Education, politics, and anything else that catches my attention.
Darren,Here's an education topic for you: In the states, do we need the school day to be as long as it is? Here in Germany where my kids attend the local schools, the 1st and 2nd graders get out at noon, and the following grades get out at 1. I think in the end German kids are as smart as US kids. It's nice to have the kids get out of school and have the whole afternoon to do homework and play. I love having my sone and daughter able to head to the playground for a pick up game of soccer, meet up with friends and play, or just ride their bikes around. It would be nice to see this system in the states. So, do we need such a long school day stateside? Is it filled with needed education or is the US school day filled with some fluff that could be deleted?Cheers,Tom
Glad to hear it. I enjoy reading your conservative views, but I'm left just wondering at how someone can have such strong faith in ALL reports, actions and decisions of his government these days. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Democrat --- I believe in the death penalty, capitalism, the 2nd amendment, vastly cutting welfare, etc. --- but the Republican Party has changed a lot since Reagan was president. How can I respect the office of the presidency when first we have Clinton, a bright and admittedly capable guy with serious moral flaws, and now Bush 2, a (reformed) moral guy but an oaf with open, naked greed as his #1 policy? I liked his father so much better... Sigh. I'm just getting curmudgeonly in my old age.
I admit it, I'm too trusting. Barring *clear* evidence to the contrary, I believe that people are telling the truth when they speak.I have a book called The Penguin Book of Lies. Included in it is the text of Nixons 30 April 1973 speech about there being "no whitewash in the White House". When I read it, it sounds sincere and the explanation believable. If I didn't have any other facts available to me, I'd have bought it.But in this day of the internet I have plenty of facts available to me. And I calls 'em as I sees 'em.
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