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  •  I just hate that our country is filled with (13+ / 0-)

    entitled people who brainwash the public into hating teachers for their own greedy/ideological ends.

    Teachers, on the whole, are some of the most generous, caring and hard-working people in the world.

    The trumped-up anti-teacher media campaign is particularly sickening.

    •  My daughter lives in Chicago... (17+ / 0-)

      ....apparently this morning she witnessed a very heated argument between a CTA bus driver and a passenger who was bashing the teachers. It turned into a "whole bus" debate with most of the passengers backing the driver (and the teachers). The passenger who was arguing against the teachers was a young female yuppie and her comment that turned it into a "no you didn't" moment was when she said that teachers shouldn't expect to make a lot of money because they were "helping people." If this is the attitude of Rahm supporters, it's easy to understand why public opinion is turning against them.

      •  The opposite of John F. Kennedy's line, "Ask not (7+ / 0-)

        what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country." It sounds like that yuppie is a very selfish, ignorant person and I am glad the bus driver told her how he felt. Some people just don't care about kids. But the thing is, the kids of today are our leaders tomorrow. Sounds cliche, but it is the truth.

      •  Typ Clownservative Approach, Which (0+ / 0-)

        unfortunately many "democrats" agree with.

        but this is all academic folks; our nation has become a disgrace, really.

        latest studies show enormous poverty problems.. child poverty is wayyyy up. 800,000 people in August simply gave up looking for work-- because there's nothing there for them

        the 50 year effort by the One Percent to smash the New Deal is succeeding.. mainly because we've all been "too busy" to notice, or to care, apparently

        "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:12:45 AM PDT

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    •  Blaming teachers for poverty (2+ / 0-)
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      and the elite's refusal to pay taxes and fund public education. The physical condition of our public schools is shameful. Schools around here, in relativelly well-off Western MA have leaking roofs, no auditoriums, few libraries or librarians, and have been cutting back on recess, phys ed, music and art. It is shameful that poor and middle-class children are bearing the brunt of tax cuts for the wealthy. It makes me sick.

      Meanwhile, no one is working for improved jobs programs, higher pay for low-wage workers, let alone a living wage.

      So many kids are in families that are stressed out by poverty and hunger.

      Meanwhile politicians keep bragging about this being "the greatest country on earth."

      Yeah, maybe for Mitt Romney it is, while he keeps his $ in the Caymans and Switzerland.

      Skepticism of all the elite institutions, not trust, is what required for successful leadership in this era. Digby

      by coral on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 06:44:36 PM PDT

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      •  I often came to school beaten, hungry, and angry. (1+ / 0-)
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        No teacher could get me to do anything I didn't want to do. All my concentration was on the bad movies in my head. No teacher deserved to be fired because I couldn't be taught. And many tried to help me.

        I can't stand to hear teachers denigrated by billionaire self appointed education experts.

        You teachers are some real beautiful people.

    •  What is particularly sickening (0+ / 0-)

      is the fact Paul Ryan agrees with Rahmbo on this.

      see the DISconnect here?

      and numerous democrats are on board with totally privatizing the public school system.

      weak, very weak.

      "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:09:07 AM PDT

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