Wednesday, May 25, 2005

West Wing quote of the day: Mallory is not allowed to date fascists...

Sam Seaborn: Mallory, education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don't need little changes. We need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. The competition for the best teachers should be fierce. They should be making six figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense. That's my position. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet.

And before every other neo-con out there suggests that this quote recommends wasting taxpayer money, I send you here to Angry in the Great White North, who tells us some of the horrific things going on at Adscam:

From section 7.3.2 of the Kroll Report, a sample contract is deconstructed.
Out of a total of $46.32 million:
$460,000, or 1%, went to sponsorship
$8.34 million, or 18%, went to actual work done
$26 million, or 56%, went to "unrelated or unknown parties"
$11.52 million, or 25%, was unspent or the invoices were not found

Quite enlightening. 1% goes to sponsorships. 18% goes to work. 56% goes to stuff unrelated to sponsorship. And 25% they can't even find.


And this is only one contract?

I don't propose increasing taxes. I propose that we take that $11.52 million dollars and spend it on books for our students. Just for some perspective, the teacher in me says that $11.52 million dollars is:

576,000 copies of "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss (a classic; every child should read it)

1,152,000 copies of "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare (his best)

886,154 copies of "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand (the world would be a better place if more people read this book)

1,440,000 copies of "Something Else" by Kathryn Cave

172,800,000 Sesame Street bandaids (you can get about double that if you go for generic. But trust me, you need this many band-aids to run a school)

Canadian teachers don't need higher salaries; they need responsible government dedicated to the actual issues, not just dedicated to sliding envelopes of cash across the table. I wonder if so many parents would have voted Liberal if they thought long and hard about how that money is coming directly out of their cash-strapped classrooms. (I'm not a nurse or anything but I'm sure $11.52 million would buy a lot of syringes.)

I don't need a raise or a six-figure salary. I need a well-stocked classroom and a well-stocked library down the hall. And that sure as hell won't happen under Paul Martin's watch.

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Update: 05/26/05 - Spelling mistake corrected.

And in the spirit of our anonymous donor is today's quote. Can I put away the wet noodle now? My point still stands.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

West Wing paraphrase of the day:

Ainsley Hayes: Books are important, if for no other reason than they teach us that it is "books for our students" not "books four our students".

11:20 AM  
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12:09 PM  

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