Friday, March 11, 2005

Teacher's Pet

Jean Whitney writes on page 1 about a science teacher arrested on child pornography charges. The article mentions several short term teaching positions he held at various schools including several Catholic schools. The spokeswoman for the San Jose diocese uncorked what has to be considered the most telling comment saying that she "had no way of was such a long time ago...Our HR department does not give out information." Despite having newspapers filled with charges against pedophile priests, the diocese demonstrates how little was learned. How else would a school know about problem empoyees unless another school told them of past problems. I suspect that HR departments avoid lawsuits from employees who object to bad job reviews. In an attempt to avoid lawsuits, schools avoid comments that can be used against them. The problem extends to schools who, upon reviewing the teacher's checkered employment history, avoid drawing conclusions from the evidence.


Blogger GoldForMoney said...

I think we can conclude that all institutional bodies will zip up whenever there is bad news they wish would just go away, be it religious or governmental. For example, in the previous five expansionary economic cycles the average increase in employment over the first 39 months was 10.1%. In the current cycle the increase is 1.5%.

In the last 12 months the economy added an average of 198,000 jobs a month. In the prior five cycles the economy added an average of 370,000 a month in the last 12 of the 39 months.

Yet our government says our unemployment rate is a healthy 5.4% in Feb 2005, exactly what it was 10 years ago. Could they be lying? What is no lie is that there are 7.9M people unemployed versus 7.1M in 1995, in spite of our national debt going from $4.973 Trillion to $7.750 Trillion in the same time frame. What is also true is that since June 2000 they use a "business birth-death model" to guess how many new jobs are so new they haven't yet been reported. In other words, to calculate the unemployment rate, they make jobs up, something they never used to do. So no, you can't compare the "old" unemployment rate with the "new" unemployment rate.

I do wish the number of unemployed was increased by the number of Catholic priests in America.

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