West Virginia is contagious: mass teacher walkouts in Kentucky and Oklahoma

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/02/first-we-take-virginia.html


state lawmakers passed a pension reform bill…

Good job there CNN. Gutting pensions is “reform.”


Sewage bill. How fitting.


I love Teachers, I mean really really LOVE them.


@doctorow I think you accidentally swapped Kentucky for Kansas in the story title.

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Wildcat gets the goods!

Once upon a time, there was a donkey drover. Like all donkey drovers, he made his living by having the donkey carry loads of goods from one place to another. Unlike other donkey drovers, he was a businessman ahead of his time. He did a complete P&L on his business and determined that his income came from the loads that the donkey carried and his expenses were primarily feed for the beast.

Once he discovered this, he came up with a brilliant plan to maximize profits: he would increase the loads and decrease the feed, maximizing his income and minimizing his expenses. So he did. The donkey, who actually had a reasonably good gig and might even have been somewhat proud of his status, tried harder and harder to carry the growing loads and only complained a bit about the shrinking manger (which he supplemented by eating weeds where he could find them.)

The drover, reviewing his books, saw that his business was prospering. Booming, in fact. So he continued the experiment while dreaming of riches.

Until the donkey died.


It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Therefore, it’s essential to prevent children from becoming strong.


Thanks for the pretzel logic moment of the day.


That is the crux of the logic at play here, isn’t it? Better to rule over a poor nation of illiterate, indoctrinated sheep than to try to lead a prosperous one of thinkers and dreamers. Now, where have I heard that logic before…?

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Thank you – some people mistakenly think I have a talent for it, but the reality is that it takes a great deal of hard work to stuff your brain into that shape.


Now, where have I heard that logic before…?

For all the times I’ve ranted about the right-wing hatred of education and for all the times I’ve quoted that passage from Milton, this is the first time I’ve put them together.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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