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Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

I agree with McCain, if the two parties would talk to each other, we might get more workable bills.
The only problem is that Obamacare was not passed through "regular order" either.

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Posted by bslap on 09/25/2017 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

And where are teachers least satisfied? Public schools.
What we need is more illegal immigrants and low-wage immigration in general. More people, lower wages, fewer benefits. It's a recipe for great improvement.

6 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 09/25/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

In the last of the 25 annual Metlife surveys, 39% of teachers rated themselves "Very Satisfied" with the teaching profession - meaning that 61% are highly susceptible to a job offer outside of education.

In the most recent large-scale survey of Arizona teachers, the typical teacher estimated that ten of their fellow teachers were going through the motions, not dedicated, not in the zone. You can blame that on money, but the authors found no statistical difference between Arizona and other states, expressing astonishment at that finding.

A different culturally reality is possible. One where classroom test scores and gain in test scores are acknowledged to be the proper measure of academic achievement and associated with success but not the proper feedback for success of the enterprise.

Over the course of 20 years, Chandler has increased its measured relationships by two points a year. The percentage of parents rating it excellent has gone from 38% to 75%. My estimate is that a district can increase by as much as 7 points a year. The Vail district is at 70% but last time I checked, stalled out.

The nation as a whole is at 24%. That is what our current education culture produces and that is what people desperately want to get back to - the old ways.

Optimal systems create intense positive interdependence between all the participants and imbue that interdependence with the purpose of creating value for all the participants.

Our current education system creates intense negative interdependence between students, neutral to negative interdependence between teachers and a complex interdependency between parents and teachers ranging from highly positive to highly negative.

You can design systems to replace that unhealthy mess with completely positive interdependence. However, that would be a different culture and unknowable to people immersed and products of an existing culture.

I am running a classroom where I have created intense positive interdependence between highly at-risk, all minority students with the purpose of practicing math problems. So far this year, my students have performed 262,973 math problems correctly - an average of 9,740 each over the course of 34 class periods.

David, you say that practice is drudgery and I would agree with you absolutely but only under the current classroom design. My students experience joy at knowing they are faster, more fluent, better than they were yesterday. One of my more at-risk students, an English Language Learner, was blunter. She told me that she would only come to school on days where the math program would be operating. She can do 60 problems a minute correctly and she loves it.

Your inspirational lectures are critical but so is practice. That at-risk student can't close the gap without it. Without it, they are behind and getting further behind. My students don't need homework. When you do 600 math problems while at school, you've done as much as practice can do for you.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 09/25/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “A Little Late To the 'Patriotically Correct' Party

There is a power shift happening as we sit here. Even talk show hosts, basketball players, football players are getting into the action. The old power structure (Why hasn't Kaepernick been hired yet?) is beginning to show signs of age. And people are speaking up (Steve Kerr!) . I'm surprised it's happening as fast as it is. What's next?

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Nancy Fahringer on 09/25/2017 at 6:30 AM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

Youtube Jimmy Kimmel for the reasons this bill is awful.

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Posted by Nancy Fahringer on 09/25/2017 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

It is fascinating that public charter schools pay less to teachers and yet teachers are going to them in droves. Perhaps they like the culture and trade that for pay?

8 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Doug Martin on 09/25/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

MrMarkAZ - Everything you are saying is precisely whats wrong with the mindset of today ... the federal govt should give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give give .... and give some more, until the USA fully transforms into a socialist country like Venezuala .... where people are now eating dog food for dinner.

You have no clue what you are talking about. Disengaged parents should not be blamed, eh? So they have children, but they should take absolutely no responsibility for them?

You are a clueless moron.

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Posted by Danehick Sux on 09/24/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

This was my experience when considering switching to elementary education as an alternate career track, and that was back during the Shrub Administration (first term). I can only imagine the environment has worsened since then.

In reply to Commenter #1 (that's a really rude handle, just by the by): Disengaged parents need to be re-engaged, not blamed. If you want better parents, give them the support and resources they need: subsidized health care (physical and mental), subsidized quality child care for parents who work outside the home, more parenting classes, economic opportunities (more jobs, better wages), and more adult education opportunities. Incentives, not punishment, drive performance: that's basic human psychology. Think of it as using the research-proven tactics in business leadership for the public good.

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Posted by MrMarkAZ on 09/24/2017 at 2:24 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

Blow John. You've been in politics for a century and in that time you've only served the great state of Maricopa and yourself. I know for a fact you're treatment isn't taking place at a VA hospital.

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Posted by Sup on 09/24/2017 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

I am waiting for the hate TUSD (including Huppenthal) trolls to arrive, so readily with DS columns, and start ridiculing. Teaching is not an easy job and it continues to get harder on many levels, some which are never seen by the public. Most teachers deserve better because they work hard (some do construction in the summer), they must tolerate disrespect from know-it-alls who know little about the day-to-day pressures, and they work in a state close to number 50 in every area of support for their work. All this happens after they must go though years of preparatory studies, at least for now.

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Posted by Retired without Prejudice on 09/23/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

I am waiting for the hate TUSD (including Huppenthal) trolls to arrive, so readily with DS columns, and start ridiculing. Teaching is not an easy job and it continues to get harder on many levels, some which are never seen by the public. Most teachers deserve better because they work hard (some do construction in the summer), they must tolerate disrespect from know-it-alls who know little about the day-to-day pressures, and they work in a state close to number 50 in every area of support for their work. And all this happens after they must go though years of preparatory studies, at least for now.

25 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Retired without Prejudice on 09/23/2017 at 10:30 AM

Re: “The Real Story Behind Lisa Frank

Have a friend with cognitive disability that loves Lisa Frank's Mother and baby rainbow unicorns. I want to have a rolling backpack made from the image since I cannot find anything like that or even the mother and baby backpack. What to do? What happens if I print an image and have a backpack made. I am not mass producing them....just something to make my young friend happy. Can;t seem to find anyone that knows. Company is defunct, correct??

Posted by Frannie Stone on 09/23/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

It's great to have our entire governmental system hinge on the fleeting whims of an old man with a Propecia addiction and a boner for Putin.

21 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 09/22/2017 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

You talk about society turning against teachers, class sizes, performance testing -- but not the biggest problem in education today ... disengaged parents who demand that teachers do their jobs for them.

Parental responsibility - a necessary force in student education - is largely non existent today.

38 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Danehick Sux on 09/22/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

A hero ain't nothing but a sandwich. And judging by the size of him, Raul the Fool could down a half dozen of them easy.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/22/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Raul Grijalva is a hero! He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. In this case, he sits-in.
He offers up his own comforts for the betterment of others.
He is the most selfless, brave, committed person in politics.

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Posted by jazzzzz on 09/22/2017 at 2:09 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

I didn't know McCain had a conscience.

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Posted by CW13 on 09/22/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

It's great to have our entire governmental system hinge on the fleeting whims of an old man with brain cancer.

10 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Nathan K on 09/22/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

The bill was a disaster. Thank you, Senator McCain.

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Posted by Peabo on 09/22/2017 at 11:53 AM

Re: “McCain: "I Cannot in Good Conscience Vote for Graham-Cassidy"

When Obamacare implodes and many, many, many lose coverage (not just for pre-existing conditions), I want to see who still applauds McCain as a hero. Making health insurance a state-level issue would have better served people as a one-size-fits-all policy fits the population about as well as a garment of the same description. Be very careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

7 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by realist on 09/22/2017 at 11:40 AM

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