[quote][b]theold33[/b] - This is what political correctness and liberalism have done to the court system. This killer should have been shot on sight.
I suppose the Constitution is too liberal for you.posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 21:10
"As the son of two school teachers and being married to one, I know how hard their job is and the long hours involved."
That isn't stopping him from reaching into their retirement funds to gamble their retirements on high risk investments.
Every state that has tried that has lost employees retirement money.posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:59
My, how history repeats itself.
Years ago, in Jefferson, Ga., I met a candidate for governor who wanted my vote.
I asked him what he was going to do for public education.
He asked, "Are you a teacher?" and I replied, "Yes."
He said, "I'm going to appoint a blue ribbon committee to study the problem."
His name was...
Burt Lance.posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 16:53
@ponsoldt: Unfortunately, more and more of the media are being bought out and owned by big money conservatives (Although you'd have a hard time selling that to conservative voters) and liberals (and, unknowingly, conservatives, too) are allowing their voices to be drowned out.
One day, conservatives will rue their behavior, but they do not see that now.posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:28
Anyone who looks closely will see that the same people who are hollering and trying to place blame for Ebola being in this country, are the same people who are hollering about cutting taxes and government spending.posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:21
@TeeWee: "The President could have picked a person with respected leadership abilities, some who could inspire confidence in the America people but he chose a political operative. "
From what those who know him say, he inspires confidence, and gets results.
How many times do you have to hear it?
I will admit, there's that little voice in the back of my head that says the new leader should have some medical background.
On the other hand Republicans and Democrats alike reach down into corporations and universities and put people in political positions who have no political experience..
And dang if universities don't hire Washington folks to be on their staff who've never taught. (Politicians taking care of one another when one of them is out of a job - 'good ole boy').posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 16:13
As a "veteran" I'd like to say "Ho hum."
Obama has made some big mistakes.
However, conservative thinking like the above is like believing its just as easy to clean up a spilled jar on the floor as it is to drop it and break it in the first place.
I'm not satisfied with Obama, either, but its not because he's not cleaned up the spilled jar on the floor created by GWB.
Conservatives live in denial about that.
Don't want to talk about it.
Can't name it.
Won't name it.
But then, when all you read or listen to is conservative media what else is to be expected?posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 21:33
Love it!posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:27
"Can you say hypocrisy?"
Yes, and here is a great example; "The unemployment rate is down because millions of people have either quit looking for work or have taken part time jobs."
Let's tell the truth about this. The unemployment is still up - from what it was before "loyal" American corporations shipped American jobs to third world countries. (How many, now, was it, that GWB brought back? Or is that hypocritically immaterial?).
" We left residual forces in Europe Japan and Korea. after we won those conflicts."
Your knowledge of history is short. In WW II, we left the police forces intact in those countries; not so in Iraq where they were made to disperse and the people were allowed to loot their own country.
Ten year of military planning went into that invasion by the Pentagon, INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION, only to have Donald Rumsfeld throw them out the door in favor of his "razzle dazzle."
"Obama failed to leave a residual force in Iraq when we pulled out...."
The American people, INCLUDING CONSERVATIVES, were complaining about too many American soldiers being killed - when they ought not to have been there in the first place.
This cooked up war by a spoiled brat who had never done 'anything' right, used the U.S. military like it was his own little toy.
And THAT was the catalyst for what is occurring in the Middle East today.
It doesn't take a genius to see it, but it takes a dummy not to.posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:51
[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Leaders never run for office. Pop stars do.
It's been decades since a leader ran for, and was elected into office, at least at the top. [/quote]
Ronald Reagan quickly comes to mind.
All the movie imbeciles voted for him - thought they were all actors in one of his movies.
He couldn't tell the difference between real life and a movie either.posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:20
I sometimes read the opinion section of the Augusta Chronicle and the comments.
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING but far rightwing propaganda.
Cal Thomas, as bad as he is, would be a lift to that paper.posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:30
I was a little heavy.
When I lived there, I don't think I ever heard anyone say whipping. It was whuppin....
Which is not the answer for every mischief.
There may be a fourth arrest someday if they lower the flag for GWB, Cheney or Kissinger.
I'd consider that defense of the country.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 09:07
[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - According to a friend of mine from Down Under, there ain't no such tradition. He did note that they were lucky it was not one of our Marines that caught them. Would have just been a good old fashion butt whooping instead of jail.
My God! Doesn't know the difference between "whooping" (to shout) and whupping (to beat).
[In Southern literature sometimes written as 'whuppin', or a variation thereof].
And we wonder why the country is in the shape that its in.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:18
[quote][b]T J Haas[/b] - So replace the Bible verses with the currency message: "In God We Trust"
And use the Pledge to the American flag: "One Nation Under God"
Thankfully one of those sayings has been removed and the other ought to be.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:04
The spiritual understanding of some Christians is no better than the spiritual understanding of some Islamist, and some Zionist :"We are right, and they are wrong."posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:02
Poor John....posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:17
I mean no sarcasm at all.
I am questioning if, or why, a standardized test should determine the curriculum?
And if a student is not able to correctly answer the questions on a standardized test, then where is the flaw?
Is the fault with the standardized test, or with what is taught in the classroom?posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 17:49
oopsposted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 14:31
@cornish531: "I am a former teacher (at graduate level) with a terminal degree, parent, know something about test and measurements."
I'm just a lowly classroom teacher with only 33 years (and parent), but standardized tests are flawed if they do not test what has been taught.
Surely you're not saying the test should determine the curriculum?posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 14:31
I think Myra has a point, and speaks from her perspective as a volunteer in the classroom - as well as being a parent and daughter of a teacher.
She doesn't deny testing and accountability is necessary. Rather she laments that when students do not pass the test, critics never blame the test.
I admittedly have not looked into this, but different states use different social studies and history, English and literature textbooks. And so I'm wondering; do we use a national standardized test that may contain questions students have never covered?
I cannot speak to math and science - I don't know. And, alas, those seem to be "the measure" of most complaints that all other subjects are compared against.
We treat the humanities/fine arts as though they aren't worthy of broader knowledge and that no one is expected to earn his or her living in such a manner and aren't worth testing.
Tell'ya what...let's teach these in school and encourage students to get "private lessons" in math, science.
@cornish531: " Even more, it is irresponsible to claim that tests are invalid because they do not measure what you think they ought to measure and because of a failure to make effective use of their results."
I will differ with you on this.
The problems are do we teach/test to a class or to an individual?
If we teach/test to individuals, the class falls behind.
If we teach/test to a class, the individuals fall behind.
Either way, the teacher gets the blame.
You are correct that teachers usually know where a student is without standardized testing.
However, standardized tests are used for evaluation as well as the teachers personal evaluation of the student.
Your accusation is a little bit to much of a wide sweep.posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 - 09:11
Passing students up to the next grade who have failed the grade they are in is nothing new, and presents its own set of problems - namely, at what point is a student too big or too old to remain in his/her failing grade.
How many tries should a student get before enough is enough? What if the student is too young to get a public job?
Public school critics have presented no reasonable answers to that.
If a student is gifted in one special area, should public schools concentrate the student's studies on that one particular area, only?
If it was math or languages, most critics would say "Yes."
Suppose it is some form of construction work, most critics would say "Yes."
If it was music, or art, most critics would say "No."
But then, when it comes time to pay for such 'extra' programs, the critics complain about the costs of 'out of stream' education.
'Main stream' education does not, and never has, met the needs of all students, but critics, looking at costs only, aren't willing to accept that historical fact.
"Differential" students are a problem easily blamed on teachers and public education.
As a retired teacher whose children graduated from public education and whose grandchildren are in public schools, I'm not satisfied with public education either, but there aren't any black and white answers as critics are quick to imply.
The scene is continually changing within the student, the students, the educators and society.
Let's test what we teach, not teach what we test.
Perhaps what we need is more accountability from critics.posted @ Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 11:32
Again, thank you.posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 22:23
If you want more American jobs shipped out of the country and more Americans out of work, vote for Perdue.posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:44
You guys give it some thought and ask yourselves "why?" this guy Allen would make a video?posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:31
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