atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7557: Whose fault, exactly?

Kid is ranked 62 out of 120 with a GPA of 0.13. What's his mother have to say?
He didn't fail, the school failed him. The school failed at their job. They failed. They failed, that's the problem here. They failed. They failed. He didn't deserve that.
Really? What was his attendance like over the past four years?
As we dig deeper into her son's records, we can see in his first three years at Augusta Fells, he failed 22 classes and was late or absent 272 days. But in those three years, only one teacher requested a parent conference, which France says never happened. No one from the school told France her son was failing and not going to class.
Now, I realize that I went to public school a good long time ago, but back then we had this document called a report card, which allowed parents to see how their precious spawn were performing in school. Perhaps things have changed since then; "Common Core" and "No Child Left Behind" have probably done away with them because of the potential for harming the precious snowflakes' self-esteem if they don't get good grades.

The mother is quick to blame the school system for this situation:
"I feel like they never gave my son an opportunity, like if there was an issue with him, not advancing or not progressing, that they should have contacted me first, three years ago," said France.

"He's a good kid. He didn't deserve that. Where's the mentors? Where is the help for him? I hate that this is happening to my child," said an emotional France.
But where was she? Her son was most definitely given an opportunity: the opportunity to go to school and to learn. It's not their fault he rejected it. He didn't try to learn anything; he was late or absent for half his school days. What was he doing at those times? Where was he?

This woman ignores her kid's education and lets him fuck off for three years, and then when it comes time for him to graduate he can't because he's passed three classes since he started high school. And only then does she start asking questions, and she's mad because she thinks the school system didn't do its job. Well, if the median GPA is 0.13 (on a scale of 4!) the school sure as hell isn't doing its job--but she is just as culpable because she wasn't paying attention. And, by extension, the parents of all the kids attending that high school also are derelict in their duties. They should make their kids go to school, make them do their homework, hold them accountable for failing, and never tell the teacher their snowflake deserves an "A" because reasons. But of course that's hard work, and lots of folks think that because the school is the educational institution, it's not their job to encourage their own children to learn. That is, of course, wrong.

On the other hand, let's look at the facts surrounding the education of minorities. Remember, attending school and trying to learn is "acting white". And when you're the teacher, if you put a red mark on a black kid's test because he misspelled "cat", you're a racist, and expecting him to learn grammar and spelling is racist, and you're lucky if you're not hounded out of your job. What can teachers do when they're not allowed to fail students who won't do the work and won't learn? If that school held back all the kids who weren't passing their classes, they'd have 360 kids in the sophomore class and maybe five in the senior class, and the press and the PTA would come down on them for being racists because they're holding back so many black kids. So the school can't win; they can't give the students any useful feedback (what we once called "grades") nor can they hold back non-performing students, because to do any of that is racist. But they also can't promote failing students because, well, look at the result.

On the gripping hand, "ethnomathematics". "Common Core". "No Child Left Behind". The socialized educational system is so abysmal that it's a miracle anyone manages to learn anything useful at all. You will notice that the politicians who foist this shit on us never subject their own children to it; that's because they want their children to learn and to achieve, and no one can do that when they're attending socialized school.

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...I read a ZeroHedge article about it and knew they'd done it, but reading it and seeing it are two entirely separate things, and when the thing touched down and the smoke cleared, that's what I hollered.

A few minutes after that, though? BOOM. Sitting there on the landing pad, it just blew up. So there's obviously more work to be done, but this was a huge step forward.

Only their third attempt, and they landed it! It's amazing and incredible! No one's ever done what SpaceX just did; and if they can fix that pesky "blowing up after landing" thing it'll be reusable!

* * *

So, big crash at the Mexico border: 25 people in a Ford Excursion hit a truck, and 13 of them were killed in the crash.

Of course they were all illegal aliens.

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This is why I call him "Nipples" Cuomo.
Can we all agree that double barbell nipple piercings on a 63 year old single guy is a huge red flag that the guy is an aggressive pervert?
Oh, hell yes, we can.

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Looks like I'll be a member of the Global Methodist Chuch after the schism. For however long that lasts before the SJW/NPC crowd takes it over.

They want to call it "Global" because the Methodist church in Africa is extremely conservative. The Africans are the whole reason the church managed to remain halfway sane this long; but if the church splits, then the United Methodist Church will become, essentially, the same as the Episcopalian church...which is about as close to paganism as you can come without actually calling yourself one.

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If the Consumer Price Index were actually correct, a Big Mac would run somewhere near $2.25 instead of $5.50. Food is, however, carefully excluded from CPI because of its "volatility"...which basically means that it was "necessarily skyrocketing" during the Obama years and the Obama regime didn't want inflation to look bad.

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I agree with this. If you encounter a monkey in a childrens' book, and your first reaction is, "This must refer to black people!" YOU ARE THE RACIST.

When I see a monkey in a kids' book, I think, "Oh, it's a monkey!" not "Oh! It's a symbol which evokes the semiotic nature of african americans!" or whatever passes for thought in the oh-so-sophisticated brains of the so-called "intellectuals" that come up with this horseshit.

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In 1965 or 1966 my mother had a miscarriage. If she had not, I would not be here, or else I'd be someone completely different. Philosophically speaking this is way above my pay grade, though, so I usually don't think about that. But the point is, she had to go into the hospital for a D&C (dilation and curettage) to have the dead child removed. It's basically the same procedure that they do when they're aborting a viable child.

And I can remember the sound in her voice when she'd say that she didn't understand how anyone could stand to go through with that, at least more than once.

This really spoke to me:
"Son, have you ever been through an abortion with, say, a woman you love in support of her right to choose?"

"Well, no."

"I've been through two. The first was one that I supported. The second was one that I had deep misgivings about but failed to oppose. Those two abortions were all long ago, but now I know that those were two children I didn't have and will never know, and not a month goes by I don't think about that and regret it."
Children are the future. When you murder them, especially in the womb, you're doing a hell of a lot more than just eliminating something you find inconvenient; and by the time you realize what you've done--if you ever realize it at all--you are decades too late to do anything about it.

One of the biggest mistakes we've made in the last sixty years is demystifying sex. Sex is the power of creation, and we've cheapened it into the mere satisfaction of urges, a bodily function no more important than eating or eliminating waste.

Sex should never be decoupled from reproduction, because any society that does so dooms itself.

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Okay, a little less weighty: "Ever realize how surreal reading a book is? You stare at marked slices of tree for hours on end, hallucinating." A little saltier at the link, but that's what reading is.

Writing is probably Man's most powerful invention.

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It was 60 today, and sunny. We still have snow on the ground, but to be fair there was an awful lot of it before it started melting.

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