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Jon Stewart: Stacey Campfield ‘Wants To Turn Tenn. Education Into The Actual Hunger Games’

by David Badash on April 10, 2013

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Jon Stewart last night on “The Daily Show” asked, “Who is this Stacey Campfield who wants to turn Tennessee education into the actual ‘Hunger Games’?” Strewart of course is talking about Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield, who is the architect of the now annual “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which Campfield has unsuccessfully tried to pass since his senate career began three years ago.

But last night Stewart focused on Campfield’s desire to penalize families on welfare if their school children don’t get good grades, by reducing their welfare benefits by 30 percent.


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MeSoHornish April 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

Stacy, this is brilliant. Everyone knows the best way to get kids to pick themselves up by the bootstraps is to take away their boots.

BJLincoln April 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

Just hear me out for a second..
Stacy is a dick for saying some very stupid things which prove hedid not pay attention in class.

I was a teacher in 3 counties in 15 different schools. Most were inner city.
The parents do NOT care about their kids or their education. The kids don't care or have any respect for teachers. The only place I worked where the parents were involved was in private schools.

When the parents are paying for it, they get involved.
I am not crazy about Stacy's plan but there are exceptions. I do see where he is coming from.
I always thought a free education is a wonderful thing but people abuse the privliege.
If the parents know they will have to pay for all extra years, they will being to get more involved.

One free year in each grade. All extra years will be charged to the parent.

This states education system is bad to begin with and involving the welfare program every semester is a bit much and will not help.But knowing ahead of time that you have to see to it your kids are doing the best they can or you will pay, could just get some of the lazy parents on the ball.

MeSoHornish April 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Can we blame and not feed the teachers? After all its their fault, also, too.

jchastn April 13, 2013 at 1:40 am

Fire the bad teachers and that solves most of the problem. The other part of the problem is that the curriculum is written by preachers now and so those who don't got to church, don't do well in school. Let the kids learn about reality, and they will learn. Inject fairy story church crap into it and they laugh.

mama2cd April 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

It's not all about the parents. How do you know that child isn't hungry? Maybe the parents are worried about money and that's stressing the kid out. There is so much that can effect a child's ability to learn. How is it helping the child to penalize the parent, thus causing more stress and maybe lack of food in that child's life? It's all about money in our world. No thought to treating people in a humane way.

MeSoHornish April 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Knowledgeable fetuses in Tennessee will just skirt this law by refusing to leave the womb.

SKim41 April 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Wow. I really don’t know what to say except this guy is a Genius. No doubt how the people managed to vote him in. Remarkable.
I think it is clear to any semi-conscious human being who is capable of breathing through his nose and/or walking and talking at the same time, but people on welfare need more help, not more oppression!
ESPECIALLY THE CHILDREN! If you want to stop the cycle of welfare, poverty, abuse…whatever ails a family, then HELP them. The welfare system is already a trap, now you want to take away the little these families have because dad is working 2 part time minimum wage jobs, taking jobs on the side, doing all he can to support his family while mom stays home (because there is no decent child care available unless you use her entire paycheck to cover it) to take care of the kids but everyone is overwhelmed by simply staying alive from day to day and God only knows what else they are dealing with or wouldn’t be in this situation to start with…most likely.
Make welfare workable…create a system where you don’t just throw out the very barest of help needed to just survive, but to grow, educate, heal, learn and therefore pass that along to the next generation.
Here you are on welfare, for whatever reason (surely a bad one since no one wants to be on welfare) but when you get a job or a tiny raise at your job you are cut back substantially on your “benefits” (which by the way wouldn’t keep someone above the poverty line by no means) and you are hurt, perhaps disabled/perhaps carrying scars from a family cycle of poverty and/or abuse but you are trying and every step you take toward bettering yourself removes MUCH needed help and you never get check ins from social workers (not any that truly care…overworked/underpaid!) and you don’t get any job training or counseling or parenting classes, there’s no childcare available for you, there’s no counseling for your children or mentors…etc etc…you spend all day every day in a deep funk of simply trying to survive…to have enough food to feed the family and you are somehow supposed to not be stressed and especially depressed/down on yourself/feeling lost in the world. It’s hard people! All anyone needs is a fair chance and they will strive for the greater good of their family, make changes, create a better life for their children so their children are less likely to be in the same situation. I could go on all day about this because I lived it and I lived it in TN.
This guy is disgusting. He hasn’t a clue what it is like to be these people and is clearly not thinking of the children’s future let alone the future of welfare (and all this talk about trying to get people off it…yeah, go ahead and destroy that child some more by taking meager morsels of food from his table…creating more worry and stress for his parents…that’ll do it!).
And if this ridiculous idea isn’t enough just look at what he says about AIDS. That is hard proof what an uneducated idiot this guy is. Perhaps he grew up on welfare in TN. In that case…I can’t blame him for his lack of insight or edification. THAT’S the problem! Not punishing a family for the suffering they are already enduring.
Ugh…I’m not even sure I am coherent in my argument I’m so appalled!
Then again, this is why I love Jon Stewart…he gets the word out there in the most blatant way. No punches pulled, no points missed. Unfortunately most of us watching Stewart already know these things. How do we make it clear to the rest of the population? Most importantly, how do we get it hammered into the dense brains of know-nothing, smug politicians who are surely (surely?) voted into office by the very people they have limited access to information/education…a chance at life.

Natali_78 December 6, 2013 at 2:48 am

For God sake people! When will you finally begin fixing our education system instead of ruining it and making so much more complicated?! Have you ever thought what kind of money is being annually spent on education segment? I have…this is huge money which suppose to bring great results in return. But in reality it looks completely not like that…so there is something wrong on the inside… At the end we still get bad test scores, low quality dissertation (find out how to write dissertations here ) and other. Let’s focus on fixing thing once and for all.

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