Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.

1.28.2008

It Never Ends

So Bush is on in the background giving his State of the Union Address. I can't claim to have heard any of it, but it's on. One of the things I'm guessing he's talked about is No Child Left Behind, his "education" program that amounts to testing and more testing. One of the key components to this program is that schools who fare poorly in the tests are penalized by having their funding taken away. I've just never quite understood how that works--the schools that are doing the worst and are most in need of help to improve have their money taken away; how does that help them, exactly? How does that insure they improve so their students aren't left behind? Anyway, I wasn't aware of this, but apparently the program has included giving preschoolers standardized tests to assess Head Start programs. Standardized tests and preschoolers? And you're basing important decisions on the results?

. . . Not so George W. Bush. Billed as a major component of the administration's domestic agenda, his Head Start plan involved slashing the budget and shifting its administration to the states, which would be free to eliminate most of the program's social-service elements. Zigler says conservative thinkers told him, "'If we could bring Head Start down, we could bring down any government program.' It's symbolic for them. . . . "

Crayons Down!

5 Comments:

At 1/28/2008 8:55 PM, Blogger Hadrian said...

God, I do hate Republicans.

 
At 1/29/2008 1:18 AM, Blogger Gobula said...

We all do.

 
At 1/29/2008 9:48 AM, Blogger Leelu said...

Republicans confuse me. I mean, they officially say they want less government, but they're the ones interested in sticking government into your personal life.

Mind you, I'm hanging out on the left side of the fence looking over it at the Democrats, too. I don't have an affiliation; all politicians are crazy assholes. It's part of the job description.

 
At 1/29/2008 10:21 AM, Blogger Hadrian said...

Oh, they don't believe in less government for you, just for corporations. They're actually quite consistent on that point.

 
At 1/29/2008 12:14 PM, Blogger Aerin said...

If you live a right, proper Christian life, they won't have to be in your life, they can let the women of the Homeowner's Associations take care of the details of keeping you in line.


my word verification is the sound of Bush trying to remember how to say a 3 syllable word: hrunh

 

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