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Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 17:31:24 in Miami

“Eric, obviously you are a kind and loving individual. What are you saying? You sound crazy!”
Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 17:29:12 in Miami

“Somehow your words don't ring authentic. Pardon my comment by I know lots of ex military men and women and the majority of them and I mean a big majority think they should be able to carry their weapon and protect themselves. Especially in their homes. The reason for that is simple. They have gone to war and they have seen what ordinary men, women and even children are capable of doing under the right circumstances. Once you experience that kind of inhumane situation there is no way you can be so benevolent.”
Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 17:22:22 in Miami

“I think the poster brings up a very valid point actually. If I had millions or if I had a cushy government job that affords me 24/7 security I would of course seek higher moral grounds too! Most of us don't have those cushy jobs so we have to think and fend for ourselves. And yes, we have to protect our love ones from people who don't feel we have the right to own that nice car or wear that rich looking watch and would like to obtain it the old fashion way (steal).”
Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 17:02:10 in Miami

“I think the implications of repealing the SYG law says exactly that!”

Christian Howell on Apr 13, 2012 at 17:14:35

“The law was passed o sell more guns. if people felt they were justified they would buy more guns and CARRY THEM AROUND. I don't want the Wild Wild West, I want a place where no one dies from gun violence unless they are committing a deadly or reckless crime and it's a LAW ENFORCEMENT official.”

ATLiberal on Apr 13, 2012 at 17:07:48

“No, it doesn't You have the right to self-defense as is.”
Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Should 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Be Repealed? Join The Debate With Michael Bloomberg, Ken Blackwell

Commented Apr 13, 2012 at 16:52:19 in Miami

“It's not about the law, it's about the law process and the people doing the processing. I neither want my son to be shot and killed by some gun happy mall cop simply because he was misbehaving at the mall nor do I want some muscle headed, recently released from prison younger man to break into my home or car and have his way with my family. That's just as scary as the other. We really need to think this through carefully because if you think it's unfair now just wait until the tables are turned and you are completely unable to defend yourself in your own home. And worst of all the thug is aware of that loop hole!

Ponder that last sentence for bit.”

ATLiberal on Apr 13, 2012 at 16:57:11

“Except nobody is saying you don't have the right to defend yourself. Nobody. I haven't seen any poster advocate that.”
Sarasota Gators Youth Football Coaches, Player Attack Referee (VIDEO)

Sarasota Gators Youth Football Coaches, Player Attack Referee (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 2, 2011 at 21:39:31 in Sports

“It will eventually get to that, just look at the tea party.”

shifterkartdrvr on Sep 2, 2011 at 21:56:21

“You know nothing about the Tea Party.”
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Cost Of Tax Cuts For America's Rich Exceeds Value Of Budget Cuts

Commented Apr 18, 2011 at 11:09:56 in Business

“Why would anybody give away 91% of their earnings? You say 50-91% of their earnings went to taxes and simply because they can, that's insane. Why would anybody strive to make a lot of money then? It sounds like the beginning of socialism and communism to me.”
Human Language Arose From Africa: Study

Human Language Arose From Africa: Study

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 10:06:03 in World

“Now you're making fun of my heritage, bone through the nose and all. Every year some scientist comes up with his idea of what happened some millions of years ago and makes it the new truth.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 09:41:41 in Education

“You keep telling yourself that. I have a friend like you. Just because you hear yourself say things you believe them to be true. I take it that you are not a parent.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 16, 2011 at 09:37:55 in Education

“JoRoSlo, I agree with you completely on that last comment. I have seen with my own two eyes exactly that which you describe. I happen to be one opt those involved parents. I know because teachers tell me, they also tell me horror stories depicting other parents and their demeanor. But again have to ad that I've met with teachers that could care less. I have two children and one of them is an AAA student the other is average. The triple A students is going to succeed no matter what he does because he loves to learn and it shows. In respect teachers or at least dedicated teachers. I have always visited that one teacher from my past every year until she passed away a few years ago. She was and will always be my biggest influence. The one I compare others to.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 23:05:50 in Education

“Those are the comments of a biased person. Surely you don't believe that? I personally know of real crappy parents and just as many crappy teachers and counselors and administrators and and and, well you get my point.”

eddudley on Apr 16, 2011 at 09:37:55

“JoRoSlo, I agree with you completely on that last comment. I have seen with my own two eyes exactly that which you describe. I happen to be one opt those involved parents. I know because teachers tell me, they also tell me horror stories depicting other parents and their demeanor. But again have to ad that I've met with teachers that could care less. I have two children and one of them is an AAA student the other is average. The triple A students is going to succeed no matter what he does because he loves to learn and it shows. In respect teachers or at least dedicated teachers. I have always visited that one teacher from my past every year until she passed away a few years ago. She was and will always be my biggest influence. The one I compare others to.”

JoRoSlo on Apr 15, 2011 at 23:31:24

“Ed, my apologies, your initial question was of reciprocity, blaming the teachers and schools as they would easily blame the parents. I agree with you, it certainly does seem that they are beyond reproach. Parents are indeed a big part of the problem, i.e., lack of teaching proper values, but there has to be a place and time for questioning the teachers and administration as well.”

JoRoSlo on Apr 15, 2011 at 23:24:53

“Sorry Ed, but the lack of respect to others and themselves, the lack of applying themselves or caring about the class they are in, the "I'll do what I want" attitude, all of these are things that are taught, or not taught, at home. It's not the teachers' job to teach children to be polite, be quiet, and be respectful of others. Those are values founded in the home.

Teaching becomes much more effective when the parents have disciplined their children and taught them how to behave in a public setting. Behavior issues are not for the English teacher to teach, or the Math teacher, or the Literature teacher, but for the parents to teach their children. When the children behave in an unacceptable, disrespectful, and distracting manner, it clearly reflects their upbringing.

As well, it is also very clear when a parent takes an interest in the child's classes and studies by being involved. When the parent isn't involved, the child picks up on that and believes that "if it isn't important to mom and dad, then it isn't important to me." Children learn by example, so parental involvement is setting the best example to insure educational success.

No bias involved, just an involved parent and a college instructor who cares.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 22:54:35 in Education

“I have also taught at inner city schools but as a volunteer helping low income children with reading and art and I have to tell you it wasn't easy. Imagine being fooled by a child and on a weekly basis being swindled. And as a side note I remember that the principle was shared by two schools. I thought that was unfair and eventually took my child out of public school and into private.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 22:46:50 in Education

“I agree. Ive seen that myself. But my question is still the same. Why is it that we the parents have to endure the blame for our kids behavior and teachers can't be blamed for the lack of learning. You can't always say it's the parents fault.”

JoRoSlo on Apr 15, 2011 at 22:51:14

“"You can't always say it's the parents fault"

More often than not - yes you can!!”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 22:37:20 in Education

“Hi David, thanks for being the first "sane" response in months. Usually it's name calling and words I can't even understand. Anyways, my wife is and has been an avid book reader and a newspaper collector for years. I often would say to her on Sunday's, " it's either me or the Sunday paper on the bed" because my nose would get stuffy and my eyes watery and itchy. I love books and magazines and I work in the fashion industry so everything is printed.

Thanks again for behaving like a decent person.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 22:23:12 in Education

“Can you provide proof of that comment? I'd like to read it myself. I don't believe that just because you belong to a union makes you a better teacher.

Thanks”

eceresa on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:03:44

“Look up state school quality and state teachers' union presence. There are a few outliers, but generally the union states are at the top and the non-union ones at the bottom.

Look up the relative performance of charter schools and traditional public schools. Publics are a hodgepodge of unionization, but almost no charters are unionized. And publics generally do a better job than charters.

The only study I've come across that tried to gauge the impact of unions on schools found that they had a positive effect. Can't recall the authors or the journal, but their research suggested that it wasn't that being in a union automatically made one a better teacher. They found that union presence contributed to a more supportive work environment, and one in which educators had more influence in how the school was run. That allowed all the teachers to be more effective.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 22:21:22 in Education

“My child classes are no bigger than 15 or 16 and teachers at this school make an average of $40 thousand dollars a year. I say that's pretty good money for this economy. Oh and they still complain about not making enough money and classes are too large.”

liltrix on Apr 16, 2011 at 00:44:07

“Unless you live in a rich rural district, I don't buy what you're telling me. $40,000 a year where I live is considered barely above poverty rate.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 21:54:36 in Education

“I have to ask, how is reading from a paper book any better than a digital book? I myself can't see the issues you outline here. Everything you can do with a book I can do with a reader. I personally am allergic to newspaper ink and paper, not all forms though and have been reading electronic news for decades now.”

sd4david on Apr 15, 2011 at 22:17:29

“You are a special case with your allergies. There are certain experiences with reading a physical book that are missing with a e-reader, like flipping through the pages. I personally don't have a problem with e-readers. It certainly beats students carrying 50 pounds of books to school. One mice thing about a book......if you lose or damage it, it's not as big a financial loss as losing an e-reader.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 21:49:08 in Education

“Amen! I agree.”
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Why Should Anyone Respect Teachers?

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 21:47:00 in Education

“No one likes ridicule and criticism even if it's positive criticism. But we the parents have been blamed for years if our children behave badly in school but God forbid we question teachers why our students are doing so poorly compared to children in other countries and we get all kinds of attacks and name calling. If my child behaves bad in school I would get a phone call, if my child receives a bad grade in school and I question the teacher I'm then told " I " need to help her more with her homework or find out why she's not doing her best. What gives? Is there no reciprocity?”

LiberalBuzz on Apr 15, 2011 at 23:45:36

“Yes it is you parents who are more at fault than anyone else.”

lodger16x on Apr 15, 2011 at 22:26:25

“Do 5 days as a substitue teacher.  You the parents have, what, 1,2,3,8, kids?
A typical middle school or high school teacher might have 150 different students a day.
I don't like the way this education debate has turned into parents vs. teachers.  That's exactly what the right-wing extremists want.
I have taught in inner city Memphis and Houston, in KY and TN, in all white, all black, and all Hispanic classes and schools. I got along fine with  the kids and parents. 
My problem was administration, meaning principals. Principals with a degree in PE tell English teachers what to do.
  Principals with a degree in English tell science teachers what to do. Etc.”

aepalma on Apr 15, 2011 at 22:15:50

“Personally, as a lifelong student, I do see the parents at fault more often than the teachers. I have had classes with the most inspiring, helpful, passionate teachers I've ever met, and yet there are always the students who sit in the back of the classroom and pass notes to each other. Your parenting has a direct influence on the way your children think about school. You're asking why our students do worse than those in other countries, and a lot of it has to do with our society's lack of respect for education. This is something not taught in the classroom, but at home.”
Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 21:32:25 in Politics

“Can you point me to that information I must of missed that. That's incredible and unethical. Since when do cafeteria workers get to ask for any records?”
Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 20:39:50 in Politics

“I don't know. I assume she did. I was merely pointing out the absurdity of this matter and making a funny.”

AnneTally on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:43:00

“Sorry, my bad.”
Human Language Arose From Africa: Study

Human Language Arose From Africa: Study

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 20:27:38 in World

“As someone from English background, you wish!”

socialtalker on Apr 16, 2011 at 03:40:29

“say what? why would you make such a bo.nehead statements.”

yellowdoggie on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:35:04

“I know that for several years the British pretty much thought they owned the world, but even you have to admit that the first humans were not English. Come on, now.”
Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Arizona Birther Bill Is Unconstitutional, Legal Scholars Say

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 20:24:53 in Politics

“So does this mean that the next time I enroll my kid in school and they ask me for her birth certificate I can say no? You think they'll go for it?”

headly67 on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:44:10

“What school asks for a birth certificate?”

rbndc on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:41:47

“What Arizona is doing is more akin to: you enrolled your kid in school using the birth certificate you got from the state. Next year, although you've already proved your kid's eligibility for school and the school needs nothing more, the school cafeteria lady demands your provide a different document with information that isn't on the birth certificate you showed the school, else your kid can't enter the cafeteria.”

JenniBW on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:33:15

“I didn't need a birth certificate when my daughter enrolled in school.”

AnneTally on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:32:16

“So are you saying that Obama's mother didn't have to produce his birth certificate when she enrolled him in school?”

esseff44 on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:30:47

“No.”
David Prosser Projected Winner, JoAnne Kloppenburg Defeated In Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

David Prosser Projected Winner, JoAnne Kloppenburg Defeated In Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 20:22:13 in Politics

“At least now union members can afford to pay for their health care with the savings they get from not paying their dues.”

Ginger23 on Apr 15, 2011 at 20:23:51

“I love fleecing the taxpayer.”
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