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Allen: Blanket defense of Islam ignores harsh realities

@dahreese: I totally agree about Christians wanting war in order to hasten the coming of Christ. It is just as wrong. This article was about Islam and I replied to that.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 16:54

Allen: Blanket defense of Islam ignores harsh realities

When the "true faith of Islam" decides to go to war against "radical Islam" the public will change their view of Islam. As long as the silence continues and no effort to destroy these terrorists it will be hard to convince the public that this violence is not a part of "Islam".

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:57

Sanders: Voucher programs simply shortchange public education

@gregory: This is Georgia. We are exempt from the "freedom of religion" thing unless it is someone else's religion. Georgia lawmakers have used religion as an excuse to keep our state in the past for decades. Georgia wants to be known as a progressive state but does not walk the walk. This is also another way to chip away at public education while claiming to help public education. My two sons attended parochial school in Iowa during their elementary years. I felt this was an option our family took. Yes, the tuition was hard to meet sometimes but we felt because this was our decision the public was not responsible for bankrolling it.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:54

A look at the Islamic State group's reach into North Africa

Time for a Middle Eastern/North African coalition to put a stop to this madness. Middle Eastern countries can either decide to placate ISIS and watch this insanity continue or like Jordan, put an end to it. The United States and other outside nations could play support roles. No American troops, only Middle Eastern troops determined to stop the insanity.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:46

'Failing' label for Gaines Elementary surprises Clarke school officials

Questions:
1. Why was this a "surprise"? Shouldn't administrators know the criteria to be labeled "failing" and shouldn't administrators know the scoring mechanism and where Gaines School fell on the scale? If not, why are they school administrators if they are so out of touch?
2. How do you win Superintendent of the Year and have failing schools? We probably had others close to failing but just like my 7th graders used to do...don't tell anything unless you are specifically asked. Don't want to further incriminate yourself.
3. Is there a plan to correct?

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 07:42

'Failing' label for Gaines Elementary surprises Clarke school officials

Yesterday the AJC ran a three page article on Deal's planned takeover of failing schools. The article was indicative of the problem. The terms "administrators" and "leaders" were used over and over. The word "teacher" was nowhere to be found. Administrators and leaders got us where we are today. How does a school fail in a state near the bottom of the education scale? Teachers are the adults who have the biggest impact yet will have little, if any voice in the debate on how to fix the problem. Georgia politicians like Governor Deal got us into this mess. The cure will not be found in a far off place or with a corporation. The cure has been in the classroom all along begging for permission to do what they do best...teach.

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 - 08:35

'Failing' label for Gaines Elementary surprises Clarke school officials

And...the issue will not be on the ballot until 2016. So, what is the plan in the meantime to get off the list? Interesting that the governor of a state that is pretty much "failing" in education knows how to improve schools. If he and our state legislature are building on their records we are in trouble.

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 12:20

New program pairs at-risk students with part-time jobs

This is great! Truth is, the majority of students are not going to college. I worked in a similar program in Illinois and we kept so many students in school to graduate from high school. My students worked full time, most on 2nd or 3rd shifts and usually needed under six credits to graduate. We allowed students to attend morning or afternoon classes depending upon work and sleep schedules. It worked!

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 12:14

Today's editorial cartoon

This young lady was on such a higher plain than her captors. She gave her life out of love for God and humanity. These murderers take lives as they serve what is pure evil. RIP Ms. Mueller.

posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 07:51

Despite Iowa visit, Biden fading from 2016 campaign chatter

Joe, please don't run and take Hillary with you.

posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 07:48

Athens police seize weapons following response to potential gang fight

Yet we are told the police are a threat to young black males.
Newsflash: Biggest threat to young black males...other young black males. But for some reason it is ok for them to have no respect for human life or care about anyone. Too many groups are too eager to point fingers at the police. I do agree, a there are a few bad policemen but they are not the norm yet the public wants to focus on them. That way the focus is kept off of what is the norm...bad young black men.

posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 07:46

'Fifty Shades' author says she 'fought hard' for her fans

Pop culture smut.

posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:49

Some Alabama counties refuse gay marriages, prompting suit

@yeti: Only for immediate family.

posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:47

Bill would let local governments set buffer between schools and grocery stores selling alcohol

@yeti: So church goers can impose their beliefs on the general public.

posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:42

MADD lobbies at state Capitol for alcohol legislation

Won't happen...the alcohol industry has too much money to throw around to buy votes.

posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 07:22

Two people with Athens connections on state school reform commission

Hide your children....school reform is coming....again! Why don't we just skip this reform and go on to the one that will come down the pike in 4 years from now?

posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 07:20

GOP leaders move to placate local officials' concerns on transportation funding

"Pay no attention to the man behind the green curtain." I love Georgia politicians. They think that pushing a tax increase over to local communities is not raising taxes. Because they signed a stupid pledge not to raise taxes they can find creative ways to force someone else to raise taxes so they don't have to. Time to be a representative instead of a puppet. Explain the "no tax" pledge was premature and unless taxes are raised our highway infrastructure will only deteriorate. Stand up and be the men and women voters thought you were.

posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 07:17

Tant: Fight for civil rights involved many white Americans

But, no one cares.

posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 19:31

Mom charged with threatening to blow up daughter's school

Another parent who fails to believe that her child was actually responsible for failing the test.

posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 19:29

15 pairs of sneakers stolen from Athens home

@crankyyankee: Dang...you doubled me. Really, I cannot believe any parent would purchase 15 pairs of Air Jordans for their child.

posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 19:27

North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith dies at 83

The sky was Carolina blue all day today. RIP to a wonderful man and one of the best coaches ever.

posted @ Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 19:16

Clarke County school officials considering 'charter system' plan

"The school system would also ask the state to waive a rule requiring teachers to give students in their classes so-called “Student Learning Objective” assessments, a homegrown series of pre- and post-tests mandated by the state as a way of measuring how much progress students are making.
“It’s a lot of lost time” that could be used better in teaching and learning rather than taking the SLO tests, said Tim Jarboe, the school district’s director of assessment and accountability."

Dr. Lanoue brought this to Clarke County years before the state started requiring the pre and post tests on materials. Teachers thought it was a waste of time as it accomplished nothing but generate mostly useless data. We were told it really works and is a great idea and you WILL do it by Dr. Lanoue and Tim Jarboe. Now, it's a "lot of lost time that could be better used". Evidently the heavens have opened and administrators have come to a realization that teachers stated years ago...waste of time.

posted @ Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 14:15

Ga. gets $9.5 million to help schools address mental health

Maybe we could apply for a grant towards mental health in our state legislature.

posted @ Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 14:07

Bill would allow parents to use public dollars for private school

So far this year our gubner and legislature have proposed stripping bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians of health insurance, allow public tax money to go to private schools and spent $108 million for a "new test" while complaining we test too much. Thanks for looking out for our schools.

posted @ Friday, February 6, 2015 - 08:16

Bill would allow parents to use public dollars for private school

This is Georgia politics at its finest. Our gubners have cut spending on education for over a decade and now they are beginning to siphon off what is left.

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 07:58

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