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Fantasy Grudge Match Gets More Press? Reality Bites Education Needs

Continuing to open yap and insert ass, the random wingnutty Obama school speech idiocy continues:

After reading the text on Monday, even Jim Greer, the Florida Republican Party chairman who last week accused the president of seeking to use the speech to foist “socialist ideology” on schoolchildren, said he could find nothing to criticize in its text.

"In its current form, it’s fine,” Mr. Greer said in an interview. “But it remains to be seen if it’s the speech he’s going to give.”

Because you can never be too careful about that hide the socialist ideology published in advance speech bait and switch maneuver, now can you? It is to laugh.

The speech?  It’s terrifying stuff alright:

What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

How dare the President of the United States tell our nation’s children to dream big and dare to solve our most pressing problems. The nerve.

What’s not funny about all of this? The amount of ink and airtime that’s been devoted to a false, ginned-up hissy fit when real, substantial problems for our nation’s children and teachers are sitting out there getting barely any notice.

To wit:

Elizabeth Bunker, a counselor at César Chávez Elementary School, where 85 percent of the almost 600 children live below poverty level, sees the results of the daily struggle. Many of the kids only eat when they are at school, she said. More than once she’s run down to Walmart to buy a child a decent set of clothes.

"We have three families that just had their electricity turned off," Bunker said. "One dad had lost a job, one was injured on the job and the other — we’re not sure yet what happened. What scares us is we always find out about these things by accident. Suddenly a kid isn’t doing his homework. When you get him alone, it turns out he couldn’t do it because the electricity was turned off."

We are failing the most vulnerable in our society. But the vast majority don’t bother to notice because they are too preoccupied with whether the President might morph their child into a socialist in a speech where he touts using their skills to create new business opportunities.

The stupid. It burns us all. Nothing like passing on the creepy paranoia to the next generation…

(H/T to Margot.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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