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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mandatory Automobile Insurance (and more!)

Cromagin2,

The millennials that you seem to have had to deal with in your experience sound like just a load of joy to work with, haha.

Protip: students are SUPPOSED to be poor and indebted. They are students. They have not proven their worth to society yet.

I strongly disagree with this argument. When teaching someone to swim, we do what? We give them PFDs and educate them so that they can learn the proper form. Sure, we have not proven ourselves to society yet, but that does not mean that society should chain an anchor to our ankles to see if we can swim; they should provide us with PFDs, or at least leave us be. In all seriousness, it would be best if the costs of education and other student-related costs are kept low, so that we can establish a foothold on our careers, on our investments, and on our credit. This is better than the current system of ensuring our students are made to be in excessive amounts of debt, paid off over the next 20 years of their lives… reluctant to start a family, purchase a house, and move on with their lives.

I suggest you focus on the studies. It sounds to me you can’t handle the course load and working at the same time. Ask for a low interest loan from family members and sign a legal contract. They will still profit, but you will not get raked over the coals from a traditional loan.

I can handle the work load just fine with discipline and with late nights.

I am maintaining a high GPA (3.83), but my work environment is one which I do not fit into. My student supervisor is out to get me, and vicious rumors have been started about me slandering the position (which I would never do non-anonymously, or with potential recruits), which has reached my employer who now views me as a problem employee, and hence the bad reference.

but you do have some of the aspects of them that greatly annoy myself.

I apologize for the arrogant-sounding comments about myself, as they were not intended for bragging purposes. I merely aimed at showing that I am an above-average student, yet still struggling, which would imply that my peers may be struggling even worse financially.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

Ah, I misinterpreted the tone of your post. Interesting. I am glad that you do not find delight at the aforementioned thought of me burning forever, haha. We can agree, therefore, that the Bible is not the utmost authority on the rights of the LGBTIQA community, and if it actually is divinely inspired, that it is still wrong from our perspective?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

Cromagin2,

Yes, I would be annihilated instead, according to the Bible. Am I interpreting delight from your post in that you believe I am going to burn in Hell? Is that something from which a Christian should receive delight, or a sense of superiority? While we are on the subject, is (divine) torture ever justified?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mandatory Automobile Insurance (and more!)

Beauval,

Young drivers are statistically far more likely to have an accident, so they pay a lot higher premiums. Simples.

Right, which makes sense, however independent students are statistically among the most poor, most indebted demographics in the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poverty_in_the_United_States#Poverty_and_age (we see a declining trend in poverty levels as age increases)) . Capitalism and Darwinism alike say “who cares,” but I am saying that this not only has drastic effects on individual lives, but also hampers consumption, happiness, and education levels, hindering the economy and society. Everyone does better when everyone does better, ya know?

Having said that, the premiums you quote do seem to be extremely high compared to what you would pay over here

Right? It is pretty dang high over here, especially for my peers and me. This may be an individual or extreme case, living in the suburbs/at a university outside of an automobile-based city that is not doing well, so there’s that.


VikaTae,

I can afford a car, but among other expenses, not the car insurance, which is keeping me from browsing other off-campus alternatives to employment (hence this thread post). But, I’m sure that it is not your point, as you are probably including car insurance in with the total automobile cost.

Fortunately, I am not handicapped in that manner and you are right, I could run, walk, or purchase a bicycle to ride to work, among carpooling opportunities once I meet the other employees there. However, with the academic schedule that I am imposed with as well as having employment that has been causing me significant psychological turmoil, it has been difficult to find time during the week to browse options farther away, especially considering that I may have to walk/run there in the future, if I obtain said hypothetical miles-away job. I suppose I will just have to keep my fingers crossed and survive until the end of the semester, when then I can start working towards a decent job farther away.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mandatory Automobile Insurance (and more!)

Cromagin,

Yes, and thank you for the link. I perused it and found some very helpful information that I did not disagree with. Regarding your questions, I am merely suggesting situations that perhaps would work better. I am not pinpointing my beliefs on anything in particular, but simply offering alternatives and seeing what you all think for my learning purposes.

If I may offer a bit of advice to you: millennials, in my personal experience (they are my peers) are less likely to listen to you if you hold a superior, hateful attitude towards millennials. This is not me, fortunately, as I came here to learn from others as I have in the past, but may hold better for you in the future. The attitude that you are showing me (by placing me stereotypically in with my peers in most or all aspects), has been shown throughout history by racist and sexist institutions, among others. Please be careful in assuming that all of us more or less are the same. Everyone of every group brings something different to the table.

VikaTae,

Thank you for your post. That makes a lot more sense and seems more friendly to citizens of the country/state that mandates car insurance, though it targets those with less driving experience, even those with no at-fault accidents in their driving careers (more often than not university students). I am curious as to how you would believe we should solve this cost-allocation problem… if at all.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mandatory Automobile Insurance (and more!)

If I am an arrogant person, would that change the validity of any of my points?

Besides the personal attacks, which are not appreciated, you have some valid points.

I am highlighting my personal achievements in order to show that I am above average in skill-set and qualifications, and describe how I am still struggling financially. Whether or not I am trusted in my post is irrelevant. Assuming that I am telling an accurate description of my personal achievements and my financial situation, my argument still holds weight. I ask you to think of those students who are not above average, and if I am above average and struggling financially, to think of how much worse it must be for my fellow peers. This is not an arrogant intention: I wish to better help the population I am a part of by raising awareness of the issue, and also to learn more myself in case this ever comes up in real-world discussion. Debating like this helps to highlight the outstanding arguments of both sides, and through this, we learn.

You are the perfect example of the damage the “Everyone wins” parenting style of the 90’s has caused in society

My parents never rewarded me unless I received all A’s. They were not proud of me athletically until they realized I was qualified to run in college due to my hard-work and hours of training I put in to distinguish myself from my peers. They have never spoken out about me to others unless I have deserved it with my achievements. Frankly, if you trust me, then I would say my parents’ style was to bring out the best in me, and quite frankly was the opposite. “Participation medals” piss me off, so we are actually in agreement here. Hard work earns achievements, but surely you acknowledge those who work hard and are still thrown under the bus, no? To not acknowledge that some are un- or underemployed with a large skill set, that some are extremely disadvantaged and in debt despite their work-ethic is ignorant of the real world.

Sure, “no one cares,” but they should.

“Without mandatory insurance, the victims of automobile accidents would be very unlikely to see much compensation from the individuals at fault”

Alright, now I am seeing an argument which is not also a personal attack. I like it. :)

This is a very valid point: without mandatory car insurance, individuals who cannot pay the high cost of the victim’s claim are not required to pay. However, this could be resolved from a system of universal healthcare coverage, no? In which the health and repair costs are covered by the government, which are covered through an annual tax at a flat rate on the citizens (instead of targeting certain poorer demographics). Surely there are other viable systems… sure, no one likes to pay taxes (even my peers and I are not looking forward to it), but taxes cover large state and national projects such as infrastructure construction and repair, and are obviously provided by the government. Of course, you may complain that to shift everything to taxes is burdening citizens who are not worrying about the situation, such as older adults. How many older adults, however, do not have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, for whom they wish all the best in their lives. If it does not affect you, it surely affects your family in one way or another. That, and countries with some provided welfare services like healthcare and education rank among the happiest in the world.

http://www.nyhealthinsurer.com/2013/blog/the-worlds-happiest-countries-and-their-health-care-systems/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark#Education

So maybe the mandatory car insurance is not the issue. Maybe it is public education costs… if it were provided, independent students would not be as worried about automobile insurance costs, because they would not be freaking out about $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree, which is practically required these days to obtain a viable career outlook in a job.
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Something additional to think about: if you are not in a car crash, you do not have to pay for repair damages. If you are in one, you can pay out of pocket, or purchase another vehicle at perhaps a lower cost than it would take to repair your vehicle. The part where insurance would come in would be to pay for the other person’s vehicle if you are at fault, but I am arguing for perhaps another system that is provided by the government, payed for by a flat tax on citizens instead of having private insurance companies that target a specific demographic of those struggling financially. Either that, or reducing other costs of those people struggling financially (like health care or insurance costs) to better allow such a demographic to pay for this mandatory car insurance.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

From a Biblical perspective it is morally incorrect. If the Bible is the truth on moral law, though, then I am proud to be in (divinely determined) immoral support of the LGBTIQA community and their rights.

I reject the Bible’s twisted morality and substitute my own.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mandatory Automobile Insurance (and more!)

Hello all,

I would like to briefly introduce a topic with some preliminary information, as well as describe my personal financial situation within my state (to best represent the financial situation of my fellow peers), and then see what you all think.

I live in Michigan, U.S.A., where it is mandatory that one, upon purchase of an automobile, new or used, also purchases car insurance to be paid monthly.

My information on insurance is taken from: http://www.carinsurance.com/state/Michigan-car-insurance.aspx:

These costs range, according to the site, from $3,601 to $6,841 paid annually, with Detroit, Michigan (about 45 minutes from where I live) having the most expensive car insurance rates in terms of large cities. ($300.08-$570.08 monthly)

As a moderate-liberal, I can see the benefit of services provided like health insurance; in fact I am a huge proponent of universal health care coverage, funded through annual taxes of the citizens — I support a high minimum standard of living for all U.S. citizens. However, as a student currently attending a public university, although I have a full tuition scholarship based on academic merit, the costs of college living if one is independent is already extremely high. The tuition and housing costs of my university together amount to $21,000 for the fall and winter semesters. Now, I did not have to pay for any of it last year, due to working for the university’s housing department, and having a merit-based full-tuition scholarship, as aforementioned. However, the working conditions of my staff were sharply declining my mental health (to a point where I was not enjoying my life, afflicted with anxiety, and seeking psychological counseling), and I made the decision that I would not like to continue working under that staff for the upcoming semester. I applied for an RA position under a different staff and set of supervisors, which was going very well as I am over-qualified for the position, until I was dropped cold, presumably due to a bad reference by my serial bully of a boss. I was also turned down by some other departments due to them filling up spots with student-employees, I admit, that are more qualified than I am for the job. I am now going to be unemployed for the upcoming fall semester, as the university, which for my first year was treating me like a superstar (featured in a nationally broadcasted commercial, hired for three reputable positions), is now leaving me in the dark (hired for no positions, not being “re-hired”).

This leaves me searching for an off-campus job, which is impossible where I live without an automobile in my possession. Now, with my current earned life-savings, I could perhaps afford one of those used automobiles that are put up for sale in a residential drive-way, however, I cannot afford the monthly costs of car insurance without taking out student loans (that have a higher factor of insurance rates than most types of loans due to the higher risk of loaning out money to students in America, which would leave me insurmountably in debt for half of my life), lowering my overall consumption later in life.

I understand, that, car insurance covers medical costs, repair costs and worker compensation for work missed for those in untimely automobile accidents (cited below in quotations):

“Michigan car insurance requirements
Michigan state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability $20,000/$40,000
Minimum property damage liability $10,000
Personal injury protection Medical and work loss
Property protection insurance $1,000,000”

However, to what extent are we going to force our citizens to purchase car insurance, on top of having to pay for health insurance, ridiculously high costs of education, and etc? Mandatory car insurance for me, assuming I am someone who is over-qualified for student-leadership positions, called “(my university)-famous,” and with a full tuition scholarship for 8 semesters is a huge burden.

From this point on, assuming I have little-no support from my parents, I am going to have to pay $10,000/2-3 more years for living costs ($25,000), book costs ($500/semester), health insurance under the ACA ($120/month), cell phone plan ($100/month), and_ if I buy a car to obtain an off-campus job to help pay for these costs, a used car (say, $3,000 used, with $300 minimum per month car insurance, although it is usually higher for my demographic, hilariously)._

If I obtain a student-loan to help me with these costs, in good credit standing, there is a 4.66% interest rate on those loans which is growing rapidly (3.86% last year). From https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/interest-rates.

And please do not get me started on law school after obtaining my bachelor’s degree.

Now, as a disclaimer, I may receive some financial assistance from my family in terms of the costs of living. However, think of other students in this terrible financial situation. Most, speaking from personal experience, do not have the qualifications, experience from reputable on-campus jobs, or skill-set that I bring to the table, and most do not have a full-academic scholarship. Most are not university/state-famous (take famous with a grain of salt, I’m on tv in a 30-second commercial). Some do not have any financial assistance from their families due to poverty or family-related issues. And we are going to force them to pay car insurance (at a higher rate, remember, due to more accidents from the millennial demographic) on top of the other costs, preventing them from obtaining off-campus employment?

What are your opinions on this issue? Do you believe automobile insurance costs should be mandatory? Healthcare? Education… for (y)our citizens? What effect does car insurance have on the economy, along with healthcare and education costs? What effect would this have on the economy and welfare of (y)our citizens if some of these costs were reduced or not forced?

I will be pleased to see what you all think regarding these issues.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Sleep apnea

@cromagin2:

You seem to take it as an offense that they are obese, when no offence was intended.
If it’s not obesity, perhaps the family has a genetic flaw?
I simply went by what you said here, the tone was of disappointment of their increased lbs:

I am not offended at all, actually! No worries :)

It is most likely a genetic flaw, but thankfully I am told that I do not exhibit any of the symptoms!

 
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Topic: Off-topic / You walk over to investigate a pile of logs...

…only to discover that it isn’t logs at all, it’s a black and bluish dress that could be mistaken for white and gold, if someone has poor enough eyesight. I decide to post the picture on the internet, effectively trolling the masses and laughing hysterically as I frolic back into my castle, monocle in hand.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Sleep apnea

@cromagin2:

Sounds like many family members are obese or quickly heading towards obesity.

Don’t think so. :) If you saw my family, you would think we are a bunch of twigs, save for my dad who is a little bulky. I am a distance runner, and my brother is a tri-sport athlete, skinnier than myself. Obesity does contribute to — but is not necessary for — obstructive sleep apnea, and there are other kinds of sleep apnea as previously mentioned by other users before me that have little to nothing to do with obesity.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Sleep apnea

My father has sleep apnea, and he is not overweight, but he is on the heavier side of the healthy range. However, additionally, I am suspicious that my brother has it; he is 15 weighing 120 pounds. Also, my roommate definitely has sleep apnea, which may be seasonal, if possible. The dry air of the winter here in Michigan might be a contributor to the problem — it is not his weight as he is 18 and I would say skinny, maybe 5’11" 155 lbs?

Although obstructive sleep apnea is catalyzed by obesity, there are varieties of sleep apnea that come about simply due to genetics, or possibly some other environmental factors.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Did the holocaust actually happen?

@Zaminick:

Well, you haven’t yet PROVED the holocaust happened. So theoretically I’m winning.

What criteria are necessary for valid proof, according to you?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / It's time to make OT a bigger war than it already is.

Everything is grey.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Remember when OT was actually good?

I remember, probably farther back than you all, though. OT was the shit in ’09.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What are bad situations in your life right now?

Unsure of where to take my career, returning home to unsatisfying home life soon. my job is overbearing and sucks; because of these things my social skills are declining; making it all the more possible that I will mess things up with my love. I really hope that doesn’t happen — this anxiety sucks.

Thanks for the venue, I needed to say something.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The truth on President Obama and the recent elections.

@karmakoolkid:

Saying “my black friend” isn’t inherently microaggressive, as long as the person, in the same context, would say “my white friend.” It’s all about intent — if used for communicative purposes, it shouldn’t be taken offensively. Now, if the person was saying “my black friend (grouping all black people together, implying that they all have the same qualities about them)”, that’s microaggressive.

That said, there are plenty of female privileges that exist that go under the radar. A few off of the top of my head in the U.S.:

1) Women get maternity leave; men do not get paternity leave.

2) Women are not forced to register with Selective Service (for the draft); men are.

3) Women are far less likely to be accused of being the aggressor in a non-consensual sexual interaction, even if both parties were of equal influence or power.

4) A man accused of rape ruins his reputation (gets one kicked off of NCAA sports teams too, believe it or not (just the accusation)) regardless of whether the crime was committed or not; I have not heard of this happening to women, but in plenty of cases to men.

5) Women are less likely to be faulted in cases of statutory rape.

6) Women are far more likely to win court custody battles of children.

7) Women are favored in the educational setting; more women are now attending college and excelling than men; a couple teachers in my past have stated this proudly without thought to how this may be reflecting bias in the classrooms.

8) The average child support payment due from women is half the amount due from men

You also say that women are less likely to be harassed sexually at work; whereas that may be true, I have been harassed in the same way numerous times by women (grabbing my ass in public without my consent, "cat"calls even though I have informed them that this makes me uncomfortable, etc.). So it definitely still happens on both sides, man.

Although you may argue that your list is far longer, take a look at the severity of mine compared to yours; these are big issues (not that women’s aren’t). War, rape, child custody… There are unfair privileges that need attention in both the two main genders, men and women, so let’s not ignore both sides of the issue.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Girls need more freedom.

“No one should hit anyone”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

@insanesniper1:

I read your reply to me, and I send you a shout on your profile asking the question I was confused with; figured that might work easier since we’re now on a different page in this thread. However, feel free to answer it on here.

My question was, who exactly falls under the parameters of the ACA (I may have been misunderstanding the extent to which people are covered)? As in, who qualifies for more affordable health care coverage and who does not (thus causing their private health care plans to increase)?

@jhco50:

Why yes I do Karma. It is a program started by liberals to have those who work pay for those who wish to not work get free healthcare. Kinda like getting those who work to pay for some dudes drug habit because he can’t afford his drugs. You know, like you want a new tv and can’t afford one but joe next door is working and you feel he owes you a new tv. Does that sum it up for you?

I am a full-time college student (18 credits) on full scholarship, working 2 paid jobs and yet I still cannot afford private healthcare. The ACA covers me; what am I to you, another lazy liberal? What of other hard-working people like me who cannot afford private health insurance?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What kind of people annoy you IRL

People who openly gossip about other people when they are not around. Them, and those who absolutely cannot be assertive and stand up for themselves if their lives depended on it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Millennial Boomerangs

I personally value independence. I moved out of my parents’ house last year and am now successfully paying my way through college on my own, despite their attempts and offers.

However, it would be wrong of me to expect everyone to be able to do the same. Different circumstances, such as grades and ACT score affect scholarships; luckily I have plenty of fluid intelligence and was able to get a 31 on the ACT, and luck out with my assertiveness and with my teachers — my GPA was 3.97 in high school because of this. I thus was able to obtain a full-tuition scholarship from my university. I have since obtained 3 jobs which have helped me save up and pay for housing; last year I moved out (meaning I started to support myself almost completely on my own) of my parents’ house completely after a nasty dispute with my father.

In contrast, not everyone is as assertive, has teachers that give out great GPAs for equally great work, or is as intelligent and charming to employers. Sure, I believe some of these things can be improved through hard work, but it is much more difficult for one who is not naturally skilled in the aforementioned areas. Because of all of the skills and opportunities that I have had, I thus far have been able to pay for college without debt. Not everyone has these skills or opportunities, and has to take out loans.

It’s very easy for you to say “just be independent” because you, I am assuming, did not have to pay off $85,000 of student debt (if paying tuition and living on campus) after receiving your degree; tuition costs even at my more “affordable” university are still on the rise, and would be hell to pay off if I was supporting myself. Here, after 4 years (and not everyone graduates in 4 years) it’s an estimated $45,000 for living at home and just paying tuition, and an estimated $85,000 for living on/off campus for 4 years. That’s a hella large increase, man.

And you wonder why students elect to stay at home with mom and dad, who are offering to help out, lol.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

@insanesniper1:

Then again the costs are going up yet again, so this might not be feasible for them. The part of the law that ALWAYS bothered them is the fact you are forced to buy something – even if you do not want it. Sure, you can opt out, but if you make the cost too high for people to afford you are abusing the intent of opting out in the first place.

Isn’t it hypocritical and nonsensical for them to opt out of more affordable health care coverage, and then complain that their health care coverage is less affordable?

One of my primary fields of study is psychology, yet I still have a hard time understanding some people.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Teacher Unions Dump $80 million Into 2014 Midterms: Result is an F+

@karmakoolkid:

I appreciate your kind words, and I acknowledge the poor state of being that the educational system in this nation is facing — low wages, teachers being maltreated, all of these totalitarian plans on how to teach our students with lack of electives (common core). Because of these things, I am only considering entering the educational field, which reflects a sad situation. Teaching is in my blood — my mom’s side of the family has produced teachers for generations. Sure, many teachers are excellent in the knowledge of their fields; however, not all are even proficient at relaying the information in a way the students can understand — that, or they fail to see and adapt to the students’ confused faces, and fail to realize that there are many ways to explain a problem (some better than others) — I tend to excel in both areas and hence am a natural teacher — I shouldn’t feel like I shouldn’t follow my passions because an important market like education is a hell-hole.

Why did it become a hell-hole?

I would argue because of the teacher labor unions, but that is because of the malpractice of the teacher unions in my state (MI). Teachers who would consistently not produce results because “the students couldn’t learn the difficult material” or some other BS excuse were a large part of the problem. Additionally, the amount of teacher strikes in Detroit and elsewhere throughout the state was ridiculous and an impediment to educational success — the unions got carried away. Although organizing is a beneficial thing that allows workers to unite and keeps wages and conditions high, in this case the unions got carried away — people (including myself) started viewing the unions and teachers as crazy and in their jobs through tenure and not merit, and they unions became so powerful that although one evil was suppressed (the companies/school administrations’ ability to maltreat employees) another evil was established (the inability of companies/school administrations’ to ensure the competence of their employees); now teachers are not taken seriously. Hopefully, the right to organize in this state, but not the forced unionizing (like the situation presented by the right to work law now taking effect in Michigan) will balance the two opposing evils into a middle ground of positiveness. Then, the next step is ensuring the competence of the teachers through standardized testing, while allowing teachers to achieve these goals through their own means. Those that perform and excel should stay and obtain raises, and those that do not should receive demerits and be fired. It is my belief that this system would reverse the perceived laziness/craziness of teachers in this state, and instead restore the honor of the profession. Natural teachers like myself should be at the forefront, not teachers who drag their feet every day to lecture monotonously at their students.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Teacher Unions Dump $80 million Into 2014 Midterms: Result is an F+

As someone who intends to become a public school secondary education teacher, I agree with most of the points of the article and its overall message. You earn what you work for.

I live in Michigan, where recently Governor Rick Snyder signed a “right to work” bill into law which made all of my Democratic public school teacher friends very enraged. This bill, accordingly, made it so that when joining the work force, one was not forced into joining a teacher union. That’s how it should be — one should not be forced into organizing and paying union dues if they do not want to; however, workers still retain the right to organize and strike, etc. This bill was made even more essential in educational health for our state, because one, the strikes that the unions were forcing were so detrimental to the education of Michigan students (in Detroit especially), and two, teachers that were absolute garbage at teaching students were retaining their jobs even though their students were struggling. Because of the unions, the schools could not fire crappy teachers. Now that the unions are weaker, thank God, the schools still are suffering from this underlying problem — a way to ensure that the students are actually learning the important information from their courses and that only the highest quality teachers are retained.

Now, how do we evaluate that? Grades (G.P.A.) are subjective, depending on teacher, school, district, etc., so they are a no-go. However, standardized tests are a great way to determine where the best and worst teachers are. I am a proponent of state/district committees designing exams that measure students’ knowledge of the subject and, and of legislation that allows teachers their own methods of getting students to pass these standardized tests.

Now sure, following this method’s proposal, one may raise the concern the teachers now going to be mainly focused on having their students pass the standardized tests. Of course they would be to achieve higher pay and retain their jobs, but in the process the students will be learning the pertinent and important material to pass the examinations. The standardized testing with flexible teaching model is similar to how Advanced Placement examinations work — they are standardized across the globe (different every year, but standardized nonetheless), but the teacher is able to determine how to best prepare their students for these exams. As someone who passed 9 A.P. exams and earned the highest A.P. honor, the “National A.P. Scholar Award,” and as someone who is still excelling in these subjects at his university, I can tell you that curriculums designed towards having the students passing these examinations with teaching flexibility helps the students learn that subject — the exams in this case actually reflect what students need to know for a given course.

What isn’t beneficial about the proposed common core curriculum is that teachers are given less flexibility in teaching the material. Teachers are considered experts in their fields as well as experts in teaching the information to students — let them do what they do best. Introducing inflexibility limits evolution and innovation; one teacher might excel at teaching method A, another at teaching method B. And if everyone is taught inflexibility (just method A) in thinking, are we really helping them to develop critical thinking skills? How are we promoting diversity in thinking? If everyone approaches a problem traditionally and it doesn’t work, what are they going to do? Slight discrepancies in teaching are to be promoted to encourage this creativity in thinking; if the end result is all/most students passing the exam; the teacher has done their job.

As someone who would like to become a secondary education teacher, I would be comfortable, and would rather have it that my staff and I earn the pay that we receive. I would be confident that I could produce consistent results in my field(s) of study. Because otherwise, since education is so important in prepping the next generation for the workforce, how are we to measure the success of our system of education? What should happen is that at the end of the day, the more students that pass the aforementioned standardized tests (that are A.P.-esque exams), the higher pay the teacher receives, and the greater chance that they are retained for the next years. If all of a teacher’s students fail, then they should be let go.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Individuality - What makes you so special?

The fastest recorded mile to date is in the 3:40s; if this person could do that, they’d surely be world famous and super-human… Most likely the distance measured was off.

That said, we both agree on their badassery regardless haha.