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?”
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
“Your wrong do conservatives ban Chrstmas and the american flag? Do conservatiives ban the freedom of speech?
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
““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
“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)”
“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.”