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I know that the republican party likes to pretend that they care about education, but as I always say, sometimes they actually tell you the truth! When they do we should listen!

In recent days, we have had current Purdue University President and former right wing extremist Governor of Indiana banning History books, republican controlled states all over the country expanding vouchers, a GOP lawmaker in Utah wanting to END "compulsory education"(honestly he said that, he wants education to be a choice because what teenager wouldn't choose going to high school over everything else available to them?), toMichele Bachman and everything in between.  

In Wisconsin(where I live) therepublican party PLATFORM could not have been more anti-education if Dick DeVos had written it himself(although I am sure he had a big part in it)!  

A Couple quick highlights:

* Calls for the state legislature to eliminate funding of 4-year-old kindergarten;

* Urges Congress to pass legislation that prohibits schools from forcing or coercing parents to put their children on drugs and eliminates all funding for government-mandated mental health screening of all children;

* Supports allowing properly trained adult staff to be armed in public school

There is so much more, read their platform if you dare(but not before bed, it will give you nightmares)!  

Is this really what we want for our children?  Is this the future we see for our kids?  Is this how we will make America a leader in the 21st Century?  

I think we all know the answer to these questions!

In 2014, no matter what state you live in, it is absolutely imperative that support of public education has to be a litmus test for politicians you and I support!  

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” Derek Bok.

Thank you for reading.  I am from Wisconsin and can also be found at CogDis and ForwardLookout!    

Originally posted to Jeffsimpson on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Democracy Addicts.

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  •  Republican Party of Wisconsin wants to defund (8+ / 0-)

    public schools and let anyone be able to "teach" Wisconsin's children.

    "THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:
    Urges that parents of school-age children be given vouchers or tax credits designed to give all parents equal freedom of choice in education without regard to their financial means; and... Urges legislation adopting alternative standards for teacher licensing that do not require a degree in education or student-teaching experience; and..."

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 11:05:07 PM PDT

  •  If you want uptake here on dKos (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, importer

    you have to tell us something in the headline that we don't already know, like something we can do about it.

    I work in global education with the aims of ending poverty and building a functioning civil society everywhere. I know something about the history of education, and I collect important quotations about education.

    I have been writing letters to the editor here in Indiana about Mitch Daniels wanting to censor Howard Zinn, calling his People's History of the United States "propaganda".

    Republicans want education to mean

    When I want to hear your opinion, I'll tell it to you!
    Plato, for example:
    The greatest principle of all is that nobody, whether male or female, should be without a leader. Nor should the mind of anybody be habituated to letting him (or her) do anything at all on his (or her) own initiative–to his leader he shall direct his eye and follow him faithfully. And even in the smallest matter he should stand under leadership. For example, he should get up, or move, or wash, or take his meals...only if he has been told to do so. In a word, he should teach his soul, by long habit, never to dream of acting independently, and to become utterly incapable of it.
    Laws 942d (350 BCE)

    and the Prussian state philosopher,  Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762–1814)

    You must fashion [the person], and fashion him in such a way that he simply cannot will otherwise than what you wish him to will.
    Addresses to the German Nation

    As opposed to Plutarch.

    The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
    On Listening to Lectures

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 12:05:52 AM PDT

  •  i'm puzzled (0+ / 0-)

    This is the first time I've ever seen mandatory mental health screenings for all kids in school, and it is presented in the argument as a basic service that would be ghastly to cut. I am in a red state so maybe I am deprived, but that service seems like a huge luxury to me. That was definitely never offered anywhere I went. There were counselors, of course, but we the kids saw them as pathetic and useless people we never saw and they were disciplinarians more than anything. That kind of blows my mind. Was I being screened without knowing? The only "free mental health screenings" I'm familiar with are at universities in a job fair-like setting where it's a three day fire-sale for them or whatever.

    Now, as a guy who went to KG at 4, that other part pisses me off. They are trying to screw the smart kids.

  •  The war on education is being waged by the (2+ / 0-)
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    Koch brothers and Bill Gates.   They are pouring money into right wing groups, including the GOP.   They want privatized puppy corporate mills turning out good little workers.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren/Spitzer 2016

    by dkmich on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:32:46 AM PDT

    •  They dont even need that many workers anymore (3+ / 0-)
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      "Workers" implies "jobs", and repubs HATE jobs.

      •  There is a skills mismatch taking place on a (1+ / 0-)
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        huge scale in Michigan.    CNC, welders and other manufacturing jobs are available and unfilled in the thousands.  They are not unskilled positions, but they are low paid.   Our asshole Governor and his CEOs are pissed that the need isn't being met.   When nobody trusts manufacturing anymore as a way to make a living and parents want college degrees (not that its any sort of a guarantee), it is hard to find good people to take a job as a disposable employee.   Wait till Obama shoves his new trade deal through.  

        What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren/Spitzer 2016

        by dkmich on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:31:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Faulty reasoning (0+ / 0-)

          Send the kids to Vo-Tech, learn CNC, welding etc. Get experience and then pack up to places where the skills and experience are compensated properly. Let Michigan provide the training.

          •  mfg in michigan is just as unstable, mistrusted (0+ / 0-)

            and low paid as mfg in any other state.   If I can't trust it in MI, I can't trust it anywhere..... and lets not forget Obama's new secret trade deal.    

            Voc tech MUST be couple with college, associate degree at the minimum.   Given the greed, fickleness and unworthiness of our government's policies, anything less would be a disservice to the trainees.  

            What we need is a Democrat in the White House. Warren/Spitzer 2016

            by dkmich on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 01:29:19 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  If it is GOOD for a normal person (0+ / 0-)

    repubs are busy fucking it into a coma.

    Name 1 thing republicans have done FOR the common man since 1980....

  •  "They Don't want People to Think" (1+ / 0-)
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    "They Only want People that are smart enough to Run
    the Machinery that Makes them Money and Nothing More".

     - George Carlin

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:10:47 AM PDT

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