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Posted on May 14 at 1:32 p.m.

I would like to add to my points above.

Foo may believe that teachers are paid a yearly salary for only 9 months worth of work. That is very misleading. If you want to do math, which, in all sincerity, I hope the public school you went to did a good job of, you will realize that we are expected to work 2000 hours a year. 50 weeks at 40 hours a week, 2 weeks vacation.

Now let's look at a teacher at a local high school. They are physically on the premise for 8 hours a day, 7:30 to 3:30. A high school teacher may easily have 250 students. I ask you a simple question, considering they are putting in, per your rant, 9 months of 40 hours a week physically on premise, when do they get to do the following:

Plan for the class?
Read and grade homework?
Meet with parents?
Meet with administration?
Get fingerprinted?
Get continuing education credits?

So now, again, let's use math to solve this simple problem. According to you, teachers are paid for 12 months but work 9. So, somehow they are missing 3 months worth of hours, or 25% of the 2000.

If the teacher spends 2 minutes per day per student grading homework, that is 500 minutes. Remember, they have 250 students. So, here we are adding an additional 8 hours and 20 minutes per day to the teacher. But let's not say they give homework every day of the week, because, well, that would be 'work.' Let's assume they do it 3 days a week. Now the teacher's week is 40 hours physically there, and then 25 hours just grading the papers. Of course that teacher has not met with parents, administration or done any other prep. For 9 months we have the teacher working 65 hours a week. So for those 9 months, that teacher has just worked 2,250 hours. So in 9 months that teacher has worked more than you, in theory, do in a year.

Yet, you want to say they are overpaid.

Please, destroy the school system. They failed you in teaching you math.

If you want to get change in the system, stop treating teachers as political pawns. It doesn't matter what side of the fence you are on, both sides use teachers for political gain. Pay teachers MORE. The more you pay them, the more you will see people who want to teach. That competition will bring us better teachers.

I am not a teacher. I have never been a teacher. Teachers have the utmost respect from me. They are put in a terrible situation by politicians. They are berated constantly by outsiders. And with all of this crap spewed towards them, they show up to see that smile, that eureka moment a child has when they grasp the material. That passing of knowledge is a wonderful euphoric feeling. I suppose they think it is worth it.

On Reinvest in Higher Education

Posted on May 14 at 12:14 p.m.

First off, this article lacks depth. I could be generous and state that it brushes up against the points, but that may be a reach as well.

I personally love the people that are bashing the unions, bashing the system, etc. Why? Because of the irony. They are bashing what educated them. If they argue that it is terrible, isn't the beast that taught them that way of thinking responsible for that belief?

These same purported horrific, terrible, useless and any other negative adjective you want to spew produced your heroes. Here, let's choose some of them . . . Ronald Reagan went to public school, albeit not in California. Steve Jobs went to public school in California, Bill O'Reilly, went to a private Catholic school. Hmm.

An educated society is what differentiates the US from Afghanistan. Why anyone, regardless of their political leanings would wish to destroy our educational system to make us more like that country boggles my mind. I often believe that people who wish to do that are actually treasonous.

Unions are not the issue. Why? What is one of the most efficient companies in the world? UPS. It is heavily unionized. The issue is the terms and conditions that are negotiated and agreed upon. Don't like tenure? Fine, there is no need to destroy the union over it. Elect leaders that will fight against tenure.

In regards to useless degrees. Useless in whose eyes? Who made you judge, jury and executioner? I personally laugh at people who scream we need more STEM students. Why? It will create a bubble upon itself and thus the supply will be larger than the demand and then wages will be suppressed.

Our society, to be whole, needs people to bag your groceries, people who install your cable tv, people who cut your hair, people who design that computer you wrote this on, people who fix your car, people who write copy for your ads, people who understand history so that we, as a society do not repeat the mistakes, people who educate others, people who have dreams to change the world. Stop trying to put people in very tight and confining silos. That is not a free society, that is, in essence, what, I suspect Foo is against, communism.

As my mother once told me, complaining is easy and cheap. Making change and having an impact is expensive and very rewarding. So go ahead and argue on an internet forum all you want. I will not take the cheap and easy route.

On Reinvest in Higher Education

Posted on November 3 at 6:28 p.m.

We are so glad that Sepi chose to reopen. Ever since she took over the quality of the food has gone up. We missed the great food and service for the year she was closed.

Now we can stop by after Von's and pick up a nice baguette and a pastry. It is also our favorite spot on the weekends to have a family breakfast!

Thanks again Sepi!

On Xanadu French Bakery

Posted on June 19 at 7:53 p.m.

rcobban nailed part of the issue. Illegal immigration took off as soon as Nafta kicked in. One of the consequences of NAFTA was our subsidizing of corn put Mexico's corn growers at a massive disadvantage. Our government subsidies puts our corn costs at 2/3 the cost of theirs in Mexico. Now that we have effectively killed the Mexican corn industry what happens? People migrate to look for work.

Kill the corn subsidy and this will diminish.

Now I do find it funny that this article is written by a cuban talking about fair and legal immigration. How ironic that all a cuban needs to do is to step foot on our shores and declare political asylum and he is welcomed with open arms. A haitian, a mexican, any other country . . . NOPE. Try fixing that as well.

But there are other issues with our immigration system and this law. This law is still crap because it is simple. If the person pulled over is checked for immigration and the system says he is not, he goes to jail. What makes you think the system is right all the time? There are NUMEROUS cases of ICE having terrible documentation on people. Recently there was a case in Texas with a 22 year old posing as a 16 year old high school student. The kid graduated from school in Florida and was playing in basketball tournaments. The teams in the tournament recognized him and HIS OLD coach even recognized him. He denied it. The school checked with ICE. ICE said he was not the same kid. This went on for two weeks and then they said he was the 22 year old. This would lock up that supposed illegal for 2 weeks.

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