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Blackmon: School testing regimen is a crippling lunacy

@cornish531: How many teachers or other education professionals have you spoken to about this? Your only correct assertion above is that individual test results are available (through a system called SLDS). The rest make no sense to most people who actually work in schools. Teachers for the most part don't make use of test results because the tests don't measure what they're supposed to measure. Good teachers don't need these tests because they already know exactly where their students stand because they've been grading and assessing the students all year long. Even if they were accurate measures of something, they'd still be superfluous. The only surprising or vaguely interesting thing about test results is that they're never surprising.

posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 06:37

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Double post unintended.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:07

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Politicians should make no decisions whatsoever regarding any curriculum. They should only figure out how to pay to keep the best teachers in the profession - those who know the content and will write good curricula. What this Colorado district is doing, and what those Texas districts have done, goes against every sound principle of educational theory and practice.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:06

Education official says students used as 'pawns'

Politicians should make no decisions whatsoever regarding any curriculum. They should only figure out how to pay to keep the best teachers in the profession - those who know the content and will write good curricula. What this Colorado district is doing, and what those Texas districts have done, goes against every sound principle of educational theory and practice.

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 05:06

Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

It would be great if politicians would just quit making decisions about education, or at least about the specifics of teaching. Ask the professionals what they need and why, provide for what is asked, and then just get out of the way.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 05:08

Blackmon: Stop talking, start acting on making education a priority in Georgia

Saying that the education system is "fundamentally broken" means that the society in which it is situated is broken. With that, I would agree. But that means fixing education will not fix the society, at least not in any fundamental way. We need a very different political and economic order to really deal with this.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 19:07

Jones: Common Core deserves close reading

"Close reading" is related to what literary critics call "New Criticism," which has not been new since the mid-20th century. It is deeply conservative in nature, which means, among other things, that tea party objections to the Common Core are utterly and ironically ignorant of the real problems with it.

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 19:49

Experts: Obama can do a lot to change immigration

Here are some specifics from someone who actually knows the details of the laws.

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/obama-can-do-much-to-help/ngrF4/?...

posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 18:46

Immigration advocates in Georgia call for congressional action

Before you start your ritualized immigrant/Obama/liberals castigation, try to remember the plaque in the statue of liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 19:31

Pitts: Keep the kids, deport Congress

Well said, Pitts. These kids are not the usual immigrants. They are refugees from gangs who murder, rape, and torture them if they don't do what they're told. The U.S. helped to create those gangs over the years with our foolish and cynically self-interested interference in Central American politics.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 21:56

The Editor's Desk: Focusing on education could improve economic development in Georgia

The best thing legislators could do to improve education in GA is not to make any decisions about it at all, because they don't know anything about it. Leave it to the people who actually understand how education works.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 07:07

The Editor's Desk: Not quite 'Portlandia'

It would please me to no end to see lots of sheep and goats wandering about nice neighborhoods, eating their fill and fertilizing the good earth.

posted @ Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 08:37

Blackmon: Compromise is real work of governing

@The Eagle: "...improve the outcomes...." Such language, derivative of business and finance and middle management rhetoric, reveals an assumption that schools should primarily concern themselves with pumping out worker bees. Schools don't make widgets, or even workers. They should make critically informed citizens who with open eyes may choose to become workers and make widgets and Caterpillar tractors, or desert hermits utterly unconcerned with the health of the economy, or anything in between. Schools should make people who can see through ideologies so that their votes can count for something beyond a pledge of allegiance to manufactured political identity and a managed life. That is why we need increased funding for schools: to get more of the best educated teachers in there to expand the range of legitimacy in what gets taught far beyond any set of "standards."

posted @ Monday, June 2, 2014 - 05:46

Zimmerman: The curse of the hookup culture

This whole column is a sophisticated way of saying "boys will be boys," and for that reason it is not a good argument, and it is contemptible beyond that.

posted @ Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 10:21

Protest against undocumented student ban heats up at UGA

They only wanted Morehead to make a public statement against the ban, as a gesture. They know the Board of Regents really controls it.

posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 - 19:11

Protest against undocumented student ban heats up at UGA

We should be proud of these young scholars for standing up for themselves against an immoral policy. They are not going away, and some of us are willing to stand with them.

posted @ Monday, April 28, 2014 - 18:42

Trandel: Braves stadium math just doesn't add up

"If you build it...." But wait, not even dreams can negate basic arithmetic.

Well done, Dr. Trandel.

posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 21:01

Purcell: There's a reason men buy pickup trucks

Dear Dr. Freud, I have this friend...he's a newspaper columnist who has given up cigars for big trucks. Can you help him?

posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:14

Blackmon: Lawmakers listening to wrong people on public schools

More than that, the emperor is flashing and wiggling, daring everyone to look, and knowing that no one will.

posted @ Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 09:09

dePeterse: The way to spell success

Great editorial.

posted @ Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 07:41

Mexico to trump Japan as No. 2 car exporter to US

Net migration from Mexico to the U.S. is already about 0, with about as many leaving as coming.

posted @ Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 19:44

Saul: Left doesn't understand immigration issues

A little fact checking is in order:

1. On the prison population statistic: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/30/business/30leonside.html?_r=0

2. The Sunday editorial noted that Republicans did roll out a workable plan that Democrats would go along with. Boehner reversed course, hence he and one other were the targets, not the whole Republican party.

3. The article also disparaged Obama for doubling the rate of deportations.

4. There is a coherence and consistency issue in claiming the system is broken and inherently bad because of the bureaucracy while praising those who expect it to work well without changing it for the better.

5. There is every reason to think that most undocumented immigrants do everything they can to stay under the legal radar, since otherwise they face the obvious threat of deportation.

6. We all (Lefties and Righties) have a lot to gain from good kids who have done no wrong but happen to have been brought here. There's no reason not to just get out of their way and let them legally become the Americans that they are socially.

I could go on, but I have better things to do.

Be well, everyone.

posted @ Monday, February 17, 2014 - 21:19

Cedar and Central dramatic talents combine on 'Les Mis'

Good story, good people, good teachers, good schools.

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:32

New teacher evaluations won't go as planned, critics say

@NewYearNewBeer: But the problem is that the tests they're using don't measure anything important about what students are learning. The whole thing is a farce.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 14:22

Blackmon: Best aspects of teaching can't be evaluated

@cornish531: Please read the real research, as opposed to that which is produced and paid for by thinktanks beholden to Gates and others like him (Fordham Foundation, Eli Broad, etc.). Begin with David Berliner's book "The Manufactured Crisis." Then follow up with his more recent research. Also check out Diane Ravitch's book "Reign of Error." The "evidence" is most certainly disputable.

posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:42

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