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U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 12:46:34 in Politics

“Where in those stories does it say TEACHERS led the bans?

Teachers don't make policy decisions. Not even close. School boards (local conservative business "leaders") and district administrators do.

your examples are silly and make my argument for me.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:22:45 in Politics

“Ah, the test scores canard...

Imagine you're a math teacher. You teach the grade level (11th in my state) where passing is a requirement for graduation. Now this year's class has consistently failed throughout their schooling. They're behavior issues and so on. Should you be judged based on their scores? Should you be held accountable for the work of your peers who preceded you?

Makes utterly no sense whatsoever - which is why TEACHERS are opposed to test scores being used as an evaluative tool when judging our work.

There are far too many variables that no one seems interested in accounting for. THAT's the issue.”

charles77 on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:02:16

“Ah, the Teachers Union anti test canard...

How do you want schools to grade teachers and student to get rid of low preforming teachers?”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:17:35 in Politics

“I suspect you misunderstood somewhat.

When evaluating writing, we look at some variation of 6 Traits (yes, even at the college level).

Content, Organization, Style/Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, and Conventions.

When evaluating a piece of writing, it is vital to get the content and organization down first. You can't pick on spelling when whole paragraphs are out of place. It gets to overwhelming.

Most of us in education don't have time to get to conventions anymore due to all the other nonsense this privatization movement has thrust upon us.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:10:54 in Politics

“Incorrect.

In fact, most districts are run by school boards - who typically are conservative and well-off members of their communities. They hire like-minded people to administrate and hold their jobs over their heads if they stray.

Teachers, who nationally only LEAN left, have little if any autonomy.

Aren't facts fun?”

Busterman on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:37:33

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:08:04 in Politics

“Demonstrably false.

So called, bad teachers ARE fired.

However, to do so requires a kind of 'due process' not usually found in the private sector. This is the primary function of the union.”

u4riah on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:14:16

“That poster must have failed in school.....”

charles77 on Dec 3, 2013 at 13:14:10

“BS.
teachers unions actually fight using any tests to get rid of bad teachers.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:05:51 in Politics

“Rather than use the term, "poor minorities", why not be accurate?

It should read, 'poor AND minorities'.

Of course there is major overlap, but the majority of US poor are still Caucasian and when you leave them out, they vote against their own interests.”
U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

U.S. Test Scores Remain Stagnant While Other Countries See Rapid Rise

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:04:01 in Politics

“Teacher's Unions ARE teachers. Let's be clear and accurate here.

However, teachers unions at the local, state and federal level have always played from behind, not to lose. In other words, they're constantly getting beat in the PR game by major corporations intent on privatizing education.

Yes, teachers deserve what you say, but we have to lighten the work load and provide better support. We have to help ALL children come to school 'ready to learn'. And we have to bring teachers - ;lots of them - to the table in re-designing a broken system.”
Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 15:52:38 in Sports

“Offended or not, the University was founded by Irish Jesuits.

There is no "somehow" about it. Its in their founding.”
The Voters Of Washington State Don't Want To Know If Their Food Was Genetically Modified

The Voters Of Washington State Don't Want To Know If Their Food Was Genetically Modified

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 15:51:01 in Politics

“I live in Clark CO. Ours was prepaid postage this time.”
The Voters Of Washington State Don't Want To Know If Their Food Was Genetically Modified

The Voters Of Washington State Don't Want To Know If Their Food Was Genetically Modified

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 00:36:39 in Politics

“Something like 20 or 25% turnout in a state that has everyone mailing in their ballot with prepaid postage.

Turnout was this referendum's demise.

I will say that I rarely saw a "yes" ad. They were all misleading "no" ads.

Who was the genius that put this up in an off year?”

rememberingfreedom on Nov 7, 2013 at 01:11:50

“I live in Washington state and our ballot envelopes are not prepaid. We have to put our own stamps on them but there are tamper proof street side boxes (kind of like mailboxes) where we can deposit are ballots if we don't want to mail them.

I got misleading "no" ads in my mail almost everyday. People in our state donated about $550.00 to the "no" which was a teeny tiny amount of the total amount of money donated from outside the state by the food corporations like Monsanto. They most definitely bought the outcome. I doubt that this is the last time we'll try to get the right to know what we're eating.”
Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 14, 2013 at 13:56:38 in Sports

“Fighting Irish is a specific reference - one that Irish Catholics saw/see as a moniker of respect.

"Redskins" has NEVER been seen as a moniker of respect.”

ArtCarnage on Oct 14, 2013 at 17:57:33

“*Some* may see it that way. I know of other who do not, and find it offensive.”

Oregonborn on Oct 14, 2013 at 14:35:00

“I'm Irish and I'm offended that you would somehow connect the term Fighting Irish just with the Catholics, it would seem to me that all Irish are represented by the Fighting Irish name not just one side of the religious division in Ireland.”

greedruinsamerica on Oct 14, 2013 at 14:02:49

“true”
Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Bob Costas Says Redskins Name Is 'An Insult, A Slur' During NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 14, 2013 at 13:53:52 in Sports

“Costas's view on this is hardly "far left".

If this were the 1st or even 10th time political or social commentary has shown up on a football broadcast, you might have a point. But it isn't. Not even close.”
Jon Stewart Grills Kathleen Sebelius On Obamacare Issues, Makes Strong Case For Single-Payer

Jon Stewart Grills Kathleen Sebelius On Obamacare Issues, Makes Strong Case For Single-Payer

Commented Oct 8, 2013 at 13:21:39 in Politics

“A medicare for all type system with a public option, much like the French system would not destroy most insurance companies.”

Andrew Stead on Oct 8, 2013 at 13:43:35

“Neither would a German-style system, where insurance companies are legally prohibited from making a profit.”
Jon Stewart Blasts GOP Over Shutdown: When The Giants Lost, They Didn't Shut Down The NFL

Jon Stewart Blasts GOP Over Shutdown: When The Giants Lost, They Didn't Shut Down The NFL

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 15:34:01 in Comedy

“What happens is that the law will get amended or fixed. Public option, medicare for all, whatever.

Social Security went through very similar progressions.

Meanwhile, we didn't throw it out. We made it work.

ACA will have a similar trajectory.”
Devin Nunes Calls GOP Colleagues 'Lemmings With Suicide Vests' As Shutdown Looms

Devin Nunes Calls GOP Colleagues 'Lemmings With Suicide Vests' As Shutdown Looms

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 14:15:42 in Politics

“Never registered with a party and never will. Neither is doing the people's business.”
Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 00:43:06 in Politics

“Define "frivolous and fraudulent" spending.

I suspect there are as many opinions about what that means as there are elected officials. And, I suspect few are correct.

Take the hyperbole out of the argument, take off the partisan blinders and see this for what it is. Children displaying temper tantrums.

In my day that got you taken out to the proverbial woodshed, didn't matter who you are.

And you're wrong. It wouldn't matter (and hasn't) what Democrats agree to. The script gets changed.

Obamacare is a Republican plan. But they don't want it anymore because a president from their party didn't get it passed.

Childishness.”

Pprgirl on Oct 1, 2013 at 01:14:04

“Sweetie, I don't even vote in your country. But we are certainly laughing at your Detroits, your Chicagos and your fiscal irresponsibility”
Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 00:38:18 in Politics

“Why only liberals?”

Claymatzi on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:42:47

“Sorry, thats who I 'caucus' with.  LolAnyone who wants to help fight this party is good in my book.”
Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 00:32:53 in Politics

“You understand it incorrectly.”

avacat on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:44:44

“No I don't.”
Devin Nunes Calls GOP Colleagues 'Lemmings With Suicide Vests' As Shutdown Looms

Devin Nunes Calls GOP Colleagues 'Lemmings With Suicide Vests' As Shutdown Looms

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 00:27:30 in Politics

““However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” -- George Washington

Take off your partisan blinders.”

njr72 on Oct 1, 2013 at 08:46:02

“After you remove yours.”
Congressmen Still Boozing As Government Shuts Down

Congressmen Still Boozing As Government Shuts Down

Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 00:17:26 in Politics

“Drinking on the job would get any of us fired without hesitation.

But, saying "About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze." amounts to gossip without names.

We need names. Then we need to fire them. Period.”

eFinFedup on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:40:51

“Enough already. This country needs to protect itself from enemies both foreign and domestic. What these GOPTP M-Fers are, essentially, is domestic terrorists. The military [unless it becomes necessary for anyone with balls to do it], needs to round them up and put'em in a nasty little tank somewhere with no privacy and a bucket to do their business in. Just so they have time to consider whether or not they've gone too far. The US doesn't negotiate with terrorists - foreign or domestic. We could keep them there indefinitely. Problem solved. They get what they give. Too Neat? I'm not long on patience:-)”

GaPony on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:29:33

“Congress runs on money and alcohol. It always has.”

sarracen on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:20:53

“Pictures too! This is, after all, the Land of Deny Everything. Including, of course, "It's not our fault"!”

6spokewheels on Oct 1, 2013 at 00:20:03

“And we need to throw st0nes at them, as they exit. (I'm making you earn your minimum wage/no bennie jobs tonight, mods. Sorry...just a little)”
The Totally Unfair And Bitterly Uneven 'Recovery,' In 12 Charts

The Totally Unfair And Bitterly Uneven 'Recovery,' In 12 Charts

Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 15:06:31 in Business

“Need is relative. People need phones in this world these days. Not having access to a cell phone limits what a person can do in terms of improving their situation.   I'm not saying people "need" cell phones.  I am saying that without them, people cannot climb the ladder.”
44 Percent Of Americans Don't Want To Raise Debt Ceiling, Poll Finds

44 Percent Of Americans Don't Want To Raise Debt Ceiling, Poll Finds

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 16:44:29 in Politics

“It is half the discretionary budget.  That's the part of the budget that is not already obligated. ”

engineer 15 on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:25:50

“Google the federal budget pie4 chart and see the costs for yourself ,than maybe you will stop making excuses”
The Totally Unfair And Bitterly Uneven 'Recovery,' In 12 Charts

The Totally Unfair And Bitterly Uneven 'Recovery,' In 12 Charts

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 16:43:10 in Business

“No one is arguing "equivalency".  But people need phones.  Pay phones are largely a thing of the past.   Do people in poverty spend beyond their means?  Sure.  But so do most Americans, let's face it/”

jd jenkins on Sep 17, 2013 at 20:05:08

“This is were we have a disconnect.  People don't "need" a cell phone.  People "want" a cell phone. People "need" a place to live, food to eat, healthcare.”
49ers Fall To Seahawks 29-3: Colin Kaepernick Says 'We're Not Going To Win Games If I Play Like That'

49ers Fall To Seahawks 29-3: Colin Kaepernick Says 'We're Not Going To Win Games If I Play Like That'

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 16:41:13 in Sports

“Wilson is mostly closely comparable to Fran Tarkenton.

Even in his poorer efforts, he keeps them in games. He's about as smart a quarterback we've seen. Wilson is no fluke.”

Paul Demos on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:04:53

“Bet?”

Paul Demos on Sep 17, 2013 at 17:04:40

“My grandfather is comparable to Fran Tarkenton and all those that played 40 years ago.  Wilson is no Johnie Football”
49ers Fall To Seahawks 29-3: Colin Kaepernick Says 'We're Not Going To Win Games If I Play Like That'

49ers Fall To Seahawks 29-3: Colin Kaepernick Says 'We're Not Going To Win Games If I Play Like That'

Commented Sep 17, 2013 at 16:37:01 in Sports

“Seahawks have a long history getting poor calls against them in nationally televised games.

They also have an equally long history of playing desperate once those calls were made - they've never been able to rise above. With this game they did - and with authority.

Seemingly overcoming their road woes a week ago AND overcoming poor refs - this is a team of destiny.”
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