Your students riot when an old guy gets fired for not reporting child abuse.
Penn State held a riot to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden, after beating Ohio State in 2005 and again in 2008, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
They don't have quite the reputation that Ohio State did. For a while, the locals hated it when Ohio State won a ball game because there would be a riot. The locals also hated it when Ohio State lost a ball game because there would be a riot.
But don't let facts get in the way anything.--I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR BALLS! ->clock
The irony is that they are by and large the same people that would like to see a common curriculum such that all Americans have a foundation for shared values.
I'm not quite certain how 50 states, many territories, and the District of Columbia are supposed to pull that off.
On the one hand, you've got a largely professional group of people that think that the content and method of elementary schools should be more or less standardized such that all kids are given the same set of basic skills required for high school whether they are on a vocational or college prep track. Tests like the SAT and ACT are far too late in the game to drive any sort of standard content and they don't address the methodology at all.
On the other hand, many of the people pushing a common curriculum movement are mostly interested in grade schools as a venue to give students a common cultural and ethical foundation. The idea is that to be a good American, you need to be familiar with uniquely American arts and literature, learn history from an American perspective, and take part in the traditions and mores that make America what it is.
It's this latter group that I mostly referencing. Their second biggest bugbear is that If the content of education is decided at the local level, then regions (like, say, New England or California) might adopt a radical, secularist, liberally un-American view of Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, etc. and leave grade school students with a confused idea of what it means to be an American. The only thing that could be worse in their view is a federal department of education that foists a radical, secularist, liberally un-American view of Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, etc. upon all states.
I guess I kind of answered my own question there.
"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger
I suspect that you could contact the State DA (although there is a good chance of being told to take it locally, followed by an interview with several linemen*), but the simplistic "call the cops" answer is not based in reality.
* for fureners: linemen basically play the "team sumo wrestling" part of US football, and tend to be 200 kilos of mostly muscle (ok, 200 kilos would be pro-bowl, but the college players look pretty close to that in person).
Note in this case, one witness was a 28 year old ex-football player, and the child-rapist was a man in his sixties. He damn well should have stopped it, and should feel utter and complete shame for not doing so.---
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
As angry as I am just thinking about it from eight years and 2500 miles...if it was me present, people would know.---
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
But, as for Paterno, I don't think he'd have much to fear from being "interviewed" by linemen if he went to the cops.
From what I've read, either the cops or some sort of "child services" knew what was going on. They also knew football was more important in those parts.
If you must go to the administration first, because that's policy, then you do so.
But then if they don't act, you go to the law.
And if they don't act, you go to the press.
And if they press don't act, you go fucking vigilante on the fucker and then present the evidence in court as part of your defence.
But that's just how I feel about it.--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.
In the US, most educational funding is at the local level. Each local school district is funded by the local community, usually through property taxes. Each state then kicks in money on top of that.
The US department of Education exists mostly to enforce standards on the states, often without even bothering to provide the funds necessary to meet them. According the wikipedia page, the feds represent about 8.5% of educational funding. What that doesn't mention is that the department of education likes to enforce programs that cost more than that.
Note that the federal department of education is only about thirty years old. It really just serves as a bureaucracy that sits on top of the state bureaucracies, which in turn sit on top of local bureaucracies.
Personally, I think we'd be better off if the Department of Education was disbanded and the funds were made up at the state level.
In general, you have to remember as a non-American viewing calls to disband this or that Federal program, is that state governments in the US are much stronger than similar entities in Europe.---
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Other states, like Ohio for example, would be even worse off then they already are.
I would more hope the rest of the country could be raised by Federal DoE rather than your bit lowered but I guess too many of the wrong ppl give a crap for that to happen?
An important date is May 1999, when Paterno told Sandusky that he would not get the head coach job. Shortly after, Sandusky resigned and never worked in college football again.
That's odd. Sandusky was the defensive genius who figured out how to shutdown Vinny Testaverde in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, and was long expected to succeed Paterno.
We now there was an investigation about Sandusky showering with a pre-teenage boy in 1998, it never went anywhere and the DA went missing years ago. I would assume Paterno was investigated.
I would assume that Sandusky got other offers, unless the grapevine knew of his abhorrent behavior. Or maybe Sandusky preferred his new job, where he could touch young boys'...lives.
Penn State students do riot often. It's a small, isolated city with little to do by drink, study and exercise.
The "moral and ethical" dimensions of the argument basically reduce to one's legal obligation not to impede an ongoing investigation combined with some fairly dubious premises. There is no real argument for a moral or ethical obligation to not impede the hypothetical ongoing investigation or any analysis of factors that might might morally or ethically obligate one to act even if it does impede an ongoing investigation. Rather, there is te presumption that legality implies morality and, consequently, there is no need to offer a moral or ethical argument beyond what one's legal obligations are.
The strongest argument in Paterno's defense on the moral and ethical level, I think, is your simple observation that "We don't know [all] the facts yet." While it is difficult to imagine an argument that he may have been in such a position that simply reporting the allegations concerning Sandusky to his superiors and doing nothing (or at least very little) more fulfilled all of his moral obligations, it could be the case that once all the facts come to light that we can understand how it might be so.
But tu quoque is a lame argument either way.
But I do agree with you that Rick Perry is not a major candidate. He is, however, more of a major candidate than Huntsman.
But if you were actually trying to contribute to the discussion, I think that it's fair to say that you missed my point entirely. If you don't care to work out what I mean by that, I'll be glad to clarify.