Mr. Blaska will be your positive behavior coach

The hands-on approach

Welcome to Room 120, Blaska Memorial middle school’s restorative justice room. You are here because you screwed up big-time.

Coach whistle

We do real restorative justice here. This is not a daycare center. I am not a babysitter. I am the adult in the room. I speak, you listen. I teach, you learn.

I am your positive behavior coach. You call me MISTER Blaska. When I say “Sit in your assigned seat,” you say, “Yes, Mr. Blaska.” 

Let me repeat what our new school district superintendent, Mr. Mueller-Owens, told you at the school assembly to start the school year: No, you cannot hit a teacher and, as you just learned, we can and do touch a disruptive student when need be. Teachers are not your punching bags. We will keep an orderly classroom.

I will help you straighten out but if you want to keep screwing up it is your decision. It’s your life, not mine. You need to know that Room 120 is the intersection of the school-to-prison pipeline the social justice warriors keep prattling about. If you want to come back to the sunlight, I will show you the way. If not, I’ll take you to our new middle school resource officer. His squad car is waiting outside. Your choice.

But I will fight like hell to keep you out of that squad car. Because I hate failure like I hate sin. Because you are NOT a victim, despite what the previous superintendent and the old school board kept saying. I don’t want to hear race, poverty, bad home life or any other excuses. If you have to work a little harder to overcome your adversities, then that is what you have to do. We will help you. 

You are 11, 12, 13 years old. You are making your life this very day. Let me write it on the chalkboard: 

S U C C E E D
Or be a Loser!

Your choice. Because you CAN succeed. Because we DO have a cure for poverty. It is called EDUCATION. This is the place where you get it. This is where we punch your ticket to a good job, a nice home, children that will make you proud, a community that will rejoice that you are their neighbor.

We have counsellors, nurses, special ed aides, Pathways for Progress, athletics, competitive sports, clubs, nurses, wholesome food and people who love you too much to see you fail.

Now give me 500 words on the apology you are going to read to your class tomorrow for what you did, why it was wrong and who you hurt.


 

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/139-Vicki-McKenna-27246267/episode/the-case-for-school-resource-officers-30656072/?embed=true

Madison police chief Mike Koval
on the need for school resource
officers and the troubles at Tree Lane.

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About David Blaska

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66 Responses to Mr. Blaska will be your positive behavior coach

  1. Fritzderkat says:

    Blaska is hot.
    This is inspired.

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  2. Kevin Wymore says:

    Bravo to Blaska.

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  3. sahmpaw says:

    Hear, hear!

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  4. Bob Dorn says:

    Very good – except the 2 syllable superintendent name is too pansyish.

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  5. Scott Freeman says:

    And then I woke up… Deeply saddened that it was just a dream. And yet…………

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  6. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    A humble suggestion: trade that baseball cap for a Campaign Hat (modified Montana Peak).

    And where’s Sergeant Hulka or Gunny Hartman when you’s need ’em?

    After all: IT’S_FOR_THE_CHILDREN!!

    The Gotch

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  7. Well thought and well reasoned!

    I love “our new school district superintendent, Mr. Mueller-Owens” that was a really nice touch!

    Great job!

    Your second sentence is where those loony lefties will start to attack you, you had the audacity to write “you are here because you screwed up big-time”. How dare a privileged old white conservative man like yourself say that an immature future progressive youngster is wrong and “screwed up big-time”, that will tarnish their self esteem, scar them for life, bust their victim hoodie bubble, cause them to violently lash out at society, and likely be the seed that spawns the violent criminal that’ll be thrown in prison in the future. These behavior challenged students deserve participation trophies to build their self esteem and an honorary wall plaque to make Mommy and Daddy proud. Dave, don’t you know that if you’re a privileged old white conservative man your words have consequences?

    Seriously, I can’t wait to see the nut job lefties that crawl out from under their rocks to attack you for this blog with their blind ignorance. This’ll be fun!

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  8. Gordon Sussman says:

    Victimhood is a choice, and the pernicious prog/lib social warriors that foment that mindset amongst students do them no favors. Success comes by besting adversity, victimhood is caving to adversity. I’d like to salute a man of color in this community who successfully made his way through Madison Public Schools, UW and UW Law School. A man who would certainly not have succeeded had he taken counsel from those who poison young minds with thoughts of entitlement by virtue of a perceived victimhood. A man with whom I share little philosophically, but who just showed courage in the toxic political stew that is our community. Well done, D.A. Ozanne. Be a light to those in these precincts who are urged to the darkness, and show them that it’s better to triumph over adversity than to be crushed by it.

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  9. Bob Dorn says:

    Where’s ABob and Sir Richard and their merry men?? – Former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke declares Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to be “the most important Member of the US Congress!”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      I’m right here Bob; watching and waiting to see if my prediction was correct. Manafort dies in prison. “Binary Choice” yes or no. I said yes. Still unknown is why that traitor Flynn hasn’t been put in front of a firing squad and why Stone is not in jail. White privilege??? AMIRIGHT? So many indictments; so little time.

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  10. Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

    I think the real point of the “XXX” incident is that it is not a good educational practice to mainstream special ed/special needs students, with aggressive behavioral disorders, into the general school population. This kid ain’t normal.

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    • David Blaska says:

      Right. She does seem to have more than the normal adolescent issues. Feel for the kid but even with a full blown mental health diagnosis cannot be allowed to disrupt the class to that extent. And my own son deals with his mental illness. (And he is a champion!)

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      • AnonyBob says:

        I salute your son. And, on this, his father.

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      • Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

        Yes, such special needs kids can’t be allowed to disrupt to this extent. The way the adults’ statements speak about XXX prior to the incident (had a bad morning) telegraphs that they knew she was a ticking time bomb. Allowing XXX to be mainstreamed is a very poor policy for the rest of the kids, and it’s ALSO a very poor policy for XXX’s welfare. I’m sure no one on the staff was really surprised at her behavior. This negligence in dealing with the troubled child could present significant fault liability were XXX to injure someone else, or if XXX herself is injured.

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  11. Tom Paine says:

    List teachers and administrators who have had MILITARY experience. Bet it is less than 2%. Thus, the culture of “performance,” and “no excuses” with zero tolerance seems so foreign. It was to me, too, until I lived under the ‘system’ for a few months. Until after I had observed many students from foreign nations adapt to this more “disciplined” culture, I never would have believed that the “system” produced outstanding results. The military system of “choices,” allows each person to select the amount of pain they prefer in lieu of getting wid the game plan. Like life, there are no re-runs for the slip of chainsaw, or passing on double-yellow. Reality can bite severely; life is not series of video game re-runs.

    Your prospective philosophy of education is FAR removed from what most women and young teacher graduates could ever imagine. Simply put, the WUSSIFICATION philosophy has become ubiquitous in the “feminine” attributes of educational philosophy. Yet, as consumers, we ALL expect zero tolerance from employee errors (nurses, dental techs, auto mechanics, bank clerks, etc). BUT we also irrationally expect that student graduates will exhibit perfectionist characteristics in all occupations, EVEN THOUGH educational training and culture never teaches these universal values. Hello? No wonder your burger is under-cooked and the fries are cold.

    O M G….. display empathy to the students, especially those of color. Cut dem some slack, Jack. Enable mediocrity and exalt the notion that 70% is gud eeenuf. Consensus and collaboration. Smiley faces and contradictions? Just pay the teachers and administrators, more.

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  12. David Blaska says:

    Intriguing. “The existence of white racists” made them punch a teacher? Are crosses being burned in Madison. Refused service at the sit-down restaurant? Denied membership at Nakoma Golf Club? Who are these Madison racists and what are they doing because we need to report them to the EOC.

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  13. madisonexpat says:

    Here is wisdom and a moral compass for lost kids. This world view requires a knowledge of right and wrong. Everything is not relative. Read Jordan Peterson as well.

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  14. Bob Dorn says:

    Dem Star Omar (from Politico for ABob and Lesiak):
    As she saw it, the party ostensibly committed to progressive values had become complicit in perpetuating the status quo. Omar says the “hope and change” offered by Barack Obama was a mirage. Recalling the “caging of kids” at the U.S.-Mexico border and the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch, she argues that the Democratic president operated within the same fundamentally broken framework as his Republican successor.

    “We can’t be only upset with Trump. … His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar says. “And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

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    • richard lesiak says:

      You keep calling out my name Bob and I have responded to your previous post twice. Both were spiked by< I assume, the author of this blog. Therefore; the floor is yours to say whatever you wish without the threat of an opposing view. Good day to you sir.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @Bob Dorn;

      I’m not so sure why you’re dissing Freshman HoR Ilhan Omar (Dmented-MN), she’s from a REALLY close family, after all.

      How close you may ask? Welp, she married her brother, which meshes perfectly with Lefty’s desire for Moral (heh!) Relativity (nudge nudge, wink wink).

      Anywho, seems she’s gotten a little too big for her Burqa; she’s gone and called SanFranNan a White Supremacist, hilariously ironic considering Omar’s David Duke endorsement.

      But like you noted above, Omar’s gone-n-screwed the pooch by besmirching the self-anointed 4th Greatest President EVAH!!!, saying Hopey Changey’s a “Pretty Face that Got Away With Murder.

      Glass half full? She didn’t use the Pretty Face reference with SanFranNan so she must have good vision, am I right?

      Keep your popcorn at the ready, Lefty’s cascading EPIC FAIL is imploding in real time for all the lucid to see.

      Which explains why it’s necessary for you to alert @AnonyBob & @richard lesiak.

      The Gotch

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    • Ana says:

      Bob,
      Could it be that Omar is a republican “plant” sent to cause division in democratic circles?

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  15. Ana says:

    Improving Madison public schools requires a consultant (or board member or superintendent) who has a proven record of an understanding of statistics and the ability to judge whether research was employing proper methodology and measurements. School Districts, in addition to Madison, often adopt programs based on poor research. For some reason, they hang onto these programs for years after they clearly have failed. One example is a reading method called Whole Language..or learn to read by osmosis. It was based on poorly done research, it didn’t work for the vast majority of children, but some districts, including Madison, held on and on and on. In addition to well regarded research, nuance and common sense is required.
    Few things are either/or.
    Common sense, ( based cross culturally and experienced over hundreds of years), tells us that for learning to take place a safe, non disruptive environment is needed. The present behavior plan, while it might improve the lives of some students, is not providing the majority with classrooms free of violent behavior and free of repeated disruptions. Better research and more nuance is needed. Repeated misbehavior, that is not fixed by smiley charts and behavior coaches, needs a new plan. Concepts like zero tolerance or anything goes are not nuanced solutions. Careful research needs to re-examine concepts such as: every child belongs in the mainstream, encouraging victimhood solves personal challenges, removing a repeatedly violent child from the mainstream is a pipeline to jail, special-ed teachers are magicians who can cure deep seated emotional problems. The many things that need to be fixed in our society need solutions based on realistic outcomes not wishful thinking. Citizens should be spending tax dollars on leaders who live in reality.

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    • Batman says:

      Ana,
      Excellent analysis, however zero tolerance does not preclude different repercussions for different infractions, so why is zero tolerance unwise?
      Zero tolerance means that no bad behavior is overlooked or tolerated. The punishment can range from a simple “stop it” command to expulsion. Better to become acquainted with the concept while in school than later on when the consequences will be considerably more serious.

      Zero tolerance sets a easily understood implacable standard that everyone must adapt to as opposed to the current overly legalistic 82 page gibberish BEP.
      I can see it now: unruly student disrupting class~~~~~> teacher consulting the labyrinthian BEP and 15 minutes later applies the prescribed punishment, all the while appearing as a fool to the students and losing their respect.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Batman emerges from the Bat Cave…DIG IT!

        The Gotch

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        • Batman says:

          Fighting crime sometimes interferes with life’s simpler pleasures.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Batman;

          The CRIME interfering with your simpler pleasures, pleasures I suspect include, but are not limited to, B***HS**P***G an eminently B***HS**P*ABLE Lefty?

          That, by any chance, include the one Madison/Dane County/MMSD/Superintendent Jen Cheat’em/FreeDUMB Inc., et al, committed against Positive Behavior Coach Robert Mueller-Owens?

          The Gotch

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      • Ana says:

        You make good points. Keeping things simple often works best.

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  16. Batman says:

    Gotch,
    The talented albeit spineless Jen Cheatham understood that doing the right thing would jeopardize her good standing in regressive Madison, as in losing all her friends and being shunned for life while a Madtown resident. Better to condemn whitey first and apologize later than being responsible and waiting for the evidentiary report before sacrificing an employee.

    What Cheatham does not understand is that nothing short of turning the reigns over to the screeching minority activists will appease them.

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  17. Ana says:

    Many people have climbed career ladders or become wealthy by enabling victimhood. They help only themselves

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  18. Batman says:

    Al Sharpton qualify?

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  19. Ana says:

    Folllow the money. Caves not needed. It’s all out in the open. There are many rewards for leading the victimhood cries: money, political power, fame, career ladder climbing, adoration and donations from those needing to be seen as perpetually GOOD. So much better to reward those who teach self discipline and self reliance.

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    • madisonexpat says:

      Christine Blasey Ford is the poster child.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        And what were her rewards for coming forward?

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          Coming forward with what?

          An indefinite Something may have happened at an amorphous Somewhere involving a vague Someone at an indeterminate Sometime; a definite maybe, am I right?

          Stick with the Good Stuff, stuff that matters to a fact-based reality denying Lefty: Stormy, Russkie Collusion, the Green New Deal, Fake Vet Nathan Phillips, the racist/homophobic/ Hate Crime against poor Jussie, Über moron Paulie Krugman’s blithe rejection of Lefty Anti-Semitism, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

          Or perhaps move onto something promising, like Hillarity’s hilarious slobbering Twofer** about how in America’s Dairyland “somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls (in 2016) because of the color of their skin” (and other factors).

          **Twofer because she got Politifact’s coveted Pant Suit On Fire rating AND WaPo’s much heralded Four Pinocchios.

          Oy! the crushing irony of getting smacked unmercifully by two career Lefty news outlets.

          Ah Lefty; so MUCH deflating ignominy, so little time!

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Nobody asked you for your windy gibberish that doesn’t answer my question.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          My humblest apologies!

          However, if the bar for posting requires being asked for a response, nearly all your comments, and ALL those of @richard lesiak, will never see the light of day.

          Anywho, seeing Lefty’s been getting positively lambasted with unforced turnovers of late, which you haven’t responded well at all, I was merely attempting to provide a little levity in the form of some Inconvenient Truth to turn that frown upside down.

          It worked for me, leastways.

          The Gotch

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        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          Her rewards were considerably more than 15 minutes of fame (or infamy, doesn’t matter nowadays) and the fawning accolades of hordes of self-absorbed, over-therapized liberal elites like herself.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Gary L. Kriewald;

          To your “fawning accolades of hordes of self-absorbed, over-therapized liberal elites” point.

          Yawn; another day, another unreported/under-reported Fake Hate Crime.

          Astutely observed: ”It is clear that there simply is not enough hate to meet the widespread psychological need to be a victim in the current social system that rewards such status.”

          The Gotch

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        • madisonexpat says:

          An immediate $1M in her Go Fund Me for starters. Doubtless angling for tenured sinecure like Anita Hill.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          If you think that’s how tenure is earned you have no idea how academia works. No surprise.

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  20. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Will you be available for the starring role in a re-make of “To Sir With Love”?

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  21. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    @AnonyBob;

    “you have no idea how academia works.”

    A previous comment regarding my cutting-n-pasting is applicable, here.

    Anywho, “how academia works” is brilliantly summed up by George Bernard Shaw’s observation:

    He Who Can, Does; He Who Cannot, Teaches.”

    Can’t do either? Lefty Advocacy!

    The Gotch

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  22. madisonexpat says:

    ABob, who’s gonna break the bad news to Bill Ayers, Angela Davis, Anita Hill and every single faculty member in every single “Studies” program in every public college and university in America?

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    • AnonyBob says:

      (Eye roll). You keep thinking what you want to think. Don’t let reality get in the way.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        If the country votes 50/50 for D’s and R’s why are tenured profs 98 to 1 Lefties?
        Coincidence? I’ll wait for you to cite Conservative(s) outside hard sciences.
        By the bye, when you add a finger snap to your eye roll it will be even more awesome.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          There’s a pretty high correlation between higher education levels and not being conservative. Sorry. But there are enough non-college educated white males to give you guys a fighting chance at the ballot box.

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        • AnonyBob wrote, “There’s a pretty high correlation between higher education levels and not being conservative.”

          That’s a correlation that pompous ass progressives, Liberals, and Democrats have been presenting about Conservatives for many years, it’s an unprovable and bigoted smear of those they oppose! Repeating such nonsense makes you look like a political hack.

          PRINCIPLES OF PROGRESSIVE GOEBBELISM

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “But there are enough non-college educated white males to give you guys a fighting chance at the ballot box**.”

          Tell that to Hillarity & Lefty Inc.

          Speaking of th lyin’ thievin’ deceivin’ Harpy, think she’ll be able to find her way to the DNC Convention in Milwaukee?

          She couldn’t seem to find America’s Dairyland in 2016; something about a supposed Blue Wall or somesuch. If memory serves, it helped The Donald find enough** votes to keep her sorry @$$ on the sidelines, am I right?

          Send her a map.

          The Gotch

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Don’t take my word for it, Z, just do a little Googling. It’s quite provable. And to Splat’s point, it’s no surprise, although he grossly overstates (as usual). According to Pew, academics are roughly 44% liberal, 46% moderate and 10% conservative. Jeeze, I guess that means liberals are a minority!

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        • David Blaska says:

          Yet another opportunity to correct the record, unrealized.

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        • Look everybody, AnonyBob thinks surveys are “proof”. You can’t “fix” that kind
          Progressive Magical Thinking.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Look everybody, Squeaks denies reality. You can’t “fix” that kind of RWNJ.

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        • AnonyBob wrote, “Look everybody, Squeaks denies reality.”

          Reality: The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

          I’m not the one denying “reality”, in fact I’m the one that fully understands that statistics are unreliable and extremely biased, especially when it comes to anything political.

          Pompous ass Progressives, Liberals, and Democrats have been presenting the nonsense for years that they’re smarter than Conservatives, it’s an unprovable and bigoted smear of those they oppose! Repeating such nonsense makes you look like a political hack, presenting biased statistical nonsense that you’ve found on the internet as proof to support your nonsense proves only three things, first that you’re using Progressive Magical Thinking, second that you’re unethical, and third that you’re an illogical political hack.

          Here’s a piece of reality, an inconvenient fact, that people like AnonyBob don’t care to understand; a statistical analysis is not proof of anything beyond the narrow limitations of its own survey data and cannot be rationally extrapolated to a group that has not been surveyed, to do so is to ignore science and makes biased assumptions.

          Would it be reasonable for me to base my opinion of the entire political left based on the nonsensical comments made by lefties like you in this blog; if I were to do such an unethical thing then I could easily conclude that everyone left of center is an idiot.

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  23. madisonexpat says:

    Are there enough hotel rooms in Milwaukee to accommodate the Democrat presidential wannabes?

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  24. madisonexpat says:

    Sure thing ABob, profs are 50/50 Left and Right.
    Then you, personally have not been on a college campus since Richard Daley ran a Democratic Convention. Better than a Pew Poll, the fact that our higher education has gotten exponentially more expensive, less functional and hyper politicized are all strong indicators of which Party has taken it over. And their customers have been over charged, under educated and sent forth with mountains of inescapable debt and an inability to monetize their silly degrees. AOC is a good example of using an expensive degree in economics to become a bartender. She DID learn how to enumerate Chavez/Maduro’s good points however.
    Now… Dick Daley did not disdain white males without college degrees. What did Daley know that you and Hillary do not? He didn’t hate them.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Citations above, but you’ll only see what you want to see.
      Splat, when were YOU last on campus? Been a while for me, but my wife is an academic so I’m exposed to probably more current and more accurate info than you. Universities have grown much more top heavy with administration at the same time GOP legislatures have cut their state’s contribution (see: Wisconsin) at the same time a right wing propaganda/media machine has demonized them. And maybe you’ve noticed everything is more expensive these days. What’d you spend on a house compared to what your parents did?

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  25. madisonexpat says:

    The colleges have become top heavy with over paid and lavishly pensioned administrators because the Deep State Dept. of Education keeps sending out “Dear Colleague” letters about men in womens locker rooms, kangaroo courts on sexual behavior, safe spaces, pronoun enforcers etc. When UW and UC Berkeley auditors found huge amounts of unspent money the jig was up.
    Mrs. Bernie Sanders single handedly destroyed Burlington College in Vermont. I imagine she’s a card carrying Lefty.
    Tell me honestly Mr. Academic, do you believe any faculty is politically diverse?

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    • AnonyBob says:

      “Deep State.” Snork (short derisive laugh – not an eye roll). Loosen the tin foil and turn off Alex Jones.
      I don’t think the faculty are politically diverse at Pepperdine or Liberty or Regent or Bob Jones or Brigham Young. But overall, I think most university faculty keep their political leanings to themselves, despite the fears of Deep State Conspiracists.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        I’ll see your 5 private colleges and raise you the 5,255 colleges and universities captured by the hard Left. (But you forgot Hillsdale.)
        And yes, the Washington Party/Deep State is doing to colleges and universities exactly the same thing as they did to the housing market through Fannie and Freddie. They’ve pumped so much cash into grants and loans the college administrators sucked up all this money and dumped the debt on students. They are ill educated indentured serfs.
        Tuition has outpaced costs of fuel, housing and almost anything else because of the “stimulous” of taxpayers money. The interest on this staggering debt load goes right to Wall St. Some of that goes to K St. lobbyists, known as the vanguard of the Deep State.

        Karma is coming.

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  26. madisonexpat says:

    You forgot Hillsdale. But I’ll see your six citations and raise you the remaining 5,319.
    The Washington Party has pumped so much money into grants and loans that colleges happily consumed then loaded as debt onto legions of ill educated indentured serfs. The interest on this debt goes right to Wall St by way of the K St. lobbyists.
    Karma is coming.

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