Saturday, March 29, 2008

"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important." Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy, born today (March 29, 1916 – December 10, 2005.) "Clean Gene" was an American politician and a long-time member of the United States Congress from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949 to 1959 and the U.S. Senate from 1959 to 1971.

In the 1968 presidential election, McCarthy unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president of the United States to succeed incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson on an anti-Vietnam War platform. He would unsuccessfully seek the presidency five times altogether. In 1980, he endorsed Ronald Reagan for the presidency.

An editorial in the Rocky Mountain News is critical of SB 212 which just unanimously passed the Senate Education Committee. It mandates students be certified ready to attend college when graduated from Colorado schools. Sounds good, but how? The plan provides no details. Clearly Gov. Ritter and the legislature are fiddling while Colorado schools burn. I posted this comment to the News editorial:

I've been told that right now 25% of Denver Public School students who start school graduate. How will this help the 75% that are not graduating now?

Last week our Optimist Club had a speaker who helps prisoners in the Denver County Jail study to pass the GED exam. “It would be a lot cheaper to have discipline in the classrooms than to just send them to jail to get their diploma. As I talk with these young people, it's clear there were no boundries set for them in school.”

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