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  •  ROFLMAO (5+ / 0-)

    Oh, but Brecht, you can't blame it on the books.

    Our countrymen CHOOSE ignorance for themselves.

    That is their freedom, is it not?

    You can lead a Rethuglican to wisdom but you can't make him think.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:40:18 PM PDT

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    •  I blame in all directions. It's giving me ulcers. (6+ / 0-)

      Our countrymen choose a lot of shallow trophies, with ignorance near the top of the list.

      I blame Fox, Rush & Koch Brothers most of all, for deliberately stirring the people with hateful lies, and subverting democracy and fair, informed debate.

      I think the biggest solution is to care more about our schools - we could start by paying bookgirl more. A great education should be the birthright of every American, if we want to build a brighter future.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 06:46:38 PM PDT

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      •  About that paycheck idea -- (4+ / 0-)

        I like the way you think.

        Increments, it's all in increments.

        The not wanting to ban books idea gets across quite well with students who want to be able to read The Hunger Games, Twilight and Captain Underpants.

        It's their wanting to read more for fun I'm trying to work on. Reading should be just an assignment or classroom chore.

        It's not everything but it's a step.

      •  Paying teachers more is an excellent idea. (4+ / 0-)

        Equally important is to get the corporations out of textbooks and testing. Learning to think means way more than learning to take tests, but the big money is with tests, tests and more tests now.

        Brecht, sounds like you need a good long walk, or a bike ride. Or how about making some homemade bread... nothing like kneading the bejesus out of a big lump of yeast dough to work off frustration; it raises the spirits as well as the dough!

        •  I need plenty of things, starting with serenity to (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, bookgirl

          accept the things I cannot change. My ulcers (figurative) get better when I pay less attention to politics.

          But exercise and sunshine are good medicine. I did walk a few miles along the waterline of Venice Beach today. It was splendid.

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 08:25:15 PM PDT

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