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Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Yup, in the case of MAS apparently its fine to teach high schoolers that Republicans hate Latinos and fine to fail to pony up the details of exactly what curricular materials were included in a curriculum taught in a publicly funded school, but God forbid people on the other side of the political spectrum should try to slip their politically skewed, tendentious ideas into the high school curriculum.

This Freedom Institute program is exactly the kind of right-wing counter that will be summoned as a response to instances of left-wing curricular bias. And the argument will be you promoted your views in that curriculum, were promoting ours in this one; its a free country, the contest is on: let the best man (or the best funded man?) win.

(In the non-stop partisan ideological warfare this country is engaged in, we seem to have lost track of the idea that the entire spectrum of ideas should be taught responsibly and dispassionately in high school social science courses that present them all and allow students to weigh the pros and cons and think for themselves. And to ensure that this is whats happening not partisan indoctrination of either the left or right variety what the content of the course is and where it is being taught and whose funding supported the development of the curriculum should be 100% transparent to anyone who cares to inquire.)

25 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Lacking consistency, as usual. on 10/13/2017 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Bingo! We've got a winner here.

9 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Town and County Officials Say Supervisor Miller is Misleading the Public on Bond Issue

Oh my gosh! The public has never been misled on a Huckleberry Bond Issue before have they? Or any PC or COT Bond Issue?

10 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

Somebody is OD'ing on fake news. Get a grip...

12 likes, 29 dislikes
Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/13/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “The Skinny

I do want to see McSally move back to wherever she came from, but really, is McSally Lite the best we can do?

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Posted by Cascabel on 10/13/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course

This moral panic from a supporter of MAS is pretty rich.

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Posted by Nathan K on 10/13/2017 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

mmm... If the end result of this course is having more aspiring entrepreneurial doctors and kids that believe that success requires "meeting people's needs and doing so through ethical and mutually beneficial practices." and that "businesses that lack either virtuous purpose or ethical practices won'tand shouldn'tsucceed", it sounds like a good outcome, doesn't?...

19 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Not so bad... on 10/13/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Memorial Service

Am I the only one who thinks the location is inappropriate? This should be built at the shopping center where the shooting took place, not downtown. I am definitely open to reasons why downtown is a better location but it seems like the only reason is because it is public land and the shopping center is private land which would make the process more difficult....

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by HumanBean on 10/13/2017 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Better Late Than Never: 1968 Film Makes World Premiere

I am so glad you rescued that film, Jere! Someone from Vermont Academy sent this article to my father; yesterday when I was visiting my parents he told me about the article and I told him that I remember the summer vividly but the only person whose name I remember was "a guy named 'Jerry' Michaels". You can imagine his surprise! I grew up at Vermont Academy where my father was the headmaster from 1964 to 1977. I was 14 the summer of 1968. Vermont Academy was an all boys prep school at that time with no opportunity for girls. Jere introduced me to modern dance, and told my mother that "your daughter has a big talent." I went on to dance through high school and college, and am dancing still! I can't wait to see the film when it is shown back east! Thank you, Jere!

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Posted by Ellie Anderson on 10/13/2017 at 4:30 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

It's disappointing to see the Weekly assert this campaign's talking points without attribution, as though they were facts.

Khmara writes: "It's important to note that the Strong Start program would focus dollars on schools rated three to five stars through First Things First's Quality First rating system. Child-care programs currently funded through DES that don't rank as high-quality or haven't been assessed for quality wouldn't be eligible."

These are not facts. Prop. 204 actually doesn't say a thing about how quality would be measured or on what criteria providers would be selected. These decisions would be up to a commission, and nobody knows what this commission would decide, or even who would be on it

Khmara also writes: "Preschool would be paid for on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the amount families receive would be determined on a sliding scale, based on income and family size.

Actually, the initiative doesn't say anything about who would be served first, nor does it say anything about family size.

It's important to read the text of these ballot measures. Not all voters do, which is understandable. But reporters should when writing about them. In this story Khmara appears to have invented details of the initiative that don't actually exist, like the one about using First Things First's Quality First rating system. Who knows where she got that. (I'm guessing probably from the campaign, which has repeated this claim elsewhere.) It's not part of the initiative, nor are a number of other details Khmara has unfortunately reported here as facts.

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Posted by Luke Knipe on 10/12/2017 at 11:45 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

The goal may be correct in giving the best to all children, but the methods proposed for funding, and therefore governance, are flawed.

If the money is raised by the city and and council appoints the committee, partisanship will soon raise its local, very ugly head. The local funds for education are raised by school districts, but those do not have the mandate to use sales taxes which are usually reserved for municipal needs like fire, police, roads and similar infrastructure programs including garbabge collection.

Third, there seem to be, in this report of the proposed move, no clear way of regulating the pre-school curriculum, way to reserve funds from mixing church and state, and clear definition of education as opposed to babysitting with crayons present.

IT IS AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME -- BUT the method needs to be fairly developed, tested and open to change that will benefit the children and the testable for result.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by C. H. Mara on 10/12/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Children are part of our community just as adults are. When you support children to have access to high quality preschool, you not only support our next generation of citizens, you also support your current citizens. Children in high quality preschool settings learn to negotiate, collaborate, communicate, and problem solve in the context of a peer to peer relationships. Critical skills that will serve them in kindergarten and beyond. Yes, parents play a crucial role in nurturing these skills as well. That's the beauty of high quality preschools- they happen in partnership with families. For this and many other reasons, I say YES on 204 and sure hope our community follows suit- our community depends on it.

10 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by cheynie27 on 10/12/2017 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Sausage Party

Grill the brats before simmering them in beer. Grilling preserves the flavor.
You're welcome.

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Posted by SonoranWinds on 10/12/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

All the while looking away from the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona ...

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Posted by Robert on 10/12/2017 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Vintage Vinyl

That is a great rare find of the past!
KTKT, not at 1490 MHz but the later 990 MHz I guess?
I used to listen to KTKT for top 40 while my Dad listened to KHOS
Hey, I worked for Walton's KIKX writing comedy for the shows, until the fiasco in 74. (morn DJ "Gary Craig", afternoon DJ "Jefferson Stone")
I mostly listened to KWFM because KIKX was gone. until the shooting incident with Bob Cooke, which was so sad.
Wow What a memory rush!
Thank you for your share.
73's
The real MoJoe KI7LTQ

Posted by Joe Moldovan on 10/12/2017 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Danehy

CW13 finally says something that makes sense. Now if he'll just listen to his own advice.

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Posted by W Corvi on 10/12/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Computer selected breeding partners is the way to go. Push the left side of the Bell curve to the right.

I support public child setting, i.e., preschool, but I do wonder how my generation made it. My mother didn't teach me how to use scissors or color inside the lines or how to count, and there was no kindergarten. But my generation took us to the moon, developed the digital computer, etc., etc. Maybe we're involved in attempting to optimize a system that doesn't need to be optimized?

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Posted by DennyG on 10/12/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Danehy

"According to crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), knives are consistently used to kill people far more often than rifles are used. And the numbers arent even close: five times as many murders were committed with knives than were committed with rifles last year."

http://thefederalist.com/2014/11/11/knives-kill-more-people-each-year-than-rifles-time-for-knife-control/

Typical liberal type solution. Punish everybody for the few. Why not knives? How thoughtless.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Editor's Note

204 is a No. No. No.

TUSD can not be trusted with more money.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Cradle to grave is the war cry of the lazy and ignorant. Head Start failed for decades, and now they want more. Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be prudent.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 10/12/2017 at 9:35 AM

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