Wendy Davis Won't Fix Texas' Biggest Problem: Its Broken Public Schools System

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Hey, look, all you fellow libtard lifelong Democrats out there, and I am talking to both of you, I want to believe in Wendy Davis as much as you do. Wouldn't it be wonderful? I'm singin' it now. But there's one big wave on this ocean that can still toss me out of the boat even in my lust to reach blue state shores. It's the same moral tsunami that dumped me overboard 100 years ago from the good ship Ann Richards.

The damn children.

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We Texas Democrats always have a choice.
I'm all for making Texas a better place for grownups, 100 percent in favor, but only after we make it a better place for kids. The only big practical window we have to do that on a scale of significance is in public education. And what public school children in Texas plainly need is more rigor in general and more college-readiness in particular.

According to ACT, the non-profit group that prepares the ACT college readiness exams used broadly across the country, more than three-fourths of Texas high school graduates fail to meet minimum college-readiness standards. But everything I have seen so far about Wendy Davis puts her on the wrong side of children on this issue.

On her own web site she brags that she helped ultra-conservatives like Houston Republican Dan Patrick pass Texas House Bill 5, which seriously watered down college-readiness rigor for public school students in the Lone Star State: "With the passage of House Bill 5," Davis tell her constituents, "teachers and administrators will be assessing their children with far fewer tests but with a curriculum that makes more sense in preparing kids for higher education and the workforce."

Yeah, that would be the new curriculum law she helped pass ordering Texas school districts to make 25 percent cuts in their graduation standards for science, math and social studies. It's a little hard to figure how that is the kind of additional rigor the kids need to get beyond burger-flipping later in life, although one of the sponsors of the new lower standards, Rep. Jimmy Don Aycock, Republican of Killeen, says children in Texas schools will still be welcome to take the courses that used to be required for graduation, only now as extra credit. "I think there are certainly children who will make that choice," Aycock said.

Isn't that special?

Small wonder that Texas AFT, the big teachers union, has rushed to endorse Davis: "This year Davis fought and won the battle against unfair teacher evaluation measures making improper use of students' scores on standardized state tests," the AFT explained. "Thanks to her amendment, that language disappeared from the Senate floor."

As I say -- as I believe I have said before recently -- my beloved Democratic Party has led me down this same rose-thorned path before, a long time before, when they forced me to vote against Ann Richards for governor. Richards did the same Texas Democratic Two-Step with the teachers unions, pulling the rug from under education reformers including Dallas' own Sandy Kress in 1993, when he tried to get the legislature to implement more rigorous accountability standards.

In the end it always comes down to this basic question: do you believe, or do you not believe, that poor kids, especially poor urban kids of color, can be brought to full literacy and grade-level mathematical competence by the end of the third grade without spending new money, and that the single most important factor in achieving this goal will be teacher competence? If your answer is no, if you think it's all just way too much of a challenge, if you think we need to achieve the end of poverty and the beginning of world peace before we try to do that thing with the third grade, if you think the most important thing is making the teachers unions happy, then maybe you are a Wendy Davis Democrat.

If you are a Democrat and you think the answer is yes, if you genuinely believe and hope those kids can be saved, then I don't know what the hell you do. Vote for Greg Abbott? Hmm. Where is Kevorkian when we need him?


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rusknative
rusknative

Wendy Davis....femist version of another COMMUNITY ORGANIZER....all talk, no experience, loser totally......too blonde anyway.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Jim, repeat this mantra, "there is no pedagogic benefit in taking tests"  There are other issues of concern, why won't Wendy advocate for ending "deregulation?"  Why won't she take some positions other than on Abortion?  If she doesn't give us more to chew on, those that seek to shred her will win.  She needs to challenge the establishment with new ideas, and when the ravens come, ask them about policy, not hyperbole.  What about funding new lakes?  There are many business-wise policies that the GOP isn't concerned about, that are looking for advocates to support.  She seems to be leading to defeat; or when she wins, we'll all see that we've been defeated and deceived, as we have little evidence that she's offering a substantive alternative.  Sadly, you wasted all this time to rehash your unproven assertion that testing is good for students.  "There IS no pedagogic benefit in taking tests"

CristoListo
CristoListo

The schools system will never be fixed without bringing back corporal punishment. The only way to handle some kids is with a whip. Well, today is a good day for getting some of the nice things we thought about during the week.

JimF
JimF

I always read the upcoming disd board briefing agendas.  I noticed at the upcoming Thursday briefing they are planning to discus a proposed change to the CAA policy.  The change would give the superintendent and the human capital department the authority to investigate all conduct investigations with the exception of those defined as "fraud." Did the superintendent get rid of opr or reduce their authority after the Rodriguez investigation?  Isn't that like having the fox guard the hen house?  

melharve
melharve

Don't know where to begin. Your article had no basis in reality. You are buying into sound bites. Please come to my school and I will show you reality. If you are serious, respond here and we can make arrangements. I am in Fort Worth. That might be too much reality for you  but I am willing to give you a real picture of what it is like in the education world. I am a 20 year veteran of teaching low income fourth graders successfully and you don;t know what you are talking about. I can fix that though.



TexMarine
TexMarine

Did I read that? She helped water down the college readiness rigor and that's a good thing? Send more idiots to college who shouldn't be there. I understand the reason is that it's easier to indoctrinate stupid people, so I guess making illiterates college eligible is a good way to ensure success...fully creating another generation of educated morons.

She'll do great. But she'll have to win. And the party of death and dependency doesn't have a chance.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

There comes a point in the debate on education where you have to stop blaming educators and start blaming some educatees.

Not all poor kids don't learn. Some try. Others don't. Actively.

BeJebus
BeJebus

texas has too goddamn many inbred teabaggers who teach their children the earth is six thousand years old and thomas jefferson was a communist. probably take a couple more generations to fix it up right.

dfwheathen
dfwheathen

It sounds like you're saying, "we're damned if we do, we're damned if we don't." So why get hung up on that one issue? Putting a Democrat in the Governor office is progress. It'll be nice to have some competition instead of a one-sided state.

Obummer
Obummer

Yo Jack Kevorkian should gots never been put in jail

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Wendy Davis needs to move away from Lawyers and Lobbyist as her biggest donors otherwise she does not have a hope in hell

Also, you might want to actually address, Texas has more children born into poverty than the national average, fix that problem and that will go alongside the school problem

http://www.nccp.org/profiles/state_profile.php?state=TX&id=6

Oh and the corporal punishment vote will prob come back and bite her in the behind

EastDallasDad
EastDallasDad

Stop slinging the tripe Schutze. The Kress "reforms" and the End-of-Course exams were never about kids. They were always about funneling as many public dollars as possible to Pearson.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Still going to give Wendy money and still going to vote for her.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Davis would be a hell of a lot better than what we have now.  Captain Opps and his merry band of tea partiers including Abbott need to find employment elsewhere.   Send someone to Austin who will work for the people and not be puppets to their Masters Big Business

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

It is SO uplifting to hear Schmutz  being so positive and optimistic about Wendy's future.

harleykarmadad
harleykarmadad

Wow........Did she just announce about 15 minutes ago and is headed straight into a Redneck Train of Baggers and Repukes.........yet even our "alternative" paper has projected her failure based on a hypothetical.....?

And if it is NOT a hypothetical, the why haven't we seen a resolve for the 8000 right wingers who own and operate this State? 

How about giving her a chance to get her shoes on prior to telling us how she is a mega failure?

epicmale
epicmale

The question is whether Wendy can fix Wendy.  I don't think it is possible.  This lady is all for fighting to preserve the sea turtles' eggs, but thinks it is ok to dismember babies with a vacuum device.  There is a dichotomy there that just defies credibility.  Her filibuster was based on wanting to kill babies four weeks later!  Sheesh.

Jim, this woman is a Barbie Pelosi, just waiting to be unleashed upon unsuspecting Texans.  She has the same level of intellect as a Pelosi.  After all, the pink tennis shoes (stained with the blood of babies?), and the catheter were just over the top for even a Hollywood publicity stunt.

Then we have to look at her most vocal supporters, a pack of rabid (at least they were foaming at the mouth and spraying spittle) lesbians, psuedolesbians, and prostitutes demanding the 'right' to kill babies or they would throw feces and urine upon our representatives.  Did she step up and demand that these supporters stand down and engage in rational adult discourse?  NO!  She encouraged them and whipped them into a frenzied mob.

Nope, not only is Texas not ready for Wendy, no other geographic location is ready for Wendy.

rusknative
rusknative

@CristoListo Are we talking about whipping the parents or kids?  I think we go find some guy whose has DNA matching the kid and whip him to a bloody pulp, then go sterilize the momma, then maybe we can get started trying to rehabilitate the kids.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

How about a thumbnail sketch first: do you believe the vast majority of children can be brought to full literacy by the end of the third grade, and do you believe that teacher competency is the most important factor in that process?

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

You need a banner: BLAME THE CHILDREN!

ruddski
ruddski

There aren't a lot of tea party types in the sphere of DISD, these are groups who vote democrat by 95% year after year, the most loyal voting blocs since Saddam voters.

pak152
pak152

@whocareswhatithink"Texas has more children born into poverty than the national average, fix that problem and that will go alongside the school problem"
maybe that's why Davis filibustered so hard against the abortion bill.

ruddski
ruddski

Bucky seems to think Obama and democrats are "the country".

pak152
pak152

@bvckvs"We know she won't waste tax dollars suing the United Nations" no she'll just throw more money down the education rathole.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@bvckvs 

OK. I'm sold. I needed that. Thanks. Bucket of cold water. I think I recognize this place.

Voice4Education
Voice4Education

@epicmale

Keep up all the misogynistic commentary, "epicmale"!

"The more hits Davis takes, the better is will be for the Democrats. It was, after all, a consistent pattern of gender-based disrespect that helped land Democrats their 2012 election victories in the U.S. Senate and the presidency.  A long pile-up of Republican insults to women’s dignity, particularly in the area of reproductive rights, led President Obama to win the women’s vote by a 12-point margin."

http://ideas.time.com/2013/10/03/wendy-davis-misogyny-magnet/

dfwheathen
dfwheathen

@epicmale You wouldn't vote for her no matter what. Why chime in at all? You aren't going to convince the pro-choice crowd to vote for Abbott.

ebailey75057
ebailey75057

Right to kill Babies?  I believe thet would be illegal.  No, they are underdeveloped fetuses.  Davis fought for freedom of choice, she was not pro or con for abortion, just for the right to allow women to make a choice.  Now go re-fll your glass of Repugnant Kool Aid.  

Voice4Education
Voice4Education

@JimSX
Yes, the vast majority of children can be brought to full literacy by the end of third grade. Yes, teacher competency is AN important factor in that process. The part you miss is that even an incredibly competent teacher will not be able to mitigate the impact of increased class sizes on individualized instruction, which has been a direct effect of the $5.4 billion the Texas Legislature cut from public education in 2011. I posted a comment on your opinion piece to show why. 

ruddski
ruddski

I blame the parent..

ruddski
ruddski

Actually, illegal immigration has been addressed, and your bunch is all for importing as many unschooled and unhealthy people as possible to augment your ranks.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@pak152 @whocareswhatithink its also why the corporal punishment bill she voted for is going to bite her in the behind....and the GOP will jump on the fact her kids stayed with Dad not her.

Regardless, unless she gets donors elsewhere, and continues to have lawyers and lobbyist as her top donors she wont get voted in, nor would you want her to even if you are her biggest supporter.

epicmale
epicmale

@Voice4Education @epicmale Misogynistic?!  REALLY!?  You need to educate yourself.  Abortion tends to TARGET baby girls, across the world.  More baby girls are KILLED by Davis' warped view of human life than are boys. 

Oh, yeah, your messiah, obama, has far fewer females on his staff than Bush.  I guess she can't play the race card, so she's going to lean on the gender bias card until it is just as worn out as the race card.

epicmale
epicmale

@dfwheathen Now there is some beautiful logic!  I'm impressed!  LOL...  So my freedom of speech doesn't take effect until I commit to vote for someone?  Let me set you straight on that:  I will continue to exercise my First Amendment rights (along with all the others enumerated by the Bill of Rights and my Creator) whenever I wish.  I will speak out against those that propose inhumane policies and insane actions. 

BTW, I have convinced individuals not to murder their babies.  That feeling is like pulling a drowning person from the sea.  I might point out that recent studies of women who have aborted babies tend to suffer in a variety of ways.  Some suffer lifelong guilt and psychological damage.  Others suffer physically, because abortion is not a simple removal of 'tissue'.  Sometimes infections and other effects reduce fertility and deny the woman the joy of children in her future.

epicmale
epicmale

@ebailey75057 Yeah, and it is cruel to ask a woman to look at the baby inside her before she kills it.  If you change the name of a person to something impersonal, it makes it easier to kill it.  For instance, if I describe black people as savages, it makes it more emotionally possible to just shoot black people down.

So, let us devalue a human life by labeling it as just 'tissue' or 'fetus'.  Fetus does sound like something foreign or alien.  But, you cannot deny that bit of 'tissue' will grow into a human being if you don't kill it.

Kind of amazing...but if a woman begins to carve off other bits of tissue from her body, say she slices off her nose, her ears, her nipples, her fingers, etc, we'd lock her up in a mental institution.  After all, folks would know, by her behavior, that she is mentally ill to be so self destructive.

If someone started killing other human beings just because they were standing in the wrong place, then they would be arrested and locked up. 

Where is the 'progressive' compassion?  Why fight to save the whales while killing even more innocent babies?

Hitler used your logic of 'underdeveloped', 'defective', etc to advance beyond prepartum abortion to postpartum abortion.  He began euthanizing those with mental illnesses, dementia, retardation, etc.  But, that is the direction socialism always moves (and yes, Hitler was a socialist...National Socialist Party = NAZI).

Are you aware of people in your progressive party that are advancing the concept that a mother has the right to 'abort' a baby up to one year after birth?!  Amazing....horrible...demented inhumanity.

RyanDavis
RyanDavis

@ebailey75057 - Please use proper English. Wendy wanted to allow for abortion well past the point when you'd be asking a friend if she felt her "fetus" kick. It seems as though if it is wanted, it is a "baby" by even the far-left person around. However, if it is unwanted, it becomes a "fetus". How many of us has asked a person in their first trimeseter (who wants their baby) if they have a name for their fetus? What hypocrits. And since when do we on the left say a person had a myocardial infarction? We don't use the latin, we call it a "heart attack". We rarely use the latin/medical term, except in this debate. 

And please don't butcher the Engish language just to make a political point. To say that "Wendy supports a woman's freedom to choose" is an incomplete sentence. Nice for political debates, but shows signs of ignorance. I bet few would deny a woman the right ot choose what color shoes she wears, or what car she drives. That is not the choice being talked about, and EVERYONE knows it. When a woman is pregnant, it doesn't take long before she can her the heartbeat of her baby/fetus/unborn child. Science tells us that: A. It is human. B. It isn't dead, but alive. What the hell is an "underdeveloped fetus"? It is what you and I were at some point. 

The pro-abortion side needs to get real, and be consistant. Ask your friends if they have felt their fetus kick, or if they have a name for their fetus. Either that or our hypocrisy is no better than theirs.

Voice4Education
Voice4Education

@rusknative @Voice4Education @JimSX 
I definitely agree that parents are the first line of education for kids, but here is a dose of reality. We have one of the highest percentages of minimum-wage employees in the nation. We also have one of the highest levels of child poverty in the nation. When parents have less time to read to their kids, it affects the amount of money we have to spend on public education to play catch up. Poverty also increases the likelihood that a child will not be properly fed, which further reduces the efficacy of education, regardless the source.

rusknative
rusknative

@Voice4Education @JimSX INDIVIDUALIZED instruction starts with the parents when they read to the kids prior to school.  without that, the schools are playing too much catch up ball.

melharve
melharve

@Voice4Education @JimSX Nor the fact that low income children come to school as much as 3 years behind their peers. Cutting funding to Head Start and trying to make up the deficit by testing the hell out of them is ridiculous. Testing has a place, but it is not what true education is about. 


ruddski
ruddski

You've never been much of a fan of the two-party system, Sanders. But then again, you can't pass a community college math course in your mid-forties, so we know you're not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

BTW, don't use the interstate today, Barry closed them. Collective punishment, comrade!

ruddski
ruddski

But you admire filibusters for lost causes, Kaufmann, so wassup widdat?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@epicmale 

interesting two step that you perform..

OTOH, you begin with "more baby girls are killed by Davis' warped view of human life than are boys". the clear reference is to Davis, and therefore to her advocacy for Texas women's rights to abortions. Davis' espoused "view of human life" doesn't extend beyond the issue of Texas women's abortion rights, unless you have a quote where she spoke of women elsewhere.

Then you say "I did not state this was confined to Texas". While you did not state it was, the reference to Davis pulls the rug out from your assertion.

Followed by "though there are strong hints that among certain ethnic groups in Texas gender is a deciding issue". Yet you provide ZERO support for this statement, and as you cannot find any support we know you pulled it out of your ass.

Last, you then say "Davis' warped view of human life does result in more female babies being murdered". Again, you say that in Texas abortions are done based on sex of the fetus, no support, you're pulling it out of your ass.

complete and utter bullshit. you sir are an ass, and a deceitful liar.

epicmale
epicmale

@mavdog   Try reading my post again.  I did not state that this was confined to Texas.  The gender bias issue in abortion is a world wide problem, though there are strong hints that among certain ethnic groups in Texas gender is a deciding issue.

And yes, Davis' warped view of human life does result in more female babies being murdered.  Her warped viewpoint influences those of the aforementioned ethnic groups.

Now, in order to anticipate your next diversionary tactic, do your own research about those ethnic groups that rationalize murdering female infants, but not boys.  If you had any real knowledge (other than the mantras taught to you by your 'dear leaders') you would know this already.  Surely you would not profess that you are that ignorant of this practice!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@epicmale 

can you show any proof that women in Texas terminate more pregnancies of female embryos than pregnancies of male embryos?

you can't?

then your statement "More baby girls are killed by Davis' warped view of human life than are boys" is a complete, total, indefensible lie.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@epicmale @mavdog You're wrong, and debating a strawman.  The bill she was filibustering against has many facets, the 4 week allowance being but one.  Arguably, the principle objection was closing all abortion providers save those attached to Perry's sister.  Now, I believe abortion, drugs, guns, gambling and gay marriage should be legal; let the police focus on real problems.  My objection to laws prohibiting these activities don't stop any of them, ostracize those who might be caught up in these activities and kill more people than the controversial issues themselves.  It's called limited gov't and it's funny how you guys are so hypocritical on the issue.  


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@epicmale 

no, murder is a legal term that does not apply, and the termination of a pregnancy is a woman's legal right.

US legal precedent is clear, the baby possesses no rights until it is delivered and seperate from the mother, until that point the mother's rights are the only rights that exist.

epicmale
epicmale

@mavdog  No matter how you parse the words, or attempt to turn this into an issue about me, abortion is the murder of a baby.  Equating it to a womens' rights is totally ignoring the babys' rights.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@epicmale

your assumptions show us just how narrow a mind you possess. I don't practice assuming, for instance I don't assume that just because you mischaracterize the words embryo and fetus, and misuse the word sociopathic, that you never shiffed the air of a science course or classroom. you may have taken a course and are just too daft to have learned anything.

yes, this is a "moral and ethical issue". the morality of you and others who try and use law to determine what an individual does with their body. the ethics of forcing a woman to continue with a pregnancy she does not wish to go thru. morality and ethics are against these mandates you wish to force on others.

the mention of the early natural termination was to show the falacy of your statement "you canot deny this bit of tissue will grow into a human being if you don't kill it'. That statement is simply inaccurate at best, ignorant perhaps.

inaccurate. fits you to a t.

epicmale
epicmale

@mavdog I am far more familiar than you with the medical terminology.  But this is not a medical issue.  I have delivered babies and provided high levels of surgical care for many people in years past. 

This is a moral and ethical issue.  That's why the baby killers use terms that demean human life, such as 'fetus' and 'tissue'.  I've also heard the term 'glob of cells'.

The fact that the baby may die while in the womb is something that most mothers lament, but it is certainly not a reason for other women to murder their babies.  Your type of logic is often considered by prosecutors as sociopathic.  Those who use such flawed logic are usually trying to rationalize criminal acts.

BTW, I strongly suspect that you are the one that needs to 'grow up'.  I imagine that you are about the age of one of my grandchildren.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@epicmale 

it's an embryo up to a couple months. then it's a fetus until birth.

sorry the scientific community has made this so difficult for your sensitive feelings. maybe when you grow up it will be easier for you.

but you cannot deny that the fetus may, if eveything goes well while gestation unfolds, not naturally terminate. it happens.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RyanDavis

so you are saying that a woman can only terminate their pregnancy up to the day they give the fetus a name? after they give it a name they have to keep it?

interesting...

especially liked this part of your post: And please don't butcher the Engish language just to make a political point. To say that "Wendy supports a woman's freedom to choose" is an incomplete sentence. Nice for political debates, but shows signs of ignorance.

think you're missing something in that incomplete sentence...

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