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Posted on 08/30/2007 6:01:47 PM PDT by pickrell
In Ohio, the Columbus Public School system, (CPS), has a very bad reputation. One has only to speak the name of the organization, and chills roll down parents' backs.
But, unlike what many at Freerepublic would think, the overwhelmingly Democratic-controlled city council has taken bold measures to address the problem.
Study groups were formed, months were invested, dollars were spent.
In a bold move sure to create ripples nationwide- the group moved to correct the problem of the odious reputation associated with CPS.
They have today announced that they have changed their name... to Columbus City Schools.
What tremors this creates in the industry will simply have to be dealt with.
Oh... and they also created a logo.
Well, heck, they had to... after all- their graduates can't read well, and it will serve as a mnemonic, so that they can recognize the source of their abilities in life.
My organization spent a couple of million to get a consultant to write a mission statement.
A turd by any other name, is still something not to step in.
Do people really still send their children to public schools???? Scary.
They sound just like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
I hope that someone was promoted as a result of this bold decision.
same old story..
“Millions were spent, much was said, nothing was done.”
Or Cleveland schools, which thankfully I never went to.
Mine did. Fortunately I graduated with my brain cells and sanity still intact.
I’m sure the consultant consulted:
Where I live in Union County, the Charlotte ‘burbs, we don’t have this high-concept stuff ... just ordinary waste, fraud, abuse, bribery, and corruption. Oh, and falling test scores!
I’ve been meaning to write to the Western Union weekly paper and suggest that they give a few million dollars of the schools’ budget to the library system, which serves the public much better!
So, in effect, their solution is to deceive the sheeple. How unique.
Back in the 90’s, the Portland received some well deserved bad publicity when 2 city workers were caught on tape taking a nap in their city vehicle on city time. The City responded boldly...with a new logo and motto for all their vehicles. All done in one night with tons of overtime.
Sounds like most city systems. I went to a suburban system which wasn’t bad, but I was only in public schools for K-5 and the first few days of 6th, and that was years ago.
A high school in my neighborhood remodeled an existing gym into a two story building containing classrooms. When it was finished they proceeded to build a brand new gym right next to it.
I’m sure that was with a consultant who was an “expert”...you know what the definition of an “expert” is...someone seven miles outside of town carrying a briefcase.
Big city school systems, like other aspects of government, are generally run by Democrats. I used to think Republicans, who run everything here in Union, were less corrupt than Democrats, but now I know better. However, they do seem to be more competent!
IMO, of course.
Sounds like the do-nothing Republicans in Ohio(and down here in Florida too).
That may be true. And it seems like Republicans are less likely to be just plain nutty. They're understandable money-grubbers, not moonbats.
Oy, my parents live in Florida, and Mom’s in the Republican Club in her county. We don’t talk about politics much, because too much ire is bad for her health. She can’t stand Jeb Bush, though.
I had some disagreements with Jeb, but he was much better than Charlie Crist, who is basically a male version of Olympia Snow.
a male version of Olympia Snowe
That's a bad thing to say about a person!
Governor Suntan is male? Who knew!
The libraries are also controlled by the leftists who are gradually purging serious works from the shelves. Inquire how many books the Union County Library has by Christopher Dawson, Eric Vogelin or F.A. Hayek.
Now MY library on the other hand...
Union (and Charlotte-Mecklenburg) get a good selection of recent, popular conservative books. I just spent a week of late nights on Michael Burleigh’s “Sacred Causes,” from Mecklenburg.
Do you have Caesar or Tacitus? Anoreth has a Rome Thing going on. (She also has magenta hair and a Bruce Lee t-shirt. I have to allow these thing to prove I’m not my Mom.)
The problem with the recent, popular conservative books is that they tend to say roughly the same thing. At some point there is nothing further to be gained by reading them.
However, some of the unpopular current conservative books are excellent. Try to find something by Roger Scruton if you can.
I have the Gallic War, but no Tacitus unless it’s part of a combined Harvard Classics volume. My collection is much better in Greek/Hellenic and Medieval works. Our new house is only about 3.5 hours from you, so you’ll probably need to take the van.
That's a good point.
I've been wanting to read the Gallic War again (haven't looked in the Meck. library catalog, though). If you FReepmail us your US Mail address, maybe I'll declare a field trip this fall and show up on your doorstep to trade cakes for books!
Just to confirm, did the long lost Scott Hahn tapes every show up in your mailbox?
I sent my daughter to public school. She was accepted to the Air Force Academy last year.
They did, thank you very much! I’d have sent you a note, but I didn’t know your most recent address.
If you haven’t already, I would recommend the Claremont Review of Books. It’s a quarterly publication from the Claremont Institute; it’s not expensive and the articles are very good.
Congrats to your daughter. The adversity she learned to deal with should serve her well. Even though I flew Navy, I still wish her all the best.
Agreed. Also quite good, is The University Bookman, originally founded by Russell Kirk and currently published by ISI. Additionally, The National Review, The New Criterion, Commentary, First Things and other serious conservative journals nearly always contain a few worthwhile reviews.
I used to get “The University Bookman” and “The Underground Grammarian,” back in the day.
A long time ago, the Washington Bullets were concerned about their name, because some people thought it promoted violence. The first suggestion for a new name? Mid-Atlantic Bullets.
The Chicago definition of an honest politician is a politician who stays bought.