Judging from the myriad permutations of "Christian" belief that come from parsing the Bible and infused with personal prejudice, there would be no end to it. What about polygamy and slavery? Both are condoned by the Bible.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 15:32
I think this might be the most complete recent assessment of charter schools.
Half perform the same as the traditional school, about a quarter perform worse and a quarter perform better. Research has shown that most students perform the same in a charter as they do in a regular school. Charter schools can finesse their student populations in ways that regular schools can't.
The Obama administration, like most politicians, are promoting charter schools because that is where the money is (Gates Foundation, the Walton and Davos families). People aren't awarding money to improve traditional public schools.
I would like for someone to research the data on school closings. Considering the fact that achievement is negatively impacted by poverty and dysfunctional family conditions it seems that the "bad" schools in need of closing are never located in wealthy, white neighborhoods.
You should read Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch. I just finished it.posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 09:33
Here is a start,
I read an article earlier today that had more hard data, but can't find it right now. However there are many stories about school closings in Chicago (54), Washington DC (15), and Philadelphia (40 in 2012 and 23 in 2013), where almost all of the closings are in black or hispanic neighborhoods and all are in poor areas of those cities. The closings are always attributed to low population.
My question is, when a school closes, where do the students go to get an education?posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 16:33
You have drunk the kool Aid.
I stand by my statement. Most schools closed nationwide have been schools in poor and minority neighborhoods. It might be a way to save money, but it is no way to improve education.
We constantly compare our scores to nations like Finland and Norway. They don't close schools and they don't fire teachers. However, they also don't have the rate of poverty that the US does.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 15:20
@cornish531: closing a school is a poor way to improve it.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:17
@The Eagle: the difficult to teach students require a lot more attention, and money, than do the motivated and easy to teach students. That's why.posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:14
@nancy30683: DeBlasio isn't closing charter schools, he is closing the ones that aren't performing up to standard. That's a big difference.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 13:14
Republicans don't want teachers to have adequate pay, union representation, or pensions and they have been successful at accomplishing these goals through the move to public charter schools that have little oversight. Let's watch the nabobs in the Capitol kowtow to the charter school lobbyists when this bill comes forward. They intend to destroy public schools and force the teaching profession into the bottom rungs of the economy.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 16:00
I completely disagree with Ambrose, the military is no place to promote or celebrate a particular religion. I can bet that there were no displays celebrating Ramadan or Hanukkah.
Ambrose tells us about some isolated incidents and makes it seem as though they are common events. If he is correct in his observations, then this is a terrible country, indeed.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:37
Everybody can find obscure and rare incidences to prove their point. There is no war on Christmas, just hysterical and paranoid right-wing Christians.posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:31
Conservatives didn't have much to say about the national debt until after January 2009.posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 - 11:42
@Used2baFreeCountry: quoting truth-the- vote? A right wing organization devoted to voter suppression and intimidation.posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 - 07:24
I'm just wondering how Fixit and other conservatives can claim to love a country that they seem to despise so much. They hate everything about the people and government of the US, but claim to be true patriots.posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 08:47
Any commentator who talks about the seriousness of the debt without addressing unfunded wars and the bloated military budget is not a serious commentator.posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:04
For a moment I thought Michael Reagan was going to get through an entire article without mentioning his father...posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 07:50
[quote][b]Farmer GA[/b] -
How has he acted as a leader? He wanted to bomb them, but, got spanked by the Russians, the British, and the American People.
Make no mistake, I am glad that the nation has pulled back from this stupidity, but, Obama, in this crisis, has shown himself to be less than a leader.
The fact that Syria's surrendering their chemicals, with Russian involvement, has been discussed for some time now demonstrates that there is more to the story than Obama Haters are willing to admit.
Ole Cal is still playing Cold War politics in the 21st century. It looks like everybody wins in this new development in the Syrian crisis, but Cal is so blinded by his hate for Obama that he can see only the cloud in the silver lining. I think it's time for him to retire and shut up before he really embarrasses himself.posted @ Friday, September 13, 2013 - 07:28
@Save our Republic:
You don't know much about history, do you. The Southern Democrats (the Dixiecrats) filibustered, not the Democratic Party. Why would a party filibuster their own bill? It is a fact that 100% of southern Republican congressmen and 93% of southern Democratic congressmen voted against the Civil Rights Act, Of course the large majority of northern congressmen of both parties voted for the Civil Rights Act.
Tim Scott and Clarence Thomas were invited to the celebration as was every member of congress. Not being invited to speak is not the same thing as not being invited. The Republicans invited to speak declined and not a single Republican member of Congress attended.
All of this Republican revision of history contains the truth that for a century the Republican Party was the champion of Black people, but ignores the party's record of increasing hostility toward minorities since the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
100% of southern Republicans voted against passage of the Civil Rights Act.posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 08:25
As expected the haters are at it early this morning, people who are too ignorant to understand that the difference between the Trayvon Martn case and the Lane case is not who was shot or who did the shooting, but whether or not there would be an investigation and prosecution. You can bet your behind that the police are all over the Lane case and justice will be done.posted @ Monday, September 2, 2013 - 08:11
[quote][b]woofie11[/b] - BS is right..........................
the friggin president lied about premiums going down.... As far as I'm concerned, he can go to hell..........
and our insurance commissioner lied about there being massive hikes, but you TeaBaggers are fine with that.posted @ Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 07:25
[quote][b]Farmer GA[/b] -
I also read much of it. You know what else I have read? The Constitution of the United States. What I did not find in there was any authorization for a law such as this. I have also read many of the writings of the Founders. I saw many warnings about how we should not let the Federal government do many of the things we let them do.
So, I will continue to snap at those who aid and assist those who would trash our nation and shred our Constitution with giant, unconstitutional boondoggles such as the ACA.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The Necessary and Proper Clause gives Congress the power "[t]o make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 08:48
[quote][b]shovelheadkevin[/b] - Bull!
My mother-in-law was just informed by her primary care Dr. that he will be dropping all MediCare patients by the end of the year due to ObamaCare.
This is a clusterflop that should be repealed and a sensible plan worked out.
The Marxist-in-Chief should be impeached while we're at it.
It will take at least a generation to repair the damage of 8 years of tyranny under PrezBO.
It sounds like the problem is with your mother's doctor, not ObamaCare.
I guess ya'll will have to purchase some of that fantastic private health insurance like all good conservatives believe should happen.posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 08:34
How dare the ABH print fact based articles about Obamacare while our own representative, Mr. Paul Broun, is working so hard at spreading misinformation and hysteria about the Affordable Health Care Act. Really! How can you campaign effectively if the voters are informed and educated?posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 08:29
I think Mr. Bowen has been asleep for the past five years if he thinks that the problem is that Obama hasn't tried to work with Congress, or else he only watches Fox News.
And, every time Obama has tried to compromise the Republicans he has come up against a brick wall.posted @ Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 15:16
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
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