Albany school budget a sign of times

Albany school budget a sign of times

There are 8 comments on the Times Union story from Apr 4, 2011, titled Albany school budget a sign of times. In it, Times Union reports that:

The projected Albany schools budget could grow next year for the first time in two years.

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Publius

Albany, NY

#1 Apr 4, 2011
Keep cutting! There's no point in wasting taxpayer money on the uneducable. I would suggest that you can send most of these thugs and cretins directly to work release programs.

The few hundred (maybe only a few dozen?) that remain? It might be cheaper for the taxpayers to send those who are intellectually privilidged to private schools, where they will get a decent education, away from the anger, bitterness, and incompetence of overpaid union teachers.

Let's start by eliminating art, music, gym (protip for teachers... it isn't "Physical Education" it's GYM... if you can wear sweatpants and a whistle to work, you should be making minimum wage to do it).

After those are gone, we can eliminate foreign languages. The way that foreign languages are taught today is a vestige of a bygone era. Most schools teach Spanish and/or French. Spanish is a language of impoverished, low functioning people who work the scorched earth to eek out an existance, and French hasn't been relevant since the 19th century. If we want to teach our children a useful language, teach them Latin (the mother tongue of many modern languages); teach them German (the only major language other than English that scientific papers are published in); teach them Chinese (heck, they already own us anyway... might as well get an early start on knowing the language for when they conquer us). Perhaps most importantly TEACH THEM ENGLISH! Proper English... not this garbage they get away with learning now. English classes should focus on rhetoric, composition, diction, and vocabulary... not on post-feminist literary critism of post-modernist gay theory.
BoredToDeath

Schenectady, NY

#2 Apr 4, 2011
Publius wrote:
Keep cutting! There's no point in wasting taxpayer money on the uneducable. I would suggest that you can send most of these thugs and cretins directly to work release programs.
The few hundred (maybe only a few dozen?) that remain? It might be cheaper for the taxpayers to send those who are intellectually privilidged to private schools, where they will get a decent education, away from the anger, bitterness, and incompetence of overpaid union teachers.
Let's start by eliminating art, music, gym (protip for teachers... it isn't "Physical Education" it's GYM... if you can wear sweatpants and a whistle to work, you should be making minimum wage to do it).
After those are gone, we can eliminate foreign languages. The way that foreign languages are taught today is a vestige of a bygone era. Most schools teach Spanish and/or French. Spanish is a language of impoverished, low functioning people who work the scorched earth to eek out an existance, and French hasn't been relevant since the 19th century. If we want to teach our children a useful language, teach them Latin (the mother tongue of many modern languages); teach them German (the only major language other than English that scientific papers are published in); teach them Chinese (heck, they already own us anyway... might as well get an early start on knowing the language for when they conquer us). Perhaps most importantly TEACH THEM ENGLISH! Proper English... not this garbage they get away with learning now. English classes should focus on rhetoric, composition, diction, and vocabulary... not on post-feminist literary critism of post-modernist gay theory.
It's idiots like you that make the U.S. a laughing stock around the world.

Stop teaching music and art? Really? That's just great. We can all just work with down at the lumber yard.

People like you have a very childish and limited view of the world; you see education as nothing more than a means to earn a living. Just becuase you don't understand something, doesn't make it a fruitless pursuit.
zeldo

Middleburgh, NY

#3 Apr 4, 2011
new york needs cuts.

at least andy has balls enough to get the state back in fiscal shape.

all the other governors would give lip service but no action...

no one likes cuts, it just has to be done NOW !!!!!
Publius

Albany, NY

#4 Apr 4, 2011
BoredToDeath wrote:
It's idiots like you that make the U.S. a laughing stock around the world.
Stop teaching music and art? Really? That's just great. We can all just work with down at the lumber yard.
People like you have a very childish and limited view of the world; you see education as nothing more than a means to earn a living. Just becuase you don't understand something, doesn't make it a fruitless pursuit.
We've come to view education as a right in this country. It's the reason that costs have spiraled out of control. Most children should be tracked as young as second or third grade into programs that will make them productive members of society. Those who show academic aptitude should be given the opportunity to explore further academic enrichment... including art and music, but it's nothing more than gross waste to teach those subjects to the masses.
jim

Albany, NY

#5 Apr 4, 2011
No more school tax increases.
wow

Buffalo, NY

#6 Apr 6, 2011
YES EDUCATION IS A RIGHT ITS NOT VIEWED AS A RIGHT IT IS A RIGHT. WHEN ATTENDANCE UPON INSTRUCTION IS MANDATORY TO AGE 16, EDUCATION IS A RIGHT. Once that happens, it must be effective and global. Education needs to be way more effective and focused in ints efforts for success for every student.

Since: Jan 11

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#7 Apr 6, 2011
Publius wrote:
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We've come to view education as a right in this country. It's the reason that costs have spiraled out of control. Most children should be tracked as young as second or third grade into programs that will make them productive members of society. Those who show academic aptitude should be given the opportunity to explore further academic enrichment... including art and music, but it's nothing more than gross waste to teach those subjects to the masses.
"Tracked as young as seond or third grade?" You know, Einstein performed very poorly in lower grades.

I'll bet you did, too.
zeldo

Albany, NY

#8 Apr 7, 2011
Zeldo wrote:
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"Tracked as young as seond or third grade?" You know, Einstein performed very poorly in lower grades.
I'll bet you did, too.
phony phony phony phony ZELDO.

cant find his own screen name.

what a lonely white person without a life...

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