On At Milton Middle School, every student, teacher gets an iPad
@Zozo "There is no reason why middle class families can't pay directly themselves for the education of their children instead of forcing it on the rest of the tax payers." Paying for education is a "have to." It's not like a cable bill you can sign on to when you want it and when you don't. You seem educated, who paid for your education? TAXPAYERS. Now it's your turn to pay for someone else. It's just the way the country works. As far as IPads, this is the technology, just like overhead projectors, film strips, calculators, and copy machines were technology. The IPads will probably lower costs over the years due to the tons of paper and toner a school goes through. Also, children from all walks of life attend public school, therefore, all types of children receive the Ipads, not just middle class. Sounds to me like you have a jealousy issue because you didn't have them in school. Neither did I. I also don't have them in my classroom and I'm ok.
On Janesville School Board debates setting dress policy for teachers
The next steps:Tell me what color to write in, how to grade my papers, if I can or cannot wear nail polish, how to stoke the fire and fill the water pails, when my curfew is, you know, 1896 rules. I do understand the thought of a uniform as I agree some people need to consider their attire before leaving for work in the morning. Flip-flops are at not time appropriate to wear. Jeans and a school T-shirt sometimes are appropriate. The problem is that most of the PROFESSION adheres to the rules and conducts themselves in a manner than upholds the profession. Some do not, as in any area. The public takes those few and runs with it. People need to remember that like lawyers, doctors, accountants, etc.; teaching is a profession and career, not "just a job." It should be regulated and treated as such. Do you walk into the county defense attorney's office and tell them what to wear? No. Then again you won't find them in flip-flops because they are, and have always been, treated like a respected professional.
On Usefulness of unions at issue
Labor Day started in the 1880's as a way of commemorating the struggles of organized labor and the successes of the collective bargaining process. If your politics are anti-union (and if you support the anti-union legislation being passed all over North America), consider going to work today and working a 14-hour day for $3.00 an hour.
On Concealed-carry law triggers increased consumer interest in handguns
Once again, I will say: People, you live in Wisconsin, a HUGE hunting state. At any given time, half the state is running around with shotguns and rifles in their vehicle. Granted, they're not on their body, or concealed, but I'd rather be shot by a 9mm than a deer rifle. And about getting shot, I don't do things that would result in such happenings, nor go places where guns would be prevalent. Yes, an errant bullet could hit me, but so can one from the rifles when I camp in the Fall. It will be ok, people will carry them for a bit to express their freedom. Then, they will leave them at home. As for home defense, many people, including myself, already have guns in their home. Mine is loaded by my bed as I'm a younger female. I do know how to use it and will probably not be shooting anyone, however. The rest of the country has this law and hasn't blown their population to shreds. Maybe it will be that the next person to attack you won't because they won't know if you're carrying...
On Janesville School Board to consider tax hike
@vatoloco. I'm confused. It sounds like you're a former teacher by your comments. Why are you then bashing the profession? Better yet, what's the reasoning for not being in it anymore?
Also clarity, you did just complain. The only difference is, I'm not telling you I could do your job. I'm probably not educated enough... I'm just a lowly teacher. And whatever it is you're selling, I probably can't afford.
@clarity I am only complaining about people who think I sit around and color all day while getting paid thousands and thousands. I work in the private sector, make 20% less, and have 15% more children per classroom. What makes the difference are parents who place a value on education and are willing to pay anything for that. They pay tuition their tax dollars go to public schools. They choose our school because our teachers work very hard. I love my job, I'm just finished with others who judge on a few. I'm also done with people telling me they can do my job better than I can; if you know so much I would be happy to learn from you. People these days seem to have a not my backyard mentality - not my kids why should I have to pay to educate them? It's gotten ridiculous.
@Vatoloco - Yes, you are correct in the fact that sometimes teachers show videos, and sometimes a master's means nothing. To the rest of the teachers, these people are also offensive and frustrating to our profession. However, each profession has employees that aren't fantastic. Please don't judge the rest of us upon the behavior of a few. As for a teacher getting more education, why wouldn't you want the most educated, energetic, and knowledgeable people teaching your children? Should we employ more workers like yourself? Have you ever taught? Do you understand what it actually takes to make a plan for 25 children based on theory, practice, need, and motivators? Then do that 10 times a day? Also, you have to take into account breakfast they may or may not have had, sleep they might not have gotten, or if the child even has a home, clothes, etc. I would welcome your lesson plans.... Please come tell me how to do my job. Perhaps you can sub while I take the day off, go over to the police station, and tell them how to do their jobs. I think I'll also include the mailmen and fire.... I clearly have training in their area of expertise and can offer my opinion.
Ah yes, raising taxes. How do you think schools get money? With state aide cut, it's back to the original design; pay with local money. I sure hope people who voted for Walker are cheering about their raised taxes. You did vote for this situation after all, that's what the rest of us have been trying to tell you. Perhaps you are now reconsidering your vote because it's hitting home?
On Teen’s effort updates war memorial
Great job, Sam! If only we had more kids like you!
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