Monday, February 28, 2005

Governor's Office Clarifies Remarks About Indiana "Lagging Behind"

In true "Scrappleface" fashion we offer this satirical press release:

The office of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, has issued a press release today, clarifying his past remarks regarding Indiana's "lagging behind other states and nations."


Many of Indiana's educators have been upset with the Governor's past comments about Indiana lagging behind other states and nations. Educators pointed out that Indiana does not "lag" behind other states and nations by any common sense definition and were quick to point out that while they aren't perfect, there have been many accomplishments and improvements in recent years.

The Governor's staffers were quick to respond by stating that if you "aren't number one then you are lagging behind." The Governor is now proud to announce his new initiative titled, "Leave All the Nation's Children Behind."

In addition to this new initiative the Governor's staffers have discovered a typo in the Governor's "state of the state address."

In reviewing the script the Governor was reading from, they discovered the missing words. The original text of the speech was supposed to read, "Indiana is lagging an hour behind other states and nations."

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We meant to fix this problem with "Daylight Savings Time" so that we no longer lag an hour behind other states and nations.

Thank you. :-)


At Monday, February 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We agree firmry that Indiana's educational system is among finest in world. Prease, not change a thing.

With most humble gratitude to Indiana Super, we are,

Prakash Chidambaram, Bangalore
Wu Shimin, Beijing
Pang Shun Pen, Singapore
Nguyen Duc Hien, Thai Binh province

At Monday, February 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amon, Bruder!?

At Friday, March 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Respectful disagreement is fine. A little sarcasm or satire can be very effective in making a point. Racist remarks are always in poor taste and are generally used by people who have no logic to support their position.

Resorting to racial stereotypes, use of profanity (as seen in other comments on this blog) and other bullying tactics indicate that the poster is bereft of ideas and has nothing further to add to the discussion.

I am disappointed that those who disagree with the Indiana Superintendent have so little to offer in the way of reasoned argument. It would have been nice to have had a decent debate about the future of education both in public schools and private schools, but there doesn't seem to be much intellectual rigor on the voucher/"choice" side of the issue.

But then intellectual rigor would require that one discuss the recent TIMSS test results and what the implications are for public education. I guess that requires too much work.

At Wednesday, March 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see the racism, but I do see highly motivated, well-educated Asians and Indians as the competitors Hoosiers should worry about.

I have ENORMOUS repsect for Asians and Indians -- I believe they are going to dominate ecomonic growth in the 21st century and I've invested in Index funds that hold their stocks.

Every large Indiana company is aggressively expanding their Indian or Chinese operations -- Lilly has 200 PhD chemists outside of Beijing and Anthem and Cummins have hundreds of employees in India.

My experience with Hoosier educators is there is no argument whatsoever that will persuade them to accept vouchers, charter schools or other forms of choice in public education OR that there is really much to worry about.

Freedom of choice is against the self interest of educators. You don't want a debate -- Indiana educators want things to stay as they are, only be better funded.

At Thursday, March 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have noticed when traveling in Japan that when speaking English, the Japanese often pronounce an "l" as an "r".

I may be a racist for noticing this, I'm not sure.


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