Bill for 200-day school year survives...

Bill for 200-day school year survives first test

There are 85 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Mar 14, 2011, titled Bill for 200-day school year survives first test. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

A bill to eliminate three-month summer vacations for students and extend the academic year to 200 days advanced today.

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“Fear is the Mind-Killer”

Since: Jun 08

Albuquerque, NM

#83 Apr 1, 2011
Here's a question.

Why do we expect our children to bother finishing school when, in this day and age, even a doctor or lawyer is hard pressed to be debt free and achieve anything great. Life seems more and more mediocre to young people, which is why being a pimp or drug lord, or IT bank robber, is hip and cool.

Case in point.

Kids in the 1800's had all kinds of things to look forward to. A variety of foreign armies that would take them all around the world, if that was their fancy. Land to be had, if they wanted to farm, businesses to run, if they desired to run their own business, and an unending supply of innovations and inventions, exploration and excitement. Not to mention, it sucked back then, it was cold and stinky and filthy. There was a lot of work to be done.

Kids have it remarkably easy compared to the past. 15-years olds in the past commanded armies and defeated Muslim invasions, and even started families. 15-year olds today play World of Warcraft, probably wishing they had been born back in those days.

No wonder the mafia, vampires, and rapping about the conquest of booty (girls) and booty (gold) is so popular.

Maybe we humans aren't cut out to be civilized. It's boring.
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#84 Apr 7, 2011
Sue wrote:
Yeah, and this community is sure not willing to cough up more money for for schools.
How much money does it take to educate a child?
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#85 Apr 7, 2011
Yankee Yahoo wrote:
Here's a question.
Why do we expect our children to bother finishing school when, in this day and age, even a doctor or lawyer is hard pressed to be debt free and achieve anything great. Life seems more and more mediocre to young people, which is why being a pimp or drug lord, or IT bank robber, is hip and cool.
Case in point.
Kids in the 1800's had all kinds of things to look forward to. A variety of foreign armies that would take them all around the world, if that was their fancy. Land to be had, if they wanted to farm, businesses to run, if they desired to run their own business, and an unending supply of innovations and inventions, exploration and excitement. Not to mention, it sucked back then, it was cold and stinky and filthy. There was a lot of work to be done.
Kids have it remarkably easy compared to the past. 15-years olds in the past commanded armies and defeated Muslim invasions, and even started families. 15-year olds today play World of Warcraft, probably wishing they had been born back in those days.
No wonder the mafia, vampires, and rapping about the conquest of booty (girls) and booty (gold) is so popular.
Maybe we humans aren't cut out to be civilized. It's boring.
Why should you wipe your booty when you are just going to poop again? You get the point!
Bob

Albuquerque, NM

#86 Apr 7, 2011
It seems that people think teachers run the schools. They don't. Blaming teachers for the way schools are run is like blaming the burger flipper when you don't like the food at McDonalds. The guy making the burger is just doing what management tells him to do. If you think Big Macs should be made differently (three pieces of meat and swiss cheese)then you need to hammer the corporate office not the guy behind the counter. If you whine and complain enough to get the guy fired who makes the burgers the next guy is not going to do anything differently because he can't even if he wants to. Accountability has to start at the top and flow down the chain of command. In the public schools the system is upside down. When superintendents are held accountable first and foremost the system will start to change. Change has to be from the top down.

“Each Thought Creates A Reality”

Since: Nov 08

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#87 Apr 7, 2011
We are 15th in spending for higher education and have a dismal graduation rate. People think that spending money will fix the schools. Schools are like a boat. A hole in the water you keep pouring money into. A broken system.

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