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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Cynical feelings on U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling’s School Crime and Safety.

I was going to completely ignore anther U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings speech because her “speeches” talk about the issues without actually indicating how or what she or her department plan to do about solving the problem. Margaret Spellings and her ilk annoy me. I don’t know how many speeches I have read where it starts out with useless information that is more geared towards time wasting than actually resolution.

In one of her speeches I actually counted 8 Thanks You’s to various people. In her latest speech on School Crime and Safety she starts the speech yet again with a what I fondly categorize as “well dua!”.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings:

For our children to learn, our schools must be safe. All American parents want to know they are sending their children to a safe learning environment. And our children deserve schools in which they don't have to be afraid of violence and can focus on their studies.

Yea, that’s why people showed up to listen to you speak and now they want to know what is going to be done about it. How violence will be reduced and how education will be enhanced. Than she moves into the statistics for school violent crime and how it’s better now than it was in the 1990s and than makes a 1 sentence reflection regarding “recent series of tragic shootings”.

Before you know it, the speech is over. The rest of the so called speech on the reduction of School Crime and Safety is nothing but how much money we have made and will make available through funding measures…

“We will”

“We have

Better than it was…

Parents, teachers and administrators need help in reducing the crime, not speeches. Maybe U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has made accomplishments in reducing school crime and safety, but you wouldn’t know it by her speeches.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
- James Baldwin


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