Four things does a reckless man gain who covets his neighbor's wife - demerit, an uncomfortable bed, thirdly, punishment, and lastly, hell.
- The Dhammapada, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorisms (c. B.C. 300)
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Got kicks? Every Detroit student who shows up on the cash-crucial Student Count Day will be able to answer “yes” thanks to a donation from Bob’s Classic Kicks in midtown.
BCK, 4717 Woodward, made an arrangement with the school district to give away a free pair of black leather Nikes to every student who comes to class on Oct. 3, the day when students are counted and their numbers used as the basis for per-pupil funding from the state and federal government.
The more bodies in class, the more money schools have all year.
source: CBS Detroit
Where do you even start with a story like this?
I guess you could start with the positive, which is a local shoe store willing to pony up 14,000 to 17,000 shoes for the neighborhood kids. When I read the headline, I assumed it had to be Nike themselves footing the bill for enough shoes to cover an entire school district, but for a single-location shoe store to offer that? I can’t even imagine how one store can afford to do that, but that’s pretty awesome to see a local business willing to give that much to the community.
On the idea of a thing called “Student Count Day,” I can barely put into words what an incredibly stupid idea I think it is to tie a school’s funding to a single day that’s publicly announced beforehand. Student Count Day was born to be rigged like this, an opportunity for a district to blatantly game the system. Yes, I know, some will say, “But it’s for the kids!”
Yes, but they’re taking a bigger share of the pie from the other districts. Aren’t we supposed to be against cheating in school? This is cheating just as surely as if the district decided they were going to count everyone twice (maybe once for each of their feet) which is probably roughly the spike they’ll see for attendence on Free Nikes, er – Student Count Day.
Reality is, the US spends more per child than any other nation. Period. It’s not a problem of not spending enough, it’s a societal and cultural problem more than anything. Next time you hear the teachers’ unions arguing that the problem is that we don’t spend enough and we need more money because “It’s for the kids,” realize that the majority of every dollar spent on education goes to bureaucrat and teacher salaries and pensions. All I know is, some explaining needs to be done when we spend more per child than any other nation and see our kids’ test scores falling farther and farther behind.
A few last thoughts . . . It would be interesting to see how they coordinate the exchange of 14,000 – 17,000 vouchers for new shoes in all sizes. It would seem to me just about all the kids would want to get those new shoes just as soon as attendance is counted and the vouchers passed out. (Staggered redemption dates on the vouchers, perhaps?) Let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into some chaos like some of the mega-hyped releases of top dollar Nike Air Jordan retros.
They’re not giving out the retro Air Jordans for sure, but for a brand that typically starts around $80 to get into, I’d imagine most the kids will be feeling pretty good about themselves in their new shoes.
It begs the question though – when everyone at your school has their own pair of Nikes, does that whole Nike shoes as a status symbol thing go out the window? Regardless, let’s just hope that when everyone has their own Nikes, kids will no longer get killed over their Nikes.
Political Rehab, Day 21: This is my ninth post from political rehab, so I’m well off the pace of 30 non-political posts in 30 days, but I feel I’ve done quite well keeping it off the politics. Sure, I talked a bit about the Bin Laden kill, but managed to avoid any political ranting at all. Kudos to me and my self-restraint.
As the procession of factories and jobs has been leaving Detroit over the decades, the exodus of people has followed. Where once a vibrant city had a population of 1.8 million in 1950, the population of Detroit had dwindled to 714,000 in 2010, dropping 26 percent in the last decade alone. It becomes a vicious cycle, less jobs equals more crime, residents leave the crime-ridden neighborhoods, larger sections of the city and suburbs begin to resemble ghost towns, property values decline further, providing more incentive for people to get out of Dodge while they still can.
Well, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, the Mayor of New York offered up this innovative idea for revitalizing the Motor City:
“Take a look at the big, old, industrial cities, Detroit, for example… the population has left. You’ve got to do something about that. And if I were the federal government, assuming you could wave a magic wand and pull everybody together, you pass a law letting immigrants come in as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or ten years. Start businesses, take jobs, whatever. You would populate Detroit overnight because half the world wants to come here,” Bloomberg said. “We still are the world’s greatest democracy. We still have hope that if you want to have a better life for yourself and your kids, this is where you want to come.” – Mayor Bloomberg
source: Fox News
The first thing that comes to mind is the Castros in Cuba opening up their prisons again, giving all the released prisoners one-way tickets to American shores, so it couldn’t be a complete free for all, but this is a pretty brilliant idea, really.
All y’all illegals in Arizona, don’t want to worry about getting asked for papers when you get pulled over? Just move to Detroit, you’ll never have to worry about them rednecks again!
And while illegals get most of the headlines, for the millions looking to immigrate to this country by legal means, it is a long, long line, with many applicants waiting for years before they finally are given the chance to come over. You want to cut to the front of that line? Detroit awaits, my friends! All you have to do is agree to be a resident for five or ten years.
Of course, for the city with the largest Muslim population in America, I’m sure many would see Detroit becoming a magnet for Jihadists were we to open up the immigrant floodgates, but it would come down to a matter of having the proper screening, really. Maybe that and a few undercover agents in all the local mosques, but it’s not like the city could get much more dangerous than it already is.
Given a chance to prosper in the land of opportunity, there is no group of people with more drive to succeed than the first generation American immigrants. If Detroit could tap into the energy of a million or two people like that, there’d be no stopping a Motor City Comeback.