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Re: “My Response To The Post By The Head Of BASIS Tucson

I asked my son, who is in the first graduating senior class in Basis Phoenix, if he thought Basis engages in some sort of student selection. He is very studious by nature and very successful at Basis. He agreed there is a selection process going on but described it as "self-selection". Basis does not drive poorer performing students away by expelling them but they are expected to get extra (free) tutoring after school if the are having difficulty. This is extra work for the teachers but they get paid more because money that would be spent on "extras" like a school library, nice theaters and the like is instead diverted to them. And if a teacher underperforms, their contract is not renewed. The tutoring is so that "no child is left behind" but if a student is lagging, it means there is no time in their life for anything else but study; this is not some empty political slogan, it is hard work. Some students are not culturally prepared for this level of effort, and the of glitz and social functions elsewhere draw teenagers away to less rigorous schools where academic achievement is one of many things a school provides. Basis is about learning only: to paraphrase Vince Lombardi, at Basis, learning is not everything, it is the *only* thing. So for the dedicated student, there is a big leap forward, and for others, there is a big leap away. You have to wonder about these no-shades-of-gray attacks on Basis. I think they are hiding some other resentment that would not sound well in the ears of students and their parents. Some attacks mention the high levels of Asian students, which smacks of racism; these families, many recent immigrants, know the value of a great education. The rest of us could learn that from them. Have you looked at the other top-rated high schools in the U.S. News report? They do not have high drop-out rates because they are selective up front: schools for the gifted only. You don't have to be an Einstein to do well at Basis but if you are not a genius, you have to devote much of your waking life to study. Too hard? Self-select yourself out of there, it's a free country. Basis is not for everybody, only for those who are dedicated to being highly successful in getting into better colleges, and being successful. I asked my son what he wanted from life and he told me what he did not want: "to live an ordinary life".

Posted by Sketch on 10/25/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Michael Hicks’ Bankruptcy, And Why It Matters For A TUSD Board Member

If a person is irresponsible about money, it does not matter if he deals with http://paydayloansonlineservice.com/, car loans, mortgages or any other kind of financial matters. Being a bankrupt and to advise people to take loans even promising assistance is nonsense. I wonder what other advice he can get.

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Posted by Jull Sanders on 10/25/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Hey, We're Hiring a Staff Writer!

You forgot the top qualification. Numero uno # You have to be a leftist.

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Posted by Harlan Thomas on 10/25/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Danehy

What is really dumb is the GOP are running ads accusing candidates of supporting Pelosi. What gives. She was the best House leader and accomplished a lot, Can't say that about Boehner.
This election will determine who the 2016 president elect will be. Republicans have an agenda to block votes so they will win. Gov Christie told us that last week. The GOP is the most rotten party since 1940s. I hope the voters understand the mission of the Republicans and the TEa Party

Posted by Sam Smith on 10/25/2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Hey, We're Hiring a Staff Writer!

I only have an associate's degree, however I am arguably the best staff writer to ever walk the Earth. I'll take it!

Posted by Best Staff Writer to Ever Walk the Earth on 10/25/2014 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Sneak Peek: Dem Gov Candidate Fred DuVal Visits "Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel"

Maybe we should make it illegal to discriminate against people who disagree! La La La!
Hi well, about the show, not real informed as most info is structurally biased and that makes it difficult for most to even know!
We don't need more Dems or Repubs as he is saying. What we need is less name recognition, blah, blah. We need surrender to common core. Don't think twice it's alright!

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Posted by Michael Hofmann on 10/25/2014 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Sneak Peek: Dem Gov Candidate Fred DuVal Visits "Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel"

Discriminate?! Really! Parents guilty, parents to jail. Quality education, quality economy...What about the African Americans here when so sequestered by all others. Sad.

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Posted by Michael Hofmann on 10/25/2014 at 4:03 AM

Re: “22 Down, 28 to Go

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Posted by Avanoku Temple on 10/25/2014 at 3:40 AM

Re: “Are Marijuana Edibles in Trouble in Colorado?

Like firearms, edible marijuana should be locked up. Children shouldn't have access to it.

Posted by John K Nichols on 10/25/2014 at 1:57 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

"Fellow" journalists? That's a reach. Oh, I guess you mean your book, Besides the Bible. Ground-breaker, that is. So to speak.

Posted by Joni on 10/24/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “There's A Mammal Penis Museum in Iceland, and There's a Documentary About It

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Posted by John Dugan on 10/24/2014 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Just When You Thought Crazyland Was Less Crazy: SB 1062 Part II?

Cathi Herrod and her hateful CAP are a dying breed but they just don't know it yet..She is like a dying cobra who is still able to hiss and spit her venom all over everyone. vote for Fred Duval, he will handle them very effectively.

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Posted by Dea Brasgalla on 10/24/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “This is What Equality Looks Like

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Posted by Karin Sheng on 10/24/2014 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Hey, We're Hiring a Staff Writer!

Sounds like the perfect job for Tim Vanderpool!

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Posted by Bruce on 10/24/2014 at 5:21 PM
Posted by moyla75 on 10/24/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Proof of Evolution

Gay marriage is a perversion of marriage, yet even Christians are succumbing to the pull of the world. See "Vicky Beeching and the Lesbian Gospel" at http://t.co/CpHQtj5sGN.

Posted by Daniel Borchers on 10/24/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “This Week on "Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel"

A whole week with not one conservative issue? That seems odd.

I'll bet Giffords/Kelly moved to banning rifles and hatchets after this last week in the news. What next, religion?

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Posted by Rat T on 10/24/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Danehy

You forgot about APS trying to buy their own personal Corporation Commission. Or Jim Click trying to buy the whole State.

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Posted by Tucson Tommy on 10/24/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Grijalva on EPA Opposition to Rosemont: "This Mine Would Be an Ecological Disaster"

Raul Grijalva. A walking ecological disaster.

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Posted by CW13 on 10/24/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Just When You Thought Crazyland Was Less Crazy: SB 1062 Part II?

If this isn't enough proof that Doug Ducey as Governor would doom the state... make sure everyone you know gets out to vote!

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Posted by Logical Thinker on 10/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

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