Think of the millions, and millions of dollars that will flow into the State of Maine for this election. This could well be the most well-funded race for the Blaine house in history.
If you held the election now, there would be many businesses who'd miss out on all that $$$$. Caterers, printers, media outlets, etc... say what you want about these candidates, they put money into the economy every time a big election rolls around. There are many struggling small businesses who could use even a meager bump from that election money.
Couldn't have said it better.
Look, some kids need help. There are bad apples in the barrel. I get that. Conformity is the rule of school.
There's a bigger point that's missing here. With schools adopting stricter tolerance policies, care to guess which gender receives most of the discipline/suspensions?
Several articles, published in the last few months have noted a significant decrease in boys' academic test scores. I can tell you from experience, there are less and less male teachers in our schools -- less role models for the boys to follow.
We push books and educational models that do not interest boys. We encourage boys to be hyper-aggressive in sports like hockey, football, basketball. Yet, in the classroom a boy who writes about heroes/villians, or plays cops/robbers on the playground is vilified and singled out in front of their peers for being 'outside the norm'.
Check your child's school library. Do they have a single book that talks about how an engine works? Any books on building a tree house or a science project? Do they have books that would interest your son? I spent an nearly an hour at our school's bookfair trying to find my son something that would interest him.
We need to understand the pendulum has swung too far and need to find a middle ground where all the kids succeed.