It is OK to be rich, but it's not OK to be rich with the arrogance of entitlement.posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:25
"Also in Georgia, expansion of Medicaid — 100 percent paid for through Obamacare for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter — has been rejected by Gov. Nathan Deal, even though it would help the working poor of Georgia and keep hospitals financially afloat."
Really? That action escaped me. The insurance industry, which is the biggest loser under the Affordable Care Act, is having no trouble in Georgia with its disinformation campaign.posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 21:26
@Farmer GA: "So, I ask you, where are these new rights of which you speak?"
Your question is evidence of your lack of familiarity with what the Affordable Care Act provides. Among other things, it stops insurance companies from refusing to insure people because of pre-existing conditions and it mandates insurance companies to allow students up to age 24 to remain on their parents policy. For more details look it up.
This Act is for the “common good” in that its benefits and costs are shared by all citizens of this great country.posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 17:17
It's refreshing to read some facts about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. After all, the major goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance, and to reduce the growth in health care spending.
Sore losers will continue to propagate their doubt about a significant policy that gives them more rights and protections. Doubt with conviction is toxic.posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 10:00
@butseriously: "Obama Care" is the political term attached to the Affordable Care Act. As such, it is a rallying term for the Obama haters, as well as other individuals and entities who stand to lose a lot from passage of the Act.
As to why the media is suddenly refraining from use of the term, well, I can only speculate that there was a sudden realization that they were inadvertently advancing the cause of undeserving opponents.
In the same vein of your question is why the term was attached and why is it still being used by the losers, as well as politicians and others who want to benefit from the implementation problems.posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 17:30
It took official actions by the US House, Senate, and President Obama to make the Affordable Care Act law, which has been affirmed by the US Supreme Court. The law was dubbed Obama care by sore losers. Why should the media advance the cause of sore losers?posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 13:08
We would have a much better lot of elected officials and more effective governance if logical reasoning about policy issues and relevant qualifications for elective office sway the majority. Unfortunately, as I am sure you know, platitudes influence the uniformed, disengaged, and intellectually challenged segment of the electorate. Technological advancements have produced a more informed, not discerning electorate.
Like personnel decisions, choosing people for elective office is not and can never be an exact science. We may disagree about what constitutes relevant qualifications, but I am confident we agree that the relevant knowledge needed for choosing people for elective office needs considerable enhancement. This piece is a giant step in that direction.
Grady L. Cornishposted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 09:20
Thanks Mr. Ponsoldt. Your proposed response to the reckless politics of a small segment of the Republican Party is brilliant.posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 - 19:17
@bertisdowns: I read your reference and though somewhat confusing it seems to suggest that Georgia opted out totally.
Below is an excerpt from your reference written by the writer of the article that appeared in AJC.
A few minutes ago, I wrote that by dropping out of PARCC Georgia was "going it alone." A DOE spokesman sent me a note: "You say we are going it alone but dropping out of PARCC doesn’t mean we are going at it 'alone.' We can’t get into details of the next step but we aren’t going at it alone."
(If Georgia joins forces with other dissident states to create their own Common Core assessments, I hope some historically high achieving states are in the pack. I do not think it would serve Georgia well to align with states that have no history of academic achievement.)
What am I missing? Do you have more definitive information?posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 08:12
Somewhere I read that as Americans "We live as many but stand as one."posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 19:57
The title of this article is misleading. Forty-five states have signed on and even if Maine and Florida pull out the number of states participating will be 43, which is hardly a mass exodus.
Georgia's pubic schools are almost last in national performance ranking and among the five states to opt out. Quite a statement!posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 19:46
Echols does not deserve a third strike. Enough is there for earned opposition from both within and without his party. This voter has zero tolerance for the kind of lapses he has exhibited.posted @ Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 19:24
“I have learned it is unrealistic to expect everyone to accept you just on the face value of your race, religion, ethnic background, sex, orientation or national origin.”
Well said Dane Guntermann! The inhibiting factor is prejudice, not racism.
The prejudice factor permeates all human interactions. It has been defined as “an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” My life experiences have taught me that prejudice is not always about dislike or hate, it is equally driven by like or a predisposition for the like minded, like looking, or familiar. All humans are possessed with this frailty. Prejudice is a predisposition that not only causes actions that thwart equal opportunity, but also prohibits the development and maintenance of meaningful relationships. It is a human frailty that will always pose a threat to equal opportunity, meaningful and sincere personal relationships. Ergo, the perpetual need to detect and interdict the adverse effects of prejudice makes governmental affirmative action (not race or gender based) a necessary tool for ensuring an equal opportunity society. Judging a person by “the content of their character” is perhaps the best avenue to overcome the adverse effects of prejudice in personal relations.posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 - 04:11
"In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement about matters commonly considered to be subjective, i.e. based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable, i.e. can be objectively proven to have occurred. An example is: "America was involved in the Vietnam War" versus "America was right to get involved in the Vietnam War". An opinion may be supported by facts, in which case it becomes an argument, although people may draw opposing opinions from the same set of facts. Opinions rarely change without new arguments being presented. It can be reasoned that one opinion is better supported by the facts than another by analyzing the supporting arguments. In casual use, the term opinion may be the result of a person's perspective, understanding, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It may refer to unsubstantiated information, in contrast to knowledge and fact-based beliefs.
Collective or professional opinions are defined as meeting a higher standard to substantiate the opinion." Source: Wikipediaposted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 05:17
"The readiness of students leaves a lot to be desired," said Jon Erickson, president of the Iowa-based company's education division.
These results are yet another example of the evidential need for Common Core Standards, which Georgia's leaders have opted out of.
"Erickson said the lower-performing students often attend the worst schools"...which underscores the need for more accountability.posted @ Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 08:43
"There is no reason, the argument goes, that a fourth-grader in Mississippi should learn something different from a fourth-grader in Vermont."
The primary thinking behind the foregoing is that there should not be great variance in academic achievement as students transfer from one state to another and students should be equipped with the core knowledge needed to succeed in a global economy, among other things. Which is more important and of greater value...who makes the argument or the merits of the argument?
"Public education is a fertile field for money hungry corporations."
Again, which is more important and of greater value...the motive behind those sounding the alarm bell or the established need for the alarm bell?posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 12:00
I am up for a truce and after this response you can have the last word. However, you make some assertions that compel a response.
“--issues too complex to solve them here? YES! indeed, and the same could be said about the magic-soundingness of silver bullets like Common Core and "choice"
Everything I have read about Common Core Standards purports that they are alternatives to the status quo in public school education, not a “silver bullet.”
“-- U.S. achievement levels not good enough…you disagree and present another citation.”
At any given point we can find very smart people presenting sound arguments and support for and against the adequacy, nature, validity, and appropriate use of testing. Those discussions and findings are good for refining practice in our public schools. However, none justify or support continuing the status quo.
“-- testing is important and you are right especially when it is used for assessment. testing to evaluate teachers and punish and close schools-- I am not for that.”
Test results tell what students have learned. Results also pose questions that should demand answers about why and who is responsible.
Accountability demands consequences.posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:17
Can we agree that the issues we disagree about relative to public school education are too complex and varied to be resolved through this medium?
Can we at least agree that current operations within our public school systems have not, for the most part, produced desired results, e.g., the achievement levels of America’s students have lagged behind students from other countries for some years now, as well as the variations in achievement levels within and among America’s school system?
I am sure you will agree that a better result will not come from continuing the same old practices?
Testing is an essential assessment tool. Teachers test students. What’s wrong with testing groups of students to get a bigger picture of achievement? For too long too much of the burden of learning has been placed on the student and parent. Sometimes it has to do with the quality of teaching, which begs the question of why some students fail under one teacher and excel under another.
Finally, standards based education reform is about much more than teacher dumping. You should know that I am a former teacher (at grad level) and my wife is a veteran public school teacher of forty years.posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 07:28
Bertis...In the interest of brevity, I will mention a few.
(1)Student academic labeling is of concern. Today it’s a discrete practice. It is assessment methods schools use to sort, label, track, and channel students along various educational routes. Many of the methods are flawed, in that they are based upon ill defined social criteria. For example, what makes a child Behavior Disordered? The criteria used to decide is quite wanting when it comes to relevance and educational justification. Moreover, does the manifestation of misbehavior say more about the student or the teacher/school/ school system’s response? Once the label is attached studies show they significantly impact expectations of teachers and administrators. Labeling plays a significant role in determining students’ progress and academic success. For students who are borderline between passing and failing a class or grade level, as well as for those who may just need extra attention in order to develop the necessary skills that will help them progress academically. It is a well documented fact that academic labeling influence students futures.
(2)The accountability structure at all levels of the public school system is quite wanting.
(3)Our public schools have relinquished too much of their responsible authority to law enforcement.
(4)The student punishment system is disparate, which is the basis for a lot of distrust and mistrust that exist between parent, school, and community.
Standards based education reform, i.e., Common Core, is based upon a totally different set of assumptions and expectations.posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 22:50
I could not agree with you more that "when it comes to education, there is no such thing as partisanship."
I have read a lot about the subject and this piece is one of the most thoughtful and analytical. It raises significant questions.
The writer summed it up pretty good.....
"These problems are not insurmountable, but for states all across the country there is a lot of work to do and very little time to do it. They need to roll up their sleeves and work quickly."
As with any untested initiative, there is no such thing as a perfect roll out. The more I read pro and con about the subject, the more I am convinced that there should be no further delay in moving away from the current state of practice in public school education.posted @ Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 20:34
I am just now responding because of access problems. Comrades disagree from time to time.
Please know I am familiar with the notions expressed in your citations, as well as more from other critics. Nothing I have read from the critics convinces me that Georgia's leaders made the right decision.
Common Core standards emerged from lessons of the old standards, most notable of which is need for uniformity and more academic rigor.
The nation’s education landscape is a discord of state standards. A fourth grader in Arkansas could have appeared proficient in reading by his state's standards but, by the standards of another state, say Massachusetts, not even close.
Between 2005 and 2007, some 15 states actually lowered their proficiency standards in reading or math, according to a report from the Education Department. Why? Under the No Child Left Behind law, passed by Congress in 2001, states were held accountable for failing schools…a fundamental flaw in the law.
When it comes to mathematics American students have lagged behind students from many countries for some years now.
The standards are designed to address the problem of lagging achievement by American students and to get all states to adopt the same, rigorous standards, in English and math.
Because the standards will not be implemented until the 2014 school term, assertions about their impact on learning are speculative at best, even by “experts” in the education field.
The accountability feature of standards based education reform will have the effect of not only eradicating the lingering practice of illegal and unjustified discrimination in the nation’s public school system, but also rooting out poor performers at all levels.
Thus far, forty five states have agreed to implement the standards. Georgia’s leaders opted out. The decision was justified on the basis that implementation is cost prohibitive. What happened to the promise to invest in education?posted @ Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 08:25
A great and caring human being indeed! I entered the Master's program in 1972, graduated in 1973 and she did a lot to lessen my anxiety and encourage my self confidence. Never took a class from Merle but was fortunate to have had many times to be in her presence, thanks to Dean Stewart's many and varied planned social interaction experiences. Upon reflection, those non classroom experiences played a significant role in my continuing maturation.
In addition to being a "vivacious woman," Merle was also classy. I am blessed to have crossed her path.posted @ Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 10:31
"I strive to live without fear of people who are unlike me. They are just potential friends I may not have met."
It takes a certain amount of self confidence and assurance to be that kind of person with that kind of outlook. I pray each day that more people will acquire it.
I am so thankful for the few like you who inspire it.
Grady L. Cornishposted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 22:08
Thanks for another grand slam!posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 21:56
"Common Core also puts in place more top-down accountability, instead of putting accountability where it should be, at the community level or families, Greene said."
Accountability ought to be where public funds are allocated.posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 23:31
Summary: Georgia's three-tier system stops one local bar owner from opening a distillery. Georgia?s three-tier system knocked down a cool project for downtown Athens recently. Booze wizard Damon Krebs, owner of a gaggle of watering holes around downtown including Allgood?s and Walkers (and Athens Bagel Company, for good measure), hoped to install a vodka distillery in part of his West Clayton Street real estate holdings (160 to 166 W. Clayton to be exact; the hopeful location was 160, former home of the Tillman Company, next to Flashback Games). read more
Summary: After one year of football, Monsignor Donovan is planning to build a football complex. The field will be named after founding board member and former Georgia coach Vince Dooley. After one year of football, Monsignor Donovan is planning to build a football complex. The field will be named after founding board member and former Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. More details on the project are expected to be announced in January. The school announced its plan to field a football team last December and hired former Vanderbilt quarterback and 10-time Coach of the Year Kurt Page the following January. Dooley served as the honorary chairman of the search and hiring committee. read more