending my children to public school where complete idiots like these are running the show. I fear for the children being educated by people who don’t have the brains God gave a goose. Can you imagine how it would feel to be a little boy, who already has a physical challenge, and now they are basically saying his name is “bad.” I’m surprised they aren’t slapping his hands for signing it. I hope no one is ever stuck in a real emergency with these folks. There is no way they could ever improvise and adapt. If the government wasn’t there to tell them what to do, they would at a complete loss. Think, people. It’s not a sin to use your brains every once in awhile.

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    • bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
      June 8, 2013 @ 3:03 am

      Those who do are liberals!

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  2. elderalComment by elderal
    June 7, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    As a conservative Christian, I am expected to absorb insults to my beliefs but be careful never to offend others.

    As a conservative Republican, I am expected to absorb insults to my political views but never explain the TRUTH about PC lies.

    As a patriot, I support the Constitution and am bombarded daily with new outrageous behavior from “my” government yet “they” say that it is for my own security that they do it.

    In all of this, I am expected to always “turn the other cheek.” Well, I would like to point out that I only have four cheeks (even counting the lower set) and all of them have been repeatedly slapped. The time has run out for “calm discussion” and action on my part is required. No, I am not talking about violence but I am not going to passively roll over and let my heritage be stolen from me.

    Let those who want to “change America” instead find a nation where those changes have already occurred. Let them live in China, Cuba, North Korea, or under some other brutal dictatorship where they can “be happy” with the type of government that they keep advocating. Planes and ships are leaving and they need to be on them today (why wait for tomorrow?).

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    • firegirlComment by firegirl
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      Amen!

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      June 7, 2013 @ 11:03 am

      Absolutely!

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    • whodunitComment by whodunit
      June 7, 2013 @ 11:54 am

      Well said, Elderal!

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    • darralComment by darral
      June 7, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

      Now we are talk in Only problem there is yet too few of us,

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    • caligalComment by caligal
      June 7, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      Another amen! The Obismal regime MUST start with the children–as did Hitler.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 8, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Double amen!

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  3. letmethinkComment by letmethink
    June 7, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    sheeeeeeee! Nothing Grand about that place

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  4. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 7, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Maybe if the liberal thought police had restricted Bill Clinton’s love gun, we could have saved the country an impeachment and us having to explain it to our minor children. The Liberal Progressive thought police of course believe that their thoughts however, are more equal than ours.

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    • Allen SComment by Allen S
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:59 am

      Actually, arrogant and narcissist leaders think others are beneath them.

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    • 1940voterComment by 1940voter
      June 7, 2013 @ 11:52 am

      Well when you see the riots in the pubic school systems throughout the country in cities run by progressives and democrats —-these are called brawls now and the animals involved in them are uninformed future voters–This is not education this is a holding pen for future residents of the state/ Children and the parents who want an education do not subscribe to this type of anamlistic behaviour

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    • recce1Comment by recce1
      June 9, 2013 @ 3:03 am

      Keep in mind the rapist Bill Clinton wasn’t impeached for an affair but for lying under oath to a judge.

      By the way, he should have been impeached for treason. Clinton accepted foreign campaign donations from China, a felony, and later gave the Chinese access to sensitive missile and guidance technology that was used to destroy one of the satellites thereby causing so much debris as to deny an orbital path for one of our recon satellites. That constituted treason. Also, as a college student went to England to avoid the draft after lying about his intentions. there he participated in demonstrations against the US. That bordered on treason.

      But then we have several other traitors in office. John Kerry committed treason when as a Reserve Naval Officer he went to Paris to collaborate with the N. Vietnamese. Now he’s the Secretary of State.

      Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to Syria during the Bush administration after being told not to and negotiated with the Syrians. That was a definite violation of the Logan Act. It’s believed she told the Syrians to wait until there was a new president, likely a Democrat, before negotiating with the US. That was aiding and abetting an enemy and was treason.

      By the way, I’m using the word treason as defined by the Constitution and in no other manner.

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  5. justinphilpotComment by justinphilpot
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    this is beyond stupid. do you really want you kids “educated” by people with this narrow a mind set?
    stupid, stupid, stupid.

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      June 7, 2013 @ 11:05 am

      Home school or private school all the way. This is getting ridiculous….. Every morning as a kid the whole school got up in front of the flag pole and said the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’ Was a different time but I have to say the push to where we are now was starting…..

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      June 7, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      This is getting way out of hand. God must have really loved narrow minded, idiotic, mental midgets. He made so many of them. There is proof of that in the number of Democrats, RINOs and the ones who run our public school system. Where are they going to draw the line?

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  6. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Yet we expect people to dumb to know the difference between a hand and a gun to be smart enough to teach our children??

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    • jrcrutcherComment by jrcrutcher
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

      They also don’t seem to be able to distinguish between a pop-tart, “t” shirt, or pencil and a gun.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 8, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

      They know the difference. They just have a way to bully kids legally and get away with it.

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  7. Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Any child being kicked out of school benefits hugely, and his family does, as well: he’s not in the indoctrination centers/youth incarceration facilities, aka government-run, tax-funded welfare schools.

    Sending one’s child to bureaucrats so they can raise him is the height of parental neglect.

    Get your children out of those cesspools. There is no “education” that happens there the is worth the price. Because that price is your child.

    Mr. O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:43 am

      Jobs require education

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    • lilred16Comment by lilred16
      June 7, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

      MD67 – you understand your only half correct, right? Liberals push education as if once someone has a degree they magically get a job. The reality is 1 in 4 college graduates are unemployed or underemployed and was forced to move back home with mom and dad. Think before you speak next time.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 7, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      Lilred16

      Unemployment is considerably higher among people with only a high school diploma or less. Perhaps you should research before you speak next time.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 8, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

      Perhaps you should think and wonder who asked you md67. Or do you think you are demonstrating superiority with you smarta** answer. Being rude is nothing more than ill breeding and low intelligence.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 8, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

      to md67: However, regardless of unemployment rates in one group or another, the college curricula these days is as watered- and dumbed-down as high school, and college “graduates” mostly have very little in the way of marketable skills when they emerge from one of these liberal “re-education camps”, so I imagine it IS difficult for them to find jobs, in the best of times. In TODAY’S economy, even worse!

      The STUDENTS would be better served if they’d quit shoving EVERYBODY into college and offered more apprenticeship and internship programs connected to learning a useful skill. The low graduation rate in colleges is proof enough that most of those kids get no benefit WHATEVER from the traditional college approach.

      The world needs plumbers, electricians and many other skilled fields that enable people to earn a good living WITHOUT a college degree, but it does take training. The educational system offers exactly NOTHING to help people learn those skills. They are too busy operating “degree mills” and the “degrees” they grant are worth exactly NOTHING.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 9, 2013 @ 6:04 am

      You get what you give

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 9, 2013 @ 6:29 am

      Oleteabag,
      I agree with you that internships and apprenticeships are valuable and needed programs. However, blanket statements condemning all higher education won’t do our society or economy any good.
      We need many highly skilled workers, particularly in the fields of science and technology. Jobs that require higher education. If we do not educate our own citizens for these jobs, we will continue to import more and more people with higher education from other countries.
      Fortunately, we have some excellent universities and we have some brilliant graduates that are working to keep our country level with other technologically advancing nations.
      Education is much like other endeavors, a person gets out of it pretty much what they are willing to put in.
      The challenge today is to encourage young people to value their education and to want to achieve.
      If we denigrate our own system and teachers then our children will do the same and they are the ones who will fall behind and pay the price.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 9, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      I don’t necessarily “blanket condemn” higher educaton–if you can FIND a school actually delivering that. What I condemn is political re-education camps disguised s “higher education”, which benefits NOBODY except left-wing politicians who get the votes of these brainwashed acolytes.

      For those students who need, want, and can benefit from a college education, I say power to them! But it is nevertheless true that the majority are NOT well served by being pushed into college they neither need, want, or benefit from. The chief beneficiaries of that herd of unwilling recruits is the student loan program that runs them into debt while they receive little or NOTHING in return for the borrowed money that will take years to repay, and overpaid college administrators who constantly increase tuition because of the flow of “easy money” from the student loan program.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 9, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

      Stanford, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Villanova, NYU, Tufts,William and Mary,Georgia Tech,VMI,Lehigh,UCLA,U of p, Temple, Jefferson,Tulane, Fordham, Univ of Maryland, Purdue ….. I could go on for a really long time.
      Now, Name the “political re-education camps disguised s “higher education”, which benefits NOBODY except left-wing politicians who get the votes of these brainwashed acolytes”.
      What institutions of higher learning are you speaking of? Get Specific. Generalities don’t count.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 9, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      OK Here’s what aggravates me. Students who take student loans, go to universities and think that education happens by osmosis rather than hard work.

      I don’t blame it on the system that gives college loans, with the hope of educating people who can’t afford university education. I blame it on the people who take the loans, abuse them, and haven’t the ethical backbone to repay what they’ve borrowed.

      You are absolutely right when you say that many students shouldn’t go on to university from high school. A stronger weeding out system is necessary. We’ve led all students to believe they DESERVE a college education. But many of them don’t. They fooled around through high school and then they expect to do the same in university. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

      The problem is not with the system but with the lazy pieces of work who want to take advantage of it and expect that a job that pays as well as their parents job will be handed to them on a silver platter.

      My apologies to anyone that I may have offended. I’ve had my evening glass of wine and it makes my old rear end a bit feisty

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 9, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

      I’ve worked with others to try and hold down university costs, but my experience is that they are connected at the head with local governments. Higher taxes for universities equal more money for them that leads mostly to more buildings, bigger and better staff and administration offices and landscaping but very little to hire more qualified professors who are protected to the death by the unions.

      Naturally they find more and more reasons to spend more money than they have and that usually results in higher tuition and eventually higher property taxes (property taxes in my state at least). Higher property taxes make it harder to sell houses etc. so the market goes to areas with lower taxes and higher rated schools. This leads to less students for the highly taxed areas which means a shortfall in spending money that leads to higher taxes and tuition.

      It’s like a hula hoop. There ain’t no end to it.

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      June 9, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      sumitch, I left high school never intending to go to college. I didn’t think I could handle the intensity of a rigorous academic program. But, a year later, I found myself enlisting in the Air Force to avoid being drafted. I figured if I’m going to war, I’d prefer flying over rice paddies to tromping through them. I thought that if I was lucky, I might not even have to go to Vietnam at all. Alas, it was determined that I should learn Chinese and off to war I went.

      Now, it was possible to take night courses through the Far East Division of the University of Maryland, and I’d already discovered that I could handle rigorous academic training at the Defense Language Institute. I applied for entry and was asked for my ACT score. I didn’t have one, because I never took the exam. They allowed me to take classes on as a probationary student. So long as I maintained a B average, I could continue taking classes.

      I also took advantage of the Pell Grant, but if you ever got less than a C grade in any class, you were required to repay that portion of the grant. We had to pay for our own books and lab fees.

      That’s a lot of incentive to do a good job in class, but due to the intensity of one’s day job, it was not easy to take consecutive courses, and mission came first, so you had to be very determined to get a degree. It took me 10 years, because I could only take a class here or a class there, and being transferred from station to station or sent on temporary duty assignments, I was lucky to finish all my course work and maintain that B average.

      I graduated with a 3.8 GPA, but my employer was not interested in what I had studied or that I was at the top of my “class”; it only mattered that I had a degree. College degrees these days are the equivalent of a high school diploma. Degrees are for entry purposes only (outside of professions like engineering and medicine), and it isn’t until one gets to post-graduate degrees that employers start to consider what you’ve been spending your time and money on.

      Frankly, I don’t know what I’m going to do when my daughters are ready for college. It seems to me that I should steer them toward professions that require degrees in hard sciences, otherwise, a degree is a useless waste of time.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 9, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

      wumingren my experience just about parallels yours. I went to college because everyone else did. Started taking pre engineering classes because everyone else did. Where the similarity splits is I hung around thinking the draft wouldn’t get me. Wrong! With four semester hours left Uncle Sam called on me to help save the world. I didn’t know that you had to be taking a full load to keep the 4R determent. I tested out pretty well and got the chance to go to OCS, which I did. I figured that officers made more money and didn’t really work. Wrong again.

      As I had gone to Field Artillery OCS I volunteered for some James Bond work and was sent to Nam and attached to a SF OP on the Mekong. I took some courses from the University of Omaha when I got back but they didn’t count toward a degree. I got out with a command of a missile battery and finished my degree at Georgia. Then the GI bill made it possible to go after and get my masters on the quarter system. Quite honestly I don’t think my MBS did a thing for me except for personal satisfaction.

      I’m not sure that a college degree is worth much unless it’s in Engineering, Medical or Legal either. Fellow school friends that became plumbers or electricians made more money than I did for the next 30 years then I started to pull ahead. I’d probably do the same thing again if I had it to do over as I enjoyed college, especially night school. More people at night school are serious about it than during the day courses I think.

      As regards your children I can only say that I think from personal experience that they should go to a two year school and after they get all the basic requirements out of the way, then to a name brand institution for their degree. That is unless they are going for an English or History degree. It costs less money. But keep a narrow eye on their partying activities. That’s where the real money goes.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 9, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

      To MD67: The political re-education camps? oh, let’s see now: Harvard, Columbia, Yale, UCLA, Berkley–pretty much ANY college in California or Massachusetts, Cambridge, Univ of Colorado, Portland University, Reed College in Portland, I could go on and on, but why bother? You just keep drinking that Kool-Aid Sunshine, and believing we live in the best of all possible worlds, with the best, most competent and honorable President in the history of the world. Why, you’ll probably hardly notice when they lock that collar around your neck and put the chains on your ankles.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 10, 2013 @ 5:44 am

      summitch and wumingren

      You’re so right that a 4 year degree is simply a door opener these days, equivalent to what a HS diploma used to be long ago. But it can be an important door opener depending on where a person wants to go.

      Fortunately, there are many, many careers and trades that require only a 2 year associates degree to get started, especially in the medical and technology fields. It’s a good way for students to get a start without a 4 year investment and gives them the opportunity to see if they are really interested in a specific field.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 10, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      You open a whole new set of memories for me md67. When I started on my college education in pre engineering, as I said, I enrolled in it just because everyone that I knew and followed to college did the same. I wish someone had told me to get the requirements out of the way. It would have saved me a lot of wasted time and money.

      I didn’t like engineering, not because it was difficult (it is) but because it bored me. Untold hours on a drawing board, volumes on math and physics that didn’t interest me (although I just learned last night that plasma is the forth property of matter; solid, liquid, gas and now plasma. That was interesting to me because the concept of matter had moved past me. Who knew?). I did enjoy the economics, psychology, basic law and competition that came along with my new direction into business.

      I’ve enjoyed a life of working with and ultimately leading (on a relatively minor scale) people and had some successes in civilian and military lives. At least until Enron top management needed my retirement and thousands of other employees to add to their millions that is. If there is a hell, I hope I meet them again if it is my fate. I have been doing some serious study of late for the final that I know is coming. I never saw it coming until I reached 70 and the stroke and heart attack. MEMO to class. Eat dessert first. Life is short.

      Now I’ve become way too interested in politics and stress all the time on the direction my country seems to be headed. I guess I’m just one that doesn’t enjoy change anymore. I’d rather the golden (LOL) years be spent sleeping late, reading what I want, movies, esp. science fiction and interaction with people. Ah well.

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 10, 2013 @ 10:41 am

      Sumitch,

      You rekindled a set of memories for me in turn, and gave me a chuckle as well. We’re in the same age bracket and have both been to a fair number of rodeos.

      I’ve been interested in politics for as long as I can remember. I’ve stressed over the direction of our country for as long as I can remember. This seems like a particularly awful time and in my insignificant opinion the greatest problem we face is the fierce division between ourselves. Divided we fall.

      I rarely poke my head out on these kind of discussion boards because it usually gets shot off. One thing that I still believe in is that education is of paramount importance to the welfare of both our children and our country. Of course there are serious problems that need to be addressed, but we can’t throw the baby out with the bath water or we’ll revert to third world status.

      You sound as if you’ve benefited from your education, even if in hindsight you might have chosen another path. You also sound as if you enjoy learning. These are the things that we need to pass on to younger generations. A love of learning, curiosity, and the value of education. The system is never going to be perfect, but it’s important for young people to invest themselves and make the best of what is available to them.

      Everything on me is falling apart but one good thing about being old is that not only can I eat dessert first, I can have a glass of wine whenever I want :-)

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    • md67Comment by md67
      June 10, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

      Hello Oleteabag,

      I haven’t had any of the Kool-aid for many decades. I don’t believe any of the things you credit me with. And I don’t understand why you are in such a fierce attack mode. It’s possible to have differing opinions without assigning labels and making large generalized personal assumptions.

      Sunshine :-)

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  8. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    Proof that “public school officials” are overpaid. They obviously have a lot of time on their hands.

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    • jrcrutcherComment by jrcrutcher
      June 7, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

      I agree. For most public school officials if they are being paid a nickle it’s still a dollar too much.

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  9. whodunitComment by whodunit
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Insane. Purely insane. Another case of common sense going out the window. Rules are meant to protect and make life better, and not to be used as a means of bullying a child.

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  10. rcbcalComment by rcbcal
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    “Yes, God did make idiots. That was for practice. Then He made school officials.”

    Mark Twain

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  11. pastorcarmineComment by pastorcarmine
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    God made him His Parents Name him now leave him alone Liberals are indeed Sick and in need of seriours Mental help This intolerance is sicking Left can give the children names like apple pear Fruit and others names so Stop Intruding on Us Middle America what the Hey is going on Fire the School Principle.

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    • ChallengerComment by Challenger
      June 7, 2013 @ 10:04 am

      Who will fire these idiots? They are the product of the system such as it is.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 8, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      If we can get the voucher system of school financing approved, we CAN fire these people, by simply cutting off the money to those schools. I’m betting they won’t stay if they are not being PAID.

      The voucher system allows a parent to take the money they pay to finance schools and use it for whatever school he thinks will be best for his/her children, whether that be private, parochial, or public.

      As long as the public schools have a “lock” on the tax dollars, they will not change. But you would be ASTONISHED how fast they would shape up if their JOBS depended upon it because the PARENTS decided how and where school dollars would be spent. This is the ONLY way to return control of local schools to local people. Oh, yeah–and DISMANTLE the dept. of education. The lunacy going on in schools now is DIRECTLY related to Federal control of the educational system. A voucher system would put a stop to THAT, too–by putting those education dollars under the control of parents.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 8, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

      You’re right oledteabag but we’d have to take on the teacher’s union and beat them to get it done and they have congress bought and paid for.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 8, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

      to sumitch: You’re right of course. THEY are the ones fighting tooth and claw to stop school districts from instituting voucher systems NOW. They even kick and scream over “charter schools” which, while they ARE “public schools”, are more specialized and more dependent on parental approval, therefore more accountable to the public rather than the teacher’s union. And the unions HATE them, as do the many overpaid administrators in “traditional” schools. We have some very successful charter schools here in Arkansas, and the “old school” folks rail against them CONSTANTLY.

      What the teacher’s union and their “handlers” in the liberal government REALLY want is to shut parents out of the loop altogether, so they are free to turn out little Hitler-youth type robots who will loathe their parents and listen only to Dear Leader for advice and guidance. If they had the power to round your children up, take them from you and raise them in govt.-run camps, they WOULD. They believe, in typical liberal fashion, that they are WAY smarter than the average parent, and therefore should get to decide what is best for YOUR child without any interference from you.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 9, 2013 @ 7:19 am

      The high school I attended many moons ago is now a charter school oleteabag. At first I was disappointed, not knowing what a charter school really is. Now I’m happy to see that the traditions of my old school (A college prep) are carried on. I’ve been to reunions and met some of the kids. All fine young men and women who plan on attending college and 90% do. They work hard and the school is rated as one of the top in the nation.

      Funny after only 50+ years how small it seems when at the time I thought it was a large building. Maybe that’s because I had to run between so many classes. We had our 50th reunion in 2010 and most of the 278 graduates (that are still with us) still attend. We have a couple of scholarships we fund and had a 12’ eagle (school mascot) statue built at the zoo. One of our top graduates went on to become a Marine lieutenant and was killed in 1964 in Vietnam. A hard splash of the end of innocence.

      Pardon the bragging. I still wonder how I ever graduated from the place.

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      June 9, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

      oleteabag, my daughters are attending Beacon Academy, a charter school that is currently housed at The Church of the Open Door. It is an independent school district with its own school board comprised of teachers, parents, and one “at-large member” from the community. School board elections are open only to parents and teachers of the academy, so we don’t have undue interference from the local community (which has conservatives beat two to one) and teachers unions (which organize slates for school board and appeal to Democrats through union endorsements). By separating ourselves from the community at large, we are able to control our own affairs, including curricula and budgeting.

      The other school districts do not like us for many reasons, including our lack of unions, our independence, and perhaps most importantly, our academic prowess (we rank well above all other school districts on standarized state tests). And we do all this on less funding per student, as charter schools are not given the same funding as regular schools (it’s their way of trying to put us out of business).

      The local school district has consolidated some of its schools, leaving some school campuses unoccupied, but they refuse to sell any of these properties to us. Instead, they remain on life support at taxpayer expense, being heated in winter to keep the pipes from freezing, etc. Beacon Academy is only K-8, with only two classes in each grade level. We want to expand the academy by increasing both the number of classes in each grade as well as including 9-12, but we can’t do that without finding adequate facilities. There are a couple of really great campuses that would work well for us — and we would purchase one of the properties! — but the public school adminstrators are so loathe to the idea of helping any charter schools that they prefer to leave those properties in mothballs.

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 9, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      To wumingren: I commend you on an excellent choice for your daughters! It’s sad how the “traditional” schools that are doing such a BAD job of educating are able to starve excellent charter schools with superior academic achievements by hoarding resources–then when the charter school runs out of money, they point to it and loudly proclaim that this is an example of charter schools’ failure, when it is actually evidence of THEIR stupidity and refusal to participate in anything remotely resembling “education”.

      The “dog in the manger” attitude of public school officials toward charter schools is just more proof that they are completely out of touch with and unresponsive to the public and the needs of children.

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  12. oldheadComment by oldhead
    June 7, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Here’s a hand sign those Nebraska school officials should be able to comprehend. A CLOSED FIST WITH THE MIDDLE FINGER EXTENDED.

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  13. JDZComment by JDZ
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Step 1 is to get rid of the Teachers Unions which control our public educational system. These unions dictate policy covering everything from teacher credentials, hiring and firing (never), salaries and benefits, etc. For example, in the state of California, the teachers union, the CTA (California Teachers Association) is almost a fourth leg of the state leglslature as any new or proposed change in a significant state policy or regulation is run by the CTA for input prior to it being brought up for consideration or vote.

    The school administrations cannot actually run their operations as the unions basically are in control of policy and regulations. These unions across the country are connected and are hooked into the Department of Education at the national level. The days when parent-teacher associations had significant influence over our schools at any level have long passed and that change started when public service workers were allowed to unionize. This situation is why many parents are moving their children into charter or private schools or home schooling them. The unions hate the charter school program and government support to them.

    Much of the inability of government to perform in the most efficient and cost effective manner is inhibited by the various public service unions that have taken over much of government. Today, these unions have an incestuous relationship with Democrats in elected positions as these unions donate hundreds of millions of member paid dues to Democratic campaigns (over 95% goes to Democrats). This relationship has led to union agreements with lavish and unaffordable salaries and benefits which are bankrupting local and state governments while giving union leaders salaries exceeding the highest paid leaders in government (including the President), and all at taxpayer expense.

    The financial liability of public service union members on taxpayers, looking ahead to the early retirement benefits and almost free lifetime medical benefits, on taxpayers are unsustainable and are beginning to bankrupt more and more cities and pushing states into a financial abyss.

    You can thank the liberal Democrats for all of this situation as they are owned by the public service unions and it was JFK and a Democratic Congress that allowed the unionization of public service employees which was a huge mistake. Both FDR and George Meany (a union man) warned about letting government workers unionize and have collective bargaining rights. We are now seeing what they were warning us would happen.

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    • dwschoComment by dwscho
      June 7, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

      It’s a bigger problem because these idiots are being trained by even more Progressive University and College professors who brainwash the future teachers of America. The whole education system is polluted with these lefty wingnuts.

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  14. pebearComment by pebear
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    We are raising a generation of lambs being led to slaughter. God forbid one of these children ever actually need to defend themselves in a life or death struggle. They will have been taught and conditioned to call the police at the drop of a dime. Take away their ability to call the police who never show up quick enough, and these people will have to learn to fend for themselves. These educators delude themselves for a political cause that is part of a failed world view. There are bad people out there and they do bad things, taking weapons away and the thought of weapons away from good people will not change this face.

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  15. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    I’m sorry to have to say this because I know there are probably some good, conscientious teachers in this group. But suffice to say, it appears that most public school teachers are either dumber than a stump or they’re scared to death of losing their job so they fail to rebuff these silly, asinine demands made of them by school administrators.

    Honestly, this **** has been going on way too long to excuse any teacher.

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    • tomtComment by tomt
      June 7, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

      The PC – BS has to be complied with in many of the Leftist leaning school districts. Teachers are required to instruct according to the PC rules introduced by the communist who pushed it heavily in the 1960′s.
      Yes, the teachers needing the job or already in the teaching profession are scared after being intimidated with consequences should they not teach Leftist PC information.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      June 7, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

      The few good, conscientious teachers that I know are painfully aware of what the rest of the teachers are!

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  16. Jim ForsytheComment by Jim Forsythe
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    How stupid can you get? These “school officials” are an example of why the public school system is going down hill – fast.

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  17. BradRComment by BradR
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    The real problem with all this is the apathy of people who live in these areas. They need to get active and get on the school boards so they can keep idiots like these from getting into these offices. Instead they, for whatever excuse they waant to use, ignore the problems until they reach this level. Then they all scream until something is done and they go back to whatever they were doing, letting these “progressives” indoctrinate their children.

    They had better figure out what “Common Core” is pretty quickly.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 9, 2013 @ 7:31 am

      Apathy hits the bulls eye. I remember going to high school football games and the bleachers were almost empty of the parents of the young adults playing the game. They are so busy with reality shows that they don’t even take the time to support the children playing sports, much less those with high academic performance.

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  18. tomyj1Comment by tomyj1
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    Ignorance can be cured with EDUCATION

    Crazy can be cured with MEDICATION

    BUT there is no cure for STUPIDITY

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      June 7, 2013 @ 11:43 am

      There is a cure for stupidity: death.

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  19. Allen SComment by Allen S
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    When people learn to return to the knowledge of God through His Word then we won’t have such stupid education leaders who are afraid of little children. I would take my child out of that school immediately and home school or get together with other parents and start a home school group if both parents work. Do whatever it takes to get them out of the government liberal/communistic reaches.

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    • skepticComment by skeptic
      June 7, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

      It varies by State but generally home schooling children of others is not allowed. Unless this changed since I last checked.

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      June 10, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      skeptic, Minnesota has homeschool co-ops. I had intended to homeschool my children, but I was struck with viral encephalitis, which left me impaired with, among other things, short-term memory dysfunction, loss of math computation skills, loss of a sense of time, personality changes, loss of the ability to multitask, and inability to process verbal communications as a part of the memory loss issue. For me now, I’m living in the present and time elapse goes unnoticed. Were it not for day and night, I wouldn’t know that it was time to go to bed.

      But back to the co-ops, which are available to people either regionally or through association with church groups, etc. Members of co-ops don’t always have all the skills required, or should I say, members have varying skill levels and interests that make them more suitable to teach math, art, science, language, biology, etc. Parents in our church sponsored co-op are allowed to use the church school’s facilities (chemistry lab, photography lab, pottery kiln, and other special equipment, including the gymnasium). This way, an engineer (math wiz) is able to teach advanced math, while a journalist, techincal writer, or author is able to teach English and communications skills. An IT geek is able to teach computer lab, and a concert pianist might teach music. A doctor might teach anatomy, etc. We all work together to give our children the best of all worlds.

      It is a commitment to a lifestyle, and there are more and more parents willing to commit. And opposition from the usual suspects is mounting, with liberal lawmakers constantly trying to pass laws to outlaw homeschooling. Some students become very involved in political science just defending their right to be homeschooled. Naturally, they are learning to oppose the Left, so the Left is all the more determined to nip it in the bud and get the homeschooled children back into the indoctrination centers. The fact that the Obama administration refused to honor the arrangement provided that German homeschooling family shouts out the need to circle the wagons and prepare to fight for our rights.

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  20. rzraickComment by rzraick
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Hard to believe. I think we should split the country in two. Let the libtards have half and let the Americans have the other half. The United libtards of America would self destruct very quickly when the Conservative opposition is removed. The real U.S. restored to sanity would prosper and live in peace.

    Or perhaps we will live to see a time when sanity is restored to our country and then we can lock up the insane people now in charge who are obviously a threat to life and society.

    Certainly once found to be insane, they would lose the right to vote and then things might turn around.

    I like the post which said that they should move to a country which is already a socialist communist nightmare and leave our country to people who still have working brains. But our brand of nut cases would probably be rejected by even those countries.

    No, sad to say that the U.S. is the present leader in insanity in the world. The United States – pushing insanity to a new level.

    Sheech!

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    • dwschoComment by dwscho
      June 7, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

      I agree with your notion to split the country. I suggest we give them the West coast, or the mid Atlantic and northeast. That’s where you find most of the Liptards so they wont have to move.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      June 7, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

      Give the liberals half of the country AND ALLOW THEM NO WEAPONS!
      In addition, anyone who chooses that half must stay there at least one year before they can move.

      At the end of that year, during which time the Evil Element will have been perpetrating every kind of crime against the touchy-feely, unarmed liberals, we’ll see how many liberals want to stay there, and how many want to move to the part of the country where the Evil Element is unwelcome and uncomfortable.

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  22. outspoken2Comment by outspoken2
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    Society wonders why children act up/misbehave and do all the craziness, look who is supposedly teaching them. Teachers who are messed up real bad, teachers taught by people who are messed up real bad themselves. When will the lunacy STOP?

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  23. kaniksukiddComment by kaniksukidd
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    If his parents had named him Jihad there wouldn’t have been all this trouble.

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    • arwenusaComment by arwenusa
      June 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

      GREAT POINT!

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    • navy30Comment by navy30
      June 10, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      Probably not. What’s the hand signal for Jihad?

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  24. AMVoterComment by AMVoter
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Beyond outrageous!

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  25. davebnmComment by davebnm
    June 7, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    If they change his name to Sissy, they would be fine with it until the LBGTQ started complaining about the “swishy” signs you would have to make for his name?

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      June 7, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

      “swishy” signs…LOL!

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    • phantomstormComment by phantomstorm
      June 7, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

      Now that you mention it they should be proposing to change the sign language alphabet soon, too. Nearly half of the letters could be confused with a gun… or a bomb… or a shovel or wrench….

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