posted on Oct, 24 2008 @ 02:53 PM
OK, from reading the posts in this thread, I can see that some are missing my point. Sure, the Public School System is screwed up, but as an 'old
timer', I can tell you that is our fault. A few decades ago, we took the teeth out of the system. When I was a kid, if you screwed up, didn't do
the work, or mouthed off to a teacher, you got punished. And when you got home, you got punished again, only worse. Somewhere, we decided that
corpral punishment was wrong. I'm reminded of an old saying; "Spare the rod, spoil the child". Well, now we have at least three generations of
Now, teachers are not allowed to physically restrain children, let alone punish them. Parents are not allowed to punish their children in public,
lest they have social services called on them and risk having their children taken away. I realize that we, as a society cannot condone child abuse,
but instead of drawing the line between suitalbe punishment and abuse, we decided to just abolish corpral punishment altogether. Now our children do
not learn important lessons like there are serious consequences to their actions. Instead we try to 'reason' with them, which is just ludicrous.
Instead of failing our children when they don't know the required information to progress to the next grade, we pass them so as not to damage their
'psyche'. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM!!!
Now, back on topic, Universal Health Care is something we should have. We claim to live in the greatest nation on Earth, yet we have many citizens
who cannot afford basic health care. So many Americans are just one health crisis away from bankruptcy. The Obama Health Care Plan isn't even
'socialized' health care. Under his plan, if you do not have health care, then you can purchase the health care plan available to Federal
employees. That is a very important distiction. I feel that is an improvement, but I also feel that it is not far enough. If health care was truly
'socialized' then those who get into the field would not do so to become wealthy, as most doctors do now, but would do so simply because they care
about people. I would much rather have health care providers who are there because they care, rather than the greedy system we have now. Do you
think teachers do what they do for the money? No, they do it because they care about the education of your children, but you have tied their hands in
the ability to provide a quality education which they deserve.