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SA April 23, 2014 at 11:40 am
Whatever happened to just “ding dong ditch” … or even just playing outside? MyRead More dad bought me the 1st Nintendo but every day we were still skating or surfing and rarely playing video games. Freaking losers …
Tony Royer April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
We all know Brian Slurpie posted this !!
nitagregory April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Wheew... just when i thought.I had major issues
2517 County Line Rd NW, Acworth, GA 30101. Credit: Zillow.com
Cindy April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
Really out dated for the price. Love the property, but it would cost at least 1/2 the asking priceRead More to update the house.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Observor April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
One of the primary reasons blacks lag in admission to elite colleges without affirmative action isRead More that a disproportionate number of them come out of horror show urban school systems where they are trapped by an unholy alliance of the teacher unions and the Democrat party. The DTC keeps the unions working regardless of incompetence and in return the unions bankroll the DTC with their members' dues money. Affirmative action is just a way to paper over that "inconvenient truth."
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
Let me say something as a graduate of the University of Michigan, who had the tougher road toRead More admission as a non-resident. The problem with affirmative action is how to quantify it. Michigan can have its pick of students from the elite private and public schools in and around Detroit, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Schools in Detroit certainly don't offer the educational opportunities that a school like Detroit Country day, or public high schools elite suburbs like Winnetka, Illinois or Bethesda, Maryland do. But, is a kid from a very rural area in the U.P. any more prepared for U of M than a kid from Detroit? By the same token, a kid from a farm outside of Muskegon represents the same kind of diversity to a kid from Westchester County, New York as someone from Detroit.
Kent Frederick April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
Observor, It may have been Walt Williams who said that the problem with affirmative action is thatRead More it can set up a kid to fail. Schools that serve large groups of minorities often do not prepare a kid for an elite school, whehter it's a private school like Harvard or Duke, or an elite public school like Michigan or Cal-Berkeley. He suggested that a student, regardless of race or color, should always select a school that is suited to his qualifications. Someone from an inner-city school in California would be better off going to a university in the California State University system, rather than a school in the University of California system. The idea is that he can succeed in college and move on to a successful career. If a person ill-prepared for Berkeley or UCLA attends either of those schools, he has a greater likelihood of flunking out and giving up on higher education. My father attended a 1-room school house until the 6th grade. He then attended a rural junior high and high school. He wound up going to a land-grant university 11 years after graduating from high school, courtesy of the GI Bill. Because of his going to a school that, while good in the field of agriculture, was an average university overall, he was able to move into management eventually transferred to Chicago. So, I attended a very good suburban high school that prepared me for the University of Michigan. If he had gone to a school for which he wasn't prepared, he could very well have dropped out, which would have meant no management opportunity or transfer to Chicago. I know a lot of very successful people who went to small, liberal arts colleges or public universities that aren't of the same caliber as Michigan, UCLA, or the University of Illinois. Yes, going to a school like Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Northwestern, or Stanford can lead to great opportunities. But, going to a non-elite college or university doesn't close the doors on those opportunities.
A lawsuit filed April 22, 2014, challenges the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. File photo
jMichael April 23, 2014 at 11:05 am
Chris P: 1: please cite the "Old Testament" passage that explicitly defines marriage asRead More exclusively man+woman. 2: please cite a minimum of three passages in the 'new testament' that do the same. 3: please tell us why Scripture has any bearing wharsoever on the rights of a U.S. Citizen. 4: please cite the passage in the U.S. comstitution which explicitely outlaws sin. 5: Finally, please defnd your implicit suggestion that appeals to the courts are a) absent of robust debate, and b) an inappropriate mechanism for advancing the rights to which U.S. Citizens believe they are entitled. ... ... ... We eagerly await your responses to these challenges.
Jane Ayres April 23, 2014 at 11:58 am
You say we read the Bible to hear God's Word. Is that the only way to know God's Word? I believeRead More God is still speaking. Are you listening?
jMichael April 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
Jane. A beautiful comment. Thank you.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 23, 2014 at 11:44 am
"In fact, that brings me back to the 3rd grade Parcc exam that used a 5th grade level X readingRead More passage and 5th grade standards for the questions." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: If everything is so confidential, where did you get the information? It's not uncommon for standardized tests to have material from higher grade levels--it's handy for identifying high achievers that are capable of answering such questions.
Steven Lee April 23, 2014 at 11:51 am
To the person that commented early-on about CC standards were developed by the Governors.... theRead More Ntl. Governors Assn is a lobbying group of unelected and unaccountable appointees. 50 governors did not sit down at a conference and hammer out any standards. These are the people that wrote the standards (count how many classroom/special ed teachers, parents and legislators were involved): The members of the mathematics Work Group are: ◾Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, America's Choice ◾Susan K. Eddins, Educational Consultant, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Retired) ◾Kaye Forgione, Senior Associate and Team Leader for Mathematics, Achieve ◾John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve ◾Marci Ladd, Mathematics Consultant, The College Board & Senior Manager and Mathematics Content Lead, Academic Benchmarks ◾William McCallum, University Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, The University of Arizona &Mathematics Consultant, Achieve ◾Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Ken Mullen, Senior Program Development Associate—Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Robin O'Callaghan, Senior Director, Mathematics, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Andrew Schwartz, Assessment Manager, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve ◾Douglas Sovde, Senior Associate, Mathematics, Achieve ◾Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Jason Zimba, Faculty Member, Physics, Mathematics, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College and Cofounder, Student Achievement Partners Members of the English-language Arts Work Group are: ◾Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾David Coleman, Founder, Student Achievement Partners ◾Sally Hampton, Senior Fellow for Literacy, America's Choice ◾Joel Harris, Director, English Language Arts Curriculum and Standards, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Beth Hart, Senior Assessment Specialist, Research and Development, The College Board ◾John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve ◾Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve ◾Nina Metzner, Senior Test Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sandy Murphy, Professor Emeritus, University of California – Davis ◾Jim Patterson, Senior Program Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc. ◾Sue Pimentel, Co-Founder, StandardsWork; English Language Arts Consultant, Achieve ◾Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board ◾Martha Vockley, Principal and Founder, VockleyLang, LLC
Jennifer April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Michael Cohen has been Director of Education Policy at the National Governors Association (1985-90)Read More and Director of Planning and Policy Development at the National Association of State Boards of Education (1983-1985). During the Clinton Administration he served as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Special Assistant to President Clinton for Education Policy, and Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Thus, Michael Cohen went from a career in the U.S. Department of Education to leading Achieve, the national-standards group that wrote the CCSS, to then working for the national standards’ testing arm, PARCC, as its project manager, thus writing the tests for those standards which his group had written, that now will be federally directed and overseen* by the Department he long worked for. (*See Cooperative Agreement with SBAC for requirement statements about coordinating and reporting to the federal government and sharing project status and research data collected on students from that test “across consortia”.) Evidence that Common Core is federally operated What's so bad about Common Core? How Common Core's Lack of Transparency Affects Utah Teachers and Kids Posted April 6, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized « What is WestEd and why should you care? 12 responses to “What is Achieve, Inc., and why should you care?” Achieve is also an affiliate of Pearson. While doing my own research I found a brochure for Achieve’s American Diploma Project and noted that if you had any questions you were supposed to contact “ADP@support.pearson.com” and the copyright notice reads: “Copyright 2008 Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliates. All rights reserved.” So when they say Achieve helped write the Common Core standards for which Pearson conveniently sells books, tests, teacher prep and data collection services, it’s just a thin cover for a glaring conflict of interest. Reply Alyson March 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm Pingback: Wyoming Against the Common Core Pingback: What is Achieve, Inc., and Why You Should Care | Idahoans For Local Education You guys rock. So many people don’t realize the grip corporations like Achieve and Pearson have on our education system; how much money they’re wasting and how much damage they are causing. I am trying to make people aware of this through my documentary (I’m a former teacher with 28 years’ experience. Can you help me get the word out about this? http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hear-our-teachers–2 Thank you for speaking out! None of the above is mine (jeenifer) It is from "What is Achieve, Inc, and Why Should You care? As you can see from the list provided above, the people involved in writing the CCSS are not professors of education, child development experts, teachers, or other teaching professionals. Employees of ACT, or Achieve, Inc. I don't remember too many "facts" that you presented that werent very general comments from the Common Core website, which is not a reference I accept, or your own opinion that local schools have control over curricula. And you still have not said why you dont see any conflict of interest here. That is what I don't understand. WHY does it not bother you that they are in effect testing themselves, and they will decide when and how to declare they have succeeded, wince therewill be no measures in place that pre-date the common core?
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Michael Brennick April 22, 2014 at 06:46 pm
Where are the stories about the rates charged by the Cable cartels-???---Especially Leftist,Read More Democratic Comcast, the premier robber barons, who fill the campaign tills of the Dumocrats.
Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
NeNe Leakes of Atlanta on "Dancing With The Stars" with pro partner Tony Dovolani. Credit: Leakes' Facebook page
David D April 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm
yawn
David Brown April 22, 2014 at 07:57 am
I'm with you David D. I never watch the show.
Atlanta Rocks April 22, 2014 at 11:48 am
NENE IS NOT FROM THE CASCADE AREA!!!! Nor is she from SW Atlanta or even Atlanta for that matter!!!!Read More Why all the Nene Leakes news?? At least give us Kandi Burruss news, she went to school in the area and lives off Cascade. Is it just our Patch site or have they all gone downhill?
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nonoise April 22, 2014 at 03:10 pm
They want government to raise our children, not parents.
Tom Hollman April 22, 2014 at 04:41 pm
THIS COUNTRY TOOK A $HIT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT TOOK AWAY THE KICK IN THE A$$ AT HOME AND AT SCHOOLRead More THEY PUT THE KIDS ON DRUGS. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ?YEARS AGO THERE WERE NO ALPABETIZED SINDROMES THIS IS HOW HEAD SHRINKERS PUSH DRUGS FOR DRUG COMPANEYS
Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Joseph Rucker McFall, 31, of Austell, pleaded guilty on April 17 to five counts of aggravated battery against the child. Courtesy Cobb County jail
Laura April 22, 2014 at 11:41 am
Annon ymous, I hope you have a wonderful day!!😃😃😃😃😄😀😃😀😃😀😃😄😃😀😃😄😃😊😀😃
Cindy April 22, 2014 at 12:23 pm
I have to agree with annon ymous. How can anyone harm a child and when its your own and you do thatRead More type of harm to your own child. Jail - 20 years that's a joke - that's play time for someone like that!
Deb April 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm
I call a spade a spade Laura. That's the problem. People are so afraid of "judgement".Read More Let's not hurt anyone's "feelings". Believe me. This had been going on probably most of the child's life and I'm sure someone was aware of it but they didn't want to "judge" so they did nothing. And yes, I'm darn near perfect compared to this piece of manure.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm
Dorie, stowing away on a plane is a crime. And no, the boy himself did not pose a threat. But theRead More fact that he (anyone) can get that close to a plane poses a threat. I have to take off my flippin' shoes and get patted down, but apparently you can just walk up and plant a bomb in the wheel well.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
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The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:58 am
This Thread Is Worthless Without Pictures.
lablover April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
This Dee idiot needs to get a life. The psycho babble is getting old. What a loser !
Doug Strickland Is An Asshat April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.