Jesus is not eating our kids’ homework

Kids just ain’t learnin’
in our public schools like they used to

The good news is the statewide racial achievement gap is narrowing. The bad news is that it is because white students are regressing at a faster rate than black students. 

The worse news is regardless of race, kids in Wisconsin’s public schools are more stupid than in past years. 

The truly calamitous news is that the majority of ALL 11th-grade students in Madison read and write below basic proficiency. Translated: they are functionally illiterate.

 

 

Read & Write all grades 2019

ACT 2019 Madison v stateIn Madison public schools, 39.7% of all 11th graders scored proficient or better  the ACT english/language arts. That’s down from 45.8% three years ago (2015-16 school year). (Note: the stats just cited differ from the WI State Journal’s in today’s editions. They used grades 3-8 and 11. Blaska Policy Werkes is isolating on grade 11, when students are about to graduate [maybe] into the economy.) 

Statewide, the WI State Journal reports, white students in fifth grade dropped 4.6 percentage points in reading and writing compared to a 1.6 drop among African-American students. That’s how the statewide racial gap is closing, at least in that statistic. Good news for those obsessed by race, one supposes.

Madison’s racial achievement gap continues to yawn wide after six years of Jennifer Cheatham’s magical thinking. Only 9% of Madison’s African-American high school students tested proficient in English language arts (aka: reading and writing) in the just-completed school year, compared to almost two-thirds of white kids. The flip side is two-thirds of black kids are functionally illiterate (what the educrats like to call “below basic proficiency). And what’s up with better than one in five AA kids not taking the test at all?

Read & write proficiency 2019

Good Madison liberals, progressives and socialists will blame the Orange Man in the White House or Scott Walker. But neither was ever the state’s education chief. That would be a good Democrat name of Tony Evers, now the governor. Ditto Madison’s superintendent of schools, who would be the Guilty White Privileged Woman now stamping out more virtue signalers at Harvard University.

Blaska’s Bottom LineWhy are students regressing? Class? Could one reason be the new normal: chaos in the classroom? Not just in Madison but in Sun Prairie, Middleton, and Verona — just to name three local school districts with well publicized disorders.  

What do YOU think?

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54 Responses to Jesus is not eating our kids’ homework

  1. Michael Mores says:

    I think we can absolutely, objectively, blame people like Scott Walker for the failing proficiency. This is not politics, it is basic logic: if you cut taxes, schools get funded less. How much power do you think the Superintendent or the Department of Public Instruction have if the funding is not there?

    Stop blaming Progressives and stop being divisive. You, Blaska, and other social commentators are too busy blaming the other other than focusing on the right solution. Everyone should be mad as hell that our schools are not being funded enough: http://www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org/years-after-historic-cuts-wisconsin-still-hasnt-fully-restored-state-aid-for-public-schools

    We go to Chavez Elementary, one of the biggest in Madison. You know what? One teacher is asking for handouts so she can by an electric pencil sharpener. Another is asking for document holders and markers. You think teachers come in happy and ready to teach every day when they work 60 hour weeks and buy they own supplies? You think kids don’t notice that? What is your work either when you can tell your boss has lost interest.

    You want smarter kids? Fund schools.

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    • Michael Mores says:

      Wow, I had a lot of typos there. I should have proofread it again. I am sick and tired of people ignoring the obvious root causes of something while making political jabs.

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    • Bill Fetzner says:

      How much funding is needed, and what deficiencies (besides non-learning tools like pencil sharpeners) do you know about? One room schools without fancy tools once did the job of teaching the fundamentals. I’m not saying we need to go back to that, only questioning that it’s all about money, money, money, and more money while the slide continues. Maybe there are other things going on besides that, and maybe we’re not looking objectively at all causes, especially causes that aren’t politically correct to consider. As one example, those one room schools probably didn’t tolerate disrespect for teachers or disruption of the classroom environment. Why should we?

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        Michael Mores, and the fact that school leadership is willing to cowardly throw their own under the bus and expect their teachers to tolerate chaos in the classrooms, has nothing to do with their exodus or the current state of the public school system?

        What’s YOUR solution? Say we fund schools as Progressives would like; how, specifically would that impact outcomes?

        Because unless other variables change, the outcome will stay the same.

        Look within.

        Stop blaming the police. Stop blaming everyone else. Hold students accountable for their grades and behavior. Reject mediocrity. Reward hard work. Expect greatness from every student. Stop tolerating chaotic classrooms. Expect parents to be partners in their children’s education.

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        • Michael Mores says:

          Hi Paula,
          See my below comment about maybe not blaming the teachers or the students, but looking at the bigger picture. Our President and many in the Media are encouraging us to hate each other. You don’t think students notice that?
          You say look within, but I would say look at outside influences and those who are supposed to be role models.

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        • David Blaska says:

          Michael Mores! Kids are stealing cars because of Donald Trump? If he’s such a big influence, why aren’t they building hotels?

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        • Michael Mores says:

          Have you been reading my other posts? I’m suggesting that they’re being rude to their teachers because of his influence. Besides, who really wants to go bankrupt?

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        Michael, so you’re saying politicians and pundits have more power over children’s development than their parents do?

        Not buying it.

        Continuing to place the blame on others (in your case, I’m assuming the adversaries are all right-leaning) will only reap more of the same catastrophic results. When Trump is no longer president, who will you then blame?

        Strong parenting at home + high expectations at school is a pretty potent combination and has more impact over a child’s well-being than any outside factor.

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        • Michael Mores says:

          Well, when the parents are busy working two jobs to pay for child care and health care, how can they be home? I agree that strong parenting at home is crucial, but in many cases, it’s not possible. It’s not the country we live in.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          ”I’m suggesting that they’re being rude to their teachers because of his influence”

          With all due respect, that’s some SERIOUSLY stupid $#!T!

          This wasn’t happening during the Hopey Changey Administration? The Donald didn’t create Lefty hate, he just exposed it. (H/T @Steve Witherspoon)

          ”Well, when the parents are busy working two jobs to pay for child care and health care, how can they be home?”

          With all due respect, that’s some SERIOUSLY stupid $#!T 2.0!

          I’ll bet the farm (the Gotchberg Organic Gardens and Lefty Conversion Therapy Emporium), the out buildings, AND the machinery it’s far more rare than you’d LUV to believe it is.

          ‘Course, feel free to provide citation that shows otherwise.

          Or perhaps we ought just take it on faith, like Alexandria OCRAZYo-Cortez saying unemployment is low because everyone’s working two jobs, the…um…truthiness of which raised the eyebrows of even the career Lefty PolitiFact.

          What would be brutally telling is taking an OBJECTIVE look at the home life/parental guidance of the under-performing. Heck, while you’re at it take a look at the same variables for the over-performing; both academically and the repeat tween/teen OVWOC offenders.

          Think you’ll find consistent themes and telling externalities?

          I do!

          But it’ll never happen; not in the 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality it won’t.

          Why? The cacophony of furious hand-wringing and brow furrowing (White Guilt suffocated Lefties’ GO-TO reaction to Inconvenient Truth) would cause all activity behind the Tofu Curtain to grind to a halt.

          When you point your finger at something, the other three are pointing back at you.

          The Gotch

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      • Sarah Smith says:

        Hey, dumbass….schools are getting more money than ever by just about every metric you can think of.

        Question: why do charter and parochial schools destroy public school achievement for 1/2 the cost?

        It is morons like you that decry, “but, it’s for the children”. The actuality, Common Core big government curriculum, 0bama’s threatening memo to public schools to abandon sane discipline policies, Leftist infiltration into teachers credentialing, teaching to testing instead of foundational learning, teachers unions caring more about politics than their constituency and their craft, etc.

        You are part of the problem!

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    • David Blaska says:

      More money = better results? Do you have any proof to back that up?

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    • Arnold Harris says:

      Teachers in MMSD do not work any 60 hours per week. They are done in less than eight hours every work day. They also get plenty of prep time that is counted in their work time. As for teachers having to use their own money to buy supplies, that is also BS. The amount of paper and writing supplies that an average classroom in Madison wastes in a course of a year could suffice the same population size of students in India for at least five years. You libs, always use money as an excuse for your inability to educate students who were entrusted to you.

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    • Sprocket says:

      The problem is not money. The Wisconsin state average is $11,375 per pupil. For comparison; Finland $9305, France $7395, Canada $9249, Sweden $10,853 (OEDC figures).

      Why give more resources to people who have a proven record of failure? We’re talking about an education system that can’t teach kids to read. They fail at teaching most basic and fundamental academic and life skill. It’s not like their doing a bang up job, but the kids are a just little fuzzy on the particulars of the Paris Dada movements. The public school system is garbage, giving it more money will just make it expensive garbage.

      Just this past week, an acquaintance mentioned his adult niece was unaware America was the only nation to put a man on the moon and my father reported his dental hygienist had no idea what D-day was…

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        Agree with Sprocket and others who rightly say money won’t fix the problem.

        STOP LOOKING FOR EXCUSES, STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT YOURSELVES, and LOOK INWARD.

        Here’s what I sent to the Madison School Board this evening. They’ll probably ignore, but they need to be called out for their role in this.

        Madison School Board Members,

        That I’m paying hard-earned tax money into a school system that is clearly not working for the majority of students is outrageous. These scores are completely unacceptable and shameful. You need to re-examine your priorities.

        Instead of imposing politics and manufacturing reasons to blame everyone else – including the police and “privilege,” perhaps you should spend more time ensuring that the city’s young people are well-educated and prepared to become vital members of this planet.

        I want every student to thrive, not only for the sake of the individual, but for our nation’s well-being. These are our nation’s future citizens and leaders, and they will be called upon to compete in a growing global economy.

        They’ll be competing with kids who studied Shakespeare and college-level algebra while in high school. What will they be able to bring to the table if they can’t even read at acceptable levels or put together sentences?

        Don’t you want the kids under your tutelage to thrive and contribute to society? To become engineers so they can develop technology to rid our oceans of plastic? To write the next great novel? To eradicate homelessness?

        They’re not going to get there via a victimhood mentality that eschews personal responsibility and rewards mediocrity. What’s the motivation to improve one’s self, to strive, and work hard, after all, when you walk around with a perpetual sense of being wronged and a chip on your shoulder?

        The onus is not just on you. Every parent should be outraged and be willing to participate in their child’s education. Few things are more important than the foundation of a quality education. That more parents are not howling about their children’s education is telling.

        More funding for schools is not the answer, either. At what point do we stop throwing more money into problems and start having honest conversations? What, precisely, will more money do to ultimately improve these test scores? Unless you can spell the ROI out in detail, you’ll be throwing away more taxpayer money.

        How about trying something different? Here’s a thought on where to start:

        Stop blaming the police. Stop blaming everyone else. Hold students accountable for their grades and behavior. Reject mediocrity. Reward hard work. Expect greatness from every student. Stop tolerating chaotic classrooms. Expect parents to be partners in their children’s education.

        I suspect, however that you’ll continue down this constructive path. It’s sadly the children – and ultimately society – who will pay for your short-sightedness.

        I shudder to think how much potential is being wasted.

        –Paula Fitzsimmons

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    • Paula Fitz says:

      I find it difficult to believe that kids aren’t performing well because their teacher has to pay for a pencil sharpener. Really?? I also find it hard to believe the hardships you’re describing, especially since (from what I understand) nonprofits and businesses have been generous with their donations.

      Are parents that impoverished that they can’t afford a $2 notebook? If that’s the case, we won’t see them with a Smartphone then, right?

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  2. DONALD L SCHULTZ says:

    You forced the best and brightest of teachers out of the classroom with Act 10!!!!! What did you think would happen? Quality teachers make a difference in test scores. Rural school systems can’t even find teachers. Again Act 10……………..walk up Blaska

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    • Paula Fitz says:

      And the fact that school leadership is willing to cowardly throw their own under the bus and tolerate chaos in the classrooms has nothing to do with it.

      I’d also like to know how many teachers have left as a result of Act 10 versus how many left because of politically-correct policies.

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  3. Bob Dorn says:

    Yep, throw more money at the problem. Um… let’s see … my property taxes in the city of Madison have gone up and up every year (50% over the last 10 years), passed a referendum…need more money, you got it! I’m tired of the screaming poverty when resources are not being allocated appropriately. How many “all-gender bathroom” signs could have gone toward buying classroom supplies? Much less spending time explaining how to use which bathroom rather than teaching the ABCs????

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    • Michael Mores says:

      You’re not wrong about rising property taxes, but how much is going towards schools? I just looked at my tax record from 2018. 5% increase to the city of Madison. 6% MATC. 4% to Madison Schools. You’re mad that money is being wasted? Good. Maybe pick something slightly more expensive than signs in schools.

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  4. Christopher Casey. says:

    https://fee.org/articles/head-start-programs-are-setting-kids-up-for-failure/ It is always more money, even though it is a certainty that money does not improve learning. It may improve teacher retirement options, it may increase the number of administrators, it may even buy more electronic devices, but it is not directly correlated to improved learning.

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  5. Bill Fetzner says:

    Does anyone know what the MMSC is doing to arrest the decline in educational achievement of ALL students in the district? I know there’s an effort to target the special needs of minority kids, but could that be happening at the expense of ALL kids in the district? Given the published decline while this targeting has taken place, is there any serious effort going on to figure out why practices in the district over the past few years have led to this calamity? Not with theory or ideology, but with objectivity, statistics and a fair examination into the effects of all possible factors?

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  6. old baldy says:

    There was recently an article in the Green Bay P-G and other Gannett papers, regarding attracting and retaining teachers in NE WI. It details what is happening in Wabeno and other rural districts up here. I know in our rural district we have been the training ground for Green Bay and surrounding suburban districts since Act 10 passed. Two or three years up here, a good review, and we get out bid by more prosperous districts. Cuts in state aid, salary stagnation, fewer benefits, fewer teachers coming out of college, general lack of respect for the teaching profession (promoted by the likes of our recently deposed governor), and the aforementioned Act 10 put rural districts in a bad spot.

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  7. George's Son says:

    A pretty simple and elegant solution: Let the kids learn what is being taught without constant disruptions by students who do not want to learn (or even be there). No matter what the teachers are getting paid or the the funding the districts get, it is impossible (YES, I said impossible) for eager students to get an education currently. MM & DS, you are woefully outta touch w/ what is happening daily in Madison schools. OMG! Why are you so lazy? Why the same-old same-old Act 10, etc. rant, as the district also reports the “same-old” educational lag? Swearing/threatening teachers, non-top student cellphone use, the sleepy-‘cuz-out-all-night crabby clowns, the lunch hour gangsta antics- these hinder all students. Sorry so strident but…. MM & DS —C’mon, get real…..

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    • Michael Mores says:

      I completely agree that the schools are in bad shape. Maybe money isn’t the total answer, but slashing budgets doesn’t help.
      Maybe, just maybe, the reason that students are rude to parents, teachers, and each other is because that what they see in our politicians and media. Trump insults others in Congress. Blaska ridicules progressives and people that care about the environment. And you blame students for acting the same way? You aren’t looking at the bigger picture. Students are imitating the adults.

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      • Paula Fitz says:

        Michael, really? Are you saying television personalities and politicians have more power over a child’s development than parents and school policy do?

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        • Michael Mores says:

          Absolutely! Spend a day and try to take note of all of the negativity you see in the world and then report back here with how you are personally feeling. Happy and ready to learn or work? Hardly. I completely agree that people should take responsibility for their actions. I’m also suggesting we should focus higher up on the list of causes.

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        • Paula Fitz says:

          Michael, the news is negative and social media can be harmful to personal well-being. No surprise there.

          There’s a cure for that, however. Parents can turn off their idiot boxes and close down their Facebook accounts, and limit their children’s access to said media. They can be role models for their own children and partners in their education instead of relying on, or blaming, outside influences.

          This time-tested tradition has worked for many for decades.

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        • Michael Mores says:

          I fully agree with you.

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      • George's Son says:

        Michael, The sad fact remains that students, much less their parents, read much at all RE: current events (or anything). Partly because they cannot (recent DPI figures). Give these students a chance to learn without distraction, be they eager or recalcitrant, and they can achieve beyond YOUR expectations…. The concept that news reports influence these kids is preposterous.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @George’s Son;

          “Give these students a chance to learn without distraction,”

          You’re shinnying up the wrong tree; just ask the always entertaining democrat POTUS front-runner, Jabberin’ Joe, who hilariously thinks he has the answer:

          “It’s not like THEY** don’t want to help, THEY** don’t know what to do. Play the radio, make sure the television—excuse me, make sure you have the record player on at night, the—make sure that kids hear words,” (bolds/caps mine)

          **THEY means Black people, which magically becomes a virulently racist pejorative reference when uttered by an EVIL Righty.

          Sooooo, the solution for Black parents, whom Biden, et al, doesn’t see as capable of raising their own kids because, and I quote, ”THEY don’t know what to do,” is to have Big Gubmint issued record players.

          The least of anyone’s worries is what would be Big Gubmint mandated listening material.

          The most worrisome? Where to get all those record players; EBay, Big Lots, Overstock.com…?

          Whither the Lefty…um…thinkers (@AnonyBob, @hankdog/old baldy, and the rest) on this?

          The Gotch

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  9. Bob Dorn says:

    And the Madison school district forces middle school students to watch CNN on most days. Talk about hate and fear tactics (i.e. climate change and its various iterations).

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    • Michael Mores says:

      Yeah, worldwide temperatures are totally not increasing and storms are not getting worse. Dude, seriously. https://skepticalscience.com/

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Michael Mores;

        “Dude, seriously. https://skepticalscience.com/

        Anyone that cites skepticalscience.com as an objective source forfeits the right to be taken seriously.

        On that subject:

        What have YOU done, what are YOU doing, and what will YOU do going forward to address the Global Warming That’s Here And Worse Than The Models Predicted?

        Please be specific, (cutting back on your travel, air conditioning, hot showers, electricity usage, out-of-season/flown-in organic produce, etc.), and thank you in advance.

        The Gotch

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        • Michael Mores says:

          We’re not talking about me personally. We’re talking about global output of CO2, CO, HCFCs, HFCs, and others. I’m curious as to why you think climate change doesn’t exist. Please be specific.

          Since you asked, I walk to school to get my son on nice days, walk to the grocery store when I can, let the house get to 78 during the day when we’re not home (or 55 in the winter), keep the windows open as much as possible, I have an battery powered lawn mower and snowblower, have a garden in the back, I’m looking at getting a quote for solar power but just haven’t gotten there yet, I changed all my bulbs to LEDs. There’s probably more I can’t think of.

          I’m not claiming to be perfect. The fact that you’re implying I’m a hypocrite is a little petty.

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        • Bob Dorn says:

          CO2 is measured in PARTS PER MILLION. The increase in CO2 in recent years is equivalent to adding one person to a packed Camp Randall Stadium. And if you think that one person is significant, talk to China and India belching much more of the stuff than the good ol’ USA. Sure, ban fracking like Fauxcohantas wants to do, and watch how good those LED light bulbs do ya in the middle of a 20 below zero Wisconsin night.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Michael Mores;

          “I’m curious as to why you think climate change doesn’t exist. Please be specific”

          Fair question. But before that, please show where I implied, intimated, or expressed that I think climate change doesn’t exist. Please be specific.

          Globally? Only one (1) Kyoto Accord (1997) country has come even close to CO2 emissions reductions pledges.

          Funniest thing; that country happens to be a non-signatory.

          Know why they’re a non-signatory? The Former-Serial-Sexual-Predator-In-Chief signed the accord, then didn’t lift a single, pudgy manicured finger to get it through the U.S. Senate for 801 days; the 802nd day was January 20, 2001.

          “The fact that you’re implying I’m a hypocrite is a little petty.”

          There you go again with the “implying” thing. Those are fair questions to be asked of ANYONE that clucks in the most general of terms of how grave they believe the plight of Mother Gaia to be.

          It gets worse.

          In a moment of candor all too rare, Ottmar Edenhofer; UNIPCC, UNIPCC working Group III, Lead Author AR4 (2007), similar to a Cabinet level position in the U.S. government: (emphasis mine throughout)

          “First of all, developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community.

          “But one must say clearly that WE REDISTRIBUTE DE FACTO THE WORLD’S WEALTH BY CLIMATE POLICY.

          “Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this.

          ONE HAS TO FREE ONESELF FROM THE ILLUSION THAT INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY IS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY.

          THIS HAS ALMOST NOTHING TO DO WITH ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ANYMORE, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.”

          Nothing to do with environmental policy? Oy; taken out of context?

          I’d recommend you delve into a little critical analysis of the criminally insane UNIPCC, you may come away with a little skepticism yourself.

          “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.–Thomas Huxley

          And who are the blindly faithful…?

          Brrr!

          The Gotch

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        • Michael Mores says:

          “Please show where I implied, intimated, or expressed that I think climate change doesn’t exist.”
          Since you were calling me out on how many trees I hug each day, I assumed your position was officially skeptical.

          I agree that it’s too bad more countries can’t reach their environmental goals. We could all be trying harder. Maybe our policies should be to stop supporting a dying industry, such as coal, and focus more on renewables. We all know that coal isn’t dying because of foreign competition, but due to natural gas and fracking. Solyndra wasn’t a failure because of the company or government handouts; it’s because China’s subsidies lowered the prices so much that we couldn’t compete. Do you know that China plans to have 50% of the cars on the road be hybrids or electrics by 2030? (source: conversation with trading company on my latest trip there). Eventually, the USA will be in a position where we can’t say there are countries worse than us any more. Then what?

          You’re also right that environmental policies, climate policies, and economic policies are all tied together. Nothing is straight forward.

          Sounds like you do a fair share of reading about these policies. I wouldn’t call myself among the blindly faithful, however. I have a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison in Atmospheric Physics (Meteorology). Have you been to the AOS building on campus? There’s some pretty cool stuff in there with, you know, research on rising sea levels and melting ice caps. Crop devastation. Insects and diseases moving farther up north due to the climate. My research was on measuring optical thickness of cirrus clouds because they’re currently the least understood when it comes to if they’re heating the planet or cooling it. Spoiler: it’s both.

          If you want a visit, I can take you through. Heck, we can go get a beer at the Library and you can tell me more about how Progressives are ruining the world.

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        • old baldy says:

          bob dorn:

          About the only thing you got right was that CO2 is measured in ppm.
          From NOAA:

          “The global average amount of carbon dioxide hit a new record high in 2017: 405.0 parts per million.
          The annual rate of increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 60 years is about 100 times faster than previous natural increases, such as those that occurred at the end of the last ice age 11,000-17,000 years ago.

          The second statement about the rate of increase is the key, and is the major problem.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @hankdog/old baldy;

          “From NOAA:”

          NOAA…NOAA…now where have I heard those letters before?

          Oh yeah…

          Gosh, why would a Big Gubmint agency with a CLEAR agenda adjust past temperature records, incuriously all in the same direction, down?

          Wouldn’t be to give the FALSE impression of greater current warming…would it…?

          I reckon it could be…so long as it’s FOR_THE_CHILDREN, am I right?

          Brrr!!!

          The Gotch

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      • Bob Dorn says:

        I prefer realclimatescience.com
        “In the 16th century, many people believed witches cooked up storms.Now they believe Republicans cause them.”

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  10. Batman says:

    “If you want a visit, I can take you through. Heck, we can go get a beer at the Library and you can tell me more about how Progressives are ruining the world.”

    It is not just regressives Mr. Mores but since you stipulate the obvious I suggest you pencil in several hours.

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    • Michael Mores says:

      I’m actually way more moderate than people here probably think I am. I agree that Socialists can’t possibly pay for as much as they claim. I also think that the conservative approach of having the lowest taxes in the land is a terrible idea. We complain too much about “the other party” because it’s easy. Ever read The Watchmen? Sometimes I think that might be the only thing that will stop us humans from hating each other.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @Michael Mores;

        “I’m actually way more moderate than people here probably think I am.”

        Now, wouldn’t that be nice…

        “I agree that Socialists can’t possibly pay for as much as they claim. I also think that the conservative approach of having the lowest taxes in the land is a terrible idea.”

        Unequivocal agreement.

        “Ever read The Watchmen?”

        On the subject of literary recommendations, allow me to humbly submit Mary Hudson’s eye-opening Public Education’s Dirty Secret; IMO, quillette.com is a fabulous font of fascinating features, facts, findings!

        I may well take you up on that beer, with but one caveat; if you’re on the fence post with The Gotch, Barely Pop likely ain’t gonna improve things.

        The Gotch

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  11. From a pal-o-mine:

    “(My daughter) ‘taught’ at Leopold elementary school for 4 years. It was was like 4 tours in Nam. She said the parents hated the teachers. Students would physically attack the teachers. She has a double major in education. She said nothing she learned in college prepared her for Leopold. She was would come home and cry. Not about lack of school funding.”

    Leopold…Leopold…now where have I heard that name before?

    Oh yeah…

    As the talented Ms. Toriana Pettaway would say: ”Always some White Supremacy BS”

    The Gotch

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  12. Robert Fowler says:

    seems like I should be getting a property tax refund.

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  13. Batman says:

    I remember an article I read some years ago about a big city inner city school district’s answer to the claim that lack of funding was the primary reason for poor student performance. So finally the district found the moolah to refurbish a run down school thereby providing a well appointed learning environment. Well jeepers wouldn’t you know it but it wasn’t long before some of the disadvantaged poorly parented lost souls had vandalized the $#!T out of the school so that it once again somewhat resembled its previous condition.

    I figure it was a relatively small percentage of the total student population responsible, which perfectly reflects crime in general. Tail wags dog, and in Madison dog is too ideologically obsessed (aka stupid) to resolve the violence/chaos issue without sacrificing the entire program in the failed effort.
    Apparently the majority of Madison parents support child abuse with teachers as collateral damage because well, no sacrifice is excessive in the name of virtuous woke political correctness.

    Let us pray

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  14. Batman says:

    Erratum:
    I remember an article I read some years ago about a big city inner city school district’s answer to the claim that lack of funding was the primary reason for poor student performance. So finally the district found the moolah to refurbish a run down school thereby providing a well appointed learning environment. Well jeepers wouldn’t you know it but it wasn’t long before some of the disadvantaged poorly parented lost souls had vandalized the $#!T out of the school thereby tanking the morale of students, teachers, parents, admins, etc.

    I figure a small percentage of the total student population was responsible which perfectly reflects MMSD’s situation. Madison parents voluntarily send their own children off to be emotionally and physically abused at the hands of repeat offenders protected by failed woke policy with teachers as collateral damage because well, no sacrifice is excessive in the name of virtuous woke political correctness. Tail wags dog, and in Madison, dog is too ideologically obsessed (aka stupid) to resolve the violence/chaos issue without sacrificing the entire program in the failed effort.

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