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Re: “Chris Bannon: 'We Are Coming For You!'

Yes, I would like to know more about this award, who is presenting it, who provides it, and where it's being presented so we can get the news out there.

34 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Debra Curry on 11/14/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “McSally Silent on Roy Moore Accusations

Weak. She is just trying to stay in office, she has yet to stand up for anything. I bet she has 10 consultants who vet everything she says. Stand up, do something, get controversial. Earn you keep.

57 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Gandalf the white on 11/14/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “McSally Silent on Roy Moore Accusations

Martha has repeatedly shown that she is not the same person that she was in the military.

She's flying high above any responsibility to her constituents on the ground and her moral compass is FUBAR.

She's got missile-lock on the money and if some of us are collateral damage -- oh well.

56 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 11/14/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “McSally Silent on Roy Moore Accusations

She said she wanted to be "a leader" on ridding the military of sexual assault, but then opposed reforms. There were House hearings yesterday on sexual assault in the Capitol - apparently that wasn't a priority for her either? We were promised a "woman warrior" - boy has she not lived up to the hype.

61 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Teresa Zimmerman 1 on 11/14/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “McSally Silent on Roy Moore Accusations

Interesting to always note how she promotes "women" when it makes her look good, but her votes and positions don't back it up. We have a whole website dedicated to this.

61 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by azlover on 11/14/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Chris Bannon: 'We Are Coming For You!'

Who is giving this award?

36 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by gcb1 on 11/14/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

Bill Gates has put many hundreds of millions of dollars into education improvement schemes, with minimal success."

Wrong, absolutely, verifiably wrong.

In 2015, combined math and reading NAEP scores, under the overwhelming influence of "Race to the Top", a Bill Gates brainchild, went down for the first time ever.

your quote should read:

"Bill Gates has put many hundreds of millions of dollars into education improvement schemes, with negative results for almost the entire country and especially for minorities."

And, he still has not backed off from the policies that caused the downturn.

We also know the effect of computerization of schools. We have thousands of one to one schools, schools with a computer for every child. The effect is zero. The onus is on Gates to prove that his new approach is something that really works.

Gates should take a lesson from Plato's Socrates - "I know one thing, I know nothing."

Gate's work defining problems is brilliant but he appears brain-dead at making the correct conclusions about his data and implementing solutions. For example, his hundreds of millions of dollars he spent analyzing classrooms came up with amazing data showing that even the very best teachers have a huge variance in the quality of their classroom performance. Even they stink in a large percentage of their classroom hours.

We are a society that knows a lot about reducing variance in performance. The logical outcome of Gate's data would be a school district in which you very carefully pull random samples of classroom quality by wiring or wifi ing every classroom to a central point and providing teachers a positive feedback loop on quality.

Tucson Unified with their 40,000 or so hours of weekly teaching could be very accurately measured with a random sample of 300 hours. That's the beauty of statistics.

Right now, we rely on physical observation in the classroom to provide feedback on quality, voila- the dog and pony show that seldom reveal the problems needed to be worked on and solved.

Deming's rule number one for quality- get rid of inspection and go to random sampling.

And, you create a central support team whose job it is to support the hell out of those teachers to ensure that they are as prepared as possible every single hour.

We know what the consequences of such a system would be, a school district that improves 1 to 7 percent a year, depending on how effectively and positively you tied the system into performance pay.

Ten years from now, you would have a school district where over 90% of the interactions with students would be positive and teacher engagement would be over 90% and time on task would be over 90%. These are imminently achievable goals, not pie in the sky at all.

But, it can't be achieved overnight, people don't change quickly. But, with the right feedback loops, teachers will change and feel really good about being one of the very best if not the best.

You would have massive cultural resistance to this change unless you required the schools to volunteer. Then, very quickly teachers would be saying, why do they get to do it and not us?

Terrence Scott, a researcher in Kentucky, has done brilliant work showing that the typical classroom teacher operates in the failure zone with both low levels of teacher engagement and toxic levels of negativity in that relationship. David Garcia did similar studies showing incredibly low levels of time on task in Chicago Public schools for his post-graduate work in Chicago.

But, in traditional public education, nothing ever changes and you can be sure, Tucson Unified will lose another 500+ students this year.

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Posted by on 11/14/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

The intention of the ALT platform seems to be supporting students in becoming self actualized and critically informed through a thoughtful approach of personalized education and real world learning experiences that are enhanced by student driven data - not sure where the hidden agenda of breaking up teacher unions, exploiting information for consumerism and designing zombie robots is coming from...better resize that aluminum hat and do a little more research.

The sale of the platform is a "no brainer" - last time a checked our government was not handing out bushels of cash to revolutionize the education system. You can only subvert a dominant paradigm by offering an articulate and compelling vision of the future and steps to reach that reality. I will digress momentarily to create an analogy even those that are ill-informed can understand. The average salary for a pro football player is 1.9 million annually. This monetary abundance has lead to helmet technology that has revolutionized the game and enhanced the player experience. I am not contending that throwing gobs of money at a problem is the ultimate fix nor did I ever imagine using shmootball to emphasize a point related to education. However, the monetary discrepancy and cultural priorities must be addressed. The average salary for a starting educator is 35 k with five preps, one plan and no bathroom break. Do you see my point? If education evolution means raising venture capital, selling tech that elevates the student experience and testing out new ideas and opportunities then so be it. We may just end up with something that becomes a "game changer" No one is making you subscribe to this model this is simply one of the attempts being made that is more public.

The fascinating thing about these on-line conversations and articles is that no one stops to examine the steps being made to elevate the student experience...remember it is ultimately about them not the underpaid teachers, the crippling bureaucracy or the wealthy technocrats, its about kids! Everyone wants to throw rocks, yell and scream because that gets attention. This is the least common denominator with regard to intellectual banter that signals arrested development from around age 12. (Seems like I might have a little)

It may be valuable to consider that we are all searching for the solution to an outdated industrialized model of education. Each attempt, initiative and lesson plan that gets us closer to this is a success. Rather than throwing rocks you may find it valuable to investigate the multiple agencies and organizations that are trying to support better education and see what can be lifted, hacked, reimplemented and employed.

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Posted by john dewey on 11/14/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

Sorry Betts, but we trusted the so called education experts and the radical teachers union with our kids education, and we have all been ripped off.

And quite honestly, for your vultures to take advantage of future consumers, they must have productive employment with spendable income. Something Tucson government and public education struggles to produce.

I will take my kids and my chances elsewhere.

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 11/14/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

Mhmm ... thats right! Careful how you do these things folks. There are thousands of FB police taking reports of inappropriate behavior in live feeds. Which is handy for ferreting out the perverts that troll the live feeds on the #metoo march. Its kind of brilliant on the one hand and creepy on the other. Limit your time on the computer. Go outside and play too!! Experience humans up front and personal... touch the actual world first hand. #robotsinthemaking

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Posted by Karen McLane on 11/14/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Trusting Entrepreneurs to Improve Education: A Cautionary Tale

Please, to the usual chorus of commenters on David's posts who often chime in about how much TUSD would be improved by such a strategy because of how awful (they think) it is, put your child where your mouth is. Whether intended or unintended (I tend to think the former: I don't care what political party the tech giants belong to) this is just the latest idea to break teachers' unions, privatize our schools and turn our kids into one giant pool of future consumers for the vultures to take advantage of. Such use of our public school kids should be called what it is: information age child abuse.

30 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 11/14/2017 at 8:11 AM

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