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Common Core State Performance Standards See First Implementation In Georgia Schools

Common Core State Performance Standards See First Implementation In Georgia Schools

Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 17:14:01 in Education

“In California, the Pythagorean theorem is already being taught in the 7th grade. I think you're missing the point here: the big idea is fewer concepts per year, taught more in-depth. I've been teaching in public schools for 16 years, and this is something that has been a huge problem: we've been trying to teach too many things each year, which means we teach nothing in depth. The common core is a *good* thing. People are resistent to change in general, but in this, change is really, really necessary.”

mainemomma on Jul 29, 2012 at 11:20:06

“Thank you for teaching, it takes a special person to do it right. Fanned and Faved for wisdom.”
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Newt Gingrich: Obama's Trayvon Martin Statement 'Disgraceful'

Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 22:11:07 in Politics

“Like it or not, it IS a racial issue.”

Barry Barnett on Mar 23, 2012 at 22:39:22

“Hispanic vs Black?”
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Arizona Birth Control Bill Penalizes Women For Using Contraception For Non-Medical Reasons

Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 20:29:37 in Politics

“Exactly. Clearly, women need to quit being so uppity, acting like they deserve equal rights with men. We females need to take off our shoes and go back to making babies and dominating our kitchens. Nothing to see here, move along.”
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Photo Purportedly Showing Banker's 1% Lunch Bill Tip 'Altered And Exaggerated' [UPDATED]

Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 14:08:57 in Home

“Workers who earn tips have their hourly wages artificially low. Tipping only ensures they have a basic fair pay. Not tipping appropriately is just douchy.”
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Photo Purportedly Showing Banker's 1% Lunch Bill Tip 'Altered And Exaggerated' [UPDATED]

Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 14:07:35 in Home

“Really??? Because bankers are known for their consideration and refinement...?”

DocSyracuse on Feb 25, 2012 at 15:01:27

“Perhaps not. But they have a reputation to maintain in the community, and as a result they probably keep their political opinions to themselves. This sto ry seems all to convinient.”
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Photo Purportedly Showing Banker's 1% Lunch Bill Tip 'Altered And Exaggerated' [UPDATED]

Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 13:36:32 in Home

“The blacking-out is rounded at the edges--it was done to the digital photo of the receipt, not to the physical paper receipt.”
Michele Bachmann Anti-Abortion Rally: Former GOP Presidential Candidate Speaks At Event

Michele Bachmann Anti-Abortion Rally: Former GOP Presidential Candidate Speaks At Event

Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 23:28:50 in Politics

“Homo sapiens is not remotely an endangered species. Unwanted children are completely neglected by those who would require their birth by law, once they vacate the uterus. Talk about hypocrisy.”
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Rossville Christian Academy, Private Tennessee School, Bans Homosexuality Among Students, Staff

Commented Dec 24, 2011 at 16:11:44 in Gay Voices

“"Winter break" and "spring break," but yes, they are timed to coincide with the Christian holidays.”
Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security: Study

Nearly Half Of All Households Lack Basic Economic Security: Study

Commented Nov 22, 2011 at 21:20:16 in Business

“Unreliable. The Heritage Foundation is widely known for flawed research. One biased source does not fact make.”

Neither Side Wins on Nov 22, 2011 at 21:22:47

“So, I see that you only read liberal sources... Excellent way to be played. But you may like that.... The information comes DIRECTLY from the U.S. census....”
National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 2, 2011 at 20:02:55 in Education

“An 8th grade math teacher would score at least in the e 90's, as would any high school math teacher. This is what they are credentialed to teach, and the focus of their studies.

For any teacher who doesn't teach math, how on Earth is this question even remotely relevant??? A kindergarten teacher needs to be well-versed in early literacy teaching strategies, as well as having a strong grasp of the psychology of a five year-old. They need basic math skills, definitely. But if they've forgotten some of the specifics of their algebra classes from decades ago--due to lack of use--how does that remotely relate to their competence as a kindergarten teacher?

It's logic like this that has the entire country wasting massive time and monetary resources on teaching to an inane battery of tests.

BTW, that kindergarten teacher HAD TO score very well on a basic math skills test in order to step foot into their classroom. Your question is a reflection of deep, deep ignorance of the teaching profession.”
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John McCain: Sarah Palin Can Beat Obama In 2012

Commented May 30, 2011 at 12:32:12 in Politics

“McCain once behaved as a moderate, yes. That's ancient history.”
National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

Commented May 27, 2011 at 21:22:25 in Education

“Interesting. You just ranted about how difficult teaching is, and then called teachers lazy and apathetic. Teachers are--on the whole--highly dedicated idealists who work in a profession that beats them down on a daily basis.

And as for nine months with twelve months' pay? No such thing. Teachers are paid for the months they teach. Many work summer jobs (we used to teach summer school, but those are gone) and tutor during the school year to make ends meet. Not to mention weekend and holiday workshops to keep our skills current, or masters programs to add to our expertise. Oh, and did I mention that we pay for our additional training out of our modest paychecks?

I wasn't able to take summer vacation until I'd been teaching for several years. Not taking a break means teachers come back each August still burned out from the previous year. If we are to approach our profession with creativity and enthusiasm, we need a break between terms (and yes, this is probably true of most professions--we could learn a thing or two from Europe).

I have my ten months pay spread over twelve (August to June is ten months, not nine) to reduce my burn out. Maintaining optimism under extremely adverse working conditions is critical for teachers. Would you prefer we taught year-round and had no love for our profession? All this focus on high-stakes testing is already pushing us in that direction.”
National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

Commented May 27, 2011 at 20:50:56 in Education

“With every passing year following the implementation of NCLB, we spend more and more of our instructional time testing. The testing is so over the top that students complain and morale sags. The testing is redundant and time-consuming, and a large portion of the tests are poorly written and riddled with mistakes.

With less and less time for actual instruction, how are we supposed to provide our students with a quality education?”
National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

National Testing Push Yielded Few Learning Advances: Report (VIDEO)

Commented May 27, 2011 at 20:34:06 in Education

“Teachers are already required to pass many tests and complete at least five years of college in order to earn a credential.

There are three factors in a student's success: home, school, and community. Student success can be predicted based on the strength of at least two out of three of those factors: home and school, community and school, or home and community. If both home and community are unsupportive, students will not succeed.

Education doesn't take place in a vacuum. A huge percentage of my students live in crisis, with at least one family member (often a parent) in prison, parents being deported, family members in gangs, or at the very least, parents with incredibly limited educational experiences themselves. Often there is only one parent at home, and that parent is working multiple minimum-wage jobs to try so support the children they had starting in their teens.

Likewise, the neighborhood where I teach has had seven murders so far this year (one of which was yesterday morning), and upwards of twenty different gangs. When I suggest that my students form study groups to help one another with homework, they tell me they're not allowed to go outside once they get home, as their parents don't think it's safe.

Compare that to a class in a wealthy neighborhood with educated parents and low crime rates: there IS no comparison. And no need to guess which students are going to score better on tests, no matter what happens in class.”

6p023E23 on May 27, 2011 at 23:22:34

“so, in short, you believe that they will get 70% of 8th grade math?
Are you sure?
and if they don't get will you say they are incompetent to be teacher?”
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Forecasting Change: Art's Window Into the Climate Crisis

Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 20:39:28 in Arts

“The world LITERATURE has been dropping? You mean people are dropping books?

Never mind, I get that you must've meant "temperature." Which is also completely bogus.

As for the sea level rising, you're also wrong on this. Here's info direct from NOAA, much more reliable data than whoever the heck John L. Casey is:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/images/indicators/sea-level-rise.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/indicators/&h=506&w=800&sz=58&tbnid=PSJGyyOboC35XM:&tbnh=77&tbnw=122&zoom=1&usg=__hA0H77eoJzTHYTtfqhBn4WSlaZY=&docid=x_Jw_l7EdICcSM&sa=X&ei=QgUwUcWELqmLjAKosoHADw&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAg&dur=3882

NASA also has lots of great data that completely contradict your ignorant espousal:

http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators/

Scientists have known about global warming for decades. It's real. So let's move on to what we can do about it. http://clmtr.lt/cb/pwp
Master Teacher Corps: Barack Obama Proposes $1 Billion Effort To Boost Students' Achievement In Math, Science

Master Teacher Corps: Barack Obama Proposes $1 Billion Effort To Boost Students' Achievement In Math, Science

Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 19:19:26 in Education

“What planet are you living on??? In California, language arts is the first and foremost subject taught all the way through elementary school, at the cost of ALL else. So students come to middle school (where I teach) totally unprepared.”

Whycee54 on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:02:25

“Josie, thats in California however more money is given to Math and Science through the government that the other subjects, that was my point.  Students come to middle school where I teach unprepared for anything except playin games.”
Master Teacher Corps: Barack Obama Proposes $1 Billion Effort To Boost Students' Achievement In Math, Science

Master Teacher Corps: Barack Obama Proposes $1 Billion Effort To Boost Students' Achievement In Math, Science

Commented Jul 22, 2012 at 19:17:45 in Education

“You can offer these types of high schools, but if the kids come from poor neighborhoods, chances are they will not have received sufficient support from home and community to even qualify to study at such a place. Schools only provide 1/3 of the support students need for success; with poor and uneducated parents, plus a community that ridicules intelligence, schools cannot compete, and the students lose.”
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President Obama Stands Up to Big Oil

Commented Jan 18, 2012 at 20:57:16 in Green

“We do need jobs, but this is not a responsible way to create them.”

ecomcon on Jan 18, 2012 at 21:44:26

“Exactly.”

Deucejack on Jan 18, 2012 at 21:32:25

“Why exactly is building an oil pipeline to move oil irresponsible? The oil will now simply go overseas and still be used.

Nope... environmentalists have a completely distorted view of responsibility. They simply want to limit oil supply thereby raising oil prices to allow failed energy options more of an opportunity to compete.

F. U.”
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Hostess Bankruptcy 2012: Maker Of Wonder Bread, Twinkies Prepares To Refile For Chapter 11

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 21:36:17 in Business

“Hmmm... maybe if they tried making something remotely healthy?”

bonelessfluff on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:04:31

“BLASPHEMER!”
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Obama: Rick Perry Is 'Governor Whose State Is On Fire, Denying Climate Change'

Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 22:16:15 in Politics

“Race to the Top is no better than NCLB. Try again.”
Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton As President Would Have Made Different U.S.

Dick Cheney: Hillary Clinton As President Would Have Made Different U.S.

Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 14:22:24 in Politics

“Bull pucky. The TP erupted the second our president became black.”
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Rick Perry Knocks Evolution Again: 'God Is How We Got Here'

Commented Aug 20, 2011 at 15:07:23 in Politics

“Science is based on factual evidence, not faith. That sounds like an awful textbook.”
Activists Ask For Wolf Hunts In Idaho And Montana To Be Halted

Activists Ask For Wolf Hunts In Idaho And Montana To Be Halted

Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 15:53:17 in Green

“This is just not true in the long run. In the short run, the deer population may shrink. In the long run, having the top predator present in an ecosystem ensures its health.”
Activists Ask For Wolf Hunts In Idaho And Montana To Be Halted

Activists Ask For Wolf Hunts In Idaho And Montana To Be Halted

Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 14:53:19 in Green

“Um, no. It just so happens that nature balances itself just fine without our intervention.”

Deep Thinking Man on Aug 14, 2011 at 21:15:19

“Josie...you are totally correct...you're fanned !!!!!”

Ziggy Hudson on Aug 14, 2011 at 15:39:40

“Ummm no....thats why we have a "Conservation Department"”

dvdsn61 on Aug 14, 2011 at 15:10:48

“Therefore, we never need an exterminator, right?”

Rich Ramsell on Aug 14, 2011 at 14:57:10

“In a perfect world sweetie that may be true---but then what experience do you have---or do you just assume peta knows everthing”
David Axelrod: This Is A 'Tea Party Downgrade'

David Axelrod: This Is A 'Tea Party Downgrade'

Commented Aug 7, 2011 at 17:36:13 in Politics

“Um, you might want to read up on the separation of powers that is built into our government. As it turns out, the U.S. president is not actually a dictator and doesn't just get to decide everything.”

lhr1967 on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:40:09

“Why are you telling me this ? Someone needs to tell that to Obama . When he can't get a law passed to favor his agenda , he just has one of his appointed lackeys do it for . Like the head of the EPA ,or HUD . This list is just to long , open your eyes .”
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