Responding to the ridicule of teachers and the teaching profession by politicians and self proclaimed "experts"!
"Where is Albert Shanker now that we need him?" - Walt Sautter

Sunday, 23 June 2013

For What It's Worth??

I have many questions:

Should RU continue its quest to become an athletic powerhouse?

And can this even be achieved ?

What is the true motivation behind  this attempt to bring "big time" sports to RU?

If accomplished will it really help the universities' prestige?
And if so, how ?

Is providing unpaid farm teams for the NFL and NBA a worthwhile goal for our State university?

Should the highest paid public employee in the State be the RU football or basketball coach?

What was the problem with RU remaining in the Patriot League in the first place?

Did RU  think it had to pump up its athletic image to attract more applications? 

How does high caliber athletics help to attract high caliber students?

How is a universities' "pride"  based on  its athletic program?

(BTW - what do they mean by a universities' "pride" anyway?)

As the song goes "Gimme some truth, all I want is the truth!"

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Figures That Are Hard to Figure !

Money spent in Iraq and Afghanistan
$1.5 trillion

Troops stationed
in Germany, Japan, Korea,etc.
(over 700 bases - $100 billion a year)

Net US Government Bailout Outlays (after repayments)     $3.3 trillion

 Total U.S. military spending makes up approximately 44 percent of all the military spending on the entire globe.

The Pentagon currently gobbles up 56 percent of all discretionary spending by the federal government.

The total price tag for each F-22 fighter jet is approximately $350 million.

Egypt is second only to Israel in the amount of assistance it receives from the United States, an estimated $2 billion a year.

The House Armed Services Committee has voted to give Israel another half a billion dollars in military aid-- on top of the $3.1 billion we already give Israel

and meanwhile:

"Cities Face Tough Choices as U.S. Slashes Block Grants Program"

"US cities under increasing financial strain, says study"

"Federal aid cuts worsen New York City budget woes"

"U.S. cities face threats from federal cuts to revenues, economies"

Monday, 10 June 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand (Well Maybe Tens of Millions) of Words !

And most of them are hired to run what are essentially no cost “farm teams” for the NFL and NBA !

and BTW
NFL and NBA are “non profits” !!!!!

( In 2012 alone, the league paid approximately $53.8 million to its big -ticket execs, including $11.6 million to Commissioner Roger Goodell and $8.5 million to former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who replaced Rozelle in 1989 and ran the league until Goodell replaced him in 2006. In 2011, Goodell received a $22.3 million bonus after negotiating several enormously lucrative extensions with the television networks that provide the predominant percentage of the league's revenues.)

and BTW
RU is spending millions of taxpayer and student monies to eagerly join the “farm team” system.

RU tuition and fees have doubled in the past ten years!!

Friday, 7 June 2013

What If ??

I found this article on page 7 of last week's Ledger.
If an incident like this occurred involving public school students, I wonder if it would be on page 7 ?
I kind of think it would be page 1 or possibly even show up in an editorial !Could it be that private schools are not all the bastions of  learning and decorum as they are portrayed? Maybe the Ledger doesn't want to do anything to burst the bubble ?

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Testing New Jersey Taxpayers

speaking of wasteful spending of taxpayer's money, remember this one  -

 Meanwhile, local BOEs are prevented from awarding life long employees any acknowledge of     their years of service upon retirement. 
So much as a "Happy Meal" at MacDonald's is now illegal !
We must be frugal with taxpayer money! 

 Well, I guess that the State's frugality depends upon for whom taxpayer money is being spent and it is certainly not you or me  !!!