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  •  Yes, it's the latest venue for human husbandry. (20+ / 0-)

    Children are ideal subjects because they have no say in what is done to them. All they can do is wait to escape. There are multiple reasons why a million children run away from home each year.
    Of course, when they are picked up and put in foster care or juvenile detention, that's another version of human husbandry.
    It is the profit motive that is corrosive. Profit = exploitation. Profit means that someone is getting something for doing nothing more than impeding or moving things around. Profit takers are like the highwaymen of old. Profit takers are middlemen who insert themselves into transactions and insists their interest deserves a "cut."
    Perhaps, instead of middlemen we should refer to them as meddlers. We all know what a disaster meddlers are.  Of course, in some cases the solution is to pay them to go away. Ergo the golden parachute and the practice of promoting up and out.
    The latter is a cowardly, bad habit. It's how we end up with a Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court and Willard the Presidential candidate.
    Teachers are not plumbers. We cannot judge them by what comes out of children's mouths.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 12:04:24 AM PDT

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    •  Human husbandry (5+ / 0-)

      Thank you for the term, which helps focus the horror of much that is happening in this country.

    •  Even in juvenile detention, theymust take the test (4+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, mimi, hannah, coquiero

      there is no escape; I had kids who would act up to go to lock down in solitray rather than take the tests. Guess what? The still had to take the tests.

    •  I think step #1 should be (0+ / 0-)

      the outlawing of for-profit charter schools. I brought this up at our Democratic Club meeting yesterday when a state senator who is running for secretary of state (OK, "thinking" of running — ha ha; she bought a volunteer who was handing out campaign signs), asking how, when we are cutting money to education and can't adequately fund schools for every child, we can justify any of that money flowing into private profit. She says she's against it but Democrats are in a tiny minority in our statehouse and gerrymandering is unlikely to change that for a decade. And most of the Republican "leadership" in our state is owned by for-profit charter operators.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:39:55 AM PDT

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      •  doesn't work - let me explain (0+ / 0-)

        the charter is set up as a non-profit, which then hires for profit entities owned by the charter operator and friends and family to provide just about everything for the school

        officially it is non-profit, practically it is shifting public resources into private bank accounts

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 11:27:34 AM PDT

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