KKKrazy Glue, Homeostatic Equilibrium, and All the Good Stuff

16 10 2014

California

You should know by know what’s going on here.

Because Republicans are politically extinct in California for all intents and purposes, Democrats can no longer hold their Star Wars bar scene motley crew coalition together based on their common contempt of white men (“KKKrazy Glue”), traditional white bread America and the political party which they vote for but doesn’t serve them well.  With them out of the way, all the differences among the various Democrat constituent parts that were ignored and glossed over long enough for them to beat the evil white man are now all of sudden BFDs and important political points of distinction.  The political center always readjusts (“homeostatic equilibrium”).

So this is why the politics of this year’s California race for Super-Nintendo of Public Instruction involves a big pie fight between left-wing teachers’ unions and left-wing Waiting for Superman dweebs.





Upstairs Downstairs

15 10 2014

St. Louis City

P-D:

Rigor of top St. Louis Public Schools is bringing results

Within the walls of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience is a success story taking shape in St. Louis Public Schools.

It’s captured on a slip of paper inside the main office: math scores that outdid Ladue, Clayton and Marquette high schools in St. Louis County this past spring. Upstairs, in a pathophysiology class, freshmen and sophomores work on a year-long project to solve the murder of a fictional character, using a fusion of math and science. In another classroom, they’re learning Latin.

(snip)

But not just anyone can get into the school.

Collegiate is among a growing group of campuses within St. Louis Public Schools that restrict admission to those who can meet and maintain certain standards. At Collegiate, it’s a high bar — with a 3.0 grade-point average among the requirements. Other schools are less selective.

I’m really surprised that a high school that can cherry pick is doing better than comprehensive public high schools in good districts.  Now if the Ladue, Clayton and Rockwood districts set up similar cherry picking high schools, they would be by far the best in the state.

But selective-admission schools also can present challenges. In any urban district, they can create a tiered system that concentrates a city’s top students in a few schools, leaving the most challenged students in the rest of the buildings.

(snip)

When asked if there was danger in isolating some of the best students in a few district schools, Adams said no. The selective requirements help create schools that provide better environments for students serious about learning, he said. “We’re taking kids who really want to do well, and we’re pushing them, and we’re encouraging them to do well.”

(snip)

City parents have a growing list of public schools scoring high on Missouri’s annual performance report. Among them: City Garden Montessori, Lift for Life Academy High School, North Side Community School, Gateway Science Academy and KIPP: Inspire. These schools have no entrance requirements, through critics often accuse them of “creaming” the best students.

Translating this into readable English:

The gentrification of the City of St. Louis won’t be a viable long-term success unless people have confidence in the public schools, either the real ones or the quasi-ones (charters).  But that’s a very hard row to hoe when the SLPS is around 85-90% black.  So the work around is to create enough selective public schools and as many supposedly non-selective but substantively selective charter schools to fulfill the demand for the kids of the cognitive elite (Collegiate, Metro, CJA, et al.) or the ambitious of average-ish IQ (KIPP), and leave the regular public schools for the stupid slugs on the left half of the bell curve.  No use casting pearls before swine, n’est pas?  And of course Kelvyn Adams, the current SLPS Superintendent, isn’t worried one bit.  First off, he needs some high performing schools within his currently unaccredited district to hang his hat on.  Second, nothing bad will ever come his way for doing this.  Disparate impact lawsuits?  What disparate impact lawsuits?  As long as the children of the Revvunds get admitted into the elite schools, you won’t have to worry about that.  Of course, a lot of the Revvunds live in St. Louis County anyway, so the City and its education issues are not a problem for them.

Now, we’ll know St. Louis has arrived if the day ever comes that we have private selective admissions kindergartens that use IQ or other g-loaded tests as a criterion, and the parents of those lucky enough to get admitted get to pay $40,000 a year tuition bills.





The Problems and Non-Problems of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

14 10 2014

Champaign

A non-problem that they’re trying to turn into a problem.

A problem they’re trying to turn into a non-problem.





LLOL (Lawyers Laughing Out Loud)

10 10 2014

Mobile, Alabama

Unbelievable:

An Alabama mother is furious that her 5-year-old daughter was forced to sign a school contract stating she wouldn’t kill herself or anyone else at school.

School officials told Rebecca, who did not want to give her last name, they had to send 5-year-old Elizabeth home after an incident in class.

“They told me she drew something that resembled a gun. According to them she pointed a crayon at another student and said ‘pew pew’,” Rebecca explained.

Rebecca says her daughter was then given a questionnaire to evaluate her for suicidal thoughts and given a Mobile County Public School safety contract to sign stating she wouldn’t kill herself or others.

“While I was in the lobby waiting, they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide,” Rebecca says. “There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again.”

Rebecca is pushing to have the incident removed from her child’s record. She says school officials have requested her child see a psychiatrist. She refused.

That sound you hear is every lawyer that specializes in contract law laughing their asses off.

Let me see how smart you are.  Why is every lawyer that specializes on contract law laughing their asses off?  And don’t say that a minor can’t sign contracts.  That’s too easy.  But this non-lawyer who just happened to pay attention during business law classes can think of one maybe two other reasons.  If you happen to be a lawyer, especially one that does K-law, hold back and let the non-lawyers try to answer my question.

UPDATE

We already have a winner in the comment section.  So I’ll elaborate here.

Two things that are truisms about Ks (“K” being legal shorthand for “contract”):  They must be subservient to statutory criminal and civil law, and they have to have the give-and-take of offer and consideration.  Because K < Law, this means that offers and considerations that involve at least one of the parties not doing something which they are legally not allowed to do anyway are invalid.

A textbook example I was taught of a real world case involved a father and his 18-year old son.  Father was upset that son loved the sticky icky, so father promised son a specific amount of money if he didn’t smoke weed for a specific amount of time.  Son followed through, but father for some reason didn’t want to give son the money.  Son took father to court, and the judge found for the father because the contract was invalid.  Because at law, people aren’t allowed to smoke weed anyway.  Everything else about the contract was good, except for that part, which means this case was a textbook example of the singular offending element of the consideration conflicting with criminal law, not in the sense that the consideration was a positive action that violated criminal law, but it was a promise of a non-action wherein the opposite action violated criminal law.

To put it another way, the nature of this father-son “K” was such that at law, the son was always going to follow through on the consideration meaning the father would always have to follow through on the offer.   To put it yet another way, the only way father would have not been obligated to follow through on the offer was for a criminal law to be violated.

A valid contract, such as $1 for a candy bar at a quickie mart, (it is an implicit contract even if there is no paperwork), is such that the law is okay with the contract obligations either happening or not happening.

Apply this to this news story, and the only way for the Mobile County, Alabama Public School District not to fulfill its offer (whatever it offered, and I’ll get to that in a moment) is for someone to be murdered.  As far as the idea of murder goes, the law only allows those subject to it one course of action:  Not engaging in it.

Then there’s the matter of the bilateral offer/consideration matrix.  What did the school system offer?  Without actually being able to read this “K,” that element probably is going to run head-on with Alabama state law, because Alabama state law most likely has free public education as a civil right.  The only thing the district could have offered was its services in exchange for the kid following through on the consideration, or the refusal of its services if the kid didn’t follow through on the consideration.  If I’m right, then this puts this “K” really legally between a rock and a hard place, because it necessarily involves either the state’s most grave criminal statute being violated or the state’s public education civil rights law being violated.  Scratch that:  One side of the ledger involves both parties behaving legally, the other side of the ledger involves both parties behaving illegally.  Still not a valid K, but it’s not the rock-hard place paradox.  One other possibility is that the school district didn’t actually make any offer, which is another way the K is invalid.  A K involves give and take; a K that involves one party’s consideration but not the other party’s offer is colloquially called a “gift,” and K-law doesn’t grok gifts.





Don’t Say the I-Word

7 10 2014

Richland, Washington

Though in this case, it’s not the usual I-word.

In matters like these, the fear of lawsuits is worse than the lawsuits themselves.  And there’s a certain industry which milks and bilks institutions and the fear of being sued among the people that run them for every penny it can get.

Insurance.

The same industry that I now think is the straw that stirs the drink behind these zero tolerance zero thought policies.

When people trot out the line that they fear liability, what they are really saying more often than not, even if they don’t know it, is that they fear their insurance rates going sky high.

Otherwise, it’s now harder for elementary school students in Richland, Washington to do their Michelle Obama-approved Let’s Move.





MSM Finally Noticing the Gulen Cult

6 10 2014

Cincinnati

If this isn’t enough, and this being the MSM, it isn’t, then Steve Sailer can provide you with a lot more reading material about this cabal:  Here, here, here and here.

This matter melds two of the biggest hustles going in Ammurika today:  Mass non-white immigration and Waiting For Superman charter schools.

 





This Time, It’ll Really Work. We Promise.

2 10 2014

Normandy

Because Ferguson, or something like that.

 








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