Thursday, April 17, 2003

U.S. to Remake School System In Postwar Iraq

By Mary Ann Zehr April 16, 2003

"As American forces were taking control of Baghdad last week, officials in the United States began putting into place the building blocks of a new campaign: restructuring the Iraqi school system.

The U.S. Agency for International Development was poised late last week to award contracts for devising a new curriculum and remaking the leadership of an education system that will serve the estimated one-half of Iraq's 24.5 million people who are under age 18. In addition, contracts were expected to be handed out to groups that will construct or rehabilitate an estimated 6,000 schools."

The Iraqis have a lot to look forward to with the Amerkins in charge of setting up their new schools.

April 20, 1999 - Littleton, Colorado
Columbine High. Two students heavily armed with guns and explosives carry out a terrorist-style assault, killing 15 and wounding another 23 before killing themselves.

May 20, 1999 - Conyers, Georgia
A 15-year-old male student opens fire at his high school armed with a handgun and a rifle, wounding six students.

August 10, 1999 - Los Angeles, California
An adult male enters the North Valley Jewish Community Center day care facility and opens fire. Three children and two adult workers are wounded.

November 19, 1999 - Deming, New Mexico
A 13-year-old girl is shot in the head and killed at school. A 12-year-old male is arrested as the shooter.

December 6, 1999 - Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
A 13-year-old student opened fire at his middle school, wounding four of his classmates. When asked why he did it, he replied, "I don't know."

February 25, 2000 - Mount Morris Township, Michigan
A six-year-old-boy in the first grade shot and killed a six-year-old girl in the classroom at their elementary school.

March 5, 2001 - Santee, California
Charles Andrew ``Andy'' Williams, 15, kills two and injures 13 Santana High School in Santee, Calif. After the shooting, his friends admit that he told them beforehand about his plans, but they hadn't thought he was serious.

... and that's just a small sample .

"For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." -George W. Bush, May 14

"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' -George W. Bush, Feb. 21, 2001

"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" -George W. Bush Jan. 11, 2000