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July 18, 2005

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DarkStar

Now will the conservatives still sing his praises?

MIB

Calls for a new primary and secondary education paradigm are fine and (obviously) overdue. The challenge is persuading the general public to pay via additional taxes. I haven't read the book, but I presume Cosby and Allen's initiative is predicated upon public financing. I have no problem with paying, say, additional sales, income or property taxes for underwriting such an initiative and/or supporting a reorganization of local & state resources to prioritize education reform. But the economics of those school districts in most dire circumstances are already strained and conventional financial approaches are sure to be problematic. Perhaps the book addresses these concerns.

Lester Spence

People are already reluctant to increase their perceived tax burden. Think they would increase this burden for people they already perceive to be shiftless, lazy, and irresponsible? Again, Cosby is doing this bass ackwards.

Temple3

lks, i feel you on this...the only thing $100 billion could do would be significantly increase teacher/administrator salaries...the dollar attrition on new school construction would piss away more cash than anyone but Gates and the Sultan of Brunei will see in this life...Paul Allen might get a peek.

the politics are so intimately linked to real estate and jobs that using the children as a smokescreen for these adult issues is a mere replication of the limitations of the CRM...as much as we owe to the CRM, the issue should have been resolved 100 years earlier and the CRM did not resolve the issue and its legacy has been to cloud the issue, rather than elucidate...

it's a grown up issue that shouldn't be pawned off on the next generation. keep your loot in your pocket.

Cobb

Where does Cosby get off talking about 100 billion dollars? Nobody in their right mind talks about 100 billion dollars. He's like Dr. Evil in reverse. Hell, it took a year of destruction in Iraq to spend 100 billion dollars.

delro

Isn't this a symptom of the grasping at straws approach? Frustration breeding simple solutions to not so simple problems? Then again, I haven't read the book either...

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