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Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

February 3, 2011

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Mike McClellan ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I am thrilled with the idea of heavy snowfall until the reality of moving it comes to bear.”

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Austin Harris ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I’m not a huge fan of the huge amount of snow, though it's nice to get out of school every now and then. But it can really mess up a schedule.”

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Lisa Christensen ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“I usually don't mind a nice little snow or two during the winter, especially if I have nowhere that I have to be. But heavy snowfall? That often proves to be a nuisance and truthfully, I could live without it.”

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

But wait...no mention of how heavy snowfall cuts into the education of our youth, Lisa? After last week's diatribe response to the question, "Do you support Brownback's proposed budget cuts to the arts?" and making your answer focus on the quadrillions of dollars that Hitler, er, Brownback wishes to cut from education, surely you would see the corollary to how heavy snow "Cuts" into education opportunities!

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

Only1, or Lisa's family member, if she was so offended by the cuts in education causing roadbumps in the education of kids, she should also be offended that the heavy snow is putting a serious crimp in this year's "attempt" to educate. The fact of the matter is, teachers worship at the altar of snow days and that is just another indication of how sick our education system is: most don't really care about the kids or their futures, just punching that timeclocking, rushing to get tenured, and then retire at 55 with a pension. If they can hit those milestones with fewer working days each year, all the better.

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only1 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

I'll put it as simple as I know how. You are full of "it" and yourself. Sorry you are so anti-education. I had good teachers growing up and my kids do now. THANK YOU TEACHERS!!! Thank you for working with our youth. Some of us appreciate you. By the way Jason, don't even know Lisa. Just pointing out how bitter you are and thank my lucky starts I'm not so bitter.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

Not bitter, realistic. I don't live in "what-if"-ville nor do I see the world through rose-colored glasses -- I see modern education for what it is: going through the motions, bureaucratic waste on display, clinging to an outdated methodology for teaching, and not positioned to ensure its product (kids) is competitive in the marketplace.

If a business were run like the education system, it would have shuttered its windows long ago.

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only1 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

I agree that there needs to be some restructuring, but laying blame on individuals that care about our youth more than any other group of people is ludicrous. Might want to look at the government. Are there bad teachers? Yes, but there are alot of good one's who'd give the shirt off their back for a kid. Our school system has done alot for this community, but nobody wants to recognize that. Instead, let's bash teachers. I'll fight you on this one. I'm tired of the blame being put on teachers. It's a misplacement of priorities in this society that damages our youth and the few people that care enough to stand in there do something about it, you want to criticize. You seem to have all the answers. Get on the board of education and you might see correcting all the problems isn't as easy as you think.
Jason2007 quote: "I see modern education for what it is: going through the motions, bureaucratic waste on display, clinging to an outdated methodology for teaching, and not positioned to ensure its product (kids) is competitive in the marketplace." *** I would like for you to spend 1 week with some of Tongie's best teachers. You don't have a clue. If everyone cared for our kids as much as teachers our country would be far better off.

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Tbl 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

The education system was not designed by educators, it was designed by industrialists and based on the business model of the day. The goal was to squeeze out as much product (students) for as little cost possible. This was called "The Cult of Efficiency". So much for the business model. Snow Days are not controlled by teachers, the Super and BOE make the call and the State mandates the number of days in session. So much for the worship.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

Those that joined the discussion late missed the point...last week, Lisa went on a rant about Brownback cutting education when asked her opinion on him cutting funding for the arts. It was the old line that basically stated, more money = better education.

Only1: I'm not anti-teacher; I'm anti-waste. In the private sector, if we waste money, heads roll. If someone goes through the motions of just punching in and punching out, heads roll. If the product is not marketable, heads roll.

In the realm of education, there is rampant waste and misguided priorities (sports facilities take front seat while true education is forced to the back), way too many people are in education that should not be but are protected by tenure or teacher unions, the product (our kids) are not marketable when compared to what other nations produce.

The BOE is not the answer because they are captive to a system that is entrenched and unwilling to scorch the earth and start anew. The answer is at the state level making the hard decision that everything is going to change for the benefit of the our kids' futures. No more unions, strict accountability of job performance and results on the part of teachers, new curriculum that is focused on the 21st century reality (not some 1960s holdover with a few computer classes sprinkled in), accountability of students to meet standards based on ability, accountability of parents to be involved in their child's education...the list could go on.

So you see, I actually do have solutions. It's just that the medicine is so radical that no one will ever drink it.

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teatime 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

Snow doesn't have beans to do with education. You are the one that doesn't get it. When they ask the question "What, in your opinion, can be done to fix the education system?" you'll be listened to.

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only1 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

My problem is that you lump all teachers in that group and you are wrong. You may think you know everything, but you don't. You say you have solutions, but they are too radical for someone to drink the medicine. How do you think teachers and even administrators feel? As far as money going to athletic facilities first? Uh... What? A new performing arts building, a bigger media center, new technology, and now looking at new science rooms and and even more modern media center. Sure, some improvements were made to the gymnasium, but what else has been done to athletic facilities in the last 5 years that wasn't donated? By the way, you are full of it if you don't think workers go through the motions in the private sector. In some occupations, it's far worse than any teacher could get away with. Sure tenure protects "some" bad teachers, but you are ignorant to the facts when you categorize them all as well as making the almighty claim that all private sector people are "hard" working individuals. I have you pegged as one of those people that sit back and judge everyone around you, but don't anything productive. If you have a solution, have some backbone and do something about it or shut up.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

Only1: Take off the blinders...I'm not talking about just Tonganoxie. Basehor has spent hundreds of thousands on soccer fields and facility upgrades; KU has spent millions on facilities yet academics take a hit...this is much bigger than your myopic view of small town Tongie only.

Oh yes....the response of the weak-minded...tell someone to shut up when the argument doesn't go your way or your're frustrated. I love liberals.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 2 months ago on Are you a fan of the heavy snowfall during the winter?

BTW: I never said private sector workers are all hard working..that is your broad-brush generalization but the decision to fire the dead weight resides entirely on the business with no worry about tenure or some teacher union showing up at their door. If a business chooses to not address lazy employees, that's their decision. I for one expect excellence.

You're the one judging here by saying that's all I do. It's amazing to watch secular progressives in all of their glory.

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