Tim Hunt Reveals a greater problem than a nanny state
Original post made by Really? on Sep 14, 2012
"What a state we have come to, where we dont want to be told what we can eat, but we want to tell the schools what they should have. Where we no longer trust our children to eat the multiple healthy options when away from home, yet we complain if we are told we cant have them in our cities. We cant even have children drinking out of water faucets, it's not good enough for them, yet packing a water container is too complicated? You don't want to pay for services at school, yet when the option for buying is taken away, it's a problem.
Tim Hunt, I think what you have helped exemplify is a greater problem than a nanny state. And the posts on the PW site just further reveal this new state, of denial, blame, complaint, and negativity.
It's no longer ok to say something is going well. Anyone who tries, is bullied. This is the real problem."
on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm
Stacey is a registered user.
And what do you do to make the PW community more positive?
on Sep 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm
"You don't want to pay for services at school..."
Really, I realize you may be new to America, but in this country, public schools are public. This means that the government taxes the citizenry and then in turn, this funds the schools. Funding for schools come from the Federal government, State government and Local government (there are three levels of government in the America). California has one of the highest State taxes in America. Maybe in the country you came from, all schools were private which means people had to pay for sending their children to a private school. Private schools don't generally hire PR people to write puff pieces of 'good news' nor do they have the funds to have their own TV shows like "Your Schools." Private schools spend far more funds on direct teaching rather than public schools like Pleasanton who hire PIOs and other positions that do not contribute directly to teaching.
If the public schools operated more like private schools and did not have an adversarial relationship with the larger community and its customers and the press, perhaps there would be fewer complaints.
Luckily in this country as well there is this thing called "Freedom of Speech" and "Freedom of the Press." Also, Really, there is a concept of Letters to the Editor. You can write a letter to the editor and complain about how unfair Tim Hunt's editorial was. I actually appreciated his editorial.
on Sep 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.
I posted this on a different topic--works for Really? as well: It's frustrating for taxpayers to hear about the value of education and then those same people are mocked for being educated about the looming unfunded liability. Parents are told they need to be more involved in their child's education and are then dinged for not liking split reading, no bottled water, and meatless Mondays. It's difficult not to feel like we're being told to "sit quietly and pass your paper(dollar)s to the front of the class."