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Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 346

by khallow (#49569123) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The money teachers or public workers get paid is for the work they've done, not for "votes". They've earned that money. It's theirs. Once the money is in their pockets, how public workers use that money is their business.

Until it is used to get more money.

Remember Citizens United. Before they are members of a public union, or a corporation, or a church ,or a non-profit, or whatever, they are individuals, with every right to spend the money they've earned for political speech they wished to express.

That doesn't give them a right to work for a government institution, particular public schools which are state operated and not subject to a number of constraints of the US Constitution.

If you don't want them to earn money off public funds, you have better chance asking for government to get out of public education completely (or whatever public program that puts public funds up for grabs). Blame your politicians, not the unions or the teachers.

Hence, why I support privatization of schools. Then it doesn't matter to me if they are unionized or not.

Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 346

by khallow (#49566515) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
I match that with teacher unions and piles of bureaucrats who don't have anything to do with education. In fact, that mostly explains the difference right there. We don't have to mightily strain our gullibility over imaginary cuts from imaginary resistance to education and just look at the large lump of parasites attached to the side of a typical school.

Comment: Re:What a fucking clueless claim! (Score 1) 449

No, Germany doesn't export when they want to any more than France does.

They can always just turn off 2.5 GW of generating facilities or blackout 2 GW of their country's demand when they don't have enough to go around. So sure, they don't "need" to have a functioning country-wide grid.

And I see that you don't address why France's electricity costs less than Germany's electricity.

Comment: Re:Wow total distopia (Score 1) 346

by khallow (#49564303) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Those who state they hate public education impose costs on public education that don't apply to private, then laugh as people complain about the rising cost of public education.

They don't have the power to impose a factor of three multiplier on public education. You'll have to look elsewhere for that.

Comment: Re:What a fucking clueless claim! (Score 1) 449

It's ABSOLUTELY the opposite.

I disagree. of course. The reason is that these transactions all occur at France's convenience not Germany's. The Scandinavian countries with their high reliance on hydro are really the ones making a killing here.

Morons like yourself and the OP bleat on about how renewables can't be put in more than about 20% because (well, "because", really), but it's really nuclear that can't manage high fractional production.

We are already seeing the problems with Germany's system with huge arbitrary surpluses and deficits that have to be pushed into other countries and an electricity cost double that of France.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 449

If your neighbour starts selling you electricity for nothing it makes your own plant less profitable, but you have to keep your own plant around because your neighbour is not a reliable resource.

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For example Germany is exporting 2.46GW to France at the moment, but between midnight and 4am it was importing about 2GW of French nuclear because there wasn't much wind.

What is the price of the electricity that Germany exports versus what it imports? Sure, cheap power from Germany makes French power less profitable. But buying more expensive French power at other times on an impromptu basis makes French power more profitable. And from what I'm seeing, it's a net profit for France.

France seems to have been given the job of keeping everyone on an even keel.

Which is a typical market maker position and tends to be very profitable.

Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 1) 346

by khallow (#49560533) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The true power of the public education system is that it gives teachers a great deal of independence in what they say in the classroom.

Unless it doesn't, of course. Let us keep in mind this 1984 experience would still be a public education system. There's already some crazy stuff in public school systems like zero tolerance policies and ideological contamination by political correctness that inhibits a teacher's independence.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 1) 346

by khallow (#49560365) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

And the data said that charter schools were failing and the testing was unscientific gobbledygook.

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For example, she knows about the NAEP http://nces.ed.gov/nationsrepo... which actually did a good, scientific study of charter schools and found that they were on average worse than public schools.

No they didn't. On average, they found they were about the same. In some states, charter schools did consistently perform worse than public schools, but in some states, charter schools consistently performed better. Not an argument for charters schools, but not one against them either.

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