Thursday, May 29, 2008

As The World (And District 3) Turns On Bettie Cook Scott by Akindele Akinyemi

As the world turns in District 3 (East English Village, Morningside Communities) Detroit State Representative Bettie Cook Scott has done it again. First, she introduced the most criminal legislation I have ever seen in politics.
Introduced HB 5765 on February 19, 2008, to reduce from 100,000 to 75,000 the number of students that qualify a school district as a “school district of the first class.” Detroit is the only such district, which is a statutory device to allow the Detroit School District to be exempted from a variety of regulations that apply to other districts, and receive special treatment in other ways. The Detroit district has lost tens of thousands of students in recent years, and is expected to fall below the 100,000 threshold soon.
This bill is compared to rape and molestation. It is almost as if someone has taken away your manhood or womanhood by force. She is saying in some many words that she do not support any efforts to allow charter schools to come into Detroit. This is a complete contradiction of what residents want in District 3 (more charter schools). This alone should send her packing.
Now, she voted against this bill recently.
Senate Bill 776. Introduced by Sen. Cameron Brown on September 17, 2007, to prohibit “partial birth abortions” as defined in the bill, unless in a physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury. The bill does not specify a "health of the mother" exception. Violation would be subject the abortion provider (but not the mother) to up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Passed in the Senate (24 to 13) on January 22, 2008.
Passed in the House (74 to 32) on May 27, 2008, to prohibit “partial birth abortions” as defined in the bill, unless in a physician's reasonable medical judgment a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury. The bill does not specify a "health of the mother" exception. Violation would be subject the abortion provider (but not the mother) to up to two years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
The following HOUSE legislators supported 2007 Senate Bill 776 (Ban partial birth abortion ):

Acciavatti (R)
Agema (R)
Amos (R)
Angerer (D)
Ball (R)
Bieda (D)
Booher (R)
Brandenburg (R)
Brown (D)
Calley (R)
Casperson (R)
Caswell (R)
Caul (R)
Clemente (D)
Constan (D)
Corriveau (D)
Coulouris (D)
Dean (D)
DeRoche (R)
Dillon (D)
Ebli (D)
Elsenheimer (R)
Emmons (R)
Espinoza (D)
Gaffney (R)
Green (R)
Griffin (D)
Hammon (D)
Hansen (R)
Hildenbrand (R)
Hoogendyk (R)
Horn (R)
Huizenga (R)
Hune (R)
Jackson (D)
Jones, Rick (R)
Knollenberg (R)
Lahti (D)
LaJoy (R)
Law, David (R)
LeBlanc (D)
Marleau (R)
Mayes (D)
McDowell (D)
Meekhof (R)
Meltzer (R)
Moolenaar (R)
Moore (R)
Moss (R)
Nitz (R)
Nofs (R)
Opsommer (R)
Palmer (R)
Palsrok (R)
Pastor (R)
Pavlov (R)
Pearce (R)
Polidori (D)
Proos (R)
Robertson (R)
Rocca (R)
Sak (D)
Schuitmaker (R)
Shaffer (R)
Sheen (R)
Sheltrown (D)
Simpson (D)
Spade (D)
Stahl (R)
Stakoe (R)
Walker (R)
Ward (R)
Wenke (R)
Wojno (D)

The following HOUSE legislators opposed 2007 Senate Bill 776 (Ban partial birth abortion ):
Bauer (D)
Bennett (D)
Byrnes (D)
Byrum (D)
Cheeks (D)
Clack (D)
Condino (D)
Donigan (D)
Farrah (D)
Gillard (D)
Gonzales (D)
Hammel (D)
Hood (D)
Hopgood (D)
Johnson (D)
Jones, Robert (D)
Law, Kathleen (D)
Leland (D)
Lemmons (D)
Lindberg (D)
Meadows (D)
Meisner (D)
Melton (D)
Miller (D)
Scott (D) (as in Bettie Cook Scott)
Smith, Alma (D)
Smith, Virgil (D)
Tobocman (D)
Vagnozzi (D)
Valentine (D)
Warren (D)
Young (D)

The following HOUSE legislators did not vote on 2007 Senate Bill 776 (Ban partial birth abortion ):
While I cannot fully understand what House Representative from Detroit would OPPOSE partial birth abortion (knowing abortion is the leading cause of death in our community) once again we see Bettie Cook Scott supporting the WRONG issues again. Why should she go back to Lansing?
One, she is for failing public schools (HB 5765)
Opposed SB 776 (she would rather see partial birth abortion in Detroit but claim to be a church going Christian woman).
Introduced HB 5376 on October 26, 2007, to create a new state fund to provide subsidies to “low income individuals seeking to avoid foreclosure” on home loans, subsidies for downpayments to people seeking mortgages, and various other purposes.
Did she ever think that Michigan is headed down a path of bankruptcy and that we do not need any additional fund for low income individuals? Can we teach them how to be responsible first?
District 3 needs a new voice for constituents. That voice is Carol Banks.
Carol Banks have made the connection between life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. She will not fail her constituents in District 3. Unlike Cook-Scott who has failed her constituents in attempting to restrict educational options for children. Banks is the polar opposite (not bi-polar opposite but polar opposite). Let's take a serious and closer look at the difference between the two ladies.
Almost invariably, when we hear talk of economic growth in China and India, the question of education arises. There is considerable worry about the state of American education in comparison with the Chinese and Indians. And well there should be.
Educational reformers have been discussing how math and technology are driving business. Without these skills,Michigan workers won't be able to compete in a “new economy” driven by rapid innovation. India has a growing middle class of more than 400 million people, and every day we hear about more Michigan service and technology jobs outsourced to Indian firms whose workers possess superior math and science abilities.

Chinese, Indian, African and most European students are far more advanced than their American counterparts, especially in math and science. Report after report shows that Detroit Public Schools are failing to teach.

Detroit Public Schools don't teach as well as schools in other communities because they are government monopolies, and monopolies don't have much incentive to compete. Internationally, Belgium, by contrast, the money is attached to the kids — it's a kind of voucher system. Government funds education — at many different kinds of schools — but if a school can't attract students, it goes out of business.

According to a study released last month by the Washington-based American Institute for Research, more than 75 percent of students at 2-year colleges and more than 50 percent of students at 4-year colleges do not score at the proficient level of “quantitative” literacy. This means, according to AIR, that “college students lack the skills to perform complex tasks, such as comparing credit card offers with different interest rates or summarizing the arguments of newspaper editorials.”
Of course, the ubiquitous solution from State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott is more state spending on education. But more money from the state is not the answer; DPS involvement is part of the problem. Increasing money per student has not resulted in increased ability.

The root of the problem is the “progressive” view of education in general and a monopoly system that removes incentives for excellence. Until we stop using schools as political indoctrination centers that are more concerned about values clarification and self-esteem than they are about math, science, and logic, India and China will continue to outperform us. One or two generations down the line and the Michigan will find itself in real trouble.

Instead of promoting self-esteem, DPS should be teaching math, science and, while we're at it, re-introduce Latin to help develop a disciplined mind. There is no excuse for DPS students not taking algebra before 9 th grade.
However, Rep. Scott supports restricting charter schools in her district when I know for a prime fact that parents in that district who I have spoken to at church, on the streets or going door to door what more choices for their children.
Carol Banks position on the underlying problem with the educational system is the rejection of the existence of truth, but few if any bring this into the debate. Many professors and teachers reject the existence of absolute truth and this has profound implications on education. True education cannot exist in a vacuum. If truth does not exist, then everything is reduced to the subjective perception of individual. One could object by stating that this only applies to “values” and not to “facts” and science, yet this objection does not hold on many levels.
That one paragraph went over Rep. Scott's head. This is why she should not be re-elected.
To be able to compete with China and India, Carol banks feel that we need to improve our educational system and this requires a rigorous math and science curriculum. What's more, it requires a commitment to truth and a radical overhaul of the public educational establishment, not more government spending. Whether this is possible in today's political and cultural climate is doubtful. What is revealing is the numbers of parents who are choosing private or home-schooling alternatives.

Carol feels that if we want to help the poorest in District 3 who do not have the resources to home-school, then we need to give them school choice. Enable people to use their tax dollars and put them toward private education or different public schools. This will result in more opportunity and equality for the poor. But now this is difficult and often not permitted by law.

The problem is that if school choice were allowed and schools had to compete to stay in existence many public schools would close down and both the Michigan Education Association and Detroit Federation of Teachers would lose its control over the minds of public school students. School choice alone is not a panacea — without a recognition of truth there can be no real reform — but it is a beginning.
So the clear choice is this. Either we are going to fight for freedom through school choice or suffer Willie Lynch Syndrome under Rep. Scott. I think it is time to support Carol Banks for Freedom and Educational Options for families in District 3.

1 comment:

Omar said...

I found you recently from my Wikipedia surfing, and I've really enjoyed reading your posts. Your analysis of what's going on at our local level is just spot on.