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Jay Bullock

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Jay Bullock is a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, columnist for the Bay View Compass, singer-songwriter and occasional improv comedian.


Recent Articles
 
 Living - July 28, 2015
 Why don't we treat guns the same way we treat cars?
 America doesn't have a gun problem, the argument goes; it has a car problem! This is perhaps my favorite of all the pro-gun defenses - favorite being in this case a relative term. But I need to be clear about this: I would give just about anything if guns could be licensed, regulated and policed the way automobiles are in this country.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 20, 2015
 Scott Walker does not answer questions, does not speak the truth
 Since Scott Walker's announcement that he's running for president, he and the national media have been getting to know each other. Last week, a Washington Post reporter on the Walker beat tweeted out, "In NH, Scott Walker says Wisconsin reporters weren't used to a gov who would 'actually answer questions and speak the truth.'" The reporter cheekily added "Fact check?" after the quote, but those in Wisconsin can tell you the answer to that: pants on fire.
 
 Kids & Family - July 14, 2015
 Remedial college classes: A view from the high school side
 A new state law directs UW system schools to report a new set of data to the legislature and the state Department of Public Instruction. This is about remedial college classes, how many students are taking them and what high schools these students graduated from. But remedial classes at UW are not a new phenomenon, nor the result of some recent dumbing-down of high school curricula or the inevitable decline of academic quality in public schools.
 
 Festival Guide - July 9, 2015
 Milwaukee music doesn't begin and end at Summerfest
 It's true. I hate Summerfest. Now that it's over for the year, I feel I can say that, and I can try to explain why.
 
 Kids & Family - June 30, 2015
 GOP's MPS takeover plan looks like a rerun of '90s school board elections
 The takeover plan, Jay Bullock has realized, amounts to a rerun of the Milwaukee school board elections of the 1990s, when humdrum local off-year elections suddenly drew the spotlight of national media and the checkbooks of major conservative organizations around the country.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - June 16, 2015
 Cheap-labor conservatism drives changes in Wisconsin
 On "The Sopranos," Edie Falco's Carmela stresses about a house she helped build with cheap insufficient lumber. This happens on a fictional TV show, sure. But there's a lesson in there: Don't do things on the cheap just because you think you know better and can get away with it. That lesson is lost on Wisconsin's Republican leadership and legislators, unfortunately, as they pursue an explicit policy of doing just that: trying to do things on the cheap.
 
 Kids & Family - May 26, 2015
 Why no "opportunity" for Milwaukee's voucher schools?
 Last week, Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee passed a 29-page Republican-penned omnibus education funding package, which includes so many terrible provisions it's hard to know where to begin.
 
 Kids & Family - May 18, 2015
 Zielinski's charter school proposal: smart policy, smart politics or both?
 I'm also a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, so for me, the most important topic of any campaign, even for alderman, is education. You can imagine, then, that Ald. Tony Zielinski's surprise proposal last week, which would stop the City of Milwaukee from opening new charter schools, was of interest to me. I like this plan, though the timing seems suspicious.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - May 12, 2015
 Once again, reality shows its liberal bias
 There is nothing wrong with being hopeful and keeping your fingers crossed as you try something new. But when hope and magical thinking become not merely your attitude but the entire rationale behind your actions, you should be prepared to be disappointed. After all, magic is not real. Only reality is real, and as Stephen Colbert once sagely observed, reality has a well-known liberal bias.
 
 Kids & Family - May 5, 2015
 Prom stands for "promenade," not "promoting awful ideas"
 I teach high school, so this time of year I hear a lot about prom. This year, in particular, I've about had it with prom. Not because of the tiresome campaigning for prom queen or the incessant classroom distraction, but because it seems now more than any time in recent memory prom has taken destructive cultural influences and turned the amplifier knob to 11.
 


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