*Explain to your kids.
I have shown, and even read, the name of this restaurant to several people. Most didn't get it. It's tongue-in-cheek, and it's an easy thing to explain to your kids: "they have the king of all sofas." (Yes, there will be sofas so it makes sense.) Remember--a word doesn't have any meaning or value until we assign it.
I find it sad that most people are focusing on a silly name instead of the important thing: these business owners are trying to bring business and jobs to the economically struggling area of Red Bank. To me, that's a much greater value than that placed on a word. Maybe some people need to get their priorities straight.
Or maybe the racists are more likely to spam the survey. This whole thing does really bother me, though, because it's becoming abundantly clear that our city is not as progressive as I thought. Very sad to see such racism DEFENDED in these comments.
I love it when racist people try to convince the rest of us that they aren't racist. It's amusing. :) For the record, anytime that you support treating one group worse than another, then that's not okay. Rhonda Thurman is supposed to represent the children of Hamilton County, and she clearly is only interested in supporting the white half. She needs to go for that reason alone. Nevermind the fact that she's the least educated person on the board, yet the one who always speaks out first.
By the way, LOVE that our education system is dictated by a college dropout hairdresser. The irony is appalling. This deserves an ethics investigation.
People who say there is no racism in what Thurman said are clearly as racist as she is. You cannot compare urban youth to slaves. This woman does NOT represent me, and I am ashamed to see how many closeted racists our city houses.
This is 2011--why are we still having the race debate? I am sickened by Thurman's racist commentary. The ironic part is that if anyone who worked in the education system made a statement relating students to slaves, then they would be and have been fired. It is disgusting that we let an ignorant, racist hairdresser dictate the direction of our education system. Shouldn't be perhaps be listening to someone more qualified? Someone with a college degree instead of someone who gives perms for a living? I guarantee you that we would have better results. Sadly, I think her re-election is a reflection of the hidden racist and backwater attitudes of the Chattanooga general population. Shame on us for continuing to put her in office.
Also, as was otherwise noted, if you think teachers have an easy job, then you clearly have not been in the schools in a long time. Students do not academically perform for a number of reasons, many mentioned by a previous poster. Abuse, neglect, and other elements of their home life are a huge factor. Drugs, weapons, and violence are also a concern. Many of their parents do not emphasize the importance of education so it is an uphill battle for teachers. It's not like when we were younger and everyone came in fresh-faced and ready to learn. It is a different world, and if you don't understand that, then you are very much out of touch with reality.
enufisenuf, you really shouldn't talk about things you clearly know nothing about. You keep mentioning tenure. Tenure has not been taken away. It has been changed, but it has not been taken away. Regardless, that's not what this article is referencing. It is discussing collective bargaining. Go ahead. Google it. I'll wait for you to come back. whistles Got it? Good. Okay, now that you may have a bit of an understanding about what has happened, let me just explain that collective bargaining isn't a bad thing. Employees are usually encouraged to speak up regarding their working conditions and how to improve them. Teachers contracts and salaries are also negotiated. That does not mean that "bad" teachers get to be inefficient. Teachers are already rated based on how their students perform on standardized tests. That is weeding out the poor teachers. Collective bargaining assures that teachers receive the same benefits that many of us receive. I'm not sure why anyone would want teachers to go without health insurance or other benefits. Collective bargaining is certainly not getting them fat cat salaries such as Haslam's either. So now we have stripped teachers of any perceived benefit to work in the state of TN. how do you think this will impact students? Do you think teachers will teach freely, as you mentioned they did when you were younger? Of course not. This legislation has done the opposite. It has pushed teachers further away from innovative instruction and more toward a cookie cutter classroom. Furthermore, do you think Tennessee schools will be able to attract the best and brightest college students to teach in our state once they graduate? Of course not! In the past teachers gave up hopes for a high salary in exchange for benefits and the dream of teaching children. Now we have stripped them of any incentive and forced them into bland lessons. Why would anyone come to teach here when they can get a job in a better state? Oh, that's right. Maybe they can't get a job anywhere else so they will have to settle for teaching in Tennessee. Those are the new teachers that we will have teaching our children. Does Haslam care? No. His children went to private schools so he doesn't even have any experience with the public school system. That's like you trying to do rocket science. It's not going to turn out well. So, yes, maybe you should learn the facts and educate yourself before you start speaking on things that you don't understand. You might also want to invest in spell check or a dictionary since it is "dummy" not "dummie."
Clearly some people are misinformed. Getting rid of collective bargaining will not "clean the place up." It will only ensure that we end up with lousy teachers in the future. What bright, educated college student would honestly choose to become a teacher in Tennessee now that they know they are almost assured a paultry pay and poor benefits? If you want the bottom of the barrel teaching your children, then you have just ensured that is what you will get.