“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.”
“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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
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!”
“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.”
“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...”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
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.”
“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.”