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Christie on Education: “How Disgusted I Am”

Posted by Larry Doyle on February 10, 2012 3:41 PM |

I wrote earlier today about the need for those in college to “not let their classwork get in the way of their education.”

That said, in order to get to college or ahead in the world in the first place, each and every child in our nation needs a quality secondary education.

They are not getting it.

Obviously, family structure and other factors play a significant role in our children’s well being and development; however, when we have urban graduation rates of approximately 50%, education in many cities is largely in name only. From where do you think large percentages of our prison populations come?

Ever since I launched this blog, I have been a strong proponent of charter schools, student vouchers, and school choice in order to advance the cause of meaningful secondary education for all in our nation. Without real change in our secondary schools, especially in our urban settings, America can kiss its future good-bye.

Who gets this? New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and he is disgusted with the quality of urban education in the Garden State. Wouldn’t you be disgusted if you knew that the head of the New Jersey State Teachers Union, Vince Giordano, took home 550k last year? Sound like a racket?

I share his disgust.

I strongly encourage you to view and share this clip.

Larry Doyle

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  • coe

    Couple of things I liked about this clip, LD…the Governor said point blank that the comments of the head of the union did not do justice to the teachers in the state – that teachers enter the profession to make sure all children get a decent education…I believe that is generally true…I don’t know if the comment of the head of the union was taken a bit out of context – perhaps he said, “Life isn’t fair” – and then proceeded to offer some remedies…per Christie, not so much…there is nothing more important for our society as a whole than to educate our children – they are the future…and if the teachers in the state of NJ are saddled with elite, vile, and self-serving leadership, perhaps they should ship them off to Congress, where those qualities can be found in abundance…it’s all about our growing national deficit in true leadership, in my opinion…maybe the job is actually worth $500 grand – find the right person who can honorably lead the teachers in a way that bottles magic for all of the children in the state, including the poor folks for whom, “Life is not fair”

  • jimbo

    I would like to hear Christie discuss the salaries of executives in the Charter School Industry. He is probably right about Union’s President’s $500,000 salary and perks being excessive in todays financial climate, but it is not a given that the best answer is Charter Schools. Charter schools can only be compared to public schools when they actually educate the same population of poor and illiterate children. Remember Charter schools can select their students.

    • LD


      Not true. Charter schools can most definitely NOT select their students. They utilize a lottery system. Granted some families will not even choose to enter the lottery so those families who may be most savvy or informed will enter the lottery. From that standpoint the lottery is not a totally random process.

      From reports I have read, many a charter school educate students for 60 to 70 cents on the dollar relative to traditional public schools.

      Competition breeds success.

      Public education is supposed to be about the kids. With urban graduation rates hovering around 50%, something clearly has to change.

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