Sunday, August 29, 2010

TURN: Unfunded mandate of NCLB is actually good

So if I remember my high school forensics correctly (I only debated for a couple of years, the rest of the time I did IE), a turn is where you concede an opponent's argument, but argue that the disadvantages associated with his argument end up causing more harm.

Example: NEG says that AFF's plan will increase the number of styrofoam cups produced nationwide, which is bad because it's styrofoam and not paper. AFF turns this argument saying, "Oh shit yeah, we're increasing the number of styrofoam cups" and that styrofoam cups require less energy to produce than do paper cups, thereby saving an assload of energy. Don't use the words like "shit" and "assload" in HS Speech and Debate. Go Bells.

John Kerry has taken great pains to attack the president about not funding his own touted No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. That's fine and dandy with me, since the more money you pump into public schools, the shittier our kids do.

Well, *your* kids. I don't have kids, just a truck and a laptop and a dog who really isn't even mine anymore as she lives with my sister in Santa Monica, CA.

Last time I checked, California was 49th in the union when it came to test scores, but first in terms of money spent per student. Why the fuck would you want to spend any more then, huh? The problem with public schools is not that not enough money is spent on them, but instead that too much money is spent inefficiently. Huge, bulky school bureaucracies and administrations need to be trimmed down so that the money already spent for public schools is better distributed to teachers and supplies. Go take a look at parochial schools, check out how streamlined they are. When I was a wee lass back in the Clinton Administration going to school at St. Pat's with Anna, I remember having a principal and a secretary in the office. That's it.

If public schools complain that NCLB is an unfunded mandate that their evil president is forcing upon them, I'll be the first to say, "Fuck you. You go straight to hell." We've all seen what happens when education budgets are increased. It's about time we learned from our mistakes. These public schools can and will have to make do with what they have already.


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