Plano Texas Politics

September 8, 2009

Obama’s Speech to the Students

Filed under: Education,National News — jdalley @ 10:55 am
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This has become a very controversial topic recently, many say that it is wrong for Obama to do this. I however do not see anything wrong with him simply giving a speech.

There could be an issue if he suggests to the students to have their parents support one of his bills but otherwise there is nothing wrong with the President of the United States giving a speech to the students of this nation.

Well, we will see what happens today.

~James Dalley

June 26, 2009

What’s the big deal in Iran?

Why are we so focused on Iran right now instead of keeping our government on the right track. Foundingbloggers.com on their front page had eight articles on Iran and seven on America one of which is Michael Jackson dying! I admit that Iran is a huge issue, but it is also a cover-up that people are using to get us to fight over Iran instead of Government Health Care, Paygo, and cap and trade!  America, we need to wake up and see the lie within our government.  We need to wake up to the real issues.  Gay Rights, isn’t a real issue, Abortion isn’t a real issue, Gun Control isn’t a real issue. The real issue is Communism/Socialism/Fascism Vs. Republic/Founding Fathers. We need to focus on getting new people into Congress, we need to get Founding Father Constitutionalists, not Democrats, not Republicans. We need good strong, sturdy, people whom we as the people can trust. America wake up and see the real issues.

~James Dalley

June 22, 2009

Problems with Public Schooling (The Constitution)

I believe that another problem with public schooling is that it doesn’t stress the Constitution. This one of the problems with today’s youth. They do not know what the Constitution says and thus do not know the rights that are granted to them within the Constitution. I have tried many different tacts to try to get teenagers to read the Constitution, and most of the time I fail. I have gotten responses like, “It’s boring” “I don’t need to read it” “I’m not going into law” “I don’t have time” etc. I find these responses very scary. The youth of our nation, the future politicians, do not care that much for the Constitution.

I would like to stress to all of you the extreme importance of the Constitution, and the importance that we all know what the Consitution says, and what it is about.

Thanks you for your time,

~James Dalley

June 19, 2009

Voucher System of Schooling (Myths)

The Voucher System was first invented by Milton Friedman. Under this system a parent would be able to get a voucher for x dollars from the child’s school and the parent could then use that voucher to pay for private school tution or homeschooling.

In this post I will discuss one of the biggest myths behind the Voucher System.

This myth is that the Voucher System would drain money from the public schools. This is a fallacy. The parent does not usually receive the full amount that the state get’s for the child so for example if the state gets $10,000 dollars they may make the voucher be $8,000 so the parent gets $8,000 to pay for a private school while the school keeps the $2,000. This actually benefits the public schools. Also with one less student the school has to pay for teaching one less student so the school benefits in that way too.

I hope that you can see that this myth is just that a myth and that it would be benificial to switch to a voucher system. I will write more on this subject later.

Thank you for your time,

-James Dalley

June 17, 2009

Problems with Public Schooling (TAKS)

Filed under: Education — jdalley @ 8:02 am
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One of the greatest problems with public schooling is that teacher’s have to teach the kids not what they need in life but what they need to pass a test. Here in Texas the biggest problem is the TAKS Test, which is the Texas Assesment of Knowledge and Skills. Which by the way it does not asses. Here is a question from the social studies test

5The 13 original colonies were primarily located along the —
A Atlantic Ocean
B Gulf of Mexico
C Mississippi River
D Great Lakes

I would hope that with any schooling you would already know that by 8th grade, which was the version of the TAKS test I was using for the above example. Unfortunately, it is this kind of stuff that teacher’s have to teach instead of the importance of the constitution. So one of the greatest problems is that teachers have to teach to the test not to actually learn. It is for this reason that I do not support our current public school system.

– James Dalley

June 12, 2009

What Teacher’s say Public vs. Private

Most people will defend public schooling with their life because they believe in everyone getting an education, but there is another and better way. I will not go into detail about it here but it is called the Voucher System. Here I will just list some statistics from a survey, which can be found here.

First off though people seem to believe that private school teachers get more but in reality this is not true. Public school teachers get $45,000 a year, and private school teachers get $30,000 a year.

Secondly illegal drug use is much more common in public schools than in private schools. Only 52% of public school teachers said that illegal drug use never happened and 72% of private school teachers said that it never happens. Huh? Which is better?

Third, physical abuse of the teachers. Public 67% never happens, Private 95% never happens. Now I really don’t know which is best.

Fourth, verbal abuse of teachers. Public 18% never happens, Private 54% never happens. I still can’t tell which is better.

Finally, student pregnancy. Public 70% not a problem, Private 95% not a problem. I think I figured it out! Private School is better!

I hope you came to the same conclusion or at least that you have begun to consider different options.

-James Dalley

June 10, 2009

Please Take the Poll

Filed under: Education — jdalley @ 4:54 pm
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Problems with Public Schooling (Morals)

In today’s society we expect most to all children to go to a government run public schooling system. There are many problems with this system though, most of which are not generally discussed. My biggest problem with the public school system is that it no longer just teaches readin’, ‘rittin’, and ‘rithmetic, but it now teaches morals too! Milton Friedman who was a famous 20th century economist, and a Nobel prize winner in economics, said this:

“Public schools teach religion, too–not a formal, theistic religion, but a set of values and beliefs that constitute a religion in all but name. The present arrangements abridge the religions freedom of the parents who do not accept the religion taught by the public schools yet are forced to pay to have their children indoctrinated with it, and to pay to still more to have their children escape indoctrination.”

A modern day example of this is the teaching of evolution. Our kids are being taught that we all evolved from monkeys and that God doesn’t exist. Teachers may not say right out that God doesn’t exist but the overall result is to teach our children to be atheists. This can be seen in the increasing number of atheists among the younger generation. Public schools have started to accept the ways of the world instead of sticking to strong, good, morals, upon which our country was founded.

So our tax dollars are being spent to teach our children morals that we do not always agree with and the parents have no control over what their children are being taught unless they homeschool them or take them to private school.

-James Dalley

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Moment of Silence

This post is a little closer to home but it is very important to everyone. Texas schools have a “moment of silence” after the pledge of allegiance and an atheist who had children going to these schools said that it was unconstitutional because it forced people to pray. Thus he said that it was a violation of the first amendment, which reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

First off congress had made no law that established a religion in schools, and neither did Texas. The opinion that religion is illegal in any public place came from the idea of separation of church and state. The separation of church and state came out of a letter from Thomas Jefferson, and it has been taken out of context. Jefferson’s letter reads as follows:

Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem & approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful & zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more & more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorized only to execute their acts, I have refrained from presenting even occasional performances of devotion presented indeed legally where an Executive is the legal head of a national church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson
Jan.1.1802.

Jefferson said that the first amendment put up a wall between the church and the state but he did not say that we had to have complete separation of church and state. Thus even the defense of the separation of church and state does not succeed since we have no law prohibiting it. Thus it is legal to have religion in public places as long as it is not a religion established by the government.

Thankfully, the atheist’s attack on the moment of silence failed, and the courts declared it constitutional. I hope that all of you will stand up for what little bit of religion we still have within our school system.

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-James Dalley

June 9, 2009

Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten

I am a firm believer in private/home schooling and do not believe that the government has any business teaching the youth of America. Constitutionally they do not have the right, so I think that they should not teach the youth of America. I have a problem with public schooling in the first place but pre-K or preschool is in my mind even worse. Why don’t we just start letting the government brainwash our kids right from the womb? The Washington Post had an article June 8th on the importance of preschool. This is what the Post said that we are paying for preschool education. (If you didn’t know preschool starts at four.)

“Nationally, state and local governments spend about $4,600 annually per student enrolled in state pre-K, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research. (More than $8,000 is spent per student in Maryland and about $5,600 in Virginia; statistics were not available for the District.)”

I don’t know about you but I do not like to know that the government is taking money from me to “educate” four year-olds. I think that children that young should be raised by their parents, and if the parents have to work than they can go to day care but the government doesn’t need to start teaching the youth of America when they are still four. When children are four they are still learning about morals and what is right and wrong. Do you want the government to teach our youth morals? I don’t.

The Post’s defense of preschooling was that it helped prepare the kids for normal public schooling.

“Statewide, 75 percent of entering kindergartners who attended public pre-K were rated fully ready. (The rate was 86 percent for students who attended tuition-charging, nonpublic nursery schools.) Among students who had stayed home or been informally schooled, 63 percent were rated fully ready when they entered kindergarten.”

I am very curious as to how one would conduct a test to see if someone is ready for school after going through preschool. I mean how can you test something like that? I hope that you can see that we need to correct the way that the government is spending our tax dollars.

-James Dalley