Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health Insurance and the Republic

"The lawsuit challenges the mandate that everyone buy health insurance or face a fine. Republicans call it an unprecedented federal intrusion into individual and states' rights. Big Government is forcing you to buy a service from a private provider, whether you want to or not. "The U.S. Constitution grants no authority to Congress to compel citizens to purchase health insurance when those citizens choose not to enter the health-care market." McCollum says.

Well if this is the case, then why wait till now to make this a public statement. Another issue I have is that I am mandated to buy the program. That is another way of using socialist medicine as a ruse, yet, why not do what England has done, and offer all medicine as a national plan. I will agree to 5% of my taxes going toward this. All companies other than the private insurance companies will be just fine, and there can still be competition within the private plan insurance which will now be required to have tighter books and maintain a stricter spending policy. If the rest of the industrialized world can work it out, I say to all the Congress people and the President, give up worrying about your election and do what is right. Create a fair system for all.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Reform – Not at all

When congress agreed to create change in the American Health System, the people argued loudly that what they were to receive was not going to be fair. On this day, the American people received a document offering slight change. Even the President acknowledged that this document is not health care, it is just slight reform.
"So this isn't radical reform. But it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system. But it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like" (Obama)

Again I state loudly, this is an embarrassment. Today, the real winners were the Private Insurance companies, and the members within government who wanted to find a way to stabilizing a leaking democratic party. If you want change and insurance for all, then do it. It is called socialized medicine.

This president stated he would bring about change, make change happen. This is an embarrassment even the president can adhere to.

http://whitehouse.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/03/22/president-obama-acknowledges-health-care-legislation-wont-fix-everything-but-moves-the-country-in-the-right-direction/

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Another Press Reporter Extends Arrogance/Ignorance

Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/os-mike-thomas-merit-pay-pro-032110-20100321,0,3930824.column

Perhaps you leave out the most important piece of information from your article on purpose.
You stated; "And quality matters. You can give the same kids — even problem kids — different teachers and you get drastically different results." This is not exactly the truth. This is the same as saying I can write the exact same article as you have penned with the same information. Your ignorance and arrogance in this comment astounds me, an educator. I thought you had a clue as to the true aspect of what it takes to teach, yet it seems you do not.


"The proof is in the tests, which is why some merit pay would be based on them. Tests pinpoint weaknesses and reveal progress." Again, there is no proof in the tests. I work hard every day of the week, and I teach anybody the school sees fit, placing into my classroom. I do not choose who I get to teach, and when students stop trying, I do not get to ask them out, so that my scores seem better. My students come from all walks of life, and regardless of the day they have had prior to seeing me, I have to try and teach them. When the test arrives, and some of the students are 100% ready, they will pass.


 

Although I will agree that perhaps 5% of the teaching force is worthy of finding a new career, I do not believe that the blame is on the teachers. This is the same in any career field.
Unions also do a valid job in helping maintain a fair balance between school based administration, the county contract and the State Legislature.
I know you are aware of all this information, so I urge you to write a fair and productive article, which tells the truth. It is not the Unions who are at fault in the failure of students, and nor is it the teachers.

The problem is systemic and without a fair and just option of change, then nothing will happen.
The Republicans are asking to send students who are in an unfair situation, with vouchers, to a private school. Why? There is no accountability in a private school, and you are aware of that. So why send them to Private school. Teachers there are paid less, and do not need to be highly qualified. Why? My answer is that they graduate.

Florida graduated students last year, and 55% of them needed remediation in college. This is the fault of the system. Teachers are not allowed to let students fail. Parents refuse to believe their child is not good enough. This is not the teachers fault. Do your due diligence and call out the lawyers, and the lobbyists and the congress people who only care for statistics and numbers. As a system of education, we need to consider the importance of our future, and destroying a teachers credibility based on someone else taking a test is not a valid way. Teachers do no pick their students; we get to work with all students.

Teachers do a lot more than teach today, and I urge you to enter a classroom for a whole semester and learn to truly know the system before you write what you did today.

This is no way to treat the people who do work hard to educate the future congress people of tomorrow.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Teachers Unite for a Fair Education System

Merit Pay systems in education DO NOT work. 1) Rewarding teachers for the results of students who don't care is not a fair method. 2) When parents insist their child is capable and they are not, therefore failing a class is not specifically a teachers fault. 3) Students who choose to be lazy and refuse to do work is not fair to the teacher. What are they allowed to do in this situation? 4) Teachers who work with lower level students to begin with, are rewarded with some success, yet perhaps not the State's requirement. Teachers work with students of all levels, and it is time the State and Federal governments learned to realize this. Education starts at Home. If there is no parental support, or the child refuses to work, then what are teachers to do?

Using this same concept, I am going to suggest we pay our Congressmen based on Merit Pay. If they pass the bills we want them to, and do it in the manner we approve, then they get paid. If they fail to pass the bills exactly as we, the population desires it; they lose their job immediately, and do not get paid for their work. They are obviously failing the State of Florida in the exact same method that the teachers are failing the Students.

It is time everyone woke up from this dream of entitlement and began to accept responsibility. Stop blaming, and start working to the level of expectation.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/os-ads-blast-merit-pay-20100319,0,5832782.story

Monday, March 15, 2010

Yes, we need Social Studies

My Comments from this article in the Paper today

This is needed in many ways. Although people in the country do not like Standardized tests, there is a value to them. And in the aspect of civics and history, it always irks me when students learn it for a test them forget it. It was asked online.. what about a teacher making the test, simple answer, teachers make it easy enough to pass. This will force the students to learn that the Government is created through an amazing history. People sit on here and whine about how unfair things are, well by knowing civics and learning the history of our land, how it operates etc, we prepare students for a future of success. English allows us to speak. Math offers us logic and concepts, Science teaches us that research and logic and spatial thought all matter. Social Studies is what is needed to truly have a voice and teach us to value humans as people and how we got to here. Without it, there would be no logic, or science etc etc. It is time to put a value on Social Studies and learning as a whole. Come on People, Let's do this.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-civics-fl-schools-030210-20100315,0,2211975.story

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Teachers in Florida getting the Shaft

I still yell loudly, that offering merit pay to teachers is only a valid stance when the Parents, the School, the County and the State allow for proper preparation. When students refuse to learn, do work or rebel there needs to be a system in place where they can be taken and taught the value of this State Desired Direction. Talk with students. Some will say they don't care, school is a waste of time, it is too hard, etc etc. You are blaming teachers, I blame the whole system. Top down, then start at the State, and work your way down.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-merit-pay-bill-reaction-030810-20100308,0,5653092.story