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Re: “Why the Common Wisdom About TUSD's Declining Enrollment Is Wrong

I have to wonder if David Safier has talked to any parents who pulled their kids out of TUSD. Thirty years ago a friend's mother did because forced busing prevented her daughter from going to the school in sight of her back door. All the other siblings had attended that neighborhood school. Twenty years ago (among parents I know) it was ALWAYS because the horrible education made TUSD a waste of time. By age 15 a reasonably intelligent kid could test into Pima College & at least earn some credits. Counselors didn't suggest this option. It took a lot of research, phone calls, & footwork to find out the benefits of skipping a few wasteful years in TUSD to start earning college credits.

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Posted by MMP on 07/08/2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Danehy

Like Trump's doctor who found those never-known-about-before bone spurs, there was a doctor in Tucson (late 1960s) who found knee problems for young guys who wanted to avoid the draft. I seem to remember he lost his medical license a few years later.

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Posted by MMP on 06/27/2019 at 10:55 AM

Re: “CNN Notes Raul Grijalva of New Mexico Is Calling for Trump's Impeachment

Reporters often write "Tom Cotton (R-Arizona). When they're clueless about the two-letter abbreviations, they shouldn't try to guess the state.

I don't know why CNN decided to give Grijalva to New Mexico, but it'd be OK with me if they want him.

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Posted by MMP on 06/25/2019 at 9:21 AM

Re: “A Multi-Factored Look At TUSD's Enrollment Decline

We left in 1998 after experiencing too many horrible teachers (with only a few exceptions) who had obviously picked the wrong career. How often did we hear the ridiculous argument that if you paid a bad teacher more money he or she would improve? That's like marking up the price of a loaf of moldy bread because a more expensive cost will make something that's worthless miraculously improve! Many private & parochial schools have better teachers at lower costs per student. Maybe we should start by raising the standards at Colleges of Education so students from the bottom 25% of incoming classes don't choose education because of its reputation for easy degrees. Some dedicated, intelligent future teachers probably feel out-of-place surrounded by students who couldn't have gotten out of Elementary Schools of past decades.

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Posted by MMP on 06/21/2019 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Danehy: Goodbye Dick Tomey

Nice story. (My favorite line: He got a big smile on his face and said, "Father-daughter concert date. That's so nice.").

It might seem inconsiderate for a tribute or obituary, but in the public interest people should know when any prominent person dies of lung cancer if he or she had a smoking habit. I haven't seen that mentioned. Kids take up habits of adults they admire. Unfortunately, this has often resulted in young smokers.

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Posted by MMP on 05/16/2019 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Old Tucson Props Being Auctioned

From The Atlantic:

"Why, then, does the word 'gifting' make me cringe, and also make me suspect that if it didn't make me cringe, I might actually be a sociopath? Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that the mere existence of gift-as-a-verb is hindering the cause of humanity?"…

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Posted by MMP on 05/14/2019 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Old Tucson Props Being Auctioned

Unless it's written by a gifted 3 year-old kid, I lose interest in an article or story as soon as I see the ridiculous "gifted" used in place of the traditional & better sounding "given".

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Posted by MMP on 05/14/2019 at 6:50 AM

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