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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.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/13/12 - 12:39 pm
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We used to have poor

We used to have poor people...which I did not fear. Now we have subsidy people......which I do fear. They have no respect for anything or anybody.

Poor people used to live on the poor side of town. Most worked and strived to get out. Many made it. Today the government takes my money and moves the subsidy people next door to me. The subsidy people don't strive to do anything except get more subsidy. They never get off of subsidy because they never try. Now I fear them AND my government.

We used to have teachers but no unions. Teachers were paid a liveable wage and had retirement and medical benefits. They could whack our hand to get our attention and the principal and assistant principal could paddle our backsides. Most of us learned very well and there were very few discipline problems. Those who caused problems were expelled by the principal. Those who weren't the brightest bulbs on the tree actually failed and were kept back. Those who could not learn or who were continuous discipline problems usually didn't make it. They mostly dropped out and became laborers or criminals. A high school diploma actually meant something.

Now we have highly paid teachers with very generous benefits. We are pouring massive amounts of money into a failing educations system. We have lowered the standards to the level of the not so bright and the students who are discipline problems. I should not use the term discipline problems since we have no discipline in the system. We pass everyone along until they get their diploma or their I was there "certificate". The "not the brightest bulbs" and the discipline problems still become laborers or criminals. A potential employer cannot even assume that a high school diploma means that an applicant can read or do basic math.

Vouchers may or may not be the way to go but it is readily apparent to anyone who was educated in a successful public education system that what we are doing now is not working. We are throwing good money after bad and getting nothing for it. Our kids are suffering life long because our education system is failing them. I personally feel that, between the bad policies we have ingrained into the system over the last 30 or 40 years, coupled with negative influence and skyrocketing expense caused by the unions, the voucher system might be the only way out of the public education mess. That or contracting the whole system out. A monopoly never provides the best bang for the buck and that is all our public school systems are....a bloated, inefficient, over priced, union controlled monopoly. And even worse, it's a government monopoly who's costs to the taxpayers are controlled by the unions and for which we have no control over the quality of their product.

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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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