South Carolina Citizen Journal

September 24, 2009

State schools hire lobbyists

Filed under: Bureaucracy, Economy, Education, Ethics, legislature, South Carolina, Taxes — NotforHire @ 6:48 am

Let’s see, South Carolina tax dollars being spent to pay individuals to lobby for state institutions of higher learning. I can certainly see where federal and state money is getting harder to come by these days, but I also wonder why the board of directors are not stepping up and taking on that role. Isn’t that one of their tasks traditionally? Perhaps instead of spending eighty to a hundred thousand dollars a year on a lobbyist, these institutions should tell their board members to get it in gear, or step aside and make room on the board for people who can get the job done. Why, with the savings, the schools could probably pay for three or four more professors.

September 10, 2009

Joe Wilson

Filed under: Education, Ethics, Federal, South Carolina, U.S. Congress — NotforHire @ 8:00 am

Maybe next time he could throw a shoe. Maybe he could run naked through the chamber.

Maybe Mr. Wilson’s representation of our state should be reconsidered.

August 31, 2009

Gubernatorial Candidates

I have looked at the websites for all of the candidates for our next governor and so far I see no one who wants to lead this state.

What will it take for someone to put their mouth where their money is and tell us what they will do to lead our state? We are nine years into the 21st century, but we pretend like it is 1952.

Someone please step up.

January 24, 2009

The Fourth Estate

Filed under: Education, Ethics, South Carolina — NotforHire @ 12:45 pm

It’s a funny thing about internet news outlets, how easily they can be filtered. It would be much easier to deny access to an internet site than newspaper that goes out to homes on paper.

This is why I lament the trouble that the newspaper industry finds itself in.

The term “fourth estate” was coined by Edmund Burke, who looked up at the Press Gallery of the House of Commons and said, ‘Yonder sits the Fourth Estate, and they are more important than them all.'”

The press is critically important to a  free society, and while the internet is currently a gushing tap(at least in this country, it is very much controlled in others), it would be very easy to shut the spigot off.

This is one of the reasons I keep the subscription to my local newspaper. Other reasons include that it’s good for starting fires and it cleans glass without leaving lint.

November 22, 2008

Economy

Filed under: Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Transportation, Water policy — NotforHire @ 5:30 pm

My kitchen is not my dream kitchen, but it certainly is nothing to complain about, most of the modern conveniences being included. My favorite thing in the place is not the food processor, which is used sparingly, or the blender, or even the coffee maker, which I do rely on quite heavily.

My favorite thing in the place is a wooden spoon from my grandmother’s kitchen. It doesn’t just hang on the wall either, I use it almost every time I cook. I love it first because it reminds me of my grandmother, of the times we had in her kitchen, baking or cooking for the family, the holidays, and all the good times.

I love it foremost though for the economy that it represents.

To explain what I mean we must go first to the definition of economy. The way the word is most used now, as defined in Webster’s online dictionary is actually the forth definition of the word, “The structure or conditions of economic life in a country”. The first two definitions of the word are what need to be brought back into common usage:

1. The management of household or private affairs and especially expenses.
2. a: thrifty and efficient use of material resources : frugality in expenditures  ; also : an instance or a means of economizing : saving b: efficient and concise use of nonmaterial resources.

Economy is something we experience in every action that we take in life, whether we are being economical or uneconomical. My grandmother’s wooden spoon that I use, so worn and beloved, is an example of good economy. We used to teach personal economy to our citizens, in our churches and in our schools, but we have gotten away from that. Way away.

It is time, as I think we can all see, for real economy to be dusted off and brought back into use. It won’t be an easy road, but it is a necessary road, and our future depends upon it.

January 29, 2008

Classroom unruliness and disruption

Filed under: Education, South Carolina — Tags: , , , , — NotforHire @ 9:46 am

Teachers in South Carolina will not be able to effectively do their jobs until they have the power to tell a student to get out of their classroom for unruliness.

Public schools in South Carolina will not be effective institutions until the school administrators figure out what to do with the students that teachers dismiss from their classrooms for unruliness.

Classrooms cannot function as warehouses for our children as well as places of learning, there is just no two ways about it. School boards and administrators have to find ways of dealing with students that constantly disrupt the learning process that is outside of the classroom, not in it.

A couple of basic suggestions for administrators charged with these students, 1) A couple of miles around the track or 2) installing a couple of stationary bicycles in the office and giving the students five miles on it, or ten. Just a couple of ideas but the crux of the matter is that school administrators have to step up to the plate and stop having teachers do their job for them.

In any event, in order for South Carolina to work towards a world class educational system, the teachers will have to have the power to remove students from their classrooms, and administrators are going to have to figure out what to do with the kids while they are out of the classrooms, and what to do to motivate the students to prefer to be orderly in the classroom rather than be sent away from it.

January 10, 2008

School District Energy Competition

Filed under: Economy, Education, Environment, South Carolina — Tags: , , , — NotforHire @ 11:10 am

Citizen Journal would like to see every South Carolina school district institute a yearly competition, within each school district, between schools, of which school can use the least energy throughout the school year(per capita), with some sort of commensurate prize awarded to the winning school.

Such a competition will save school district resources, foster healthy competition between schools and can be used as a learning tool in a variety of disciplines as well.

January 4, 2008

45 from Richland school district going to Mobile

Filed under: Education, South Carolina — Tags: — NotforHire @ 8:04 am

Does it really take 45 people from the Richland school district to go to Mobile to study their school system? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to send ONE COMPETENT PERSON who would then return and report back to the Richland school system? If the Richland school system can do without 45 people at a time for a few days, perhaps they are excessively staffed and funded, and could do without a few of these positions permanently. Maybe Richland could instead use these resources to reduce class size or increase teacher’s salaries, both proven methods of improving schools.

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