Educating a City

April 9, 2017

Bristol is currently engaged in a spirited debate about education with local republicans wanting to run the school system like a business. As a result they recently hired Jonathan Spiegle to help them in this endeavor.

Mr. Spiegle is not a newcomer to understanding what is best for children’s education and welfare. For many years he has advocated running schools like a business.

For example three years ago Mr. Spiegle called for the elimination of the school lunch program. “Food is wasted on the hungry,” he wrote. “Do you know how much money is wasted on food? Neither do I but I hear it is lots and lots.”

Two years ago he lobbied Congress to eliminate recess, “Why do schools have the responsibility of making sure kids are physically fit? Kids are there to learn not run around and have fun. Shouldn’t they do that at home?” he asked lawmakers.

And last year he wanted children to pay for their own text books. “Schools teach students how to read and write. Too bad they don’t teach them personal responsibility by demanding they pay for their own text books too.”

Spiegle, speaking before Bristol Republicans at a luncheon Friday outlined the approach Bristol should take regarding education. “This is very simple. The problem with schools is the kids. If you get rid of the kids then you get rid of the problems.” Following his remarks he was greeted with chants of “No More Kids! No More Kids! No More Kids!”

Bristol to be Run Like a Business

January 9, 2017


The city council voted Tuesday to give themselves and the mayor a 2.8% raise beginning in 2018. Republican council members voted unanimously in favor of the raise with two Democrats opposed and one, Dave Preleski, absent for the vote. The Republicans said that the City of Bristol needs to be run more like the multi-million dollar company it is, with the mayor as CEO paid the top salary.

Following the session, the council went further, promising more changes to make the city of Bristol as well-run as any corporation. This means getting rid of the deadwood.

First on the agenda will be for residents to receive annual evaluations by the mayor and the city council. Residents are to be judged for their honesty, integrity, technical skills and ability to communicate with others. Elected officials on the other hand will be judged for their ability to breathe and order pizza.

Citizens receiving negative reviews will be asked to clean out their desks and houses and leave.

“Too many in this city are not carrying their weight,” announced Councilman Anthony D’Amato, “If citizens cannot meet minimum performance standards, we have to let them go.”

Some children already have been laid off. The Board of Education says they cannot afford to keep the kids on in class. “A few will be brought back in as we combine their classmate positions with those formerly held by my butler and maid,” said school superintendent Dr. Ellen Solek.

Hand arrange alphabet CEO of acronym Chief Executive Officer.

Democrat council member and lawyer Mary Fortier argued, “If the mayor is CEO, then he should be more qualified. Have an advanced education such as a degree in law; maybe have a husband who wrote a column for a local periodical. Perhaps even have a French-sounding last name.”

Councilman Preleski was absent from this report.

Shocker: Poll Finds Bristol Far Behind in Education

June 28, 2016

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A recent survey of 15 children and 10 adults in downtown Bristol reveals a worrying deficiency in knowledge of important subjects like sports history. When asked “Who hit for the New York Yankees in 1927?”, most respondents did not know or answered, “Eli Manning.”

Survey results also showed that few people knew the ERA of the Red Sox pitching staff in the 1910s, who scored the winning goal for the New York Rangers in the ’94 Stanley Cup and who was the New York Knicks’ losingest coach.

Who scored the winning goal for the New York Rangers in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals?

Who scored the winning goal for the New York Rangers in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals?

Local knowledge of this year’s British FA Cup winner was even worse with 0% answers correct, leaving Bristol lagging far behind the 70% correct response obtained in a similar poll in London.

The survey was conducted by the Build a Better Bristol (BBB) coalition by phone and by aggressively accosting people on the street. The report concluded that sports knowledge was highest among adults aged 30-45 and 63 and children aged 25.

The worst scores were from toddlers aged 2-3. One even ran away to his mommy. Overall, Bristol ranked 25th among 26 cities and countries that met the standard 6 and 5 criteria. Scores were tabulated using math with an error of plus or minus 5 bosons.

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The BBB reported poor scores in other subjects like social justice where less than 20% were aware of Kim Kardashian’s favorite color, and only 10% knew or had no opinion why Jennifer Aniston deserves a happy marriage this time.

No respondent got the hardest question — “How many children does Angelina Jolie have now?” More disappointing responses came in the category of zoo trivia. A majority fared the worst on “Which marsupial has the smallest ears?”, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and “Which animal got the highest ratings on the Nature Channel?”

Lecturing from her gold-encrusted podium, the school superintendent had strong words for the mayor. “Today we have another example of how Bristol schools lag behind the rest of the world. Instead of wasting money on pet projects, I urge the mayor to waste it on education.”

The Fire Department, which was not implicated in this report, could not be reached for comment.

The Alger Hiss School of Forestville

May 31, 2016
Alger Hiss

Alger Hiss

While Board of Education officials consider closing two public schools, laying off teachers or gutting art and music programs to close a budget shortfall, one man is looking to open a private school in Forestville.

Dante Lore, an education reformer, wants to build the Alger Hiss School of Forestville for eligible students. He previously ran the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg School before it closed because it did not attract any pupils.

All school children in Forestville between the ages of six and sixteen that look like Mr. Hiss and aspire to be Mr. Hiss are encouraged to attend the school.

Alger Hiss was a U.S. State Department official, writer, lecturer and an agent for the Soviet Union until he was convicted for perjury but not espionage (sort of) in 1950.

The school will be an organic farming collective and students will learn about writing, red herrings and the invasion of the Ukraine.

Teachers losing their jobs at the closed schools are invited to submit applications. All applicants will be required to attend an informational and re-education camp though, according to sources.

Consumer Advocate Looks to Ban Food in Forestville Schools

May 30, 2016

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Noted consumer advocate Jonathan Spiegle is not a newcomer to understanding what is best for children’s welfare. So his current campaign to eliminate lunch in Forestville and Bristol schools has boards of education across the country listening.

“Research shows that the leading cause of obesity is food and obesity in children is epidemic,” Spiegle writes. “To correct this, schools must stop feeding kids. In place of food, we recommend the school provide pacifiers for children who need to chew on something at lunchtime.”

He points to other places where such a policy has worked like the Sudan and Ethiopia. “These countries have shown that through famine, childhood obesity can be solved. We must learn from their example.”

Fifteen years ago, Spiegle successfully campaigned to ban merry-go-rounds from many playgrounds through his book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.” He estimates his campaign saved at least ten children from getting their knees scraped.

Last year he warned parents and schools of the perils of allowing children to play during recess. Many school systems throughout the United States and Canada subsequently banned recess based on the publication of his results in the Journal of Children’s Psychology and Candy.

Should the Board of Education adopt his ideas they will be implemented for the 2016/2017 school year.

Bristol/Forestville BOE Considers Closing All Schools

April 21, 2016

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Faced with a budget deficit, the Bristol/Forestville Board of Education (BOE) held an emergency meeting Wednesday to find ways to close the anticipated shortfall.

Rumors have been swirling for days that two schools will be closed to save money. However, according to sources with little or no knowledge of the discussions, in order to close the budget gap school administrators have discussed closing all the schools in town as a means to solve the fiscal crisis. “We need to run government like a business starting with education. If something costs money, never makes money and cannot be supported, it should be closed just like a business. Future generations will thank us,” remarked one education official.

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Despite the budget issue, the two synthetic turf fields scheduled to be installed and playable by October of 2016 at a cost over 3 million dollars, will still be completed.

BOE spokesperson, Harriet Grayson, announced from her gold-encrusted lectern before heading off to the Caymans to work on the controversy erupting from her name appearing in the Panama Papers, “Athletes need fields to play; students don’t need a school or classroom to learn.”

Education officials said a decision to close all the schools would affect about 8,000 students, currently. In accordance with their Collective Bargaining Agreements – teachers, administrators and staff members would continue to be paid, receive benefits and bonuses even though they would no longer have any pupils.

“Let’s face it, who likes school anyway, am I right?” asked Ms. Grayson. “So kids who otherwise would waste their day learning useless facts about the Ming dynasty or useless skills like how to apply gouache to a canvas, whatever the H that is, can spend their time more fruitfully, getting out there in the labor force earning minimum wage. It’s a good life lesson.”

Medieval Games to be Part of School Sports Programs?

January 5, 2016
Jousting could become part of the sports programs

Jousting tryouts coming soon

The medieval period lasted from the 5th century to the 15th century. It was a time of art, mathematics, science, architecture and innovation. But it was also a time of invasion, brutality, barbarianism and ruthless athletic competition.

Based on a report published by the consulting firm Landry, Issel and Escalanté, which found student athletes lack physical and mental toughness, the Forestville Board of Education (BOE) announced it wants to add medieval sports to the athletic curriculum in order to make student athletes tougher.

Among the pugilistic sports under consideration are jousting, sword duels, archery, hunting and Irish stick fighting, wherein the combatants strike each other with a baton until someone is bloodied or hurt.

The Forestville Association of Parents (FAP) has advocated for these sports for many years so they are thrilled with the announcement. Irma Bies, president of FAP, remarked, “I regularly engage my boys physically, whether it is sparring or a good game of chicken with a lance, so I support activities of this nature. I also think the school day should start earlier, end later, and there should be no study halls.”

The BOE said it has not decided when the sports will be added.

Irish Stick Fighting

Irish Stick Fighting