Posted on February 10, 2012 by Michael Hawkins
I bet it passes:
A bill put forward by Gov. Paul LePage proposes allowing religious schools in Maine to qualify for public tuition dollars.
LePage unveiled the proposed bill with the state’s education commissioner Stephen Bowen in Skowhegan on Wednesday. Currently students in ‘school choice’ communities can attend some private schools and have their tuition paid for by the school district they live in.
I can see both sides of this argument. I went to a Christian school from K through 8 and I know it was an excellent education (minus the time wasted on religion). My class alone produced 4 high school valedictorians around the area. That’s 30 students who spread into various high schools with hundreds of kids per class and managed to succeed at a very high rate. That point acknowledged, none of this justifies using public dollars to send children to such schools. This is little more than an excuse to promote Christianity.
It’s too bad I fully expect to see a few more “Christian children” (as if there is such an absurd thing) running around in the coming years.
Filed under: Local, News, Religions | Tagged: Christianity, Paul LePage, Private school, Public school | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 23, 2011 by Michael Hawkins
Because the guy we’ve got now is a dolt:
Filed under: News | Tagged: Eliot Cutler, Keith Olbermann, Paul LePage | 5 Comments »
Posted on August 3, 2011 by Michael Hawkins
One of the absolute worst ideas I have ever heard in regard to education has to be Maine governor Paul LePage’s idea to add a 5th year to high school so students can earn their Associate degrees. He mentioned it during the campaign season but had gone silent on it since. I was hopeful he had abandoned the thought. It’s just awful:
- High school teachers are not qualified to teach college level courses
- Associate degrees typically take 2 years to get
- High schools are not accredited institutions (I feel bad for the students that will get laughed at when they attempt to transfer their credits to real colleges and universities.)
- This insults everyone who has a legitimate Associate degree
Unfortunately, it looks like people are still taking this stuff seriously, including the local newspaper:
A high school diploma is not enough for today’s job market, and current school programs work well for many students but still leave too many behind. Too often, students finish high school without the skills they need to get a good job or make the transition to college-level work.
Making it easier for more people to move from high school to college will not only improve their economic prospects, but everyone’s. It’s still an interesting idea and well worth pursuing.
Except this is not college-level work. There is not a single teacher in the state of Maine – or anywhere else – that is qualified to teach at the college level except in cases of special instruction and other, relatively rare exceptions – or when they are also professors. A sociology teacher at a high school cannot teach a sociology course at the college level. A high school biology teacher cannot teach me about genetics under any formal requirements. The same goes for all the major subjects. Until colleges start offering gym courses, high school teachers need to stay in their own buildings, teaching at their own level.
This is just the worst idea I’ve ever heard. I’m not saying that because LePage is a Republican and generally a bad governor. I’m saying it because it’s so ridiculous and demonstrates an extreme poverty of understanding of the differences between high schools and colleges. If this dolt wants to subsidize real college degrees, earned at real colleges, then great. Do it. Or if he wants to trim many of the useless classes high school students have to take so that they can more easily be sent to classes at universities and community colleges, then great. Do it. But if he wants to add a 5th year of high school without accounting for the quality of instruction, the new class space needed, the space needed for the added students – the high school in my city already has taken on 7th and 8th graders in addition to the other students – or why he believes it’s okay to give away two year degrees to under-taught students in a hugely compressed time frame, then no. That’s awful and Paul LePage needs to keep his face away from anything to do with education. He obviously has no idea what he’s doing and he hasn’t bothered to think through this idea in the least.
Filed under: Local | Tagged: 5th year of high school, education, Kennebec Journal, Moronic, Paul LePage | 13 Comments »
Posted on June 26, 2011 by Michael Hawkins
Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, has declared August 6 to be a day of prayer and fasting:
WHEREAS, in times of trouble, even those who have been granted power by the people must turn to God in humility for wisdom, mercy and direction. In the spirit of the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, Verses 15-16, I urge a solemn gathering of prayer and fasting. As those verses admonish: “15Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly … 16 Gather
the people, consecrate the assembly… “As Jesus prayed publicly for the benefit of others in
John II :41-42, so should we express our faith in this way.
NOW, THEREFORE, I PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim
August 6th as
A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation
This is highly exclusionary and a misuse of public office. LePage cannot constitutionally use the government of Maine to endorse a day of prayer. (The fasting will be good for him and other Mainers of his girth, though.) The only positive thing that can be taken from this is that at least LePage is being honest and not pretending like he’s declaring a day for all religions. It’s pretty obvious he just means his.
Filed under: Local | Tagged: August 6, Day of Prayer and Fasting, Paul LePage | 6 Comments »
Posted on March 29, 2011 by Michael Hawkins
As most Mainers know by now, our governor has taken to removing a labor mural from the Department of Labor. His whole point is to be a prissy little dick to everyone who isn’t a Teabagger. That is frustrating enough. But what really gets me is that he keeps telling people to get over it and to talk about something important – Hey, Paul LeDouche, you started this conversation. This is purely your fault. Own your idiocy.
Filed under: Local, News | Tagged: Paul LePage, Thought of the day | 14 Comments »
Posted on February 27, 2011 by Michael Hawkins