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Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: Normalizing 'White Nationalism' Down to 'Nationalism'

Yawn. David, your constant attempt to stir up tempests in tea pots is, at this point, very boring.

He's a blow-hard David. Haven't you ever known any? Lots of smoke and very little fire. He's already backed off of "lock Hillary up" and climate change denying -- both moves entirely expected by those who read him correctly. Further: he will not be turning the USA into a fascist, racist state. His administration will be a typical plutocratic oligarchy, and pretty soon the middle class / working class will realize that no great increase in prosperity or security will be delivered to them through his hands, because increasing wages and entitlements to those who work for a living does not benefit the plutocrats, the class to which he belongs.

Then, there may be an opportunity for constructive change -- IF, four years from now, we find that the sadly neo-liberal, Wall Street accomodating Democratic party has finally taken the latest "WAKE UP" call delivered to them in the form of Trump, and we get a decent candidate from them -- like Elizabeth Warren, for example.

The real story in this country, as in others, can be told through economics -- the economy is the BASE on which all else is built, and until we solve the problems with the base, none of the problems with the SUPERSTRUCTURES built on this base, important as they may be in their own right, can be solved.

Happy Thanksgiving. I imagine you will be giving thanks for the opportunity Trump has provided for you to continue ignoring real issues and indulging in self-indulgent paranoid fantasies, true 21st Century mainline neo-liberal American "Democrat" that you are.

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Posted by The focus doesn't belong on Trump's blow-hard rhetoric. on 11/23/2016 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

Bullying arises naturally out of the classical classroom. All human beings have a drive for status. In perfectly tuned organizations, that drive is satisfied by intense cooperation and teamwork. That perfect tuning is achieved by rules and rewards which both create positive interdependence and focus the organization on creating value.

In the classical classroom, students are largely negatively interdependent. You achieve status by climbing over the person above you and beating down the person below you. When this behavior becomes overt and verbal, we call it teasing. When it becomes blatant and physical, we call it bullying.

This is a game that the poor and minorities can't win and don't want to play. They are simply canon fodder. They withdraw. By the fifth grade, the typical student from poverty is reading two minutes per day and doing math two minutes per day. Do the math, less than 5% efficiency.

But, this is the only way we know as a society. We call this thing school. It demotivates students, causes mental illness and creates criminals.

For the last year and a half, I have been running 4th and 6th grade math classrooms where students are 100% poverty and 100% minority. My classroom design simultaneously creates positive interdependence and motivates them.

So far this year, I have been able to average 41 minutes of math per student per day. At the 99th percentile nationwide, students are doing 75 math problems per day. My students are averaging 127 math problems per day.

My students have fun. They really enjoy the class.

The average academic gain per student on the AzMerit math test from 4th to 8th grade is 25 points per year. Last year, averaging 10 minutes of math per day, I was able to gain 35 points about 40% higher than the statewide average. This year, averaging 41 minutes per day, I am hoping (estimating) to gain 60 points and have my students up to statewide averages and another 60 points next year which will not only close but reverse the ethnic achievement gap. Only time will tell.

As a nation, we are caught in a cultural trap. We keep intensifying the toxic aspects of education through "reform", which by its nature is most hurtful in 4th through 8th grades. In 2015, the productivity of our nations schools (4th to 8th grade) dropped another 4.7% now down 14.6% since the year 2000. The ethnic achievement gap (NAEP) expanded from 2.8 academic years at 4th grade to 3.4 years at 8th grade. This expansion of this gap was significantly higher in 2015, not lower.

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Posted by on 11/23/2016 at 8:35 AM

Re: “What Will We Tell the School Children?

How about "crime doesn't pay?"

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Posted by CW13 on 11/23/2016 at 8:28 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

Glad to see you've seen the light.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/22/2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

No What Again I don't see how that's racist. Maybe you can explain it to me. It's funny how you're crying foul now and playing the victimost when you have no problem dropping a deuce on Hispanics on other articles. It's gonna be OK. He won. We're gonna be great!

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Posted by stalecloud on 11/22/2016 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

There is where daily physical activity is so vitally important especially in grades K-5. Emphasizing fair play and good sportsmanship. In my PE classes if there is any sign of bullying or trash talking, we stop immediately and the students go back to class!

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Posted by Steve J Gall on 11/22/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

Drain the Swamp in the Public Education bureaucracy and get rid of all those leftists 'organizations'.

Nowhere is mentioned the statistics of the reports of increased harassments. Does this include harassments against Trump supporters or only against cupcakes and snowflakes. How many, where, what, when?

Facts, facts, any facts at all?

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Posted by What, Again on 11/22/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

All you have to do is outlaw those "Make America Great Again" hats. That seems to be what is causing all the problems. It's just like yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

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Posted by Free Speech on 11/22/2016 at 4:46 PM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

Let's all take some time and step back from all the politics of the last couple of weeks, and enjoy Thanksgiving. I have attached a little something for your viewing and listening pleasure.

We all have so much to be thankful for.

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Posted by Starving Artist on 11/22/2016 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

Nothing surprises me in a sanctuary city. We don't enforce laws. It is a form of bullying itself.

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Posted by Concerned Mom on 11/22/2016 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Update! Vince Neil to play Donald Trump's Induction. Of Course He is. True Bros in Arms.

Quack, Quack, Quack.

At the Duck House in Fort Lauderdale.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 11/22/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Education Groups Call for 'A Physically and Emotionally Safe Learning Environment'

Did you watch the last Call to the Audience at a TUSD Board meeting, David?

There was a lot of commentary on bullying in TUSD schools. When you look at the causes of bullying in this particular district -- bullying which has been going on for a longer period than just since the November 8 election -- what you find is that there's a lot more to say about how a climate that encourages bullying gets created than this blog piece you have written might lead the uninstructed to believe.

Apparently, sometimes bullying can be encouraged or increased by administrative directives that ask school sites to reduce the number of disciplinary actions directed against certain populations. The administrative motive here appears to be to create a false appearance of fewer disciplinary incidents, when the reality is that the number of disciplinary incidents has not decreased -- just the number of incidents reported to the desegregation authority. It has been reported that by manipulating the stats some members of TUSD administration hope to achieve Unitary Status sooner rather than later and to end the desegregation court's role in overseeing the district's affairs.

Then again, sometimes bullying may increase in circumstances where desegregation money has been allocated to train teachers in appropriate disciplinary methods and that money did not get applied to the purpose for which it is intended, so the training teachers should have had is not delivered.

And, fascinatingly, according to one of the speakers in this most recent Call to the Audience who happened to be a newly elected member of the Governing Board, sometimes (according to her theory) bullying can take place among members of the Governing Board, and the bad climate a Governing Board member creates can then spread from there into the district's administration and into the schools. (And FYI, the member of the Governing Board who seemed to have most attracted the attention of this commenter and new Board member was your friend Kristel Foster, David. It appears that this woman thinks Kristel Foster is a bully!)

It will be quite interesting to observe the Board once this new member is seated in her "swing vote" position between two minorities, beginning in January 2017. You might even want to cease and desist your obvious, redundant, and already-irritating-to-readers Trump THREAT commentary temporarily in January to observe and report on some of these TUSD Board meetings, David. Perhaps the actions-in-office of candidates you endorse (Foster, Grijalva) will become more interesting to you and more worthy of your attention when they are members of an embattled minority than they were when these women were members of a three-person majority and running the show?

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Posted by Bullying has many causes; trying looking at some local ones. on 11/22/2016 at 12:20 PM
Posted by CW13 on 11/22/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

It really is pitiful what this Safier chooses to spend time commenting on. There are real threats to the well-being of many of our citizens. What threats Safier? The response was about harassment toward Pence invading a private moment -- there was no issue of race -- simply harassment and bad taste.

That is purposefully invoked by you Safier to create a racial issue when there was none. What are you up to Safier, following the brain-dead left-wing ding-bat/socialist/communist operative manual?

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Posted by Ciro Verdi on 11/22/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

It will be okay Snowflake. Just change your panties and everything will be fine.

This is meant to look stupid. I'm just giving Wrong, Again the shitty advice he gives to others.

Turnabout is fair play.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 11/22/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

stalecloud - you don't think that this guy saying he's going to find a white married woman with children to screw because of what he hears about Trayvon Martin is racist? He didn't say he was going to find any married woman with a child to defile. How about if a white guy said that if hears Black Lives Matter saying bad stuff about Trump he's going to find a black woman with kids to screw, maybe Michelle Obama?

And you don't even see that offensive to women? How about if he was talking about screwing your wife? This is who Safier is defending, sympathizing with.

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Posted by What, Again on 11/22/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

If this group of actors wanted to express their fear and anxiety one would have thought they would vote. Did nobody explain the rules to them?

They are acting like that birther group after the 2008 election. It's a little late and disingenuous folks.

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Posted by Mary T on 11/22/2016 at 9:21 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

Trump and Pence, and apparently their fans, need to grow some thicker skin. Besides, if this was Hillary or Obama being mildly insulted it would be a barrel of laughs for you. It's always the ones who love dishing it out but can't take any in return.

And What, Again: how was that Tweet racist? Unless you consider interracial sex to be racist. It's barely even relevant to this story.

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Posted by stalecloud on 11/22/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

riorican. Apparently you're new around here. You should read some of the things I've been called because people didn't like my comments.

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Posted by CW13 on 11/22/2016 at 8:23 AM

Re: “T.H.R.E.A.T. Watch: 'I Threatened and Insulted You, So You Owe Me an Apology.'

Wrong, Again:

Settle down Snowflake. Your twisted panties and your hate are expanding your head so much that you won't be able to take it out of your ass when you actually have to.

Eh, it really doesn't matter. You never remove your head from there anyways.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 11/22/2016 at 8:17 AM

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