Posted by CharlesR:
"GroveReb84: The dissolution of MCS, the chaotic and disorganized creation of mini-school districts, .... , have all damaged public education in the Memphis area, creating a Balkanized and confusing system.
I believe that humans make choices based on what will be -- what they think will be -- in their best interest. They make choices based on the best available information.
The chaotically created mini school districts will do just fine. The choices tiny town humans made will play out to have been very wise decisions, for their kids education. They did use the best available data when they made their choice to secede from the "developing" SCS mess.
Now, for the rest o' the story, ... I believe we all know how the New SCS, aka Old MCS, will fare. Those old, and "wise", administrators of MCS gave the tiny towns exactly what they wanted, and weren't even aware of it. Now, everyone's happy, right?
Typical liberal ploy put in play by ChuckR. Start talking about something else when you have no defense.
Ever notice how conservatives try to stay on topic as liberals try to stay away from discussing subjects uncomfortable for them, ... like work???
Posted by Jeff:
"Yeah JJ, I know when you were 16, you were a tower of morality. Your head was screwed on so tight, couldn't nobody turn it. Your thought processes and your attitudes about life haven't changed a whit since they were perfected somewhere around the age of 16 and you haven't had cause ever to doubt yourself or the things you believed were true. It shows."
Thanks for the kudos, but yo heaping more praise on moi than I deserve.
Actually, I was quite a hellraiser, ... loved a good fight and getting into almost anything mischievousn, rarely did my homework, etc. But Jeff, I could always pass a test, usually with a high grade, ... had respect for my parents and authority (even though I breached it regularly) and never expected something for nothing. I knew I had to work for what I needed and wanted, and was willing to do that.
That, Jeff, is why I feel the way I do about the mess I see around me.
Yep, ... lotsa work to do here.
- Way too many kids in poverty
- Way too many dumb students populating the school system
- Way too many criminals roaming the streets
- Way too many blighted hoods and properties
- A city administration who the State just woke up to the fact their financial condition is much worse than the annual reports they have been publishing said it is.
You want to know something, folks?? Each of those metrics began to spiral down just about the time Ex-Mayor Bill arrived on the scene, and have continued unabated till today.
I don't see a good future for this metro area.
Posted by Jeff:
- Pop, whose behavior, specifically, do you want to change? Name some names.
- Who, specifically, will be the judge to say, you deserve help and you don't.
- What behaviors will you change?
- Who will decide which behaviors are acceptible and which aren't?
- Will a rich 16 year old who gets pregnant also be punished?
Looks like we have a budding social architect on board here.
Let's start with the last bit o' nonsense, first. Her responsible family will deal with her, as well as provide support for the urchin.
Unacceptable behavior is irresponsible behavior, such as knocking out little humans which you are not prepared to support and are totally unqualified to parent.
Behaviors generally change as reward systems change.
Society cannot continue to be held hostage by these little miscreants pumping out kids so they can lay up in paid for housing, with board and medical included.
It's also a fertile training ground for the next generation of criminals.
The entire process must change. AP is absolutely correct, ... everything must be changed. It's apparent nothing being done now is working.
Posted by Jeff:
"Pop, try working a minimum wage job or two while raising a couple of kids on your own with no support."
Should have thought of that before you started laying eggs.
They were just sold by Scripps to a new owner in July. All the operations are being looked at with a brand new set of glasses.
There's no "loyalties" to deal with by the new owners, and they're gonna do whatever they believe will allow the business to turn a profit. Wonder why Thomas really left???
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