published Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Standards

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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GameOn said...

Clay really is a useful idiot and he did attend more schools than Sarah Palin. Only a complete fool would endorse Common Core.

https://www.facebook.com/PatriotPost/photos/a.82108390913.80726.51560645913/10152143072400914/?type=1&stream_ref=10

March 25, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.
fairmon said...

Voucher schools for all except special needs children. More parent accountability would improve the education process. The union of teachers that protects the weakest among then needs to go away.

March 25, 2014 at 2:57 a.m.
fairmon said...

How many central office administrative positions does the common whore concept add? How many teachers will have to be reduced to pay for the additional admin personnel? How many really understand the concept vs. supporting it because of who is proposing it?

March 25, 2014 at 6 a.m.
hotdiggity said...

fairmon, 'Voucher schools for all except special needs children'.

So, pray tell how that would work? What if "all" the parents wanted to take the voucher and send their kids to X public school? Might have a little problem of overcrowding don't you think?

But hey, people with vouchers could send their kids to Baylor or perhaps Boyd Buchanan, right?

A few problems there also. Again, not enough capacity for the amount of people who would like to send their vouchered children to those schools. Oh, and how many people could afford the tuition verses the amount of the voucher? http://www.bbschool.org/Admission/Tuition-and-Financial-Aid.aspx http://www.baylorschool.org/admission/tuition-and-financial-aid/index.aspx

And then you add in the fact that private schools like the above are under no obligation to accept anyone unless they meet their admission standards.

So tell us how you would implement "Voucher schools for all except special needs children"?

March 25, 2014 at 6:28 a.m.
fairmon said...

The state Senate today approved legislation by Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, to grant in-state tuition rates to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants provided they've lived at least a year in Tennessee and graduated from a high school here.

March 25, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.
fairmon said...

So tell us how you would implement "Voucher schools for all except special needs children"?

See New Orleans post Katrina when public schools were closed. The number of options would increase consistent with demand. The limits on length here will not accommodate the details needed.

March 25, 2014 at 6:36 a.m.
cooljb said...

They fire Drew Johnson and he ends up at the Washington Times with so many more readers than he had, yet they keep Clay Bennett. Speaks volumes about the wisdom of the paper. Charlatanooga and it's political incest remain.

March 25, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.
ibshame said...

Hip Hip Hooray for Mr. Bennett. You hit a home run today!! It's obvious the "proud to be ignorant" of Tennessee don't understand and probably never will.

March 25, 2014 at 6:55 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

The cartoon is more about the inbred mouth breathing banjo plucking morons who currently infest the state legislature than it is about Common Core. These mental midgets cannot distinguish between a mop bucket and a Muslim foot bath yet they are making the laws for this state.

March 25, 2014 at 7:24 a.m.
limric said...

I''d have to agree with you on that one Mr. Proctor.
Without a secretary informing them, they probably think 'Common Core' is an effort to consolidate coal mining - or eaten apple recycling.

March 25, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Good one, Clay. And, Mr. Proctor, you're probably right about a majority of TN's state legislators, but please don't blame the banjo.

March 25, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
joepulitzer said...

Conservatives, say no more, just let the gay tree-hugger libs have the board. They are their own worst enemy.

March 25, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Limric. Right on. Wonder if our president calls it Common Corpse?

March 25, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.
ibshame said...

"John_Proctor said... The cartoon is more about the inbred mouth breathing banjo plucking morons who currently infest the state legislature than it is about Common Core. These mental midgets cannot distinguish between a mop bucket and a Muslim foot bath yet they are making the laws for this state."

Those morons couldn't infest the state legislature if other morons didn't vote to send them there in the first place.

March 25, 2014 at 9:26 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Seems to me, Ibeshamed, that your contempt is really for the South in general. No?

March 25, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.
AgentX said...

I have to agree with Fairmon: "More parent accountability would improve the education process. The union of teachers that protects the weakest among then needs to go away." Of course, that is typically true of any union.

March 25, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.
LibDem said...

Certainly we need more parental involvement. It was parents who put an end to the brutal disciplining of the little angels. It was parents who saved the little angels from homework burdens. Soon parents will push morning start times back so the little tykes can text until midnight. Since the average parent is a trained educator, we can rely on them to save the system.

March 25, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

"Wolf Blitzer now using there term 'marker" instead of 'red line'." good boy

March 25, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

I've lived in major cities up north, and in Tennessee. The morons up north "in charge" of education, and in politics, take a back seat to no one. The Chicago public schools, or the Detroit public schools, for example, are being run by the dumbest people on earth.

Libs love trashing the south. Some of the most ignorant people I've ever run across live above the Mason-Dixon line.

March 25, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

^^truth. has always been that way. Goes back to Reconstruction.

March 25, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.
prairie_dog said...

Is Obama the only black person Clay knows how to draw? That must be why he only draws old white guys that look like Dick Cheney.

As for "standards," they're pretty low all around, especially on the Times Free Press editorial pages.

March 25, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.

PT, you're correct. But it's simply amazing how libs continue to push the idea that the south is the same as it was in 1865 or before. It's what they do, they divide people while insisting that they're trying to bring them together.

March 25, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

^ so true. politics of division and freebies.

March 25, 2014 at 1:19 p.m.
ibshame said...

"PlainTruth said... Seems to me, Ibeshamed, that your contempt is really for the South in general. No?"

No, my contempt is for ignorance and in the South we just happen to have more than our fair share of those who are "proud to be ignorant."

According to ALEC (A major right wing publication) Tennessee ranks 44th among the states when it comes to Education.

http://www.alec.org/publications/report-card-on-american-education/

March 25, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

ibeshame, bull$hit. You, like most libs, ooze contempt for the south.

March 25, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

A beautiful lampoon right on the point.

I don't see it "trashing the South," only Tennessee legislators; but they do that themselves already. Maybe only the GA legislature outdoes them, did you see that last wild west gun law they passed? Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! Folks will be hiding in the baptismal pool to get out of the way of flying bullets now.

March 25, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Ibeshamed: You're as demogogic as Ed Schultz.

March 25, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.
MickeyRat said...

And you're as dogmatic (moderate) as Sean Hannity.

March 25, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Hannity not my cup of chai.

March 25, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
fairmon said...

Libdem....more parent accountability is needed and is much more than parent involvement.

Anyone involved in the hiring and employing hundreds of people can tell you how weak the education system is. The "core" appears to be another parity initiative for teachers and students.

March 25, 2014 at 4:31 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Teacher Unions are sacrosanct. And that sux.

March 25, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Fairmon, March 25, 2014 at 6:36 a.m Since you claim you do not have the space to explain the New Orleans voucher system and why it should be a model, can you at least post the most recent performance results from the program?

March 25, 2014 at 10:05 p.m.

Why do liberals hate the voucher system?

March 25, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

All consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension, federal officials told the Washington Post. How can Obama lovers possibly defend this debacle?

March 25, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
facyspacy said...

"The Cold War ended in the 80's" -Barry

March 25, 2014 at 11:06 p.m.
facyspacy said...

"Who cares" -H. Clinton

March 25, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.
facyspacy said...

"A quality plan that is affordable" -Barry

March 25, 2014 at 11:09 p.m.
facyspacy said...

"I've been to 57 states" -Barry

March 25, 2014 at 11:13 p.m.
facyspacy said...

"The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system. " -Barry

March 25, 2014 at 11:18 p.m.
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