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Harvard Cheers N.J. Governor’s Tough Talk on Education

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Posted on Apr 30, 2011
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addresses a crowd in 2007.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew enthusiastic cheers from a Harvard audience on Friday when he spoke aggressively against university tenure and teachers’ unions, and promised to build a more conservative state Supreme Court. —ARK

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Conservatives may see Harvard as the heart of liberal darkness, but on Friday it gave a warm, even enthusiastic reception to Gov. Chris Christie and his ideas on education overhaul.

Speaking to almost 200 students and staff members at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the New Jersey governor drew rounds of applause with his talk of sharply limiting teacher tenure, rigorously evaluating teachers and administrators, curbing the power of teachers’ unions and pledging to appoint more-conservative justices to the State Supreme Court.

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By purplewolf, May 1, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

prisnersdilema: G.W. Bush also went to Harvard and Yale and he was a bully as is Gov. Christie and G.W. was a cheerleader, an extremely poor student but just look at what money can buy for your idiot progeny nowadays.

So Christie wants to make a more CONservative State Supreme Court. What, one that supports more of the “Christian” version of Sharia Law ? Shall that also demand that every American be indoctrinated at gunpoint to their brand of this more conservative laws as Mike Huckabee said at a speech in the past week or so, luckily his handlers pulled that part of his speech that was on the Internet, but enough people saw and heard it to know what the GOP, Repukelicans and T.P.ers really have in mind for the American people.

Also, for those in Michigan, how do you like the performance of Rick “Snydly Whiplash” Snyder and his newest educational shift of money from the public schools to colleges ?

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By Ann Schaefer, May 1, 2011 at 4:27 am Link to this comment
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” almost 200 students and staff memebers” =HARVARD ? Sounds like a very specific & limited audience if you ask me. How does the rest of “Harvard”  feel about Gov. Christies education plans?

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By james harbour, April 30, 2011 at 5:40 pm Link to this comment
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Fuck this guy.  Scumbucket motherfucker.  Harvard slime is conservative - they want slaves - and conservatives promise them slaves.

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By prisnersdilema, April 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Obviously there are problems at Harvard.

I’ve known people who went through the graduate program in Education there, who couldn’t read. But try as they might they couldn’t pass the CBEST.

This is not unusual. College is not what is used to be, even at Harvard. So don’t get too excited about this.

After all President Obama, is Harvard law.

People have a sort of brand name identification when it comes to Ivy league schools, but those same people often belong to the 1% e’rs who are destroying this country, or they desperately want to belong to the 1 percent class, so they can add their little match to the bonfire.

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By diamond, April 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm Link to this comment

Oh yes. Beat the intelligentsia. Better still blame them for the consequences of far right madness. That always works when you’re addressing morons. Beat me some more Mr. Christie. I like it.

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By berniem, April 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

If any proof be needed that our educational system has failed, especially as applied to understanding the sociological and cultural make-up and functions of societies as well as the responsibilities to all of their citizens by those who would seek public office and leadership roles, Mr. Christie is a shining example. He sees his role narrowly as representative of those who would take the reins of governance from the hands of the unwashed masses and place them into those of the anointed elite. In accomplisning this he would strive to destroy any of the institutions which serve to protect and advocate for common people leaving them powerless before faceless and nameless agents of a lawless corporatocracy which I’m sure Mr. Cristie envisions himself a valued member based upon his prior contributions to the plutocracy as a lobbyist for the very interests that he now works directly for as an employee in the “government division”. Also, he utilizes his bluster and glibness to distort and vilify the motives of those whom he wishes to destroy so as to divide and confuse the various groups in the society and turn them on each other. If this pattern seems familiar its because it is the classic ploy of the totalitarian dismantaling of nonvigilant democracy!

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By kerryrose, April 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

Wow, future educators cheering their own economic demise…UNLESS as future administrators and not educators they see $$$ for themselves in privatization.

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By Robespierre115, April 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Harvard a bastion of liberalism? Maybe in the warped MSNBC world, these big, rich institutes usually train some of the worst war criminals ranging from Henry Kissinger to Barack Obama.

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