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Yep, She’s Yer Edjimication Candidaet

By Greg L | 25 October 2006 | Jeanette Rishell | 2 Comments

I was looking at the pile of campaign literature that has accumulated at my house with Mrs. Greg L, spending a moment comparing the pieces, and came across some real beauties.

Jeanette Rishell sent out a piece a week or so ago regarding her education policies, and Mrs. Greg L who has been a middle school teacher in Virginia wasn’t too impressed. Rishell’s promise to require regular evaluations and professional development has been a requirement in Virginia for years. I guess promising to implement something that is already happening is an easy way to waste a little ink without looking too foolish to the average voter who might not be familiar with current professional standards for teachers. Her education labor union friends should have helped her on this, though.

The best part is this:

The skills our children will need to meet the rapdily (sic) changing economy of the 21st century should be taught beginning at a very young age.

Tell me you forgot to proofread a mail piece concerning education. This is just about as bad as sending out press releases for several months which inaccurately describe the composition of the 50th District.

UPDATE: In the comments, Charles dissects this sentence to demonstrate how utterly idiotic it is even without the typo.

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  1. charles said on 25 Oct 2006 at 10:38 pm:
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    I don’t care about a typographical error. The real problem is the sentence sucks.

    It’s stupid to say our children need skills to “meet” the rapidly changing economy of the 21st century.

    You wouldn’t need “skills” to meet the economy, you need skills to SURVIVE the economy — except it isn’t really “rapidly changing” that is requiring their skills, it’s what it’s changing INTO that requires skills.

    After all, if we were changing from a technology to an agrarian society, it could happen rapidly and we wouldn’t need new “skills” (at least not in the way we think of as “skills”).

    And it is a cliche to say “taught beginning at a very young age”.

    We always need to teach our children starting at kindergarten, that’s what we do in public school. But there’s no need to teach a 1st-grader differential calculus, just because they might need that skill when they get a job.

    So what are these “skills” we need to “meet” the economy? I’m thinking maybe some training in basic manners, some sort of ability to recognise an economy when we see it, probably time-reading skills so we make our appointment to meet the economy, and some basic english skills so we can say something witty to the economy so we keep up our end of the conversation.

    I’ve never met an economy where I didn’t have to carry the conversation….

  2. Anonymous said on 25 Oct 2006 at 11:09 pm:
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    Could you post the entire piece so we can see it in its full context. Thank you

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