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  •  I wonder... (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    ...how many of the speakers actually have/had kids in:

      - Large urban public schools? Or,
      - Poor rural public schools?

    If you want to improve, you've got to listen to your customer. These business-types are supposed to know that...

    •  Kids are not customers. (0+ / 0-)

      Just saying. Big difference.

      Of course, I'm an educator, and you're a businessman.

      •  Parents are the customers. (0+ / 0-)
        "Of course, I'm an educator, and you're a businessman."
        Unless you educate for free, you are also a businessman. Even if you won't admit this to others, surely you've admitted it to yourself?
        •  Parents are not customers, either. (0+ / 0-)

          You obviously want them to become customers, able to pick and choose what they buy.

          But that ability comes at great cost to society, as evidenced by the last ten years of the charter school "reform" movement, which you strongly support.

          Why are you so fervently anti-society? Is it related in any way to your pro-business viewpoint, which has obviously served this country so well in recent years? Business certainly hasn't suffered -- only the citizens.

          Why do you so consistently ignore the growing mountain of evidence that shows privatizing education does little for the general populace, but certainly fills the pockets of investors from the purse strings of public schools? Is it again related to your pro-business viewpoint?

          As far as considering me a businessman, is the new definition of "businessman" someone who works for wages? If so, then everyone in the world who earns a wage, no matter how small, is a businessman.

          I'm not sure anyone would agree with your definition. A "businessman" would more normally be recognized as someone who regularly engages in business or commerce, especially in executive positions. You, as a landlord and "former Wall Streeter," fit that definition admirably. I, as a teacher, do not.

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