Monday, October 17, 2005

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Today's local media has some strangely conflicting information in it. On one hand you have this article, outlining how two kindergarten classes only a few miles apart have very much disparate outcomes based on how involved parents are, how much pre-school a child has and how many books a child is exposed to and owns. All well and good. We've read a lot of the studies and each of these things contributes immensely to a child's being able to succeed in school.

Then, you hop over to the Channel 7 website and find this article about teaching public school 5th graders ballroom dancing. Waltzes, Cha-Cha and Tango. OK, so we guess that all of these 5th graders are acing their tests? Everyone can read at a 5th grade level? Math scores looking up? Because if they aren't succeeding at a 5th grade level, ballroom dancing certainly isn't going to keep them from dropping out of school in a few years. Ballroom dancing isn't going to get them a job. In fact, this sounds suspiciously like a WASTE OF MY DAMN TAX MONEY AGAIN! Quick, someone find out which alderman or mayoral aide owns a struggling dance studio that just landed this contract.

The only upside to this whole thing is that we might finally see a real combination dance off and knife fight between the latin kings and the two-six or maybe the gd's and the vice lords, just like in West Side Story.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

.........when you're a Jet You're a Jet..........

10/17/2005 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well , u know.....

10/17/2005 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ballroom dancing is a combination of Physical Education and Music Appreciation. It teaches discipline, manners, grace and respect for the opposite sex. It could be a great investment of tax dollars. Would you rather have these kids only listen to Mo-Jo Rap #@*&&%^ Ya bitch noise and rave dancing!

10/18/2005 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger Fenian28 said...

Maybe they can learn to foxtrot right into the back of our cars!!

10/18/2005 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather pay my 50 cents and have them make like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers than Li'l Kim and 50 Cents.

10/18/2005 02:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea and how much will jesse jackass bitch that break dancin aint teached in shools.

10/18/2005 04:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gonna bitch that they don't teach the Tarantella!!

10/18/2005 04:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have a city-wide ballroom dancing program in NYC. That's where we get all of our ideas now right? There was a documentary film on this subject in the theatres this past summer. Wouldn't kill 'em to learn something civilized.

10/18/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are the "bangers" going to abandon their gym shoes for tap shoes?

10/18/2005 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea I can see it now ... they will piroeutte to the car as they deliver a rock or bag of smack to a customer.

How about teach them to be independent and speak properly?

10/18/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger 1096 said...

have you been to a city high school lately Fenger should be teaching some of the letters in the alphabet besides GD thats all thats on the walls there.a little ballroom dance wouldnt hurt. Maybe Daley could hike our property tax again and try to teach English to the fine young gentleman And that way I wont have to worry about getting Axed a question.

10/18/2005 04:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh wutchyoo mean?

10/18/2005 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I might get flamed for this but what the hell. Why don't some of us who work in districts where the happens get off our Arses and help some of these kids out. Yeah some of their parents might be "pookie and ray ray" but if we help them now it might make our job a lil' easier in the long run.(respect for the law, your peers, etc.)

Oh I have 20 on he job so I am not one of the "new crew" that does not know how to act etc.

10/23/2005 07:54:00 PM  

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