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  •  In my experience what conservatives (3+ / 0-)
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    and "pragmatists",meaning people who claim to be pragmatic Democrats but are really conservatives, not just anyone who says they're pragmatic, tend to say things like "we can't just throw money at the problem.  But having know a lot of teachers I think the first step really needs to throw a lot of money at the problem.  If you look at what schools do poorly you will invariably find that those schools are in poor neighborhoods.  If you look at well performing schools they are almost exclusively have rich students.  When a school has rich students their parents give money to the school so there are more resources for students, vice versa for poor schools.  If you want schools to succeed then give them the money to teach kids, give them the money to have supplies that kids need to learn, give them money for air conditioning and other infrastructure kids need to learn.

    We've bought into the "work smarter not harder" mantra so much that we think that hard work is never needed, and that's killing us.

    The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 07:04:31 PM PDT

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    •  I consider myself a pragmatic Democrat (5+ / 0-)

      and I believe there is no better use of money than public non-charter education. And every time I hear that "Throwing money doesn't solve the problem" mantra, I want them to go to the parents in Beachwood, Ohio, an upscale suburb that spends more per pupil than virtually any system in Ohio, and tell them to quit wasting their money because money doesn't by good education. Then run. Fast.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 07:13:36 PM PDT

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