A Prague Court rejected a claim by a Roma that he faced discrimination in school and was not provided an opportunity to succeed in a regular school program. The court argued he did not display sufficient academic achievement when placed in a school for slow learners which was evidence he lacked the ability to succeed in a regular academic program. Romany Suchy pointed out he was heavily sedated on grounds he was hyperactive and this impeded his ability to do well in school
An ongoing problem is to have schools for “slow learners.” This triggers what is termed the “pygmalion effect” under which students attain the levels the school believes they should attain. There is need to end such schools unless there is clear evidence of physical mental disability. A high percent of Roma children no doubt are classified as below average due to faulty diagnosis.
President Barack Obama on his visit to the Czech Republic was greeted with cheers and jeers as he discussed his controversial ideas about the planned anti-missile system. He told many skeptical listeners, “As long as the threat from Iran persists, we intend to go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.” He admitted Iran has yet to build any nuclear weapon but persisted in claiming Europe and the Czech Republic were somehow under threat. Of course, why would Iran fire missiles at Europe was never explained by the president nor was there any explanation why the United States turned down an offer from Russia to station such an anti-missile system in their country.
The crowd came to see Obama not so much for what he said but just to say they had seen him. Of course, most applauded his statements concerning fighting global warming or his visit to Jewish sites in the city.
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The European Union has not been overly enthusiastic about economic plans advocated by President Obama to deal with the economic crisis. A top political leader, Czech Republic Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose nation holds the presidency of the EU slammed the Obama stimulus package as a “way to hell” and warned that it would undermine the stability of the world economic structure. Most European leaders favor tighter financial regulation and do not support huge stimulus packages to jump start economies. The upcoming meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 might well be rather hectic.
It is doubtful if the Czech leader is among the world’s leading authorities on how to deal with economic issues. But, there apparently is a rather stark difference between the European emphasis on regulation versus the Obama drive to have a stimulus package that will send American debt to a new high. In a sense, both views will eventually be proven correct or not. Hopefully, the rest of us can survive if either one is wrong.