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Random News. May 31, 2011

Random news that I find interesting this morning. Perhaps you will too.

Education Choices or Business Decisions? Apparently, winning awards takes priority for schools over the actual education of children. In Gainesville, students claim to the AJC that the schools transferred without consent or pressured students to transfer to increase graduation rates. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned the laws about charter schools and public schools transfer students from one school to another to improve numbers. Are public schools a good investment of our tax money? Should we continue to employ people who worry more about the bottomline than the actual education of students?

“Liar, Liar, Vest on Fire!” (Michigan Billboard Highlighted in AJC) Jim Tressel finally resigned. Was there any doubt he would be gone? Tressel highlights the negative aspects of NCAA football. He looked the other way when student athletes exchanged their player ephemera for benefits. He failed to report this violation when he knew. The quandary: Tressel’s behavior on the field and off belied his private attitude which permitted rules violations.

A Good Story about being a Foster Kid. Heard this story last night on “All Things Considered.” The situation in which these children found themselves is not uncommon. A four year old providing care to her siblings in the absence of parents, or at least lack of parenting, is more prevalent that you can imagine. Drugs, depression, lack of understanding of parenting lead to children raised essentially feral. I highly recommend that you listen to the story rather than read. The voices of those involved convey the gravity of this situation.

Basic Human Needs. How do we feed the planet? Not well apparently. Food prices doubled in the last twenty years. They (whoever they are) predict the planet will have 9 billion people by 2050. Should we be worried about where food is grown and food prices? Yes. Should we be concerned that the planet’s climate might be changing (whether natural change or man-made or both)? Probably, but I doubt we have any control, ultimately, over the changes. We should be concerned that production of food is decreasing while the population increases. We should be concerned that children in our neighborhoods go hungry because parents have no money or spend their money poorly, or selfishly, without regard for the basic human necessities. We should educate people about basic human existence. Then we can worry about whether the coach of  a football team broke rules… (what’s really important?)

International Politics, Drama. Why is it a big deal that Iran denied the German Chancellor’s request to fly through Iranian airspace? Iran’s choice showed disrespect for the leader of a nation. A nation involved in the sanctioning of Iran. Germany called back, or withdrew, her ambassador from Iran. In the great game of international politics, these acts create a showdown. Except, these actors do not meet at high noon with 6-shooters at the OK Corral. No, these actors have bombs and can create war. In isolation, this snub might not rise to that point. Iran and the UN Security Council are at loggerheads. This act is another in a long line.

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