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Re: “Be a Voter! (Then Vote)

Francis Patrick Saitta, Ph.D.
Candidate for the Pima Community College Board of Governors from the 5th District.

Let us Replace Martha Durkin: Appointed to the Board by the Pima County Democratic Party Establishment via a Questionable Political Selection Process. She will do to PCC what she has helped to do to the City of Tucson as Deputy City Manager: a $25.6 Million Deficit and a Crumbling City Infrastructure.

Community Education (Including the Development of a PCC High School Diploma Program) via Open Enrollment, with a Focus on Student Success and Achievement Supported by a Competent and Dedicated Faculty and Administration, and a Modern Classroom/Laboratory Infrastructure; Campus/Central Administration Evaluation/Reorganization; College Wide Entrance and Assessment Examinations so as to Ensure that Students Have and are Provided with the Academic Skills to Achieve their Career Goals; No Pima County Resident should be Denied Admission because of Financial Reasons.

45 Years of Teaching/Research Experience: from Kindergarten to Graduate Level Courses. Peace Corps Volunteer: Lesotho, Southern Africa: 1979-1981

1992-1996 Johns Hopkins University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immunology and Infectious Disease (HIV/AIDS)
1970-1972 University of Texas at Austin: Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Genetics
1970 Ph.D., Biological Sciences (Genetics), University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI.
1968 M.Sc., Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
1966 B.Sc., Secondary Education/Biology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA.
Pennsylvania: Biology and General Science; Arizona: Biology, General Science, Mathematics, CTE Biomedical Sciences, and Structures English Immersion

Adjunct Instructor; Biology/Math; Pima Community College. Courses: Introductory Biology (Biology 100); Wildlife of North America (Biology 115); Genetics, Biotechnology and Human Affairs (Biology 135), Elementary Algebra (Math 92), and Intermediate Algebra (Math 122)

Posted by Francis Saitta on 10/28/2016 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Endorsements, Part 2

Perhaps next election, you could manage to publish your endorsements sooner? Mail-in ballots were sent 10/12.

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Posted by jjmarks on 10/28/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “NAACP Ratifies Resolution Calling For a Moratorium on New Charter Schools

In response to "Try getting a graduate degree in education"

You misinterpret Hume. Hume doesn't deny cause and effect. Let me assure you that Hume acknowledges that if you light a torch and put it under your finger your flesh will burn.

What Hume is referring to is false associations and education is loaded with them. For example high performing students are so closely associated with Advanced Placement that surely Advance Placement causes at least some of that high performance. But, in the NELS study where they followed thousands of students from 8th grade on into adult life and they could carefully compare high SES students, they found no impact from Advanced Placement with the exception of one Advanced Placement class: Calculus.

In the late 90's, the National Reading Panel spent $10 million analyzing 10,000 studies, the top 10,000 studies selected from prestigious journals, and found that 96% of them weren't worth the paper they were written on. Even the other 4% had significant flaws.

Education culture is a mess precisely for the issues that Hume raises in his famous discourses on cause and effect. This is why the huge longitudinal studies are so important. NELS and the ECLS are guiding lights for education policy because they meet Hume's standards for cause and effect.

Posted by on 10/28/2016 at 3:59 AM

Re: “Staff Pick: Most Chicago-like Piano Bar

A great addition to Tucson's nightlife. I love to go and listen!

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Posted by Garth Tobias on 10/28/2016 at 1:24 AM

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