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Classical Music: What Was Your Gateway Drug? (PLAYLIST)

Classical Music: What Was Your Gateway Drug? (PLAYLIST)

Commented Aug 19, 2012 at 09:02:12 in Home

“Rimsky-Korsakov Procession of the Nobles.”
Allen Eagle Stadium, New $60 Million High School Football Venue, Debuts In Dallas Suburb (PHOTOS)

Allen Eagle Stadium, New $60 Million High School Football Venue, Debuts In Dallas Suburb (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 12, 2012 at 16:12:19 in Education

“Though the stadium, itself, doesn't really do anything for these students. It doesn't enhance their ability to play their music. It doesn't provide them with a classroom or learning materials that are state of the art for the students. 64 Million Dollars could have paid for many teachers, teachers' aides, books, materials, and plenty of other things. Then you have to take into account the other area schools that will follow suit that may not be able to do it, but will anyway to keep up appearances.

I'm not saying that the students shouldn't have a nice facility. What I am saying is that this is excessive when there are plenty of other things that could have benefited the students even more.”
Allen Eagle Stadium, New $60 Million High School Football Venue, Debuts In Dallas Suburb (PHOTOS)

Allen Eagle Stadium, New $60 Million High School Football Venue, Debuts In Dallas Suburb (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 11, 2012 at 12:01:50 in Education

“So this will benefit roughly 200 students really, when a better spent 64 million could have benefitted so many more students for a longer period of time.

*Sigh*

And I can't get 3000 in my school to keep my instruments repaired.”

Scott Starnes on Aug 11, 2012 at 15:21:02

“Their band alone has 650 students who will benefit. Then you have drill teams, pep squads, cheerleaders, flag corps, boys and girls soccer teams, golf and wrestling facilities on site, etc....AND their academics remain top notch.”

Julie Sheehan on Aug 11, 2012 at 12:49:01

“The stadium will benefit the Allen Marching Band, also. There are roughly 850 students which will participate in the Escadrille (http://www.allenescadrille.org/).

One on the things we loved about living in Allen was that there seemed to be as much pride in the band as there was in the athletics -- I have never experienced anything like it anywhere else I have been (Cleveland High School in Northridge, CA or Miami Jackson Sr in FL or Waubonsie Valley High in Aurora, IL or Grant High School in Fox Lake, IL). It was special to see as I remember being a "band geek" in high school -- there was no community pride in us. The difference in attitude in Allen was amazing.

A little bit of background:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Escadrille

The band as they performed last fall:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhEJJO5Vu2s
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Rick Santorum: Gay Sex Is Not 'Equal' To Hetero Sex

Commented Dec 6, 2011 at 17:02:21 in Politics

“I am beginning to pity every one named Rick, because, at this rate, Dan Savage is going to unleash the new definition that he has for Rick, and if his effect on the name Santorum is any indication, it's going to suck to be them for a while.”
Illinois Family Institute, Anti-Gay Christian Group, Calls On Parents To Pull Kids From Classrooms With Gay, LGBT-Inclusive Teachers

Illinois Family Institute, Anti-Gay Christian Group, Calls On Parents To Pull Kids From Classrooms With Gay, LGBT-Inclusive Teachers

Commented Aug 7, 2012 at 22:28:08 in Education

“Man, I wonder what they would do if the teacher was a gay person who is living just a regular life and is the only one that teaches that course (such as band), like at least one teacher I see every morning when I look in the mirror. That would probably really chap their hides.”

RainbowTeacher on Aug 7, 2012 at 22:51:51

“or teaching elementary school....”
Florida Parent Trigger Bills Would Allow Parents To Fire Teachers, Turn Schools To Charters

Florida Parent Trigger Bills Would Allow Parents To Fire Teachers, Turn Schools To Charters

Commented Jan 30, 2012 at 18:08:48 in Education

“Neither of these bills are going to create an environment where the teachers and parents want to work together. This is just going to be one adversarial relationship after another”
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Bank Of America Dropping Plan To Charge Monthly $5 Debit Card Fee

Commented Nov 1, 2011 at 17:25:34 in Business

“I love the phrase, we have listened to our customers. That whole sentiment is just a joke. If the cared about customers as much as they claim, this wouldn't have happened in the first place.”
Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools

Ind. vouchers prompt thousands to change schools

Commented Aug 29, 2011 at 12:10:15 in Education

“There's no guarantee that would be true if we did change the system. Who decides who the most effective teachers are? Tests? Well that means that who ever is teaching the honors class automatically looks better than the one teaching the more struggling students, even if there is more growth and learning happening in the lower level. Then, how are we assured that they won't just lay off the more expensive older teachers when the dollars get involved. There are systems in place to remove bad teachers. Yes it takes a moment to do that, but then again, that's because they do receive a due process of examination, and can't just be picked on because they don't get along with the boss. No one signs up to be a bad teacher, contrary to what many would have you believe.”
Catasauqua, Pennsylvania School District Backs Off On Skinny Jeans Ban

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania School District Backs Off On Skinny Jeans Ban

Commented Aug 25, 2011 at 14:27:35 in Education

“I really think the parents just didn't feel like going to look for other clothing. I can't believe that all jeans are either so tight that it makes kids look like two toothpicks stuck into a cocktail weiner or so baggy that I can fit three other people in there with them. I keep hearing how schools are supposed to prepare students to be part of the work force and I think they won't really be hired most places looking like that, so I feel the school was doing the right thing.”
Texas Teachers Blame Rick Perry For Increased Class Sizes

Texas Teachers Blame Rick Perry For Increased Class Sizes

Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 16:29:47 in Education

“It's important to remember that in those earlier days of education, the expectations were different. All students that were a little different or had a learning disability were moved into a self-contained class where as now, everyone is placed in the same class. The teacher is expected to have more and more one on one time with a student, where before it was generally expected to just be a lecture class. Additionally, more of the social mores and ethics were taught at home so the the students came to school knowing how to work and behave. Now, with the amount that a teacher is required to do, they can't really be effective with that many students in one place, and I do challenge those that say different to try it out one day.”

sindurrella on Aug 23, 2011 at 18:26:22

“Excellent points!
I was not aware that children with learning disabilities were mainstreamed. I thought that only applied to physical disabilities. Seems like children with learning disabilities (not attention deficit) require specialized courses.

I just though of one other difference between now and then...corporal punishment is no longer tolerated. I think a lot of us would have pushed the limit a lot more had we not feared the paddle!”
Texas Teachers Blame Rick Perry For Increased Class Sizes

Texas Teachers Blame Rick Perry For Increased Class Sizes

Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 16:21:43 in Education

“Backwards decision making at the highest degree of ability. This man says that cutting taxes saves jobs, but instead lost 49,000 and keeps even more from being started. Then again, this is a man who screamed for Texas to secede from the union, and yet still wants to be in charge of it, so he obviously is a man of high intellegence”

SETexasLib on Aug 23, 2011 at 17:57:25

“fanned and faved for recognizing good quality hair products.”

Brandon Sweaterman Reese on Aug 23, 2011 at 16:49:01

“LOL!!! It is funny to hear libsheep change what he actually said to "Secession Screaming". What he ACTUALLY said was that TX has the right to secede... which is accurate. We also have the right to spilt into 5 different states for electoral purposes if we want to. Libs are Sheep and POTUS BO is their shepherd.”

TexasTreader on Aug 23, 2011 at 16:31:55

“I see you've bought into the secession myth, too. You should really stop trusting the lib propaganda machine to tell you what to think and check the sources for yourself.”
Rick Perry For President: Governor Announces Candidacy, Says It's 'Time To Get America Working Again'

Rick Perry For President: Governor Announces Candidacy, Says It's 'Time To Get America Working Again'

Commented Aug 13, 2011 at 14:25:14 in Politics

“He's slashed his state's school budget so badly that they can't really afford teachers, and the ones that do work, if in the first few years are working two jobs to make ends meet. He's resparked the Scopes Monkey trial with his appointments to their school board. He's making sure that many minority groups in education are marginalized. In short, he's completely ruining Texan education, and that's just one part of his governance. Imagine what he could do with a whole country to screw up.”

trinity on Aug 13, 2011 at 14:27:16

“I am guessing Texas is a lot like Indiana where many teachers with families actually qualify for food stamps and Medicaid, and at this time, our pay is higher than in Texas...”

blindhammer on Aug 13, 2011 at 14:25:59

“Yes, but he has nice hair.”
WATCH: An Easy Way To Understand The Federal Role In Education

WATCH: An Easy Way To Understand The Federal Role In Education

Commented Aug 8, 2011 at 12:10:49 in Education

“This is a really one sided view of how educational funding works and how decisions are made. Really, most of the decisions are still being made at the state and local levels. The federal side says that we need to demonstrate proficiency and then states decide what that means and the locals go about how to achieve it. Though, this group's website (education section), starts at the presumption that everything in the public education field is wrong and broken. As a teacher, I am tired of that as a starting point. Yes, there are situations that need to be addressed, but starting like this puts everything in an opposition place. Instead let's examine what works in a thoughtful way and work towards that instead.”

SupportPublicEd on Aug 14, 2011 at 12:02:36

“It appears the Heritage Foundation wants to privatize - from Medicare to education. They are about school choice, not about reforming public education. This is propaganda, not objective reporting.”
U.S. Credit Downgrade By S&P Darkens Economic Outlook, Stokes Recession Fears

U.S. Credit Downgrade By S&P Darkens Economic Outlook, Stokes Recession Fears

Commented Aug 6, 2011 at 22:35:46 in Business

“Wow, it's rough when a group lays a the blame right on your door step GOP, but somehow it won't be their fault”

blackkat on Aug 6, 2011 at 22:42:00

“How could it be their fault.... they inherited this mess as they haven't been here since 2006, but nice try, Robo-dem”

BeverleeC on Aug 6, 2011 at 22:41:33

“The GOP pulled in their doorstep and put out a mat that says: Refer to Obama.”

Billit on Aug 6, 2011 at 22:37:17

“Your right only because our President takes responsibility for nothing that goes bad.”

parrotkisser on Aug 6, 2011 at 22:36:49

“Let's light it on fire and ring the doorbell.”
National Organization For Marriage Asks 2012ers To Sign A Second Pledge Against Marriage Equality [UPDATE]

National Organization For Marriage Asks 2012ers To Sign A Second Pledge Against Marriage Equality [UPDATE]

Commented Aug 5, 2011 at 18:09:21 in Politics

“Two different pledges to say that we're going to marginalize a complete portion of the population, make sure that you completely stack the deck against them with judges, secretaries, and chairmen, and in short be as exclusionary and hateful to people as you can. That's how these scared and sad people react to the world around them and look for a leader, hatred and misguidedness. That's not a leader of men and women, at least not my leader.”
Arne Duncan Boosts Merit Pay At Teaching Conference [UPDATED]

Arne Duncan Boosts Merit Pay At Teaching Conference [UPDATED]

Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:32:17 in Education

“This is really just lip service. It's easy to say something like this if you never have to do anything to back it up”
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Kim Simac, Tea Party Candidate For Jim Holperin Recall, Compares Public Schools To Nazi Regime

Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:25:52 in Education

“A group of people that demand you believe the same as they or else they vilify you and persecute you. I know I have heard about this before....If only I could remember where”

flyguync on Aug 1, 2011 at 23:45:24

“Certainly not here on HP.”

harlequinf on Aug 1, 2011 at 21:09:37

“Are you calling out the liberal left wingers?”
Texan Offended By Pride Parade But Not For Reason You Think (PICTURE)

Texan Offended By Pride Parade But Not For Reason You Think (PICTURE)

Commented Aug 1, 2011 at 20:05:26 in Comedy

“Fashion knows no boundaries, and a fashion no-no is a no-no for everyone”

Red45 on Aug 1, 2011 at 20:07:17

“If there are no boundaries, there are no no-nos.”
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Super Congress Getting Even More Super Powers In Debt Deal

Commented Jul 31, 2011 at 17:32:12 in Politics

“It'll be interesting to see the first time that one of the "Super congress's" laws are brought before the supreme court. very interesting indeed”

Captai on Jul 31, 2011 at 17:35:51

“Riiiight, a SCOTUS that appointed a president and gave us corporations are people is going to strike down anything that benefits the bottom 99%.”

Hoonieman on Jul 31, 2011 at 17:35:42

“Well, if it suits business, the Roberts court will be fine with it ..”
Boehner Hasn't Reached Out To Pelosi, Hoyer On Debt Vote

Boehner Hasn't Reached Out To Pelosi, Hoyer On Debt Vote

Commented Jul 29, 2011 at 11:11:33 in Politics

“just shows that there is no real interest in working with people at all. Slow down everything and screw everyone else to get their way. Real mature.”

Cantinflas on Jul 29, 2011 at 11:17:29

“Republicans=oppositional defiant children”
Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts

Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts

Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 17:53:34 in Politics

“Not at all. I'm a free thinker of common sense, that just happens to not be right wing these days”
Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts

Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism In U.S. Debated By Feds, Analysts

Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 15:31:41 in Politics

“I'm concerned about the Right-Wing terrorism these days as well, now granted it's the terrorism that's going to blow up the economy, destroy women's rights, education, the environment, and the middle class, but I call it terrorism none the less”

serialcoma on Jul 28, 2011 at 15:38:22

“fanned.”

heymack on Jul 28, 2011 at 15:37:10

“You are a talking point machine.”

GraphicMatt on Jul 28, 2011 at 15:36:26

“Terror is terror, be it a bomb or stupid people in large groups.”

marco01 on Jul 28, 2011 at 15:36:03

“I hear what you are saying, but using the word like this distorts its real meaning and only poisons the debate.”

Clarabell on Jul 28, 2011 at 15:33:58

“Ya gotta call it what it is !!!”
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House Democratic Leaders To Obama: Use The 14th Amendment [UPDATED]

Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 23:04:56 in Politics

“That was his point, he was saying that the power of the purse was with the congress. I would not discount scholars based on the network interviewing them. That's rather prejudice on things.”
With No Child Left Behind Overhaul Stalled, More Schools 'Failing'

With No Child Left Behind Overhaul Stalled, More Schools 'Failing'

Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 16:59:25 in Education

“It was interesting to hear Diane Ravaich (sp?) speak in reference to NCLB. She (as a former ed sec) was originally in favor of it, but has since changed her stance calling it a systematic chance for the privatization of the public school system, ensuring its dismantling. I completely agree with her. While NCLB was supposed to make things better, it's made everything so much worse and created an awful blame teachers environment in the country where we can't work to make things better instead.”
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