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Mar 24 northender commented on Support the Real Progressive.
I agree with Ray. This could be influential so some. Ninety-five comments (currently) on Clinton endorsement and more contentious I think. Seems like a lot of older folk are for Bernie, too.
Mar 24 northender commented on Support the Real Progressive.

"Relax progressive American neighbours. You have a couple of good candidates."

You have a right to your opinion. I see a world of difference: corporatist vs. main street; foreign intrigue vs. domestic agenda; a legislator with accomplishments that benefited people without needing fanfare or publicity and who crossed the aisle to get it - couldn't find anything for Hillary: Absence of focus on inequality vs. focus on inequality - Did Hillary ever mention inequality before Bernie brought it up?; Those off the top of my head.

Perhaps we just have different values.
Mar 24 northender commented on Support the Real Progressive.
I JUST DID OPEN SAFARI AND CLICKED ON THE YOUNGER AGE ONT HE SURVEY AND UP CAME BERNIES PICTURE INSTEAD OF HILLARY'S. You know, this may influence people. I wish you hadn't done this. But it is sort of an Onion-style prank.
Mar 24 northender commented on Support the Real Progressive.
I'm female, white, sixty-six, still working and I remember how this country was when it had a middle class, no one was living in their cars, schools worked, and the number of children living in poverty was much less. Clinton? The ex-Goldwater girl who moved Bill right to win in Arkansas and look whats come of that. I'd sure like to know what the ratio of staff was for Clinton/Sanders and just who had the most influence. Something doesn't make sense about this. Is Keck worried about his taxes?
Sep 15, 2015 northender commented on I Am Confused and Just Got Hung Up on by the Seattle School District.
I think it must be over. SPS only continues to dig its own grave if they put the cart before the horse and the horse is lame. My only concerns are ienhanced working conditions and better sped ratios.
Sep 5, 2014 northender commented on Who to Blame for Bertha.
Blame the voters who keep falling for sensitive types like Murray and other shysters who have something to gain. We live on the San Andreas fault. For C's sake, I trusted McGinn whose edgy but honest way was at least truthful. But the good people of our blue region keep falling like suckers for every pie-in-the-sky scheme sold by smooth talkers who come from the left. I am a liberal but I'm smart enough to figure out who is feeding their pockets, who is selling a dream, and who is looking at the facts and telling people to steer clear. I miss McGinn. To hell with the rest of you.
Jun 29, 2013 northender commented on Surprise: The Billion Dollars in New Money for K-12 Schools Isn't Really a Billion Dollars!.
When I can command $85-$300 or more for billable hours, we'll talk about giving up solidarity. Until then, all you lovers of education but haters of educators will just have to deal with unions. I know you have fond places in your hearts for feudalism but please, don't try to sell it to me.

Capitalism is all about money - "capital" - and many of you need a refresher course in economics. Bargaining should be a win for both sides. But if it is all about accruing money, there is no room left for the majority because the minority ends up with it all. Resources: Monopoly - the game; the current status of our "capitalist" society.

Envy is no way to approach the difficult issue of teachers wages. BTW, "PTA dad and life-long democrat" above, you aren't and you aren't because no PTA member would ever disrespect the teachers at his children's school. It just doesn't happen. PTA members actually working in most schools see the hours and money and energy put back into the classrooms by teachers.
Mar 5, 2013 northender commented on Seattle High School Teacher's Race and Social Justice Curriculum Suspended After Parent Complaint.
I recall a teacher of first graders many years ago who divided her class between the blue-eyes and the brown-eyes. Imagine the discomfort those kids faced as they became angry and hurt because they were treated unfairly. That was a time when parents wanted children to understand the injustice that so many have endured for so long. Golly gee, that teacher would be on the bench if she were around today. Because you don't want your child to endure a single moment of soul searching or discomfort. Well, discomfort is part of growing and learning and opening your mind. I'm disgusted that people like you always seem to win these days. In the end, we all lose.
Mar 5, 2013 northender commented on Seattle High School Teacher's Race and Social Justice Curriculum Suspended After Parent Complaint.
I just read the parents response to this thread. They seem to think they're the only ones who know what is right. Given the testimony of all the kids who have had that class, perhaps you - dear parents - need to sit down and think about your actions. "Intimidation" comes in many forms. As a teacher myself, I'm not always sweet and fuzzy. Getting kids to think demands difficult strategies. "Discomfort" is a sign that learning is happening and attitudes are being questioned. I'm sorry you don't get that when so many others do. You are perpetuating the unfortunate attitude that so many in our society have who cannot come to terms with the hostility faced by several generations of people earlier in our history. Antonin Scalia being the most notorious and current. Those who dismiss history or choose to forget or ignore it (because it is uncomfortable) are doomed to repeat it. That so many students have found it life-changing that they've actually become advocates for societal change and understanding is all the proof I need about your agenda.

I have no sympathy for you nor do I have any respect for your need to put asunder what so many people have found to be life-changing for them. But then, they came to learn. And learning is change. If you don't like what your child learned or how that may have changed them, then you are the problem. You are society's problem. You are the kind of people who perpetuate the hate.

I recall a teacher of first graders many years ago who divided her class between the blue-eyes and the brown-eyes. Imagine the discomfort those kids faced as they became angry and hurt because they were treated unfairly. That was a time when parents wanted children to understand the injustice that so many have endured for so long. Golly gee, that teacher would be on the bench if she were around today. Because you don't want your child to endure a single moment of soul searching or discomfort. Well, discomfort is part of growing and learning and opening your mind. I'm disgusted that people like you always seem to win these days. In the end, we all lose.
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