Dan Schmitt July 22, 2014 at 06:38 am
Carl, a couple thoughts about the high-stakes testing you discuss in your commentary: (1) manyRead More school and district administrators do place way too much importance of the tests and use way too much school time preparing students for the tests. It was not uncommon for students to be subjected to TWO pre-practice tests during the school year (nearly as long as the actual test) in preparation for the end-of-year STAR test here in California. Any way you look at it, that's a waste of valuable educational time. Why did that occur? Because school administrators felt pressure from higher-ups to raise tests scores, even at already high preforming schools. That is unlikely to change with the new Common Core standards/testing. . . . . . . . . . (2) On the other hand, way too many teachers complain that they "can't be creative, can't teach the good stuff, can't focus on writing, can't give students time for PE, can't give students art, and on and on and on because of the pressure to "teach to the test." That's nonsense. Quality teachers easily figure out how to cover the standards (California State Standards or Common Core) without teaching to the test. Quality teachers find ways to integrate the standards with whatever they're teaching. Quality teachers know how to teach writing, reading critical thinking, social studies, science art, etc. and still cover the standards (which leads to kids doing well on the TEST).
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Brainwashed_In_Church July 18, 2014 at 07:02 am
Weddings aren't cheap. What can a to-be-married couple do with that $20K? They can use it for a downRead More payment on a house. Kick start their retirement savings. Start saving for their kids' college educations. Buy cars. Repair the house. Boost their Emergency Fund. OR, They can have a four hour party.
Lisbeth Allen July 18, 2014 at 09:25 am
I would be more understanding of such a huge outlay of money if people actually stayed married, butRead More alas, people don't anymore. It really is just a four hour party. Look at all the time and resources squandered.
ridgeroadmike July 18, 2014 at 09:48 am
I agree with both of you.
Brainwashed_In_Church July 18, 2014 at 09:48 am
If a woman is hot, any perfume she wears smells good. If she's gross, then any perfume will nauseateRead More you. Besides, the average person couldn't tell a $100/oz bottle of perfume from RAID or Black Flag.
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Oedi July 16, 2014 at 12:06 am
I'm an immutable atheist. I also understand that anything from which humans can derive hope orRead More strength is good for their well-being, regardless of whether it actually exists. In extremes, though, such as Christian Scientists and others who eschew critical medical care for prayer, it's quite simply dangerous and possibly criminal, and should be.
Carl Petersen III July 18, 2014 at 09:16 am
Mark Paxson July 17, 2014 at 06:43 PM "I have this feeling that if it was happening in largeRead More numbers school districts everywhere would be revoking charters left and right as doing what you suggest would violate the law, the charters, and result in greater costs being foisted on the districts -- all reasons they could use to revoke charters or not approve renewals." ___________________________________________________ You are assuming that school boards have the best interests of public schools in mind. Money runs the show and education "reformers" have a lot to throw around.
Mark Paxson July 18, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Carl ... do you have any facts or evidence to back up anything you say?
Mark Paxson July 21, 2014 at 08:02 pm
I guess not.
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