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PostSubject: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptyThu Sep 23, 2010 7:02 am

So Mark Zuckerberg is giving $100 million to Newark's pubic schools. Newark's schools are giant fails. Money has been thrown and thrown and thrown at them (they're an Abbott district), to end up fraudulently and corruptively spent. And it's not just Newark -read about Kansas City, MO's school system for a horrifying account of mismanagement and corruption of giant taxpayer funds over twenty years. Same with LA's schools.

Why are some urban school districts such intractable failures? All draw on gloriously diverse populations, which is the high holy mantra of the social engineers. What's going wrong?

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/facebook-ceo-pledges-100-million-to-newark-schools-as-critical/19645141/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk1%7C172496
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptyThu Sep 23, 2010 7:17 am

The U.S. education system is a patchwork quilt of outdated policies, procedures, curricula and infrastructure. When it works, it is an independent visionary in a few schools through sheer grit and charisma introducing common sense in spite of school boards, state legislatures and the national government. It's never widespread innovation with measured results.

As an example, I was school director of an alternative school with a disastrous first year (3 directors), and I came in after the second year began and was gone with an "amicable confidentiality agreement" with about six weeks left in the school year.

Be aware that the timing was after all student progress measurements and data for that year were complete, all reports in, but no results returned. I had met all results measured at that time and was due a substantial bonus at the end of the school year already (which ending the employment released them from).

Well, the data is in. My school of students who couldn't make it anywhere else in the district is one of the top performing schools; that's in comparison to the so-called normal schools. It received an "A" grade as a school, the top grade possible and not likely in the second year of operation. I'm one of those innovators who lost track of the politics in favor of the students, a fatal mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptyThu Sep 23, 2010 7:28 am

Glad to hear about the great results, DK. I don't understand why you were let go, though? What kind of politics led to that?
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Remember, it was an "amicable confidentiality agreement" that led to my departure. That's how the good ones go - an amicable confidentiality agreement.
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptySun Oct 03, 2010 2:02 am

The education system is really a waste of time over here in the u.k. People that have degrees don't get the job they want. People with no degree have small chance of getting a good job. Only the outstanding student are able to get that great job. Colleges here are kind of an alternative to staying on at high school. Courses that are practical such as building work are good, but most subjects, are really are a waste of time. Still, university education is important. They need to make university education free again. Maybe, the billionaires from the u.s can support us.
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptySun Oct 03, 2010 7:42 am

You make a good point. Free education is available in some rich countries. In the USA, even if the money was available, it would be viewed by many as socialism. Seems that if something benefits the underprivileged, it can't be a good. Besides, too much knowledge and you can no longer BS the masses.
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PostSubject: Re: Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools   Mark Zuckerberg giving $100MM to Newark schools EmptySun Oct 03, 2010 11:39 am

Should people who don't attend college be taxed to subsidize people who do? Seems that if someone wants to go to college, it's on them to make it happen. Much financial aid available for this purpose, via grants, scholarships and low-interest government loans exists. Lots of the latter is taken and then defaulted on. I hardly think lack of aid is a drawback for a motivated student. Unmotivated students don't belong in a college, resources are wasted on them.

Along these lines, the open source textbook movement want government grants and funding to pay for their "free" books. Once again, wanting to tax people who don't have to buy textbooks to subsidize ones who do. Ridiculous.
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