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THE COW ( Cartoons Computer on Wheels)


Most of us have some idea by now that the No Child Left Behind Law is just  another one of Bush's schemes to sound like a compassionate conservative, while actually impoverishing the government and enriching his family and friends. Hopelessly underfunded, NCLB drives teachers and principals to drill students with the objective of passing the test, rather than accomplishing the goals they have been trained to establish and accomplish. Neil Bush, of course, the bank robber sex tourist black sheep (and that's saying something) of the family, was the principle enrichee of this legislation.

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His Ignite Learning Company of Austin (one of many well-connected schemes) has been feeding off this law since its inception, principally in Texas and Florida (gee, I wonder why?). And, not surprisingly:
The SuperCOW is fully aligned to state standards and an excellent way to review for state testing in science.
But, with the Bush connections, Neil has taken his dog and pony show all over the world, including Dubai, you might be interested to know. We don't know for sure, but since Dubai doesn't have a No child Left Behind Law and hence wouldn't be buying these machines, it seems pretty likely the UAE is funding Ignite in some way.

The Bush family, while big fans of making huge amounts of money courtesy of the government, are not (surprise !) big fans of reading. According to Neil:

"Ignite! is designed to make learning fun for "hunter-warrior" kids who don't like reading."
I thought you might like to get a look at Ignite's canned approach to teaching, which it is trying to install everywhere, of course. Their cute little computer on wheels is called the COW, which could stand for Computer Cartoons on Wheels. Check out this  website.  Feel free to explore the nooks and crannies. I don't see Intelligent Design listed (yet), but I couldn't rule it out. Remember: Karl Rove thinks his greatest achievement is putting churches in the schools. I don't know whether Reagan is described by the COW as the greatest president, or whether Martin Luther King is listed as a communist sympathizer.

So look for the COW, coming soon to a school near you !!!

Originally posted to seesdifferent on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 08:42 AM PST.

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would you like to have the COW speak to your kids?

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Comment Preferences

  •  tips/cow jokes (4.00)

    An election does not make a democracy.

    by seesdifferent on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 08:47:09 AM PST

  •  I'd rather poke fun (4.00)
    At Neil's penchant for snorting coke off the behinds of Asian prostitutes...  or his habits of bilking Americans out of millions during the 80s

    Ahh that Bush family - always the joksters

  •  It's Called Vaporware (4.00)
    And I suppose that for brother Neil, that's a step up from looting Silverado Savings & Loan....
  •  "Hunter-Warrior kids" (4.00)

    Are liable to send the COW down the stairs, into the wall, or pretend they're raping it.

    the blue sea seethes with reason

    by howth of murph on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 09:05:39 AM PST

    •  With that kind of stand, wheels, (none)
      and soft, rounded contour, it does look like it's something you're supposed to sit on, doesn't it?

      "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

      by Donna in Rome on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 10:58:12 AM PST

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  •  The history (4.00)
    of the Bush family is playing out in the shadows of today.
    Create the 'fog of war' and make money. The whole thing is connected. It is the diabolical plan that has made them the most un-american family in history.
    It's all about the money.
    No one knows what they are worth.
    Compare them to the Kennedy's, they weave in and out of Govt. creating havoc, then get in position to benefit.
    Great bunch, those Bush's.
    Their granpa would be proud.

    lead, follow, or get out of the way.

    by cabinetman1 on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 09:13:21 AM PST

  •  interesting (none)
    I checked out the topics in science and there was no intelligent design on the list but there was on Darwin, natural selection etc. I would have to see the actual papers but I think they would rather sell them so in going Darwin. Ha ha

    But there are already many technologies in the classroom.  I used to use window in science.  which were big one sided cds with lots of pics and short videos.  Then the internet came and now teachers can show on a big t.v. things that they what to share with the kids.  
    This technology seems pretty backwards.
    In the end this item looks like one of the worst ways to teach science.  It looks like a good way to review facts for rote memorization for a pencil and paper content test.  That is what really burns me about NCLB.  It's all rote and burp.  Designed for the poor school with title 1 funds to spend.  Because we all know that good science instruction is also about process and understanding the scientific method.  This takes lots of materials and group work so that all the kids get their hands dirty and their minds engaged.

    This must be what President Bush meant but training more science teachers.

    I can see it now  the cow getting "accidently" knocked over cause it is BORING. or putting it in the corner cause it is too expense for the kids to break.
    Rather patronizing bit of technology designed for idiots would don't know what they are teaching.  In other words uncertified people untrained in their educational field.

  •  I misread the poll (none)
    but then it made me think again how this would be a good home schooling tool. Cause your Mama wouldn't let you break it and she needs help teaching this stuff.
    A church could buy it and lend it out to Mom's would just skip the evolution/sex stuff.
    Don't get me wrong, I am not against home schooling.  I taught in an inner city school that was really hard. So I sympathize with those parents who insist on a safe and caring learning environment when their child school is failing to do so.
    I help any and all home schooling parents whenever I can.  Wingnuts or no
  •  Silverado Days (none)
    I wonder if this includes lessons in fraudulent banking practises, how to buy a toxic waste dump, set up some development provisions on paper mostly, and then have the property revalued, and establish a new line of credit, which can be diverted to other interests, like the Contras. At least this Bush believes in free trade. <snark>

    "...in the future everything is chrome. Sponge Bob Square Pants

    by agent double o soul on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 09:24:19 AM PST

  •  Dang, those Bush boys (4.00)
    really love their barnyard animals. Dubya and the pet goat, now Neil and the COW, and, of course, Jeb with Catherine Harris.

    We are all insurgents now.

    by The Gryffin on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 09:27:42 AM PST

  •  i've seen a purple cow. (none)
    we're all purple cows

    we'll stand him up against a wall and pop goes the weasel /rufus t. firefly

    by 2nd balcony on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 09:39:10 AM PST

  •  Trust Bush on the Port deal, okay? (none)
    You have to wonder why the Clinton brother's petty pedaling off his brother's position was the meda's whipping boy yet high crimes by Bush brothers Neil and Marvin have no traction in the national press. Why is this?

    Sun Myung, Boris and Neil Bush
    http://www.chron.com/...

    The Bush Family: A Continuing Criminal Enterprise
    http://critcrim.org/...
    by Gary W. Potter, PhD., Professor, Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University

    Controversial gas deal involved Bush's brother Neil; Harbor commission offered investment firm an exclusive lease
    http://www.sfgate.com/...

    The Exotic Adventures of Neil Bush
    http://www.commondreams.org/...

    Neil Bush's Foreign Business Deals Draw Spotlight
    http://www.commondreams.org/...

    And then there's Marvin

    Marvin Dips into the Security Pie
    Another Fortunate Bush Brother
    by MARGIE BURNS
    www.counterpunch.com/burns1205.html

    http://www.sptimes.com/...
    Another suspect deal, another Bush brother in the mix
    By ROBERT TRIGAUX, Times Business Columnist
    © St. Petersburg Times, published January 3, 2003

    http://www.populist.com/...
    Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother

    Trust Bush on the Port deal, okay? Here's why

    Tuesday, February 4, 2003 by the Prince George's Journal (Maryland)  
    Bush-Linked Company Handled Security for the WTC, Dulles and United  
    by Margie Burns
    http://www.commondreams.org/...

  •  Sorry but COWs (none)
    have been a part of the medical parlance for a while. Nurses use COWs to scan and cross-check labs draws and especially blood cross-matches for transfusion, using a bar-code scan system. The goal is error reduction in patient identification.

    And yes, there have been a lot of jokes about "bring me the COW . . ."

    "There's a certain amount of constipation in Washington." --Ray Nagin

    by murasaki on Wed Mar 01, 2006 at 04:41:40 PM PST

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