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Rex Needs To Get Realistic June 3, 2007

Posted by fitsnews in SC Politics.

Jim Rex


FITSNews – June 3, 2007 – S.C. Superintendent of Education Jim Rex has a plan to lure more qualified teachers to South Carolina’s poorest school districts, but you better make sure you’re sitting down (preferably with crack pipe in hand) before trying to tackle its sheer scope and brilliance. Ready? Alright … according to the Associated Press, Rex is going to personally man a recruiting booth at tomorrow’s annual “Teacher Expo” in Columbia, an occasion which “marks the first time the state Education Department has gotten involved in recruiting teachers for specific schools.”

Wow. That’ll probably do it. Because Jim Rex is Jesus and can perform all sorts of miracles. In fact, we are witnessing a real vision at work here – much like Rex’s vision for school choice … mmmmm … nevermind.

Anyway, saying that the “opportunity to make a difference” and feelings of “camaraderie and teamwork” are what motivate qualified teachers to relocate and remain in poor school districts (where there aren’t any qualified teachers, by the way) is a stretch. Last time we checked, money motivated people to do things. Now, if Jim Rex was just sitting at a dunking booth tomorrow …



1. RINO Buster - June 3, 2007

This guy doesn’t have a clue, look at the morons standing behind him waiting to drink the Kool-aid. Me, me , me…I want to teach in Allendale at a sub par school. Please!

2. BewareOfTheWolf - June 3, 2007

Thanks for being honest -for a change- by bringing up the fact that it will take money to help the S.C. schools that most need help.

Money will motivate qualified teachers and administrators into those schools. Money will bring the buildings and facilities up to standards. Money will support the special programs necessary to help those left so far behind in poverty. Money will bring the social workers and other specialists who make so many schools in S.C. so very successful.

When honest public school supporters bring up money all we hear from the voucher scam snake oil salesmen and many of the other wackos is the cheap and tired old line about “throwing money at the problem.”

Vouchers are a scam. The will not help. But they will drain tax dollars away and feed it into for-profit private schools.

The Legislature has the power to move forward meaningful changes and improvements for all public schools and all of the children they serve.

But first someone is going to have to deal with the elephant in the room that has a 500 pound gorilla sitting on its back.

For those who missed it scroll back to Will’s post that attacked public education using a reference to the Titanic. There is a comment from our friend NewspaperHack that mentioned the elephant and we made a comment reminding him of the gorilla on its back.

Make the time to go back and look. Do your research. Help us help Will by getting his hit count up.

3. Anon - June 3, 2007

“Last time we checked money motivated people to do things”

Sure money can be a great motivator, but some people spend dozens of hours a week on a project with no monetary gain in sight, blogs for instance.

4. BewareOfTheWolf - June 3, 2007

Thanks RINO Buster for proving the point. Mindless regurgitated rhetoric flows from you like you are a Will Folks clone.

What would you do to improve the public schools in Allendale? Vouchers? That won’t help in Allendale or anywhere else.

Will is right. It will take money to fix some schools. That plus dealing with the elephant with the 500 pound gorilla on its back. Keep in mind the standard set by our Legislature: minimally adequate.

5. Earl - June 3, 2007

Anon, that is simply not true. I earn about three cents a day in ad revenue.

6. Gal Leo - June 3, 2007

While the Wolves and the Hacks of the world continue to throw around anti-voucher rhetoric, I am still waiting to hear somebody tell me how what the Catholic Church had promised to do with vouchers was a scam.

My guess is, we won’t. As it is one example of how vouchers are not a scam, but a real way to teach people that the SC education establishment is simply unable to cope with.

Again, for those of you who don’t get it, I will use really small words: here was a real plan to teach poor people with brown skin how to speak English so that they can better themselves. Gosh, now that I say it like that, maybe you are right. It sounds awful. Maybe they will even grow up to have jobs and vote GOP. We can’t have that.

Keep up the rhetoric. While you people are bitching we are condemning another graduating class to serfdom in the New Economy.

How classically liberal.

7. Um... - June 4, 2007

Um…at the risk of being labeled a liberal, or a communist, or one of the many great names people on both sides of this debate hurl at one another, why does the Catholic Church need vouchers to teach people to speak English? If the role of the church is to aid its community, why wouldn’t this be a mission rather than a for-profit venture?

8. Gal Leo - June 4, 2007

It wasn’t a for-profit venture. It was going to be part of the mission — just on a larger scale than what the Church does already.

9. BewareOfTheWolf - June 4, 2007

Gal Leo, How classically wacko.
So, since a church promises to use our hard earned tax dollars to teach English to “brown skin” people you think that justifies giving tax money to for-profit schools? Playing your race card, we see.
It’s classic rhetoric and a cheap attempt to turn an argument against vouchers to your advantage.
Nobody is byying your snake oil. The voucher scams all take money away from public education where it helps all children.
Vouchers are a scam.

10. Gal Leo - June 4, 2007

I get the impression some people here think vouchers are a scam.

Here’s a suggestion: go talk to your local superintendent and find out how excited he/she is about teaching Hispanics who can’t speak English. What you will hear — albeit unofficially — is that they don’t want to do it. Public schools arguably do a good job of teaching kids in the middle of the bell curve, but do a lousy job as you move out away from the mean. The Catholic church program would have helped meet a need that isn’t being met. Show me somebody who thinks that teaching children under such circumstances is a misuse of public funds, and I will show you an education union member.

More importantly, the point is not rhetoric: it is a tangible example of what vouchers could provide. Your response is the contrary: nothing on why or how vouchers are a scam, they “just are.” It’s as if you say it enough it might actually become true. “Snake Oils” and “scams” are starting to sound more and more like “Strom Problems” and “dustbunnies,” with all the scintillating intellectual stimulation that those chains embodied.

By the way, the “classically liberal” was tongue-in-cheek, but evidently over most of the naysayers heads.

11. Dan - June 4, 2007

As a public school teacher and a firm believer in the values the Founding Fathers instilled in this nation, I firmly support vouchers, tax credits or whatever they may be called. Whose money is it, the government’s, the school’s? No that money was earned by the sweat and hard work of the individual. People should get their tax money if they choose to relieve the public schools of the obligation of teaching their kids. The money should follow the children.

Many parents want to have religious and moral influences for their kids but can’t afford it because they can’t pay twice for their kid’s education. Vouchers would certainly help the affluent because they are citizens too and they should have the same rights as everyone else, but it would certainly help those of lesser means be able to pay for a private schooling.

Public schools means the curriculum is in the hands of a liberal elite and that curriculum can be manipulated to inculcate values in children that are antithetical to those parents try to instill. Karl Marx did advocate a “free” public education specifically for this purpose. Examine the increasingly numerous examples of conflict between public schools and parents who are Christians.

Read about the saga of David Parker out of Lexington, Massachusetts, Ironically, that’s where the “shot heard around the world” was fired that brought on a revolution to give people liberty and yet now, that same town is trying its very best to take away the rights of parents over what their kids are exposed to.

Vouchers promote freedom, liberty, and to borrow the term I so often hear members of the SCEA use, democracy. Anyone who opposes vouchers or tax credits, etc… should read what Nobel Prize winning economist, the late Milton Friedman wrote about school choice. Read what Abigail Thernstrom writes about school choice.

The person who has identified herself as the “wolf” is so very wrong and should read the facts.

There are many other factors that make school choice, vouchers, etc. a wise thing to implement.

12. yep - June 5, 2007

Ok, so vouchers may be good for hispanics in charleston, good show. Anyone want to talk about immigration reform?

13. Kiss Him On The Lips « FITSNews For Now - June 5, 2007

[…] but don’t be surprised if there’s a makeshift shrine at his cubicle devoted to the S.C. Superintendent of Education. We’ve written previously about Robinson’s Rex obsession (and the striking resemblance […]

14. Jay - June 5, 2007

“No that money was earned by the sweat and hard work of the individual. People should get their tax money if they choose to relieve the public schools of the obligation of teaching their kids.”

So should I get my money back if I don’t have children? Should I get my money back for roads I don’t drive on? The whole thing about the money belonging to the taxpayer is the fundamental disconnect in this whole argument. If you believe that it’s all your money and it should be a one for one, I get out what I put in thing, then it does make sense to have school vouchers. However, if you think that taxes should go to support the greater good, and that an educated society is important and is something that everybody should be willing to support, then it only makes sense that public tax dollars go to support public school only.

15. Dan - June 5, 2007


You mean support the greater good as in the ant-like societies on Lenin and Stalin, or Chairman Mao, or ever better yet, the egotistical and meglomaniacal dwarf that runs North Korea?

Besides, whose kids are they, the government’s?

I’ll bet that you haven’t read anything that Milton Friedman and Abigail Thernstrom wrote have you????

16. Jay - June 6, 2007

Can I get back my tax dollars that pay your salary? If you loathe the public school system as much as apparently do, why do you teach in it? Are you a mole? And Milton Friedman, I know who he is, vaguely remember something from college. Abigail Thernstrom, no idea. So I guess that makes you smarter than me, huh? Cause what, you read? Congratulations. You obviously didn’t read what I wrote or your head exploded at the term ‘greater good’ or something. And if you think paying taxes to try to ensure that the society we live in is educated is somehow akin to Stalinist Russia or North Korea, then I guess I’m a commie pinko.

17. Gene - June 6, 2007

Wow Dan, I liken your argument to Jay to be akin to the “Nazi” argument. You know, the one where when you want to end an argument you just compare something to Nazi Germany and poof, no more discussion, the person thinks your arguing with thinks your crazy and just leaves you alone. Calling anything remotely “Socialist” sounding out as Communism is just that a discussion ender.

But seriously, Vouchers are wrong. They take money out of the public school system and place it into the private school system, where those private schools don’t have to follow standards or offer equal opportunity, heck I could put my kid in a religious private school and all he/she would read is the bible 8 hours a day… Not something I particularly want sanctioned by my government, but then again i’m a communist so what’s the point… Boo…

18. yep - June 7, 2007


Seriously, stop what you’re doing and watch this clip from the Daily Show. It talks about how everyone loves to call people Hitler to end an argument and its hilarious, yet pertinent.

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