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Re: “In The Flesh: WTF AF with The Exbats, Jade Helm and Dani Boi at Club Congress

Speaking of the exbats, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1998141222/the-exbats-second-album-i-got-the-hots-for-charlie Last week!!

Posted by Firsttimecaller on 07/23/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

Reply to So Broken, "And this is exactly why, year after year we go nowhere."

In 1870, Dr. Semmelweiss became the first scientist to not only discover the germ causation of disease but to solve it by having his doctors immerse their hands and arms in a chlorine solution before delivering babies. Instantly, his hospital's baby death rate dropped from 10% to 3%.

Instead of achieving fame, he was mocked and ridiculed by the medical profession and literally driven to insanity, losing his job and dying a horrible death in an asylum.

The medical profession was culturally trapped. Empirical data and logic can't overcome culture, culture is just too strong - it is the body of iron rules that determine our values, beliefs and guide our behavior. Our brains are hard wired to follow to these rules, even though we don't know where they came from.

In this year's AzMerit test, the academic gains from 3rd grade to 8th grade were 25 points per year in math.

But, what if you redesigned the classroom, this 2000 year old artifact from the middle ages? What if you plunged your hands and arms in chlorine? What could you achieve?

My research suggests 100 to 200 points per year as a typical possible outcome for children in poverty and minority children. This would reverse the ethnic achievement gap in one year.

We know what not to do. Education culture assembled its best and brightest rolling out Race to the Top. Result: math scores went down for the first time ever, reading scores, previously on an upward trend, did not improve.

Will we allow education culture to spend another 100 years torturing teachers and the education system with "reform?"

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 07/23/2017 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Danehy

Kiss my ass.

Posted by CW13 on 07/23/2017 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Dr. Word Says: Trump Tries His Hand at Poetry

There is a man is the White House...someone that we all know...who has the you know what of a Mouse. As often as he tried....as often as he cried...this poor little thing would NOT Grow.

Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/23/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

Francis,

I will bow out with the Simple Observation that your Initial Call for a National Curriculum Required for Our National Security is, on the face of it, a Far Cry from simply supporting the Common Core. If, you are simply arguing in favor of states aligning learning objectives without Federal overight and intervention or bribery, that is good enough for me. No harm, no foul.

The Common Core was a fine idea but nothing new, poorly designed and implemented. It was prone to attracting the worst of the worst, those hucksters including publishers, test developers and "school reformers" who would profit from the buckets of cash associated with the effort. Without further infusions of cash, the movement will continue to spiral out of existence and become another footnote in the history of US public education. Our National Security will not be effected.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/23/2017 at 7:14 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

And this is exactly why, year after year we go nowhere. Too many so called experts can agree on nothing. And you guys mock Congress?

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Posted by Public Ed Is So Broken on 07/23/2017 at 5:43 AM

Re: “Danehy

If you're not into the Trump bashing columns, than don't read them.

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Posted by The Grim Reaper on 07/23/2017 at 12:11 AM

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