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7 Sep

Questions I’d Like Answered

As living, breathing, thinking, evolving humans we all MUST ask questions and we MUST find the answers, even if the answers bring about new questions. That’s what EDUCATION is all about.

So here’s another question that I’d like to have answered…

*When the banks lose 1 trillion dollars by making bad loans and selling shady financial commodities, where or to whom does the lost money go? This a lot to do with education because 1 trillion dollars would go a long way in solving our health care, mortgage and pension crises that we face here in the United States and in turn free up a lot of tax payer dollars for improving and financing the education of our children (America’s most important commodity by the way) In fact 1 trillion dollars would just about cover all of the healthcare, mortgages and pension problems that we face in this country.

Instead the banks got their 1 trillion lost dollars replaced by our federal government which, by the way, is US as in US the taxpayers not the U.S. So doesn’t that make 2 trillion dollars for the banking industry? 1 trillion lost plus 1 trillion replaced? But where did the first trillion dollars go? Did it disappear as money has a habit of doing? Just POOF! That’s my question! Please let me know if you have the answer. I know it’s out there!

Just Ask!

Here is another example of why we never seem to learn anything and it’s not the fault of the public schools. It’s the fault of the public and another example of our collective desire to accept the never ending search for the answer instead of the actual answer or solution itself.

Are there drugs in the public schools?Is there a drug war being waged in the United States? Does Howdy Doody have a mahogany asshole?

I’ve been hearing about drugs in the public schools and about a war on drugs since I was in school back in the 60s. That’s almost 50 years of waging war on drugs! And drugs are bigger, better and more readily available than ever before. How do I know? I just asked the kids!

“Hey kids”, I’ll say to my students in class. “Who knows where to get drugs?” And everyone raises their hand. And these are kids I’m talking to! 14-18 year old boys and girls alike and they know either where to go or who to ask if they really want to get their hands on some “good shit”. Kids! So if the kids know where the drugs are and who’s selling them and how to get them, how come the police don’t? How come our DEA drug warriors don’t? They could ask the kids too couldn’t they, (most kids are blabber mouths) and then go get the drugs and drug dealers and wrap this war up pretty quickly, and yet it’s been almost 50 years and still the drugs and drug dealers are at large?! How is that possible? Have drugs won the drug war?

Nope. Because what we have here in the United States is not a drug war but rather a drug business and drugs and those in the business of drugs including the police, prisons, lawyers, drug dealers and pharmaceutical companies (to name just a few), are doing quite well and they all know where to buy and sell and find the drugs, just like Captain Queeg knew who ate the strawberries even after he instituted the search. If you don’t believe me…just ask YOUR kids!

Asking Questions: Fun Facts

7 Sep

               Fun Facts:

               Here are the 10 questions that I most often heard asked by my students during my career as a high school teacher. Sometimes now, during my retirement, when I review this list…I weep…

              The Ten Most Asked Questions in the Classroom

              (And self inflicted impediments to human learning?)

  1. Can I go to the bathroom?
  2. What time does the bell ring?
  3. Did we have homework?
  4. What was it?
  5. Do we need our books today?
  6. Does anyone have a pencil I can borrow?
  7. Should we write this down?
  8. Will there be a test on this?
  9. Why do we have to know this stuff?
  10.  Does spelling count?

 

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