Thursday, May 20, 2010

Schools: a bottomless pit that keeps Dems in power

One year after the federal government pumped $100 billion into school districts, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has requested an extra $26 billion to fund teachers’ jobs. Some of you may be asking, “To what end?” And you’re certainly right. However, we should consider another important question: What exactly is your hard-earned cash paying for?

Let’s first revisit Cinco de Mayo, during which five public school students at Live Oak High School in California were asked to turn their American flag T-shirts inside-out or be sent home.

Let’s recall another recent episode involving Taryn Hathaway, the 13-year-old student at Gavilan View Middle School in California who was reprimanded in art class for drawing an American flag with the words God Bless America, because her teacher deemed it “offensive.” The teacher went on to praise another student’s drawing of Barack Obama.

Let’s remember that Sherri Davis, a science teacher at Jamie's House Charter School in Texas, recently beat 13-year-old Isaiah Johnson in a classroom while other students watched. And then there’s the California teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School that is on paid leave as a result of allegations that two of her middle school students had oral sex in her classroom during class.

And remember the song performed by youngsters at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School in New Jersey, in which students praised Barack Obama with such lyrics as “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”

Who could forget North Carolina teacher Diantha Harris, who bullied a child in the classroom for answering “McCain” when asked who she supported for President?

Is this a system you’d like to funnel an extra $26 billion into?

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