Friday, August 22, 2008
Ooo, Ooo, Mr Kotter!
Come back Mr. Kotter.
Somehow or other I got added to distribution for Fox and Hounds. This is good stuff. Go there and subscribe to stay abreast of happenings in the Golden State.
1 in 8 Americans live in CA. The state in inordinately influential nationally and even internationally due to the presence of Hollyweird in SoCal. Wherever you hail from, what happens in CA has strategic implications for the entire nation and even globally.
New media like Fox and Hounds may prove to be a big deal for California in terms of propogating conservative message and ideas through the state. So far I'm enjoying the news and editorials. I alluded here to how challenging the media/message problem is in California. It is a large state with many independant geographically distant media markets. This amplifies the power of leftist incumbency and the left (which have inertia and the MSM in their favor).
Good article yesterday by Scott Harris on the problem with California government schools.
Excerpts and paraphrase:
Here’s a simple True or False test for our California public educators and the CTA (California Teachers Association, more powerful force in CA politics)
Education is more important than tenure. (T/F)
A high school diploma should represent 12th grade level abilities. (T/F)
The stigma of a lifetime without the ability to read and write is worse than the stigma of failing a grade. (T/F)
California taxpayers deserve accountability for our $68 billion. (T/F)
Good teachers should be rewarded; bad teachers should be fired. (T/F)
The CTA has everything to do with teachers and very little to do with education. The CTA can take comfort knowing that our CA teachers are the highest paid in the country -- regardless of our low student acheivement.
Read the whole thing here.