Posts Tagged ‘education’
More good uses for the social media! Who would have thought that games and education would go hand-in-hand, but the social media of Kenya (and other developing nations all over the world) are accomplishing just such a marriage.
The mission for Games for Change is Catalyzing Social Impact Through Digital Games. Games for Change is a 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation located in New York. Founded in 2004, Games for Change facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as critical tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.
Unlike the commercial gaming industry, they aim to leverage entertainment and engagement for social good. To further grow the field, Games for Change convenes multiple stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects.
Nothing like trying out one of their games for a first-hand experience: Learn Financial Literacy while managing a team of racing squirrels.
Elimu appears to be leading the forefront in Kenya for putting education online.
Elimu is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) firm with an objective to build and maintain websites for every educational institution in Kenya. We intend to provide functionality to institutions in line with the digital age we are in.We welcome all interested parties to get involved.
There are many ways to become part of our initiative for Learning Instutions, Corporates and individuals. Engage in any our services and experience a our range of products
A Website per Learning Institution Initiative (AWPLI) is an initiative that is dedicated to building websites for all learning institution in Kenya. The initiative aims to heavily cut the cost for the institutions to get the websites by shifting costs to sponsoring corporates.
Started in May of 2008, A Website Per Learning Institution initiative was set up to place all educational institutions on the Internet in the most Functional, Effective And Sustainable way.
- Functionality: The websites built for the schools are now the most powerful mode of communication for the schools’ communities i.e. teachers, parents, students, alumni and ministry officials.
Health Information Services in Kenya
The two biggest factors currently preventing healthcare from reaching a larger proportion of the population are the high cost of services, and poor access to health facilities. Individuals currently carry the highest burden of healthcare costs, above both the central government and donor organizations. In a country where one out of two citizens lives below the poverty line, there is a vital need for a revamped health financing structure that can reduce the burden of out of pocket spending on health. [Sounds familiar, doesn't it?]
Encouraging inroads are being made in regard to educating people regarding healthcare issues via online games.With low-cost handsets and increasing penetration of mobile phone networks globally, millions of people who don’t have regular access to computers or fixed-line telephones now use mobile devices as daily tools for communication and data transfer.
9 Minutes: Women and girls play out the adventure of pregnancy in a game that rewards them for keeping both mother-to-be and the baby inside her healthy and happy. Players will learn the principles of managing a healthy and successful pregnancy, compressing the nine-month process into a short and compelling game experience.
Worm Attack!: Aimed at children 7 and older, players are tasked with keeping a growing number of boys and girls healthy by defeating the worms inside their tummies. They will gain awareness of the dangers of intestinal worms and learn about the simple de-worming solution that has had an incredible impact on children’s health and education.
[Note: de-worming is a very cheap process, done for pennies a day. Kenya has a national deworming program for school children. Deworming increased school participation by at least 7 percentage points, which equates to a one-quarter reduction in school absenteeism. More importantly, deworming increases the overall health of the child.]
Family Values: A fun and interactive “soap opera” with dramatic elements, Family Values is based on the narrative choices of “Choose Your Own Adventure” games. The interaction will enhance the perception of a girl’s value to a family, with an emphasis on extending girls’ education, as opposed to child labor or early marriage.
The three mobile games will be distributed in India, Kenya and Tanzania starting in late 2012 in partnership with game developer Mudlark (U.K.) and game publisher E-Line Media (U.S.). The project leverages a vast network of local and global NGOs, mobile operators and government agencies in order to reach millions of low-end mobile devices in the developing world.
The issue of displaced persons (whether internally displaced or migrant refugees who have crossed an international border) is a huge global/human problem. In part, it is being solved via the connectivity of the Internet provided on mobile phones that assist people in connecting with relatives from whom they have been separated. However, putting refugees in touch with their relatives is treating the symptom and not the cause, the reason the people were driven from their homes in the first place. According to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), there were 27.5 million IDPs around the world in 2010. This is no small problem and it unnecessarily causes deep human misery and ruined lives. Uprooted from their homes, they often travel miles away, often on foot, to large urban areas where they make their living on the streets any way they can.
Refugees United is an organisation that offers a safe, secure and anonymous way to find family and friends that you have lost contact with. This service is FREE of charge. Using their search tool, you are able to look for missing friends and family, even though you are far from home. At the same time you make it possible for them to find you.
Since 1980, higher education spending in California has decreased by 13 percent in inflation adjusted dollars, whereas spending on California’s prisons and associated correctional programs has skyrocketed by 436 percent. The state now shells out more money from its general fund for the prison system than the higher education system. (When combined with K-12 education, the state’s overall education spending dwarfs its prison expenditures.)
Fifty-five percent of the growth of corrections spending is the result of the state simply putting more people in jail. Over the past three decades, the number of inmates in California facilities has increased eight times faster than size of the overall population.
The prison system in the U.S. is in crisis mode. States across the country are grappling with massive budget shortfalls, much of which can be credited to the runaway growth of prison budgets over the past 25 years. $50 billion is spent on corrections a year nationwide.
We could pay for their college and make most of them productive citizens cheaper than we can keep them in prison.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California — nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board. The average for the U.S. is $28,817 which is still enough to cover the cost of most community colleges and some state universities.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SOLUTIONS ARE THERE BUT CORPORATIONS WHO MAKE MONEY OFF PRISONERS ARE NOT LIKELY TO APPROVE so expect push back from elected officials who have money from prison corporations in the back pockets.
Organizations like Pew and VERA and a growing chorus of conservative politicians argue that it is much smarter to couple non-revocable parole with an investment in beefed up parole programs that include pillars like substance abuse, job placement and cutting edge cognitive behavioral therapy programs that according to Gelb, “help identify triggers that spur criminal behavior and train parolees how to avoid them and maximize positive influences in their lives.”
Typically parole programs like these cost taxpayers $7.47 per day per parolee, while prisons cost $78.95 per day per inmate nationwide. Trouble is those budget cuts are coming. “And what could be easier than cutting programs that help convicted felons?” Asks Gelb. “But that could be pennywise and pound foolish. Especially if your goal is to get taxpayers a better return on their security and law enforcement investment.”
First of all, consider the source(s).
1. If you aren’t familiar with the source, find out who owns the media outlet that is broadcasting the message. A good way to find out is to enter the title of the outlet in Wiki. [For example, look up the ownership of the WSJ.]
2. Find out who the author/sock monkey is who wrote the piece. Again a good source is Wiki. [for example, look up Donald J. Boudreaux in Wiki]
Here is a propaganda case study from my life today:
I got an email today promoting the notion that I should read an article published from the WSJ that suggests we should look at education as being analogous to supermarkets.
Teachers unions and their political allies argue that market forces cannot supply quality education. Yet Americans would find the current politicized and monopolistic approach ludicrous if applied to other vital goods or services, says Donald J. Boudreaux, a professor of economics at George Mason University and a senior fellow at theMercatus Center.
Consider the Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch. The same fellow who owns controlling interest in News Corporation–the folks who own Fox News. Some of the articles in the WSJ are still decent journalism but many of them are nothing more than right-wing political propaganda.
2. I never heard of “Donald J. Boudreaux” so I looked him up in Wiki and this is what I found: He previously served as president of the libertarian think tank Foundation for Economic Education, a post he accepted in May 1997. Boudreaux frequently writes letters to the editor, many of which have been printed, to various newspapers. ’nuff said.
[Oh I forgot to mention in my lesson plan: Read the article first so you don't prejudice yourself. I did read the article first and found myself thinking: What the hell is this crap? It was after that when I looked up the author. As I mentioned, I already know about the WSJ and take their material with a grain of salt judging each piece on its own merit accordingly.]
HERE IS MY RESPONSE TO THE EMAIL AND, IN FACT TO ALL THOSE WHO THINK THAT SCHOOL VOUCHERS AND DISMANTLING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IS A GOOD IDEA
The problem with Mr. Boudreaux’s supermarket analogy which is promoting the dismantling of the public school system via school vouchers as sponsored by people like billionaire Betsy DeVos–married to Amway scammer Dick DeVos and sister to Eric Prince who founded the government welfare outfit once known as Blackwater– is this:
1. The school vouchers that these billionaire plutocrats are pushing will not be enough to pay the all the school tuition to privatized schools.
And if you or other libertarians think that the average American Parent can make up the difference, you are living in la la land. Did you know that the current minimum wage in the USA is not enough for one adult working 40 hours a week to even pay the rent on a one-bedroom apartment in any of the major cities of the USA?
2. BUT don’t worry, Republican Governors are already preparing for this reality.Gov. LePage of Maine is already pushing legislation that will remove labor laws protecting children. He is advocating that children as young as 11 years of age be allowed to work. [Of course, following the typical conservative plutocrat's notion that labor should be as close to free as possible, These children would not, according to LePage's recommendations, be paid minimum wage.]
3. Here is a better plan: ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
You can bet your boots if that were one of the qualifications for running for office, that our public school system would be upgraded overnight. If Obama didn’t have the option to send his girls to Sidwell private school to the tune of $28,000 yearly tuition each. If HE and the other wealthy elected officials had to send THEIR children to public schools, you have no idea how fast priorities would be shifted to support equal education for all.
I am not suggesting that all Americans be forced to send their children to public school–only elected officials. That should be a requirement for running for office.
If other wealthy Americans want to send their children to private schools, FINE. Power to you, but you don’t take money from the tax coffers of the majority. You greedy pig. This is along the same lines of entitlement that all the rich seem to follow–believing apparently that rules are for others not them. For example, the wealthy think that by donating several million dollars for the wing of some hospital entitles them to not pay 35% of their income in taxes as they should. Other like billionaire, Larry Ellison, who get caught breaking the law are allowed to to make large donations to charity instead of go to jail.
In addition to officials being required to send their children to private school, I would also advocate that they must sell all their Wall Street stock prior to being sworn into office. TRANSFERRING IT TO THE SPOUSE WOULD NOT BE GOOD ENOUGH.
Authorities in mainland China are seeking to revive interest in Confucius, partly to fill the moral vacuum left when the Communist Party decided to embrace late leader Deng Xiaoping’s exhortation that “to get rich is glorious.” Beijing installed a 31-foot bronze statue of the sage on the east side of Tiananmen Square in January and threw its weight behind an expensive (though widely panned) Confucius bio-pic starring Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-fat last year.
Note: As defacto leader of the Communist Party of China after Mao’s death, Deng was a reformer who led China towards a market economy. While Deng never held office as the head of state, head of government or General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (historically the highest position in Communist China), he nonetheless served as the paramount leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to 1992.
Back in February of this year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education said it planned to require Taiwan high school students to study what is known as the “four books”– the Analects of Confucius, the Doctrine of the Mean, the Great Learning, and Mencius– in order to combat widespread bullying, drug use and gang problems among Taiwanese youth ….
Student behavior has become an increasingly hot issue in Taiwan after a report came out last year that a principal at a middle school ignored a string of bullying incidents. The ministry also announced in February an anti-bullying campaign would be carried out in the island’s elementary and middle schools ….
Realizing that I’m on a slippery slope here in approving any thing that the leaders of Communist China do (even though I do disapprove of about 95% of all they do), I will nonetheless forge ahead. There are worse things in this world than forcing school bullies to study Confucius. If you’ve ever read his writings, you might agree with me.
Although Confucianism is often followed in a religious manner by the Chinese, arguments continue over whether it is a religion. Confucianism discusses elements of the afterlife and views concerning Heaven, but it is relatively unconcerned with some spiritual matters often considered essential to religious thought, such as the nature of the soul.
One of the deepest teachings of Confucius may have been the superiority of personal exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. His moral teachings emphasized self-cultivation, emulation of moral exemplars, and the attainment of skilled judgment rather than knowledge of rules, Confucius’s ethics may be considered a type of virtue ethics.
A little Confucianism might not be bad for American education as well. You can throw in a few lesson plans on critical thinking while you are at it and we might have a real improvement–not merely in student’s behavior but in their ability to think and reason as well–skills that are currently not offered in our public school system. But then as George Carlin once said:.
“They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That is against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they are getting f*&ked by a system that threw them overboard thirty years ago. They don’t want that.
You know what they do want? They want obedient workers. They want people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And dumb enough to passively accept the increasingly shi*&er jobs with the lower pay, longer hours, loss of benefits, the end of overtime pay, the vanishing pension that goes away the minute you are ready to collect it. That will never ever be fixed. And now they are coming for your Social Security money. They want to give it to their friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They will get it. They will get it all from you. Sooner or later they will get it because they own this place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.
Here are a few of his quotes
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
After a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 64. I don’t know a more fitting tribute to Joe than to publish some links with tributes to him today and Links to previous Queen posts about Joe. Better than any other writer in the USA, Joe Bageant articulated what those white people who cling to their guns and Bibles want–at least in my opinion. I remember in an interview in 2008 Joe said that the people are not looking for handouts. They want justice. They want a fair, level playing field. He was so right. Also in that same interview Bageant said that the elections are an illusion. A totalitarian state loves nothing more than elections, which gives the illusion of choice on the part of the people. He believed that presidential elections were little more than a pageant that people expected every four years.
A video follows that is one of his best interviews in my opinion on education. I am so sorry that his live voice is gone but perhaps it will live on stronger now that he is gone. That sometimes happens with people like Joe. They become famous after they die.
All members of Congress as well as the all the departments of education in the United States should be made to watch this Joe Bageant video–The Kingdom of Survival. and then read the book. It is shown below.
From Firedoglake: The One about Joe Bageant and the Dirty “W”s
Crooks and Liars Class Warrior and Kick-Ass Writer Joe Bageant, 64, Dead of Cancer
December 16, 2010 Joe! Come Home! We need you now!
November 8, 2010 Capitalism is Dead but we still Dance with the Corpse
September 21, 2010 Joe Bageant has a new book: Rainbow Pie, a Redneck Memoir
September 24, 2009 There’s a whole lot of freedom being handed out
September 18, 2009 We are willing Prisoners
September 16, 2009 Ariana Huffington and Joe Bageant may have a lot more in common that people think. Note: in retrospect a year and a half later and in light of Huffington’s sellout to AOL I don’t think this any more. Huffington only gave the appearance of being the genuine thing.
July 19, 2009 Joe Bageant on the Effectiveness of Mainstream Media Propaganda
July 19, 2009 A Few Insights from Joe Bageant for you
July 19, 2009 Joe Bageant asks: Are you about to join the white underclass?
February 24, 2009 What do Poor Americans really want?
February 21, 2009 On Poverty, Deer Hunting with Jesus and Poor Whites
October 31, 2008 Deer Hunting with Jesus–Viewpoints of Poor Whites
This morning I got one of those White House updates on what the President and Michelle are doing in regard to education. Today the topic of discussion is to be education and bullies.
As I read the letter, I remembered George Carlin’s words on the subject of public education:
“There is a reason why education sucks and there is a reason it will never be fixed. Don’t look for it to get better because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners–the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget about the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the belief that you have freedom of choice. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they are getting screwed by a system that threw them overboard 30 years ago.”
QUEEN’S ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ON THE OBAMAS AND THE LETTER
I’m sorry but I cannot get past two reality checks when I read a letter such as this: 1) The Obamas have increased their wealth ten fold in the two years that they have been in the White House: from just under a million dollars at $799,000 to a little over $10 million as per their tax statement filed April 15, 2010. God only knows what the increase will be for the tax year 2010 when we have their earning from the full “jobless recovery” of Wall Street which took place in 2010. Yes a million came from the Nobel Prize and yes approximately $2 million came from the sale of his books. But that leaves an increase in wealth of $7 million over a period of only two years during one of the greatest recessions that our nation has seen since the 1930’s. This could only have come from their Wall Street investments. Wall Street and the rich have recovered–just not the majority of the American people. 77% of all Americans today are living paycheck to paycheck and our president increases his own personal wealth ten times over in the past two years. and 2) The Obama’s children, because of the vast wealth of their parents, the sheer luck of birth and nothing more, are insulated from the harm that the majority of American children are exposed in in our public schools. They, like most of the rich, send their children to private schools. The tuition of these schools is often more than many single parents in the USA earn in an entire year.
QUEEN’S COMMENTS ON BULLIES
Where do you begin to repair this damage? Bullies are victims of our sick cultural attitudes expressed in phrases such as: the spoils go to the victor, the end justifies the means, winners are to be admired (regardless how they won). Children and adults who bully are coming from a place of fear. Bullying is a coping mechanism for those who feel powerless, outside the love and caring–not only of their parents, but also society at large.
Bullies most often come from single parent homes–imagine the fear and hopelessness that many of these children grow up with: often not knowing if there will be food on the table; taunts from classmates who make fun of their wrinkled clothing and lack of a fashionable hair cut. Children can be very cruel. They are taught from an early age by the corporate advertisers to identify the trappings of success according to corporate brand. I read somewhere recently that the poverty rate for children in America today is 50%. Perhaps instead of studying the symptom, the Obamas and the rest of Congress could focus on job creation.
Children who are bullies are a symptom of a culture gone wrong. They are not the root cause.
We have many bullies in our Congress today. In fact, John Boehner is a typical example. He grew up in a poor family with 12 children. He was able to “make it” (making it in America means being a millionaire or better). Instead of remembering their past and helping others, people who come from background’s like Boehner’s think of those who don’t “make it” as being weaklings.
America has yet to learn that money should not be an automatic rite of passage.
America has yet to learn that just because you can, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you should.
America has yet to learn about generosity to its own family.
Instead of learning how to “get tougher”, America needs to learn how to get softer.
THE DEMOCRACY DELUSION
IT’S A BIG CLUB AND YOU AND I ARE NOT IN IT.
George Carlin and I have the same message. His delivery is a bit more “salty” than mine, but truth is still the same, regardless the style.
The core message: If you want to change things get rid of 261 millionaires that we have in our Congress. STOP VOTING MILLIONAIRE WALL STREET LAP DOGS INTO CONGRESS.
PARAPHRASED FROM THE MONOLOGUE OF GEORGE CARLIN
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and author, who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums.
There is a reason why education sucks and there is a reason it will never ever be fixed.
It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got.
Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners–the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians.
The politicians are put there to give you the belief that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. The owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They have long since bought and paid for the Congress, the Senate, the state houses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all the news and information that you get.
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying to get what they want. Well we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else.
But I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That is against their interests. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure our how badly they are getting f__ked by a system that threw them overboard thirty years ago. They don’t want that.
You know what they want? They want obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And dumb enough to passively accept the increasingly sh–ter jobs with the lower pay, longer hours, loss of benefits, the end of overtime pay, the vanishing pension that goes away the minute you are ready to collect it. That will never ever be fixed. And now they are coming for your Social Security money. They want to give it to their friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They will get it. They will get it all from you. Sooner or later they will get it because they own this place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in the big club.
By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with every day. Beating you over the head with their media–telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table is tilted folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hardworking people white collar, blue collar, doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. These are the people of modest means who continue to elect these rich cocks—rs who don’t give a fk about them. They don’t care about you at all, at all, AT ALL!
Nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care and that is what the owners are counting on–that Americans will remain willfully ignorant because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called “The American Dream.” Because you have to be asleep to believe it.
Wall Street in its relentless pursuit of cheap labor has neglected an important part of the puzzle–education of the majority and the part that plays in innovation and creation of new processes. America is so far down the rabbit hole in terms of education of our people that I don’t know if we will be able to come back. Public education has been neglected by those who are supposed to represent us for at least 30 years. Public education is held in such low regard that states like Texas when considering budget cuts are considering eliminating the senior year from high school. Indeed! We have become a nation of dumb and dumber when compared to the world.
In April of 2010, a special report on innovation in emerging markets by one of its columnists, Adrian Woolridge, was published in The Economist: THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.It is this article that has started me down the serendipitous path to considerations regarding what is wrong with our economy and our nation.
You may remember that in 1980 America woke up to the fact that Japan has replaced the USA as the world’s leading car maker. They began to send people over to Japan to find out what the Japanese were doing that was right. They found out that what the Japanese were doing right was their processes. The Japanese had invented a new system of making things that was dubbed “lean manufacturing.”
Something comparable is now happening in the emerging world. Developing countries are becoming hotbed of innovation much in the same way that Japan did.
“The United Nations World Investment Report calculates that there are now around 21,500 multinationals based in the emerging world. The best of these, such as India’s Bharat Forge in forging, China’s BYD in batteries and Brazil’s Embraer in jet aircraft, are as good as anybody in the world. The number of companies from Brazil, India, China or Russia on the Financial Times 500 list more than quadrupled in 2006-08, from 15 to 62. Brazilian top 20 multinationals more than doubled their foreign assets in a single year, 2006.”
HERE IS THE PART THAT SHOULD REALLY WAKE UP AMERICANS
You remember how in the 1990’s our leaders promised us that if we allowed them to ship all our jobs overseas that we would be retrained for higher paying computer jobs, high tech jobs. The vision was essentially that the USA would become “the brains” for the world? We would be the ones to control the processes from our glass towers. Bosses in New York, London and Paris would control the process from their glass towers, and Western consumers would reap most of the benefits. Well that didn’t happen. Muscular emerging-market champions such as India’s ArcelorMittal in steel and Mexico’s Cemex in cement are gobbling up Western companies
Research and Development is Increasingly done in these emerging countries
The world’s biggest multinationals are becoming increasingly happy to do their research and development in emerging markets. Companies in the Fortune 500 list have 98 R&D facilities in China and 63 in India. Some have more than one. General Electric’s health-care arm has spent more than $50m in the past few years to build a vast R&D centre in India’s Bangalore, its biggest anywhere in the world.
AND WHY? Because, unlike the USA, these emerging countries invest in the education of their people.
China and to a lesser extent India have been pouring resources into education over the past couple of decades while the USA has been cutting teachers and even shutting down schools. China produces 75,000 people with higher degrees in engineering or computer science and India 60,000 every year.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF CLASS WARFARE: Nothing but “the best” for our school children who are served meat that McDonalds and KFC wouldn’t serve.
I understand why the wealthy don’t want to send their children to public school. It’s not only the poor quality of education they get, it’s also the food that they are served.
U.S. PIRG reports that some of the meat served in schools is of such low quality that McDonald’s and KFC wouldn’t serve it. For years, the meat industry and other food interests have lobbied against stronger food safety standards. We’re fighting back, because if it’s not good enough for fast food, it’s not good enough for school children. LEARN MORE
AND THAT’S ANOTHER THING
All elected officials should not be allowed to send their children to private schools. Until our elected officials have a vested interest in our public school system, we the people can expect lukewarm support from them.
These days it should be more than obvious that they are more interested in their stock portfolios than in our educational system.
Maybe if THEIR children had to go to public school, our public schools would look less like factories for the military run on the same principles as prisons –places where the school curriculum is not education but right-wing religious propaganda dished out by ignorant bigots.