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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Hey, Denise Allen:

Your whole post is one diatribe of ignorance and profound disrespect. You're a phony and a hypocrite.You're also full of shit.

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Posted by Liberal, Progressive and Proud on 04/12/2017 at 3:10 PM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

It's never against the law (state, federal, international) to provide humanitarian aide.

You'll be missed Kathy.

34 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Steve Jennings on 04/12/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

What if we have just moved to AZ? Would our children qualify, even though they never attended AZ public schools?

Another way of looking at it is that with the education money spent differently it will improve the economy based on spendable income for all that were paying tuition. This will bring increased sales tax revenues and higher wages.

It isn't all negative. Wisconsin was really surprised what it did for their public schools. It allowed them to get rid of the undesirable teachers, reduced class sizes and improved test results.

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Posted by New To AZ on 04/12/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

RIP Kathryn, your work lives on despite the ignorance of some. Thank you.

39 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by kduryee on 04/12/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: The Nervous System

Nice pic!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Safier on 04/12/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Streets of This Town: The Nervous System

Donde esta?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by SonoranWinds on 04/12/2017 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: The Nervous System

Good one Brian

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Posted by Carl Hanni on 04/12/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Sad, sad news. I met Kathryn Ferguson for the first time at the Tucson Herpetological Society booth at the Tucson Festival of Books last month. She autographed a copy of The Haunting of the Mexican Border for me. This is a major loss for everyone who loves La Frontera.

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Posted by Ricardo Small on 04/12/2017 at 5:35 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: The Nervous System

That would make a wonderful mural.

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Posted by Don Berry on 04/12/2017 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: The Nervous System

That pic is amazing!

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Posted by fishfry on 04/11/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “RIP, Author and Activist Kathryn Ferguson

Wow Mr. Again, you've proved to Kathryn who the boss is. You really know how to show love and respect to people who have recently passed away. The members of your church would be so proud of your Christian actions. I wish that I was a more respectful and religious man such as you are.

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Posted by Mr. Again rocks. on 04/11/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Win Yourself Some Tickets to Friday's UA Basketball Game

Watching a live basketball tournament will bring good entertainment and excitement for us. It will definitely boost our skills for learning basketball techniques and as a basketball fan, I would like to learn some effective basketball techniques from these kinds of live basketball tournaments. Thanks for such a wonderful information and we hope to get some tickets for live basketball tournaments.

Posted by jeffhenriques on 04/11/2017 at 5:56 AM

Re: “Dunbar Was Just The First of Many for this Local Author

I enjoyed Aloma's book. Im so glad she took time to tell some of the Dunbar story, my story, in part, having grown up a Hail Mary Pass distance from the campus, a beloved learning place for me. Be the best was our motto and Ive sure tried to be the best me I could be in my 78 years of life. It was a school where if you had something to offer you were free to do so and I did. And Im still showing off: acting, writing, playing a ton of sports, creating exciting schools for children, a social activist at my core Hail to Dunbar Junior High!

Posted by Ernie McCray on 04/08/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “BASIS Makes a Rare Response to Criticism: Part 2

In the midst of the non-stop propaganda war between two irresponsible political factions here in Arizona, we don't have enough people who take the time and trouble to ask questions and make observations that are based on sound knowledge of what's going on in the schools and that are motivated by a firm commitment to defending the best interests of the STUDENTS BEING "EDUCATED" IN THESE SCHOOLS, not the best interests of politicians and whatever agenda they may be trying to pitch to the electorate. It is NOT the case that the under-funding of public district schools is the only problem we need to solve to ensure better education delivery, as one faction would have it. The entire Arizona "system," which could more aptly be termed a "free for all" -- an insufficiently regulated, uncoordinated MESS of public district, private, and charter institutions -- suffers from a toxic lack of responsible oversight and a pervasive ignorance about what good educational methods are. Commentators like Safier just make the problems worse by circulating their shoddy, tendentious, politically motivated analyses of what's going on and proposing false solutions to very real problems.

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Posted by The AZ education "system" is a shoddy mess. on 04/08/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “BASIS Makes a Rare Response to Criticism: Part 2

It's Safier and his followers who need to get a grip on the facts. The holes in the credibility of his arguments are large enough to drive a truck through and there's no principled core to any of it -- not valid advocacy for progressive education methods; not consistent, credible promotion of desegregation and / or social justice; not defense of transparency and proper protocols in the management of public schools -- just specious arguments to back up what certain politicians want done with education funding and governance.


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Posted by Some are gullible; that doesn't make his arguments valid. on 04/07/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “BASIS Makes a Rare Response to Criticism: Part 2

This is an argument that is ridiculously easy to resolve. Just look at their enrollement figures before criticizing Mr. Safire! Get a grip on the facts.

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Posted by Shirley Willis on 04/07/2017 at 6:55 PM

Re: “The Weekly List: 12 Things To Do In The Next 10 Days

"Inspired by Arizona's SB1070 legislation (which many feel opens the door to racial profiling),"

Chelo, Chelo, Chelo! Don't let bigots coerce you into qualifying their racism as just someone's opinion. It's easy to slip back into old journalism, but the times need the new standard, even during innocuous discourse.

Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 04/07/2017 at 5:50 PM

Re: “BASIS Makes a Rare Response to Criticism: Part 2

BASIS is a reactionary educational experiment that promotes conformity and convergent thinking. BASIS has weaponized education to produce drones with no real world skills.

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Posted by Carlos Encinas on 04/07/2017 at 7:17 AM

Re: “'Vouchers on Steroids' ESAs Used Mainly By Affluent Parents

It appears that Three Sonorans has taken the re-post of the Porter article down. Fortunately, it's still available on The Intercept's website:

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Posted by The link is still accessible through The Intercept. on 04/06/2017 at 5:12 PM

Re: “BASIS Makes a Rare Response to Criticism: Part 2

David -

Your analysis is shallow and based in supposition. Ever tried interviewing people at the ground level who can help you understand what the figures you pull off the Internet ACTUALLY mean, as opposed to what you WANT them to mean to make the politicized, ideological points you want to make?

Take, for example, your assumption that the 35% who elect not to go on past 8th grade at Basis are weaker students who are self-selecting out because they can't handle Basis's "strong," "AP-infused," "liberal arts" (?!) (more accurately, "corporate produced, superficial, AP cram-style") curriculum. If you interviewed some Basis Middle School parents and University High School (UHS) parents, you would find that among those 35% who choose not to go on at Basis are VERY strong students whose GPA and cognitive aptitude tests qualified them for admission to UHS and among the 65% who DO go on at Basis are weaker students whose GPA and cognitive aptitude tests did NOT qualify them for admission to UHS: the very opposite of what you assume and assert. Who are the students selecting UHS rather than Basis? Not weaker students, but parents who have enough background in education or who have done enough astute observation of their children's academic progress to recognize that math "teachers" who have not taken the trouble to get teaching certification may be able to DO math, but they are often not successful at TEACHING math. The supposedly "great" education offered in Basis middle school math classes often requires expensive extracurricular tutoring support to explain concepts that are not sufficiently explained in the classroom, and students entering UHS from Basis middle school sometimes elect to drop back a year or two in math to get sound instruction from certified math teachers. Other factors in choosing UHS have been wanting a program with more curricular flexibility than Basis offers or stronger offerings in the Fine Arts.

That's the REAL story, David, that a rigid, cram-style corporate-designed curriculum taught by uncertified "teachers" is not real education. This is a point that needs to be made clearly and repeatedly, if students' best interests are to be defended. And it especially needs to be made in a context where TUSD has recently chosen to undermine some of UHS's traditional strengths in curricular flexibility to try to compete with Basis in the bullshit US News & World Report rankings and to win itself awards from the College Board.

It's unfortunate that people like you who actually have a background in education and could, if you wanted to, produce some decent reporting that sheds some real light on what is and is not sound education and what does and does not serve students' best interests choose to play these childish, light-weight political-ideological games. But then REAL reporting probably doesn't keep you on the A list with the political network you love to promote, which includes Adelita Grijalva, who was President of the TUSD Board at the time that a number of ill-advised changes were made to UHS's curriculum.

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Posted by Try real reporting some time... on 04/06/2017 at 3:56 PM

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