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Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

The real story is that the all-AP curricula that successfully game the system to win these awards do not work as valid forms of college preparation, but that's a story David Safier has for four solid years refused to touch, to the detriment of students subjected to these abusive programs and to the detriment of parents who look to education commenters in the media to try to understand which schools will most benefit their students. It's especially sad when EDUCATORS like Safier fail to use their media platforms to disabuse the public about the actual quality of the College Board / AP racket.

I see University High has successfully climbed up a few notches again. They did that in part by adding two inflexible AP requirements to the FRESHMAN curriculum and by adding a pre-freshman year summer boot camp program where they try to give their hapless recruits the "skills" needed to cram for mindless multiple choice tests. Also by requiring seniors to register for a full course load including many AP classes whether or not they needed these classes to meet graduation requirements.

Many in the media and politics seem to be intent on disparaging and undermining the decent private educational programs left and the families using them. The charter- and district-connected political networks haven't found a way to profit from small scale, locally controlled Independent Schools or from schools affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, so economic disincentives must remain in place to discourage constituents from using these kinds of institutions. Meanwhile, in terms of the actual educational value of programs in publicly funded schools, charters and districts are engaging in a race to the bottom to see who can more completely transition to a corporatized, mindless and superficial memorization-and-regurgitation factories first.

Hurray for "democracy." (Corporatocracy?) It's producing great results these days, across the board.

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Posted by David Safier continues to avoid real EDUCATION reporting. on 04/26/2017 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

Rat T. is a female. Keep trying. Maybe one day you'll get something right. But I doubt it.

Posted by CW13 on 04/26/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

Tucson should be damn proud to have these most incredible schools. No one is required to attend, but if you do you get a world class intense education FOR FREE! But people need to complain about something...

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Posted by Luckyone on 04/26/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Editor’s Note

I've learned a lot during the last few years from reading the comment streams on Safier's blog and on selected other pieces in the Weekly. I appreciate those who take the time to explain their reasoning and how they look at things, especially when I disagree with them politically. It helps me understand the diversity of opinions in local politics and what beliefs (and sometimes fears) certain policy preferences are based on.

The commenter above seems to comment frequently and has a very distinct style, but I've never been able to get a clear view of what he or she believes, beyond that the appropriate way to respond to anyone who questions any point of liberal orthodoxy is to use insults and assertions not backed up by any valid arguments or evidence. One trope is, while insulting another commenter, to assert that the commenter being insulted lacks love and / or compassion. The hypocrisy doesn't seem to register.

Interesting. Puts a new, ironic spin in the term "liberal," doesn't it? As does the Weekly's pervasive failure to delete comments that involve insults and name-calling, in direct violation of their own clearly stated "Comments Policy." Kind of like when TUSD reps say the district puts the wellbeing of the kids and teachers first. It doesn't take a whole lot of observation to recognize the betrayals and inconsistencies.

Posted by Hypocrisy should end, too, but, sadly, it won't. on 04/26/2017 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

If you want to prove a point and get the public to start thinking the way you want them to do all you have to do is create the illusion with smoke and mirrors. It's especially easy when you are pulling all the strings and pushing all the buttons to make your thingamabob look more beautiful and so much more intelligent and worthy than the other whatchamacallit. Republicans use this ruse over and over and it seems to work because the public believes everything at face value and never pulls back the curtain to reveal the phony behind it. If you trust anything that a Republican supports then you are already too far gone to redeem. There are only two motivators for Republicans and they are POWER and MONEY. They do not know how to govern, just to rule. They have the compassion of an iguana and as a group they are more cohesive than a band of fire-ants regardless of whether their objectives are right or wrong. The day that I trust ANY Republican is the day they pry my computer from my dead, cold hands.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 04/26/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Raul's picture next to "skinny", now that's irony.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/26/2017 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

This is education culture. Test scores, test scores, test scores.

Yet, for 20 years the academic gains, the productivity, of American schools have gone down.

Education is substantially more complex than the average policy makers believes.

Focusing on test scores doesn't work.

It doesn't even work for BASIS. Less than half their graduates go on to graduate from college.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 04/26/2017 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Good, Available Child Care Benefits Society

Ummm ummmm ummm. Rat T in disguise.

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Posted by Rat T should know that he exposes himself by repeating himself. on 04/26/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Once Again, It's Time to Deconstruct the U.S. News "Best High Schools" Rankings

Winds...My Sweet Lord!

That has to be your best comment ever!

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Posted by SonoranWinds has her moments on 04/26/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Editor’s Note

The commentary above lacks true human love.

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Posted by Unfair discrimination started with the comment right above mine. on 04/26/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Mr. Nice Guy? Seriously?

NO!

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Posted by No More Mr. Nice Guy on 04/26/2017 at 7:27 AM

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