“I am an online student and I do not cheat; I figure I would be cheating myself if I did. Yes, the tests are "open book", however all tests contain a number of questions that require original thought. Also, there are stiff penalties for plagiarism and every paper has to be turned in by the student ahead of time to a service that checks for plagiarism.”
“Parents and teachers must work together. From my experience as the PTA president in an affluent public school for 2 years, it was nearly impossible to get more than a small handful of parents to come to the meetings. I would also add that the teachers did not attend the meetings either despite numerous requests to have teacher representation. When parents were asked why they weren't coming to the meetings the standard answer time and time again was that they knew they should be coming but they were too busy or didn't have childcare. When we started offering childcare they still didn't come to the meetings. I believe that parents are quick to jump to conclusions and criticize but are often woefully uninformed because they haven't taken the time to come to school district forums or PTA meetings. I believe that one key reason there wasn't more parent involvement is because we did not have much teacher support at our meetings. As parents and educators, we must ALL be involved if we want to effect change - if we don't we are part of the problem and not part of the solution.”
“I just find it very interesting that the Republican "fiscal conservatives" are going after programs that account for a miniscule part of the budget, proudly declaring their victorious and swift cost cutting measures which account for close to zilch. What's really happening is that they are playing up to their base using religious idealogy as a smoke screen - a shield - to cover up the fact that they are no faster or better at fixing the economy than the other side. Where are all the jobs they promised to create when they took power? Suddenly it's all about preventing womens' reproductive rights and defunding that "liberal" NPR (rather than risking unpopular moves that might jeopardize their ability to gain control of the White House) going after the real money guzzlers: defense spending, social security and medicaid. If they're using the same time frame THEY gave the Obama administration to fix all that is wrong they've already missed the boat on that one.”
tiamarie on Mar 27, 2011 at 05:33:12
“It irritates me no end when ignorant people lump Social Security with defense spending. Social Security and Medicare do NOT impact the budget as they are separate funds paid by workers' payroll deductions, i.e. IT'S PAID FOR! Medicaid is paid by the states and the feds, separate issue. Defense spending is totally dependent on tax revenues but somehow (propaganda perhaps? The Pentagon has an entire budget for propaganda, in the hundreds of millions) hides behind other, already funded programs! Also, the DOD/Pentagon funding is slipped into several other Departments (Homeland Security for one amongst many) so it's difficult to find out exactly how much they are ripping off the American taxpayers for all their big-boy toys and worldwide weeniewaving.
What the House is trying to do, in essence, is cutting off the kids' monthly Snickers bar so dad can pay for his new Harley. Makes no sense whatsoever.”
cb750 on Mar 25, 2011 at 18:23:26
“I agree. They should be going after Welfare, Medicade, Medicare, Social Security. In a very short time those services will consume ALL tax revenue.”
skittle on Mar 25, 2011 at 18:20:19
“Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.9 percent. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing.”
Genosse Joe on Mar 25, 2011 at 18:19:32
“They let Democrats to have an honor of refunding Social Security, Medicare and even Obamacare.
If they refuse to raise the debt limit, as they should, Obama will have no other choices.”
lletaa on Mar 25, 2011 at 18:14:23
“It is very interesting and thanks for pointing this out.”
“"...men subsidize women". By the time women have gotten a little older and wiser they are no longer interested in putting up with men who are not interested in taking care of themselves physically or mentally. Of course, "every once in awhile the opposite is true" but for the most part women subsidize men by taking care of the kids, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, picking up your drycleaning, making sure she is hot enough for you to put on display, etc., etc. Here's the new narrative: real women subsidize real women and get rid of the men that want maids with fringe benefits.”