Free our children

If life isn't fair, at least school choice should be

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Tough luck, kids.

That’s the attitude of a highly-paid New Jersey teachers’ union boss, when asked why poor students shouldn’t have school choice and the vouchers to let them escape failing schools.

“Life’s not always fair, and I’m sorry about that,” he shrugged.

This, from New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano, who pulls down hundreds of thousands a year to say such things.

The arrogance and dismissiveness are breathtaking.

“You know, as Vince drives out of the palace on State Street every day in his big luxury car with his $500,000 salary,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in response, “I’m sure life’s really fair for him. And if Vince’s kids were in a failing school district, he’d be able to afford to send them to any school in New Jersey that can help them to succeed. But his answer for the single mother in Camden is, ‘Life isn’t fair.’”

The man should resign in shame, Christie says.

The plain-spoken governor may be right. But that won’t solve much. The problem will remain: the unions’ mafia-like hold on the purse strings of education in much of this country – and the occasional Vincent Giordano, whose fat-cat attitude is that the kids can just swallow the swill they’re serving up and be happy about it.

Initially, when asked in a television interview why low-income parents shouldn’t have state help in moving their children out of failing public schools, Giordano tried to argue that “those parents should have exactly the same options (as well-off parents), and they do.” What a stinking pile of rotting garbage that is, and he knows it.

This overlord’s disgusting let-them-eat-cake disdain for the children of low-income Americans illustrates the narcissistic nature of today’s teachers’ unions – and why school choice is the civil rights movement of the early 21st century.

It’s not enough for this one man to get out of the way. It’s time that low-income Americans – indeed, all Americans – received an Emancipation Proclamation for their education.

Life may not be fair. But it darn well ought to be free, especially in a supposedly free country.

Free our children.

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onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 02/13/12 - 08:39 am
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This is only more anti-poor

This is only more anti-poor rhetoric. People have a high distain for those who are poor, and have strong prejudice against. If you think I'm werong, just tell the people in Columiba County, that they are going to build low income housing to see how strong people feel towards the poor

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/13/12 - 08:58 am
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Oh please the dim government

Oh please the dim government caused this school problem.....ran off the parents with $$$ to private/other counties....the very people who supported the school system. ....now we are crying in our beer because everything isn't the same quality......give me a break...

How can we make everything equal..the answer is WE CAN'T...so stop fantasy land thinking.....
The rich will always have better homes-schools-cars-clothes-etc.
Teach your children as much as you can at home--take them to museums-libraries-parks....spend time with them....

and onlysane ...it isn't poor people they are worried about--think C R I M E in the neighborhood.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/13/12 - 02:23 pm
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Porgrams/handouts have not

Porgrams/handouts have not worked so far so why does anyone think that vouchers and more handouts will work. All of the problems with our youth today have nothing to do with the educational process. The problems stem from the lack of any family process. Those who do not achieve come from houses, not homes, where there is no discipline and no consequences for actions. Go ahead with the vouchers and the failures will continue. Some will even figure out a way to turn that money into drugs and alcohol.

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Willow Bailey 02/13/12 - 03:10 pm
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onlysane1, Regarding your

onlysane1, Regarding your remarks about Columbia County residents who voiced disagreement with the Magnolia Trace project.I believe that I have consistently shown compassion, understanding and support for those in difficult places, but I, like other CC residents, am not in favor of the Magnolia Trace project.

The dynamics of the poor have greatly changed over my lifetime. When I was growing up, poor families, were folks whose dad had a low paying job at a place like the mill and whose mom's cleaned or nannied for others to make ends meet. Their children were well behaved, worked just as hard in class as anyone else and were appreciative. That's just not the same picture today.

People shun government aide housing coming into their already established neighborhoods not because they hate, but because they fear those who will occupy the properties. I have asked this before and received no responses, maybe you can help, please name one neighborhood in Columbia, Richmond, Edgefield, or Aiken county where this program has not brought crime and lower property values to the neighborhood. I only need one.

Some poor people do receive help and rise above their poverty, however, they are the exception, today, not the norm. It is not realistic to expect other families to willingly and joyfully sacrifice their life investments and their families to save others who are not trying to save themselves. We can't accomplish it even when we try. Our first responsibility is always to our own families.

My feelings regarding Magnolia Trace, have nothing in common towards this article regarding the union boss and his inappropriate remarks and attitude. Different issues entirely.

nowhine
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nowhine 02/13/12 - 10:22 pm
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Dichotomy's post is one of

Dichotomy's post is one of the best descriptions of the education system I have ever seen any where. The poor people vs subsidy people analogy is brilliant.

KSL
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KSL 02/13/12 - 10:37 pm
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I agree. And Willow's comment

I agree. And Willow's comment also. They both nailed the problem. I know that there are talk show hosts who believe this has all been about creating an entitlement society who will vote for those providing the entitlements. I don't wish to think that our political leaders who have been the supporters of that were that calculating and evil. Stupid, yes. Destroying America and the work ethic, get me out of poverty ethic, no. But it's getting harder and harder and harder for me to hold on to that belief because I'm seeing less and less effort on the part of the subsidized to improve their situations. Instead, they seem to be trying to figure out how they can get more subsidies and hide their side incomes.

KSL
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KSL 02/13/12 - 10:40 pm
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And that goes for

And that goes for corporations as well. Take the green energy corps, and GE, and GM and Chrysler. Take the banks, but a lot of them were forced to take TARP. Dems don't like to bring that little known fact up.

KSL
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KSL 02/13/12 - 10:51 pm
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What good will it do if the

What good will it do if the children are allowed to attend better schools in reading, writing, and "rithmatic" if they aren't taught truthful history of America?

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