Alex Skatell

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  • Classes for more than 300,000 students in Chicago were canceled for a third straight school day on Monday, as striking teachers remained locked in a contract dispute with Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the […]

    • How much were these overpaid babysitters making before they went on strike for more?

      • Not enough, obviously, but if you actually cared about education issues, you would know that pay is not the only problem resulting from over $60 BILLION of decades of deliberate public school under-funding.

    • “Why the need for such caustic comments?” Toni

      Get used to that around here.

      There are a bunch who seem to think that one tax dollar put towards the public good equals ten dollars of government waste. They also seem to think that public education at all levels is evil liberal indoctrination that needs to be replaced by either corporate charter schools or libertarian home schooling. But as I am sure that you are aware, while charter schools are no panacea and some do their own religious indoctrination, they are also designed to suck up funding to make public education fail, a lot of home schooling is done to isolate the children in religious groups from reality.

      Public education is so reduced that it is not uncommon to have class sizes that are just unmanageable. In Chicago, they are protesting such predicaments as 40 Grade 3s in one room among a number of other important issues. That’s just crazy. I can’t imagine one IJR member here being capable of teaching in that kind of environment, but they will b!tch and complain about it anyway.

      So, thank you, Toni, for supporting public school teachers and actually being one of them.

    • The only thing the people of Chicago will be missing is the day care service that the schools provide because there sure as hell is no teaching going on.

      • Do you work in the Chicago school district or have children in Chicago schools? Are you saying that in over 2 years as Sec. of Education, DeVos has made no progress?

        • Is that because you do not or will not follow any changes that DeVos makes because you cannot be deterred from your brainwashing our kids into believing your lies about this country and how wonderful communism is. syphilis the brainless liberal turd.

    • “How much were these overpaid babysitters making before they went on strike for more?” Confused James

      Not enough, obviously, but if you actually cared about education issues, you would know that pay is not the only problem resulting from over $60 BILLION of decades of deliberate public school under-funding.

      • The end of that last sentence should probably read: …deliberate public school under-funding, fiduciary mismanagement and union chicanery.

    • Having worked in public school for over 40 years, teaching kids that are disruptive take away from those that want to learn. We have to discern how to work with each. Don’t get me started with parents!

    • How sad. Every child is capable of learning in the right environment

    • A massive part of the problem is attitudes such as James’. Teachers are not, nor should they be considered, babysitters. Parents bear more than a little responsibility for their child’s education, this means actually speaking to the child about school, asking questions about assignments and most importantly checking those assignments. Parents also need to support teachers by backing them up with the students not constantly undermining them with “how dare you flunk my child despite their never having turned in an assignment.”

      • Morte, I stand by my statement: it’s all about the money. Here in Florida, there is a proposed salary increase for a starting teacher of more than $45,000 per year (for 9 months of “work”). Prorated that means a starting salary of $60,000 annually for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree. NO doctor, lawyer, teacher or Indian Chief deserves that kind of money to start no matter the circumstances. Minimal experience warrants minimum wage salary.

        Further, how many parents do you know who actually take the time to even talk to their children – – about anything (sex, drugs, alcohol, friends, chores or school)? In today’s hustle, bustle, “grab all you can from whomever” society, today’s kids should consider themselves to be mighty lucky to have a Mommy (or Daddy) at home to fix a meal for them. Most are “latch key” kids with no parent at home when they get home from school with instructions under a magnet on the refrigerator to pull out something for OUR dinner: another “Participation” trophy for you is on order.

    • They don’t say how much they are getting or what the want. So it’s hard to reply honestly to this article. But today’s teachers I believe are in it for the money and not for the students. If they were for the students they would continue teaching while they negotiated a new contract. The only ones that are going to get hurt are the students.

      • Hmm… you must have skimmed the article looking for a salary number so you could scoff at it. The article clearly states the teachers are asking for smaller class sizes, more support staff, and more services for students.

        The article even noted that strikes across the nation are geared more towards school resources vs salaries.

    • “Why the need for such caustic comments?” Toni

      Get used to that around here.

      There are a bunch who seem to think that one tax dollar put towards the public good equals ten dollars of government waste. They also seem to think that public education at all levels is evil liberal indoctrination that needs to be replaced by either corporate charter schools or libertarian home schooling. But as I am sure that you are aware, while charter schools are no panacea and some do their own religious indoctrination, they are also designed to suck up funding to make public education fail, a lot of home schooling is done to isolate the children in religious groups from reality.

      Public education is so reduced that it is not uncommon to have class sizes that are just unmanageable. In Chicago, they are protesting such predicaments as 40 Grade 3s in one room among a number of other important issues. That’s just crazy. I can’t imagine one IJR member here being capable of teaching in that kind of environment, but they will b!tch and complain about it anyway.

      So, thank you, Toni, for supporting public school teachers and actually being one of them.

      • Put ALL the blame for the lack of an education on the problem: the money-grubbing public school teachers and their unions. While you God-hating/denying Socialists complain about charter schools, private schools, religious studies and those children – – like my grandchildren who were home schooled (but, their parents still paid taxes to support a failed public school system with overpaid babysitters) – – at least those children in those types of school settings were receiving an education; NOT Socialist indoctrination. For the teachers it’s all about the money nowadays; nothing more, nothing less. And yes, I am a graduate of the public school system; but back before the days of union pressure for more, more and more for nothing but the enrichment of the working class . I was also a student in a one room country school with 7 grades and one teacher who openly loved her job, her students and drove over 12 miles on roads in North Central PA which were not always cleared of snow and in below zero temperatures. THAT was a dedicated teacher and worth every dime of the below poverty level salary she EARNED.

        [BTW: My one grandson was home schooled for the entire time he was required to be in school. His teacher was my daughter who has two doctorate degrees in religious studies and religion was – and is – a normal part of life in their home. I’m proud to say he was in a State college at age 16 while some of his friends – peers – were in the 11th grade in public “school”.]

        “Under-performing” public schools are being closed here in North Florida because the students are not measuring up or able to learn and keep up with their peers. And, whose fault is that? Well, IF the “teachers”(babysitters) can’t, don’t or won’t TEACH, the student and the parents who pay their inflated salaries are the LOSERS – for LIFE.

      • Public education at many levels are evil liberal indoctrination that needs(MUST BE) to be replaced. You are putting the cart before the horse on charter schools. Corporate charter schools and home schooling are the results of failing public schools. The tax I paid each year still goes to the state/city education fund. I also believe being a teacher is an honorable profession and they should get fair pay and providing them with an environment conducive to teaching/learning. The many state and local left wing, liberal policies mandating on the teachers and schools are detracting the real education of reading, writing, science and arithmetic to our children. Mandatory lessons on Islam teaching in school and yet forbid the same for Christian education is one. To be fair, both should not be allowed. Having a female transgender in dressed like in gay parade and teaching our children to be tolerant is another. Teacher our children that there are only two biological sex is racist! Some school mandate sex education by teaching children how to put a condom on a cucumber. Do they think our children are that stupid that over time, they couldn’t figure ‘it’ out for themselves? That teacher must be too stupid to teach any other curricula and how much we are paying them for those lessons? This country spend $billions on public education, yet, our children rank 23rd compare to other nations. WHY–our schools are teaching too many nonsense classes while other countries concentrate on the three ‘R’s.

    • “The end of that last sentence should probably read: …deliberate public school under-funding, fiduciary mismanagement and union chicanery.” Morte206

      And you would be wrong. I am talking about just federal education promises put into funding bills starting in the 1960s. Successive governments have made sure that this country does NOT meet our own education responsibilities.

    • “How much were these overpaid babysitters making before they went on strike for more?” Confused James

      Not enough, obviously, but if you actually cared about education issues, you would know that pay is not the only problem resulting from over $60 BILLION of decades of deliberate public school under-funding.

      • How about the results of education?
        Chicago schools have 20% higher drop out rate, than any other district.
        Graduating from a Chicago public school, leaves students with a disadvantage.
        That is, they are less likely to go on to college, due to lower aptitude standards and SAT scores.
        Chicago ranks number three, for tax dollars per student, in the USA.
        Underpaid? Maybe. Over taxed? Absolutely.
        How about an aptitude test for teachers?

    • DA union teachers: Strike for a year—-replace all the union pukes with non union personnel. Kids will benefit by having the striking slugs that teach kids how to praise Allah and put a condom on a cucumber; sitting on the side lines forever. What they teach is BS not reading, writing, american history and arithmetic.

      • Yes,our children should get the real American history from our current POTUS—American Revolutionary soldiers successfully defended the air ports and the emoluments clause is “phony” WHAT is it that you do for a living wage?

    • Since you say you spent more than 30 years as a college professor, it is safe to assume that LOGIC was not the subject you taught. What is it that you taught?

    • Absolutely.

  • President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and “crush the heads of terrorists” if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from […]

    • Ok NATO and United nations time for you guys to step in and take care of this problem.

    • I’m wondering how this is going to work out, since Syria, a sovereign state, is allied with Iran and Russia. Turkey may want a buffer zone and to eliminate the PKK, but it may have bitten off more than it can chew, especially if it persists in its aggression. Syria’s “buddies” come to play.

      While the withdrawal of US troops was done poorly, there’s little reason for us to get embroiled in this mess. Let’s hope that Turkey’s acts don’t drag NATO into it. It’s frankly not worth it.

    • It is up to the countries it that region to settle this. We were supposed to be there 3 weeks and it has been years. Trump is right about getting out and the hawks do not like his decision. These people will hate each other long after all of us are dead and gone.

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