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Re: “Assistance League's Volunteers are looking out for the Tucson Community

I have nothing but respect for the Assistance League of Tucson, but the grammatically incorrect quote from Helen Van Auken (a retired principal and teacher) is probably an example of why Tucsonans have so little respect for TUSD.

Posted by MMP on 02/20/2018 at 9:38 AM

Re: “A Night of Radio Classics

this is a required field?????

Posted by joycetxnsmith on 02/20/2018 at 1:44 AM

Re: “A Night of Radio Classics

i urge the online weekly cover page to include the date of the issue shown, near the top, with the YEAR.

Posted by joycetxnsmith on 02/20/2018 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Troubled Tram

Better service will just increase use which will cause additional degradation. If you can't leave it alone just close it. That's the only way we can preserve anything. Take it away from the people.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by William H on 02/19/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Very true CH. But over time the definition of poverty has evolved into something that 20 years ago would have been called middle class. health care expenses have contributed greatly to income erosion, maybe even more so after the Affordable Care Act proved to be even less affordable than the system we had.

Parents being involved really doesn't cost anything and so many refuse to do it.

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Debra Fuller on 02/19/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

"The Burden of Poverty." The phrase is in many ways correct, but is far short of defining the burden to be lifted. If the burden were straw, which straw was it that broke the camel's back?

In discussion with my son, now a professor at an eastern university, he pointed to differences in how, in or close to poverty, my three sons were raised, equating the acquisition of cash and raise in economic status, to how each was educated. All have different and useful adult lives, but getting there was not easy, and HOW their public education system schooling was accepted was directly proportional to family time invested in learning and the attitudes toward teaching at home.

I do not mean home education -- but how we viewed, aided and added to the teaching presented in public schools while at home. For my PhD son before school age, he daily was read to and was basically reading a-systematically when he got to school. Time was well spent at home with my wife not working. We had little furniture, ate regularly and made bills, but little else.

By the time my second son arrived wifey had a part-time job and only read to the boys on occasion, but second son's brilliance let him pick up and surpass reading expectations well beyond even gifted program expectations. By the time third son arrived my spouse and I were working full time and reading to the kids at home stopped, as did follow-up to public education at home in uncoordinated off hours. Third son was not reading up to snuff until 8th grade.

Their later life careers are, to me at least, evidence of the burden of poverty being lack of time and skill in how family adults MUST add to the picture of how a complete education is obtained. This is not a call for a one parent working home -- but a realization that means need to be met in aiding HOW adults in family settings can support and augment what is going on in pubic schools in addition to increasing their economic standing.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by C. H. Mara on 02/19/2018 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Gates dropped out of college and became wealthy because free enterprise allows for the freedom to create. That doesn't lessen educations value. And to say that the Walton's, Devos, and Koch clans have an agenda is true; they want kids to get and education and rise from poverty. You skin color doesn't determine weather you will be poor or rich, but the family structure and culture does. We can pour more money into education, but until we reach into the soul we won't be effective. It is a moral crisis where the absence of faith and fathers are filled with drugs, gangs, violence and poverty.

7 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Doug Martin on 02/19/2018 at 6:34 AM

Re: “Mysteries in the Mountains

A mention was made of 'Lost' which was the coolest television I have ever seen. But Lost may have been inspired by true events. You see there are documented islands that have been discovered by Explorers and Ship's Captains that disappeared when follow up visits were made by either the same or another Explorer of Captain. And then some of these have mysteriously reappeared again later, with no explanation. These mysteries are mentioned in a paranormal book I have from the early 1970's called 'Beyond the Strange' by Eric Norman. It is full of weird tales and adventures. Eric Norman also wrote 'This Hollow Earth' and 'The Under People', a second book about the Hollow Earth topic. They are all great books and you will be very lucky to find them, if at all. Not sure if I believe in the Hollow Earth theory, but I won't say it couldn't be true, either. Another mystery that has been reported in some of these paranormal topic books by Frank Edwards (or was it Eric Norman..) is the famed 'City in the Sky' seen by people in some remote part of Alaska. Could that be the legendary Shambala? Or an optic illusion. It was noted long before modern technology could have created it. Then there is Frank Edwards stunning UFO book. "Flying Saucers, Serious Business". It is the single best UFO I have ever read, it will amaze you. I have seen more than one spectacular sighting myself, including the weirdest lights at close range. I read every single book John Keel wrote and they are all amazing also. Get every book I listed, it will boggle your mind. Then read Dr Brain Weiss's books as well as Robert Monroe. You will not regret any of these classics.

Posted by Michael Bellinger on 02/19/2018 at 3:42 AM

Re: “Who Wants to Be a Teacher?

I just spoke to a principal of a Tucson elementary school. She asked me to come back to Arizona and teach in Tucson because, "Tucson has a shortage of teachers." I left Arizona after a mass lay-off of teachers coming up on their 20 years, in 2011. When I asked how much my salary would be, I was told $33,000. When I asked her how would I live on this, she said, "You can't."

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Posted by Anny on 02/18/2018 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Steve Jobs revolutionized six different industries by thinking "outside of the box." Bill Gates showed that he is incapable of getting out of the box until it's on fire by ridiculing Jobs ideas on a number of occasions and ridiculing the whole idea of the internet.

Gates is doing the same thing in education. The verdict is in on Common Core. Common Core was fully implemented by 2011 and from 2011 to 2015, U.S. combined math and reading scores fell for the first time ever- ever. Yet, Gates sticks to the notion that having classrooms teach to one point on the academic spectrum is healthy despite a ton of research showing much higher gains for differentiated classrooms.

This "in the box" thinking permeates everything about the Gates Foundation and its projects. Think about it, research shows that children at the tenth percentile read only 2 minutes a day and at the 90th percentile, only 20 minutes a day at 5th grade.

How hard would it be to create a school where every child reads at least 40 minutes a day? Pretty hard, but Gates isn't even trying. No other variable is more correlated with outcomes than reading. $26 billion and he isn't even trying.

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by on 02/18/2018 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Goodbye Flycatcher, Hello Seven-Story Apartment Building on Fourth Avenue

Seems city "management" is just gullible as hell. They keep falling for all this dirty trickery of corporate raiding. Our city council, the mayor and mostly the city manager seem to be living in la la land. So far all I have heard is lots of talk but very little action from our city "leaders?". City planning in Tucson is an oxymoron.

Posted by Andreas Hohl on 02/18/2018 at 12:46 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

For better or for worse, billions of dollars can have less power and influence than teachers' unions and local laws which protect incompetent teachers.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Palisades on 02/18/2018 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Hey! What Happened To the Arizona Monitor Website?

That's the nature of "news" sites these days. From to Fox News, none of them practice straight up journalism. They are all mouthpieces for a segment of the political spectrum.

Actually, it has always been this way, never acknowledged. Just the liberals have been represented in the media. Now, we have some conservative sites.

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Posted by on 02/18/2018 at 5:25 AM

Re: “Troubled Tram

i am SO happy to read this. the current tram service is atrocious - - it is loud, inconvenient, tourguides are terrible, and for the owner to say he can't figure out credit card machine operation?? it's called Square. What a jerk. This is a long time coming !!!! Can't wait for better things for Sabino Canyon!

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jill1 on 02/17/2018 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

I'm glad that developers are building within and around downtown Tucson including the so called 'historic' district. I'm also glad that the inhabitants around this area are leaving. The more the better.

I'd keep this so called Historic District as is but the problem is that most of the houses and buildings are NOT well maintained. This place deserves the name "Skid Row District".

The owners of these "historic" buildings/houses that want to preserve the 'personality' of these districts are scared that their main source of income, UA students, would flock to these brand new modern mid-rise buildings.

Would you rather live in a run down house or in a nice brand new high rise building?

Californians and Memphis investors, please invest in poor Tucson, AZ.

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Posted by Kelly A on 02/17/2018 at 6:29 PM

Re: “The Skinny

What's that brown stuff all over McSally's face?

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Posted by moonchild on 02/17/2018 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Unpacking a Great Hearts Charter School's Hair Braiding Story

When I was in junior high in 1970 ("middle school," for those much younger than I am), letting girls wear pants to school was against the dress code. (No, really.) During the winter, a couple of girls wore jeans to school because they lived 50 miles from the school (in the area north of Phoenix, a sprawling school district that, in those days, started at Phoenix's northern border). The area where they lived was higher in elevation than our northern Phoenix school, and during the short winter days, they both boarded the bus and returned home on the bus when it was dark. In short, it was COLD. Nevertheless, they were sent home. This happened on a Monday.

The next day, a few of these girls' friends wore pants to school as well, and they were sent home as well. On Wednesday and Thursday, as more girls and their parents learned of the story, more and more girls wore pants, and they were sent home.

On Friday, nearly 150 girls - almost all of the female population of the school - were lined up to go to see the principal because they were wearing pants. Part way through all the principal's office visits, the district superintendent called and said he was rescinding the "no pants" rule.

This is a little advice to any kids going to school in modern times, and who see individuals being unfairly singled out due to fashion choices that do not disrupt the classroom in any way. Non-violent civil disobedience WORKS.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 02/17/2018 at 1:47 PM

Re: “The Education of Bill Gates

Common Core education is pure socialism at work. The State imposes "standards" that treat all students equal and ignore and discard parental rights. Here are 9 more reasons why Common Core is bad for children.

Keep America free. Fight Common Core's socialist encroachment.

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Posted by John Ritchie on 02/17/2018 at 1:44 PM

Re: “The Real Story Behind Lisa Frank

Glamour Dolls make up recently released a line of make up brushes and make up with Lisa Frank.

Posted by elsbethjheyhey on 02/17/2018 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Growing Pains

I thought infill is meant to fill in empty parcels around Tucson; when was the intention changed to mean tear up our neighborhoods to line the pockets of out of town developers. I live on 5th Ave., 1/2 block from The District. It is not a lovely addition to our historic neighborhood: with its arrival, many long-time inhabitants sold their homes and moved away and every time that starts happening, it is the beginning of the end. This building will add nothing but unwanted crowding, noise and congestion to the area. The funky little six-block stretch of 4th Avenue is a destination spot for eating, drinking, people watching and shopping and the small business owners are invested in the personality as it has developed. If this comes to pass, and I truly hope it does not, it will be nothing but a big bite out of the flavor of Tucson.

14 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Jeanne Fearson on 02/17/2018 at 1:07 PM

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