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  •  Lyndon Johnson went to college to (8+ / 0-)

    become a school teacher. After a year or two of college he didn't have enough money to continue, but he had enough coursework to qualify as a teacher. So he went to Cotulla, Texas to teach. Cotulla, way back then, was a really poor place, and LBJ came face to face with sweet, intelligent, impoverished children who had brown faces. They didn't have a chance. At that time he vowed that he would do something about prejudice if he ever got the chance.

    At this moment I can't remember if he ever said so in a speech, but I can remember him recalling his vow and adding something like this: "I have the power now and I mean to use it." He did. And since that time certain prejudiced people, in Texas and other places, have worked very hard to roll back the changes that LBJ made. They are still at work.

    In my view, the charter schools in Texas are not places of education but places that are against public education. The people involved in them on a day to day basis may be very sincere, but the system is designed to destroy the public school system and replace it with something different and much worse.

    I was a teacher in Texas for a while, and then had a thirty-year career in computers. After that I taught for a short time in a large Texas high school. I was shocked at how much worse things had become in those thirty years. Powerpoint was a required tool, and there were other poor practices. It is a wonder that anybody gets an education nowadays.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:28:39 PM PST

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