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Are Long Beach Schools Failing Our Kids?

Some schools get snow days, LBUSD gets furlough days and that's just for starters.

Every day it seems like doom and gloom for Long Beach Unified School District.  Major budget cuts, a school year reduced to just 175 days (the minimum allowed), pink slips, expanding classroom sizes, , programs on the chopping block, and permanent school closures.  And that’s the good news!  Seriously, the state of our education system, not just in Long Beach but throughout California, seems to be in dire straits. 

Given the current climate at LBUSD, will you continue with public education, look for private school alternatives or, perhaps, take the classroom behind closed doors and home school your kids? 

Is our public education system, specifically LBUSD,  making the grade?

Elizabeth Borsting

Once upon a time, long, long ago California had one of the best public school systems in the nation.  We certainly can’t make that claim any longer.  At the moment, I’m still satisfied with the public school system and Long Beach Unified (with the exception of such politically correct jargon as “number cube” instead of "dice," which apparently promotes gambling; and “bunny basket” instead of Easter basket … oh, don’t get me started!).  But I would be lying if I wasn’t concerned about the multimillion dollar budget cuts that are going to take place as a result of poor planning at the state level. 

I am the proud mother of a second-grade daughter at Lowell and a seventh-grade son at Rogers and, thus far, the budget cuts from last year have not posed much of a problem.  However, we still have a long way to go before high school graduation and I worry about my friends and neighbors pulling their kids from our schools and placing them in private institutions or home schooling because, once that happens, the schools will begin to decline even further as involved parents share their knowledge and resources with schools elsewhere. 

It happened at Wilson during the 1990s until, from what I understand, parents became fed up that their children couldn’t get a quality education at their public school.  I believe this is when the whole uniform policy, which I love, went into place.  When my son started kindergarten at Lowell in the fall of 2003, there was a wait list to get in as parents bragged to those attending “lesser” schools in the area that Lowell was like a “private school.” 

I thought that was a bit of a stretch then—and now—but as far as public schools goes it ranks rather high.  So, would I consider sending my children to private school if things got bad, really bad?  Of course I would, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.  As for home schooling … as long as the curriculum calls for the Fundamentals of Fashion Island, Open Court Beaching, and a three-hour recess–I’m all over it!

Patricia Tsoiasue

Let's get rid of the home school option. Although I believe that home schooling is very acceptable, and I know at least one super-achieving kid that was home schooled, I personally don't have the time for home schooling.

I also personally like the fact that in a larger school setting there are so many options for activities and friendships. For the record, I really believe in the equity that a public school offers. I like the fact that we have a system that provides an education for all, and I want to participate in it. More...

Let's face it. Private school would cost extra, and who's got a bunch of cash lying around? I love that our elementary, middle and high schools are all within walking distance. That local feel is important to me. That said, when it comes down to it, it's all about me. And what's all about me is all about my family. I would have to look at the specific impact of changes on my child and his/her education. I have observed what 20 busy kindergarteners look like in a classroom. I personally think it's great that the teacher can handle all 20, and I can't imagine it with many more.

This year, I saw a class of 35 fourth graders. WOW! Even with the maturity that comes with them being of double-digit age, 35 is a LOT of kids! The formula of 20 kids in K-3 is just right.

If I had an entering kindergartener, I would have to question whether s/he would be able to get the foundation s/he needed with a larger class size. I'm glad that I don't have to make that decision.

I think that after the second shoe drops, we will still be in public school (unless they went to auditorium style teaching in high school!!!). What I think we will be doing is filling in with special programs: Additional after-school activities, tutoring programs and extra lessons is the path we would take. It would cost more, but each decision would be an individual one.

I would have to find a sales pitch for an educational program done outside of school hours.... “Come on, you're going to have SO much fun!“ 

Susie Ridgeway

Hmmm, this is a good question to ponder right now.  First off, I am so sorry that our school system is going to be hit with layoffs of teachers, staff and budget reductions.  I am a true believer of the public school system.  I am born and raised in L.B. and grew up going to Horace Mann Elementary, Jefferson Junior High and Wilson High School. 

It would be hard for me to consider sending my children to a private school, not only because of the expense but because I am very happy with the education my children have received at this point in their lives.  I have a fourth grader at Lowell and a seventh grader at Rogers.  However, I certainly would consider sending my children to a private school should our school system be so impacted that I didn’t think my children would be getting the education they require. 

For now, I still have hope that our schools will get additional funding, parent involvement, and be able to work around some of the budget cuts, and be able to provide and maintain the standards are have been provided.  

 

John B. Greet April 20, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Certainly, Bethany School, on Clark. The class sizes are smaller, the general student body far more polite, respectful, and interested in actually learning something, and the teachers are far more interested in teaching rather than spouting contract language. This generally happens when a school administration, teachers and staff understand implicitly that parents can take their education dollars elsewhere and will if the the school fails to work with parents to deliver a quality education. This is precisely part of what our public education system desperately needs...more competition. With it, more of our public schools will become more efficient, less expensive, and more effective at delivering a quality education and those that do not will close...as they rightly should. Without some real competition, and some other equally essential changes, conditions in many of our public schools will just get worse. Oh and the public middle school in question? Despite its consistent academic failures, it continues to receive its share of taxpayer-provided funding and -according to the latest NCLB report, has consistently failed to meet its AYP standards every single year since 2004.
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue April 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Pan, I like the idea of having the older children convey their knowledge onto the younger. We all know the benefit of having to teach. You have to know the subject matter... If you don't already, you have to go out and learn about it. There's something very empowering about going through that process. Perhaps there can be some program that encourages such mentoring. I know there is a volunteer program, but perhaps the community service program could be supplemented by a choreographed mentoring program. Everyone has something to offer, it's a matter of identifying what that is...
Panglonymous April 21, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Hi Penguin First, I think I'll presume to answer Elizabeth's question even though I don't qualify - no, I would not consider putting my children in private school. As to met00's tutoring ideas, they appeal to me intuitively. It's a "warm" solution - as opposed to bubble wrap teaching/testing which strikes me as distinctly "cold." For all the yappity-yap about technology bringing us together, I think it has a chilling effect of training us to think of ourselves as discrete "units." Nodes on the network. A loose group of individually abstracted selves. One old guy told a story about shopping in several stores one afternoon and encountering the same flat blank stares of... obliviousness? to him, from the clerks, as if he were a flatscreen monitor frozen on the default desktop. Made me laugh - boy, did I know what he meant. Having to sense/discover the routes to communicating with another (via conversation, tutoring, whatever) is about the most exciting and constructive thing I can imagine. And, yes, I would be willing to force my predilections upon the masses if I were king. So, if you do not want a warmer classroom, do not vote me in.
Squigglemom, Trish Tsoi-A-Sue April 21, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Are you running, Pan?
met00 April 21, 2011 at 05:18 AM
@john No it is NOT a myth. In 1944 taxes on $1,000,000 in income in 2010 dollars would have been 65%. In 2010 taxes on that same $1,000,000 in income is 23%. In case you missed it, read David Stockman's book on how he LIED about the Laffer curve when he was Reagan's budget director. You want to talk about class warfare, look no further than that (and the Bush tax cuts) which helped move money from the middle class (it started shrinking in 1982) to the wealthiest 1% so that today we have income inequality that exceeds the Gilded Age. If we were to tax at the 1944 rates (adjusted for inflation) and made one simple set of modifications, we would wipe out the deficit, have a surplus and see employment increase. Those modifications? $15,000 personal tax exemption for each person (max 4). The next $50K after that taxed at 20%, the next $50K after that taxed at 30%, the next $50K after that taxed at 40%, and then the 1944 tax brackets. A family of four wouldn't pay any tax on the first $60K in income. Then from $60K-110K it would be $10K in taxes (at the max). From $110K-160K it would be another $15K in taxes (at the max). So a family of making $160K would be paying $25K in taxes. But the real wealthy would now be paying their fair share as well. Supply-side has been a 30 year failed experiment, it's time to let the adults get back to rational tax policy that works and funds the common good.
met00 April 21, 2011 at 05:52 AM
Met00 is here, and I would like to thank you for picking upon my post. Since you did not include my disclaimer, I will. I have co-authored a patent in computer adaptive diagnostics for education and education is also my "business". One key component I did not go into in my suggestion of returning to what worked in the Single Room Schoolhouse model, was the gross amount of parental involvement that was expected and put in. This aspect of "public education" is another area where the system has failed the students. Parents have been told "leave the education to us." and they have done just that. You can't just drop your kid into a system and then be passive about it, expecting the system to take on all the educational responsibilities. Without expanding on the involvement in parenting as teaching, the student is losing a valuable resource that make a huge difference in the educational process.
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I am referring to hard numbers, not Laffer curves. Soory, met00, but when you start employing language like "But the real wealthy would now be paying their fair share as well" you are most assuredly descending into the tired socialistic rhetoric of class envy and class warfare. The challenge in discussions like these is this purely subjective idea of "fairness" and the misguided belief that if we only increase our misuse of government to take more and more from those who have much, and transfer it, against their will, to those who have less, then we will finally achieve that magical and ever-elusive state of "fairness" in our society. In criminal law this would be known as theft. But to the class-warrior this is called "fairness." I find it interesting that these same people do *not* seek the same level of "fairness" in the other direction. For example, those in our society who use the most in taxpayer-funded and subsidized services, contribute the least to the funds from which these are provided. This, too, is not "fair" yet, strangely, class warriors are not interested in addressing *that* sort of unfairness. The fact is, met00, life is not fair. Some are born wealthy, and some are not. Some work hard all their lives and achieve little, while others work hard all their lives and achieve much. (more)
Panglonymous April 21, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Not in any sense, Penguin. :-) And the way you quickly turned to the practical applications was not lost on me: "Perhaps there can be some program that encourages such mentoring. I know there is a volunteer program, but perhaps the community service program could be supplemented by a choreographed mentoring program. Everyone has something to offer, it's a matter of identifying what that is..." Might highlight the reason why Elizabeth qualified her question ("For those of you with children...") in the first place. Weighting a discussion toward those with "skin in the game" makes for a different exchange.
Panglonymous April 21, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Thanks, met00. How would you answer Elizabeth's question? "So, for those of you who have children, are you considering putting them in private school given the bleak future that will come with these budget cuts?" And would your business benefit more by a revamping of public education, or a trend toward privatization, or?, in your opinion?
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 01:48 PM
For the U.S. class-warrior, government is the instrumentality through which he or she will right all the perceived economic inequities in our society. But in this the U.S. class-warrior is no less misguided as his or her counterparts in the former Soviet Union, who pushed that economic manner of ordering their society to the point that it finally collapsed. We are seeing similar failures in progress throughout Europe, with Greece being the most glaring example of a prevailing sense of entitlement run completely amok. According to the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) the bottom 50% of earners have consistently paid the lowest percentage of US income tax revenues all along, and since 2001, that comparatively tiny share has actually shrunk *every year* through 2008, while the top 1% (the "real wealthy" you refer to) have consistently paid right about 39%. http://www.ntu.org/tax-basics/who-pays-income-taxes.html How much more do you want from the producer-class, met00? At what point do we confiscate so much from them that they take their wealth, their investments, their charitable donations, their corporations and all of the jobs they help to create and leave the U.S. altogether? Much like our city and our state, our nation doesn't have an income problem, it has a horrific spending problem. We need to clean up our tax code. No doubt. But we need to clean up our spending habits too, and we need to stop printing money every time we run out.
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Very well said, Kiki. Your comments concerning CAHSEE are particularly interesting to me. I wonder how many voters in Long Beach are aware of City Council agenda item #4 (11-0319) from the April 5th general Council session. http://longbeach.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=870784&GUID=C4AD7D61-ACD8-421C-AF01-FFC792A5442B Benignly described (as such agenda items so often are) as a "(r)ecommendation to adopt resolution in support of Healthy School Zones in the City of Long Beach." Sounds great! Who doesn't want healthy schools, right? But there was so much behind the scenes and below the surface on this one that I doubt most LB voters had any clue about.The items Council sponsors, Councilmembers Neal (9th), Garcia (1st), and Andrews (6th), sought a Council resolution in support of "Healthy School Zones" as a part of the "Food for Thought" campaign. The group behind the attempt is called "Californian's for Justice" (CFJ). In 2002 that statewide group also spawned an initiative called "Campaign for Quality Education" (CQE). According to CFJ's own literature, "CFJ and CQE waged a four-year campaign to challenge the (CAHSEE) and bring to light the drastic racial inequities that exist in our public schools." (more)
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM
This benign sounding "Healthy Schools" agenda item -backed by a group like CFJ- was, fortunately, withdrawn with no explanation documented. Perhaps some concerned citizen communicated with the Mayor and Council concerning his or her valid concerns about this item, and the group behind it, and perhaps someone in City Hall gave it a closer look and decided to pull it from the agenda. I think it is extremely telling, however, that such items, even make it onto our City Council's agenda in the first place, let alone that we apparently devoted taxpayer-funded staff work to their development and preparation for Council consideration. We need to be smarter about the way we govern ourselves and we need to pay much closer attention to the items that find their way onto our Council's agenda, who promotes them and why, and who is sponsoring them and why.
Elizabeth Borsting April 21, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I did answer the question in the beginning of the article. For now I'm going to wait and see. I have a long time before my kids are ready for college (youngest is in 2nd grade). My fear is that parents will start to pull their kids from Lowell, Rogers and Wilson (where my kids go and will go) and when that happens I fear a rapid decline in our local schools. THANKS EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS DISCUSSION. MOM'S TALK APPEARS EVERY WEDNESDAY ON BELMONT SHORE PATCH. COME BACK NEXT WEEK...
Jacqui Viale April 21, 2011 at 04:48 PM
I am not just worried about Long Beach public schools, but public education in general. And the situation for higher education is even gloomier if you ask me! I think that for now the Long Beach schools are holding, but barely. With the brutal cuts that are going to have to be implemented, I believe we will begin to see the deleterious effects quite soon. We are probably the lucky ones who can afford to make sure our kids still get exposure to arts and cultural experiences that provide a context for all the reading, writing and math in the kids' world. Our kids will have books, and pencils and crayons. What is most worrisome to me is what will happen in the socioeconomic groups that cannot provide those things. We are all connected and live in the world together, so when a large population in our society is suffering, we will all see and feel the consequential effects. Let's hope that we can come to some agreement, quickly, on new ways to think about public education so that ALL of us can enjoy the benefits of educated citizens that participate productively in a healthy society.
met00 April 21, 2011 at 05:00 PM
"producer class" - Ah, a Atlas Shrugged... an Ayn Rand-ian. The true parent of Gordon Gecko's "greed is good". I could respond to this with links to Stiglitz and Krugman, actual prize winning economists, who show why Rand is wrong. I could even point to historical evidence that shows why the greatest period of economic growth in the United States was from the early 1940's (starting in 1942) through to the mid 1950's (ending in 1957-8). But once someone embraces Atlas Shrugged as their faith, facts have little to do with it. Simply put, there is something called "public good" and these cost money. Whether it be schools to educate the workforce, or roads that allow products to get to markets, these are goods that benefit all when they are publicly financed (Rand doesn't believe in that, which is why debating a Rand-ian has no common starting point). In order to finance "public good" citizens/people must provide the money. This is done through taxation. In a capitalist society where consumerism is the engine, you want people to spend money to keep the engine running. If the cost for "survival" is $30K/yr then you don't want to tax anyone below that level. If you want to boost consumerism (increase the economic pool) then you really don't want to tax anyone making less than two times that. After that you want to progressively tax. Again, Stiglitz and Krugman can show the math, but that is the basic premise.
met00 April 21, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Private schools, at this time, are not the answer as they follow the exact same structured grade approach (assembly line) as public schools. When someone opens a private school (or a charter or public school) that eliminates grades and moves students through education as a progression of learning, then maybe we will be closer to the right track. Until then, it's like moving deck chairs on the Titanic. As for my "business". The product we have built on the patent we own allows an educator to "know what the student doesn't know." It creates a contour map of where they are (strictly now for math) so an educator knows what to teach them next. In the current educational model no one in the current cycle cares where the individual student is, because education is "teaching segments" and when the "class" is ready to move to the next segment, the class moves, even if the individual is NOT ready (this is true in public, charter and private educational environments). In today's environment product usage will be first with homeschool educators and tutors with a small percentage of school educators who actually want to teach the individual [ex: remedial math education] verses those educating with learning segments in assembly line mode that passes for education today.
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 05:47 PM
@ met00: Thanks very much for your comments and opinions just recently posted, not one of which served to refute the income tax revenue percentage facts I asserted previously. Economists, prize winning and otherwise, will continue to disagree on the best way to grow the economy in a healthy and sustainable manner. You offer Stiglitz and Krugman and I counter with Friedman and Sowell, both Nobel Laureates in economics. Now, we can play the "my economist is better than your economist" game if you like. But I would prefer that you simply refute the income tax revenue persentage facts as I posted them. If you cannot, I would prefer that you acknowledge that you cannot.
met00 April 21, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Dear Mr. Galt. http://www.businessinsider.com/15-charts-about-wealth-and-inequality-in-america-2010-4#the-gap-between-the-top-1-and-everyone-else-hasnt-been-this-bad-since-the-roaring-twenties-1#ixzz0lCboeqr6 # In 1944 the top marginal tax rate -- the rate on income in the highest tax bracket -- hit 94 percent. In that year, taxpayers making more than $1 million, in 2005 inflation-adjusted dollars, paid Uncle Sam 65 percent of their total income in tax. # In 2005 taxpayers making more than $1 million faced a top marginal rate of 35 percent. These deep pockets paid just 23 percent of their income in federal tax. Finally, if you give a person earning $50K back $5K in taxes, it generally goes back into the economy as the purchase of goods and services. If you give a person earning $100K back $10K, it too will mostly go to goods and services. In a consumer economy that creates jobs. If you give a person earning $1,000,000 back $100K most of it goes to gambling (Stock and commodities markets). And unless you are talking about IPO's or venture funding, the stock market and commodities market is NOTHING more than legalized gambling. It is NOT investing or job creating. The numbers show that since 1980 the supply-siders (Friedman and the Chicago school) were 100% wrong. The 30 year failed experiment should be over, and we should go back to what worked.
John B. Greet April 21, 2011 at 09:06 PM
@ met00 (and assuming your last comment was addressed to me): Thanks very much for your comments and link just recently posted, none of which served to refute the income tax revenue percentage *facts* I asserted previously. Are you able to refute the income tax revenue persentage facts as I posted them? If you cannot, are you willing to at least acknowledge that you cannot?
Kristen Wielert April 29, 2011 at 04:01 PM
What a great dialogue we have here! We are blessed to have so many options for education in this country (public school, private school, home school, etc). I work as a substitute teacher in LBUSD, Los Alamitos USD, and Garden Grove USD. I also work with kids in my academic studio on 2nd Street in Naples and in-home that attend public, private, and home schools. I am extremely biased when I say that one-on-one tutoring is the way to go! Teachers do not have the time to work one-on-one with students in the classroom, which is why I have a job. I work with the parents, students, AND teachers to develop individualized curriculum for each of our students, and is has been such a blessing for so many families. For many, private school is not an option because of the expense. For parents looking for scholastic support and enrichment, I HIGHLY recommend tutoring. There are enough local tutors that have such amazing talents. Many of them are credentialed teachers that have low seniority with overwhelming creativity and passion for what they do. If you feel that your students could use a little extra boost, ask your teacher for a referral or give Kids Under Construction a call
Panglonymous April 29, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Kristen, can you see using the one-room-schoolhouse model (ala met00 above)in your tutoring business, whereby you might teach a small *group* of students at different levels, charging older students with tutoring the younger? Or no? Just curious. :-)
Kristen Wielert April 29, 2011 at 11:42 PM
I have a very open mind when it comes to education, and I like ideas that are "out of the box". I opened my academic studio on 2nd Street with the hope that I could use it for group tutoring. However, the City of Long Beach was NOT having that. They want me to pay $6,000 for an administrative use permit, which I am not guaranteed to be awarded and will not be reimbursed for. They will, however, let me teach groups in my home, on the sidewalk, on a ferris wheel, and pretty much everywhere else. They just let Panama Joes have an entertainment permit and a mechanical bull, but I can't have more than one student at a time. I am in the process of compiling a district-wide elementary PE program for 5th graders, which I would love to have the older kids help me with. I also hope to use high school volunteers to help me teach some math facts camps in a few local schools in return for service learning hours. The possibilities are endless! Oh, how wonderful it would be to have more than one student in my office at a time...
Panglonymous April 30, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I'm sure glad you brought that out, Kristen. With schools, teachers and kids on the ropes, it would seem awfully difficult for any councilperson to support that kind of bureaucratic folly - at least publicly. Maybe you should take Mr. Ruehle's advice and put it on the record at Council during public comments: http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/council-oks-entertainment-license-for-panama-joes#comment_606693 once, twice, thrice? ;-) Your work should garner plenty of public support...
met00 April 30, 2011 at 03:13 AM
@Kristen, I have really gone out of my way in my posts to NOT discuss my company, product, etc. (in fact I had a very large disclaimer on my first post) but to address concerns raised by meta-issues. Whether those issues be political or social; the goal is to get people to think (there is inside-the-box, outside-the-box, and my favorite "there is no box") and share ideas and concepts. I was 100% on-board with what you were stating until the last line. Then it went from sounding like a concerned and intelligent discussion post to a commercial. I'm not saying that anything you said is wrong (my partner, who co-wrote the our Computer Adaptive Diagnostic patent) owns the leading enrichment center in Brentwood in LA, so I agree that enrichment centers have a place in the mix). Yes, I could have pointed to our web sites (one even named after tutoring using Socratic method), but the goal here should be discussing the meta-issues around education and not self-promotion (and unfortunately that's what your last line sounded like). Just giving you my $0.02 on how I reacted when I read your post.
Kristen Wielert April 30, 2011 at 07:34 AM
Thanks for the comment, met. I in no way, shape, or form meant to come off as a commercial. I believe I have seen you mention your "business" in a few posts, such as the following: "As for my "business". The product we have built on the patent we own allows an educator to "know what the student doesn't know." It creates a contour map of where they are (strictly now for math) so an educator knows what to teach them next." It is a business, and one that you should be proud of! Technology such as this is fantastic, and one that I actually used for a bit myself. It sounds like you and your partner have a proactive approach towards education rather than a passive one that points out its current deficiencies. I, too, am doing what I can to make a difference in our children's education. After stating that there are many teachers and tutors that would love to help students in need, I mentioned my business at the end as a suggestion for someone that might be looking for help. I'm sure your partner has people that come in with a sense of relief once they find your services. I am proud of what I do, proud of what I have built, and you should be too. If mentioning businesses in posts such as this one is taboo, then I apologize for mentioning it. It's a means for me to help others, and was not at all intended as selfless promotion. What I do is selfless in many ways. I think that we share many of the same views regarding education, so let's stick together!
Panglonymous April 30, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I was thinking of what she must be paying for rent. Unless, of course, she owns the space. Or it is donated. :-)
met00 April 30, 2011 at 05:08 PM
@kristen Yes, I do talk about my business, it helps explain where I am coming from as well as validates a bit of what I say as having experience in the field (without that reference I'm just some crazy guy with nutty ideas). And while I can say this summer sometime we look forward to releasing Foundations(1), a product not built on the patent but one we have been using for over three years in the environment, there is no way to "find" it with an online search or by reference since it's not released yet. There are hundreds of meta-issues that surround education. An effective education for a child starts when the parent re-engages. The current system does everything it can to dis-engage a parent, to say "we will take care of it, and we know best." Once a parent throws off that coil, they can start to participate in actively teaching and making a difference. Allowing your child to sit on the conveyor belt of the educational factory (whether public, charter or private) and accepting that as the education that will suffice is short selling the child and not giving them every advantage to succeed. (1) Foundations will be released as a free product that will allow a teachers, tutors, parents to create a place for a student to review and learn. It is scheduled for release this Sept (and now I have to get back to writing the code).
Kristen Wielert April 30, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Sounds like a fantastic product that will help many! What a wonderful gift to share with our education system.
Panglonymous April 30, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Clearly, none of this is funny, and should not be pointed out, nonetheless, I found this *amusing*, NOT FUNNY, so don't crawl all up my * about it... ...aww, never mind. (oh, all right, the funny parts hinge on two words: selfless and enrichment. find them and actually laugh and i'll email you a 10% discount certificate guaranteed to reduce your dumbassery by at least 20%. depending on your your baseline, you might actually approach a level of *neutral* dumbassery - no mean feat. and yes, i'll make money off it, i'll soak you like a dry lawn if you dare come down my block, fair warning, rhizomes...) (and remember, "It's *your* The Patch, too!" or something. e pluribus pluribus. out.)
Panglonymous May 01, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Friends of Education: These are worth watching if you haven't seen 'em. See what you think. Asians in the Library - UCLA Girl Going Wild http://youtu.be/u7XAJo3rQn8 Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song (Response to UCLA Girl Going Wild) http://youtu.be/zulEMWj3sVA UCLA Chancellor Appalled by Student Video http://youtu.be/6feGp0GQVJ8 - The Patch down south op-edded and solicited comments here: http://missionviejo.patch.com/articles/opinion-lack-of-family-values-leads-to-racist-anti-asian-rant

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