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Re: “A Few Thoughts On the Mexican American Studies Trial

Historically, one of the roles of public schools was to socialize and acculturate students into the dominant political culture. It was expected that children would be taught patriotism. This is why, for example, the Supreme Court has long upheld the constitutionality of requiring public school teachers to swear loyalty oaths to the U.S. constitution - teachers were the first representatives of our collective civic culture to school children. Teachers were expected to be pro-American propagandists. This was right and normal.

This role was particularly important for the assimilation of first and second generation immigrant children. If you want an anecdotal treatment of that, read Victor Davis Hanson's "Mexifornia" - it's a quick read, can be done in an afternoon - where he relates his observations about how public schools in 1950s California intentionally and systematically broke down students' Mexican identity and replaced it with an American one. The result was a much better assimilated Mexican population than we have today.

As critical theory has spread like a poisonous fungus throughout the Academy, and especially though the teaching colleges (recall that weather underground bomber Bill Ayers is an education professor today), this role of education has been rejected. Children are not taught to be American. America, after all, is evil. It is built on slavery, genocide, patriarchal misogyny, anti-Semitism, LBGTQXYZ phobia and, I suppose, kicking puppies. No one should identify as an American. (Or alternatively, anyone who wants to come here becomes an American by placing their feet on our soil). Rather, one should adopt some other tribal identity - black, trans, feminist, La Raza Cosmica, etc. Read Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed - it's all there.

That is destructive. It creates social strife. It is a disservice to the student and society in general. The State should be entitled to stop it. In a serious society concerned with its own survival, this would not even be a question. But of course, ours has long since ceased being a serious society.

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Posted by Nathan K on 07/26/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Killing Ground

The reviews for this movie on Rotten Tomatoes really seem to be of the variety that it's basically a horrible movie that portrays violence with no purpose other than to shock. No thanks...

Posted by JCC on 07/26/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Ok let's make MORE amendments ha ha

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 07/26/2017 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Danehy

Kiss my ass.

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Posted by CW69 on 07/26/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

HumanBean,,

You do realize that the Constitution is a living document and can be changed, and by the way, I'll just assume you forgot the "s" on thanks and you do not suck at Writing and English.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Danehy

2 already. One day you stooges will learn to ignore me!!

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 1:25 PM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

If you look at a continuous cohort of students, meaning looking at all the kids who were in Arizona schools at the end of 3rd grade and still in our schools at the end of 8th grade, the BASIS cohort gains 20% more annually than the statewide average. Put in terms of SAT points, that's about 3 extra SAT points per year. However, when you look at those same students when they attend other schools, their gains are only slightly less - about 2.5 SAT points per year.

You keep beating up on them because their sky high test scores make them the poster boys and girls for school choice. That's what education culture values, falsely associating these high test scores with the school that collects them and ignoring those schools that actually create them. The measure of academic gains, in scale score points, is where we should be looking to find uniquely valuable schools.

There are over 50 schools with higher academic gains than the average of BASIS system.

Many of them are producing those gains year after year. Sooner or later, they will begin to propagate the way BASIS has propagated. Then, the game will be on.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/26/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Danehy

Thanks. The more I'm disliked by the left the more I love it.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Danehy

They dislike you, not the 10 times more fun your generation had.

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Posted by The Grim Reaper on 07/26/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Hahahaha Have either of you even read the constitution? You do realize that Senators serve 6 year terms... Either you suck at civics or you suck at math, neither 4 nor 8 year term limits would work. Both of you made me smile today, thank!

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/26/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Homeless Program Working

@SonoranWinds,

That was my point but I guess I did not make it clear enough :-) It would be great if these orgs and businesses gave more than tax deductible donations and actually pony'd up to provided job training AND jobs. Maybe they are and it was missed in this coverage.

Posted by HumanBean on 07/26/2017 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Danehy

What's to dislike? You clowns are just pissed that my generation had 10 times more fun than yours ever did.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/26/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

A CLOSET DEMOCRAP.

HA HA! I'm such a clever REPUBLISHIT.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/26/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Grandma Suzy,

Four years -- no more, no less.

If you cannot get it done in four years, you probably cannot get it done.

In addition, no "entitlements" after service. I had to put more than 20 years in the Army to retire with benefits that are far less than these people get for one term now.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

M. McCain is prime example to have mandatory 8 year term limits for all elected personnel.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 07/26/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

Another fascinating story by David Safier. Sure, there are other viewpoints (the comments above), but David's tells something which has been ignored by much of the press. Good to hear both sides of the story by commenters and by David, but where else do you get a report like David's? Much appreciated.

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Posted by Nancy Fahringer on 07/26/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

David, your premise that Basis makes a living catering to advantaged students twists a fundamental part of the American Dream. You can start in America with nothing and through hard work give a better life to your children and they do better than you. That is the basis of Basis. When you look at the students at Basis in OV many if not most are from second generation Asian or Indian families. They want their kids to have opportunities so they put their kids in the best school possible. Perhaps we should encourage good parenting where kids have advantages because of that? That doesn't mean we ignore kids who don't have that advantage, but you shouldn't punish good behavior.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 07/26/2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

I think I have solved the cause of the large ice break off in Antarctica -- the GOP is preparing for its next healthcare plan transmogrification to take care of all those that become uninsured by placing them on the large ice flow where they can sail off into oblivion using a "natural" and cost effective method.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 3:05 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

And BTW, did I miss your post on this...

"Basis school network is planning to open a primary campus on Tucsons south side as part of an initiative to bring its challenging curriculum to underserved areas."
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"An analysis included in Basis proposal to the charter schools board says the population in the area of the new school has about 69 percent of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch an indicator of poverty and nearly 64 percent are Hispanic."

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/basis-planning-new-charter-school-on-tucson-s-south-side/article_a2779b77-140e-5b63-ae86-fa3a818e8dbd.html

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Posted by Cynthia Weiss on 07/25/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

David,

Wasn't BASIS recruited to come to Baton Rouge, not the other way around. As far as the corporate partnership, that is state law, not something that BASIS 'came up with'.

As reported here...

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_e51f2a1e-6cf3-11e7-b4f0-732d4134b101.html

"The 2011 corporate partnership law exempts children of Womans Hospital employees from the at risk requirement. The remaining 50 percent-plus children at the school, however, still have to meet the "at risk" threshold."
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"The draft version of the contract the board looked at Thursday allows the school system to require BASIS to complete a corrective action plan if it falls short in this area, as well as in its enrollment of special education students."

Now you know the rest of the story.

CW

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Posted by Cynthia Weiss on 07/25/2017 at 10:53 PM

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